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  • Sarbanes, Blumenthal, Warren, Jayapal Unveil Oversight, Accountability and Anti-Corruption Provisions for Next Congressional COVID-19 Response Package

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) today urged Congressional leaders to include strong oversight, accountability and anti-corruption provisions in the next federal COVID-19 response package.

  • In the News: Malinowski hosts 'Protecting Democracy' teleconference

    Malinowski hosts 'Protecting Democracy' teleconference
    Walter O'Brien, The Bernardsville News

    Rep. Tom Malinowski , D-7, on Friday, May 1, hosted a virtual forum called "Defending Our Vote & Combating Corruption" on protecting democracy and expressing the need for voting by mail, campaign finance reform, and not forcing voters to choose between voting rights and their health.

    Malinowski was joined by Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Maryland, chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, and Tiffany Muller, president and executive director of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, for a virtual forum on protecting democracy and defending the vote during the coronavirus pandemic and while combating the influence of special interests.

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce New COVID-19 Relief Funding for Maryland’s Mental Health Services

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced the approval of new federal funding for Maryland to provide community-based outreach, counseling and other mental health services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Funding comes from the the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). Maryland became eligible for this federal assistance after the Congressional Delegation successfully urged the Trump Administration to approve a major disaster declaration for the state of Maryland.

  • In the News: Trump's inspector-general purge fuels Dems' call to fight corruption in next relief bill

    Trump's inspector-general purge fuels Dems' call to fight corruption in next relief bill
    Andrea Germanos, Salon

    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pointed on Sunday to President Trump's intention to oust another inspector general — this time a Department of Health and Human Services watchdog — to bolster his call for the next coronavirus legislative relief package to include measures to "forestall fraud and favoritism."

    Blumenthal, along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Reps. John Sarbanes, D-Md., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., unveiled the details of their proposal to congressional leadership on Friday, urging them to "include strong oversight, accountability, and anti-corruption provisions in any upcoming legislation to provide economic aid, relief, recovery, or stimulus in response to COVID-19 in order to safeguard taxpayer funds and to bolster Americans' faith in government to respond to this crisis."

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Discuss Status of COVID-19 Testing with State Health and Emergency Management Leaders

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today discussed the status of Maryland’s ability to test for COVID-19 with Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Fran Phillips and Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Russell Strickland. During the conversation, the delegation also highlighted the potential ways that it can help expand Maryland’s testing capacity.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce New COVID-19 Emergency Nutrition Assistance Program for Maryland Students

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Maryland’s plan to provide new Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) nutrition assistance to Maryland students who receive free- or reduced-price school lunches.

    With schools closed through May 15, the Maryland Department of Human Resources estimates that approximately 427,000 children will benefit from this new assistance. Maryland is one of 12 states whose plans have already been approved.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger Announce $200,000 for Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $200,000 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant program to support the management and development of JHU’s COVID-19 interactive online dashboard.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Request National Capital Region Designation As Federally Supported COVID-19 Testing Site

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today asked the Trump Administration to designate the National Capital Region as a federally supported COVID-19 testing site.

    The designation would make federal facilities available to Maryland to expand the state’s testing capacity. Ramping up testing will help the state safely reopen businesses and protect public health.

  • In the News: Coronavirus Relief: More Than $9M Going Toward COVID-19 Housing Relief For Marylanders

    Coronavirus Relief: More Than $9M Going Toward COVID-19 Housing Relief For Marylanders
    WJZ-TV (Online)

    More than $9 million is being directed to COVID-19 housing relief for Marylanders for tenant-based housing voucher recipients.

    The full Maryland congressional delegation, which includes U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, announced the funding on Thursday.

    The funding comes from the CARES Act, which is provided $1.25 billion nationwide for tenant-based rental assistance to help with the Housing Choice Voucher program. It includes $400 million for increased subsidy costs, which are paid directly to landlords and $850 million for administration and other expenses incurred by public housing authorities to “support or maintain the health and safety of assisted individuals and families, and costs related to retention and support of participating owners.

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  • In the News: Johns Hopkins gets $200K in federal funding for COVID-19 tracker

    Johns Hopkins gets $200K in federal funding for COVID-19 tracker
    Will Vitka, WTOP (Online)

    Johns Hopkins University’s global COVID-19 tracker, which has served as a valuable tool for tracking the coronavirus since the map was publicly released in January, is getting a $200,000 injection of federal funding.

    Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes, Democrats who represent Maryland, made the announcement Wednesday.

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $200 Million in COVID-19 Relief for State School Districts

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $207,834,058 in federal funding for Maryland school districts.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Trump Administration to Release COVID-19 Funds for Nursing Homes

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged the Trump Administration and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to immediately distribute funds included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes.

  • In the News: Maryland delegation calls on Trump to allow use of federal facilities for coronavirus testing

    Maryland delegation calls on Trump to allow use of federal facilities for coronavirus testing
    Ovetta Wiggins, The Washington Post

    Members of the Maryland congressional delegation urged President Trump to allow the state to use federal facilities, such as Fort Meade and the National Institutes of Health, for coronavirus testing. In a letter to the president, the delegation said that designating the National Capital Region as a federally supported testing site is critical for the increased testing needed to reopen the region.... The congressional letter is signed by Reps. Anthony G. Brown (D), Steny H. Hoyer (D), Andy Harris (R), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D), John Sarbanes (D), Jamie B. Raskin (D), David Trone (D) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D).

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $664,000 to Help Anne Arundel Medical Center Expand Telehealth Capabilities and Fight COVID-19

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.), to announce that Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) will receive $664,606 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to invest in video telehealth services as part of AAMC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Call on Trump Administration to Increase Federal Support for Firefighters

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged the Trump Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter T. Gaynor to waive all state and local cost-share requirements for federal firefighting assistance through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG).

    Local firefighters – together with emergency health personnel – are on the frontlines in every Maryland community, responding to COVID-19 patients and keeping our cities and towns safe.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Express Concern Over Recent Reports of Veterans’ Mortgage Forbearance Issues and Retaliation

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today expressed concern about recent reports that loan servicers are not allowing veterans with VA Home Loans to access the loan forbearance provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

    The bill included protection for borrowers with federally backed mortgage loans who are experiencing financial hardships and are unable to make payments due to this COVID-19 crisis. VA Home Loans are covered under this provision.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $422,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funding for Legal Aid Services

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $422,690 in federal funding for Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) to provide legal services to low-income Marylanders.

    Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which authorized $50 million nationwide to the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 to support civil legal aid services for low-income Americans.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Pass Interim COVID-19 Relief Package

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a bill to provide additional economic relief for small businesses, extend critical funding to hospitals, health care providers and frontline health care workers and expand COVID-19 testing capabilities across America.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Hold Call with State Labor Secretary to Discuss Skyrocketing Demand for Unemployment Assistance

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today held a phone call with Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany P. Robinson to discuss the unprecedented challenges faced by Marylanders trying to access Unemployment Insurance and to learn about the state agency’s plans to improve the claims process.

    The conversation came after the Delegation’s letter to Secretary Robinson last week, offering support and assistance in ensuring that Marylanders are able to receive Unemployment Insurance in a timely manner.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge President Trump and General Motors to Reopen White Marsh Plant to Manufacture Ventilators

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged President Donald Trump and General Motors (GM) Chairman and CEO Mary Barra to reopen the GM plant in White Marsh, Maryland to help fulfill the company's recent contract to produce thousands of ventilators under the Defense Production Act and to supply the region with critical medical supplies as the number of local COVID-19 cases continues to grow.

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