Updates

  • Sarbanes Slams Chemical Companies for Whitewashing Dangerous Health Effects of PFAS Chemicals

    During a House Subcommittee on Environment hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) blasted wealthy and well-connected chemical companies for concealing the science linking PFAS chemicals to health risks, and for using campaign contributions and lobbyists to curry favor with lawmakers to avoid Congressional scrutiny.

  • In the News: FDA readying ban on flavored e-cigarettes amidst health scare

    FDA readying ban on flavored e-cigarettes amidst health scare
    Dan Novak, Capital News Service

    The Trump administration has announced plans to ban flavored electronic cigarettes, the culmination of a nationwide crackdown on vaping following a spike in respiratory illnesses connected to e-cigarette use. 

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said banning flavored vaping products like menthol and mint was essential in slowing the surge of youth nicotine addiction.

     

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  • In the News: Md. Members Divide Along Party Lines as House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling

    Md. Members Divide Along Party Lines as House Votes to Ban Offshore Drilling
    Allison Winter, Maryland Matters

    U.S. House lawmakers approved bipartisan legislation Wednesday that would block new offshore drilling off the majority of the U.S. coast – despite pushback from many Republicans.

    The legislation would put in place far-reaching new protections, blocking drilling off most of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Lawmakers are scheduled to vote Thursday on a similar ban for drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

     

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  • Sarbanes Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

    Today, may we remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks and pay tribute to our heroic first responders. The memory of those who perished will never be forgotten.

  • In the News: Md. Officials Press DeVos to Fix Flawed Loan Forgiveness Program

    Md. Officials Press DeVos to Fix Flawed Loan Forgiveness Program
    Danielle Gaines, Maryland Matters

    More than three dozen Maryland lawmakers are calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to answer questions about the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which has attracted attention in recent months for nearly universally denying applications from federal workers.

    Del. Lesley Lopez (D-Montgomery) spearheaded the leader to DeVos, noting the heavy presence of eligible government and nonprofit workers in Maryland.

     

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  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Mayor Young Announce Nearly $3.7 Million to Combat Youth Homelessness in Baltimore

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D), to announce nearly $3.7 million in federal funding to fight youth homeless. The funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, will help the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services develop the best strategies to meet the needs of homeless youth in Baltimore City.

  • My interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz

    Sentinel Exclusive Interview with Congressman John Sarbanes

    In my interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz, we discuss the progress that House Democrats have made #ForThePeople and how we will continue to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable — because no one is above the law.

  • My interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz

    In my interview with The Montgomery County Sentinel's Paul Schwartz, we discuss the progress that House Democrats have made #ForThePeople and how we will continue to hold President Trump and his Administration accountable — because no one is above the law.

     

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Lawmakers Urge Congressional Appropriators to Boost Funding for NIH

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), in calling on Senate and House appropriators to follow the recommendations laid out in a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences that calls for $1.3 billion – $700 million urgently – to upgrade older facilities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda campus.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $103,000 in Federal Funding for the Annapolis Fire Department

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) to announce $103,954 in federal funding for the Annapolis Fire Department. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to purchase seven automated chest compression units.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Department of Education’s Failure to Follow Through on Student Loan Debt Relief for America’s Public Servants

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Trump Education Department, under the leadership of Secretary Betsy DeVos, has denied 99 percent of Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) applicants from receiving student debt relief:

  • In the News: $3.7 Million Of HUD Funding To Help Baltimore Combat Youth Homelessness

    $3.7 Million Of HUD Funding To Help Baltimore Combat Youth Homelessness
    Pat Warren, WJZ-TV (CBS)

    Millions of dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was allotted to Baltimore to help meet the needs of Baltimore City’s homeless youth.

    Mayor Jack Young, Senators Ben Cardin, and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes announced $3.7 million in federal funding from HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

     

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  • In the News: Connect to Congress: Congressman Sarbanes

    Connect to Congress: Congressman Sarbanes
    Brandi Procto, WBFF-TV (FOX)

     

  • In the News: Maryland communities and DC receive youth homelessness grants

    Maryland communities and DC receive youth homelessness grants
    Gabrielle Wanneh, WTOP-FM (Online)

    Baltimore, Prince George’s County and the D.C. are among 23 communities receiving a total of $75 million in federal funds to combat youth homelessness.

    The $75 million was awarded as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, which started in 2016.

     

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  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $3.7 Million to Address Youth Homelessness

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing more than $3,699,000 in federal funding to help improve services for homeless youth in Baltimore City. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

  • Sarbanes Announces $120,000 in Federal Grants for Baltimore Environmental Education Programs

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced $120,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide Baltimore high school students with immersive environmental education opportunities. The Parks & People Foundation and the Living Classrooms Foundation – two Baltimore-based nonprofits – will each receive $60,000 to strengthen environmental learning programs across the city.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Resignation of FEC Vice Chair Petersen

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today on the resignation of Federal Election Commission (FEC) Vice Chair Matthew Petersen, which reduces the number of commissioners on the agency’s six-member panel to three, one below the legal limit for a quorum, thereby barring the agency from enforcing America’s campaign finance laws:

  • Holding Trump accountable and winning the 2020 election

    As a member of the Oversight and Reform Committee led by Chairman Elijah Cummings, I’m glad to be part of a multi-committee effort to hold Donald Trump accountable for his contempt of the Constitution and the will of the American people.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Delegation Announce Nearly $1 Million in Catastrophic Preparedness Funding for Baltimore City

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing a $937,700 federal grant to improve the City of Baltimore’s preparedness for disasters and catastrophes. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, aims to expand federal-state collaboration and build local capacity to manage disasters.

  • Sarbanes, Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Ruppersberger Announce $898,750 to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing $898,750 in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will go to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for lead-based paint risk assessments, inspections, abatement, interim controls and clearance examinations.

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