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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Congressional Leaders to Strengthen SNAP in COVID-19 Relief Package

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged Congressional Leadership to expand and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the next COVID-19 relief package.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Attorney General Barr to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Federal Correctional Facilities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today urged Attorney General William Barr him to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in federal correctional facilities and protect incarcerated individuals, federal employees and surrounding communities.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $46 Million in Additional Funding for Maryland Colleges, Including $44 Million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $46,702,104 for Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and colleges serving large populations of low-income students.

    Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This new federal funding comes in addition to the $170 million in initial support that the Delegation announced for Maryland institutions of Higher Education.

  • In the News: John Sarbanes: As our nation recovers we have an obligation to build a more just America

    As our nation recovers we have an obligation to build a more just America
    John Sarbanes(Op-Ed), The Capital Gazette

    This November, I’m asking the residents of Maryland’s 3rd District to re-elect me to continue serving as their representative in Congress. I’m running because I believe that my experience and my committee assignments — in particular, serving as a senior member on the House Subcommittee on Health and as a member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee — position me well to assist Marylanders in this battle against the coronavirus.

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  • Sarbanes Joins Effort to Support USPS and Protect Postal Service Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored the Protect Our Post Offices Act (H.R. 6425), an important effort led by Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) to ensure the continued delivery of vital goods and services to Americans across the country by providing $25 billion in emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

  • In the News: Maryland and Virginia Democrats push for more funding for state and local governments

    Maryland and Virginia Democrats push for more funding for state and local governments
    Julie Zauzmer, The Washington Post

    Democratic members of Congress from Maryland and Virginia put forward a long list of ideas on Thursday that they hope to include in the next coronavirus relief bill. Many of the members said their top priority is additional money for state and local governments, which are struggling to provide social services for their residents during the crisis as they expect to take in far less tax revenue.... Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.) pointed out that local governments need funds to hire contact tracers, as Baltimore County is doing.

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  • Sarbanes Receives Scorecards from Defenders of Wildlife and League of Conservation Voters

    With the reality of the climate crisis, we must stand up to special-interest polluters and protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, our wildlife, our public lands, and most importantly, the Chesapeake Bay, our national environmental treasure.

    I will continue to fight alongside Marylanders to safeguard our environment. I’m proud to receive a 100 percent rating from Defenders of Wildlife and a 97 percent rating from League of Conservation Voters.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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 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, 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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