Updates

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge State and Federal Officials to Work Together to Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

    Yesterday, Congressman John Sarbanes joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), to host senior officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Maryland for a wide-ranging conversation about improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump’s Decision to Lift Sanctions on Turkey

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after President Donald J. Trump announced that his administration would lift sanctions on Turkey:

    “President Trump's decision to lift sanctions is the next chapter in what has become a shameful pattern of capitulation to Turkish President Erdogan. If the President will not take action to rebuke Turkey, Congress must. 

  • Sarbanes, House Democrats Pass Critical Reforms to Fight Foreign Interference in American Elections

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and House Administration Committee Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today led House Democrats in passing the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to curb foreign money, influence and interference in American elections.

  • At Subcommittee on Government Operations Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Recognizes the Metro System’s Safety Improvements and Implores WMATA Chief to Maintain Commitments to Transparency and Accountability

    During a House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) recognized the progress made by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to improve the Metro system’s safety and reliability for National Capital Region commuters, including thousands of Marylanders and federal employees.

    Congressman Sarbanes also encouraged WMATA General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld to maintain his organization’s commitment to increased transparency and accountability.

  • Sarbanes, Pappas, Bilirakis Introduce “Oxi Day” Resolution to Honor the Heroism of the Greek People During World War II

    Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), members of the Hellenic Caucus, introduced a resolution today expressing support for the designation of October 28 as “Oxi Day” to commemorate the Greeks’ refusal to surrender to Axis forces in the Second World War, stymieing the march of fascism across Europe.

  • In the News: ‘We Lost Our Champion For Social Justice’ | Md. Lawmakers Reflect On The Life Of Rep. Elijah Cummings

    ‘We Lost Our Champion For Social Justice’ | Md. Lawmakers Reflect On The Life Of Rep. Elijah Cummings
    Pat Warren, WJZ-TV (CBS)

    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Thousands gathered at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore Friday at a funeral for Rep. Elijah Cummings.

    The funeral brought former presidents and ordinary people alike to the Baltimore church where the congressman worshipped for four decades.

     

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  • Sarbanes Advances Groundbreaking Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Millions of Americans

    Yesterday, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) worked alongside his Democratic colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to advance H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a bill to reduce prescription drug prices for all Americans.

    During the committee markup, Congressman Sarbanes took a moment to honor his colleague, the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), and highlight Congressman Cummings’ lifelong commitment to improving access to health care and lowering drug prices for people in underserved communities.

  • In the News: Baltimore says goodbye to Cummings at Morgan State University tribute

    Baltimore says goodbye to Cummings at Morgan State University tribute
    Capital News Service

    Marking the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings last week, community leaders, elected officials and friends gathered together Wednesday night to honor the former congressman at Morgan State University, where Cummings served as a member of the Board of Regents for 19 years.

    “I have lost a friend,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) said. “Our nation has lost a booming voice for truth, fairness and liberty.”

     

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  • Remembering Elijah Cummings

    Remembering Elijah Cummings

    Please listen to Elijah tell this amazing story about his Dad on the day Elijah was sworn into Congress. I loved listening to Elijah's stories and was lucky to hear a lot of them over the years. But this was one of my favorites - and that's why I recorded it with my iPhone at a community event.

    The end of his story gets me every time. It is a challenge to all of us that we should never let lack of educational opportunity deprive an individual of his or her full potential: "Ladies and gentlemen, we cannot afford to have anybody grow up to be almost seventy years old talking about what they could have been!"

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  • In the News: Metro hours, fares, ethics scandal focus of Capitol Hill hearing

    Metro hours, fares, ethics scandal focus of Capitol Hill hearing
    Max Smith, WTOP-FM (Online)

    A potential return of at least some of the hours Metro cut a few years ago and possible fare increases or naming rights sales were among issues that came up Tuesday at a congressional oversight hearing on the transit agency.

    Members also questioned Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, Board Chairman Paul Smedberg, Inspector General Geoff Cherrington and Washington Metrorail Safety Commission CEO David Mayer about safety and security issues, the need for additional customer service improvements, Silver Line concrete concerns and the botched handling of an ethics probe into then-Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans.

     

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  • Sarbanes Statement on Bipartisan Resolution Opposing President Trump’s Decision to Abandon America’s Kurdish Allies and Condemning Turkey for Invading Northern Syria

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for H.J. Res. 77, a bipartisan resolution opposing President Donald J. Trump’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies and criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for launching a brutal military offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria:

  • Sarbanes Slams Big Tobacco Companies for Contributing to Youth Vaping Crisis

    During a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) expressed serious concerns about the increasing use of addictive e-cigarettes by minors and called out the tobacco industry for contributing to the youth vaping crisis.

  • Sarbanes, Wittman Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Work-Life Balance for Federal Firefighters

    Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) today introduced the Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act, a bipartisan bill to provide federal firefighters across the country with better workplace flexibility and improved work-life balance.

  • Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Dingell Endorse H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) in releasing a statement in support of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, in advance of the Committee’s markup of the bill:

    “Today, we are announcing our endorsement of H.R. 3, a pillar of the Democratic Caucus’ For the People agenda and a bill that will significantly lower drug prices for patients who need them to survive.

  • In the News: U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Key Democrat In Trump Impeachment Inquiry, Has Died At The Age Of 68

    U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, Key Democrat In Trump Impeachment Inquiry, Has Died At The Age Of 68
    Mike Hellgren, WJZ-TV (CBS)

    BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Representative Elijah Cummings died early Thursday morning at the Gilchrist Hospice Care, a Johns Hopkins affiliate, according to his office.

    He was 68.

     

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  • My Statement on the Passing of Elijah Cummings

    Today, we lost a true American patriot and a fierce champion of the voiceless.

    Elijah dedicated his life to public service, working every single day to improve education, health care and economic opportunity — not only in Baltimore, but across Maryland and for the entire country. 

    Elijah was a mentor and close friend. I am devastated by his passing. My deepest sympathies go out to Elijah’s wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijah’s family and friends and all those who have been graced by Elijah's life of service.

    We will keep his memory alive.

  • Sarbanes Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw U.S. Forces from Northern Syria

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today in response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw American forces from northern Syria, opening the door for Turkey to launch a military offensive against the region’s Kurdish population:

  • Sarbanes, House Democrats Introduce SHIELD Act to Combat Foreign Interference in American Elections

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and House Democrats to introduce the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to combat foreign interference in American elections. The SHIELD Act (H.R. 4617) will close loopholes that allow foreign spending in our elections, boost disclosure and transparency requirements and create a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign nations or governments.

  • In the News: House to vote this month on legislation to combat foreign interference in elections

    House to vote this month on legislation to combat foreign interference in elections
    Maggie Miller, The Hill

    The House will vote on legislation later this month aimed at limiting foreign interference in U.S. elections after a bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee this week called on Congress to take action on the issue.

    The move by House Democrats is likely to place additional pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whom Democrats have targeted on election security.

     

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  • My Statement on Yom Kippur

    During this time of introspection and atonement, I wish the Jewish community a meaningful fast. From my family to yours, G’mar Chatimah Tovah.

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