Updates

  • Sarbanes, Connolly, Wexton Introduce Bill to Protect and Expand Telework for Federal Employees

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Gerry Connolly and Representative Jennifer Wexton (both D-Va.) to introduce the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act, a bill to protect and expand federal telework.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce $500,000 in Federal Funding to Support State-Level Coronavirus Response

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, to announce $500,000 in federal funding to support Maryland’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These resources will help public health officials in Maryland monitor and assess possible coronavirus cases across the state.

  • In the News: The Coronavirus Aid Package signed

    The Coronavirus Aid Package signed
    Jason Newton, WBAL-TV (Online)

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Discuss Public Education with Maryland’s HBCU Presidents

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and David Trone (all D-Md.), for a roundtable discussion about public education with the presidents of Maryland’s four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

  • Sarbanes Urges Congressional Action to Address Shortages in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Workforce

    At a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) raised concerns about shortages in the substance use disorder workforce and offered several solutions to fill employment gaps and increase opioid addiction treatment services across the country.

  • Sarbanes Releases Public Service Announcement for 2020 Census

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following public service announcement to share important information about the 2020 Census, which begins on April 1.

    “Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States.

    This critical tally helps us allocate programs and services – including community health clinics, schools, affordable housing, roads and other vital services – that help Maryland communities thrive.

    The census is important. It's easy. It's safe.

  • Sarbanes, Nadler, Scanlon, Kennedy, Introduce Bill to Improve Equality and Fairness in America’s Civil Justice System

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Judiciary Committee Vice Chair Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Penn.) and Access to Counsel Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) to introduce the Fair Access to Legal Counsel Act (FALCA), a bill to help more Americans secure representation in civil court.

  • In the News: Bill Would Boost Funding For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

    Bill Would Boost Funding For Chesapeake Bay Cleanup
    Pat Warren, WJZ-TV (Online)

    Maryland’s greatest natural resource is getting attention in Congress.

    The Chesapeake Bay Funding Reauthorization Act provides $90.5 million a year for five years. According to the Choose Clean Water Coalition, more than two-thirds of the program’s funds are passed through to the states and local communities for on-the-ground restoration work.

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  • In the News: More Addiction Treatment Docs Needed for Opioid Crisis, House Panel Told

    More Addiction Treatment Docs Needed for Opioid Crisis, House Panel Told
    Joyce Frieden, MedPage Today

    The opioid crisis and growing addiction to methamphetamine and other stimulants won't be abated until the country trains more addiction medicine physicians, witnesses said at a House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing.

    "One of the things the opioid epidemic has laid bare is the lack of trained professionals we have to provide treatment, so we can put out all the funding dollars we want" but it won't do any good without a trained workforce, said Michael Botticelli, executive director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center. "I think it's really important for us to ensure that while we're doing other activities such as integrating addiction treatment into residency training, that having a trained workforce of addiction medicine and addiction psychiatrists is critical."

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  • Resources on Coronavirus

    Just a quick note about COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. As we are learning more about how the virus is impacting communities across the country, I wanted to share useful information that's available from the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Sarbanes Votes for Comprehensive Bill to Reduce Youth Tobacco Use

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (H.R. 2339), a bill to address the explosion of youth vaping and tobacco use in America.

  • Sarbanes Assails Trump Administration’s Crusade Against LGBTQ Americans

    At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and slammed a new Trump Administration proposal that would allow heath care providers to deny treatment to LGBTQ Americans.

  • House Passes Sarbanes Bill to Increase Public Access to the Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced the passage of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2427), a bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Sarbanes to help enhance public access to the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes Slams Trump Administration’s Failure to Address the Youth Tobacco Crisis and Questions HHS Secretary Azar about Bizarre Plan to Remove the FDA’s Tobacco Oversight Authority

    At a House Subcommittee on Health Hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about the Trump Administration’s failure to rein in Big Tobacco, reduce youth vaping and prevent another generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.

  • Sarbanes Blasts GOP Voter Suppression Tactics and Calls for Action on Critical Reforms to Protect and Expand the Right to Vote

    At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on voting rights today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized well-documented voter suppression tactics in states across the country and demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hold a vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, two House-passed bills that would protect and expand the right to vote.

  • In the News: Senate must act on 2020 election security

    Senate must act on 2020 election security
    John Sarbanes, The Baltimore Sun (LTE)

    Recent reporting underscores the alarming vulnerabilities that exist in voting systems across the country (“Voting machines face new criticism,” Feb. 24). As the 2020 election rapidly approaches, we must act urgently to protect our elections and guard against foreign interference.

    In Congress, the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives has made election security a top priority. As our first order of business, we passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the most sweeping anti-corruption bill in a generation which included significant election security reforms and resources. Soon after, we passed H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, a comprehensive effort to modernize election systems in every state by increasing the adoption of paper ballots and ensuring the accuracy of vote tallies. We also passed H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bipartisan bill to counter foreign interference in our democracy.

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  • In the News: Lawmakers: U.S. Rep. Sarbanes: Senate must act on 2020 election security

    U.S. Rep. Sarbanes: Senate must act on 2020 election security
    John Sarbanes, The Baltimore Sun (Op-Ed)

    Recent reporting underscores the alarming vulnerabilities that exist in voting systems across the country (“Voting machines face new criticism,” Feb. 24). As the 2020 election rapidly approaches, we must act urgently to protect our elections and guard against foreign interference.

    In Congress, the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives has made election security a top priority. As our first order of business, we passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the most sweeping anti-corruption bill in a generation which included significant election security reforms and resources. Soon after, we passed H.R. 2722, the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act, a comprehensive effort to modernize election systems in every state by increasing the adoption of paper ballots and ensuring the accuracy of vote tallies. We also passed H.R. 4617, the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bipartisan bill to counter foreign interference in our democracy.

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  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $30 Million in Funding to Combat Homelessness in Central Maryland

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin, (all D-Md.) in announcing $29,859,429 in federal funding for 83 projects to counter homelessness in central Maryland.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $13 Million to Combat Homelessness in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, (all D-Md.) in announcing $13,187,737 for 32 projects to counter homelessness in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

  • In the News: Olszewski discusses Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative with board members

    Olszewski discusses Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative with board members
    Charlene Mayo, The Dundalk Eagle

    Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski joined a panel of lawmakers and Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board members at Oak Crest Senior Living Community on Feb. 18 to hear from the public about the burden of paying for their prescription medications.

    U.S. Representative John Sarbanes, D-3, AARP representative Jim Gutman, Maryland’s Citizens’ Health Initiative President Vincent DeMarco and Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board member Dr. Ebere Onukwugha, along with Olszewski, led the second public forum in a series of events around the state.

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