Updates

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • In the News: An inclusive democracy Demands DC statehood

    An inclusive democracy Demands DC statehood
    Eleanor Holmes Norton and John Sarbanes, The Hill (Op-Ed)

    Every student learns that the American Revolution was born, at least in part, out of the conviction that there can be “no taxation without representation.” More than just a slogan, this rallying cry represents the essence of self-determination – the fundamental right of all people to be ruled by their own hand and to choose their own government.

    Over two centuries, we have built upon that core principle, with painstaking and persistent work, to make our democracy more representative and inclusive. But today, we face significant structural challenges that threaten the state of our democracy and undermine our right to self-rule.

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  • 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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  • In the News: John Sarbanes and Brian Frosh: Working to Reduce Youth Vaping and Tobacco Use

    Working to Reduce Youth Vaping and Tobacco Use
    John Sarbanes and Brian Frosh, Maryland Matters (Op-Ed)

    With the alarming rise in vaping among teenagers and adolescents, a new public health crisis is unfolding right before our eyes. At the state and federal level, we must move swiftly to protect our children from the harmful, and sometimes deadly, effects of vaping.

    The number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose from 3.6 million in 2018 to 5.4 million in 2019 – a 50% increase in a single year. This spike in e-cigarette use has coincided with a significant surge in vaping-related illnesses nationwide. In 2019 alone, the Centers for Disease Control reported 2,506 vaping-related illnesses, including 54 deaths, with nearly 200 new cases reported each week.

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  • In the News: Oak Crest Hosts Government Forum on Prescription Drugs

    Oak Crest Hosts Government Forum on Prescription Drugs
    Jeff Getek, Patch

    Oak Crest was proud to serve as the Baltimore County host for the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board (MPDA) listening session on the evening of February 18. More than 75 residents welcomed the opportunity to attend the forum and provide input on the cost of prescription drugs and related issues.

    The panelists for the event were Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, MPDA Board Member Ebere Onukwugha, Maryland AARP Advocate Jim Gutman and Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative President Vincent DeMarco. Congressman John Sarbanes, whose district includes Oak Crest, attended the forum and provided remarks.

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  • Sarbanes Joins Democratic Oversight Committee Members in Objecting to Secretary DeVos’ Proposed Rule Harming Student Survivors of Sexual Abuse

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and all Democratic Members of the Committee in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting information about a proposed rule that would encourage schools to pursue fewer investigations of sexual harassment and assault.

    The Department is poised to finalize the rule soon.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Advance the Equal Rights Amendment

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to remove the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and pave the way for the ERA to become the 28th Amendment:

  • Sarbanes Statement on Black History Month

    “Hi, everybody. This is Congressman John Sarbanes.

    “During Black History Month, we pay tribute – as always – to icons like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and my colleague in the House of Representatives, John Lewis. In Maryland, we take special pride in the achievements of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Justice Thurgood Marshall and the late Elijah Cummings, a friend and mentor who I had the privilege of serving with for 14 years.

  • Sarbanes Backs Bill to Expand American Democracy and Empower D.C. Residents with Full Voting Rights

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act through the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The bill would admit of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union and provide D.C. residents with full voting rights.

    Congressman Sarbanes, a co-sponsor of the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act, strongly backed the bill.

  • In the News: The 2020 Census could be the next big hacking and disinformation target

    The 2020 Census could be the next big hacking and disinformation target
    Joseph Marks, The Washington Post

    Lawmakers are growing increasingly alarmed about hacking dangers targeting the 2020 Census after a watchdog detailed dozens of high-risk cybersecurity problems that should have been fixed a long time ago.

    The hacking danger could be compounded by social media misinformation spread by U.S. adversaries or pranksters falsely claiming that census data is corrupted or the count is rigged, according to the Government Accountability Office report released during a House Oversight Committee hearing yesterday.

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  • The Sierra Club Maryland Chapter Endorses Sarbanes

    I’m proud to earn the endorsement of the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter. In Congress, I remain committed to bold policies that #ActOnClimate and deliver environmental justice so that we can protect our environment — including treasures like the Chesapeake Bay — for our kids and grandkids. We have so much at stake and no time to waste.

     

     

  • Sarbanes Votes to Expand Workers’ Rights and Protections

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a bill to strengthen workers’ rights and help them negotiate higher salaries, stronger workplace protections and improved benefits. The PRO Act would also penalize companies, managers and corporate executives who violate workers’ rights.

  • Baltimore Delegation Announces $4.8 Million in Federal Funding to Support Affordable Housing for Baltimore Seniors

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce more than $4.8 million in federal funding to support affordable housing for Baltimore seniors.

  • Sarbanes Slams New Trump Administration Plan to Punish Hungry Children and Families

    At a House Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the detrimental impacts of the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would leave 3.7 million Americans – including 15,000 Baltimore residents – hungry and take away free and reduced-priced lunch from nearly one million students across the country.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Partisan Senate Vote to Acquit President Trump

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Senate Republicans voted to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

    “Today, Senate Republicans chose to defend the President instead of defending our democracy.

    “The evidence in the case against the President has not been contested. In fact, several of the Senators who voted to acquit the President have acknowledged his misconduct.

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