• 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Bill to Revive and Protect the Chesapeake Bay Passes U.S. House of Representatives

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill that would authorize $455 million over five years for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a decades-long partnership between federal and state governments to decrease pollution across the Chesapeake Bay, improve Bay health and protect the entire watershed for future generations.

  • Sarbanes Exposes Big Tobacco’s Role in Halting State and Federal Efforts to Curb the Youth Vaping Crisis

    At a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized Big Tobacco representatives and e-cigarette manufacturers for leveraging enormous campaign contributions and hundreds of lobbyists to persuade the Trump-led U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to weaken protections against youth vaping.

  • Sarbanes Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Follow the Lead of Sister Campbell and Put the Public Good Ahead of Special Interests

    At a House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) lifted up the meaningful work of Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of the NETWORK Lobby, and called on the Trump Administration and its Republican allies in Congress to follow her lead in putting the interests of hardworking American families ahead of the interests of wealthy donors and corporations.

  • 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.

  • Sarbanes Raises Concerns About the Trump EPA’s Quiet Efforts to Undermine Clean Water Standards

    At a House Subcommittee on Energy hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) expressed serious reservations about the Trump Administration’s efforts, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to weaken the Clean Water Act and undermine the ability of states, including Maryland, to protect water quality.

    During the hearing, Congressman Sarbanes asked Cheryl A. LaFleur, one of the longest-tenured commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, about the consequences of subverting the Clean Water Act.

  • Sarbanes Announces Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha as 2020 State of the Union Guest

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha, a leading pharmaceutical and health care researcher, will join him as a guest for the State of the Union Address on February 4.

    Dr. Onukwugha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is also the Executive Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Computing Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

  • In the News: In An Echo Of The Big Tobacco Hearings, Top E-Cigarette Execs Admit Nicotine Is Addictive

    In An Echo Of The Big Tobacco Hearings, Top E-Cigarette Execs Admit Nicotine Is Addictive
    John Daley, Colorado Public News Radio

    Leaders of the five largest e-cigarette companies in the U.S. faced a House committee and affirmed, under oath, the addictive nature of their products.

    In a moment that echoed the iconic tobacco hearings of the 90s, Rep. Diane DeGette, a Democrat from Colorado, asked each CEO, "Isn't it true that nicotine is addictive?"

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  • Sarbanes on Senate Acquittal of Trump

    Yesterday, the corrupt jury that is the Republican-led Senate acquitted President Trump in a sham trial — a trial rushed along without witnesses, documents or impartial justice.

    Despite their acknowledgement of President Trump’s reckless misconduct, all but one Republican Senator chose to put the President’s personal and political interests ahead of our country’s interests.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Rein in President Trump’s Use of Military Force in the Middle East

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the No War Against Iran Act and for a repeal of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF):