Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Joins Effort Urging EPA to Enforce Pollution Reduction Targets and Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to clarify his agency’s position on enforcing the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Protect American Families and Communities from Toxic Chemicals

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), a bill to help protect drinking water, air and soil from highly toxic and long-lasting per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals.

  • Sarbanes Bill to Modernize America’s Electric Grid Passes Favorably Out of Subcommittee

    The House Subcommittee on Energy today passed the 21st Century Power Grid Act, a bill authored by Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) to modernize America’s electric grid, improve its resiliency to withstand cyberattacks and extreme weather events and enable it to integrate clean technologies.

    During the markup, Congressman Sarbanes underscored the urgent need to upgrade and strengthen America’s electric grid.

  • Sarbanes Raises the Alarm Over Efforts to Discourage People from Participating in the 2020 Census

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) raised concerns over insidious disinformation efforts to discourage people from participating in the 2020 Census and to undermine the U.S. Census Bureau’s work to ensure an accurate count.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Prevent War with Iran

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to pass H.Con.Res. 83, a War Powers Resolution to limit President Trump’s ability to engage in a military conflict with Iran:

    “After nearly two decades of endless war, the American people are wary of additional military entanglements in the Middle East. In spite of this, the President’s impulse is to heighten brinkmanship with Iran, and to do so without appropriate Congressional authorization and in violation of established protocols for consulting Congressional leaders. 

  • Sarbanes, Haaland, Rouda Lead Effort to Prevent Trump EPA from Weakening Water Quality Standards

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Harley Rouda (D-Calif.) in leading an effort to  prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from undermining the ability of states and tribal communities to set strong water quality standards that protect drinking water and improve the health of local rivers, streams and aquatic wildlife.

    This letter enjoys strong support from the leaders of the House Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC).

  • Sarbanes Statement on Vote for New NAFTA Agreement

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):

    “The new NAFTA agreement I supported today makes several improvements to both the original NAFTA agreement signed in 1994 and the preliminary agreement put forward by the Trump Administration last year.

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Calls on MDOT to Provide More Details on Highway Expansion Plans and Integration of Transit

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the full Maryland Congressional Delegation in calling on the incoming Maryland Secretary of Transportation to provide the public with more information about widening I-270, widening the Capital Beltway and replacing the American Legion Bridge.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $750,000 for Veterans’ Housing

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $748,976 in federal funding for homeless veterans in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

    Funding comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, which combines rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • Sarbanes Announces More Than $448,000 in Federal Funding to Expand Environmental Education in Baltimore City Public Schools

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced $448,345 in federal funding to improve environmental education opportunities for Baltimore students.

  • Sarbanes Votes for Bipartisan Federal Funding Bills That Support Key Maryland Priorities

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass two federal funding bills that will support several important Maryland priorities through Fiscal Year 2020.

    The funding bills include the domestic priorities and international assistance minibus (H.R. 1865) and the national security appropriations minibus (H.R. 1158).

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3.3 Million for BWI Airport

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) to announce $3,393,750 in new federal funding for the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $4.6 Million in Federal Funding for Public Safety Initiatives

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $4,608,210 in federal funding to boost safety initiatives in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

    The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), includes:

  • Sarbanes, Team Maryland Announce $120 Million for the Maryland Purple Line

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), to announce $120,000,000 in federal funding for Maryland’s Purple Line project.

  • My vote on impeachment

    Yesterday, I voted to impeach President Trump for abusing the power of the Presidency and for waging an unprecedented campaign of obstruction against Congress. 

    As elected officials who serve in a position of public trust, we come to Congress to make life better for the American people — to reduce prescription drug prices, to raise wages, to clean up corruption in Washington. We come to serve the public interest, not to advance our own personal or political interests. And importantly, we swear an oath to protect the Constitution and defend our democracy for the people.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a bill to reduce prescription drug prices by empowering Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies and making those negotiated prices available to Medicare beneficiaries and individuals with private insurance. H.R. 3 will also set a new $2,000 out-of-pocket limit on prescription drug costs for seniors and will expand Medicare benefits to cover dental, hearing and vision for the first time in the program’s history.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Ruppersberger and Brown Announce $225,000 for Anne Arundel County Police Department

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.), to announce $225,000 in federal funding for the Anne Arundel County Police Department to increase the capacity of its DNA processing laboratory and to reduce the number of forensic DNA samples awaiting analysis.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Introduction of Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

  • Sarbanes Voices Support for Universal Health Care

    During a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voiced strong support for universal health coverage and refuted false Republican claims about Medicare For All.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Restore and Protect Voting Rights Across America

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that would restore and protect voting rights across the country.

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