Press Releases

  • 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 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.

  • Citizens United 10 Years Later: Sen. Sarbanes, Shaheen, Udall, Good Government Groups Outline How the Court’s Ruling Has Changed the Political Landscape

    On a call with reporters today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.-3), along with national pro-democracy organizations People For the American Way, Public Citizen, End Citizens United Action Fund, Democracy 21, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, US PIRG, and Common Cause, raised the alarm about the continuing harm caused by the 10-year-old Citizens United ruling and related court decisions.

  • Sarbanes Voices Support for Medical Cannabis Research

    At a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voiced support for medical cannabis research and highlighted the obstacles that current federal regulations pose to universities and research institutions hoping to study the health benefits of cannabis.

  • Sarbanes, Matsui, Fortenberry Lead Bipartisan Effort to Help Homeowners Plant More Trees and Reduce Energy Costs

    Today, Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) introduced The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act, a bill to help homeowners lower energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff and mitigate the effects of climate change by planting more trees.

    The bill creates a new Department of Energy (DOE) grant program that offers homeowners free or reduced-cost tree planting services to help shade homes, reduce energy use and tackle the climate crisis.

  • Sarbanes Spotlights Historic Effort to Fight Big Money in Politics and Clean Up Corruption in Washington

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Chairperson of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United Action Fund, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and to highlight recent reforms passed in the U.S.

  • Sarbanes Highlights Dangers of High-Dose Opioids

    At a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the dangers of high-dose opioids and called for federal action to limit access to these addictive and powerful drugs.

  • 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 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 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 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 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, 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).

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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 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, 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.

  • 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: