Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Statement on Diwali

    I want to extend my best wishes to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists in Maryland, across America and all over the world as we celebrate Diwali. This joyous and uplifting festival of lights reinforces our enduring conviction that good always triumphs over evil. It also reminds us that the light of knowledge will always drive out the darkness of ignorance. May the year ahead be filled with peace and prosperity. Saal Mubarak.

  • My Statement on Senator Mike Miller

    Mike Miller’s leadership of the Maryland Senate for more than thirty years has provided tremendous benefits for our state. He put hardworking families first by building up Maryland's transportation system, safeguarding our Chesapeake Bay, and standing up for our children's public education. Even as his time as Senate President comes to an end, I know that Senator Miller will continue to guide Maryland forward as he works with his Senate colleagues to make life better for all Maryland residents.

  • My Statement on Senator Bill Ferguson

    Congratulations to Senator Bill Ferguson on becoming Maryland's next Senate President. I've had the opportunity to see Bill's leadership on a day-to-day basis and I'm excited about the new role he will play in sustaining progress for our state.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Passing of Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and former Senator Paul Sarbanes released the following statement today on the passing of Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III: 

    “We are tremendously saddened by the passing of Mayor Tommy D’Alesandro, a man whose fundamental decency earned the respect and admiration of all who knew him. He brought grace and dignity to public service, drawing on his faith, his family and a deep belief in the power of community.   

  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump’s Decision to Lift Sanctions on Turkey

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after President Donald J. Trump announced that his administration would lift sanctions on Turkey:

    “President Trump's decision to lift sanctions is the next chapter in what has become a shameful pattern of capitulation to Turkish President Erdogan. If the President will not take action to rebuke Turkey, Congress must. 

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge State and Federal Officials to Work Together to Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

    Yesterday, Congressman John Sarbanes joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), to host senior officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Maryland for a wide-ranging conversation about improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes, House Democrats Pass Critical Reforms to Fight Foreign Interference in American Elections

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and House Administration Committee Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today led House Democrats in passing the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to curb foreign money, influence and interference in American elections.

  • At Subcommittee on Government Operations Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Recognizes the Metro System’s Safety Improvements and Implores WMATA Chief to Maintain Commitments to Transparency and Accountability

    During a House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) recognized the progress made by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to improve the Metro system’s safety and reliability for National Capital Region commuters, including thousands of Marylanders and federal employees.

    Congressman Sarbanes also encouraged WMATA General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld to maintain his organization’s commitment to increased transparency and accountability.

  • Sarbanes, Pappas, Bilirakis Introduce “Oxi Day” Resolution to Honor the Heroism of the Greek People During World War II

    Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), members of the Hellenic Caucus, introduced a resolution today expressing support for the designation of October 28 as “Oxi Day” to commemorate the Greeks’ refusal to surrender to Axis forces in the Second World War, stymieing the march of fascism across Europe.

  • Sarbanes Advances Groundbreaking Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Millions of Americans

    Yesterday, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) worked alongside his Democratic colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee to advance H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, a bill to reduce prescription drug prices for all Americans.

    During the committee markup, Congressman Sarbanes took a moment to honor his colleague, the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), and highlight Congressman Cummings’ lifelong commitment to improving access to health care and lowering drug prices for people in underserved communities.

  • Remembering Elijah Cummings

    Remembering Elijah Cummings

    Please listen to Elijah tell this amazing story about his Dad on the day Elijah was sworn into Congress. I loved listening to Elijah's stories and was lucky to hear a lot of them over the years. But this was one of my favorites - and that's why I recorded it with my iPhone at a community event.

    The end of his story gets me every time. It is a challenge to all of us that we should never let lack of educational opportunity deprive an individual of his or her full potential: "Ladies and gentlemen, we cannot afford to have anybody grow up to be almost seventy years old talking about what they could have been!"

    Click here to continue watching.

  • Sarbanes Slams Big Tobacco Companies for Contributing to Youth Vaping Crisis

    During a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) expressed serious concerns about the increasing use of addictive e-cigarettes by minors and called out the tobacco industry for contributing to the youth vaping crisis.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Bipartisan Resolution Opposing President Trump’s Decision to Abandon America’s Kurdish Allies and Condemning Turkey for Invading Northern Syria

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for H.J. Res. 77, a bipartisan resolution opposing President Donald J. Trump’s decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies and criticizing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for launching a brutal military offensive against the Kurds in northern Syria:

  • Sarbanes, Wittman Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Work-Life Balance for Federal Firefighters

    Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) today introduced the Federal Firefighter Flexibility and Fairness Act, a bipartisan bill to provide federal firefighters across the country with better workplace flexibility and improved work-life balance.

  • Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Dingell Endorse H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Chair of the House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) in releasing a statement in support of H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, in advance of the Committee’s markup of the bill:

    “Today, we are announcing our endorsement of H.R. 3, a pillar of the Democratic Caucus’ For the People agenda and a bill that will significantly lower drug prices for patients who need them to survive.

  • My Statement on the Passing of Elijah Cummings

    Today, we lost a true American patriot and a fierce champion of the voiceless.

    Elijah dedicated his life to public service, working every single day to improve education, health care and economic opportunity — not only in Baltimore, but across Maryland and for the entire country. 

    Elijah was a mentor and close friend. I am devastated by his passing. My deepest sympathies go out to Elijah’s wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Elijah’s family and friends and all those who have been graced by Elijah's life of service.

    We will keep his memory alive.

  • Sarbanes Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Withdraw U.S. Forces from Northern Syria

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today in response to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw American forces from northern Syria, opening the door for Turkey to launch a military offensive against the region’s Kurdish population:

  • Sarbanes, House Democrats Introduce SHIELD Act to Combat Foreign Interference in American Elections

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and House Democrats to introduce the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to combat foreign interference in American elections. The SHIELD Act (H.R. 4617) will close loopholes that allow foreign spending in our elections, boost disclosure and transparency requirements and create a duty to report illicit offers of campaign assistance from foreign nations or governments.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Brown Announce More Than $8.5 Million for Anne Arundel County Firefighters

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.), to announce a recent award of more than $8,549,000 in federal funding for Anne Arundel County through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. These funds will enable the county to hire additional career firefighters.

  • My Statement on Yom Kippur

    During this time of introspection and atonement, I wish the Jewish community a meaningful fast. From my family to yours, G’mar Chatimah Tovah.