Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Advances Several Bills to Tackle Youth Tobacco Crisis and Protect Marylanders from Toxic Chemicals

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats to advance several bills that protect public health and combat the Trump Administration’s special interest, pro-polluter agenda.

    Legislation passed by the Committee, with Congressman Sarbanes’ support, includes:

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $2.5 Million for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $2,550,000 in federal grantmaking for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in Baltimore.

  • Sarbanes Fights to Protect Federal Funding for Maryland Transportation and Infrastructure Projects

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan group of House colleagues to urge Congressional Leadership to reverse disastrous cuts to federal highway funding that would cost Maryland more than $156 million.

    “Section 1438 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act would rescind $7.6 billion in unobligated federal-aid highway contract authority on July 1, 2020,” the Members wrote. “Across the board, states will lose precious dollars needed for investment in infrastructure projects.”

  • Sarbanes Denounces President Trump for Inviting Turkish President Erdogan to the White House

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the White House and held a joint press conference in the East Room.

  • Sarbanes Votes for Package of Bills to Support America’s Veterans

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass a comprehensive package of bills to improve health care, education and job opportunities for America’s veterans and their families.

  • Sarbanes Statement on First Public Hearing of the Impeachment Inquiry

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence held the first public hearing as part of the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump:

    “Today, we heard public testimony from two credible, long-serving American diplomats. Together, Ambassador Taylor and Mr. Kent painted a sobering picture of how President Trump coerced a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 election and help his re-election campaign.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $250,000 for Youth Substance Misuse Prevention in Baltimore

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) to announce $250,000 in federal grants for two Drug Free Community Coalitions in Baltimore.

  • Sarbanes, Scott, Wittman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Boost Resources for Chesapeake Bay Conservation

    Today, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) introduced the Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (Chesapeake WILD) Act, a bipartisan bill to provide more resources for Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts.

    The Chesapeake WILD Act will create a new grant program to help local entities work on the ground to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitats throughout the Bay Watershed.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Enter Next Phase of Impeachment Investigation

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted in support of H.Res. 660, a measure to advance into the next phase of the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry.

  • Senate Republicans Block Effort to Pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act

    Senate Republicans blocked an effort by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to pass S. 949, the For the People Act, a historic reform package to clean up corruption in Washington, expose secret foreign money in our politics, crack down on lobbyists, strengthen election security, protect the right to vote and return power back to the American people with clean, citizen-owned elections.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Punish Turkey for Brutal Military Campaign in Northern Syria

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a large bipartisan majority of U.S. Representatives to pass H.R. 4695, the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act, a bill to sanction Turkey for launching a ruthless military campaign in northern Syria and to require the Trump Administration to safeguard America’s national security interests and address the ensuing humanitarian crisis in the region.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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 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 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.   

  • 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.