Press Releases

  • 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, 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 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, 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.

  • Sarbanes, Speaker Pelosi, Chairperson Lofgren and Freshmen House Democrats Highlight 200 Days of Senate GOP Inaction on Historic H.R. 1, The For The People Act

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Committee on Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Freshmen House Democrats to mark 200 days of Senate inaction on H.R.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $9.7 Million to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $9.7 million in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will help the City of Baltimore reduce lead-based paint hazards in low-income private housing.

  • Sarbanes Warns of Looming Public Health Crisis from Vaping and E-Cigarettes

    During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) warned against the rising use of e-cigarettes among young adults and the impending public health crisis of vaping-related illnesses.

  • Sarbanes Highlights Benefits of Telework and Public Service Loan Forgiveness for Federal Employees

    During a House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) discussed how policies like telework and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program can attract and retain top-tier talent at government agencies.

  • Sarbanes Warns Big Pharma about Out-of-Control Drug Prices, Says American People Will Deliver a Reckoning

    During a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized the undue influence of pharmaceutical industry lobbyists and suggested that strong public demand for lower drug prices will eventually win the day.

  • Sarbanes, Kilmer Call on POTUS to Fill Federal Election Commission Posts

    Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) today called on President Donald J. Trump to immediately nominate commissioners to fill vacancies at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and restore its ability to enforce campaign finance law. With only three commissioners out of a possible six commissioners, the FEC lacks a quorum and cannot complete its most basic regulatory and oversight responsibilities.

  • My Statement on the Ukraine Whistleblower Scandal

    President Trump admitted that he illegally attempted to coerce a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 election. This is a gross abuse of power — impeachable conduct.
    My colleagues and I in the House of Representatives will vigorously investigate the White House and gather all relevant facts through an impeachment inquiry.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $238,000 for Odenton Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) to announce more than $238,400 in federal funds for the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

  • Pelosi, Lowey, Lofgren, Sarbanes Issue Joint Statement on Majority Leader McConnell’s Ongoing Failure to Protect America from Foreign Attacks and Secure American Elections

    Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Chairwoman Nita Lowey, House Appropriations Committee; Chairperson Zoe Lofgren, House Administration Committee; and Democracy Reform Task Force Chair John Sarbanes released the following statement today after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caved to Democratic pressure to support an appropriations amendment that would provide $250 million in election security grant funding to state and local governments, well below the $600 million in grant funding passed by the House and far less than the amount independent experts say we need:

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