Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Statement on SCOTUS Census Decision

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration from including a citizenship question on the U.S. Census, sending the case back to a lower court:

  • Sarbanes Excoriates Kellyanne Conway for Repeatedly Violating Federal Law

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President of the United States, for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act and breaking a federal law meant to prevent government officials from engaging in political activity.

    Congressman Sarbanes also voted to authorize a bipartisan subpoena for Kellyanne Conway, after she refused to appear before the committee.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Removing Harmful Campaign Finance Riders from Financial Services Appropriations Bill

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after leading a successful effort to block three riders from the fiscal year 2020 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill (H.R. 3351) that would have increased secret money in politics and handed wealthy and well-connected special interests even more power in Washington:

  • Sarbanes Secures Additional Federal Funding for Maryland Families

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions more federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 3055, an appropriations bill that would help communities tackle the opioid crisis, improve affordable housing, invest in highways, airports, bridges, railways and seaports, enhance public safety, help hardworking families put food on the table, provide veterans with the care, respect and services they deserve, ensure clean air and clean water, protect public lands and fund climate research.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Sixth Anniversary of Shelby County v. Holder Decision

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today to mark the sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act:

  • My Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the Capital Gazette Shooting

    Today we mark the one year anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting and honor the memory of Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Smith. The day after the attack, the Capital Gazette put out a paper -- a heroic act of defiance against those who would silence our free and independent press. We salute the entire Annapolis community that over the last year has come together to lift up the families, friends and co-workers of the victims in an amazing show of solidarity.

     
  • Sarbanes Statement on House Natural Resources Committee’s Unanimous, Bipartisan Support for Chesapeake Bay Gateways Bill

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the House Natural Resources Committee voted unanimously, in bipartisan fashion, to advance the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Reauthorization Act, a bill led by Congressman Sarbanes to increase recreation, education and public access to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

  • Sarbanes Slams Trump Administration Attacks on Title X Health Care Services

    During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the threat to public health posed by the Trump Administration’s Title X “Gag Rule,” which would block federal funding to health centers that provide family planning and reproductive health services.

  • Sarbanes Secures Millions of Dollars in Federal Funding for Maryland

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped secure millions of federal dollars for Maryland by passing H.R. 2740, an appropriations bill that would strengthen the state’s health care system, increase funding for lifesaving medical research, enhance education and job training programs and help protect the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Ask USDA to Investigate Withdrawal of SNAP Eligibility for Lexington Market Vendors

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps asking USDA to investigate the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for vendors in Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market. Lexington Market has served as a public market since 1782 and is the oldest of its kind in the country.

  • Sarbanes Blasts GOP Efforts to Politicize the U.S. Census

    During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) argued that adding a citizenship question to the U.S. Census would undermine the allocation of federal resources and fail to address the needs of communities across the country. Sarbanes’ criticism followed a vote to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the committee’s investigation into the addition of the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

  • Sarbanes Underscores the Importance of Federal-State Cooperation to Safeguard the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

    During a House Subcommittee on Energy hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to collaborate with Maryland on re-licensing the Conowingo Dam in order to maintain the state’s environmental standards and safeguard the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes Calls Attention to Public Health and Environmental Consequences of Trump EPA Rollbacks

    During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) asked several former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrators about the detrimental effects of the Trump Administration’s actions to undermine public health and environmental protections at the behest of special-interest polluters.

  • Sarbanes Statement on National Gun Violence Awareness Day

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement in recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day:

    “Americans from across the country today will join forces, raise voices and wear orange to demand action on gun safety. Far too many communities in this nation have been afflicted by the scourge of gun violence and action is long overdue.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the SEC’s Anti-Consumer Effort to Weaken Investment Protections for Hardworking American Families

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – led by Trump appointee Chairman Jay Clayton – significantly weakened rules designed to provide Americans with suitable investment advice:

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Passage of the American Dream and Promise Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act:

  • Sarbanes Highlights Tremendous Benefits of School-Based Health Centers

    During a Health Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the positive impact of school-based health centers (SBHCs) on students and called on Congress to maintain and strengthen its commitment to SBHCs. In addition, the Congressman stressed the importance of connecting SBHCs with community health centers in order to provide additional care and services to students.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Federal Effort to Reduce Crime in Baltimore

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing the selection of Baltimore for the National Public Safety Partnership program. This federal program provides cities and states with support to address violent crime. Baltimore’s congressional delegation has urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to select Baltimore and has questioned the agency’s motives behind excluding the city in the past.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Public Remarks by Special Counsel Mueller

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivered public remarks about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election:

    “Special Counsel Mueller clearly and directly stated that, ‘There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election and that allegation deserves the attention of every American.’

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Delegation Request FBI Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in writing a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to thank them for their work on the City of Baltimore ransomware attack and to request a briefing on the attack once operations conclude.

    The Members asked several questions regarding the attack, including:

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