Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Statement on House Committee Action to Advance the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee successfully advanced the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1620), a bipartisan bill that would increase investments in the successful Chesapeake Bay Program for the next five years:

  • Sarbanes Calls on Trump Education Department and Secretary DeVos to Fix PSLF Management Errors and Fulfill Promises to America’s Public Servants

    During a House Education and Labor Committee hearing today about the Trump Administration’s failure to administer the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) submitted a statement for the record, calling on the Trump Education Department and Secretary Devos to fix management errors and deliver student loan debt relief to America’s teachers, military members, community health care workers, public defenders, social workers and other public servants who rely on the PSLF program.

  • Sarbanes Calls on Trump Education Department and Secretary DeVos to Fix PSLF Management Errors and Fulfill Promises to America’s Public Servants

    During a House Education and Labor Committee hearing today about the Trump Administration’s failure to administer the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) submitted a statement for the record, calling on the Trump Education Department and Secretary Devos to fix management errors and deliver student loan debt relief to America’s teachers, military members, community health care workers, public defenders, social workers and other public servants who rely on the PSLF program.

  • Sarbanes Offers Full Support for D.C. Statehood

    During a momentous House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today on the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51), Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) offered his full support for D.C. statehood and the people of the District of Columbia.

    “This is a historic day and I want to congratulate the District of Columbia,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “I want to thank all the advocates and city officials who’ve come here today and have stayed for the entire hearing to demonstrate their support for D.C. statehood.”

  • 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:

  • Sarbanes Demands Action from Senate Republicans to Reduce Gun Violence in America

    During a House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force forum about the impact of gun violence on children, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans immediately hold a vote on two House-passed bills to address the gun violence epidemic in America, including H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, and H.R. 1112, the Enhanced Background Checks Act.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), in urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to reconsider a recently proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would hurt Maryland families.

    Under the proposed Trump Administration rule, an estimated 50,000 Marylanders could lose their SNAP benefits.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger Announce More Than $207,000 for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce $207,054 in federal funding for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue.

    The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to implement a firefighting training course that provides instruction to 375 personnel for more than 2,900 total hours.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Almost $300,000 for the Baltimore City Fire Department

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing a $298,345 grant for the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD).

  • Sarbanes, Cummings, Ruppersberger Demand ICE Cease Predatory Bait and Switch Practices

    Congressmen John Sarbanes, Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence, requesting that ICE immediately cease the predatory bait and switch tactics to arrest immigrants that are attending interviews as part of their lawful immigration process related to their marriage to a U.S. citizen at the Baltimore U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Protect Maryland’s Coastline from Offshore Drilling

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass three bills in the U.S. House of Representatives that would protect coastlines in Maryland and across the country, along with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, from oil and gas drilling.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin, Trone Announce $50,000 for Montgomery County MLK Day of Service

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), to announce a $50,000 grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center.

  • Sarbanes Slams Chemical Companies for Whitewashing Dangerous Health Effects of PFAS Chemicals

    During a House Subcommittee on Environment hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) blasted wealthy and well-connected chemical companies for concealing the science linking PFAS chemicals to health risks, and for using campaign contributions and lobbyists to curry favor with lawmakers to avoid Congressional scrutiny.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

    Today, may we remember the victims of the 9/11 attacks and pay tribute to our heroic first responders. The memory of those who perished will never be forgotten.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Mayor Young Announce Nearly $3.7 Million to Combat Youth Homelessness in Baltimore

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D), to announce nearly $3.7 million in federal funding to fight youth homeless. The funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, will help the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services develop the best strategies to meet the needs of homeless youth in Baltimore City.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Lawmakers Urge Congressional Appropriators to Boost Funding for NIH

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), in calling on Senate and House appropriators to follow the recommendations laid out in a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences that calls for $1.3 billion – $700 million urgently – to upgrade older facilities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bethesda campus.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $103,000 in Federal Funding for the Annapolis Fire Department

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) to announce $103,954 in federal funding for the Annapolis Fire Department. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to purchase seven automated chest compression units.

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Department of Education’s Failure to Follow Through on Student Loan Debt Relief for America’s Public Servants

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the Trump Education Department, under the leadership of Secretary Betsy DeVos, has denied 99 percent of Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness (TEPSLF) applicants from receiving student debt relief:

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $3.7 Million to Address Youth Homelessness

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing more than $3,699,000 in federal funding to help improve services for homeless youth in Baltimore City. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program.

  • Sarbanes Announces $120,000 in Federal Grants for Baltimore Environmental Education Programs

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced $120,000 in federal funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide Baltimore high school students with immersive environmental education opportunities. The Parks & People Foundation and the Living Classrooms Foundation – two Baltimore-based nonprofits – will each receive $60,000 to strengthen environmental learning programs across the city.

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