Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Demands Action on Election Security

    During a Subcommittee on National Security hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) warned against the coming attacks on our elections by foreign adversaries and urged Republican lawmakers to join Democrats in hardening American election security before 2020.

    “Our intelligence community is obviously warning us that we’re going to be attacked again,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “The red lights are blinking. The alarm bells are going off. We’re under attack. It’s clear to everybody.”

  • Sarbanes Testifies in Support of Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program

    During a Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands hearing today, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair John Sarbanes (D-Md.) provided testimony that highlighted the long-running success and benefits of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Program and urged his colleagues to pass legislation he introduced to reauthorize the program.

  • Sarbanes Urges Congress to Modernize and Secure America’s Electric Grid

    During a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing today on the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow’s America (LIFT) Act, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on Congress to modernize, strengthen and secure America’s electric grid.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Passage of the Consumers First Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the Consumers First Act (H.R. 1500):

    “Today, I proudly joined House Democrats in passing a bill to protect Americans from predatory financial companies and unscrupulous scams. The Consumers First Act will restore integrity and enforcement authority to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) – the only cop on the beat to go after financial institutions and bad actors who exploit hardworking Americans.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Passage of the Equality Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for and passing H.R. 5, the Equality Act:

  • Sarbanes Votes to Strengthen America’s Health Care System and Lower Prescription Drug Costs

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, a package of seven bills to lower the cost of prescription drugs, halt the sale of junk insurance plans, and prevent the Trump Administration from continuing to sabotage the American health care system.

  • Sarbanes, Thompson, Lofgren Introduce Comprehensive Election Security Reforms

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) to introduce the Election Security Act (H.R. 2660), a bill to help protect American elections from malevolent attacks and foreign interference.

  • Sarbanes Statement on House Appropriations Subcommittee Vote to Prevent Turkey from Receiving F-35 Fighter Jets

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations approved a funding bill that included his language to prevent Turkey from acquiring the F-35 Lighting II fighter jet while it simultaneously attempts to purchase and integrate advanced Russian missile defense systems:

  • Sarbanes Criticizes Big Pharma’s Corrosive Influence on Policymaking in Washington

    During a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized wealthy and well-connected pharmaceutical industries for flooding Washington with lobbyists and campaign donations in an effort to stave off attempts to lower prescription drug prices for the American people.

  • Sarbanes Challenges Secretary Perry Over the Trump Administration’s Drastic Cuts to Successful Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Programs

    During a House Subcommittee on Energy hearing today about the U.S. Department of Energy’s fiscal year 2020 budget, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned Secretary Rick Perry about the Trump Administration’s budget proposal, which encouraged draconian cuts to the Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and to its Solar Energy Technologies Office.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Pass the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act (H.R. 986), a bill to prevent the Trump Administration from weakening critical protections for millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. 

  • Sarbanes Co-Sponsors Groundbreaking Effort to Combat Opioid Crisis

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act, a landmark bill that would provide families and communities across America with sweeping, significant and sustained resources to address the opioid epidemic.

  • Sarbanes, National Capital Region Congressional Delegation Reintroduce Bill to Improve Safety and Reliability of WMATA Public Transit

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined all the members of the National Capital House Congressional Delegation in reintroducing the Metro Accountability and Investment Act. The bill reauthorizes an existing federal capital funding source for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for ten years and provides new federal capital and operating funds contingent on WMATA adopting specific Inspector General (IG) reforms as well as meeting metrics for safety, reliability and operating cost efficiency.

  • Sarbanes Statement on House Passage of the Climate Action Now Act

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act:

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Meet with Census Bureau Leadership to Discuss Lack of Readiness for 2020 Tally and the Chilling Effect of Including a Citizenship Question

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined Maryland’s Congressional Delegation yesterday to host a discussion with U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham and other experts to explore Maryland’s readiness for the 2020 count.

  • My Statement on the New Zealand Attack

    I join people of goodwill everywhere who are in mourning in the wake of the horrific attack in New Zealand. We send our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those targeted and to all members of the Muslim community around the world and here in Maryland, who have been deeply shaken by this unconscionable act of terror. In the face of a rising tide of hate, bigotry and violent far-right extremism that seeks to divide us, we must stand united in solidarity with each other.

  • No Fossil Fuel Money

    I'm excited to announce I've signed onto the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. As the longest-running PAC-free Member of Congress in America, I know how important it is that we put the American public's interests over fossil fuel profits.

  • Happy Hanukkah

    Wishing the Jewish community in Maryland and around the country a sweet and joyous final night of Hanukkah. 

  • Veteran's Day

    On this Veteran’s Day we commemorate our veterans, past and present, who served our country with dignity and honor. I have and will continue to support our country’s armed services. 

  • Thank You

    Thank you for powering me to re-election and for giving the gavel back to Democrats in the House of Representatives. With your vote and all the other ways you helped--putting up yard signs, chipping in a few dollars, or knocking on doors--you made the difference and I am deeply humbled by your support.    

    For the last two years, our country--our democracy--has been sliding on loose gravel. On Tuesday, we found our footing. Now we go to work restoring checks and balances in Washington. The President's latest move dismissing the Attorney General shows why oversight is so important. You were the ones that restored that oversight and it is our responsibility to carry it out.