Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Releases Public Service Announcement for 2020 Census

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following public service announcement to share important information about the 2020 Census, which begins on April 1.

    “Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts everyone living in the United States.

    This critical tally helps us allocate programs and services – including community health clinics, schools, affordable housing, roads and other vital services – that help Maryland communities thrive.

    The census is important. It's easy. It's safe.

  • Sarbanes, Nadler, Scanlon, Kennedy, Introduce Bill to Improve Equality and Fairness in America’s Civil Justice System

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Judiciary Committee Vice Chair Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Penn.) and Access to Counsel Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) to introduce the Fair Access to Legal Counsel Act (FALCA), a bill to help more Americans secure representation in civil court.

  • Sarbanes Votes for Comprehensive Bill to Reduce Youth Tobacco Use

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (H.R. 2339), a bill to address the explosion of youth vaping and tobacco use in America.

  • Resources on Coronavirus

    Just a quick note about COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. As we are learning more about how the virus is impacting communities across the country, I wanted to share useful information that's available from the Maryland Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Sarbanes Assails Trump Administration’s Crusade Against LGBTQ Americans

    At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized the Trump Administration’s ongoing efforts to discriminate against the LGBTQ community and slammed a new Trump Administration proposal that would allow heath care providers to deny treatment to LGBTQ Americans.

  • Sarbanes Slams Trump Administration’s Failure to Address the Youth Tobacco Crisis and Questions HHS Secretary Azar about Bizarre Plan to Remove the FDA’s Tobacco Oversight Authority

    At a House Subcommittee on Health Hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about the Trump Administration’s failure to rein in Big Tobacco, reduce youth vaping and prevent another generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.

  • House Passes Sarbanes Bill to Increase Public Access to the Chesapeake Bay

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced the passage of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2427), a bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Sarbanes to help enhance public access to the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Sarbanes Blasts GOP Voter Suppression Tactics and Calls for Action on Critical Reforms to Protect and Expand the Right to Vote

    At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on voting rights today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized well-documented voter suppression tactics in states across the country and demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hold a vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, two House-passed bills that would protect and expand the right to vote.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $13 Million to Combat Homelessness in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, (all D-Md.) in announcing $13,187,737 for 32 projects to counter homelessness in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $30 Million in Funding to Combat Homelessness in Central Maryland

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin, (all D-Md.) in announcing $29,859,429 in federal funding for 83 projects to counter homelessness in central Maryland.

  • Sarbanes Joins Democratic Oversight Committee Members in Objecting to Secretary DeVos’ Proposed Rule Harming Student Survivors of Sexual Abuse

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and all Democratic Members of the Committee in sending a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos requesting information about a proposed rule that would encourage schools to pursue fewer investigations of sexual harassment and assault.

    The Department is poised to finalize the rule soon.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Advance the Equal Rights Amendment

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to remove the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and pave the way for the ERA to become the 28th Amendment:

  • Sarbanes Backs Bill to Expand American Democracy and Empower D.C. Residents with Full Voting Rights

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act through the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The bill would admit of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union and provide D.C. residents with full voting rights.

    Congressman Sarbanes, a co-sponsor of the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act, strongly backed the bill.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Black History Month

    “Hi, everybody. This is Congressman John Sarbanes.

    “During Black History Month, we pay tribute – as always – to icons like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and my colleague in the House of Representatives, John Lewis. In Maryland, we take special pride in the achievements of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Justice Thurgood Marshall and the late Elijah Cummings, a friend and mentor who I had the privilege of serving with for 14 years.

  • The Sierra Club Maryland Chapter Endorses Sarbanes

    I’m proud to earn the endorsement of the Sierra Club Maryland Chapter. In Congress, I remain committed to bold policies that #ActOnClimate and deliver environmental justice so that we can protect our environment — including treasures like the Chesapeake Bay — for our kids and grandkids. We have so much at stake and no time to waste.



  • Sarbanes Slams New Trump Administration Plan to Punish Hungry Children and Families

    At a House Economic and Consumer Policy Subcommittee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the detrimental impacts of the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would leave 3.7 million Americans – including 15,000 Baltimore residents – hungry and take away free and reduced-priced lunch from nearly one million students across the country.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Expand Workers’ Rights and Protections

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a bill to strengthen workers’ rights and help them negotiate higher salaries, stronger workplace protections and improved benefits. The PRO Act would also penalize companies, managers and corporate executives who violate workers’ rights.

  • Baltimore Delegation Announces $4.8 Million in Federal Funding to Support Affordable Housing for Baltimore Seniors

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), to announce more than $4.8 million in federal funding to support affordable housing for Baltimore seniors.

  • Sarbanes Raises Concerns About the Trump EPA’s Quiet Efforts to Undermine Clean Water Standards

    At a House Subcommittee on Energy hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) expressed serious reservations about the Trump Administration’s efforts, through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to weaken the Clean Water Act and undermine the ability of states, including Maryland, to protect water quality.

    During the hearing, Congressman Sarbanes asked Cheryl A. LaFleur, one of the longest-tenured commissioners on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, about the consequences of subverting the Clean Water Act.

  • Sarbanes Calls on Congressional Colleagues to Follow the Lead of Sister Campbell and Put the Public Good Ahead of Special Interests

    At a House Subcommittee on Government Operations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) lifted up the meaningful work of Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of the NETWORK Lobby, and called on the Trump Administration and its Republican allies in Congress to follow her lead in putting the interests of hardworking American families ahead of the interests of wealthy donors and corporations.