Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Statement on Resignation of FEC Vice Chair Petersen

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today on the resignation of Federal Election Commission (FEC) Vice Chair Matthew Petersen, which reduces the number of commissioners on the agency’s six-member panel to three, one below the legal limit for a quorum, thereby barring the agency from enforcing America’s campaign finance laws:

  • Holding Trump accountable and winning the 2020 election

    As a member of the Oversight and Reform Committee led by Chairman Elijah Cummings, I’m glad to be part of a multi-committee effort to hold Donald Trump accountable for his contempt of the Constitution and the will of the American people.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Delegation Announce Nearly $1 Million in Catastrophic Preparedness Funding for Baltimore City

    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.), in announcing a $937,700 federal grant to improve the City of Baltimore’s preparedness for disasters and catastrophes. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, aims to expand federal-state collaboration and build local capacity to manage disasters.

  • Sarbanes, Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Ruppersberger Announce $898,750 to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), in announcing $898,750 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 go to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for lead-based paint risk assessments, inspections, abatement, interim controls and clearance examinations.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce More Than $1 Million for Maryland Disaster Resiliency Projects

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.), in announcing more than $1 million in federal funding for two disaster resiliency research projects in Maryland through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Press Governor Hogan to Ensure All Eligible Marylanders Can Vote in 2020

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-MD), in sending a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) requesting information regarding the State of Maryland’s efforts to address problems that occurred during the 2018 elections.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $10 Million for BWI Airport

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today to announce $9.94 million in federal funds for the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These funds will be used to reconstruct a portion of Taxiway Z which has reached the end of its useful life.

  • Sarbanes Leads Call for Gun Safety Reform

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today presided over the U.S. House of Representatives as Speaker Pro Tempore and called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take immediate steps to pass critical gun safety reforms.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $1.1 Million for Canton Railroad Company

    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 $1.1 million in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to the Canton Railroad Company.

  • Sarbanes, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announce $1.9 Million for Community College of Baltimore County

    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 $1.9 million in federal funding to the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) from the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies program. The grant funding will help train CCBC students in healthcare-related apprenticeship programs in conjunction with other colleges, universities and medical centers throughout the region.

  • Sarbanes Urges Trump EPA to Reverse Polluter-Friendly Policies and Clean Up Coal Ash Groundwater Contamination

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congressmen Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), David Price (D-N.C.) and 27 other Members of Congress in calling out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to protect groundwater from coal ash pollution in hundreds of American communities.

  • Sarbanes Reacts to Mueller’s Testimony and Discusses House Democrats’ Efforts to Hold President Trump Accountable to the American People

    During an interview on CNN’s ‘Right Now with Brianna Keilar,’ Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) shared his perspective on Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s appearance before Congress and discussed House Democrats’ efforts to hold President Donald J. Trump accountable to the American people.

  • Sarbanes Condemns Trump’s Racist Attacks on Rep. Cummings and Baltimore City

    During an interview on CNN’s ‘Right Now with Brianna Keilar,’ Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) denounced President Donald J. Trump’s racist Twitter rant about Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and the City of Baltimore.

  • Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger Announce More Than $600,000 to Launch Chesapeake Regional Digital Health Exchange

    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 $633,500 in grants from the competitive i6 Challenge of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures (JHTV).

  • Sarbanes Statement on Mueller Testimony

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivered testimony before the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about his Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election:

  • Sarbanes Votes to Curb Robocalls and Crack Down on Abusive Telephone Scams

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act (H.R. 3375), a bipartisan bill that would require phone carriers to provide consumers with free call-authentication capabilities and call-blocking technology to help curtail unwanted robocalls.

  • Sarbanes, Maryland Delegation Announce $125 Million Federal Investment in Howard Street Tunnel

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone in announcing $125 million in federal funding for the Howard Street Tunnel, which comes on top of the $91 million commitment that the Maryland Delegation worked to secure from CSX, the company that owns the tunnel.

  • My trip to the border

    Recently, I had the opportunity to visit southeast Texas and see firsthand the humanitarian crisis taking place at the U.S. - Mexico Border. What I witnessed was unnerving: refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers held in dangerous and inhumane conditions.

  • Sarbanes, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger Meet with Baltimore City Police Commissioner Harrison and Mayor Young

    Today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) in meeting with Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Jack Young to discuss the Commissioner’s recently released crime plan and their commitment to the Baltimore City Consent Decree.

  • Sarbanes Slams Trump Administration for Inhumane Treatment of Migrant Children

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) pressed U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan about his agency’s failure to address the severe overcrowding, rampant spread of disease and lack of adequate supplies at Border Patrol stations and detention facilities across the southern border.

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