Press Releases

  • Sarbanes Exposes Big Tobacco’s Role in Halting State and Federal Efforts to Curb the Youth Vaping Crisis

    At a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized Big Tobacco representatives and e-cigarette manufacturers for leveraging enormous campaign contributions and hundreds of lobbyists to persuade the Trump-led U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to weaken protections against youth vaping.

  • Sarbanes Bill to Revive and Protect the Chesapeake Bay Passes U.S. House of Representatives

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill that would authorize $455 million over five years for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a decades-long partnership between federal and state governments to decrease pollution across the Chesapeake Bay, improve Bay health and protect the entire watershed for future generations.

  • Sarbanes Statement on Partisan Senate Vote to Acquit President Trump

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Senate Republicans voted to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress:

    “Today, Senate Republicans chose to defend the President instead of defending our democracy.

    “The evidence in the case against the President has not been contested. In fact, several of the Senators who voted to acquit the President have acknowledged his misconduct.

  • Sarbanes Announces Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha as 2020 State of the Union Guest

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that Dr. Eberechukwu Onukwugha, a leading pharmaceutical and health care researcher, will join him as a guest for the State of the Union Address on February 4.

    Dr. Onukwugha is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. She is also the Executive Director of the Pharmaceutical Research Computing Center at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

  • Sarbanes on Senate Acquittal of Trump

    Yesterday, the corrupt jury that is the Republican-led Senate acquitted President Trump in a sham trial — a trial rushed along without witnesses, documents or impartial justice.

    Despite their acknowledgement of President Trump’s reckless misconduct, all but one Republican Senator chose to put the President’s personal and political interests ahead of our country’s interests.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Rein in President Trump’s Use of Military Force in the Middle East

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting for the No War Against Iran Act and for a repeal of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF):

  • Sarbanes Statement on Trump EPA’s Apathy Toward Reducing Chesapeake Bay Pollution

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to fully respond to a Congressional letter, signed by Congressman Sarbanes, urging the EPA to fulfill its commitment to the Chesapeake Bay Program:

  • Addressing Rise in Anti-Semitism and Hate Crime, Sarbanes Calls on Americans to Unite Against All Forms of Bigotry, Hate Speech and Violence

    During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and discuss ongoing efforts to combat bigotry and hate, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged all Americans to stand up for one another and unite, as a community, against all forms of hate-fueled violence and discrimination.

  • Sarbanes Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz:

    “Today, we mark the somber occasion of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and observe the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where nearly one million Jews – along with hundreds of thousands of oppressed minorities and political prisoners – perished at the hands of the Nazis and their collaborators.

  • Sarbanes, Scott, Wittman Spearhead Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

    Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) today introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement (SEEE) Act, a bipartisan bill that strengthens Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts by supporting ongoing work at the local, state and federal levels to boost Bay health, manage fisheries, restore habitats and award environmental education grants to better connect students to the Bay.

  • Sarbanes, Matsui, Fortenberry Lead Bipartisan Effort to Help Homeowners Plant More Trees and Reduce Energy Costs

    Today, Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) introduced The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act, a bill to help homeowners lower energy costs, reduce stormwater runoff and mitigate the effects of climate change by planting more trees.

    The bill creates a new Department of Energy (DOE) grant program that offers homeowners free or reduced-cost tree planting services to help shade homes, reduce energy use and tackle the climate crisis.

  • Citizens United 10 Years Later: Sen. Sarbanes, Shaheen, Udall, Good Government Groups Outline How the Court’s Ruling Has Changed the Political Landscape

    On a call with reporters today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.-3), along with national pro-democracy organizations People For the American Way, Public Citizen, End Citizens United Action Fund, Democracy 21, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, US PIRG, and Common Cause, raised the alarm about the continuing harm caused by the 10-year-old Citizens United ruling and related court decisions.

  • Sarbanes Voices Support for Medical Cannabis Research

    At a House Subcommittee on Health hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) voiced support for medical cannabis research and highlighted the obstacles that current federal regulations pose to universities and research institutions hoping to study the health benefits of cannabis.

  • Sarbanes Highlights Dangers of High-Dose Opioids

    At a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the dangers of high-dose opioids and called for federal action to limit access to these addictive and powerful drugs.

  • Sarbanes Spotlights Historic Effort to Fight Big Money in Politics and Clean Up Corruption in Washington

    Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Chairperson of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United Action Fund, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and to highlight recent reforms passed in the U.S.

  • Sarbanes Joins Effort Urging EPA to Enforce Pollution Reduction Targets and Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in urging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to clarify his agency’s position on enforcing the Chesapeake Bay Agreement Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Protect American Families and Communities from Toxic Chemicals

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the PFAS Action Act (H.R. 535), a bill to help protect drinking water, air and soil from highly toxic and long-lasting per- and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals.

  • Sarbanes Bill to Modernize America’s Electric Grid Passes Favorably Out of Subcommittee

    The House Subcommittee on Energy today passed the 21st Century Power Grid Act, a bill authored by Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) to modernize America’s electric grid, improve its resiliency to withstand cyberattacks and extreme weather events and enable it to integrate clean technologies.

    During the markup, Congressman Sarbanes underscored the urgent need to upgrade and strengthen America’s electric grid.

  • Sarbanes Votes to Prevent War with Iran

    Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to pass H.Con.Res. 83, a War Powers Resolution to limit President Trump’s ability to engage in a military conflict with Iran:

    “After nearly two decades of endless war, the American people are wary of additional military entanglements in the Middle East. In spite of this, the President’s impulse is to heighten brinkmanship with Iran, and to do so without appropriate Congressional authorization and in violation of established protocols for consulting Congressional leaders. 

  • Sarbanes Raises the Alarm Over Efforts to Discourage People from Participating in the 2020 Census

    During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) raised concerns over insidious disinformation efforts to discourage people from participating in the 2020 Census and to undermine the U.S. Census Bureau’s work to ensure an accurate count.

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