Congressman John Sarbanes

Congressman John Sarbanes Representing Maryland's Third Congressional District. Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force. Congressman John Sarbanes has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S.

Congress since 2007. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to the House Subcommittee on Health, the House Subcommittee on Energy and the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Congressman Sarbanes also serves on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and its Subcommittee on Government Operations. Since 2017, he has chaired the Democracy Reform Task Force, a bold effort in the House of Representatives to build a government that puts the public's interests ahead of special interests. Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes has experience working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He and his family live in Towson, giving him the opportunity to drive home every night and hear from people he serves in Congress. Listening to their concerns allows him to better represent Maryland and has shaped his work in the House of Representatives.

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MARYLANDERS: You can now download and use MD COVID Alert, a free iPhone and Android app that will notify you if you’ve c...
11/11/2020
Maryland launches cellphone app to notify public of COVID-19 exposure

MARYLANDERS: You can now download and use MD COVID Alert, a free iPhone and Android app that will notify you if you’ve come into contact with someone who tested positive for #COVID19.

As the virus continues to spread across our communities at an alarming rate, this tool can help boost our state’s contact tracing efforts and help keep you and your families safe.

See the below article for more information about the app.

Maryland health officials roll out cellphone app to notify public of COVID-19 exposure.

11/11/2020
Sarbanes Video Message: Veterans Day 2020

Today, on #VeteransDay, we salute all of the courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed to protect our nation.

We can never fully repay the debt we owe America’s veterans, but we can – and I always will – work tirelessly to ensure that our veterans receive the health care, education and job opportunities they deserve.

My office regularly assists veterans and retired military personnel in Maryland’s Third Congressional District. We can help you and your families resolve issues with VA health care, disability claims, pension applications, retirement pay and survivor’s benefits.

If you need assistance, please call my office at (410) 832-8890 or email us at https://sarbanes.house.gov/contact.

As #COVID19 cases continue to rise across our state, Governor Larry Hogan must implement workplace protections to help p...
11/10/2020
Sarbanes, Maryland Delegation Members Urge Governor Hogan to Implement COVID-19 Workplace Protections for Marylanders

As #COVID19 cases continue to rise across our state, Governor Larry Hogan must implement workplace protections to help prevent, contain and mitigate the spread of the virus and keep Marylanders safe.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in urging Governor Larry Hogan (R) to implement coronavirus workplace protections for Marylanders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, I joined bipartisan demands for The United States Department of Justice to reverse its sweetheart deal with the S...
11/10/2020
Sarbanes Joins Bipartisan Effort Urging Justice Department to Strengthen Punishment Against the Sackler Family for Fueling the Opioid Epidemic

Today, I joined bipartisan demands for The United States Department of Justice to reverse its sweetheart deal with the Sackler family.

The family, and Purdue Pharma, must face stiff punishment for fueling the opioid epidemic.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined bipartisan demands for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to rescind its decision, at the request of the Sackler family, to turn Purdue Pharma into a “public benefit company” as part of an $8 billion settlement reached with th...

Today, the Republican assault on our health care system continues. If President Trump, Congressional Republicans and cyn...
11/10/2020
The Affordable Care Act Faces Another Supreme Court Test

Today, the Republican assault on our health care system continues.

If President Trump, Congressional Republicans and cynical GOP political operatives succeed in striking down the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance and more than 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions will lose critical protections and face higher insurance premiums.

We cannot allow that to happen. #SaveTheACA

Though the court’s conservative majority has been bolstered by three Trump appointees, the law’s challengers will face headwinds.

In a historic moment for our nation, the American people – in record-breaking fashion – voted to elect Joe Biden and Kam...
11/08/2020
Sarbanes Statement on the Historic Victory of President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris

In a historic moment for our nation, the American people – in record-breaking fashion – voted to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House. During this challenging time for our country, this is the team to unite us in the fight against COVID-19, work with Congress to provide critical assistance to millions of American families and small businesses and put us on a path to sustained economic recovery.

I look forward to working with President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris as we restore the promise of American democracy by cleaning up corruption, instilling a culture of ethics and accountability in our government and protecting and expanding the sacred right to vote. Uprooting the entrenched special interests in Washington will pave the way for a progressive agenda that includes lowering the cost of health care and prescription drug prices, ending police brutality and advancing the cause of racial justice, tackling the climate crisis, providing every American with the opportunity to secure a good-paying job with a living wage, enacting critical gun safety reforms and improving our education system so that every child can succeed.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

11/06/2020
MPT News

See below for my full interview with MPT News.

Tune in! 📺
11/06/2020

Tune in! 📺

TODAY at 11AM Congressman John Sarbanes joins us via Facebook Live to discuss the #election2020 results. Link will be shared a couple of minutes before 11AM, stay tuned!

Honored to earn an A+ rating from ANCA. I will always support the Armenian-American community in our shared effort to su...
11/03/2020

Honored to earn an A+ rating from ANCA. I will always support the Armenian-American community in our shared effort to support Armenia in the face of Turkish and Azerbaijani aggression.

See here for the full report card: https://anca.org/report-card/.

Proud to earn a perfect score on The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' voting record for the 116th Congre...
11/03/2020

Proud to earn a perfect score on The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' voting record for the 116th Congress. I remain committed to advancing civil rights, delivering justice for every Maryland community and restoring the promise of American democracy with #HR1, the #ForThePeople Act.

See the full scorecard here: https://civilrights.org/voting-record/.

11/03/2020
elections.maryland.gov

It’s #ElectionDay! 🗳️

Marylanders who plan to vote in person today can click the below link for a full list of voting centers.

If you are not registered to vote but want to cast a ballot, you ***can register in person*** at an Election Day voting center – and then vote. If you plan to register in person, please bring proof of your Maryland residency.

#VOTE #Election2020

Today, I joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in recognizing $300,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Lynchi...
11/02/2020
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Recognize $300,000 Federal Grant to Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Today, I joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in recognizing $300,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in recognizing $300,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

For decades, the Republican Party has worked to prevent Americans from voting.  This year – amid a public health crisis ...
11/01/2020
Opinion | Why Are Republicans So Afraid of Voters?

For decades, the Republican Party has worked to prevent Americans from voting.

This year – amid a public health crisis – we’ve seen some of the most brazen and insidious attacks on voting in decades.

House Democrats have already passed #HR1, #HR4 and #DCStatehood to end Republican voter suppression, protect the right to vote, expand the franchise and ensure that every American’s voice is heard.

Senate Republicans have blocked it all.

If Americans #VOTE for change this November, we will make these critical reforms our first priority.

There is no “both sides do it” when it comes to intentionally keeping Americans away from the polls.

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10/31/2020

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Please be careful and stay safe.

Proud to join my colleagues as we reaffirm our commitment to protecting marriage equality in America. I will always figh...
10/30/2020
Pappas Alongside All the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Introduce Resolution Affirming the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Proud to join my colleagues as we reaffirm our commitment to protecting marriage equality in America.

I will always fight to ensure that every American has the right to marry the person they love.

Washington, D.C. - Tomorrow the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Co-Chairs, Chris Pappas (NH-01), David Cicilline (RI-01), Angie Craig (MN-02), Sharice L. Davids (KS-03), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Mark Pocan (WI-02), and Mark Takano (CA-41) plan to introduce a resolution along with the suppo...

Today, the Maryland Congressional Delegation announced $142,758 in federal funding for the Maryland Dept. Of The Environ...
10/30/2020
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $140,000 to Protect Maryland’s Shorelines and Invest in Green Infrastructure

Today, the Maryland Congressional Delegation announced $142,758 in federal funding for the Maryland Dept. Of The Environment to protect wetlands and shorelines along the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Investing in the conservation and restoration of Maryland’s shorelines will help preserve coastal ecosystems, prevent erosion and build resilience against the impacts of climate change.

Our delegation remains intensely committed to protecting the Chesapeake Bay and we will work tirelessly to secure additional federal resources that safeguard the Bay Watershed for generations to come.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $142,758 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of the Environment to protect wetlands and shorelines along the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Once again, President Trump has attempted to undermine the capacity of the federal government by stocking America’s civi...
10/29/2020
Sarbanes Joins Fight Against Trump Administration Assault on Federal Civil Servants

Once again, President Trump has attempted to undermine the capacity of the federal government by stocking America’s civil service with party loyalists and Trump lackeys.

Working alongside my colleagues, I will continue to fight tirelessly for the hardworking women and men of our federal workforce and act swiftly to stop the Trump Administration’s reckless assault on our nation’s civil servants.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Democrats in forcefully pushing back against a secret Trump Administration executive order that would make it easier for President Trump to fire career civil servants and replace them with family members, donors and political ...

🗳️ ATTENTION MARYLAND VOTERS: If you are still planning to vote by mail, state election officials strongly recommend tha...
10/29/2020
Elections Officials' Advice: Bring Mail-in Ballots to Drop Boxes – Maryland Matters

🗳️ ATTENTION MARYLAND VOTERS: If you are still planning to vote by mail, state election officials strongly recommend that you return your ballot to an official drop box, rather than using the US Postal Service.

With only five days to go before #Election2020, using a drop box will help ensure that your ballot arrives on time.

See here for a full list of ballot drop box locations: https://bit.ly/MDBallotDropOff. #VOTE

With reports of slow mail delivery across the country, Maryland election officials are urging voters to return their mail-in ballots at drop-boxes throughout the state instead of using the Postal Service. Maryland State Elections Administrator Linda H. Lamone said in a statement that she doesn’t t...

The Maryland Congressional Delegation announced more than $40 million in funding to support survivors of domestic violen...
10/28/2020
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $40 Million in Federal Funding to Support Survivors and Combat Violence Against Women

The Maryland Congressional Delegation announced more than $40 million in funding to support survivors of domestic violence and to prevent violence against women.

The uptick in violence against women during the #COVID19 pandemic is both disturbing and unacceptable. We must continue to spread the word about resources available to survivors and those experiencing domestic violence.

As a delegation, we’ve worked to secure funds for many of these initiatives throughout Maryland, and we will continue fighting for the necessary resources to combat violence against women and support survivors as they recover and rebuild their lives.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing more than $40,037,526 to support survivors of domestic violence and to prevent violence against women.

80 years ago, the Greek people famously and courageously stood up against the forces of fascism sweeping across Europe. ...
10/28/2020
Sarbanes Re-Introduces Resolution to Commemorate Greek Heroism During the Second World War

80 years ago, the Greek people famously and courageously stood up against the forces of fascism sweeping across Europe. I’m honored to join my Hellenic Caucus colleagues as we salute the Greek people for their heroism in declaring “Oxi!” and resisting the Axis invasion of Greece.

This inspiring moment in Greek history stands as an eternal symbol of triumph over authoritarianism and oppression.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Reps. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and Rob Woodall (R-Ga,) in re-introducing a House Resolution to designate October 28 as “Oxi Day,” in recognition of the Greek people’s inspiring and res...

The Baltimore Congressional Delegation just announced $9.4 million in federal funding for the Maryland Transit Administr...
10/28/2020
Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $9.4 Million for Regional Railway Improvements

The Baltimore Congressional Delegation just announced $9.4 million in federal funding for the Maryland Transit Administration to upgrade railway infrastructure in Martin’s Yard and Baltimore Penn Station.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Baltimore Congressional Delegation in announcing $9.4 million in federal funding for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to upgrade railway infrastructure in Martin’s Yard and Baltimore Penn Station.

Today, I joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in expressing serious concerns to Governor Hogan about the Purple ...
10/28/2020
Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Press Governor Hogan on Purple Line Issues

Today, I joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in expressing serious concerns to Governor Hogan about the Purple Line Project, as construction delays and legal disputes cause significant disruptions to Maryland businesses and communities.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in expressing serious concerns to Governor Larry Hogan (R) about the Purple Line Project, as construction delays and legal disputes cause significant disruptions to Maryland businesses and commu...

I commend the Artsakh Republic on its efforts to develop and promote a democratic and pluralistic society in the face of...
10/27/2020
Sarbanes Joins Bipartisan Resolution in Support of the Republic of Artsakh

I commend the Artsakh Republic on its efforts to develop and promote a democratic and pluralistic society in the face of continued threats from Azerbaijan.

With this resolution, the United States Congress is making a declaration of its full-throated support for these efforts. It will also send a clear and forceful message to Azerbaijan, urging the Aliyev regime and its Erdogan-backed enablers to end their vicious military offensive and seek a peaceful resolution to this conflict.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan resolution calling for stronger ties between officials of Artsakh and American officials at all levels and supporting full and direct participation of the Artsakh government in the Organization for Security and Cooperat...

The Trump Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue must end their efforts to undermine critica...
10/26/2020
Sarbanes, Maryland Delegation Members Call on Trump Administration to Reverse Devastating Cuts to Food Aid for Thousands of Maryland Families

The Trump Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Perdue must end their efforts to undermine critical nutrition programs and ensure that Maryland families receive adequate food aid as the country grapples with a third wave of deadly #COVID19 infections.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in urging U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to immediately fix his agency’s Farmers to Families Food Box program and ensure that Maryland families receive adequate food aid...

Senate Republicans’ decision to ram through Judge Barrett’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court right before Election ...
10/26/2020
Sarbanes Statement on the Confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court

Senate Republicans’ decision to ram through Judge Barrett’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court right before Election Day is breathtaking in its defiance of both Senate precedent and the clear will of the American people.

Instead of focusing their time and energy on meeting the needs of families and small businesses in the midst of a global pandemic, Republican Senators have engineered a power grab of epic proportions – all for the sake of advancing their right-wing agenda.

This cynical maneuver – with its grave consequences for broadly supported public policy – will do lasting damage to the Court's reputation as a fair and impartial arbiter of the nation's laws.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today as the Trump Administration and Senate Republicans raced to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

As we learned this week, our adversaries continue to sow public discord and interfere in our elections.For more than a y...
10/23/2020

As we learned this week, our adversaries continue to sow public discord and interfere in our elections.

For more than a year, Senator Mitch McConnell (#MoscowMitch) and Senate GOP have blocked critical efforts like the #SHIELDAct, which would protect our elections and safeguard our democracy.

The president’s assault on our nation’s patriotic, hardworking civil servants continues.This time, he’s aiming to make i...
10/23/2020
Trump Issues Order Giving Him More Leeway to Hire and Fire Federal Workers

The president’s assault on our nation’s patriotic, hardworking civil servants continues.

This time, he’s aiming to make it easier to fire nonpartisan federal workers and replace them with family members, political operatives and other Trump cronies.

The move would give the president greater freedom to weed out what he sees as a “deep state” bureaucracy. The executive order, which could be rescinded if he is not re-elected, was condemned by civil service unions.

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About Congressman Sarbanes

Congressman John Sarbanes has represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. Congress since 2007. He currently serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, in addition to the House Subcommittee on Health, the House Subcommittee on Energy and the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Congressman Sarbanes also serves on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and its Subcommittee on Government Operations. Since 2017, he has chaired the Democracy Reform Task Force, a bold effort in the House of Representatives to build a government that puts the public’s interests ahead of special interests.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Congressman Sarbanes has experience working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He and his family live in Towson, giving him the opportunity to drive home every night and hear from people he serves in Congress. Listening to their concerns allows him to better represent Maryland and has shaped his work in the House of Representatives.

Democracy Reform Task Force

As chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, Congressman Sarbanes works to confront the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest and ethical lapses, and to fight back against special-interest policies in Congress, while advancing positive reforms to improve accountability and transparency in government. To that end, Congressman Sarbanes authored H.R. 1, the For the People Act – a historic reform package to clean up the culture of corruption in Washington and return to government of, by and for the people. H.R. 1 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 8, 2019.

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