Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

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Democracy Reform Task Force

The Democracy Reform Task Force is a bold effort in the House of Representatives to build a government that puts public interest ahead special interests. Sadly, despite promises to “drain the swamp,” President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are quickly pursuing an agenda that only benefits the wealthy and well-connected, while testing the long-established norms and laws that prevent public corruption.

To fight back, the Democracy Reform Task Force – Chaired by Congressman John Sarbanes – will confront the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest and ethical lapses, and fight back against special-interest policies in Congress, while advancing positive reforms to improve accountability and transparency in government.

Specifically, the Democracy Reform Task Force will:

  • Conduct Oversight of Ethical Violations – Bring together Congressional resources to ensure President Trump and his Administration abide by our nation’s ethics laws and the U.S. Constitution.
  • Challenge Special-Interest Policy – Fight back against egregious special-interest giveaways that benefit the wealthy and well-connected at the expense of everyday Americans.
  • Advance Positive Democracy Reforms – Champion critical reforms to improve our ethics laws, campaign finance system and accountability in government.

Our Republic’s strength is built on the American people’s trust in our institutions of democracy and it’s earned through fair elections, responsive governance and a robust system of checks and balances. The Democracy Reform Task Force will be a vehicle in the House of Representatives to preserve and renew the public’s trust in our great Republic.