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Last week’s news about the Maryland vendor came hours after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers, charging that they hacked the computer networks of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.... The indictment alleged that an unnamed congressional candidate sought and received information on their political opponent from Russian intelligence officials.... Maryland Reps. John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings joined other Democrats on Thursday in asking Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to refer the matter to the Federal Election Commission. Cummings is the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Sarbanes heads the Democracy Reform Task Force, a government accountability group.... The letter said the candidate’s request could violate campaign finance laws. “Prohibitions on election activity by foreign nationals are essential to the very idea of self-government,” the letter said.
Democratic lawmakers joined activists at a candlelight vigil in front of the White House Wednesday night to protest President Trump's recent remarks about Russia and to show support for special counsel Robert Mueller's probe…. “Welcome defenders of democracy; you are a beautiful sight!” said Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) at the protest. “Mr. President, why will you not protect our democracy,” he added…. “I see the gavel on the hill and we can get the gavel,” Sarbanes said. “Together we’re marching to get the gavel. We can do this. It’s your vote, it’s your voice, and in November, it will be your victory.”
The president drew criticisms from both parties for indicating he accepted Putin's denial that the Kremlin attempt to sway the 2016 U.S. vote.... "Welcome defenders of democracy; you are a beautiful sight!" said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., at the rally.... "Mr. President, why will you not protect our democracy?" ... The vigil was one of about 200 protests around the United States organized by liberal groups, aimed at the Russian controversy.
A measure that would hobble enforcement of Chesapeake Bay cleanup is set for a House floor vote this week.... The measure was introduced by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke, and would forbid using federal funds to take action against bay states that fail to meet their anti-pollution targets.... Such actions, referred to as “backstops,” are triggered when a jurisdiction falls short of its pollution reduction goals or can’t offer “reasonable assurance” that reductions will be met, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.... And Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott’s office said the Newport News Democrat would vote against the amendment and, along with his Maryland colleague Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Towson, encourage others to do so. Scott and Sarbanes co-chair the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus.... At the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a nonprofit advocacy group, president Will Baker noted that congressional Democrats and Republicans continue to show strong support for bay cleanup despite repeated attempts by the Trump administration to slash federal funds for the effort.
On the holiday when American freedoms are celebrated, spectators at the Annapolis Independence Day parade reserved their biggest cheers for freedom of the press — specifically, as practiced by their hometown newspaper.... Rep. John Sarbanes wore a “Press on” T-shirt as he walked the parade route. His office forwarded a request from Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley to the White House to order the American flag lowered in recognition of the shooting at the newspaper.
Dozens of people gathered Friday in Glen Burnie to protest Anne Arundel County's use of the Ordnance Road Detention Center to house undocumented immigrants.... Rep. John Sarbanes said he and other Democrats are pushing to pass the Keeping the Families Together Act.... "To make sure that there's no discretion when it comes to whether you separate in America, we will not do that and that will be the law of the land," Sarbanes said.
The Senate and House versions of fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act also contain provisions that would bar sales of the jets until certain reporting requirements are met. And Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) has offered an amendment to the fiscal 2019 Defense Appropriations bill, H.R. 6157 that would bar the department from spending funding to transfer F-35’s to Turkey.
Maryland Democrats in Congress asked the Trump administration on Thursday to grant crab shacks temporary relief from a new rule that is preventing many from accepting food stamps for steamed crabs.... Officials warned carryout shops in the Baltimore area last year that they could no longer accept food stamps for crabs unless they sold them live or raw. The shops were also told that they had to provide a variety of food staples, not just the Chesapeake Bay delicacy, to qualify for food stamp transactions.... The letter was signed by Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and John Delaney. All are Democrats.
House Democrats are working to keep a flame to Facebook’s feet ahead of the company’s anticipated responses to lingering concerns over the handling of user data, as well its ongoing efforts to weed out foreign-bought political ads targeting American voters.... “The midterm elections get closer with each passing day, and Facebook has many important questions to answer—without further delay—about how its platform impacts our democratic process,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, Democrat of Maryland. “We need answers in short order.”