Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

How House Democrats Plan to Pressure Trump, GOP Into Passing Campaign Finance, Ethics Reforms

December 6, 2018
In The News

The strategy to pass such a measure, said Democratic Representative John Sarbanes during a call with reporters Thursday, is to “come out strong” supporting the bill in January, creating momentum that puts "pressure on all members" on "both sides of the aisle." ... One potential strategy to garner support for the bill from both the American people and Republicans, Sarbanes said, is to promote each one of the three sections separately in individual bills. Then, voters can “assemble themselves around” the separate measures and get GOP senators “interested in some pieces” to then push forward the full package.... “Once the public sees it, then they’ll want to pass the whole thing, not just pieces,” Sarbanes said, warning there would be a “political consequence for those who stand in its way.” ... Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House Minority Leader who is expected to retake her gavel as speaker of the House in January, told reporters last week that "our best friend in this debate is the public."