Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

H.R. 1 Provides Freshman House Democrats a McConnell 101 Lesson

June 5, 2019
In The News

While it is not quite an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object, the metaphor is close enough: Freshman House Democrats who roared into the majority in January with ambitious legislative plans are increasingly facing the reality of a Senate majority leader who has little interest in what they want. The latest reality check came on Wednesday when a substantial portion of first-year House Democrats — 62 members — urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act on H.R. 1, a sweeping House-passed bill that seeks to fortify ethics rules for public officials, overhaul campaign finance and expand access to voting. In a letter to the Kentucky Republican, the Democrats stressed how they pledged action on those three pillars as their first priority of the 116th Congress. Several of the signatories staged a press conference Wednesday in front of the Capitol where they implored the Senate to act.... The For the People Act, introduced by Maryland Democrat John Sarbanes passed the House in March with 235 Democratic co-sponsors. The companion bill in the Senate, S 949, was introduced by New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall in March but no action has been taken since.