Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

H.R. 1 Would Help Restore the Promise of Our Democracy

January 8, 2019
In The News

hroughout my time in Congress, I have enjoyed sitting down on a regular basis with the Capital Gazette editorial board to discuss a wide variety of issues that matter to residents of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.... One consistent theme is that our democratic institutions have lost their footing and are increasingly unresponsive to the needs of average Americans, that Washington has been captured by special interests and lawmaking has become an insider’s game.... People are desperate to reclaim their democracy. So it was gratifying on the first day of the 116th Congress to lead the new Democratic majority in unveiling and introducing H.R. 1, the For the People Act — a bold and transformative reform bill that will return power to the people by making it easier, not harder, to vote; breaking the grip of big money on our politics; and strengthening ethics laws so that the public officials serve the public, not themselves.