Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

The House Democrats’ Blueprint for Taking on Trump and Republicans

December 6, 2018
In The News

House Democrats’ first order of business in the next Congress will be a wide-ranging reforms package aimed at increasing access to the ballot box, overhauling the country’s campaign finance rules, and codifying several ethics rules into law.... The ambitious piece of legislation is unlikely to make it through the Senate, where Republicans will hold a comfortable majority in the incoming Congress.... But by backing the bill, numbered HR-1, as their first official legislative proposal of the new Congress, House Democrats have laid out a blueprint for how they plan to govern as the majority and some of the ways they plan to take on the GOP-controlled Senate and President Donald Trump.... “We’ve actually got a plan to try to restore the democracy and give people their voice back,” Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., who is spearheading the effort, said in an interview. “That’s the kind of the foundational thing before you can go do anything else.”