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A program to renew self-rule is coming to a congressional campaign near you. In late June, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced a resolution outlining a broad agenda that has been co-sponsored by 163 House Democrats. It is a promissory note to the electorate, outlining areas where the party is working on legislation it pledges to enact should it win a majority.… A high priority would involve creating a campaign-finance regimen aimed at encouraging congressional candidates to rely on small contributions, while also restoring the public-finance system for presidential campaigns…. Sarbanes said in an interview that the goal is not simply to have a campaign theme that appeals to conservatives, independents and progressives alike, but also to commit his party to specific actions. “This is not a message you wear,” he said. “This is a message you own.”
In the face of recent administration efforts to cut back on federal employee telework, Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and John Sarbanes, D-Md., introduced legislation July 26 that would prevent agencies from instituting policies that limit telework participation.... “Federal government telework programs not only improve productivity, but also save taxpayer money by increasing efficiency, strengthening employee retention and reducing costs for federal office space, as numerous studies have demonstrated,” said Sarbanes, who was also an author of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.... We must push back against the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on federal telework programs, which make our government work better for the American people.”
People gathered Saturday for the Annapolis Rising event to benefit the Capital Gazette Fund.... The concert marks one month since a gunman entered the newspaper's newsroom and killed five people and injured several others on June 28. Wendi Winters, Robert Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara and Rebecca Ann Smith were killed in the shooting.... "When you attack a small-town newspaper, you attack everything that is right and good and valuable," U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes said.
House Democrats Gerry Connolly and John Sarbanes want to save federal telework. The two introduced a new bill — the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act — to the House on Thursday in a bid to require that agencies continue to support expanded teleworking opportunities moving forward. The bill is a direct response to new policies at the Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture, both of which recently announced that they are shrinking employee telework availability from four days a week to just one. The decisions drew ire from employees and concern about what the influx of commuters could mean for infrastructure in the D.C. area. Connolly, of Virginia, and Sarbanes, of Maryland, both serve large populations of federal workers who could be affected by receding telework policies…. “We must push back against the Trump Administration’s repeated attacks on federal telework programs, which make our government work better for the American people,” Sarbanes, who also authored the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, said in a statement.
“We are in desperate need at this particular point in time,” Pugh said at a roundtable discussion that included Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, community leaders and addiction experts at the city offices of Health Care for the Homeless…. Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. John Sarbanes and interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle also attended. The House has passed several bills aimed at increasing access to treatment and to prevent the importation of opioids…. Sarbanes, who represents portions of Baltimore, has considered a number of bills as a House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee member. “Some was kind of window dressing so people could have talking points when they went back to their district,” the Baltimore County Democrat said. “In those markups I and others were talking about the CARE Act. It’s the only way you can address a crisis of this proportion.”
Local members of Congress are fighting back against new restrictions on telework at two federal agencies by introducing legislation to expand and encourage working remotely.... Connolly and John Sarbanes (D-MD) have introduced the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act.... “Federal government telework programs not only improve productivity, but also save taxpayer money by increasing efficiency, strengthening employee retention and reducing costs for federal office space, as numerous studies have demonstrated,” said Sarbanes in a press release.
Democratic House members introduced legislation Thursday to protect and expand the use of telework at federal agencies, partly in response to recent policies to limit the practice at the Education and Agriculture departments.... The Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act introduced by Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and John Sarbanes, D-Md., would prohibit agencies from instituting agency-wide restrictions on how frequently employees use telework. It would require agencies to notify both the Office of Personnel Management and Congress of any plans to reduce telework going forward, coupled with a justification for the change.... Sarbanes said telework also provides significant cost savings to agencies that no longer need to provide as much office space for employees.... “Federal government telework programs not only improve productivity, but also save taxpayer money by increasing efficiency, strengthening employee retention and reducing costs for federal office space, as numerous studies have demonstrated,” he said. “We must push back against the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on federal telework programs, which make our government work better for the American people.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced legislation on Wednesday to beef up lobbying disclosure laws. The bill, known as the Curtailing Lobbyists and Empowering Americans for a New Politics Act, would scrap the “20 percent threshold,” under which lobbyists are only required to register if they make at least two lobbying contacts on behalf of a particular client and spend at least 20 percent of the time working for the client on lobbying. It would also require “strategic advisers” who help clients navigate government without lobbying, such as Michael Cohen, to register and would close the Foreign Agents Registration Act loophole, which allows lobbyists for certain foreign interests to register under the Lobbying Disclosure Act and avoid FARA’s more stringent disclosure requirements.... In an interview, Sarbanes said he wasn’t trying to vilify lobbying. “There’s nothing wrong with lobbying,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with bringing views to bear on behalf of an industry.” The intention of provisions scrapping the 20 percent threshold “is first and foremost to get to this ecosystem of adviser types that roam Capitol Hill” but aren’t registered to lobby, he said.... Sarbanes is under no illusions that his legislation will go anywhere in this Congress. “We view this legislation as an important component part of a broad reform package that Democrats can bring forward in the next Congress if we win back the House,” he said.
Maryland U.S. Representative John Sarbanes, a Democrat, is a champion of protections for wildlife.... “When you attack the endangered species act, at its core, you are removing the kinds of protections that are designed to, overall, benefit ecosystems and our environment in ways that mean a lot for public health, as well,” Sarbanes said. “And I think it needs to be looked at through that lens.” ... In the past, legislative efforts to dismantle the Endangered Species Act have been derailed by Democrats in Congress. But with both the House and Senate controlled by Republicans, and President Trump on an anti-regulatory roll, safeguards for nature are themselves standing before a bulldozer.