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Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), and John Sarbanes (MD-3) held a meeting with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Bob McDonald to discuss the July 2014 Inspector General’s Report on the VA’s Baltimore Regional Office and what actions the VA is taking to ensure that these issues are not repeated in the future.
“We’re seeing a preview of the Mitch McConnell Senate,” Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), a leader on campaign finance reform, said in a statement. “He’s attempting to drastically expand the influence of the wealthy and well-connected without even introducing a bill, holding a hearing or allowing a direct vote. By tucking this into a 1,600-page funding bill, Mitch McConnell is essentially saying ‘auction off our democracy or I’ll shut down the government.’”
“There’s no question that people are concerned. The driving public wants to know that they’re safe in their car,” Sarbanes said.
Given that neither Takata nor auto manufacturers have been able to pinpoint the cause of the malfunctions, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned the quality of air bags being installed in the recalled vehicles.
“If you don’t know the root cause, how do you know that the replacement part that you’re supplying solves the problem?” Sarbanes said.
While much is made of the impact that election spending has on particular contests and on the broader struggle for control of the Congress, there is far too little consideration given to the reality stated by Congressman John Sarbanes, the Maryland Democrat who says, “A lot of the moneyed impact, and in some ways the most sinister, is on the governing that happens after.”
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), the leading House proponent of campaign finance reform, thinks much of this coverage missed the mark. While the Election Day results matter, they are only a means to the real end -- the legislation and regulation that does and does not move in the next Congress.
The public, Sarbanes believes, knows full well the insidious influence of money in politics. “The rational voter will say to himself, why should I bother voting if the person I’m voting for is a captive of special interests,” he said. “As a result, people are staying at home.”
As candidates across the country engage in another mind-bogglingly expensive election — one estimate has put the cost of the midterms at nearly $4 billion — Sarbanes has been using his own campaign to test a proposal he believes would shift the emphasis from big money to small-dollar donors.
U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the funds in a newsconference Monday, along with Reps. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, James T. Smith Jr., secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, House Speaker Michael E. Busch, state Sen. James "Ed" DeGrange, Sr., Fort Meade Garrison Commander Colonel Brian Foley and BWI Partnership Chairman Gene Condon.
UMB President Jay A. Perman, MD, joined Rep. C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (D-2nd District), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3rd District), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7th District) at the University of Maryland BioPark on Oct. 27 to announce the program.