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Democrats in Congress were quick to criticize the agency chief. “From the very beginning, Scott Pruitt has acted as if the E.P.A. is his own personal fiefdom,” Representative John Sarbanes, Democrat of Maryland, who sits on the House committee that oversees the agency, said in a statement.
“Scott Pruitt has demonstrated right from the beginning, in fact even before he got to Washington, DC, that he doesn’t know where the ethical lines are between public office and private interest,” Rep. John Sarbanes, a Democrat from Maryland, told BuzzFeed News. Sarbanes is on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has oversight over the EPA.... In the case of the apartment, Sarbanes added, “Whether he was getting a sweetheart deal from the wife of a lobbyist of an energy industry, and then turned out and did some favors for a particular company in the energy industry — these are all particular questions that need to be asked and answered.” ... “I think with Pruitt, the question is what else is there?” Rep. Sarbanes told BuzzFeed News. “It's conceivable he’ll come up with a perfectly good explanation for all this. It’s hard to see it right now.”
"It is the one thing that those people who step forward and serve our country are asking, for a nations thanks, and we didn't do that properly the first time around with respect to our Vietnam Veterans and we are trying our very best to do that now," Rep. John Sarbanes said.
“As our region’s environmental treasure and economic driver, the Chesapeake Bay contributes more than $100 billion to our local economy every single year,” said Rep. John Sarbanes, co-chair of the Congressional Chesapeake Bay Task Force that in March sent letters to support continued Bay funding for the next fiscal year. “We cannot sacrifice the tremendous success we’ve had restoring Bay health over these last several years by undercutting critical programs that help conserve the watershed,” he said. “We must protect the Bay for future generations.”
Although students are the driving force behind the D.C. march and sister marches around the country, elected officials and candidates from the District, Maryland and Virginia are finding ways to participate — chartering bus loads of constituents, speaking at pre-march rallies and simply planing to be in the crowd.... Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) will also be there. First he will stop at several bus launches in Baltimore. Then he’ll join the Baltimore March before he heads to the District.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has long sought to relax the limits on party-candidate coordination as a way for political parties to compete with super PACs and other independent political organizations. House Democrats, led by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland, last week organized a push against the provisions.
Backers of NOAA are already looking beyond the omnibus to the next funding fight. Democrats made the case last week for Congress to fully fund the agency, which is facing a nearly 20 percent cut under the administration's fiscal 2019 budget... Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) added that NOAA plays an important federal role in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. He said the bay program has shown "incredible progress" in recent years.... "It would be crazy to start disinvesting in the Chesapeake Bay program at this point. ... We're accelerating the progress in terms of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. NOAA is part of that," Sarbanes said.
Maryland Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Baltimore, and John Sarbanes, D-Towson, released a video Tuesday outlining what they called the “cloud of secrecy” surrounding Trump and his administration, including the president’s refusal to release his tax returns and unanswered questions about a variety of potential business conflicts, alleged abuses of power and questionable spending involving some members of the cabinet....“President Trump is closing the blinds, locking the doors and blocking the public’s access to information,” Sarbanes charged. “The level of secrecy by this administration and its Republican allies in Congress is unprecedented and deeply alarming. The American people deserve better.”