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The League of Conservation Voters issued its annual congressional scorecard on Tuesday, and both Maryland senators — Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Christopher Van Hollen (D) — received perfect scores.... Five of the state’s Democratic House members — Reps. Anthony G. Brown, John K. Delaney, Jamie Raskin, John Sarbanes and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger — also got 100 percent on the LCV scorecard. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D), the House minority whip, got a 97 percent score.
Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland, who chairs the Democracy Reform Task Force, told Business Insider that the Trump Organization essentially gave a "head fake" about the donations.... "They want the first part of your statement to be the lead and give people some idea that they're doing good things," he said. "But then when you just pick a little bit below the surface and try to chase down whether it's real or not real, it's like catching smoke."
Alexandra Sowa’s commentary, “Treat gun violence like the public health epidemic it is and lift research ban” (Feb. 22), is absolutely right to call for more scientific analysis and research on gun violence.This public health epidemic — which claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every single year — deserves the same kind of serious, rigorous and comprehensive study afforded to any other public health crisis.... For this reason, I recently pressed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to direct his agency to conduct serious research on gun violence and public safety. I also joined all House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats in demanding that Chairman Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, hold a hearing on gun violence prevention research as soon as possible.... It's not enough to send thoughts and prayers to the grieving families of gun violence. As members of Congress, we should be sending them laws that create evidence-based, commonsense gun safety measures to reduce firearm deaths and injuries in our country.... For too long, the gun lobby has profited handsomely at the expense of public health. It’s time to end this dangerous trend. Let’s do the prevention research, end the epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and our communities safer.
"The president's budget proposal to significantly cut the SNAP program would have a devastating impact on Maryland," said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Towson. "One in eight Marylanders relies on the SNAP program, and gutting it would threaten the nutrition and food security of more than 744,000 Maryland residents—including many children and the elderly." ... "The president's proposal to create a government-controlled food delivery program for SNAP participants would not only create a logistical nightmare for the USDA, but also ignore the health and nutritional needs of program recipients," Sarbanes said, referencing the lack of fresh food in the prepackaged boxes.
On Thursday, multiple lawmakers challenged Azar about gun violence. "I've got to believe another tragedy would be an all-hands-on-deck moment for you and those around you," Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said. "I'm talking about a response that says this is a public health crisis ... Our Department is going to have to really ramp up the public health research you do into gun violence ... Is that a commitment the agency and you [new] to the job are prepared to commit to?" ... Azar promised to "look at many public health issues" in response.
It should not be this hard for a large activated mass of citizens to keep up with a small, dedicated group of feudal lords. But it will be for as long as politicians have every incentive to serve the whims of the richest voters, who can decide their fate by the number of zeros they write on a check.... Fixing this doesn’t have to start with reversing Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., has proposed The Government By The People Act , which gives taxpayers a $25 tax credit for campaign donations and then turns a small donation into a meaty one with a 6-to-1 federal match.... This would not only transform the job of members of Congress, forcing them to meet with and answer to as many constituents as possible. It would transform the role of citizens by magnifying their influence. A $78 tax break could become a nearly $500 donation. That would mean a lot to a fledgling campaign.
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined "CNN Newsroom" to discuss the misleading and distorted Nunes Memo.
What’s a citizen of our great republic to do? Rep. John Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat, has enlisted 159 members of Congress to sign onto H.R. 20, legislation intended to encourage candidates to raise small donations. Inducements include tax credits for donors and, for candidates, a federal match and access to broadcast time.... Sure, 158 co-sponsors are Democrats. The bill is part of the Democrats’ “By The People Project,” a contract with America for the 2018 election. But one Republican openly supports H.R. 20, Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. “It is time to return power to the people and get big money out of politics,” he says.... Sarbanes’ idea and other fixes won’t stop big donors and corporations, so long as the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United and other related decisions remain the law. Maybe if Democrats retake Congress and the White House, Sarbanes’ concept will become a reality. It’d be an improvement.... “We can’t stop the Koch brothers, but we can arm good candidates so that they can run an efficient campaign,” Sarbanes said by phone.... And then one day, the progressive state of California will devise a way to increase reliance on small donors, not the rich people and corporate donors who dominate. Such a nice concept.
On Friday, the CASH Campaign of Maryland is set to announce the kickoff of free tax preparation services for tax season on Friday.... CASH is an acronym for Creating Assets, Savings and Hope. Organizers will be joined by elected officials including Comptroller Peter Franchot, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Rep. John Sarbanes.... The nonprofit expects to help Marylanders who made less than $54,000 last year retrieve more than $20 million in refunds and tax credits. Thirteen of the sites will be in Baltimore City, two in Baltimore County, with others across the state.