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“We are seeing a developing reflex on the part of this administration to be unresponsive and kind of lock people out,” says Congressman John Sarbanes, a Democrat from Maryland, who heads up the Democracy Reform Task Force, which has been tracking unanswered congressional requests to agencies and the White House since the inauguration. “I don’t know whether that reflects a conscious policy where some kind of decree has been issued at some level, but circumstantial evidence is that these agencies are locking the doors and pulling down the shades.”
Democrats are skeptical Trump will ever deliver…. "There's a huge gap between what he's said going back to his campaign days, and what he's done," said Rep. John Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat who has introduced several bills aimed at reducing money in politics. "I don't at this point have any confidence that anything he said about accountability and transparency was anything more than a head fake."
Four Democratic members of the state's congressional delegation told voters gathered at a town hall meeting in Baltimore on Thursday that they will continue to push back on Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, including a new plan expected in coming days…. "I don't know that we're going to be able to avoid to fight this every single month," said Rep. John Sarbanes of Baltimore County, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "I pledge to you [that] we're going to fight as hard as we can." … The four Democratic lawmakers — Sen. Chris Van Hollen as well as Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Sarbanes, all of whom represent at least a portion of Baltimore City — met with about 600 voters who turned out at the War Memorial Building…. The town hall, which also touched on immigration, education and criminal justice, came as lawmakers are preparing to head back to Washington next week for an uncertain few days.
U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, a Democrat who represents parts of Howard County and who proposed a similar system on the national level this year, said the county was well on its way to becoming a "model" for other jurisdictions…. "You did something here in the last election that is virtually unprecedented," Sarbanes said.
The Democratic members of Maryland's congressional delegation are weighing into a dispute between the neighbors of BWI and the Federal Aviation Administration, encouraging the agency to act swiftly to alter flight patterns that are causing "unacceptable and unsustainable" noise…. Residents in Anne Arundel and Howard counties have said new flight routes created in 2015 as part of the implementation of a modernized air traffic control system have created intolerable noise for homes near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. The FAA requested neighbors create a working group to gather community input…. That group met on March 21 and approved a unanimous resolution calling on the FAA to revert to the prior flight paths. In a letter made public on Wednesday and addressed to FAA administrator Michael P. Huerta, Maryland's federal lawmakers are lending their support to that resolution -- and calling for action…. The delegation letter, dated Tuesday, was signed by Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin as well as Reps. Johns Sarbanes, Elijah Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer, John Delaney, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin.
A top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee blasted the family of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, saying that the approval in China of patents for Ivanka Trump set a new bar for ethical conflicts…. "Just when you think you've seen it all, Trump offers something else that's even more outrageous and even more troubling," said Rep. John Sarbanes in an interview with CNN. "They set a new standard of ethical blindness." … Sarbanes' comments come as Democrats have kept up the pressure on the Trump family to release more information about their global financial ties. Sarbanes noted Tuesday -- tax filing day this year -- that Trump's tax returns would answer almost all of those questions…. "We don't know what the potential of that is because there is so little transparency ... this thing with Ivanka, you can kind of view it as a tip of the iceberg," he said.
A measure reintroduced in the House last week seeks to reorganize the structure of the Federal Election Commission, such as by reducing the number of members from six to five and strengthening the role of the agency’s chairman…. Backers of the bill (H.R. 2034), which has gained bipartisan support in the House, say it’s needed to restore respect for campaign finance laws that have been poorly enforced by the current FEC…. Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and Jim Renacci (R-Ohio), the primary sponsors of an FEC revamp bill in the previous Congress, have been joined this year by a bipartisan group of 10 other co-sponsors, including conservatives like Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and liberals like Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.).
House Democrats have set up what they call the Democracy Reform Task Force, led by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland. The task force’s chief goals are to expose the president’s conflicts of interest and ethical abuses and also to tie those to specific policy matters, Sarbanes said…. “We’re going to show voters how these conflicts harm them and how not having the full picture of what ties he has with his business is going to affect the policy-making process,” Sarbanes said…. “Voters are going to care more about the conflicts when they start to see how they will impact them and their lives,” he said.
Five members of Maryland's congressional delegation who represent Baltimore are asking the Justice Department to withdraw its request to delay an agreement to overhaul city police practices…. The letter comes a day after the Justice Department requested a judge agree to a three-month delay of the agreement – negotiated by the city and the Obama administration – so that federal officials can assess whether it squares with President Donald Trump's public safety agenda…. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been critical of the consent decrees. In Baltimore's case, the agreement makes recommendations to address a scathing Justice Department report last summer that identified longstanding civil rights violations by city police, and it is supported by both City Hall and police leadership…. The letter was signed by Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes -- all Democrats who represent Baltimore.
Maryland's Democratic congressmen took their message to Annapolis, demanding that Hogan speak out against repealing the Affordable Care Act…. "We thought it was a no-brainer that our governor would step up," said U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-District 3.