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A Maryland lawmaker is demanding U.S. EPA immediately reinstate funding for a newspaper covering the Chesapeake Bay.... Rep. John Sarbanes (D) sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt today seeking immediate answers about the agency's August 2017 decision to suddenly yank funding for the 26-year-old Bay Journal.... "This decision raises concerns that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inappropriately politicizing taxpayer-funded grants and undermines the critically important efforts to educate the public about the Chesapeake Bay," he wrote. "I urge you to reconsider your decision and restore the full award." ... An EPA spokesman would not comment on the letter, other than to say they "will reply to the congressman through the proper channels."
Van Hollen, followed by U.S. Reps. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Anthony Brown, addressed the crowd at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie. Along with the congratulations to organizers of the award dinner and the 10 people being recognized, all four took repeated aim at the president.... The comments from the congressmen were met with applause an occasional shout of, “He’s not my president.” ... Sarbanes echoed that comment when he qualified his remarks about the president, stopping and calling him the occupant of the office instead.... “I have to admit I’ve been really angry for the last 24 hours,” the Baltimore County Democrat said.... He said urged people in the room who shared his anger to take that into the fall elections.... “All across this country people need to conserve their anger, transmute it into energy and take it to the one place that can make a difference — the ballot box,” Sarbanes said.
A group of 21 House Democrats are asking Speaker Paul Ryan to take immediate steps to protect future elections from foreign interference.... "When a sovereign nation attempts to meddle in our elections, it is an attack on our country," the group said today in a letter to Ryan.... The group — inclding Democracy Reform Task Force Chair John Sarbanes and composed of lawmakers from 18 of the 21 states the Homeland Security Department has disclosed were targeted during the last year's election — request a briefing from DHS and the FBI about the cyberattacks.... They also urge Ryan to direct all relevant House committees to investigate the cyberattacks and back bipartisan legislation to bolster the security of state election systems.
"Get your act together or else ..." was the message Republican and Democrat alike delivered Wednesday to drug companies, insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) during a House subcommittee hearing on the prescription drug supply chain and its impact on drug prices.... "I hope the message is getting through that, on a bipartisan basis, we're kind of reaching the end of our tether" on drug pricing, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said as he warned witnesses from the various industries involved in the supply chain that if they don't address the problem, Congress may go in a direction they won't like. One possibility would be to treat drugs like a utility, he said.
Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., said Congress should look into ways to crack down on organizations that spend most of their money on fundraising. At the very least, it should be easier for donors to research how charities are using their money, he said.... Sarbanes, a vocal opponent of super PACs, condemned their use as fundraising mechanisms.... “The bottom line is this,” Sarbanes said. “The more money that sloshes around in our political system, the more opportunity there’s going to be … to take advantage of that and try to make a fast buck.”
Reps. Raskin, Cummings and John Sarbanes, D-Towson, responded with other Democratic colleagues in a June letter to the General Services Administration, condemning the withholding of information.... "Although you may wish to limit oversight from Democratic members of Congress through a misguided policy that responds only to Republican chairmen, compliance with federal law is not an optional exercise that may be overridden by a new Trump administration policy," the congressmen insisted.
Third District Representative John Sarbanes (D-Md.) has signed on as co-sponsor of a bill to expand funding for cleanup efforts on the Chesapeake Bay.... “This bill is mostly about securing additional funding,” Sarbanes said. “It would refocus the way dollars are directed on to regional and local programs, not so much national programs.” ... Known as the Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act of 2017 (H.R.4420), the legislation aims to minimize agricultural runoff within the bay’s watershed. As an extension of the Farm Bill which Congress must re-authorize every five years, Sarbanes seeks to triple the funding to $300 million for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), a multi-state partnership including Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware.
Five Democratic members of Maryland’s congressional delegation who represent Baltimore — Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Reps. Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes — also issued a joint statement Friday backing Davis’ request that the FBI take the lead in the investigation.... Davis said he discussed his decision with Suiter’s widow, Nicole, and his family, and that they seemed to understand it.
The third signing of the Fort George G. Meade Community Covenant recognized the installation’s status as the nation’s platform for information, intelligence and cyber operations…. Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Rep. John Sarbanes, along with other state and local political leaders and business, education and community representatives, signed the covenant in a 30-minute ceremony Monday afternoon at the Odenton Regional Library…. Established in 2011 by the Fort Meade Community Covenant Council, the covenant “formalizes the ongoing commitment between Fort Meade and the surrounding communities,” said Chad Jones, the Fort Meade public affairs officer who served as emcee…. Sarbanes said the signators have agreed to renew their commitment to Fort Meade over the years because “it means so much to us.” … “We stand by this partnership because it’s that important to the base and surrounding community,” he said…. Sarbanes said that the political divisions in the country make it critical for people of diverse political and social backgrounds to come together to achieve common goals…. “We need to find the spaces that bring us together and this is that space,” he said. “We have to protect these spaces and we have to develop them. … This covenant is an example of how people can come together.”