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Congressman John Sarbanes talks with Rachel Maddow about his disappointment with fellow Democrats who were successfully lobbied at the last minute to vote in favor of the CROmnibus.
"If you're not showing the public you're willing to fight on these issues," Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland asked, "what are you willing to fight for?"
Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Congressman John Sarbanes talk with Chris Hayes about that late lobbying before the passage of the CROmnibus.
The state's more centrist Democrats, Reps. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer and John Delaney, voted for the bill; while the more liberal members, Reps. John Sarbanes, Donna Edwards, Elijah Cummings and Chris Van Hollen opposed it.
"When it comes to climate change, I think we can say he is the conscience of the Congress," Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said of Waxman.
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.’”
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.”