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"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.”
More than 100 House Democrats urged congressional leaders Wednesday to block a slate of campaign finance riders from an omnibus spending deal.... The lawmakers say they oppose an effort to eliminate spending limits on coordination between political parties and their candidates as well as a measure to repeal or roll back the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits charities from endorsing political candidates. The Democrats also want GOP leadership to scrap restraints on the Securities and Exchange Commission and the IRS from working on new rules about political disclosures.... “Each of these changes would have dramatic implications for our nation’s campaign finance system, widening the channels of influence for wealthy and well-connected campaign donors and further exacerbating the flood of undisclosed and unaccountable ‘secret money’ into our political system,” states the letter from Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., and 112 of his colleagues.
If sunshine is the best disinfectant, President Trump must pray for rain.... "It’s President Trump who, in the first 400 days of his Administration, has instituted a culture of secrecy in the Executive Branch and the White House,” said a report issued by Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.), chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force.... Trump’s approach to transparency was defined before he became president. Unlike Obama, Trump ran against transparency by refusing to release his tax returns. That violated decades of custom and tradition that his predecessors, including Obama, followed.
There is a way, albeit imperfect, to better put questions of the public’s will on guns to the test. That is to elect politicians who are free to prioritize the public’s wishes and not those of the tiny percentage who can afford to underwrite their campaigns... Various proposals over the years have called for politicians who limit their fundraising from outside sources to be eligible to receive public campaign funding. These proposals typically require politicians to raise a significant number of small-dollar contributions to prove their viability before qualifying for public money. Some, such as one offered by U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., would permit citizens to direct a small amount of their taxes to candidates they support.... A public financing system for presidential elections that was created after Watergate flourished for two decades before rising election costs rendered the system’s formulas obsolete. Such systems also have succeeded in Arizona, Maine and many cities.