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Rep. John Sarbanes, D-District 3
“This morning, I was deeply humbled to hear the Holy Father’s powerful message of peace, healing, hope and justice. Pope Francis reminded us of our collective duty to break cycles of extreme poverty and to provide care and support to people and communities who need it most. He called on us to ensure that our economy benefits hardworking American families. He asked us to open our arms to refugees and immigrants fleeing great hardships in search of a better life. And he challenged us to take immediate action to protect our environment – our ‘common home’ – from the detrimental impacts of climate change.
“It’s my deep hope that the Holy Father’s visit will inspire Congress and the American people to recommit ourselves to these important ideals and to work together in creating a more peaceful, tolerant and just nation.”
"The initiative in California just shows how pervasive this revulsion is in the body politic with the idea that the system is rigged and big money is running the show,” said Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), who sponsored a public financing measure that has been co-sponsored by 153 Democrats and one Republican, Rep. Walter B. Jones (N.C.). “The natural extension of this movement out in states is to bring it to Washington.”
Ms. Clinton’s plan isn’t new. Reformers such as Mr. Sarbanes have been incubating these sorts of proposals for some time. Even some Republicans have occasionally talked up greater transparency. But she deserves credit for putting them at the center of a presidential campaign.
With their outsized campaign contributions, wealthy donors and special interests are buying access and favors with our elected officials. The vast majority of us can't afford to write these big checks, and we're being shut out and left behind. If we are serious about passing meaningful legislation that benefits the many, not the money, then we have to change the way our leaders are elected.
That's why I hope our member of Congress will co-sponsor the Government By the People Act. This important bill, introduced by Rep. John Sarbanes of Maryland and supported by 151 other members of Congress (of both parties), would match small donations with limited public funds, ensuring that candidates have incentive to spend time with voters, not corporate bigwigs and lobbyists. That's the way our democracy is supposed to work. And it's how it can work again, once we pass the Government By the People Act.
U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro announced the grant during a back-to-school event hosted by the national Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI). The funding will help Baltimore address lead hazards in 230 housing units for low- and very low-income families and perform healthy home assessments in 330 units….
… Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, U.S. Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Baltimore author and civic activist Wes Moore were also at the event and stressed the need to make homes safer and healthier.
Members of Baltimore's congressional delegation are pressing Gov. Larry Hogan's administration for detail about how much money the state will save by ditching the Red Line project, and why none of those savings are headed for transportation projects in the city.
In a letter to the governor's office Thursday, five members of Congress -- all Democrats -- have asked the Republican governor how much federal money the state plans to forgo by canceling the Red Line and also how the state intends to fund other projects it has planned for Baltimore transit in coming years.
The letter was signed by Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin as well as Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes. It came days after state Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn met with local and federal officials on the issue.
Rep. John Sarbanes, a Democrat whose district includes Annapolis near the Chesapeake Bay, voiced strong support for the plan. He said the political consensus must catch up with the scientific consensus.
“The city of Annapolis expects nearly 50 flooding events every year, up from an average of four flooding events just 50 years prior,” Sarbanes said. “And according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the city should expect flooding events to occur every single day of the year by 2045.”
House Democrats on Friday hosted a climate-change forum at the campus to encourage greater urgency from Congress in addressing the issue.
“One way of lighting the fire under our colleagues in Washington is to point out to them that the Defense Department and the military are concerned about this at the most fundamental level,” Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said after the event.