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Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

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Feb 26, 2018

Alexandra Sowa’s commentary, “Treat gun violence like the public health epidemic it is and lift research ban” (Feb. 22), is absolutely right to call for more scientific analysis and research on gun violence.This public health epidemic — which claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans every single year — deserves the same kind of serious, rigorous and comprehensive study afforded to any other public health crisis.... For this reason, I recently pressed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to direct his agency to conduct serious research on gun violence and public safety. I also joined all House Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats in demanding that Chairman Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican, hold a hearing on gun violence prevention research as soon as possible.... It's not enough to send thoughts and prayers to the grieving families of gun violence. As members of Congress, we should be sending them laws that create evidence-based, commonsense gun safety measures to reduce firearm deaths and injuries in our country.... For too long, the gun lobby has profited handsomely at the expense of public health. It’s time to end this dangerous trend. Let’s do the prevention research, end the epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and our communities safer.

Feb 23, 2018

"The president's budget proposal to significantly cut the SNAP program would have a devastating impact on Maryland," said Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Towson. "One in eight Marylanders relies on the SNAP program, and gutting it would threaten the nutrition and food security of more than 744,000 Maryland residents—including many children and the elderly." ... "The president's proposal to create a government-controlled food delivery program for SNAP participants would not only create a logistical nightmare for the USDA, but also ignore the health and nutritional needs of program recipients," Sarbanes said, referencing the lack of fresh food in the prepackaged boxes. 

Feb 16, 2018

On Thursday, multiple lawmakers challenged Azar about gun violence. "I've got to believe another tragedy would be an all-hands-on-deck moment for you and those around you," Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) said. "I'm talking about a response that says this is a public health crisis ... Our Department is going to have to really ramp up the public health research you do into gun violence ... Is that a commitment the agency and you [new] to the job are prepared to commit to?" ... Azar promised to "look at many public health issues" in response.

Feb 14, 2018

It should not be this hard for a large activated mass of citizens to keep up with a small, dedicated group of feudal lords. But it will be for as long as politicians have every incentive to serve the whims of the richest voters, who can decide their fate by the number of zeros they write on a check.... Fixing this doesn’t have to start with reversing Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United. Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md., has proposed The Government By The People Act , which gives taxpayers a $25 tax credit for campaign donations and then turns a small donation into a meaty one with a 6-to-1 federal match.... This would not only transform the job of members of Congress, forcing them to meet with and answer to as many constituents as possible. It would transform the role of citizens by magnifying their influence. A $78 tax break could become a nearly $500 donation. That would mean a lot to a fledgling campaign.

Feb 3, 2018

Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined "CNN Newsroom" to discuss the misleading and distorted Nunes Memo.

Feb 1, 2018

What’s a citizen of our great republic to do? Rep. John Sarbanes, a Maryland Democrat, has enlisted 159 members of Congress to sign onto H.R. 20, legislation intended to encourage candidates to raise small donations. Inducements include tax credits for donors and, for candidates, a federal match and access to broadcast time.... Sure, 158 co-sponsors are Democrats. The bill is part of the Democrats’ “By The People Project,” a contract with America for the 2018 election. But one Republican openly supports H.R. 20, Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina. “It is time to return power to the people and get big money out of politics,” he says.... Sarbanes’ idea and other fixes won’t stop big donors and corporations, so long as the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United and other related decisions remain the law. Maybe if Democrats retake Congress and the White House, Sarbanes’ concept will become a reality. It’d be an improvement.... “We can’t stop the Koch brothers, but we can arm good candidates so that they can run an efficient campaign,” Sarbanes said by phone.... And then one day, the progressive state of California will devise a way to increase reliance on small donors, not the rich people and corporate donors who dominate. Such a nice concept.

Jan 31, 2018

Jan 25, 2018

On Friday, the CASH Campaign of Maryland is set to announce the kickoff of free tax preparation services for tax season on Friday.... CASH is an acronym for Creating Assets, Savings and Hope. Organizers will be joined by elected officials including Comptroller Peter Franchot, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young and Rep. John Sarbanes.... The nonprofit expects to help Marylanders who made less than $54,000 last year retrieve more than $20 million in refunds and tax credits. Thirteen of the sites will be in Baltimore City, two in Baltimore County, with others across the state.

Jan 25, 2018

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."

Jan 12, 2018

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.