Press Releases

Jun 25, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today on the eighth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder.
Jun 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked a motion to proceed to a bipartisan debate on the For the People Act:
H.R. 51 Would Admit Washington, D.C. Into the Union As the 51st State
Apr 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass H.R. 51, a bill to admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth into the Union and finally provide full voting rights to residents in the District of Columbia.
H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act, Earned Swift Approval from the House Oversight and Reform Committee
Apr 14, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to advance H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act, onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“This Is A Problem That We Have to Solve … We Just Need to Get It Done”
Mar 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) reaffirmed his unwavering support for H.R. 51, a bill to admit the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth into the Union and finally provide full voting rights to District of Columbia residents.
Transformational Voting Rights, Anti-Corruption, Ethics and Clean Elections Reform Package Will Restore Trust, Fairness and Integrity to Government and Return Power Back to the American People
Mar 3, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a historic suite of reforms to protect and expand the right to vote, clean up corruption in Washington and restore trust, transparency and integrity in government.
Historic Voting Rights, Anti-Corruption, Ethics and Clean Elections Bill Comes to the House Floor During the First Week of March
Feb 22, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that all House Democrats have once again co-sponsored H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, a historic effort to protect and expand voting rights, clean up corruption in Washington, empower the American people and restore faith and integrity in government.
Jan 4, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren and Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes issued the following statement today after re-introducing H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021.
“We’re Going to Have H.R. 1 Right Off the Bat”
Oct 29, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi today reaffirmed Democrats’ commitment to passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, as Congress’ first order of business in 2021.
Jun 26, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51), a bill to admit the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union and provide District of Columbia residents with full voting rights.

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