Press Releases

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.
At a Joint House Subcommittee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Argued, “These Platforms Have Been Reluctant to Deploy the Full Suite of Their Tools to Combat the Known Threat”
Jun 24, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a joint hearing today held by the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee and the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) demanded that social media companies like Facebook and Twitter take more aggressive steps to prevent the proliferation of misinformation on their platforms and stop the spread of disinformation that threatens American democracy and voting rights.
Jun 19, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Congressional Voting Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Mark Veasey (D-Tex.), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) to introduce a resolution calling for reforms to protect access to the ballot box, curb voter suppression and ensure that every American can vote.
The Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act Would Establish Strong Oversight, Accountability and Anti-Corruption Measures for Federal COVID-19 Funding
Jun 15, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) today formally introduced the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics Act (CORE Act), a bill to ensure stronger oversight, accountability and transparency in the federal government’s response to COVID-19.
May 21, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a press conference today with Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-U.S.V.I.), Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) urged Congress to act immediately to provide state and local jurisdictions across the country with the resources they need to conduct free, fair and safe elections in November amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bill Would Establish Strong Oversight, Accountability and Anti-Corruption Measures for COVID-19 Relief Funding
May 12, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) today introduced a discussion draft of the Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics Act (CORE Act), a bill to ensure stronger oversight, accountability and transparency in the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.
May 1, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) today urged Congressional leaders to include strong oversight, accountability and anti-corruption provisions in the next federal COVID-19 response package.
Marking the One-Year Anniversary of Passing H.R. 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Sarbanes Said Majority Leader McConnell Is “Frustrating the Will of the American People” By Blocking Historic Anti-Corruption Bill
Mar 10, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Rep. Colin Allred (D-Tex.), and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to mark the one-year anniversary of passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives and to demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans finally hold an up or down vote on the bill.
For More Than One Year, Senate Republicans Have Blocked H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a Bill to Root Out Corruption in Washington, Protect the Right to Vote, Ensure Clean and Fair Elections and End the Dominance of Big Money in Politics
Mar 9, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today marked the one-year anniversary of passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives by calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans to end their year-long obstruction campaign and finally vote on this historic anti-corruption and clean elections bill.
At a House Oversight and Reform Committee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans to Vote on H.R. 1 and H.R. 4
Feb 26, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on voting rights today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized well-documented voter suppression tactics in states across the country and demanded that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hold a vote on H.R. 1, the For the People Act and H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, two House-passed bills that would protect and expand the right to vote.

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