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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.
At a House Oversight and Reform Committee Markup, Congressman Sarbanes Voiced Strong Support for Landmark D.C. Statehood Effort
Feb 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass the Washington, D.C. Admissions Act through the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The bill would admit of the State of Washington, D.C. into the Union and provide D.C. residents with full voting rights.

At Press Conference, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer Say That H.R. 1 Will Lead Democratic Agenda
Feb 11, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reaffirmed the position of H.R. 1, the For the People Act, as a key legislative priority for House and Senate Democrats.
Feb 5, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Senate Republicans voted to acquit President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Jan 17, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) ahead of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling, which falls on Tuesday, January 21. The Citizens United decision cleared the way for corporations to spend unlimited sums of money in politics, while opening new loopholes for individual donors to spend without disclosing their identities.
Jan 15, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On a call with reporters today, Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.-3), along with national pro-democracy organizations People For the American Way, Public Citizen, End Citizens United Action Fund, Democracy 21, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, US PIRG, and Common Cause, raised the alarm about the continuing harm caused by the 10-year-old Citizens United ruling and related court decisions. Speakers on the call also highlighted the growth of a pro-reform movement focusing on the scourge of money in politics, and sounded a hopeful note about progress toward reclaiming our democracy.
Marking the 10-Year Anniversary of Citizens United, Congressman Sarbanes Highlighted House Democrats’ Commitment to Ending the Dominance of Big Money in Politics and Returning Power Back to the American People with H.R. 1
Jan 14, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Chairperson of the House Administration Committee, Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and Tiffany Muller, President of End Citizens United Action Fund, to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Citizens United ruling and to highlight recent reforms passed in the U.S. House of Representatives to fight the corrosive influence of big money in politics.
Dec 18, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after voting to impeach President Donald J. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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