Press Releases

Jul 24, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director and Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivered testimony before the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence about his Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Jul 23, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) cited H.R.1, the For the People Act, as one of House Democrats’ signature accomplishments in the 116th Congress.
Jun 27, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 conservative ruling that allows extreme partisan gerrymandering to continue in America.
Urging His Democratic and Republican Colleagues to Back the Bill, Congressman Sarbanes Says, “We Have No Time to Waste”
Jun 27, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today helped lead the passage of the Securing America’s Federal Elections (SAFE) Act (H.R. 2722), a bill to strengthen election security and protect our democracy ahead of the 2020 election.
At House Oversight and Reform Committee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Votes to Authorize a Bipartisan Subpoena for Kellyanne Conway
Jun 26, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to the President of the United States, for repeatedly violating the Hatch Act and breaking a federal law meant to prevent government officials from engaging in political activity.
Jun 26, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after leading a successful effort to block three riders from the fiscal year 2020 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill (H.R. 3351) that would have increased secret money in politics and handed wealthy and well-connected special interests even more power in Washington.
Jun 25, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today to mark the sixth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision, which struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
At Committee on Oversight and Reform Markup, Congressman Sarbanes Calls on Congress to Strengthen Ethics Rules and Transparency Requirements for the Executive Branch
Jun 12, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Committee on Oversight and Reform markup today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair and author of H.R. 1 Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on Congress to strengthen ethics and transparency rules for the Executive Branch and urged his colleagues to pass the White House Ethics Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 391), a standalone component of H.R. 1, the For the People Act.
May 29, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III delivered public remarks about his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
At a National Security Subcommittee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Warns, “The Red Lights Are Blinking, the Alarm Bells Are Going Off, We’re Under Attack”
May 22, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a Subcommittee on National Security hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) warned against the coming attacks on our elections by foreign adversaries and urged Republican lawmakers to join Democrats in hardening American election security before 2020.

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