Press Releases

Mar 3, 2017
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) announced the appointment of 15 Vice Chairs to the Democracy Reform Task Force, which will advance legislative reforms to return us to a government of, by and for the people. The Task Force will also work to confront the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest and Republicans’ special interest agenda.
Feb 24, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today delivered a keynote address at a Center for American Progress event titled, “Risks and Remedies for Trump’s Conflicts of Interest.”
Feb 16, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored and introduced legislation to end partisan gerrymandering and reform the nation’s patchwork redistricting system. The Redistricting Reform Act of 2017 – authored by Democracy Reform Task Froce Vice Chair Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), introduced by 19 House Democrats and endorsed by Common Cause – will require states to establish independent, multi-party citizen redistricting commissions to conduct open and transparent statewide redistricting processes after each decennial census. The bill is a component of the “By the People” Legislative Package, advanced by the Democracy Reform Task Force.
Feb 7, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) led 16 Task Force members in a letter to House Administration Committee Chairman Greg Harper (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-Pa.) in opposition to two bills being taken up today by the committee
Jan 24, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today introduced an amendment to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight plan to allow the committee to investigate any efforts by the Trump Administration to use the office of the Presidency to generate profits for the Trump Organization or any of its related businesses.
Jan 13, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) criticized the head of the Office of Government Ethics for questioning President-elect Donald J. Trump’s failure to divest from his businesses and avoid potential conflicts of interest.
Jan 11, 2017
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today was appointed by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to lead the Democracy Reform Task Force, which will advance the “By the People” Legislative Package – a plan to repair our democracy and return us to a government of, by and for the people. In that vein, the Task Force will also work to confront the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest and ethical lapses and expose the G.O.P.’s special-interest agenda.

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