Press Releases

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.
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.
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 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.
The Election Security Act Would Bolster Cyber Defenses and Guard Against Foreign Interference in American Elections
May 10, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) to introduce the Election Security Act (H.R. 2660), a bill to help protect American elections from malevolent attacks and foreign interference.
Apr 19, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today on the release of the redacted version of Special Counsel Mueller’s report.
When It Comes to Climate Change Denial, Congressman Sarbanes Says, “Follow the Money”
Apr 9, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today on climate change with Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) explained the connection between campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry and Congress’ failure to act on climate.

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