Press Releases

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.
Mar 27, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), the principal author of H.R. 1, released the following statement today after Senate Democrats introduced the For the People Act companion bill.
At an Oversight and Reform Committee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Pressed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about His Unconstitutional and Illegal Decision to Add a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census
Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) challenged U.S.

At an Oversight and Reform Committee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Questioned U.S. Department of Interior Deputy Chief FOIA Officer Rachel Spector about Her Agency’s Efforts to Hide Important Information from the Public
Mar 13, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned U.S. Department of the Interior Deputy Chief FOIA Officer Rachel Spector about her agency’s failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and its efforts to restrict the public’s access to agency records.

During a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Made the Case for Increasing Congressional Resources to Combat the Corrosive Influence of Well-Funded Lobbyists and Corporate Special Interests
Mar 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on his colleagues to increase Congressional capacity and resources to counter the undue influence of industry lobbyists, corporate special interests and wealthy donors on Capitol Hill.

The For the People Act, Authored By Congressman Sarbanes, Will Root Out Corruption in Washington, Protect the Right to Vote, Ensure Clean and Fair Elections and End the Dominance of Big Money in American Politics
Mar 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) led House Democrats today in passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a transformational reform bill that will rebalance power in Washington and empower the American people.

Congressman Sarbanes Pressed Cohen on Wide Range of Issues, Including Lying for President Trump and Shady Activities Conducted by the Trump Inaugural Committee
Feb 27, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) questioned Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer, about a wide range of issues, including lying for the President when appearing before Congressional investigators.

At a Committee on Oversight and Reform Hearing on H.R. 1, Sarbanes Joined House Democrats in Advancing the Most Significant Government Reforms Since Watergate
Feb 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing yesterday on H.R. 1, the For the People Act, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted the bold and transformative effect that the bill would have on expanding voting rights, strengthening ethics and accountability in Washington and ending the dominance of big money in American politics.

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