Press Releases

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.

Congressman Explains How Big Pharma’s Campaign Donations and Lobbying Efforts Block Attempts to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for American Patients
Jan 29, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) explained how record-breaking campaign donations and lobbying efforts have stymied Congressional action to lower prescription drug prices.
Jan 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after 21 leading environmental organizations endorsed H.R. 1, the For the People Act:

Once-In-A-Generation Reform Bill Will Clean Up Corruption in Washington, Make It Easier to Vote, and Give Hardworking Americans More Power in Our Democracy
Jan 10, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today announced that 221 House Democrats have co-sponsored H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping package of reforms that will clean up corruption in Washington, fight big money in politics and make it easier, not harder, to vote.

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