Press Releases

Historic Bill Would Clean Up Corruption in Washington, Expose Secret Foreign Money in Our Politics, Crack Down on Lobbying, Ensure the Right to Vote and Protect Elections from Foreign Interference
Oct 30, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senate Republicans blocked an effort by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to pass S. 949, the For the People Act, a historic reform package to clean up corruption in Washington, expose secret foreign money in our politics, crack down on lobbyists, strengthen election security, protect the right to vote and return power back to the American people with clean, citizen-owned elections.
The SHIELD Act Advances Common-Sense, Bipartisan Measures to Combat Foreign Money and Influence in Our Democracy
Oct 23, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and House Administration Committee Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today led House Democrats in passing the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to curb foreign money, influence and interference in American elections.
Oct 8, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and House Democrats to introduce the Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy (SHIELD) Act, a bill to combat foreign interference in American elections.
Lawmakers Call on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Allow a Vote on Once-In-A-Generation Bill to Clean Up Corruption in Washington
Sep 27, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Committee on Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Freshmen House Democrats to mark 200 days of Senate inaction on H.R. 1, The For The People Act, a historic reform package to restore the promise of our nation’s democracy, clean up corruption in Washington, expose secret foreign money in our politics, crack down on lobbyists and Washington insiders, strengthen America’s election security, protect the right to vote and return power back to the American people with clean, citizen-owned elections.
Sep 24, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after several reports, and admissions from President Trump himself, that the President, his Administration and his personal attorney sought to coerce a foreign government to illegally interfere in the 2020 election.
Sep 24, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) today called on President Donald J. Trump to immediately nominate commissioners to fill vacancies at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and restore its ability to enforce campaign finance law. With only three commissioners out of a possible six commissioners, the FEC lacks a quorum and cannot complete its most basic regulatory and oversight responsibilities.
At Oversight Committee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Argues That D.C. Statehood, “Is Something That the Residents of the District of Columbia Have Earned Over the Course of Their History”
Sep 19, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a momentous House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today on the Washington, D.C. Admission Act (H.R. 51), Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) offered his full support for D.C. statehood and the people of the District of Columbia.
Sep 19, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi; Chairwoman Nita Lowey, House Appropriations Committee; Chairperson Zoe Lofgren, House Administration Committee; and Democracy Reform Task Force Chair John Sarbanes released the following statement today after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caved to Democratic pressure to support an appropriations amendment that would provide $250 million in election security grant funding to state and local governments, well below the $600 million in grant funding passed by the House and far less than the amount independent experts say we need.
Aug 27, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today on the resignation of Federal Election Commission (FEC) Vice Chair Matthew Petersen, which reduces the number of commissioners on the agency’s six-member panel to three, one below the legal limit for a quorum, thereby barring the agency from enforcing America’s campaign finance laws.
Aug 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Vice Chair Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.) delivered the Weekly Democratic Address. In this week’s address, the Congressman highlighted progress House Democrats have made For The People, including the passage of H.R.

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