Press Releases

Bill Would Rein In Pay-to-Play Politics and Reduce the Damaging Influence of Lobbyists on Our Democracy
Jul 25, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) today in introducing the Curtailing Lobbyists and Empowering Americans for a New (CLEAN) Politics Act of 2018, a bill to curb pay-to-play politics and limit the undue access and influence of lobbyists in Washington.
Jul 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte rejected President Trump’s attempt to halt a lawsuit accusing him of violating the U.S. Constitution by maintaining a personal financial interest in the Trump International Hotel in Washington:

Jul 19, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the entire Maryland Congressional Delegation in urging Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to approve Maryland’s request for technical assistance to review and protect the state’s election systems.
Jul 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), John Delaney (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Anthony Brown (D-Md.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Robert A.

Jul 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) and House Administration Committee Ranking Member Robert A.

Jul 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) for an event hosted by the Center for American Progress to highlight “A Better Deal for Democracy” – Democrats’ bold new plan to clean up the chaos and corruption in Washington.
Jul 16, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Jul 6, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today on the resignation of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The By the People Resolution Lays the Groundwork to Fix Our Democracy and Return Us to Government Of, By and For the People
Jun 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led more than 160 House Democrats in introducing the By the People Resolution.

Bill Would Increase Transparency and Guard Against Foreign Interference by Requiring Disclosure of Secret Political Money
Jun 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined all Senate Democrats and 145 House Democrats in introducing the DISCLOSE Act, a bill to shine a light on the unlimited secret political spending in American elections. 

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