Press Releases

Jan 29, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after all Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to Chairman Trey Gowdy, asking him to issue a subpoena to compel the Department of Homeland Security to produce documents it has been withholding from Congress about Russian cyberattacks on at least 21 state election systems in 2016.
Jan 4, 2018
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump disbanded his administration’s so-called Election Integrity Commission.
Dec 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today, along with Members of Congress from 18 of the 21 states targeted by Russian hackers in 2016, called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to take immediate action to protect state voting systems from cyberattacks and to bolster state election infrastructure.

Democracy Reform Task Force Report Demonstrates That Even Republican Members of Congress Say Their Tax Plan Isn’t for the Middle Class; It’s for the Wealthy and Well-Connected
Dec 7, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today released a new mini-report, “Republicans Take Truth Serum: The GOP Is Accidentally Telling the Truth about Their Tax Scam.” The report shows that as the GOP-led House and Senate race forward to pass their tax plan, some Republican Members of Congress and conservative ideologues are admitting that the bill is largely a gift for their wealthy donors.
Nov 27, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after President Donald Trump appointed Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney as Interim Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
Extensive Audit Illustrates that 300 Days into Office, President Trump Continues to Break His Promise to “Drain the Swamp”
Nov 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led House Democrats in releasing a new report, “300 Ways in 300 Days: How the Trump Administration Keeps Flooding the Swamp in Washington.” The report builds on previous reports unveiled in April and in August by the Democracy Reform Task Force.
Nov 9, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today, along with several Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, submitted comments to support the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) proposed rulemaking on internet advertising disclosure. The FEC is considering whether to proceed with a rulemaking that would, in part, prevent foreign agents from secretly buying ads on social media platforms in an effort to misinform American voters and undermine U.S. elections.
Special Report Highlights the Wasteful Use of Privately-Chartered Flights by Members of President Trump’s Cabinet
Oct 18, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today unveiled a new special report, “Trump’s High-Flying Cabinet,” which catalogues the inappropriate use of taxpayer-funded private jets by Trump Administration cabinet officials.
Wide-Ranging Review Demonstrates How President Trump Has Broken His Campaign Promises by Catering to Wealthy Special Interests, Empowering D.C. Insiders and Engaging in Secret Backroom Deals
Aug 8, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today led House Democrats in unveiling a new report, “200 Ways in 200 Days: How the Trump Administration Continues to Flood Swamp in Washington.” The report builds on a previous report unveiled in April by the Democracy Reform Task Force.
Jul 18, 2017
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Sarbanes, Chair of the Democracy Reform Task Force, announced that House Democrats are developing a comprehensive package of democracy reforms to fight back against efforts by President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress to degrade America’s democratic institutions, subvert federal ethics standards and undermine the public interest in favor of special interests and wealthy donors.

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