Press Releases

May 11, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after President Donald Trump announced the creation of a commission to investigate voter fraud and suppression.
May 10, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.
Apr 28, 2017
On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) highlighted President Donald Trump’s failure to deliver on his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.
Comprehensive Review Finds That Wealthy Special Interests Have Gained More Power and Influence in Trump’s Washington
Apr 27, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined House Democrats in unveiling a new report, “100 Ways in 100 Days: How the Trump Administration Has Flooded Swamp in Washington.” The report illustrates the numerous and unprecedented ways in which the Trump Administration – after only 100 days in office – has tested the extreme limits of ethics laws and standards in place to prevent public corruption, improve government transparency and encourage accountability among elected officials.
Mar 23, 2017
During an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing today on government transparency, Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) called on Republican leaders to request and make public President Donald Trump’s tax returns.
Survey Determines Trump Administration Has Ignored Over 100 Letters Sent by House Democrats; GOP Leaders Continue to Refuse to Hold Oversight Hearings
Mar 17, 2017
An informal, internal audit by the Democracy Reform Task Force has found that despite repeated campaign promises to give power back to the American people, President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have taken steps to weaken Congressional oversight and make the government decision-making process more opaque and less accountable.
Mar 3, 2017
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) announced the appointment of 15 Vice Chairs to the Democracy Reform Task Force, which will advance legislative reforms to return us to a government of, by and for the people. The Task Force will also work to confront the Trump Administration’s conflicts of interest and Republicans’ special interest agenda.
Feb 24, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today delivered a keynote address at a Center for American Progress event titled, “Risks and Remedies for Trump’s Conflicts of Interest.”
Feb 16, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored and introduced legislation to end partisan gerrymandering and reform the nation’s patchwork redistricting system. The Redistricting Reform Act of 2017 – authored by Democracy Reform Task Froce Vice Chair Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), introduced by 19 House Democrats and endorsed by Common Cause – will require states to establish independent, multi-party citizen redistricting commissions to conduct open and transparent statewide redistricting processes after each decennial census. The bill is a component of the “By the People” Legislative Package, advanced by the Democracy Reform Task Force.
Feb 7, 2017
Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) led 16 Task Force members in a letter to House Administration Committee Chairman Greg Harper (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-Pa.) in opposition to two bills being taken up today by the committee

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