February 14, 2018
Last month, I made it official - I’m running for re-election.
But it’s not worth doing unless I do it on my own terms. First and foremost, that means sticking with my pledge to not take a dime of PAC money. I’m the longest-serving PAC-free member of Congress in the country - this will be my fourth consecutive campaign where I say “no” to the PACs because I want to power my re-election with grassroots donors, not special interests.
October 24, 2017
It's been a very busy October here in Maryland's Third District. Here are a few photos from just a handful of events I've attended in a terrific first month of fall:
October 3, 2017
Like all Americans, I am shocked by the violence that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday night. My heart goes out to the victims of this despicable act, and I offer my sincerest condolences to their loved ones. We are so grateful for the countless individuals—both first responders and everyday citizens—who sacrificed their own safety to rescue others. They represent the best of who we are.
August 14, 2017
I want to send my sincere condolences to the victims of the violent acts perpetrated by white nationalists in Charlottesville this past weekend. Like many Americans, I am deeply disturbed by the events that took place. They are an ugly reminder of the racism, anti-Semitism and bigotry that continue to exist in American society. As a response to these dark and hateful forces, we must recommit ourselves to preserving our core American values and to fighting the hatred and extremism of white nationalist groups.
June 28, 2017
For the last few months, I've been fighting hard against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and replace it with a TrumpCare proposal that rips health coverage away from millions of Americans. And I don't intend to stop fighting anytime soon.
May 4, 2017
Today, 216 House Republicans voted to torpedo the Affordable Care Act and throw 24 million Americans off their health insurance.
Make no mistake, the bill that passed today is structured to harm women, the poor, older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions. It is full of fundamental flaws that will raise premiums and reduce benefits.
March 13, 2017
Getting big money out of politics is the most important reform we can fight for to ensure our nation can live up to the values put forth in our Constitution: that we are a republic of, for and by the people. I have dedicated my career to this cause because I believe our democracy works best when we are all involved and all our voices can be heard.
That's why in every session of Congress since 2013, I've introduced the Government By The People Act. This legislation will take our government back from big money, billionaires and special interest groups and empower the American people to participate more in our elections.
March 9, 2017
As of 10:30 this morning, my colleagues and I on the House Energy and Commerce committee had spent 24 hours reviewing the disastrous Affordable Care Act repeal bill introduced by Republicans on Monday. We had to stay up all night because House Republicans crafted this bill in secret and forced a committee vote on it earlier today.
Republicans rushed this bill through our committee hearings because their bill to repeal and “replace” the ACA is bad for the American people, and they know it won’t stand up to scrutiny.
March 7, 2017
After crafting the bill in secret, House Republicans going to attempt to force a committee vote on this major legislation less than 36 hours after its release with no public hearings or bipartisan input. They are rushing through a proposal that will cause millions to lose health care coverage and do severe economic damage.
This repeal bill represents so much of what is wrong with our government - it’s written not to provide better health coverage for more Americans, but instead to benefit the wealthy and well-connected special interests.
March 3, 2017
Along with new EPA Administrator Pruitt, Trump is trying to gut the federal funds to help clean up the Bay. Under his reckless proposal, the budget for the project would be reduced by 93%, literally tens of millions of dollars, gone.We can’t let that happen.
March 2, 2017
Late last night, the Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had multiple conversations with Russian officials during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and lied when asked about it under oath.
He must resign and we need to immediately appoint an independent commission to investigate the Trump campaign’s shady ties to Putin and his cronies.
February 23, 2017
Yesterday, the Trump administration rescinded important protections initiated by the Obama administration to guarantee the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities in public schools.
Rolling back these rules is unfair, discriminatory and contradicts our nation’s core value of equality.
December 5, 2016
In order to ensure that American taxpayer dollars aren’t going into the pockets of powerful DC lobbyists, I introduced the No Lobbyists on Presidential Transition Teams Act to prevent president-elects and vice president-elects from paying registered lobbyists to be a part of presidential transition teams.
Keep up to date with this bill here.
December 1, 2016
President-elect Trump spent a lot of time on the campaign trail saying he was going to “drain the swamp” in DC. So far, it looks like he is breaking that promise to the American people.
He is filling his cabinet and advisory roles with Big Money political donors like Betsy DeVos and DC insiders like Reince Priebus. He is also setting a dangerous precedent surrounding his business dealings; putting his assets in a “blind trust” that is operated by his children is not good enough. The American public needs to have confidence that the office of the Presidency isn’t being tainted by President-elect Trump’s business interests.
The only thing Trump is doing to clean up the swamp is dressing the alligators up in suits and ties. Read more about how President-elect Trump isn’t draining the swamp here.
December 1, 2016
Since the election, a number of you have come up to me and said, “I’m glad you’re there.” I think that means, “Thanks for looking out for us,” and I want you to know I’m going to keep doing the best I can.
But I want to say the same thing back to you: “I’m glad you’re there.” I’m glad you’re there, holding strong, building a life, and all the while finding time to do things for others. That keeps me going. Thank you!
December 1, 2016
I was proud to join with 169 of my colleagues in the House of Representatives to call on President-elect Trump to rescind his nomination of Stephen Bannon as White House Chief Strategist.
Bannon is a leader of the radical right movement and bringing him into the White House inner circle is a flashing red danger sign about where the Trump Administration is headed.
November 9, 2016
I wanted to thank you so much for all of your support during this campaign. Yesterday's vote of confidence from the people of Maryland's Third District was truly humbling. I look forward to continuing to work hard in Congress on behalf of my constituents and our country.
America has been through a long and hard fought campaign for the presidency and last night's result was a surprise to many. We must move forward, finding opportunities to work together collaboratively, while recognizing that there will inevitably and justifiably be points of deep disagreement among us. Above all, we must listen to each other in good faith and with an appreciation that our diversity -- of backgrounds, of views, of convictions -- should be and can be the source of our greatest strength.
-Congressman John Sarbanes
October 26, 2016Thank you to the Capital Gazette for endorsing my re-election campaign! It is a privilege to work on behalf of the residents of Anne Arundel County in the United States Congress.Anne Arundel County has a rich and diverse history and is home to strong communities, proud residents and national treasures, such as the U.S. Naval Academy. With an unrivaled combination of military installations, cyber and defense contractors, major health and educational institutions, and vibrant small businesses, the county has become a key economic engine driving growth around the Baltimore-Washington Airport, Fort Meade and beyond. At the same time, the hundreds of miles of shoreline that touch the county have inspired its citizens to exercise special stewardship over the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
September 19, 2016
Restoring Our Republic
John Sarbanes, The Huffington Post
September 14, 2016
The story goes that Benjamin Franklin was approached by Elizabeth Powell as he exited Independence Hall in Philadelphia: “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” The 81-year old Franklin replied, “[A] republic... if you can keep it.”
Keeping our republic has become the passion of millions of Americans who are convinced that their government is broken. They see a Congress captured by special interests and frustratingly unresponsive to the needs of everyday Americans. Whatever else they may disagree about, Democrats, Republicans and Independents have all arrived at the same explanation for the rot in our politics: Big Money.
According to a recent Ipsos poll, 7 in 10 respondents agreed that our democracy is at risk if action is not taken to address the undue influence of money in politics. The same poll found that 8 in 10 respondents view that influence to be worse than at any other time in their lives and an overwhelming 93 percent of respondents felt that elected officials listen more to big-money campaign donors than to regular voters.
August 31, 2016
Our say: VA walks back a bad decision about clinic
Editorial Board, Capital Gazette
August 31, 2016