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  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement in Response to Release of Redacted Mueller Report
    by 189 on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement following the release of a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report detailing the investigation of President Trump and his campaign:   “We knew Special Counsel Mueller had left the door open on the issue of obstruction – now we know why. It is clear that the Department of Justice’s policy against indicting a sitting President played a […]

  • Ruppersberger Named Vice Chairman of Board of Visitors at U.S. Naval Academy
    by 189 on April 10, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Timonium, MD) – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger was unanimously elected Vice Chairman of the United States Naval Academy Board of Visitors by his colleagues earlier this week. Congressman Ruppersberger, a defense Appropriator, has served on the Board since 2009. “I am deeply humbled to accept this leadership position and I look forward to providing strong oversight and advocacy at one of our nation’s premier institutions,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “The […]

  • Ruppersberger, Young, Baldwin, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Help Coastal Communities Prepare for Storms, Floods
    by 189 on April 9, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Don Young (R-AK) along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will help local and state governments protect the country’s 95,000 miles of shoreline.  The Digital Coast Act allows professionals at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to begin a comprehensive mapping process of the nation’s shorelines. […]

  • Cummings, Ruppersberger, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Introduce Legislation Honoring Henrietta Lacks
    by 189 on March 28, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) - Today, during Women’s History Month, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) introduced the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act, legislation honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks.  The bill will examine access to government-funded cancer clinical trials for traditionally […]

  • Maryland Congressional Delegation Secures Commitment from NPS to Quickly Repair B-W Parkway
    by 61 on March 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny Hoyer,  John Sarbanes, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) applauded the National Park Service’s (NPS) announcement that it will immediately use emergency contracting authority to begin repairs on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. This action follows continued pressure by the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including a letter sent by Senator Van Hollen on […]

  • Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Special Counsel Mueller's Report
    by 61 on March 25, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) — U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement calling for the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into possible ties between Russia and President Trump’s 2016 campaign:   “I have worked with Special Prosecutor Mueller before and have never found reason to question his integrity or credibility. After a 22-month investigation, he has concluded that there was no indictable collusion between […]

  • Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million for Affordable Housing
    by 61 on March 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

    (Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) in announcing more than $1 million in affordable housing grants for Baltimore City and the region, including: $322,500 for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.; $227,500 for the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center; and $572,000 for AHC Inc.. Funded through NeighborWorks America, the grants will […]

  • Ruppersberger and House Cybersecurity Leaders Introduce “Internet-of-Things” Legislation
    by 189 on March 12, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Today, a bipartisan and bicameral coalition introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 (H.R. 1168). The legislation would establish baseline security requirements for IoT devices purchased by the federal government. In the House, this effort is being spearheaded by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23), the former chairman and ranking member of the IT subcommittee during the 115th Congress. “As the government continues to […]

  • Ruppersberger to Support Green New Deal Resolution
    by 61 on March 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    (Washington, D.C.) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today announced his support of H.Res. 109, commonly known as the “Green New Deal” resolution to address climate change. He issued the following statement:  “I’ve heard the Green New Deal resolution described as utopian, aspirational and overly ambitious. And I agree with all of these. Achieving carbon neutrality and guaranteeing jobs for all within 10 years – and figuring out how to pay […]

  • SpaceNews: Getting space right is both a national security and an economic question
    by 189 on March 2, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Admittedly, neither one of us appreciated how fundamental space is to how we live and work until we served on the House Intelligence Committee. We quickly learned that America no longer owns space. We operate there along with every other space-capable nation, including adversaries like China and Russia. We learned that they are doing everything in their power to interfere with our operations. We learned that future wars will take place in space. And we quickly realized the grim truth that we […]

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  • Sarbanes Statement on the Release of the Redacted Mueller Report
    by 292 on April 19, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) issued the following statement today on the release of the redacted version of Special Counsel Mueller’s report: “In stark contrast to the misleading spin Attorney General William Barr has presented over the last several weeks, the Mueller Report paints a picture of Russia’s wide-ranging efforts to boost Donald Trump’s candidacy during the 2016 election cycle. It describes how Trump Campaign associates […]

  • Sarbanes Calls Insulin-Pricing System 'Hocus Pocus'
    by 319 on April 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes on Wednesday criticized insulin producers for their lack of transparency in setting prices. “I do not buy the argument that the patient is going to be worse off, the consumer is going to be worse off, if we have complete transparency,” the Baltimore County Democrat said at a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight and reform subcommittee. “I think the lack of transparency is allowing for a lot of manipulation….” […]

  • It's Been a Busy 100 Days for House Democrats
    by 319 on April 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    In November, the American people elected Democrats to take back the reins of power in the House of Representatives and put it back to work on their behalf. In our first 100 days in the majority, we have begun to deliver on that promise…. In the first days of the 116th Congress, House Democrats moved swiftly to implement new rules to make the legislative process more open and transparent and hold elected officials to higher ethics standards. In the weeks that followed, led by Rep. John […]

  • Saving the Net
    by 292 on April 12, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Dear Friend, This week, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step to ensure that the internet remains free and open for all Americans. On Wednesday, the House passed the Save the Internet Act (H.R. 1644), a bill that restores bipartisan Net Neutrality protections and guards consumers and small businesses against abusive practices by internet service providers. In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission – under the leadership of Trump Administration appointee Ajit Pai […]

  • Sarbanes Blasts Drug Manufacturers and Pharmacy Benefit Managers for the Rising Cost of Insulin [Video]
    by 292 on April 10, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) criticized drug manufacturers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for rapidly increasing the price of insulin, a lifesaving drug that millions of Americans with diabetes rely on every single day. At the hearing, Congressman Sarbanes pushed back on misleading claims by drug manufacturers and PBMs that increasing the transparency of drug prices would harm […]

  • Your Voice: Rep. John Sarbanes
    by 319 on April 10, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Debate continues this week over regulating the internet. The house is expected to vote this week on the Save the Internet Act, which would restore net neutrality. A vote against the bill would leave the control of the internet in the hands of the isp companies. In this month's Your Voice segment Representative John Sarbanes joins Fox45 to talk about net neutrality and the issues around the affordable care act. […]

  • Sarbanes Connects the Dots Between Money in Politics and Congress’ Failure to Act on Climate [Video]
    by 1 on April 9, 2019 at 7:20 am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today on climate change with Former Secretary of State John Kerry and Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) explained the connection between campaign donations from the fossil fuel industry and Congress’ failure to act on climate. “When I am trying to figure out why political leaders are moving in the opposite direction from where the public is moving, or where […]

  • Sarbanes Presses EPA Administrator Wheeler to Fully Fund Chesapeake Bay Program [Video]
    by 1 on April 9, 2019 at 7:20 am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) grilled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler about the Trump Administration’s continued assault on the Chesapeake Bay and urged Administrator Wheeler to reverse course on the Administration’s proposed budget cuts to the Bay Program. “Administrator Wheeler, I wanted to talk about the Chesapeake Bay,” […]

  • Sarbanes Statement on the Passing of Maryland House Speaker Busch
    by 252 on April 8, 2019 at 1:15 am

    TOWSON, MD – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today on the passing of Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch: “Maryland has lost one of its finest citizens -- a thoughtful and trusted public servant who, for decades, worked to make life better for Maryland families. I join Marylanders from every corner of the state in sending heartfelt condolences to Speaker Busch’s family and friends. He was a wonderful and decent man who will be deeply […]

  • Guns As a Health Concern
    by 256 on April 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes is to be applauded for leading a discussion this week on gun violence as a public safety concern. During a roundtable discussion at Anne Arundel Medical Center, there were some interesting ideas: making gun safety an issue for pediatricians to discuss with families, or pushing to make guns safer by making them less likely to be involved in accidental shootings. As advocates for more sensible rules on long gun sales have learned in this year’s General Assembly […]