A Message From Congressman Sarbanes
I am proud to be leading the charge in Congress to limit the influence of Big Money on politics and government and amplify the voices of everyday Americans. Whether it’s the economy, energy and the environment, health care or any other critical issue, special interests and well-connected insiders are calling the shots in Washington. We need to return to a government of, by and for the people. That’s why I’ve introduced the Government By the People Act.
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
August 26, 2016
Today is the 96th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. While we are on the verge of electing our first female president we need to remember that we still have work to do when it comes to securing equal pay for equal work and electing more women into office!
August 25, 2016The National Park Service turns 100 years old today!Maryland is home to 18 wonderful national parks and this weekend all entrance fees are being waived to celebrate their centennial.