The Democratic-controlled House on Friday approved legislation aimed at reducing the role of big money in politics, ensuring fair elections and strengthening ethics standards. But it stands little chance in the Republican-run Senate.
Flexing their new majority, Democrats are moving to push through the House a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package they say will reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and restore ethics and integrity to Washington.
Rep. John Sarbanes and other House Democrats released plans for their first bill of the new, Democratic-controlled U.S. House – a political reform measure they say would “drain the swamp” in a way that Republican President Donald Trump has not. It contains ethics and campaign finance reform.
Three Democratic members of Maryland’s congressional delegation will appear at a town hall meeting in Baltimore on Monday to discuss the Republican effort in Washington to overhaul the nation’s tax code.
A "yes" vote on Question A in Howard County, a stone's throw from the nation's capital, would send a powerful signal to my colleagues on the Hill that reforming the way we fund campaigns is a winning issue — an antidote to the deep cynicism and frustration felt by so many Americans.
Rep. John Sarbanes said Monday he will support the pending nuclear agreement with Iran, arguing that the plan will be "effective in pulling Iran back from the threshold of becoming a nuclear weapon state."
As important as it is to protect access to the ballot box, we must also ensure that the ballot box arrives safely in Washington. That means curbing the influence of lobbyists and deep-pocketed donors who seek to hijack it along the way. We can do this by setting up a small-donor fundraising system that can compete with today's big-money politics.
Federal and state government representatives met with local farmers and entrepreneurs at Woodberry Kitchen in Baltimore Monday to discuss how the federal government can better support local agriculture.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski's decision to retire in 2016 has thrust Maryland into an unexpected contest for that coveted seat and could put several House districts in play for the first time in more than a decade.
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers narrowly averted a government shutdown late Thursday night and approved a $1 trillion spending package after a dramatic day on Capitol Hill in which House members in both parties raised objections to portions of the massive spending measure.
If you were an outsider looking at voting results from the last five federal elections, you'd probably conclude that we are a fickle nation, unsure of what we want. And, with all the super-partisanship in Washington you'd think the country was almost completely dysfunctional. Well, we might be unhappy with Congress and disappointed in Obama, but we know what we want. I made a list of 10 things, for starters. It wasn't that hard.
As candidates across the country engage in another mind-bogglingly expensive election — the midterms will cost nearly $4 billion, according to one estimate — Rep. John Sarbanes has been using his own campaign to test a proposal he believes will shift the emphasis from big money to small-dollar donors.
More than 60 percent of donors to congressional candidates in Maryland gave more than $1,000 and the state ranked 31st in the nation for inequality between small and large contributions, according to a report released Tuesday by groups supporting campaign finance reform.