Representative John P. Sarbanes's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 3, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 3
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "Consistent with Roe v. Wade, our society must stand firm in its support of a woman's right to choose." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/223975/issue-position-pro-choice#.VaW8XXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720#.VhLmGnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)

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  • "There does not have to be a budget deficit if our leaders would have the courage to repeal the Bush Administration's irresponsible tax cuts." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/66575/john-sarbanes/#.VZLMbPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "The Bush Administration's cynical tax cuts have divided the nation into the lucky and the left-out. It is time for a return to 'we-first' policy and escape the grip of Bush's 'me-first' politics." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/223979/#.VZLM6PlViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "If we are unable to reach such an agreement in the coming weeks, it will still be necessary to increase the debt ceiling. It is the only option to avoid a severe disruption of our economic recovery and ensure that the United States Government continues paying its bills on time and in full." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/616485/sarbanes-standard-paying-our-bills-as-a-nation#.VaW9dXUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2847 "Employment, Infrastructure, and Transportation Appropriations and Tax Credits ('Senate Jobs Bill')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/28969#.VZK81vlViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 1 "Appropriations, Tax Law Amendments, and Unemployment Benefit Amendments ('Stimulus Bill')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/23644#.VZK4jflViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "As we continue to push for comprehensive campaign finance reform in Congress, we look forward to working with you on a critical rule change that will preserve the true societal value of 501(c)(4) groups and at the same time protect the American taxpayer." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/874287/letter-to-daniel-werfel-acting-commissioner-internal-revenue-service-regulate-tax-exempt-groups#.VaW-OnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "The Recovery Act cut taxes for 95 percent of working families and provided significant relief to small businesses that were hit hard by the recession." https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/enewsletters/sarbanes-standar-tax-day-edition (sarbanes.house.gov)

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  • "The innovative instruction that is taking place in Maryland is one of the many reasons that the Maryland State Department of Education was awarded a $250 million 'Race to the Top' grant, which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress. This money will continue to benefit students across the state and keep Maryland on the cutting edge of education innovation." https://sarbanes.house.gov/issues/education (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • "I have worked to secure funding for early childhood education (including Head Start and Early Head Start), make higher education more affordable, and incorporate green job training into our Job Corps Centers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/556262/issue-position-education#.VaZu_XUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VZKzuvlViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "In coastal areas, industrialized cities and on small island nations – and even in local communities across Maryland’s Third Congressional District – we’re already beginning to see the pernicious impacts of climate change. For this reason, we must commit ourselves to policies that help our nation reduce carbon emissions, become more energy efficient, and transition to a clean-energy economy." https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/sarbanes-statement-on-pope-francis-encyclical (sarbanes.house.gov)
  • "Congressman Sarbanes is also committed to investing in our energy infrastructure to relieve the congestion on our electrical grid and to create new energy generation capacity from renewable sources. Clean, renewable energy will help grow our economy, creating new jobs, saving billions of dollars in energy costs and reducing the detrimental impact of greenhouse gas emissions." https://sarbanes.house.gov/issues/jobs-and-the-economy (sarbanes.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 2454 "Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ('Cap and Trade')" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/26496#.VZK5PPlViko (votesmart.org)
  • "In coastal areas, industrialized cities and on small island nations – and even in local communities across Maryland’s Third Congressional District – we’re already beginning to see the pernicious impacts of climate change. For this reason, we must commit ourselves to policies that help our nation reduce carbon emissions, become more energy efficient, and transition to a clean-energy economy." https://sarbanes.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/sarbanes-statement-on-pope-francis-encyclical (sarbanes.house.gov)

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  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66575/john-sarbanes/37#.VaZi5nUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66575/john-sarbanes/37#.VaZi5nUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "On March 23, 2010, I was proud to join my colleagues in Congress and President Obama to advance groundbreaking legislation designed to make high-quality health care more affordable and accessible to millions of Americans. Five years later, I'm just as proud to say that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has greatly improved our nation's health care system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/969456/sarbanes-statement-on-five-year-anniversary-of-the-affordable-care-act#.VaZjrnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/29181#.VZK6SvlViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/32955#.VZK65_lViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Council of La Raza http://votesmart.org/interest-group/956/rating/7579 (votesmart.org)

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  • "Today the Supreme Court made history by ruling that same-sex couples will now have their marriages recognized in every state. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made as a nation on this important issue. Our founders wrote that all people are created equal and now every American is able to marry the person they love." http://www.johnsarbanes.com/media/news/rep-sarbanes-talks-politics-and-policy (www.johnsarbanes.com)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/66575/john-sarbanes/76#.VaZkgHUVikp (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating "Iran's record of clandestine activity and intransigence prevents any trust in Iran. […] Any inspection and verification regime must allow for short notice access to suspect locations, and verifiable constraints on Iran's nuclear program must last for decades." http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/sites/republicans.foreignaffairs.house.gov/files/03.20.15%20-%20Iran%20Letter%20-%20POTUS.pdf (foreignaffairs.house.gov)
  • "If the Assad regime does not comply with the terms of this agreement, the United States and its international partners must pursue other avenues to prevent further use of chemical weapons in Syria." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/817046/sarbanes-statement-on-syria#.VaZlYnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "At a time when older Americans are less secure in their retirement and less able to afford quality health services, now is not the time to cut their benefits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/624286/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-protect-medicare-medicaid-and-social-security#.VaZl6XUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Any attempt to divert Social Security contributions to private accounts is simply wrong." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/223974/issue-position-social-security#.VaZlrnUViko (votesmart.org)

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