(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined lawmakers across the National Capital Region in writing to President Donald Trump urging that that the region be prioritized for early locations of federally-supported COVID-19 testing sites. The joint letter reinforces the regional cooperation shown by Governors Larry Hogan and Ralph Northam and Mayor Muriel Bowser asking for federal testing. The letter to the president was signed by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), as well as U.S. Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.-5), John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.-3), Anthony G. Brown (D-Md.-4), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.-8), David Trone (D-Md.-6), Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.-11), Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D-Va.-8), and Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.-10).

“[T]he National Capital Region is home to over six million residents and the seat of the federal government, with hundreds of thousands of military and civilian employees serving the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Defense, and other mission critical agencies.  The health and safety of this region – which includes employees who commute, work, and live in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia – must remain a top priority for continuity of operations for our democratic government in carrying out critical functions of the federal government for the entire United States,” the members wrote.

The full letter is available at this link.