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July 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Maryland delegation members, including Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD), and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John P. Sarbanes (MD-03), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), David Trone (MD-06), and Kweisi Mfume (MD-07) in writing to Governor Larry Hogan today to express their concern with his plan to proceed with in-person voting for the November 3 general election. The lawmakers called on Governor Hogan to rescind his directive and issue new guidance to maximize safety and voter participation. Under Governor Hogan’s announced plan, all in-person voting locations will be open and voters would have to request an absentee ballot through the Board of Elections to vote by mail. While they agree that limited polling locations should be available for Marylanders needing to vote in-person, the Delegation is concerned that there are not enough resources to sufficiently open and staff all polling locations.
July 2, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.) in writing to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor Wednesday, urging the approval of Maryland’s request for an increase in the federal cost share for eligible public assistance program expenses to 100 percent, up from the current 75 percent. In such a large-scale emergency, the local cost-share could cost Maryland and local communities millions.
June 29, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all Md.) in writing to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging the approval of Maryland’s request for federal disaster assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
June 25, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21) and 28 colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, raising concerns expressed by constituents who received their Economic Impact Payment (EIP) in the form of prepaid debit cards.
June 17, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and their National Capital Region colleagues in wroting to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging them to “issue strong, explicit directives to Members of the House regarding proper face coverings” as Congress prepares to cast votes next week.
June 16, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) joined John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone, today applauded Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D) and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) for holding joint hearings about Maryland’s June 2 primary election. The hearings will examine the election’s shortcomings and outline steps to enhance the state’s election systems ahead of November.
June 12, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and the full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone, today announced $2,377,692 in federal funding for Maryland renters and homeowners struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19.
June 10, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined the full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone, in announcing $18,711,424 in federal funds to help the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) cover the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland.
June 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone. are calling on Governor Larry Hogan to fix Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim system and improve delivery of critical financial insurance benefits to Marylanders still struggling during this public health emergency.
June 8, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman and House Judiciary Committee Member Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined over 100 Members of Congress as a cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. The bill is led by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass, Senator Cory A. Booker, Senator Kamala D. Harris Chair, and House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler. Sponsors described the bill as the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust between law enforcement and our communities.