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November 20, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking documents about its procedures for resolving conflicts between landowners and natural gas pipeline construction companies.
November 19, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alarmed by the rapid rise in hate crimes and the lack of comprehensive reporting about it, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the rise of online hate crimes and hate speech in the United States. The request follows the release of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) online hate and harassment report, which found more than 1 in 3 Americans experienced online hate and harassment this year. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) annual hate crimes report, which just revealed the highest level of hate crimes in a decade, does not capture online hate crimes at all and is a radically incomplete assessment of hate in America.
November 18, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney; Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Jamie Raskin; Committee Members Jackie Speier and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Rep. Lois Frankel sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr following up on multiple requests for a briefing from the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) regarding the role of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in approving a favorable plea deal for convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and concealing the deal from the survivors of Mr. Epstein’s crimes.
November 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, senior Members of the Oversight and Reform and Homeland Security Committees sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) demanding compliance with its policy against deporting witnesses and victims in ongoing investigations as the Committees are investigating allegations of medical mistreatment at Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC).
November 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) recognized the award of $300,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission will use the funds to study unsolved lynchings in Maryland for a project entitled “Justice in the Aftermath: Documenting the Truth of Racial Terror Lynching in Maryland to Support Restorative Justice Among Affected Communities.” It will also investigate government and media involvement in the lynchings, and solicit public input on how to restore justice to victims’ families and communities.
November 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr and a letter to Russell T. Vought, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requesting information on unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to withhold federal funds from Seattle, New York City, and Portland, Oregon—cities that they have spuriously designated “anarchist jurisdictions.”
October 28, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) recently urged federal officials to avoid possible physical impacts to the Morningstar Tabernacle No. 88 Moses Hall and Cemetery, in the historical African-American community of Gibson Grove, which was bisected by the original construction of the Capital Beltway (I-495), as Beltway widening is planned. In a new letter to the heads of the Federal Highway Administration and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Members of Congress also are calling for the protection of the Gibson Grove A.M.E. Zion Church, which stands next to Beltway in the Cabin John area of Montgomery County.
October 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, released a staff report entitled “Our Vote 2020: 20 Ways to Secure a Full and Fair Election During the Coronavirus Pandemic.” The report outlines five actions that individual voters, employers, as well as local and state governments can each take to secure a full and fair election this fall.
September 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairs and senior Members sent a letter to Acting Director Russell Vought, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), seeking information about the Trump Administration’s cancellation of diversity and anti-racism training in the federal government.
September 29, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent letters to eight police departments and sheriffs’ offices across the country seeking information about their efforts over the past year to address allegations that multiple law enforcement officers kept social media accounts that expressed violent, racist, or white supremacist views.