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October 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08), David Cicilline (D-RI-01) and Mike Conaway (R-TX-11) today introduced the Occupational Licensing Board Antitrust Damages Relief Act to prevent individual members of state occupational licensing boards from being sued for antitrust damages in their personal capacities. In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC that “if a ‘controlling number’ of a board’s members are active participants in the business it regulates, they could be sued as antitrust violators.” There are nearly 2,000 occupational licensing boards in the United States, according to a comprehensive 2017 study, which found that 85% of them mandate that their board members must actively work in the regulated occupation in order to serve. These people, rendering an essential public service and maintaining professional and occupational standards, are now being put at risk.
October 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of 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, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, during a conference call yesterday again urged Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson to redouble the agency’s efforts to improve the expediency with which Marylanders’ claims for Unemployment Insurance (UI) are processed. Following up on their correspondence and conversations with state leaders earlier this summer, the congressional delegation also requested that the state provide a full and updated accounting on the numbers of unpaid and/or unresolved claims.
September 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Gwen Moore (D-WI), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) led 107 House Members in sending a bipartisan letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging the agency to issue missing economic impact payments (EIPs) to survivors of domestic violence. Nearly every state has reported increases in domestic violence cases since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and caseworkers and advocates of domestic violence survivors across the country have documented cases of abusive partners stealing or withholding EIPs from survivors. The IRS has decided to issue catch-up EIPs to individuals who did not receive their payments, and the Members are calling on the agency to provide this same relief to survivors of domestic violence.
September 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today led his National Capital Region colleagues in urging the Administration to make the President’s payroll tax deferral program optional rather than mandatory for the nation’s 1.3 million federal workers. Since President Trump’s August 8th announcement of the mandatory payroll tax deferral, federal employees, industry stakeholders, and employers have expressed opposition to the plan.
September 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, joined by Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) urged Maryland Department of Labor (MDOL) Secretary Tiffany Robinson to swiftly resolve thousands of pending unemployment insurance claims. In their letter, the members urge MDOL to prioritize helping Marylanders whose applications for unemployment assistance remain unresolved or unanswered. As FEMA has now approved Maryland’s application for an additional $300 per week in benefits, the members emphasize that many Marylanders have still not heard from the Department or received the benefits for which they are eligible – a situation that must be resolved immediately.
August 12, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today announced that Maryland’s 8th Congressional District is one of the top performers in the Information Technology Industry Council’s (ITI) new report on high-tech communities across America. The 8th District has the highest proportion of science and engineering jobs out of all congressional districts in the United States and ranks second in the nation for total science and engineering workers in the high-skilled workforce.
August 4, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John P. Sarbanes (MD-03), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), David Trone (MD-06), and Kweisi Mfume (MD-07) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue expressing their serious concern about actions taken by USDA that will increase food insecurity in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
July 24, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined Reps. Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and 82 Members of Congress in sending a bipartisan letter to House Leadership urging support for animal shelters and rescue organizations in any upcoming coronavirus aid package.
July 22, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), founders of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, issued the following statement in celebration of House passage of the NO BAN Act, authored by Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), as part of H.R. 2486. In October 2019, the Congressional Freethought Caucus sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committee to express strong support for the NO BAN Act, urging the committees to consider the legislation and move it to the floor.
July 17, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Representatives Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Denny Heck (WA-10), Jackie Walorski (IN-02), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) in urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to resolve several issues around Economic Impact Payments. In a letter signed by 111 members of Congress to IRS Commissioner Rettig, the lawmakers outline specific issues caseworkers are hearing about including delayed payments, issues around deceased spouses, “Get My Payment” tool issues, and direct deposit issues. The letter calls on the IRS to resolve these problems in a fair and timely manner and urges the agency to expand its capacity for casework assistance to Economic Impact Payments claims.