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April 15, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, April 15, 2021, on what would historically be Tax Day, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5), Tom Suozzi (NY-3), Young Kim (CA-39), and Andrew Garbarino (NY-2) in announcing the formation of the new bipartisan SALT Caucus to advocate for new tax relief from Congress.
March 17, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) hosted a Telephone Town Hall on the evening of Monday, March 15th to provide an overview of the American Rescue Plan, which was just signed into law by the President last week. More than 4,000 residents in Maryland’s 8th District and beyond joined to learn about key provisions in the Plan to defeat the coronavirus, engineer economic recovery, and deliver urgently needed direct relief to the American people. Following an overview of the Plan, Rep. Raskin took questions from callers, including questions from Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker and Thurmont Mayor John Kinnaird.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Reps. Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Bill Pascrell Jr., Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, led 102 House Members in urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Treasury Department to extend the April 15, 2021 federal tax filing and payment deadline. The request cones in the wake of recent significant changes to federal tax law included in the American Rescue Plan, which was just signed into law last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.