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Congressman Jamie Raskin

Representing the 8th District of Maryland

Environment

Climate change is not an “issue” but a civilizational emergency and the whole context within which we must decide every other issue. There can be no higher calling today than to reverse damage to our environment and protect our land, water, and air for future generations. I will fight with everything I have to save and continue policies addressing climate change and other threats to environmental sustainability. Given America’s scientific leadership and technological prowess, we should be leading international efforts to deal with rising sea levels, vanishing glaciers, record drought and forest fires, accelerating loss of species, and a brutal warming of the planet. I support initiatives to move us toward clean energy solutions and green jobs, greener infrastructure, and steady reduction of deadly carbon emissions. In Congress, I’m working with my colleagues and fellow members of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus to push for progress on this intensifying civilizational emergency. In the 115th Congress, I’ve cosponsored dozens of bills, from the CLIMATE Act (H.R. 1812) to the FRAC Act (H.R. 2012), to advance strong commonsense solutions to combat the effects of climate change.

More on Environment

February 12, 2019 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Reps. Jared Huffman (D-CA), Chair of the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee; Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Vice-Chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus; and 100 lawmakers introduced Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, bipartisan legislation to halt the oil and gas drilling exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge currently being pursued by the Trump administration.
February 1, 2019 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) is bringing renowned environmentalist, author, and educator Bill McKibben as his guest to Tuesday night’s State of the Union Address.
October 9, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today applauded the inclusion of several airplane noise mitigation provisions in the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 (FAA Reauthorization Act), which was signed into law on October 5th.
September 18, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin, released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its denial of Maryland’s Clean Air Act 126(b) petition to reduce harmful emissions from power plants in upwind states.
July 27, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Rep. Beyer (D-VA) led a group of House Democrats today asking the Acting Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) for a review of recent meetings between Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler and his former lobbying clients.
July 25, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Maryland congressional delegation is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its denial of Maryland’s petition requesting that action be taken to provide relief against out-of-state air pollution stemming from neighboring states.
June 29, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Maryland congressional delegation sent a joint letter to President Trump on Friday urging the Administration to move swiftly to approve the state’s request for federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance following the mid-May flash-floods that devastated Howard County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
June 25, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Maryland congressional delegation today praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its swift approval of Maryland’s request for a federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance following the devastating mid-May rain, landslides and flooding in Fredrick County, including the City of Frederick, and Washington counties.
June 19, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Maryland congressional delegation today strongly urged the Trump administration to quickly approve the state’s request for a federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance under the Stafford Act following the devastating mid-May storms, rain, landslides and flooding in Frederick and Washington counties.

June 15, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), together with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), U.S. Representative John K. Delaney (D-Md.-06) and U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.-08), today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Governor Hogan’s request for a physical disaster declaration in Frederick County following flooding that occurred between May 15-19, 2018.