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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

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.
June 8, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined a group of US Representatives asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to open a criminal investigation into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential violation of corruption laws. The letter was signed by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).
May 24, 2018 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer today led a group of five House Democratic leaders requesting information from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) about Pruitt’s legal defense fund. Pruitt confirmed the existence of the fund to Senators in a hearing last week, but key details have not yet been made public or provided to Congress, which potentially raises a series of ethics concerns.