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February 18, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Anthony Brown (D-MD), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), David Trone (D-MD), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) wrote to Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky, requesting that the federal government vaccinate its employees through a separate, federal allocation.
February 4, 2021 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen led Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) in writing to United States Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about the severe mail delivery delays Marylanders are experiencing. The members refer to specific examples from correspondence they’ve received from constituents and urge DeJoy to take advantage of federal support and to make operational changes immediately to improve service.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) led 85 House Members in urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to reconsider and withdraw the appointment of climate denier David Legates to a leadership role at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Legates has repeatedly rejected the scientific consensus that increasing carbon emissions is causing climate change, devoted his career to discrediting the work of climate researchers, and benefited from generous funding from the fossil fuel industry. As the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for environmental observation and prediction—a role that reports directly to the Acting NOAA Administrator—Legates is poised to seriously damage NOAA’s scientific independence, integrity, and effectiveness.
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.
August 21, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), House Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY-10), Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Ranking Member Ken Buck (R-CO-4), Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1), Representative Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO-5), Representative Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large), and Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD-8) introduced The Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act to temporarily prevent the need for furloughs by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by immediately increasing the agency’s premium processing revenues.
August 4, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Reps. Alma S. Adams (NC-12), Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04), Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), and Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) and 126 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi requesting strong support for the United States Postal Service in forthcoming COVID-19 relief legislation.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) led 185 Members in opposing the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) proposed rule that would make it more difficult for unionized federal workers to obtain effective representation during the EEOC employment discrimination complaint process. EEOC’s proposed rule, which is now subject to a second public comment period, prohibits federal employees participating in a union from using “official time” to assist or represent their colleagues in employer discrimination complaints. In February, during the first comment period, Raskin led 85 Members in requesting that the EEOC reject the proposed rule. After receiving over 1,800 comments overwhelmingly opposing the rule during the initial comment period, the EEOC opened a second comment period on June 1.
July 10, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) and eight bipartisan Members of Congress in sending a letter to House Appropriators urging them to match the 2021 pay increase for civilian federal employees to the raise given to service men and women proposed in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. Currently, members of the military are set to receive a 3.0% pay increase, compared to the 1.0% increase for civilian federal workers detailed in President Trump’s budget proposal.
July 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and 115 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Attorney General William Barr, calling on the agencies to eliminate the ban on open transgender military service. This follows the June 15, 2020 Supreme Court ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ people from workplace discrimination.
June 10, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) and 137 House Members from both parties in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging them to pass legislation providing $25 billion in emergency grants to the United States Postal Service (USPS). The funding is desperately needed to offset USPS revenue losses as a result of COVID-19, which are now expected to total $22 billion over the next 18 months and could force the agency to close. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) joined Rep. Levin in leading the letter.