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WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) seeking documents about its procedures for resolving conflicts between landowners and natural gas pipeline construction companies.
November 19, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Alarmed by the rapid rise in hate crimes and the lack of comprehensive reporting about it, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the rise of online hate crimes and hate speech in the United States. The request follows the release of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) online hate and harassment report, which found more than 1 in 3 Americans experienced online hate and harassment this year. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) annual hate crimes report, which just revealed the highest level of hate crimes in a decade, does not capture online hate crimes at all and is a radically incomplete assessment of hate in America.
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney; Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Jamie Raskin; Committee Members Jackie Speier and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Rep. Lois Frankel sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr following up on multiple requests for a briefing from the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) regarding the role of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in approving a favorable plea deal for convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and concealing the deal from the survivors of Mr. Epstein’s crimes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), Chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, announced that they have received notice from the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant that he has implemented all of the recommendations contained in the Committees’ joint investigatory staff report on how the Coast Guard has handled reports of harassment, bullying, and retaliation.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr and a letter to Russell T. Vought, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requesting information on unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to withhold federal funds from Seattle, New York City, and Portland, Oregon—cities that they have spuriously designated “anarchist jurisdictions.”
October 10, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), founders of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, released the following statement in response to the news of Supreme Court of the United States Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. urging the court to reconsider the Obergefell vs. Hodges ruling:
October 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, and Rep. Jamie Raskin sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting that he clarify whether the Trump Administration is responding to the coronavirus crisis with a herd immunity “strategy”. Public health experts have warned this approach could lead to the death of more than two million Americans.
October 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthony Brown (D-MD), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), and David Trone (D-MD) issued the following statement today:
September 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairs and senior Members sent a letter to Acting Director Russell Vought, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), seeking information about the Trump Administration’s cancellation of diversity and anti-racism training in the federal government.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Representatives Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Judy Chu (CA-27) and Zoe Lofgen (CA-19) and more than 170 Members of Congress in urging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to open an immediate investigation into new whistleblower allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on women detained at the privately-run Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga. The lawmakers demanded an urgent response as well as a briefing on the status of an investigation by next Friday, Sept. 25.