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July 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Maryland delegation members, including Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD), and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John P. Sarbanes (MD-03), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), David Trone (MD-06), and Kweisi Mfume (MD-07) in writing to Governor Larry Hogan today to express their concern with his plan to proceed with in-person voting for the November 3 general election. The lawmakers called on Governor Hogan to rescind his directive and issue new guidance to maximize safety and voter participation. Under Governor Hogan’s announced plan, all in-person voting locations will be open and voters would have to request an absentee ballot through the Board of Elections to vote by mail. While they agree that limited polling locations should be available for Marylanders needing to vote in-person, the Delegation is concerned that there are not enough resources to sufficiently open and staff all polling locations.
June 16, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) joined John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone, today applauded Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D) and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) for holding joint hearings about Maryland’s June 2 primary election. The hearings will examine the election’s shortcomings and outline steps to enhance the state’s election systems ahead of November.
June 8, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined Reps. James P. McGovern (D-MA), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) in introducing the Protecting Human Rights During Pandemic Act (H.R. 6986) to affirm U.S. leadership and support for the protection of internationally recognized human rights during and after the coronavirus pandemic. The bill authorizes the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to respond with diplomacy and development assistance when countries use the pandemic to justify cracking down on freedom of the press, increasing unchecked surveillance or consolidating executive power.
June 4, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown and David Trone (all D-Md.), issued the following statement today after Maryland's June 2 primary election, held amid the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against police brutality and inequality:

June 3, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) is a proud co-sponsor of H.Res. 988, a resolution introduced by Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Ilhan Omar (MN-05), in partnership with Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-37), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), to condemn police brutality, racial profiling and the excessive use of force, with as original cosponsors.

May 31, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – As a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, I have joined all the other Democrats on the Committee in demanding the Department of Justice investigate the continuing murders of unarmed African-American civilians by police officers across the country. We will be conducting a series of intensive committee investigations and legislative actions to respond to this dangerous crisis rooted in systemic racism and official injustice.
May 5, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Antitrust Subcommittee Member Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Chairman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) in urging that the next COVID-19 relief package include language prohibiting corporate mergers that do not involve the purchase of a severely distressed company.
April 16, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, leading House Democrats with oversight over federal elections and voting rights called for additional voter protections and funding to ensure safe and orderly elections in the wake of dangerous conditions during last week’s primary election in Wisconsin. 

April 9, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – With cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) sharply rising in the National Capital Region, Rep. Jamie Raskin led 97 colleagues in urging House leadership to ensure that the District of Columbia receives its full and fair share of federal relief funds to battle the health and economic effects of the virus.

March 12, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Susan DelBene (D-WA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today introduced the Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act of 2020.