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July 10, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined 87 House and Senate Democrats in urging U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to withdraw new guidance issued by ICE that imperils the status of international students who would be studying online at U.S. institutions this coming academic year. The guidance threatens international students with deportation if they do not comply with the requirement that they take in-person classes. The effort was led by Representatives Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Chair of the House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), along with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
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.
July 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) Executive Board Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined TLHRC Co-Chair James P. McGovern (D-MA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Mark Pocan (D-WI) and 94 Members of Congress in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to press the Colombian government to commit to peace and stop the escalation of violence against Colombian human rights defenders.
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.
July 9, 2020 Press Release
Millions of Unemployed Americans Could Lose Benefits July 31st Without Action by Senate Republicans, President
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging his administration to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits, which are set to run out at the end of July without action by the White House and U.S. Senate.
July 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks catastrophic unemployment and millions struggle to pay rent—and yet corporate lobbyists press for more windfalls—Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD) joined moer than 100 lawmakers in urging House and Senate leaders to reject wasteful corporate tax breaks in the next relief legislation, and instead work to provide assistance directly to those who need it most. Representatives Lloyd Doggett (TX), Rosa DeLauro (CT), and Steve Cohen (TN) and Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) led the effort.
July 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) led 33 House Members in urging Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to immediately issue guidance clarifying that small business owners who returned their Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans are able to reapply for the program given that the terms have been substantially improved by the recently adopted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act. Numerous constituents have expressed concern that their lenders were unable to process their second loan application or were uncertain about whether they should because the first loan had been returned.
July 6, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Chairman of the Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, issued the following statement after the State Department revealed its plan for releasing a draft report from the Commission on Unalienable Rights.
July 3, 2020 Press Release
Following Leadership Terminations and Funding Freezes, Members Urge Committee Leaders to Protect Journalistic Independence, Safeguard Mission of USAGM
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Today, U.S. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Jamie Raskin (D-MA), together with Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Ami Bera (D-CA), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), David Trone (D-MD), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and Dean Phillips (D-MN) sent a letter to State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee Chairwoman Nita Lowey and Ranking Member Hal Rodgers in advance of the Subcommittee's FY2021 Markup Meeting, scheduled for Monday afternoon.
July 2, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Members of Maryland’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.) in writing to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor Wednesday, urging the approval of Maryland’s request for an increase in the federal cost share for eligible public assistance program expenses to 100 percent, up from the current 75 percent. In such a large-scale emergency, the local cost-share could cost Maryland and local communities millions.