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July 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressmen Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and David Cicilline (RI-01) just introduced legislation to reduce gun violence by banning the home manufacture of “ghost guns” — firearms that require no background check, have no serial number, and are essentially impossible to trace if used in committing murder, robbery or other crimes.
July 2, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)— Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, applauded the D.C. Circuit’s en banc decision in Allegheny Defense Project v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC):
July 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis has released a comprehensive congressional action plan for solving America’s climate crisis. This framework for building a robust green economy and creating clean energy jobs includes key provisions championed by Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08).
June 30, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) is one of 80 House Democrats who joined Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairman Joaquin Castro in demanding the Trump Administration safely and swiftly release all parents and children that are in immigration family detention centers following the order of Judge Dolly Gee. In a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Wolf and Acting Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Albence, the Members denounced the Trump Administration’s use of the pandemic to implement cruel and inhumane policies toward immigrants, and urged ICE to seek alternatives to family detention and commit to a permanent policy of family unity.
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June 30, 2020 Press Release
Bogus charges against activist show questions linger on Mexico upholding renegotiated NAFTA terms as agreement is poised to take effect. USTR Lighthizer has called case a “bad indicator.”
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - With the renegotiated North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) taking effect on July 1, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and 58 colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on him to work to secure the release of Mexican labor lawyer Susana Prieto Terrazas, who was arrested and detained by the State of Tamaulipas in Mexico on June 8, 2020 on trumped-up legal accusations.
June 30, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—On Monday, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, held a briefing on violations of First Amendment rights of protesters and journalists by federal and local law enforcement.
June 29, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all Md.) in writing to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging the approval of Maryland’s request for federal disaster assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
June 29, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) in introducing legislation to enable Congress to independently enforce subpoenas and other Congressional actions by directly levying penalties against those refusing to comply. This bill, which is also cosponsored by Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI), Val Demings (D-FL), Madeline Dean (D-PA) and Joe Neguse (D-CO), amends House rules to provide a clear and fair method to implement Congress’ inherent ability to hold individuals in contempt and levy penalties for failure to comply with subpoenas.
June 29, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Below is Subcommittee Chairman Jamie Raskin’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery, for today’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties remote briefing on “The First Amendment Under Attack: Examining Government Violence Against Peaceful Civil Rights Protesters and the Journalists Covering Them.”
June 26, 2020 Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) in sending a letter today to Experian CEO Brian Cassian requesting the company ensures that unintentional, duplicative inquiries for an individual’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application do not unduly affect their credit scores.

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