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June 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md) today joined Reps. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) and 35 House Democrats in sending a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Guard Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) demanding that the agencies immediately stop illegal surveillance of peaceful protesters around the country.
June 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties within the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations within the Committee on Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to the State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights to express serious misgivings about reports that the Commission may change the way the United States upholds human rights around the world.
June 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and the Maryland congressional delegation, including 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. are calling on Governor Larry Hogan to fix Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim system and improve delivery of critical financial insurance benefits to Marylanders still struggling during this public health emergency.
June 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – House Judiciary Committee Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Chairman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Vice Chairman Joe Neguse (D-CO), and ten additional Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee sent a letter seeking answers regarding the Trump Administration’s apparent exploitation of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout to advance the Administration’s reckless deregulatory agenda. The letter, sent to Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell T. Vought, follows last month’s Executive Order citing the COVID-19 pandemic as justification for agencies to rescind, modify, or decrease enforcement of federal regulations.
June 9, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Today, Congressmen Andy Levin (MI-09), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN-05) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr to express grave concern over reports that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been granted authority to conduct warrantless surveillance of Americans protesting in support of racial justice and an end to police brutality. The letter asks that the Department of Justice immediately rescind this authority and ensure that DEA activities do not exceed the scope of authority granted to the agency by Congress.
June 8, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-09), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and more than 100 House colleagues in pushing the Trump Administration for greater federal resources and guidance to support nursing homes and long-term care (LTC) facilities throughout the country as they combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 9,600 nursing homes and LTC facilities across the U.S. have reported COVID-19 cases and more than 40,000 residents and workers in LTC settings have died from the virus. The letter was also signed by Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Bob Casey (D-PA) and 20 of their colleague in the Senate.
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June 8, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman and House Judiciary Committee Member Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined over 100 Members of Congress as a cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020. The bill is led by Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass, Senator Cory A. Booker, Senator Kamala D. Harris Chair, and House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler. Sponsors described the bill as the first-ever bold, comprehensive approach to hold police accountable, change the culture of law enforcement and build trust between law enforcement and our communities.
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 6, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - 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, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, and Committee Members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding the Trump Administration explain its use of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) resources to conduct surveillance on Americans engaging in peaceful protests.
June 6, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Senior Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr demanding information about the sudden surge of federal and unidentified law enforcement officers in the District of Columbia following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis. The letter was signed by Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Jamie Raskin, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, and Committee Member Eleanor Holmes Norton.

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