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June 25, 2020 Press Release
Legislation Addresses Serious Challenges Businesses Continue to Face with Payroll, Fixed Costs as they Reopen
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) today joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and a number of House members in introducing the Rebuilding Main Street Act, legislation to help small businesses, nonprofits, and workers weather the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and support safe reopening. The legislation expands the existing work share program to allow employers to share their payroll costs with the federal government, while receiving grant help to cover other fixed costs such as rent and needs for reopening safely like cleaning and protective equipment. After 14 straight weeks in which more than one million workers filed for unemployment benefits, the legislation would help laid off workers safety return to their jobs at reduced hours while continuing to receive a pro-rated unemployment benefit to compensate for their lost wages.
June 25, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21) and 28 colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, raising concerns expressed by constituents who received their Economic Impact Payment (EIP) in the form of prepaid debit cards.
June 25, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—On Monday, June 29, at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a remote briefing on how the violent treatment of protestors and journalists across the country by federal and local law enforcement have violated the First Amendment.
June 25, 2020 Press Release
The Masks Work Act Would Include PSA Campaign, Continued Research into Mask Efficacy, Encourage National Leaders to Model Medically Sound Mask Wearing
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and nearly 30 colleagues in introducing the Masks Work Act to provide free cloth masks via United States mail to any American who requests one, as well as authorize a public service announcement campaign and further research into mask efficacy to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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June 23, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) –Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Reps. Vargas (CA-51), Takano (CA-41) Kaptur (OH-19), Espaillat (NY-13), and Lowenthal (CA-47) and 30 colleagues in requesting that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari open an investigation into the use of chemical disinfectants at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities which are resulting in detainees falling ill.
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June 23, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined more than 100 House Democrats and Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to schedule a vote on the American Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), legislation that passed the House of Representatives a year ago and would give Dreamers a path to citizenship. Last week, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision rejected the Trump administration’s repeal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
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June 23, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Co-Chairs of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus Reps. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32) and John Katko (R-NY-24) in sending a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Greg Walden urging them to include H.R. 1109, the Mental Health Services for Students Act, in the next Coronavirus (COVID-19) stimulus package.
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June 22, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)— On Friday, the Committee on Oversight and Reform held a briefing examining how systemic racism and discrimination deeply rooted in America’s history have led to abusive policing practices, and the long overdue need for reform at the federal level.
June 19, 2020 Press Release
Since coming into office, the administration has put in place nearly a dozen harmful policies to dismantle the U.S. asylum system
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Ahead of World Refugee Day, Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) and 80 Democratic Members of Congress in condemning the Trump Administration for its harmful policies that have dismantled the U.S. asylum system and demanded the reversal of these harmful measures. The lawmakers listed nearly a dozen various Trump administration policies implemented over the past three years which have chipped away at the laws governing asylum, including denying parole for asylum seekers, imposing severe and arbitrary restrictions to qualify for asylum, and expediting deportations which prevent asylum seekers from consulting legal representatives.
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June 19, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Below is Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Jamie Raskin’s prepared opening statement for today’s hearing on “Voices from the Front: An Overdue Reckoning with Structural Racism in Policing”.

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