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June 3, 2020 Press Release
CDC labels chronic fatigue syndrome “America’s hidden health crisis” as 90 percent of patients remain undiagnosed

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today introduced legislation that would expand and coordinate National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to address post-viral chronic neuroimmune diseases, including chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 30, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- Yesterday, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), members of the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship, hosted a virtual roundtable discussion on screen addiction and the pressures felt by many to be part of virtual communities, especially children and young adults. Wexton and Raskin were joined in the roundtable by Jon Hyatt, Director of “Screened Out”; Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media; Dr. Michael Rich, Director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Jenny Radesky, M.D., a pediatrician and expert on children and media at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
May 29, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)— Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today hosted a roundtable discussion on Maryland’s response to the 2020 Census with Shawn Ellis, Eileen Mitchell and Laura Russell, 2020 Census Coordinators from Montgomery, Frederick, and Carroll Counties, which can be viewed here. Following the roundtable, Rep. Raskin released a new report prepared by Subcommittee staff reinforcing the importance of complete 2020 Census participation by 8th District constituents.
May 29, 2020 Press Release
Public Needs Details on how Maryland Plans to Spend $205 Million in Federal Testing Funding and on Strategy to Support Hardest-Hit Communities
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin joined members of the Maryland delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.), in urging Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to publicly release his plan on Maryland COVID-19 testing, which he is required to submit tomorrow to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the members note in their letter, Maryland is receiving $205 million in federal funding to support testing efforts from the Congressionally-passed Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. This legislation, signed into law on April 24, 2020, requires all states utilizing the funding to submit a testing plan to the CDC.
May 29, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations Chairwoman Judy Chu (D-CA), and Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, and 160 other members of Congress in sending a letter to the Trump Administration denouncing reports of ideological attacks on Planned Parenthood health centers that participated in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
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May 29, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – In response to the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, House Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) demanding prompt action, including the opening of pattern and practice investigations of police misconduct. The letter calls for the DOJ to investigate the prosecutors involved in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed African American man who was shot in cold blood while running in his neighborhood. The letter also calls for DOJ to open pattern and practice investigations into the police departments in Louisville, Kentucky, where Breonna Taylor was gunned down in her own home by police, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where George Floyd was killed after a police officer kneeled on his neck and body. The House Judiciary Committee will also be pursuing additional oversight and legislative action in June to address the series of racially motivated violence and unjust policing practices that have resulted in the deaths of African Americans across the country.
May 28, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – As the country's death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic passed 100,000 on Wednesday, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Reps. Deb Haaland (NM-01), Joe Wilson (SC-02) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (Del.-At-large District) in introducing a bipartisan House Resolution (H.Res.975) calling for a national mourning for the lives taken by COVID-19. The resolution will begin the overdue process of national mourning in the United States by calling for a national day of mourning, a recurring moment of silence on the floor of the House of Representatives, and the creation of a national monument in honor of the lives lost to COVID-19 and the families impacted by their passing.
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May 28, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- On Friday, May 29, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), members of the Congressional Task Force on Digital Citizenship, will host a roundtable on screen addiction, a phenomenon where adults and children exhibit addictive-like behaviors to technology screens, and the pressures felt by many to be part of virtual communities. The roundtable will explore this growing concern and discuss key portions of the new documentary, “Screened Out,” which examines how social media, smartphones, tablets and a range of platforms and devices have fundamentally changed the way we communicate and operate in the world. Wexton and Raskin will be joined by Jon Hyatt, Director of “Screened Out”; Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media; Dr. Michael Rich, Director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) at Boston Children’s Hospital; and Dr. Jenny Radesky, M.D., a pediatrician and expert on children and media at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
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