Press Releases

November 2, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, 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, and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr and a letter to Russell T. Vought, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requesting information on unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to withhold federal funds from Seattle, New York City, and Portland, Oregon—cities that they have spuriously designated “anarchist jurisdictions.”
October 30, 2020 Press Release
Program encourages students to read 10 books with help of family members by January 31, 2021
ROCKVILLE, M.D. – As National Book Month concludes, Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today announced the launch of his first annual Raskin’s Readers program to encourage elementary school students (K-5) and their families to continue their reading journeys.
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October 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $142,758 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of the Environment to protect wetlands and shorelines along the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
October 28, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone applauded awards totaling $40,037,526 to support survivors of domestic violence and prevent violence against women.
October 28, 2020 Press Release
Delays Have Created Disruptions, Uncertainty for Maryland Communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen led members of the Maryland delegation, including Senator Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) in expressing their serious concerns to Governor Hogan on the Purple Line Project, as construction delays and legal disputes continue to cause significant disruptions to Maryland businesses and communities.
October 28, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $2,820,000 in federal funding to replace the expired sewage pumping station in Emmitsburg, Md., to prevent future contamination of Tom’s Creek and the Monocacy River.
October 28, 2020 Press Release
“Instead of repeating past mistakes, we should pursue infrastructure development that promotes inclusivity, connectivity, and uplift, rather than further isolation and erosion of historic and cultural assets.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) recently urged federal officials to avoid possible physical impacts to the Morningstar Tabernacle No. 88 Moses Hall and Cemetery, in the historical African-American community of Gibson Grove, which was bisected by the original construction of the Capital Beltway (I-495), as Beltway widening is planned. In a new letter to the heads of the Federal Highway Administration and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Members of Congress also are calling for the protection of the Gibson Grove A.M.E. Zion Church, which stands next to Beltway in the Cabin John area of Montgomery County.
October 26, 2020 Press Release
Amid Rise of Food Insecurity in Maryland, Delegation Seeks Answers on Changes to Farmers to Families Food Box Program that Have Left Maryland Families and Vendors Out to Dry
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen led members of the Maryland delegation, including Senator Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to immediately implement fixes to the Farmers to Families Food Box program, as recent changes to the program are leaving Maryland families and food vendors behind.
October 23, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $793,828 in federal funding to expand housing-related counseling, including financial literacy, property maintenance and fiscal management services, across Maryland communities.
October 23, 2020 Press Release
Bipartisan bill would protect individual members of state occupational licensing boards from being sued for board actions
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08), David Cicilline (D-RI-01) and Mike Conaway (R-TX-11) today introduced the Occupational Licensing Board Antitrust Damages Relief Act to prevent individual members of state occupational licensing boards from being sued for antitrust damages in their personal capacities. In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC that “if a ‘controlling number’ of a board’s members are active participants in the business it regulates, they could be sued as antitrust violators.” There are nearly 2,000 occupational licensing boards in the United States, according to a comprehensive 2017 study, which found that 85% of them mandate that their board members must actively work in the regulated occupation in order to serve. These people, rendering an essential public service and maintaining professional and occupational standards, are now being put at risk.

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