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May 27, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Today, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Committee Vice Chairman Jimmy Gomez, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee Chairman Jamie Raskin, and Committee Member John Sarbanes issued the following statements after introducing legislation to support a fair and accurate 2020 Census in light of the delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic:
May 26, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Katie Porter (CA-45) in sending a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin asking him to clarify the guidance given to airlines receiving support as provided by Subtitle B of Title IV of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Congress’ intent when including the Air Carrier Worker Support provisions was to prevent airline workers from suffering the negative economic impacts of the ongoing pandemic.
May 26, 2020 Press Release
Former Director of the Office of Government Ethics Walter Shaub will join the Members for the discussion
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - This Thursday, May 28, at 7:00 P.M., Congressmen Jamie Raskin (MD-08) and Jim Himes (CT-04) and Walter Shaub, the former Director of the Office of Government Ethics and current Senior Advisor at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, will host a virtual discussion about the need for strong, constitutionally-based Congressional oversight during the coronavirus pandemic. During the last three months, Congress has authorized approximately $3 trillion to combat the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). A disproportionate amount of these federal relief funds initially benefited well-connected private corporations, revealing the need for strong congressional oversight of this funding. Other abuses of power in the private sector have not ceased just because we are experiencing a public health emergency.
May 26, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressmen Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Don Beyer (D-VA) and Members of Congress representing the National Capital Region today wrote to the Secretaries of Defense and the Interior to state their strong opposition to President Trump’s plans to hold a second military parade in Washington D.C. on July 4th. Despite public health and social distancing precautions in the nation’s capital, which has seen one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, the Trump Administration is reportedly “continuing to plan” the event.
May 23, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (CA-02) and Jamie Raskin (MD-08), founders of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s declaration that he intends to order Governors to exempt houses of religious worship from state public health orders, threatening to "override" state leaders if they refuse to follow his orders:
May 22, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), Representatives Jason Crow (D-CO) and Doug Lamborn (R-CO), and a bipartisan group of 125 Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response efforts across the nation receive the federal benefits they have earned.
May 22, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined Reps. Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) today in introducing the Cash Refunds for Coronavirus Cancellations Act. The bill would require major airlines and third-party ticket sellers to offer full cash refunds for all cancelled tickets during the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of whether the airline cancelled an entire flight or if the passenger cancelled his or her individual ticket.
May 21, 2020 Press Release
Lawmakers Request Explanation After National Guard Response Efforts Set to Expire Just Shy of Time Required to Qualify for Certain Benefits
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Max Rose (NY-11) and Deb Haaland (NM-01) and more than 70 bipartisan lawmakers in urging the Department of Defense (DOD) to extend the activations of men and women in the National Guard for the duration of the President’s emergency and disaster declarations so they can continue to assist with the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Current activations are set to expire on June 24, 2020.
May 21, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Congresssman Jamie Raskin joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.) in sending a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan urging him to release complete COVID-19 demographic data on race and ethnicity, broken down by zip code. In their letter, the Members emphasize that the demographic data released today, showing COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on black Marylanders, only furthers the need for more granular data. Additionally, they ask Governor Hogan to ensure the data is being used to inform Maryland’s response efforts, targeting relief towards those most heavily impacted.
May 19, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.) in announcing that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and local transit partners will receive $876 million in federal funding through the CARES Act. Of that total, $41.1 million will be distributed to Montgomery and Prince George’s County local transit providers.