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May 26, 2020 Press Release
(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
(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.
May 19, 2020 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – House Judiciary Committee Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), and 27 Senators and 51 House Representatives in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) urging the Administration to ensure that all ICE detention centers quickly implement the agency’s recent commitment to provide 520 free phone call minutes per month for detainees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The letter also calls on DHS to guarantee that any telephonic or remote communication with attorneys are confidential and unsupervised by detention center staff.
May 15, 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 today announced the award of $25,212,690 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for the continuation of the Money Follows the Person (RCMFTP) demonstration program.

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November 26, 2019 In The News

A long-simmering feud between U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and congressional Democrats over student loan forgiveness is heating up as hundreds of thousands of borrowers continue to wait for help on loans they claim were fraudulent.

November 22, 2019 In The News

Three members of Maryland’s congressional delegation have signed on as co-sponsors to new legislation that would commit the U.S. to achieve a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.

Democratic Reps. Jamie Raskin, John P. Sarbanes and David J. Trone are among the more than 150 co-sponsors of the bill, which was floated this week by Rep. Don McEachin (D-Va.).

November 11, 2019 In The News

ROCKVILLE, Md. (ABC7) - Veterans, politicians and a handful of patriotic citizens filed into Veterans Park late Monday morning to pay homage to members of the military, past and present.

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November 6, 2019 In The News

Congressman Jamie Raskin of the 8th Congressional District in Maryland, which includes Glade Valley, held a “Coffee with the Congressman” in Walkersville this morning. Over seventy-five residents enjoyed coffee and conversation with their congressman at the Walkersville Library.

November 2, 2019 In The News

The Interfaith Housing Alliance received more than $484,000 in federal grants to support the housing nonprofit's Purchase-Repair Homeownership Program. 

The money will help those who struggle to afford basic needs buy a home, according to a press release from U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Jamie Raskin and David Trone, of Maryland. 

October 31, 2019 In The News

The U.S. House on Thursday voted to formalize its impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

October 23, 2019 In The News

Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin kicked off a climate change hearing on Wednesday by quoting his late colleague, the former Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), who died last week. 

October 22, 2019 In The News

Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin (D) will lead the first congressional hearing ever on Wednesday on the oil industry’s history of climate denial.

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October 17, 2019 In The News

Rep. Elijah Cummings is being remembered for his devotion to civil rights, Maryland and Baltimore.

He died early Thursday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications of health ailments. He was 68.

Cummings served 22 years in the U.S. Congress after serving 13 years in the House of Delegates, rising to be Speaker Pro Tem.

October 17, 2019 In The News

Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Capitol Hill office was shrouded in black on Thursday.

The Maryland congressman’s death stunned and saddened his colleagues in Congress, some of whom had difficulty speaking about him on Thursday morning after his death was announced earlier in the day.

Cummings was 68.

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