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December 10, 2020 Press Release
WASIHNGTON, D.C. — Today, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) and Chairman of its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, and Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, released the following statement to commemorate Human Rights Day:
December 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced an additional $2,655,327 in emergency federal funding to help Mercy Health Services continue to care for COVID-19 patients and effectively fight the virus.
December 9, 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, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $8.94 million in new federal funding to help strengthen and expand early childhood education in Maryland.
December 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Below is Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Chairman Jamie Raskin’s opening statement, as prepared for delivery, for today’s hearing entitled, “Pipelines Over People: How FERC Tramples Landowner Rights in Natural Gas Projects." Click here to watch the video.
December 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON – 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 urging congressional leaders to provide critical funding for transit agencies as a part of any upcoming COVID-19 relief proposal. In light of recent news of the dire financial situation WMATA, MTA, and other transit agencies across the country are facing, this crucial funding would help ensure these systems have the resources necessary to limit additional layoffs and service cuts during this challenging time. Public transit systems serve as a key economic driver in our region, are crucial for commuters and front line workers, and employ thousands of Marylanders throughout the region.
December 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jamie Raskin’s (MD-08) bipartisan House Resolution 512, calling for the global repeal of blasphemy, heresy, and apostasy laws, passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 386-3. The Resolution also calls for the immediate release of religious prisoners of conscience worldwide. As more than 80 countries use blasphemy laws to persecute and imprison religious minorities and dissenters, the House asserted the essential importance of freedom of religion and liberty of conscience globally. Click here to watch Rep. Raskin's floor remarks ahead of the Resolution's passage.
December 7, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a hearing to examine the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) failure to protect the rights of landowners whose properties are affected by natural gas projects, and to follow up on the investigation and video report the Subcommittee released earlier this year.
December 4, 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, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced nearly $8.2 million in federal funding to bolster Community Health Centers (CHC) across Maryland.
December 1, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone today announced more than $10.4 million in emergency federal funding to help Mercy Health Services treat more COVID-19 patients.
November 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today unveiled the Justice Hotline Act of 2020, legislation to create a grant program for the establishment of a national hotline and online resource service to assist victims of law enforcement officer violence and harassment. Co-introduced with Congressman Cedric Richmond (LA-02) and Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Chair of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Justice Hotline Act of 2020 would establish a 24-hour, confidential, toll-free hotline and online service whereby individuals could connect with service providers, as well as receive important information on available federal, state, and local legal and health resources and how to file a formal complaint.

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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.

October 6, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) asked the members of the crowd to raise their hands if they were immigrants or descendants of immigrants. Nearly everyone raised their hand.

“That’s who we are in America,” Raskin said.

October 3, 2019 In The News

Activists and journalists gathered outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., Wednesday evening to hold a vigil marking the first anniversary of the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

September 30, 2019 In The News

SILVER SPRING – Volunteer firefighter departments in Montgomery County received about $780,000 of federal grant money to fund and retain their recruits.  The grant was presented by members of the Maryland delegation in Congress, with U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8th) stating that he was “grateful” for county firefighters and “for all that they do to keep the public safe.”

September 25, 2019 In The News

Maryland members of Congress wrote a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) opposing a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) where 50,000 Marylanders would be at risk for losing their SNAP benefits.

September 23, 2019 In The News

House Democrats are increasingly looking for ways — inside the Beltway and out of it — to fill perceived gaps in reaching the nation’s hardest to count.

“The White House is now treating the census like an extension of campaign politics. So just as GOP voter suppression tactics have endangered elections, their suppression tactics are endangering the census, too,” Raskin said.

September 20, 2019 In The News

Firefighters in Frederick County have been award around $5.5 million to pay for 38 additional firefighters positions.

September 19, 2019 In The News

For the first time since 1993, the House held a committee hearing Thursday on a bill that would make Washington, DC, the 51st state. Republicans weren’t having it.

September 15, 2019 In The News

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Aug. 27, there have been 215 possible cases in 25 states of severe pulmonary disease associated with using e-cigarettes.  

September 12, 2019 In The News

Over half a million dollars in federal funding will go to reimburse the costs of repairing damaged roads in Frederick and Washington Counties, caused by heavy rains and flooding in May and June 2018, leaders representing Maryland announced.

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