Rockville, MD—Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) announced he secured federal funding for 13 community projects in Maryland’s Eighth District in the first ‘minibus’ appropriations bill that passed both the House and Senate and was signed into law by President Biden on March 9, 2024. The projects, which total more than $11 million, include significant investments in child care, mental health crisis intervention, physical infrastructure and more. 

He also secured nearly $1.5 million in funding for emergency operations and flood safety in Rockville in H.R. 2882, a second “minibus” appropriations package that President Biden signed into law on March 23, 2024. Overall, Representative Raskin secured a total of more than $12.7 million for 15 community projects in Maryland’s Eighth District.

“From expanding affordable child care and mental health crisis intervention to ensuring our roads are safe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike, these funding awards will advance the remarkable work local governments and nonprofits do every day for Marylanders—and represent a strong investment in our community's future,” said Rep. Raskin. “I look forward to seeing these projects signed into law and to keep identifying opportunities to secure federal funding and resources for the people of Maryland’s Eighth District, ensuring our government works for the common good.” 

The Fiscal Year 2024 Community Project Funding secured by Rep. Raskin includes: 

  • $560,000 to make bus stop safety improvements to further Montgomery County’s Vision Zero initiative and protect transit riders. 
  • $1,175,000 to complete a child care and community center at the new Randolph Road Community affordable housing development in Silver Spring. 
  • $850,000 to renovate a facility that will provide employment and workforce training for people with autism and developmental disabilities in Gaithersburg. 
  • $700,000 to expand the Montgomery County Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team Unit, which will improve community safety and ensure an effective response to mental health crises. 
  • $963,000 to acquire a new information management system for Montgomery County Police Department’s crime lab, which will improve the efficiency and accuracy of forensic investigations. 
  • $963,000 to help the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research acquire a 300kV Cryogenic Electron Microscope to accelerate therapeutic and vaccine development and support Montgomery County’s continued growth as a biotechnology hub. 
  • $850,000 to add new electric vehicle charging infrastructure to public parking garages in downtown Silver Spring. 
  • $500,000 to implement design safety improvements to protect drivers and pedestrians on a section of Goshen Road with a history of vehicle accidents. 
  • $650,000 to further conservation and restoration efforts in the Potomac River Basin. 
  • $1,616,279 to restore a section of the Northwest Branch SVU3 Trail and significantly improve the trail’s usability for pedestrians and cyclists.  
  • $963,000 to enable the City of Rockville to purchase interoperable police radio communications equipment to improve local emergency response operations. 
  • $500,000 to rehabilitate sewer pipe infrastructure in Rockville to reduce the risk of wastewater overflows that threaten public health and safety. 
  • $959,752 to replace water main pipes in Rockville to protect drinking water quality for residents.
  • $592,500 to purchase necessary technology, including new computers and display monitors, for the City of Rockville’s Emergency Operations Center to ensure that the city’s leadership and all relevant departments can effectively direct and coordinate operations from a centralized facility in the event of an emergency or disaster. 
  • $900,000 to implement storm drain improvements in Rockville’s Potomac Woods neighborhood, replacing undersized storm drain pipes and upgrading a storm drain system outfall to allow stormwater to drain faster. 
More information about these projects can be found at Rep. Raskin’s website