Climate change is not an “issue” but a civilizational emergency and the whole context within which we must decide every other issue. There can be no higher calling today than to reverse damage to our environment and protect our land, water, and air for future generations. I will fight with everything I have to save and continue policies addressing climate change and other threats to environmental sustainability. Given America’s scientific leadership and technological prowess, we should be leading international efforts to deal with rising sea levels, vanishing glaciers, record drought and forest fires, accelerating loss of species, and a brutal warming of the planet. I support initiatives to move us toward clean energy solutions and green jobs, greener infrastructure, and steady reduction of deadly carbon emissions. In Congress, I’m working with my colleagues and fellow members of the Congressional Safe Climate Caucus to push for progress on this intensifying civilizational emergency. In the 115th Congress, I’ve cosponsored dozens of bills, from the CLIMATE Act (H.R. 1812) to the FRAC Act (H.R. 2012), to advance strong commonsense solutions to combat the effects of climate change.
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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Maryland congressional delegation today strongly urged the Trump administration to quickly approve the state’s request for a federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance under the Stafford Act following the devastating mid-May storms, rain, landslides and flooding in Frederick and Washington counties.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Rep. Don Beyer today led a group of five House Democratic leaders requesting information from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and the EPA’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) about Pruitt’s legal defense fund. Pruitt confirmed the existence of the fund to Senators in a hearing last week, but key details have not yet been made public or provided to Congress, which potentially raises a series of ethics concerns.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – As the Trump Administration continues to shatter conflicts of interest standards and ethical norms in government, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) introduced comprehensive legislation to strengthen the Office of Government Ethics (OGE), the independent agency responsible for preventing and resolving conflicts of interest within the Executive Branch. Although OGE is able to identify violations of ethics laws and regulations, it lacks the authority to compel compliance.
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) joined 64 House Democrats, led by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and David Cicilline (D-RI), in calling for the immediate dismissal of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the Representatives raised Pruitt’s unethical behavior, wasteful use of taxpayer money, and numerous actions which contravened the EPA’s mission.
The Representatives wrote:
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) led 38 House Democrats in urging appropriators to maintain full funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scientific research programs. President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request guts funding for EPA’s scientific research programs by nearly 50-percent.
Scientists working at the agency’s three national laboratories, four national centers and 14 facilities across the country conduct painstakingly precise scientific research every day that is essential to our nation’s health and safety.