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Congressman Jamie Raskin

Representing the 8th District of Maryland

Environment

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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June 29, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Maryland congressional delegation sent a joint letter to President Trump on Friday urging the Administration to move swiftly to approve the state’s request for federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance following the mid-May flash-floods that devastated Howard County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
June 25, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Maryland congressional delegation today praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its swift approval of Maryland’s request for a federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance following the devastating mid-May rain, landslides and flooding in Fredrick County, including the City of Frederick, and Washington counties.
June 19, 2018 Press Release

(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.

June 15, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), together with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), U.S. Representative John K. Delaney (D-Md.-06) and U.S. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Md.-08), today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Governor Hogan’s request for a physical disaster declaration in Frederick County following flooding that occurred between May 15-19, 2018.
June 8, 2018 Press Release
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined a group of US Representatives asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) to open a criminal investigation into EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential violation of corruption laws. The letter was signed by Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Gerald Connolly (D-VA), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).
May 24, 2018 Press Release

(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.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

(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.

April 6, 2018 Press Release

(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:

March 20, 2018 Press Release

(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.

February 27, 2018 Press Release
“We urge you to consider the voices of our constituents and their elected representatives and remove Maryland from the five-year plan.”