TAKOMA PARK, M.D. — Congressman Jamie Raskin and Sarah Bloom Raskin today released the following statement about their son Thomas (Tommy) Bloom Raskin:
“On January 30, 1995, Thomas Bloom Raskin was born to ecstatic parents who saw him enter the world like a blue-eyed cherub, a little angel. Tommy grew up as a strikingly beautiful curly-haired madcap boy beaming with laughter and charm, making mischief, kicking the soccer ball in the goal, acting out scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird with his little sister in his father’s constitutional law class, teaching other children the names of all the Justices on the Supreme Court, hugging strangers on the street, teaching our dogs foreign languages, running up and down the aisle on airplanes giving people high fives, playing jazz piano like a blues great from Bourbon Street, and at 12 writing a detailed brief to his mother explaining why he should not have to do a Bar Mitzvah and citing Due Process liberty interests (appeal rejected). …
This year, as the Coronavirus hit our community and our nation, I launched a weekly video series featuring Marylanders in the 8th District who are acting creatively and bravely to help our community through the crisis. Since we began, we have recognized 40 outstanding and inspiring Marylanders as our local heroes in 2020 — check them out below.
Lisa Owen and Tina Hsu were the very first 8th District Local Heroes I featured for their amazing work organizing Glen Echo Heights to serve seniors, support food workers, donate to nonprofits and create masks. Click here to watch their interview.
Thrilled to announce the winner, by popular response, of our MD-08 Homemade Mask Competition: Walt Whitman High School Senior Grace McGuire! Our second place winner is Brigitta Mullican of Rockville and our third place winner is Peihan Orestes of Kensington — check out their creative masks!
Scroll to view our virtual gallery of all the mask entries, each one a testament to the ingenuity and artistry of the mask-maker.
Thrilled to announce the 2020 winner of the Congressional Art Competition in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District: Mastery by Chunlin An of Walt Whitman High School!
We also have 17 second-place honorees: Alex Li (Alone); Aurea Sellmeyer (Time); Devon Elliot (Yellowstone Pen and Ink Landscape); Gisselle Arias (Lost in Sound); Grace Tang (My Dog); Henry Haddon (Quiet Solitude); Isabella Khoury (Sammy); Jared Fischer (Balance); Jennifer Li (Hidden Faces); Jiahe Jin (A Pinch of Love); Julie Solonsky (Fireflies); Lillian Broeksmit (Ethereal Glow); Lily Chung (Warped Lenses); Lindsay Gaiser (Sea Turtle Composite); Mikayla Castaldi (Torn); Nadine Vos (Green Apples and Drinks); and Yunshu (Peter) Qiu (Two Wolves). …
Statement of Congressman Jamie Raskin on The Killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and the Dangers of War with Iran
January 4, 2020
“The United States of America is a constitutional democracy. We must be governed by the rule of law and formal governmental deliberation or we will be governed by chaos, impulse and whim. The reason the Founders gave Congress and not the president the exclusive power to declare war is because they rejected the practice of monarchs distracting their populations from domestic problems by plunging them into foolish and destructive wars of vanity and political calculation against other peoples who were themselves being misled by monarchs and tyrants of their own. …
Remarks Prepared for Delivery by Congressman Jamie Raskin
June 5, 2018
Principal Fernandez, Superintendent Smith, President Durso, Principal Sosik, Principal Tsonis, Principal Dimmick, Faculty and Staff, Coaches, Parents and Grandparents, Uncles and Aunts, Friends, Big Brothers and Little Sisters, Big Sisters and Little Brothers, and above all, the Einstein graduating Class of 2018.
Thank you for this honor.
I remember when I was in high school thinking how random it was that, out of billions of people on earth, I ended up going to school and graduating with this tiny and seemingly arbitrary group of people who I must confess had started to get on my nerves a little bit. It could have been anybody, but it was them and it was me. …
During a House Oversight Committee hearing, Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md-08) slammed proposed cuts to SNAP, the country’s leading anti-hunger program.
Watch his remarks above or read the transcript below.
House Oversight Committee, Subcommittee on the Intergovernmental Affairs
Congressman Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member
May 9, 2018
Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I would like to thank our witnesses for being here today.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our country’s most important anti-hunger program. SNAP reduces poverty and food insecurity and improves health and economic outcomes for over 42 million hungry Americans, especially children.
People receive an average of only $1.40 per meal through SNAP. In order to receive assistance, they must complete a detailed application process which includes providing documentation on income, identity, immigration status and address. Nearly 90 percent of participants are in households with children under the age of 18, or elderly persons 60 years or older, or an individual with disabilities. …
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) offered the following remarks today regarding his opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to roll back regulations on glider vehicles:
I thank you for the opportunity to testify on this critical issue. Thank you to Bill Charmley, the Director of the Assessment and Standards Division in the Office of Transportation and Air Quality, for leading this panel, as well the rest of the staff of the Office of Transportation and Air Quality.
I also want to thank the various groups working to keep the public informed on this critical issue, including: The Union of Concerned Scientist, The Environmental Defense Fund, The International Council on Clean Transportation, and The American Lung Association; Your dedication to advancing policies to protect the health and safety of all Americans is essential as so much of our environmental safety net is turning into a tight rope. …
Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) offered the following remarks (as prepared for delivery) today regarding the acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP):
With passage of the historic Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as an independent Federal agency to protect American consumers in the financial marketplace. Since then, the CFPB has forced big banks, credit card companies, and others to return nearly $12 billion to the American people, with more than 29 million people winning some measure of fairness against the kinds of outrageous predatory schemes that led Congress to set up the CFPB in the first place. Millions of our people have been helped on a daily basis by the CFPB in dealing with Wells-Fargo and other mega-banks scamming the people. …
If your employer doesn’t provide health care coverage, you can purchase, renew, or change your health insurance plan through Maryland Health Connection, our state’s official health insurance marketplace, from November 1st to December 15th.
Maryland Health Connection seeks to provide quality health insurance coverage that fits your budget. When you apply for coverage, you may also qualify for financial help, such as tax credits, cost sharing reductions, or even free or low-cost coverage. During last year’s enrollment period, nine in 10 people who enrolled through Maryland Health Connection qualified for some form of financial assistance.
Note: You must enroll by December 15, 2017, in order to have coverage begin on January 1, 2018. …