Chris Van Hollen

United States Senator for Maryland


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After protesters outside of the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. were violently attacked earlier this month, leaving nine hospitalized, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ranking Member and Chairman of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and a bipartisan group of 17 other Senators in calling on the U.S.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and a group of 21 senators on Thursday in demanding that the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill include $52.1 million for the critical State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). President Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate the program.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day:

U.S. Senators representing Maryland, Virginia and Delaware are calling on appropriators to fully fund the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Program, which supports public education about and access to the Chesapeake Bay. The letter was signed by Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.), and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.).

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $1.09 million in federal funding for Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. The funding comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will be used to improve water quality monitoring throughout the Chesapeake Bay, including greater data analysis capabilities. Sediment and nutrient monitoring programs like the Chesapeake Bay Program’s will be notable beneficiaries. 

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation has awarded NeighborWorks America grants totaling $1,515,105 to organizations dedicated to developing and preserving affordable housing, revitalizing and sustaining neighborhoods, and creating jobs in Maryland.

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced legislation to bring transparency and accountability to law enforcement agencies across the nation with the aim of reducing the use of force by and against police officers. The Police Reporting Information, Data and Evidence (PRIDE) Act of 2017 would require states and Indian tribes to provide quarterly reports to the U.S.

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen, Bob Menendez, and Jeff Merkley, along with 33 Democratic and Independent Senators, called on the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee to reject any effort to prevent the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) from requiring public companies to disclose political spending to their shareholders as part of the fiscal year 2018 funding bill.

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced a $67,300 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Allegany College of Maryland’s STEM Enhancement project. The federal funding will be matched by $67,300 in local funds for a project total of $134,600.

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life of Second Lieutenant Richard Wilbur Collins III, who was murdered this past weekend in an incident that the FBI is investigating as a hate crime. Click here for video of the Senator’s remarks. A transcript of his remarks is below:


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