Press Releases

June 26, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on President’s Newly Announced Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committee released the following statement regarding President Biden's newly announced Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII): "I commend President Biden and his team for developing this initiative to work with fellow G7 democracies to meet the vast infrastructure needs of low- and middle-income countries, particularly in the critical areas of digital technology, … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine, Warner Present Prisoner of War Medals to Maryland Veteran Ronald Dolecki & Virginia Veteran David Strickland

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) presented Army Specialist Ronald Dolecki, a veteran residing in Huntingtown, Maryland, with a Prisoner of War (POW) Medal honoring his military service in Ethiopia. Senator Van Hollen authored a legislative provision to secure Mr. Dolecki's medal following the Army's misapplication of the law to his unique case. They were joined by Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) who presented a POW medal to Virginia veteran … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Overturning Roe v. Wade

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade: "Today's outrageous ruling from the far-right packed Supreme Court jeopardizes the health of millions of women around our nation. The Supreme Court has thrown aside the Constitution and is instead forcing its ideological beliefs down the throats of the American people. This is a results-driven ruling, not a rule of law decision, and it undermines the … Continue Reading


June 24, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the passage of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act: "The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will help save lives, and I was proud to vote for it tonight. But in the face of the reprehensible Supreme Court ruling on concealed carry gun laws today - and in the shadow of the violence plaguing our communities - we cannot stop here. This bill is one step forward as we keep fighting for comprehensive gun safety … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Luján, Beyer, Schrier Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Reduce Medical Diagnostic Errors

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Representatives Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Kim Schrier (D-Wash.) announced the introduction of the Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Act, legislation to reduce diagnostic errors in our healthcare system. Their legislation seeks to address the alarming rates of diagnostic error in our country and mitigate the devastating impacts these errors can have. According to the most recent report published by the National … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Senate Commerce Committee to Fund Coast Guard Yard Infrastructure Modernization

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) urged U.S. Senate Commerce Committee leaders to include their Service to Fleet Act - legislation the Senators introduced last week to fully fund major infrastructure modernization efforts at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland - in the forthcoming Coast Guard Reauthorization Act. In a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Senators Van Hollen … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Senate Commerce Committee to Fund Coast Guard Yard Infrastructure Modernization

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) urged U.S. Senate Commerce Committee leaders to include their Service to Fleet Act - legislation the Senators introduced last week to fully fund major infrastructure modernization efforts at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland - in the forthcoming Coast Guard Reauthorization Act. In a letter to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ranking Member Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Senators Van Hollen … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Concealed Carry

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen: "As Americans cry out for common-sense gun safety and the Congress takes modest but meaningful steps to reduce gun violence, today's decision by the far-right packed Supreme Court is a slap in the face. In misreading the Constitution, the Court is determined to make our communities less safe. More Americans will die because of this deeply misguided and … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Van Hollen and 23 Senate Colleagues Call for Direct U.S. Involvement in the Investigation of Shooting Death of American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and 23 of his Senate colleagues called upon President Biden to ensure the direct involvement of the United States in the investigation of the shooting death of American citizen and journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. In their letter to the President - who is planning to visit Israel and the West Bank in mid-July - the lawmakers stress the importance of an independent, thorough, and transparent investigation and underscore the need for U.S. involvement to … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Maryland and Virginia Senators Welcome Silver Line Expansion Milestone, Urge Safe, Expeditious Competion of Project

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) released the following statement regarding Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) announcement that the Silver Line expansion project, which will provide service to Loudoun County, is fully constructed and now ready for final operational readiness testing: "Today's news takes us one big step closer to our shared goal of ensuring that our transportation … Continue Reading


June 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Kaine Introduce Bill to Protect Veterans and Low-Income Families from Housing Discrimination

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in reintroducing the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 to protect veterans and low-income families from housing discrimination. Current law allows landlords to deny housing to individuals based on source of income, and many veterans and low-income families have reported discrimination when using vouchers to pay their rent. The Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022 would expand protections under the Fair Housing Act … Continue Reading


June 22, 2022

Van Hollen, Markey, Meng Press for Increased Funding to Keep Students Online

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Grace Meng (N.Y.-06) led their colleagues in a letter urging Congressional leadership to support their efforts to secure additional funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF), a crucial program created under the American Rescue Plan that has provided more than 12.5 million students access to the Internet over the past year. The Federal Communications Commission recently announced that the most … Continue Reading


June 21, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Action to Move Forward on Gun Safety Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate vote to proceed to consideration of bipartisan legislation addressing gun safety: "Weeks ago I marched with our fellow Americans calling for gun safety reforms to save lives. This Senate bill is a small, but important step forward. We must build on this progress by growing the movement and winning the votes to enact comprehensive gun reform, including banning semi-automatic assault weapons and … Continue Reading


June 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Menendez, Lieu Introduce Resolution in Observance of World Refugee Day

On the heels of World Refugee Day (June 20), U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) alongside their Senate colleagues, House colleagues, and leading refugee advocacy and human rights organizations in unveiling a resolution reaffirming the United States' commitment to promote the welfare of refugees and displaced persons worldwide - including children - as they flee conflict, persecution, and torture. As Putin's … Continue Reading


June 21, 2022

Van Hollen Statement as Deputy Hilliard of Wicomico County is Laid to Rest

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on today's funeral for Wicomico County Deputy Sheriff Glenn Hilliard, who was killed last week in the line of duty: "Today, I join in mourning the loss of Deputy Glenn Hilliard with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office and the entire Eastern Shore community. While carrying out his sworn duty to protect and serve his neighbors, Deputy Hilliard made the ultimate sacrifice - and we will not forget it. As he is laid to rest … Continue Reading


June 21, 2022

Van Hollen, U.S. Department of Commerce Announce $1.6 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Capitalize Revolving Loan Fund to Serve Small Businesses in Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.6 million grant to the Maryland Department of Commerce, Baltimore, Maryland, to capitalize and administer a revolving loan fund that will serve small businesses throughout Maryland.This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.This project will provide gap financing to help small, local businesses recover, grow and … Continue Reading


June 21, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $41.6 Million to Early Childhood Education Programs Across the State

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $41,636,405 in federal funding for Head Start programs across the state to expand early learning, development, health services and family well-being. "The COVID-19 pandemic has had lasting impacts on our children's education, and none have felt the effects of the widening learning gap more … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Leading U.S. Senators Urge SEC to Move Forward with Strong Climate Disclosure Rules

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) urged the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to move forward with strong, mandatory climate disclosure rules requiring public companies to disclose standardized information about their greenhouse gas pollution and be transparent with investors about climate-related risks. As the dangers of climate change … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Warner, Slotkin, Colleagues Urge Action on Misleading Search Results About Abortion Clinics

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) sent a letter to the CEO of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google, Sundar Pichai, urging him to take action to prevent misleading Google search results and ads that lead to anti-abortion clinics. In the letter, the lawmakers note that 37 percent of Google Maps results and 11 percent of Google search results for "abortion clinic near me" and "abortion pill" in states with so-called "trigger … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Warner, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Boost Economic Growth in Underserved Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.),Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote lasting economic prosperity in underserved communities. This bill would help unlock more equity and long-term financial capital for community development financial institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs often serve as a backbone for low-income or minority-owned businesses, which tend to have fewer banking relationships and less access to … Continue Reading

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