Press Releases

December 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Defend Social Security Workers, Urge Reversal of Abrupt Cancellation of Telework

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent a letter to Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul questioning the recent unilateral decision to cancel telework for 12,000 employees of the Social Security Administration (SSA). After seven years of telework at SSA, which SSA’s own Inspector General determined has increased productivity, workers were initially given only two weeks to rework commutes, childcare, and other arrangements. SSA pushed the deadline back to … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.56 Million for University System of Maryland Sea Grant Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the award of $1,564,898 for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Sea Grant Program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) funds scientific research related to the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal resources with practical applications benefitting Maryland industries, economies, and conservation groups. “The Maryland Sea Grant Program … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $38.4 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects in Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $38.4 million in federal funding for the implementation of several key water infrastructure projects in Maryland. The funding, allocated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), will go towards Maryland’s Intended Use Plan - a $297 million plan, approved by the EPA, which aims to upgrade wastewater treatment plants and stormwater control measures throughout the … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Delegation Lauds Funding for Howard Street Tunnel Project

Following a Maryland congressional delegation meeting with Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete K. Rahn, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone released the following joint statement in response to the news that Maryland officials and CSX have identified additional funding to expand the Howard Street Tunnel. “We are pleased to hear that the State of Maryland and CSX have … Continue Reading


December 02, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Stand Up for Constitutionally Protected Right to Abortion; File Bicameral Amicus Brief in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen and members of the U.S. Senate led by Senators Chuck Schumer, Patty Murray, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Blumenthal, along with 161 members of the U.S. House of Representatives led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr., Jerrold Nadler, Diana DeGette, Barbara Lee and Judy Chu, filed an amicus brief in the case of June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States and represents a … Continue Reading


December 02, 2019

Van Hollen, Graham Urge Pompeo to Impose Sanctions on Turkey for Acquiring Russian S-400

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to impose sanctions on Turkey for its acquisition of the Russian S-400 air defense system. Under current law - and per Secretary Pompeo’s own interpretation - the Administration must act. The letter follows reports that Turkey is now testing the S-400 system. “Both the Administration and the Congress have repeatedly warned President Erdogan that his decision to move … Continue Reading


December 02, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $2.3 Million in Head Start Funding for Maryland Rural Development Corporation

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $2,369,024 in federal funding for Head Start projects at the Maryland Rural Development Corporation. The funding was awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. The Maryland Rural Development Corporation provides Head Start services to families in Caroline, Cecil, and Harford Counties. “Investing in early childhood education is crucial to our students’ … Continue Reading


November 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Call on Amtrak To End Forced Arbitration, Ban On Class Actions

As thousands of Americans prepare to journey by train during the busy holiday travel season, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote Amtrak to “demand that Amtrak immediately eliminate [its] anti-consumer arbitration and class action policy.” In January, Amtrak implemented a broad new policy that not only prevents Amtrak riders, employees, and others from seeking justice in the courts, it also prohibits them from banding together in a group to seek … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Slam Trump Administration Over Latest Walk Back from Strong Tobacco Regulation

Today, U.S. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 21 of their Democratic Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Trump criticizing his Administration’s alarming pattern of making decisions that prioritize tobacco companies’ profits over public health. The letter comes following recent news that the Trump Administration was backing down from previously promised steps to address nicotine addiction. This month the Trump Administration reversed course on its September … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Whitehouse, Duckworth, and Merkley Blast Trump EPA Methane Rule as Giveaway to Fossil Fuel Industry

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) are taking the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to task for dramatically rolling back standards for methane emissions from oil and gas facilities, calling Trump’s methane proposal the product of a captured agency. In an official comment on the Trump administration’s methane rule, the senators lay out how the proposal would benefit oil and gas companies at the expense of … Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Van Hollen Joins Senate Democrats in Urging HUD to Reject Proposed Changes to the Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined SenatorSherrod Brown (D-OH) along with forty-five senators sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reject changes proposed in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) August 19, 2019 Proposed Rulemaking: HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard (the Proposed Rule).   The Proposed Rule would effectively eliminate … Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $477,000 for Local Police Departments for DNA Processing

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $477,000 in federal funding for the Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore City Police Crime Laboratory to process DNA samples. The Baltimore County Police Department will receive $225,000 and the Baltimore City Police Crime Laboratory will receive $252,000. The funding, awarded through the Department of Justice’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog … Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Dems Urge HUD To Reject Proposed Changes To The Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) along with forty-four senators sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reject changes proposed in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) August 19, 2019 Proposed Rulemaking: HUD’s Implementation of the Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard (the Proposed Rule). The Proposed Rule would effectively eliminate use of the disparate impact … Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Slam Regulators For ‘Rent-A-Bank’ Arrangement

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and four of their colleagues wrote a letter opposing a proposed rule by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that could eviscerate state laws that limit the interest rates on loans and allow unregulated predatory lending across the nation. In a letter to OCC Comptroller Joseph Otting and FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams, the Senators pushed back against the … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Sarbanes Lead Bicameral Letter Urging House and Senate Conference Negotiators to Include Increased Funds for Chesapeake Bay Program

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) led a letter to House and Senate leadership, urging conference negotiators to include significant increases in funding to the Chesapeake Bay Program within the final Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill. Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and his Bay colleagues fought to pass an increase of $5.28 million - for a total $78.28 million - in the Republican-led Senate’s funding … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Van Hollen Leads Letter Opposing Potential Cuts to Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper to raise serious objections to any proposed cuts to the budget of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Based in Bethesda, Md., USU is a part of the military academy system and is the only medical and nursing school in the country that is dedicated to military and combat medicine. Educating military medical … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin, Trone Announce more than $11 Million for Metrobus Upgrades

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all-Md.) today announced the award of $11,040,000 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metrobus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will support the … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce more than $1 Million for Eastern Shore Bus Upgrades

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the award of nearly $1.1 million to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for Eastern Shore bus system improvements from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will support the replacement of vehicles. The Shore Transit Project (Tri-County Council) will receive $850,000 and Delmarva … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $76,500 for St. Mary’s County Bus Maintenance Facilities

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced the award of $76,500 to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for St. Mary's County bus system improvements from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will be used to expand vehicle maintenance facilities. "Modernizing our infrastructure and … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce nearly $14 Million for Bus System Improvements Statewide

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $13,866,000 for the improvement and modernization of bus systems throughout Maryland from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). This federal funding will support the replacement, rehabilitation, purchase, or … Continue Reading

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