Press Releases

November 21, 2018

Van Hollen Urges Sri Lankan President to Respect Democracy and Rule of Law

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wrote to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena raising deep concerns about his decision to remove Sri Lanka's prime minister and the ensuing political crisis. Senator Van Hollen has deep connections to Sri Lanka, having lived there for a period of time when his father, Chris Van Hollen Sr., served as U.S. Ambassador to the country. He is also the former co-chair of the Sri Lanka Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. "The actions taken … Continue Reading


November 20, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise the Naming of Salisbury Post Office After Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised Senate-passage of H.R. 4913, designating the United Postal Service Office at 816 East Salisbury Parkway in Salisbury, Maryland, as the "Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner Post Office Building." Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner admirably served multiple deployments with the U.S. Army, most notably as the senior enlisted advisor for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in Kabul. He was killed in 2014 after a convoy of … Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $144 Million for Clean Water in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $144 million in federal funding for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. The loan will be used to make extensive repairs and upgrades to the District's aging water infrastructure, which also services Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Funds for the project come from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA), which established the federal loan and guarantee program under the … Continue Reading


November 19, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin, and Brown Effort to Name Wayne K. Curry Post Office Building in Largo Heads to President’s Desk

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown praised Senate-passage late Thursday of H.R. 4890 that designates the United Postal Service Largo Post Office at 9801 Apollo Drive in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, as the "Wayne K. Curry Post Office Building." Wayne Curry was Prince George's County's first African-American County Executive and a true public servant who brought economic empowerment to the county. He passed away in 2014, at the age of 63, after a battle … Continue Reading


November 15, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on S.J.RES.65 and U.S. Arms Sales to Bahrain

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding S.J. Res 65, a Joint Resolution Relating to the Disapproval of the Proposed Export to the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain of Certain Defense Articles and Services: "Mr. President, as the late Senator John McCain once wrote, "We are a country with a conscience. We have long believed moral concerns must be an essential part of our foreign policy, not a departure from it." He believed, as I do, that … Continue Reading


November 14, 2018

Van Hollen Statement for the Record on Adoption of S.140, the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2018

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2018:"Today the Senate completed work on a new two year authorization for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Maritime Commission and on regulations related to vessel discharges and other matters. "This bill is intended to give our Coast Guard the certainty it needs to operate in a constantly changing environment, and I appreciate the significant bipartisan work that has gone … Continue Reading


November 13, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $150,000 for Hagerstown Community College

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $150,000 in federal funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Hagerstown Community College Energy and Trades Training Center. This funding will allow the College to purchase workforce training equipment and technology for the newly-constructed Center, which will in turn provide hands-on experience for students enrolled in the Alternative Energy Technology and Industrial and Engineering … Continue Reading


October 28, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has released the following statement regarding the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.“I am heartbroken and horrified by the brutal mass murders in Pittsburgh. This reprehensible anti-Semitic hate crime against people participating in Shabbat observance is painful beyond words.“We are grateful for the selfless heroism of the first responders who rushed into harm’s way to save lives. And we pray for those who lost their … Continue Reading


October 24, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Suspicious Packages

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has released the following statement regarding the suspicious packages sent to public officials and the media. The Senator’s office has been in contact with the Sergeant at Arms and the Capitol Police regarding the situation at the Capitol Heights, Maryland facility, and the Senator continues to monitor the situation closely. “Acts of political violence targeted against anybody have no place in our country. We can have disagreements on policy … Continue Reading


October 24, 2018

Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge WMATA to Maintain Riders’ Advisory Council

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors Chairman Jack Evans, opposing their proposal to terminate the Riders’ Advisory Council. Tomorrow, after previous assurances by the WMATA Board Chairman that the Council would continue to operate, the Board plans to vote on whether to eliminate the Council and instead … Continue Reading


October 23, 2018

Van Hollen Signs Bipartisan Letter to Pompeo Urging Trump Administration to Recommit to Refugee Admissions Program

Bipartisan Push Comes After Fiscal Year 2018 Admissions Hit the Lowest Amount in More than 40 Years Yesterday, Sen. Chris Van Hollen signed a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to reconsider the historic low set level in refugee admissions for fiscal year (FY) 2019 and to reaffirm the United States' commitment to a robust refugee admissions program. The Trump administration has set FY 2019 refugee admissions levels at just 30,000. The Senators wrote, "A … Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Join Effort to Give Workers a Greater Voice at Public Companies

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) are joining 11 of their Senate colleagues in calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to use its upcoming Staff Roundtable to consider implementing reforms that will promote worker engagement, drive long-term growth and investment, and give workers a greater voice in public companies by allowing workers to be elected as company board members.  In the letter, the Senators note research has shown that company boards … Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Van Hollen Presses Administration on Decision to End Support for Publicly Accessible Patient Care Guidelines

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen has sent a letter to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Director Gopal Khanna, regarding the Agency’s decision to end support for the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC). The NGC provides public access to evidence-based clinical practices that promote patient care. In the letter, Senator Van Hollen noted, “The NGC is an important tool for providers, patients, and others to inform health care and treatment decisions.” The Senator … Continue Reading


October 16, 2018

Van Hollen Joins Effort to Halt EPA Methane Standards Roll Back

Ahead of the public comment period that began this week for a proposal to weaken methane standards, Sen. Chris Van Hollen along with 21 Senate colleagues in a letter urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the public comment period for the rule and provide adequate justification for modifying the national standards. In 2016, the EPA adopted the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for methane emissions from oil and gas sources following a 75-day comment period. The … Continue Reading


October 15, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Claims About Khashoggi Murder

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s comments on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi: “President Trump’s suggestion that Khashoggi’s elaborately planned murder in the Saudi’s own consulate was orchestrated by ‘rogue killers’ defies reality. Orders must have come from the top. The U.S. must not be complicit in an effort to cover-up this heinous … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Sen. Van Hollen, Reps. Carson, Moulton Lead Bicameral Letter Seeking Answers on Trump Travel Ban

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Representatives André Carson (D-IN-7) and Seth Moulton (D-MA-6) led a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen pressing the two Departments for more information on the implementation of President Trump’s travel ban. The Members write, “Despite repeated requests from the Congress, the Administration has not been forthcoming with Members of Congress or the American people about … Continue Reading


October 12, 2018

Van Hollen and 22 Senate Colleagues Call for Greater U.S. Efforts to Protect Freedom of Speech and Combat Growing Authoritarianism Globally

Letter Urges the Administration to Reassert U.S. Moral Leadership in Protecting Freedom of Expression U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), signed a letter yesterday with 22 Senate colleagues highlighting concern over growing authoritarian and anti-democratic actions around the world. The senators urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to evaluate how best the United States can use its full foreign policy toolkit, voice, and resources to forcefully oppose efforts to silence critics and curtail … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Judiciary Committee’s Approval of District of Maryland Nominee Stephanie Gallagher

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 20-1 vote to approve Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. If confirmed, Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat previously held by Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., who announced his retirement effective February 2016. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts previously declared this Maryland seat as a judicial … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Vote to Lower Healthcare Costs, Protect Americans with Preexisting Conditions

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) voted in support of Senator Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wis.) resolution to overturn the Trump Administration’s expansion of junk insurance plans. Unfortunately, every Senate Republican except one opposed the resolution, voting to roll back protections for working families. Under these junk plans, insurers can deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions and refuse to provide essential health services required under the … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin, Klobuchar Introduce Bill to Mandate Transparency for Election Security Systems

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have introduced legislation to bring greater transparency to America’s election systems in an effort to protect our country from foreign interference, as occurred in the 2016 presidential election. The “Election Systems Integrity Act,” (S. 3572) would require disclosure of foreign ownership of election service providers. This summer, it was revealed that a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin has become the … Continue Reading

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