Press Releases

July 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Call for Reversal Amid Confusion and Concern Over Trump-Pence Administration’s Gag Rule That Will Undermine Health Care for Millions of Women

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and a group of Democratic Senators sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar slamming the Trump-Pence Administration's new gag rule that compromises the Title X family planning program and the health care of millions of people who rely on Title X-funded providers for cancer screenings, STI screenings, contraceptive care, family planning services, and more. The letter came as the Administration's minimal and … Continue Reading

July 25, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes Announce More Than $600,000 to Launch Chesapeake Regional Digital Health Exchange

Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures Division Wins Competitive Award U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures (JHTV) division has been awarded more than $633,500 through the competitive i6 Challenge of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will be used to create the … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Empowering States to Address Drug Costs Act

Legislation Would Support Maryland’s Efforts to Tackle Prescription Drug PricesToday U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) introduced the Empowering States to Address Drug Costs Act, which would bolster state efforts to lower prescription drug costs. The bill would provide states, including Maryland, with average manufacturer price, best price, and rebate calculation data under Medicaid in order to establish and operate prescription drug affordability boards or … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Lead Full Democratic Caucus in Urging Social Security Administrator to Respect Employees and Their Unions

"We are writing to express our dismay that the Social Security Administration (SSA) refuses to bargain in good faith with union representatives." U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.) Tuesday led a letter signed by all 47 members of the Democratic caucus, urging Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul to uphold the commitments he made at his confirmation hearing to work transparently and cooperatively when it comes to SSA employees and unions. The letter comes in the … Continue Reading

July 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Warren, Pressley, García Introduce Legislation to Ensure the Fed Will Act on Faster Payments

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Jesús "Chuy" García (D-Ill.) introduced the Payment Modernization Act of 2019. Right now, Americans lose billions of dollars each year in overdraft fees, driving consumers to turn to more costly financial products because of our inefficient payments system. This legislation would clarify that the Federal Reserve has the existing authority to build a … Continue Reading

July 22, 2019

Maryland Delegation Announces $125 Million Federal Investment in Howard Street Tunnel

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone, announced $125 million in federal funding for the Howard Street Tunnel, which comes on top of the $91 million commitment that the Maryland Delegation worked to secure from CSX, the company that owns the tunnel. The Howard Street Tunnel project, which is aimed at improving freight movement out of the … Continue Reading

July 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cotton Statement on Huawei’s Reported Involvement in North Korea’s Wireless Network

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) issued the following statement on reports that Huawei secretly helped North Korea build and maintain their wireless network, in violation of U.S. law. The Senators have introduced legislation that would reinforce the Executive Order to curb the growing national security threat posed by Huawei's efforts to dominate the 5G market, as well as a bill to direct the President to impose denial orders banning the export of U.S. parts … Continue Reading

July 19, 2019

Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes Meet with Baltimore City Police Commissioner Harrison, Mayor Young

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) met with Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Mayor Jack Young. The Members discussed the Commissioner's recently released crime plan and their commitment to the Baltimore City Consent Decree. They also spoke about ways that the Congressional delegation can provide support and federal resources to improve public safety in Baltimore City, … Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Maryland Delegation Hears from Union Leaders about the Trump Administration’s Ongoing Attacks on Federal Workers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone on Tuesday hosted key leaders of federal worker unions to discuss the Trump administration’s ongoing campaign against civil servants and federal workers. Participants included American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President J. David Cox, Sr.; International Federation of Professional … Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Van Hollen, Murkowski, Foster Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Create National Fab Lab Network

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-Ill.) introduced the National Fab Lab Network Act, legislation to expand Fab Labs across the country. These facilities are equipped with digitally-controlled tools that enable individuals to create and innovate new products. Tools range from laser cutters, to 3D printers, to automated knives - and training is also provided. To encourage the growth and expansion of new and current … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Brunei for Barbaric Laws

The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Todd Young (R-IN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) that condemns the government of Brunei for recently imposing laws that include, among other troubling things, death by stoning for adultery and homosexual relations. Their resolution also calls for the repeal of these barbaric laws and visa bans for anyone involved in their implementation. … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Unveil New Legislation to Restore Homeowners’ Ability To Work Around GOP Tax Law’s Cap Of SALT Deduction, Which Is Costing Homeowners Tens-Of-Thousands Of Dollars

After IRS Blocked Homeowners' Ability To Work Around Harmful GOP Tax Law Caps On SALT Deduction, Senate Dems Introduce Congressional Review Act (CRA) Resolution Of Disapproval To Nullify The IRS's Rule New Senate Dem Legislation Would Restore States' Ability To Work Around The Harmful Caps And Allow Homeowners To Again Fully Retain Their SALT Deduction Senate Democrats: The GOP Tax Bill And These Unfair IRS Regulations Hurt America's Homeowners-We're Fighting Back Following the … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Cotton, Colleagues Introduce the Defending America’s 5G Future Act

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Mark Warner (D-Virginia), Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut), and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) today introduced legislation to reinforce the Trump administration's efforts to prevent the Chinese-owned telecom company Huawei from threatening America's national security. The Defending America's 5G Future Act would codify President Trump's recent Executive Order and would prohibit the removal … Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Perdue on USDA Research Agencies’ Proposed Relocation

Ask Perdue to Confirm Staff Now Have Until Sept. 30th to Decide to Move, Consider Telework Options Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bicameral letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the proposed relocation of the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He was joined on the letter by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), … Continue Reading

July 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, and Trone Announce Approval of Maryland’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Application for Luke Mill Workers

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen Senators Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-MD) announced Maryland's Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) application for Verso was approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. The trio submitted a letter supporting Maryland's application on May 13th. The bipartisan letter expresses the strongest support for the application that the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) sent on behalf of the workers at Luke Mill. "The … Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Respond to Turkey Accepting Russian Air Defense System

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following joint statement after reports today that a shipment of parts for the Russian S-400 air defense system had arrived in Turkey. The group of Senators led a bipartisan effort earlier this year that prohibits the transfer of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey. The Senate included this provision in the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act … Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Trump’s Proposed ICE Raids

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on Trump's proposed ICE raids: "President Trump's continued threat of ICE raids is a cruel tactic aimed at stoking fear. If they move forward with this divisive move, it will tear apart families across our state. This Administration is choosing to throw decades of immigration policy aside and refusing to use their limited resources to target violent criminals. These inhumane, ineffective actions take us no closer … Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats to Trump: Don’t Deport Military Families

Trump Administration's proposed policy change would end protections against deportation of military spouses & families, threatening military readiness Following reports that the Trump Administration is ending protections against the deportation of military families whose loved ones are deployed, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and 20 other Senate Democrats in demanding the Trump Administration reverse course immediately. The Trump Administration … Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $6.6 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development Throughout Maryland

New FY2019 awards include investments from Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Solutions Grants, and HOME Program U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced more than $6.6 million in grant awards to Maryland cities and counties to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated more than $5.3 million through the Community … Continue Reading

July 10, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Service Academy Appointees from Anne Arundel County

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the appointments of high school students from Anne Arundel County to the U.S. Service Academies Class of 2023. "The choice to serve our country carries with it great responsibility, sacrifice, and honor. Each of these students has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and integrity and will make a valuable contribution to our service academies," said Senator Van Hollen. "I applaud their decision to choose this path, and I was proud to support … Continue Reading

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