Press Releases

May 15, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge FCC to Expand Rural Health Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have joined a bipartisan group of 30 U.S. Senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the funding cap for a program aimed at improving the quality of health care available to patients in rural areas. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the Senators highlight the need to strengthen the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to address the shortage of broadband connectivity for rural health care providers. The … Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

Van Hollen Presses Zinke on Offshore Drilling

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen pressed U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to answer for his decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling efforts and questioned him on why Maryland has not been treated equally. Senator Van Hollen has strongly opposed the Administration’s proposal to open the Atlantic Coast to offshore drilling. A transcript of the Senator’s exchange is available below and video is available here. SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, D-MD: Now, a little … Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

Van Hollen, Lujan Grisham Introduce Bill to Help Veteran, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) introduced legislation to improve access to assistance for certain groups of farmers. The Assist Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Act of 2018 would reauthorize, strengthen, and improve the Outreach to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The legislation was co-sponsored by Senators Tina … Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $90,000 for Baltimore County Veterans’ Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $91,415 in federal funding to the Baltimore County Office of Housing through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program. HUD-VASH is a collaborative program that combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help veterans and their families who are homeless find and sustain permanent housing. This is one of ten grants being announced for … Continue Reading


May 14, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Laud New Maryland Medicare Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(D-Md.) expressed their support for the agreement between the State of Maryland and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the future of Maryland’s All-Payer Demonstration Model - Maryland’s innovative approach to hospital payments. This has been a successful statewide effort that covers 800,000 Medicare beneficiaries and 6 million Marylanders. The agreement announced today will allow Maryland’s work to … Continue Reading


May 11, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Commitment from Secretary Zinke to Resolve Glen Echo Park Issue

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen has secured a commitment from U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to address the ongoing management issue at Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland. Senator Van Hollen raised his serious concerns regarding an expiring agreement between the National Park Service and Montgomery County on the management of Glen Echo Park at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies hearing yesterday. During questioning, … Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Win Hard-Fought Maryland Priorities in New Water Infrastructure Legislation

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today highlighted the importance for Maryland communities of newly introduced legislation that will enable much-needed improvements to our nation’s water infrastructure. Introduced Tuesday by the Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee ranking member Senator Cardin, EPW chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), committee ranking member Tom Carper (D-Del.), … Continue Reading


May 09, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) honored the critical work of federal, state, county, and local government employees and members of the uniformed services by joining their colleagues in passing a bipartisan resolution designating this week - May 6-12, 2018 - as Public Service Recognition Week. Maryland is home to more than 136,000 federal civilian workers and 46,000 members of the armed forces.“Our public workforce is crucial to serving the American people - from … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Trump’s Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Deal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action: “The Iran deal—forged with the world’s major powers—took us off the path of a disastrous war over Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The Iran deal has verifiably prevented Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, imposed tough constraints on their nuclear program, and subjected Iran to the most comprehensive … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Call for Stronger Investment in Student Health and Safety

In the face of the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities and gun violence that is endangering the health and well-being of America’s youth, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) wrote a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leadership calling for stronger federal investments that enhance student health and safety.The letter requests the highest possible funding allocation for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant under Title IV-A of the Every Student … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Van Hollen, Colleagues Question Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Senator Chris Van Hollen today joined a group of U.S. Senators in calling on the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to explain what they call a “deeply troubling and potentially politically motivated” decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians in the United States. In their letter, the Senators point to an October 2017 USCIS report that described current conditions in Haiti as “vulnerable to external shocks and … Continue Reading


May 08, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $15,000 EPA Grant for UMBC

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $15,000 in federal funding through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to investigate innovative ways to tackle the issue of nutrient pollution, which impairs water and environmental quality. This new technology aims to sustainably remove nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium pollution from urine. The grant was awarded through the People, Prosperity, and the … Continue Reading


May 07, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin: Trump’s Efforts to Dismantle Health Care System Costing Maryland Families

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today issued the following on newly released initial premium rate requests filed by health insurance carriers in the individual marketplace for 2019 in Maryland. After failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the face of broad bipartisan support for the law, President Trump and Republicans in Congress have worked to sabotage our health care system at every turn. For those in the individual marketplace, the direct results are higher … Continue Reading


May 04, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to End TPS for Honduras

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke out against the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nearly 57,000 Hondurans - including about 2,000 Marylanders - who have been living legally in the United States for decades. Senator Van Hollen has introduced the SECURE Act, which would allow qualified TPS recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. “The Trump Administration’s decision to abandon these men and women - who are all living and … Continue Reading


May 04, 2018

Van Hollen, Sullivan Recognize Foreign Service Day, the Importance of America’s Foreign Service Officers

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) released the following statement in recognition of Foreign Service Day: “Our diplomats are the finest in the world. They work tirelessly on behalf of our country in nearly 300 embassies, consulates, and diplomatic missions around the world, often at great personal risk to themselves and their families. They save American lives every day by resolving conflicts before they escalate. They advance our values around … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Van Hollen Expresses Concern Over Sri Lankan Tensions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen sent a letter to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena expressing concern towards the escalating violence between the Sinhalese Buddhist and Muslim minority communities.The letter can be found here and below.Mr. President,I have been a longtime supporter of a strong U.S.-Sri Lanka relationship, and I will continue to work to strengthen the bonds between our two countries. I appreciate our open, honest, and transparent bilateral relationship, as … Continue Reading


May 03, 2018

Van Hollen, Booker Urge Congress to Support Fair Housing Initiatives

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have led a letter urging Congress to provide full funding for the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP), which is run out of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and helps Americans gain access to housing. FHIP is the only federal program that supports the work of qualified nonprofit fair housing organizations throughout the nation to educate the public and housing industry professionals and address … Continue Reading


May 02, 2018

Van Hollen, Reed Urge Congress to Fund Childhood Cancer Initiatives

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) have led a letter urging Congress to provide $30 million to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services to fund the childhood cancer programs established in the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act. These programs will advance pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer data collection and … Continue Reading


May 01, 2018

Van Hollen, Durbin Urge Congress to Support NIST

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) have led a letter urging Congress to fully fund the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland and supports research and development across the country. The Senators write, “NIST research programs work at the frontiers of measurement science to ensure that the U.S. system of weights and measures is firmly grounded in sound scientific and technical principles.” … Continue Reading


April 27, 2018

Van Hollen, Senators to Zinke: Press Pause on Bears Ears & Grand Staircase Management Plans Until Courts Speak

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Tom Udall and a group of 16 senators in calling on U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke to halt the development of management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments until legal challenges related to President Trump’s illegal attempt to shrink these monuments have been resolved. The senators also expressed their deep concern that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not intend to consider … Continue Reading

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