Press Releases

February 02, 2017

Van Hollen Statement in Opposition to Confirmation of Andrew Puzder

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement in opposition to Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder: "The Department of Labor is charged with protecting American workers, job seekers, and retirees. This wide-ranging agency touches the lives of every family in our nation, and its leader must always put the best interests of the workforce first. I listened to heartbreaking testimony from people who had been the victims of Andrew Puzder's predatory labor practices, and it's … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Van Hollen Urges Senate Leaders to Protect the BLM Rule that Prevents Natural Gas Waste, Safeguards Health and Economic Growth

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollenurged Senate leaders to defend the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Methane and Natural Gas Waste Prevention Rule, which protects air quality and prevents the waste of taxpayer-owned natural gas on federal and Tribal lands, by opposing efforts to dismantle it through the rarely used and extremely dangerous process set out in the Congressional Review Act. In a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Van Hollen Urges President Trump to Include Broadband in Any Infrastructure Initiative

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined 47 Senators in sending a bipartisan letter to President Trump urging him to prioritize policies that will promote deployment of high-speed, reliable broadband for all Americans as part of any infrastructure initiative. From Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore, this kind of investment is key to attracting young families and startup businesses to the area. Our state has a high demand for more broadband connectivity across the board, from small businesses to … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Cosponsor Bill to Give Federal Workers a Raise

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen have signed on as original cosponsors to the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 3.2 percent pay increase in 2018. The bill is designed to boost the pay of federal workers, who have endured $182 billion in cuts to pay and benefits through pay freezes, substandard pay raises, furloughs and increased pension contributions. Federal employees have sacrificed far more … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Van Hollen Introduces Bipartisan STAR Act to Combat Childhood Cancer

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) to introduce the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2017. This bipartisan legislation will advance pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance and providing resources for … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Van Hollen Calls for Answers into Alleged Wells Fargo Fraud Cover-up

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Democratic members of the Senate Banking Committee in sending a letter to Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan demanding answers after revelations that the bank reportedly tried to cover its tracks by shredding and forging documents to conceal the widespread customer fraud. "These latest allegations by Wells Fargo employees raise yet another red flag indicating that top management and the board of directors of Wells Fargo knew or should have known about the … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Van Hollen Statement in Opposition to Confirmation of Rex Tillerson

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen submitted the following statement to the congressional record on the vote to confirmRex Tillerson as Secretary of State: "Mr. President, my father served in the Foreign Service at the Department of State, so I spent some of my early years overseas. I was proud to be part of a family that represented our great Country. I learned firsthand the critical role of our Nation's diplomats, the risks that they take to serve our Country, and the part that they play in … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Maryland Educators in Opposition to Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

President Trump has nominated billionaire school privatization advocate Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, a position that has far-reaching consequences for students in Maryland schools. During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP), Mrs. DeVos displayed a stunning lack of knowledge about basic education policy, and a complete conflict with the core Maryland values of public education, student safety, and the full protection … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Van Hollen, Mother of Young Boy Detained Because of Trump’s Immigration Ban Speak Out

From the moment President Trump's executive order on immigrants and refugees was signed, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen has been working on behalf of Marylanders who were blindsided by this despicable action. One of the more disturbing cases that came into his office was that of 5-year-old Artiman Jalali. His mother, Shohreh Rahnama, reached out to the office because her son was traveling on his birthday with his cousin after visiting family overseas. Artiman is an American-born citizen and his … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Immigration Executive Order

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement: "President Trump's order to suspend America's refugee programs is an attack on everything our country stands for and makes us less safe. It is a de facto Muslim ban that plays right into ISIS's propaganda, casting our fight against terrorism as a fight against an entire religion. It emboldens those who want to do us harm, and harms those who need protections the most. This is not who we are as a nation, and we will fight to … Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Van Hollen: Trump Backtracks on Promise to Reduce Drug Prices for Seniors and Families

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement about reports that, following a meeting with pharmaceutical companies, President Trump has dropped his campaign promise to let Medicare negotiate bulk discounts in the price it pays for prescription drugs: "President Trump campaigned on the promise that he would fight for working families and take on special interests. Yet at every turn, he has broken that promise to the American people. Just today, he's turning his back on a … Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Van Hollen, Murphy Introduce Legislation to Block Harmful Executive Order on Refugees and Immigrants

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, joined U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and six of their colleagues to introduce legislation to block President Trump's immigration ban on refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority nations. Specifically, the bill would withhold any funding to enforce the executive order and declares it illegal based on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which banned discrimination against … Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Safeguard DREAMer Data

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and a group of Senate Democrats in introducing S. 229, the Protect DREAMer Confidentiality Act of 2017. The bill would safeguard the private information-such as addresses and telephone numbers-of the young immigrants known as DREAMers to ensure that they are not targeted by the Trump Administration for deportation. The introduction of this bill comes as President Donald Trump has begun a series of executive actions on … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Announce “A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure”

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen has joined Senate Democrats in unveiling "A Blueprint to Rebuild America's Infrastructure." The proposal is a long-overdue $1 trillion investment that would create more than 15 million jobs over the next 10 years. It includes a proposal to fund an infrastructure bank to provide innovative financing to a broad range of projects, including clean energy as Senator Van Hollen has advocated. "With our nation facing a D-plus grade from the American Society of Civil … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Van Hollen Announces Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Assignments

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he will serve on five subcommittees of the Senate Appropriations Committee: Financial Services and General Government; State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs; Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; and Legislative Branch. "To move Maryland and America forward, we must ensure we're wisely directing resources and doing right by the taxpayer. From supporting our federal agencies … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $2.5 Million in Funding for Transit Worker Safety

U. S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $2.57 million in federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). The funding - which comes as a $1.88 million grant to WMATA and a $688,448 grant for MDOT - will be used to provide rail workers with personal alert devices that will communicate the locations and statuses of trains and track segments in real time. In the case of MDOT, … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Confirmation of Governor Nikki Haley

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen submitted the following statement to the congressional record on the vote to confirm Governor Nikki Haley as Ambassador to the U.N.: "Mr. President, in 1945, at the close of World War II, the 50 Allied nations formed the United Nations to help prevent another world war. Since its founding, the U.N. has grown to 193 nations. While it has many serious flaws, it has been an important tool for promoting peace, protecting human rights, providing humanitarian … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Van Hollen Statement in Opposition to Confirmation of Treasury Nominee Steve Mnuchin

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement announcing his opposition to the confirmation of Steve Mnuchin to serve as the next Secretary of the Treasury: "When we review each of President Trump's nominees, we must consider the question of experience. Unlike some of the men and women up for consideration, Steve Mnuchin has experience working with banks. But that experience is some of the most troubling part of his record. "Last week, I had the opportunity to listen to … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Van Hollen Statement in Opposition to Confirmation of Mike Pompeo

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen submitted the following statement to the congressional record on the vote to confirm Congressman Mike Pompeo to be Director of the CIA: "Mr. President, President Trump has repeatedly called into question the integrity and professionalism of the brave men and women in our Intelligence Community. In addition, throughout the campaign, his statements revealed a dangerous propensity to ignore important principles of civil and religious liberty. "Under these … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Administration’s Federal Hiring Freeze

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's federal hiring freeze: "President Trump's decision to enact an arbitrary hiring freeze on federal agencies is short-sighted and may ultimately cost taxpayers more as that work is shifted to federal contractors. Rather than take the time to understand agency budgets and make informed decisions, the President has decided to forbid agencies from bringing new talent into the civilian workforce. This … Continue Reading

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