Press Releases

September 10, 2023

Van Hollen, Merkley Joint Statement on Upgrading U.S. Relationship with Vietnam

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) issued the following joint statement after the announcement of the establishment of a “comprehensive strategic partnership” between the United States and Vietnam, during a visit by President Biden to Vietnam: “The foundation to a strong working relationship between our two nations is addressing the painful wartime legacy and promoting reconciliation. “This is an opportunity to deepen our understanding and commitment to the … Continue Reading


September 08, 2023

Van Hollen, Schatz Lead More Than a Dozen Colleagues in Letter to Administration on Israel’s Non-Compliance with Key Visa Waiver Program Requirements

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) led a letter with 13 of their colleagues that underscores their hope that Israel will, at some point, qualify for the Visa Waiver Program but concludes that, based on all the information provided to date, Israel is not currently in compliance with the “Blue is Blue” reciprocity requirements for the Program and is not on track to meet them before the September 30th deadline.  In their letter to U.S. Secretary of State … Continue Reading


September 07, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren, Whitehouse Urge Treasury to Protect Consumers Against Insurance-Related Climate Risks

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both members of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Federal Insurance Office (FIO) Director Steven Seitz, urging the department to take immediate action to and protect consumers from climate-related risks by collecting comprehensive and transparent data about the impacts of climate change on the insurance industry. The … Continue Reading


September 07, 2023

Maryland Delegation Announces $8.7 Million for Statewide Power Grid Resiliency

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $8,790,108 in federal funding for the Maryland Energy Administration to modernize the state’s power grid and invest in clean energy. The funding, authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, was made available through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Resilience State and Tribal … Continue Reading


September 06, 2023

Amid U.S.-ASEAN Summit, Van Hollen, Romney Introduce Legislation to Create U.S.-ASEAN Center, Boost U.S. Ties with Southeast Asia

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, introduced legislation to bolster the United States’ economic and cultural engagement with Southeast Asian countries amid the U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations … Continue Reading


September 05, 2023

Maryland Delegation Announces $400,000 for Anne Arundel County Youth Fresh START Diversion Program

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $400,000 in congressionally directed funding that they fought to secure for Anne Arundel County’s Fresh Safe, Trauma-Informed, Accountable, Restorative, Transparent (START) Program. This funding, which comes through the United States Department of Justice’s Byrne Discretionary Grants Program, will be used to bolster Anne Arundel Police Department’s Fresh START Program, a … Continue Reading


August 31, 2023

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce $375,000 for Three Maryland Drug-Free Coalitions

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $375,000 in federal funding for three Maryland drug-free community coalitions to prevent and treat substance use disorder among young people. The federal funding comes on International Overdose Awareness Day, a global effort to end overdoses and a day to remember without stigma those who have passed and acknowledge the grief of loved ones left behind. “Young Americans today face an … Continue Reading


August 30, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Press Postmaster General DeJoy for Update on Planned Fort Howard Post Office Closure

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) wrote to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy regarding the agency’s plan to close the Fort Howard Post Office on September 15, 2023. In the letter, the lawmakers conveyed their concerns over USPS’s poor communication about the forthcoming service change and the challenges their constituents will face in retrieving their mail following the closure, given the lack of home … Continue Reading


August 25, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $50,000 for Improvements at Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $52,538 in federal funding to help the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport complete infrastructure improvements at the airport to meet operational needs and safety standards by rehabilitating the airport’s runway. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport supports our … Continue Reading


August 25, 2023

Van Hollen – Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee & Appropriations Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations – to Visit Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, will make an official visit to Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Maldives over the next week. During his travel, the Senator will work to strengthen our bilateral relations with each of these nations. Over 8 days, the Senator will host more than 50 meetings with key government officials, civil society organizations, industry leaders, non-profits, local … Continue Reading


August 24, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Key Committee Passage of Over $34 Million for Maryland Infrastructure and Community Development Projects

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), and Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure Issues, (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $34,681,000 in key Senate Committee legislation for community-led projects throughout Maryland. These funds, included at the … Continue Reading


August 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce More Than $200,000 for Improvements at St. Mary's County Regional Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $241,949 in federal funding to help the St. Mary's County/Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport complete infrastructure improvements at the airport to meet operational needs and safety standards by extending its runway. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The St. Mary's … Continue Reading


August 22, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Members of Congress to File Brief Opposing Legal Challenge to Gun Possession Ban in Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) alongside their Congressional colleagues in filing an amicus brief in opposition to the constitutional challenge to the federal law prohibiting individuals under domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms. In a bicameral brief to the Supreme Court in United States v. Rahimi, the members call on the Supreme Court to set a clear standard allowing … Continue Reading


August 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Key Committee Passage of Over $25 Million for Maryland Health Care, Education, and Workforce Projects

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin, Chair of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of over $25 million in key Senate Committee legislation providing direct federal funding for community-led projects throughout Maryland. These community projects, funded at the Senators’ request, will support expanding access to health care, education, and good jobs in underserved communities.  The … Continue Reading


August 21, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Deliver $187,500 in Community Project Funding to Renovate Allegany College of Maryland Community Theatre

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the delivery of $187,500 in Community Project Funding to renovate the Allegany College of Maryland’s community theatre. The project’s federal funding was requested by the lawmakers in 2021, approvedthrough the Fiscal Year 2022 federal funding package, and now distributed to the Allegany College of Maryland.  “These federal dollars will support much-needed renovations to a community landmark that … Continue Reading


August 18, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Respond to Positive Case of Locally Acquired Malaria Found in Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following joint statement: “Team Maryland has been in touch with Gov. Wes Moore’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the locally acquired malaria case recently discovered in our state. We stand ready to facilitate federal support for the state or local governments, including financial and technical assistance as necessary. We appreciate that the governor and CDC already are working … Continue Reading


August 17, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $6.5 Million for Improvements at Hagerstown Regional Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $6,687,449 in federal funding to help Hagerstown Regional/Richard A Henson Field reconstruct its taxiway and taxiway lighting. The funding, provided through the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), will support infrastructure improvements at the airport to meet operational needs and safety … Continue Reading


August 15, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Kaine, Colleagues in Calling for Funding to Prevent Child Care Fiscal Cliff

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) along with Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) and a bicameral group of colleagues in calling on the Biden Administration to support needed funding to prevent a national wave of child care closures. Congress secured historic funding in the American Rescue Plan to stabilize child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that … Continue Reading


August 14, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Key Committee Passage of Over $13 Million for Community Projects Ranging from Water Infrastructure to Historic Preservation in Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $13,400,000 in key Senate Committee legislation providing direct federal funding for community-led projects in Maryland. These community projects, funded at the Senators’ request, support improving water infrastructure for Marylanders, preserving local historic sites, … Continue Reading


August 14, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Protect Communities From Untraceable Ghost Guns

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) in reintroducing the Ghost Guns and Untraceable Firearms Act, legislation to ban dangerous “ghost guns” and codify the Biden administration’s Ghost Gun Rule, which is currently threatened by a Texas federal judge’s ruling to invalidate the ghost gun regulation. While the Supreme Court recently ruled to uphold the … Continue Reading

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