Press Releases

June 22, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Republican Health Care Plan

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the health care plan that Senate Republicans unveiled after drafting it in secret: "It is a bleak day in the U.S. Senate. For weeks, Senate Republicans have been drafting their 'health care' bill in secret - refusing to hold a single hearing or receive input from families across the country. Now we know why - this plan is in many ways worse than the House bill, which President Trump called 'mean.' The Republican plan will … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Senate Appropriators to Decrease Funding for President Trump’s Deportation Force

In a newly released letter,U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee,and Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee(both D-Md.), joined Senate Democrats in urging Senate Appropriators to decrease funding for President Trump's deportation force and detention beds as part of the FY18 budget, and that no funds be authorized for a costly and unnecessary border wall. "As your Committee considers the Department of Homeland … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $648,953 Grant for Harford Community College

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Harford Community College $648,953 to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. "STEM skills are integral in today's economy. This investment in Harford Community College's students will help ensure that our growing workforce has the knowledge and competency to compete," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee who … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $249,544 Grant for Morgan State University

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Morgan State University $249,544 to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The project -- Pathways to Enhance Retention of Students in Science to Transition (PERSIST) - seeks to address the roadblocks that freshmen students experience in STEM disciplines with targeted interventions. The overall goal is to significantly increase the … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Russia Sanctions Amendment Ensures Trump Cannot Give Russian Officials Access to Diplomatic Properties Without Congressional Approval

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Banking Committee, announced that the bipartisan Russia Sanctions amendment includes language to block President Trump from allowing Russian officials access to diplomatic properties in Maryland and New York that were seized last December as part of our effort to hold Russia accountable for interfering in our elections. The amendment sets up a comprehensive Congressional review process before the President could allow Russian officials … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $97,662 for Farm to School Programs in Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant of $97,662 to the Maryland Department of Agriculture through its Farm to School Program, designed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools. "This grant will help ensure healthy foods are available to school children while supporting local Maryland farmers in the process,"said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee."Combatting hunger, … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Van Hollen Joins Lawsuit to Hold President Trump Accountable to the Constitution

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI), and nearly 200 other Members of Congress to ask the courts to intervene and compel President Trump to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution -- one of our most critical protections against corruption and foreign influence. This Clause requires all Presidents to first seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting any gifts, payments, or … Continue Reading


June 14, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $200,000 for Contaminated Site Cleanup in Baltimore

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a $200,000 grant to the City of Baltimore to clean up contaminated properties. "Creating economic opportunity and jobs in Baltimore is an urgent priority, and this funding will give critical assistance to the communities that need it the most,"said Senator Van Hollen."Cleaning up contaminated properties is a win-win for Baltimore - less pollution and more … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Menendez, Kennedy, Rubio, Warren, Cochran Lead Bipartisan Flood Insurance Reform Bill

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), today introduced comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for six years while instituting a series of sweeping reforms to address the waste, abuse and mismanagement plaguing the system. The Senators are members of the Senate Banking and Appropriations Committees, … Continue Reading


June 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Appropriators to Maintain Critical Funding to Appalachian Regional Commission

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) joined a group of Senators representing six states in urging Senate appropriators to fully fund the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in 2018 at $152 million - in opposition to the Trump Administration's proposal to end the state-federal partnership. For more than fifty years, ARC has provided funding and support for job-creating community projects across the 13 Appalachian states, producing an average of $204 million in annual … Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

Van Hollen Discusses Local Priorities with Prince George’s County Council

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today met with members of the Prince George's County Council to discuss issues facing the Council and communities across the County, and federal priorities for the region. "Prince George's County is working on a wide range of priorities, from improving our transportation systems and building the Purple Line, to affordable housing and health care, to securing the site selection for the new consolidated FBI headquarters," said Senator Van Hollen. … Continue Reading


June 12, 2017

Van Hollen, Members of Congress Urge Secretary DeVos to Protect Students, Reverse Student Loan Decisions

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as well as U.S. Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and over 150 Members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos highlighting concerns surrounding the U.S. Department of Education's decision to make changes to the student loan servicing contract procurement process and remove key requirements that were intended to support and protect … Continue Reading


June 09, 2017

Van Hollen Announces Service Academy Applications Now Being Accepted

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that his office is accepting applications from students in Maryland for nominations to one of the UniformedServiceAcademies. All applications and supporting materials must be received in Senator Van Hollen's Rockville Office by 5:00 pm onOctober 6, 2017. The Rockville office is located at 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 960, Rockville, MD 20850. More information and the online application can be found here. Applicants who are selected to meet with Senator … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Van Hollen, Graham, Klobuchar, Gillibrand Urge the Administration Not to Return New York and Maryland Diplomatic Compounds in the U.S. to Russian Control

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have urged the Administration not to return two diplomatic compounds in the U.S. to Russian control. Intelligence reports indicate that the two compounds - one in Maryland and one in New York - were used by the Russian government for intelligence-related purposes. In response to Russia's unprecedented interference in the 2016 election and repeated harassment of U.S. diplomats in … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $500,000 for Affordable Housing Funding in Prince George’s County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $500,000 in federal funding for affordable housing in Prince George's County. The funding - which comes from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta - will be used by Montgomery Housing Partnerships, Inc. with Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc. to renovate and expand the Parkview Manor development in Hyattsville. Renovations will create new handicap-accessible units and incorporate sustainability features in existing … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Van Hollen Announce $17.78 Million for Army Corps of Engineers Projects Benefiting the Eastern Shore

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $17.78 million in federal funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects benefiting the Eastern Shore as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. "A clean and thriving Chesapeake Bay is essential to Maryland's economy and the watermen, the tourism and fishing industries in particular," said Senator Van Hollen. "This funding will help maintain access to the Bay and preserve the natural … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen Urges Army Corps to Prioritize Knapps Narrows Dredging

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, wrote to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expressing his support for funding to dredge the Knapps Narrows navigation channel in Tilghman, Maryland. "This navigation project is extremely important to Maryland's economy," Senator Van Hollen wrote in a letter to Lieutenant General Todd J. Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers. Senator Van Hollen wrote that while the channel's depth had been dredged to a … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $17.4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that Maryland has received $17.4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. "AmeriCorps volunteers and everyone who chooses to work for the public good are heroes to the communities they serve,"said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee."This funding will give those who want to serve … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $150,000 Grant for Anacostia River Cleanup

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a $150,00 grant to Prince George's County to remove trash from the Anacostia river watershed. "Preventing pollution from reaching our waterways is essential to helping them thrive," said Senator Van Hollen."Cleaning up the Anacostia river will improve the health of the entire ecosystem, improving access for recreation and creating a better environment … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen: Otting’s Work at OneWest Stands in Direct Contrast to the Mission of the OCC

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Banking Committee, wrote to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin about the outstanding ethics issues surrounding Keith Noreika, the acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Specifically, the Senator called on Mr. Noreika to voluntarily take President Trump's ethics pledge to give taxpayers confidence that he is acting in their best interest. Senator Van Hollen also raised serious concerns about the new OCC nominee, … Continue Reading

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