Press Releases

May 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings Announce Legislation to Promote Educational Opportunities for Americans with Criminal Records

Bills Would Reform Prison Education, Encourage Colleges and Universities To Keep Criminal Records Out Of Admissions Process This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) in the Senate and U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) in the House to announce the introduction of two bills to expand access to education for Americans with criminals records, whether they are in prison or applying to go back to school with a criminal … Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Confirmation of Janet Dhillon

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the nomination of Janet Dhillon to chair the EEOC: "I opposed the confirmation of Janet Dhillon to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC is an independent federal agency with an absolutely vital mission: Enforcing federal laws against employment discrimination. But Ms. Dhillon has spent her career protecting corporations that are accused of discrimination by their workers. As a … Continue Reading

May 08, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Demand Legal Justification for Expanded Militarization of the Southern Border

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of Senators in writing to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan raising concerns over the expanding mission of active duty servicemembers deployed to the southern border. The senators demanded a legal justification for increased military activities at the border, including a loosening of restrictions on contact between servicemembers and migrants. According to recent reports, the Department of Defense is preparing to ease rules that … Continue Reading

May 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Meet with Luke, Maryland Mayor Ed Clemons and Allegany County Administrator Brandon Butler

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) met with Luke, Maryland Mayor Ed Clemons, Jr. and Allegany County Administrator Brandon Butler to speak about the closing of the Verso Paper Mill. "We are deeply disappointed in the decision to close the Verso paper mill and concerned about the effects this closure will have on its employees, the Town of Luke, and the regional economy. We appreciated the chance to sit down with Mayor Ed Clemons, Jr. … Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Van Hollen, Sullivan Introduce Bill to Support Foreign Service Families

Introduction of Legislation Corresponds with Foreign Service Day - May 3rd U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), cofounders of the bipartisan Foreign Service Caucus, have introduced the Foreign Service Families Act. This legislation will help ensure that the State Department is able to attract and retain a world-class diplomatic corps by providing expanded career options and services to eligible family members. For many of these family members, the process of … Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators to Facebook: Ban on Gun Sales Not Enough without Enforcement

Gun sellers exploit loopholes to get around Instagram block Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined several of his Senate colleagues in demanding Facebook do more to block gun sales facilitated on its social media networks, warning that their current efforts "fall short." "Despite Instagram's ban of gun sales on its platforms, users are nonetheless able to facilitate firearm transactions by directing potential buyers to other methods of communication," the Senators wrote. … Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Expresses Ongoing Commitment to Baltimore City and Mayor Jack Young

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes released the following joint statement following the resignation of Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. "As Baltimore's federal delegation, we are focused on supporting Baltimore City and its federal priorities. We recently met with Jack Young at the U.S. Capitol and directly expressed our desire to work as a coordinated 'Team Maryland' to ensure the people of our great city … Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Van Hollen, Delmarva Senators Call to Expand Chesapeake Bay Public Access

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md, Tom Carper (D-Del.) , Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to reauthorize the highly successful Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails program run by the National Park Service. For more than 20 years, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network has expanded public access to the Chesapeake Bay through a state, local, and federal partnership of 172 Chesapeake sites, … Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on the Closing of Verso Paper Mill in Luke, Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the announced closure of the Verso paper mill in Luke, Maryland: "I am deeply disappointed with the Verso Corporation's decision to close the paper mill in Luke, Maryland. Given the mill's long history in the area and the years of dedicated service of its workers, this decision is even more frustrating. My office has already been in touch with local leaders, and Team Maryland is working together to … Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

Van Hollen Appoints New Senate Page from Caroline County

Emily Thompson from Denton will serve in the U.S. Capitol during the Summer Session Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the appointment of Emily Thompson from Denton, MD - a rising senior at North Caroline High School - as a Senate page for the Summer 2019 session. Emily will have the opportunity to work in the Senate chamber to assist with day-to-day operations in the Capitol from July 8th through August 2nd. Senator Van Hollen, Emily Thompson, and Caroline County School … Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Block Online E-Cigarette Sales to Minors

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today introduced the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act. This bipartisan bill would prevent online sales of electronic cigarettes to minors by applying the same safeguards already in place for regular cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. "Since the introduction of e-cigarettes, we've seen their use among children and teens skyrocket. Bringing regulations for this highly … Continue Reading

April 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Demand CFPB Maintain Home Mortgage Disclosure Database

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with eight Senators are demanding that CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger reverse her decision to remove Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Explorer and the Public Data Platform Application Programming Interface (API) from the CFPB website. HMDA data is a primary tool to measure trends and disparities in mortgage credit access, and CFPB's HMDA Explorer and API have made it easier for local organizations without sophisticated data analytics tools to … Continue Reading

April 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings Announce More than $1 Million in FEMA Funding for Baltimore County

Latest Federal Relief for May 2018 Flash Flooding Reimburses County for Thistle Road Repairs U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) have announced more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for road repairs in Catonsville, Maryland. This funding represents the most recent portion of federal relief for the flash floods which devastated Howard County, Baltimore County, … Continue Reading

April 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators to EPA: Change Course and Extend Methylene Chloride Protections to Workers

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) join a group of Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant EPA Administrator Alexandra Dunn decrying the agency's March decision to exclude commercial applications from a ban on the use of methylene chloride, a lethal and likely carcinogenic chemical found in many paint strippers. In the letter, the senators wrote that allowing its continued commercial use flies in the … Continue Reading

April 24, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Service Academy Applications Now Being Accepted

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that his office is now accepting applications from students in Maryland for nominations to one of the Uniformed Service Academies for the class of 2024. All applications and supporting materials must be received electronically by 5:00 pm on September 30, 2019. More information and the online application can be found here. Qualified applicants will interview with Senator Van Hollen's Service Academy Advisory Board on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the … Continue Reading

April 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Lee Call on OPM to Rescind Potential New Hiring Rules

Senators Call the Proposal "a Solution in Search of a Problem" U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have written to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Margaret Weichert urging her to revoke the current Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 84 FR 5733, which would expand the seven-year criminal background check lookback to include participation in any pretrial diversion or intervention programs. "In December, Congress passed and the President signed The … Continue Reading

April 19, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $17 Million in Funding for Maryland AmeriCorps

1,219 Members will serve in Maryland in the Organization's 25th Year U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced more than $17 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps. "For 25 years, AmeriCorps members have been doing vital work throughout Maryland and the country. They are committed to serving the greater good -- from cleaning up the Bay, to helping those … Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Van Hollen, Blunt Announce New Bill to Honor WWI Minority Veterans

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced the World War I Valor Medals Review Act, new bipartisan legislation that will ensure that minority Veterans who served during WWI get the recognition they deserve. It would require the Department of Defense to undertake a review of valor medals awarded to minority Veterans during WWI to determine whether any should receive the Medal of Honor. This review would be conducted in consultation with the WWI Centennial … Continue Reading

April 17, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Call on Subcommittee Chairman to Secure Funding for Job Training for Older Americans

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of Senators in calling for $400 million of federal funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the only federal employment program dedicated to helping older Americans return to the workforce. In a letter to Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the Senators emphasized the critical role SCSEP plays in helping seniors update their skills, save for … Continue Reading

April 16, 2019

Van Hollen Joins Colleagues in Requesting Increased Funding in FY2020 Budget for Title X Program

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of Democratic colleagues in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to request that the FY 2020 budget include $400 million for the Title X family planning program. Title X health centers rely on federal funding to provide essential preventive health and family planning services to millions of low-income Americans. Title X has been shown to save taxpayers money in the long run by saving in Medicaid-related costs. It is estimated that … Continue Reading

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