Press Releases

January 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Release of Imprisoned Reuters Journalists and Safe Repatriation of Rohingya

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing a new resolution calling for the immediate release of imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, as well as for accountability and safe repatriation of refugees in the wake of Burma's atrocities against the Rohingya minority. Lone and Soe Oo were recently sentenced to seven years in prison for their work reporting on massacres that Burmese security forces carried out against the … Continue Reading


January 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bipartisan letter with 28 of his colleagues to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. The Senators write, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These workers need to know now when they will … Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Trump Announces Support for Bipartisan Senate Deal to Reopen Government

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen applauded President Trump's announcement that he will support the stopgap funding framework that the Senator announced yesterday with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Angus King (I-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). "This legislation will finally end this shutdown, get 800,000 federal workers … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Banks, Creditors to Implement Relief Measures for Federal Workers Struggling to Pay Mortgage, Monthly Bills

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in calling for banks, lenders, and financial institutions to work with their customers who have been impacted by the partial government shutdown and are at risk of falling behind on their monthly bills. As the Trump Shutdown continues into its fifth week, many of the 800,000 federal employees who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay are unsure when … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Vote To Reopen the Government

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate's failed vote to reopen the government: "Today marks 34 days of the Trump Shutdown. Moments ago, the Senate had an opportunity to pass a narrow proposal to reopen the government until February 8th. This would have allowed over 800,000 federal employees to get back to work-as well as receive their back pay so they can finally afford to pay for their mounting bills. It would have also meant … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine, and Warner Ask Childcare Providers for Flexibility on Behalf of Parents Affected by the Government Shutdown

Letters highlight arrangements reportedly made by some organizations and request details on any accommodations being made for families U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) requested financial flexibility from childcare organizations for parents and guardians affected by the partial government shutdown. Among the expenses piling up for these families, who do not know when their next paycheck will come, are steep costs of … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Van Hollen, 20 Senators Press State Department & DOJ for Information on Saudi-led War in Yemen

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of 20 bipartisan Senators in signing a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pressing them on two recently reported aspects of the Saudi-led war in Yemen: reports that Saudi Arabia is paying poor Sudanese child soldiers to fight as mercenaries in its war in Yemen, and reports that the United Arab Emirates-a U.S. ally in the Gulf that is part of the Saudi war coalition in Yemen-is arming Yemeni … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine, and Warner Stand Up for Federal Employees Who Risk Losing Insurance Benefits Amid Government Shutdown

Letter presses OPM to develop alternative payment arrangements for affected employees U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) urged the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to do everything in its power to prevent the termination of dental and vision insurance coverage for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. In a letter to OPM, the Senators stood up for the federal employees who risk losing their … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Van Hollen Visits Prince George’s County Council

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) visited the Prince George's County Council at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, for an informal "Meet and Greet" luncheon. Senator Van Hollen said, "I was very pleased to meet today with members of the Prince George's County Council. It was a great chance to discuss how we can work together on initiatives like transportation and economic development, so our community continues to grow and thrive. We also … Continue Reading


January 22, 2019

Van Hollen Talks Shutdown, Trump Deal on Senate Floor

"Since when does the President dictate what we do here in the United States Senate? That's a question for every Member." Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke on the Senate floor on the current status of the shutdown. Excerpts of the Senator's remarks are available below and video of the Senator's full speech is available here: "On December 11th of last year, at a meeting at the White House, President Trump said he would be 'proud' - 'proud' - to shut down the government of the United … Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, 170 Members of Congress Sign Letter to Trump on Shutdown Housing Crisis

Letter urges the President to immediately re-open the Department of Housing and Urban Development U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have joined 170 of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump on the direct and immediate consequences of the shutdown on housing security for more than four million Americans across the country who rely on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) rental assistance initiatives. The Senators state, "We write … Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

Van Hollen Joins Senators in Seeking Information on Universal Flu Vaccine Research

Senators helped secure dedicated research funding to develop a broader, longer-lasting flu vaccine Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.),Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Angus S. King Jr. (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in asking the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to provide an update on research initiatives to develop a universal flu vaccine. Last year, NIAID … Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

Van Hollen Cosponsors Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing ‘National Mentoring Month’

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) cosponsored a bipartisan Senate resolution recognizing January 2019 as "National Mentoring Month" to raise awareness of the power of mentors to help young people determine their goals and reach their full potential. The resolution recognizes the benefits of mentoring, as well as mentoring programs, and volunteers who serve as mentors. The resolution also highlights the positive effects of young people who have a mentor. According to MENTOR: The National … Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Introduce Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act

Senators Want to Make Sure Federal Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Their Paychecks Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with his colleagues Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), introduced legislation to secure back pay for the federal contractor employees who continue to go without pay during the current government shutdown. The bill-the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees … Continue Reading


January 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Gallego, Cotton, & Gallagher Introduce Bill to Impose Denial Orders on Chinese Telecom Companies That Violate U.S. Sanctions

Today Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Representative Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) introduced the bipartisan Telecommunications Denial Order Enforcement Act to direct the President to impose denial orders banning the export of U.S. parts and components to Chinese telecommunications companies that are in violation of U.S. export control or sanctions laws. The legislation follows the news that Meng Wanzhou, Huawei's chief financial … Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine & Warner Request Information on the Impact of the Shutdown on WMATA

Md. & Va. Senators express concern about the effect of a prolonged shutdown on vital transportation networks Today Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Tim Kaine and Warner (both D-Va.), wrote a letter to Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager and CEO of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), seeking information on the impact that the partial government shutdown has had on WMATA's transit system, ridership, operational services, staffing, … Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Protect Federal Workers from Losing Their Homes, Falling Behind on Paying Bills During Shutdown

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) in introducing the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act. The new legislation would protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions, and loan defaults during a government shutdown. "Federal workers are already suffering the consequences of the government shutdown. I've heard from many of my constituents facing rent and mortgage … Continue Reading


January 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Press Trump Administration to Ensure Federal Contractor Employees Receive Pay

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined 33 additional Democratic Senators in writing to the Office of Management and Budget to urge them to direct federal agencies to work with contractors to provide back pay to compensate low- and middle-income contractor employees for the wages they have lost during the shutdown. Under their existing authority, federal contracting officers should use provisions that allow them to modify the terms of the contract to work with contractors to … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Ask IRS for Details on How They Will Fulfill Plan to Issue Taxpayer Refunds with 88 Percent of Staff Currently Furloughed

Nineteen days into the federal government shutdown, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) are seeking details from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig on the announcement earlier this week that the tax filing season and processing of refunds would be on-schedule at the end of January. Currently, approximately 88 percent of IRS employees have been locked out of their jobs, freezing core preparations and trainings for the upcoming tax season. The remaining … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Team Maryland Announces $10.6 Million in Federal Funding to Assess Needs of Maryland’s Children

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), John P. Sarbanes (MD-3), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-1), Anthony Brown (MD-4), Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and David Trone (MD-6) announced today that Maryland has been awarded $10.6 million through the Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five program to conduct a statewide, comprehensive birth through age five needs assessment for … Continue Reading

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