Press Releases

October 30, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Murray, Sanders, Wyden, Baldwin, Senators in Urging the Biden Administration to Require Insurers to Fully Cover Over-the-Counter Birth Control, With No Out-of-Pocket Costs or Prescription Barrier

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and their Senate colleagues in sending a letter urging the Biden Administration to require federally and state-regulated health insurance plans to fully cover over-the-counter contraceptives, including Opill—the first-ever FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control pill, which will become available in early 2024—with no copays or out of pocket costs, … Continue Reading

October 27, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Ossoff, Senators in Urging Access for Humanitarian Aid to Gaza

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and their colleagues in warning a humanitarian collapse in Gaza would threaten regional stability and jointly issued the following statement: “We urge the swift implementation of sustained access for humanitarian aid, including water and medical supplies, to save civilian lives in Gaza,” the group wrote. In addition to Senator Van Hollen, Senator Ossoff is joined by Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), John Hickenlooper … Continue Reading

October 27, 2023

Van Hollen, Murphy, Schatz, Welch, Merkley Lead 20 Senate Colleagues Calling for Fuel Deliveries to Hospitals and Water Treatment Centers in Gaza

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) led 20 of their Senate colleagues in releasing the following statement: “We condemn Hamas’ horrific terrorist attacks against Israel, for which Israel must hold Hamas accountable. In the course of that endeavor, every effort must be made to protect innocent civilians. Right now, hospitals in Gaza are hours away from running out of fuel that powers … Continue Reading

October 27, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren, Senators Call for Humanitarian Pauses and Hostage Releases in Israel-Hamas War, Echoing United States Resolution at United Nations

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement on the Israel-Hamas War: “Israel has a right to defend its citizens after Hamas’s terrorist attacks, which have driven the region into turmoil and cost thousands of lives. The war in Gaza has become a … Continue Reading

October 26, 2023

Van Hollen, Blackburn, Rosen, Lankford Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Antisemitism Passes Senate Unanimously

Today, the bipartisan resolution condemning antisemitism led by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jacky Rosen (D-N.V.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) passed the Senate unanimously. The Senators’ resolution condemned cases of antisemitism at institutions of higher education and encouraged college and university leaders to speak out against antisemitism.   “There is no place in America for antisemitism. I was proud to join Senators Blackburn, Rosen, and Lankford … Continue Reading

October 26, 2023

Van Hollen, Rounds, Kamlager-Dove, Kim Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Strengthen U.S.-Africa Ties

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, and U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced the bipartisan Young African Leaders Initiative Act to make permanent the State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). U.S. Representatives Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Calif.) and Young Kim (R-Calif.) introduced the companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.  YALI is the United … Continue Reading

October 26, 2023

Senate Approves Van Hollen, Cardin Amendment to Fund Invasive Catfish Control Measures

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised the unanimous approval by the Senate this week of their amendment to provide targeted resources to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS), to help the State of Maryland control the population of invasive blue catfish in the Chesapeake Bay. The measure was adopted as an amendment to a package of spending bills for Fiscal Year 2024 that includes Military Construction, Veterans … Continue Reading

October 25, 2023

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $74 Million in Energy Assistance for Low-Income Families

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 $74,410,147 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding for Maryland’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federal dollars, made possible in part by the lawmakers’ efforts to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will help reduce costs associated with home energy … Continue Reading

October 25, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Blackburn, Rosen, Lankford in Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Antisemitism

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Jacky Rosen (D-N.V.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) in introducing a bipartisan resolution condemning antisemitism at institutions of higher education and encouraging college and university leaders to speak out against antisemitism.   The text of the resolution is as follows: Whereas, in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Israel by Hamas on October 7, 2023, there has been a rise in incidents of … Continue Reading

October 24, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Biden-Harris Administration in Announcing Nearly $3.2 Million for Environmental Justice Projects in Communities Across Maryland as Part of Investing in America Agenda

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in announcing nearly $3.2 million to fund 5 projects in Maryland that advance environmental justice as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The organizations, selected through the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement and Environmental Justice Government-to-Government programs, will use the funds to ensure disadvantaged … Continue Reading

October 24, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Bennet, Hirono, Duckworth, Shaheen, Bipartisan Colleagues in Calling on Pentagon to Expand Access to Over-The-Counter Contraceptives for Service Members and Their Families

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) alongside their senate colleagues in sending a letter urging the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to ensure over-the-counter birth control is available for service members and their families on military bases, without a copay and without a prescription. In July, the Food and Drug Administration approved Opill as the first daily oral … Continue Reading

October 23, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Durbin, Colleagues in Urging the Department of Labor to Hold Companies Accountable for Violating Child Labor Laws

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Acting Secretary Julie Su urging the Department to continue holding companies accountable for violations of child labor laws.  The letter follows a New York Times Magazine article that raised serious concerns about the influx of unaccompanied noncitizen children that are working long hours in dangerous conditions.  In the letter, … Continue Reading

October 20, 2023

Van Hollen Statement on Judge Andrew Wilkinson

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) made this statement on the murder of Judge Andrew Wilkinson: “I’m appalled and saddened by the news that Judge Andrew Wilkinson was killed in a senseless act of gun violence. Judge Wilkinson was a dedicated public servant with a true appreciation for the rule of law, and his tragic murder represents outright disregard for the institution he was committed to upholding. My thoughts are with his family and with the entire Hagerstown community during … Continue Reading

October 19, 2023

Van Hollen Statement on Vote for Bipartisan Resolution Affirming Support of Israel

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to pass a bipartisan resolution affirming support of Israel. Senator Van Hollen is an original cosponsor of the resolution: “Israel has not only a right but also a responsibility to defend itself and to end Hamas’ operational control in Gaza. Following the horrific Hamas terrorist attack and ongoing violence, we stand by our partner and ally Israel in support of this right, as it prosecutes its … Continue Reading

October 19, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $650,000 for Opioid and Drug Prevention Programs on the Eastern Shore

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $650,000 in U.S. Department of Justice funding to help implement Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore mentoring programs for youth affected by opioid and other substance misuse.  “As the opioid epidemic devastates communities across the state each year, drug overdose is claiming the lives of more and more young Marylanders. Early prevention is just one of the many ways we can help win the fight against … Continue Reading

October 18, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Biden Nominee Clint Fuchs for U.S. Marshal for the District of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised President Joe Biden’s nomination of Clint Fuchs to be the new U.S. Marshal for the District of Maryland. “Maryland needs a U.S. Marshal with a proven track record combating violent crime, including the persistent gun violence that continues to plague Baltimore City. Clint Fuchs meets this mark, and we were proud to recommend him to President Joe Biden for this critical position,” the senators said. “Clint has demonstrated a … Continue Reading

October 18, 2023

As President Biden Makes Trip to Israel, Van Hollen, Welch, and Schatz Urge Administration to Reinforce Humanitarian Protections in Gaza

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) sent a letter to President Joe Biden ahead of the President’s meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to reinforce the importance of protecting civilians and the need for immediate humanitarian aid into Gaza—including providing civilians with water, food, electricity, fuel, and medicine. Earlier this week, the Senators issued a joint statement condemning Hamas for its … Continue Reading

October 18, 2023

Van Hollen, Murphy, Senate Colleagues Call for Providing Humanitarian Aid to Address Emergency Needs in Gaza

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and Senate colleagues in urging the Biden administration to lead the international community in contributing to the United Nations’ emergency appeal of $294 million to address the immediate humanitarian needs in the West Bank and Gaza. “As a result of the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza prompted by Hamas’ horrific terror attacks, more than 1.2 million people are in urgent need of lifesaving humanitarian assistance. … Continue Reading

October 17, 2023

Van Hollen, Wicker, Norton Introduce Bill Prohibiting Permanent Fencing Around Capitol Complex

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced the No Fencing at the United States Capitol Complex Act, legislation to prohibit funding for permanent fencing around the U.S. Capitol complex. “We can’t ever allow the U.S. Capitol to become a fortress where the American people are left on the outside looking in. We can and should secure Congress without walling it off. This bill is about making sure the people … Continue Reading

October 16, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $500,000 for Firefighters in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $534,431 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters in Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties. The funding will enhance firefighters’ emergency response capabilities and their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and themselves. It will also support the recruitment and retention of additional firefighters. “Maryland’s firefighters and first responders risk their lives … Continue Reading

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