Press Releases

July 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Hirono, Colleagues to Secretary Ross: Release IG Report on “Sharpiegate”

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wrote to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to demand he complete the necessary steps to make public Commerce Department Inspector General (IG) Peggy Gustafson’s report into the politicization of science … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Call for $32B in Transit Funding in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Today,U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) urged Senate leadership to provide an additional $32 billion in emergency supplemental funding for public transit agencies in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. Transit agencies have been hit hard ever since stay-at-home orders were first announced in states across the country back in March, resulting in plummeting ridership and fare revenues needed to keep trains and buses running safely and on time.“Through the depths of … Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown, Hoyer Secure Provision for Family of Slain ROTC Graduate Lt. Richard Collins in House and Senate NDAA

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Anthony G. Brown and Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced that they have secured provisions within the Senate and House Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to provide the family of slain ROTC Graduate Richard W. Collins III with the benefits they’re owed following his death. The amendments were introduced by Senator Van Hollen and Congressman Brown and cosponsored by Senator Cardin and … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy, Senators to Pompeo: Call for Free & Fair Elections in Bolivia; Criticize Interim Government for Abusive Oversteps

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), urged U.S. State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo to encourage prompt, free, and fair elections in Bolivia later this year. In a letter to Pompeo, the senators expressed their increasing concern for human rights violations and curtailments of civil liberties under the guise of COVID-19 protections that are meant to … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Senators Demand Full Implementation & Enforcement of the Death in Custody Reporting Act

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with 15 senators, wrote Attorney General William Barr calling for the immediate, full implementation and enforcement of the Death in Custody Reporting Act.“One stark, staggering fact is that there exists no reliable metric on the number of law enforcement-related deaths that occur each year because DOJ has failed to implement and enforce the DCRA,” the senators wrote. “To be clear, the DCRA will not alone solve the … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge State Department to Ensure Americans Overseas Can Vote During Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and colleagues urged the State Department to take action to ensure that Americans overseas can vote during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators point out that travel and mail operations remain disrupted in many countries around the globe, threatening the ability of American servicemembers, diplomats, and citizens living abroad to be able to vote in the November 2020 election. They urge the … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Lankford Push DOD Head in Bipartisan Letter on Delay to Remove Turkey from F-35 Technology Supply Chain

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and James Lankford (R-OK) today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper on the Department of Defense timeline to remove Turkey from the supply chain of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. The senators wrote, “As you know, we have worked together in the Senate on issues of US-Turkey relations for several years and remain concerned about the direction Turkey is taking under the leadership of President Erdogan. From human rights violations in … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $4.6 Million in CARES Act Funds for Affordable Housing and Community Development in Prince George’s County

The Prince George’s County Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.), today announced $4.6 million in funding through the CARES Act to address housing and economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic in Prince George’s County, Md. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated $3,036,958 through the Community Development Block … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Howard County Delegation Announce More Than $1.5 Million for Flooding Recovery and Mitigation

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced a new grant award of $1,515,201 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for flood prevention and recovery efforts in Howard County.“Over a period of only two years, Ellicott City and surrounding communities in Howard County experienced back-to-back 1,000-year floods, which devastated local businesses and homes,” the lawmakers said. “This … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats File NDAA Amendment Prohibiting U.S. Funds from Supporting Israeli Annexation of the West Bank

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prohibit Israel from using U.S. security assistance funds to unilaterally annex … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen and Toomey’s Hong Kong Autonomy Act Headed to Trump’s Desk for Signature

Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to defend Hong Kong’s autonomy against increasingly brazen interference from the Chinese Community Party. The Hong Kong Autonomy Act now awaits President Trump’s signature. “Today’s passage of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act makes it clear that we will not stand by as China seeks to crush freedom, human rights, and democracy in Hong Kong. The government of … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen Speaks on Israeli Annexation

On July 2, 2020, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor.Mr. President, I come to the floor today to discuss what I believe is an important and consequential matter at this moment: the way ahead for U.S. relations with our friend and partner, Israel.  The pending legislation before us includes a plan to codify and extend a multiyear commitment of American security assistance to Israel. Specifically, it would codify a memorandum of understanding reached … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Colleagues Request Funds for the Developmental Disabilities Network

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), in sending a letter to Senate leadership requesting $30 million in financial support for the Developmental Disabilities Network in the next COVID-19 relief package. In the letter, the Senators highlight the critical need to support the Developmental Disabilities Network as they mitigate the health and economic effects of the coronavirus on … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Colleagues Demand McConnell Cancel Two-Week Senate Recess, Instead Consider Critical Coronavirus Relief Bill

As coronavirus cases nationwide surge to record levels, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with 14 colleagues, demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bring the House-passed Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act to the Senate floor before recess, saying that failing to do so would be an abdication of our most basic responsibilities.“Since the House vote on the HEROES Act, states and tribes across the country have had to … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Chicken Caucus Calls for Direct COVID-19 Relief for Chicken Farmers

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), co-chairs of the Senate Chicken Caucus, in sending a letter to Senate leadership and the Senate Committee on Agriculture highlighting the severe impacts COVID-19 is having on the U.S. chicken industry and requesting direct assistance for chicken farmers.“While we appreciate that the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act provides direct payments for … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Introduce Bill to Ensure Seniors in Federal Housing Can Live Safely, Stay Healthy During Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today in introducing the Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act - legislation that would provide $1.2 billion to ensure that federally-assisted senior housing facilities have the necessary resources to effectively protect residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Recent reports show that more than 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes and long-term care settings. This is unacceptable - … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Markey, Colleagues File NDAA Amendment to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) have filed an amendment (#2049) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that mirrors their Emergency Educational Connections Act as part of the larger Congressional package. This legislation aims to ensure all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The group of Senators previously introduced the bill with … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen Applauds House Passage of Sweeping Legislation to Invest in America’s Infrastructure, Create Jobs, and Combat Climate Change

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, legislation to invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure while creating good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis, and addressing disparities throughout America. The legislation includes a number of priorities led by Senator Van Hollen in the Senate.“The current economic crisis demands a bold response to put our country on track for … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Toomey Issue Statement on House Passage of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding House passage of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act: “Tens of thousands of Hongkongers are in the streets protesting and refusing to surrender their basic rights to the Chinese Communist Party. They are doing so even as CCP collaborators harshly crackdown on free speech and the right to assemble. Our bipartisan Hong Kong Autonomy Act will punish those responsible for these crackdowns and other CCP … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen Statement for the Record on Tabling Senator Paul's NDAA Amendment

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) submitted the following statement for the congressional record on the motion to table Senator Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act:"I voted against the motion to table Senator Paul’s amendment to the NDAA not because I support his amendment as written, but because I believe this Senate has a responsibility to fully debate the question of our policy, strategy and plans for Afghanistan. Tabling an … Continue Reading

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