Press Releases

January 20, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Executive Order Reversing Trump Muslim Ban

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s executive order revoking Trump’s Muslim Ban:“From day one, Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban weakened our national security and reinforced his bigotry and politics of division. His actions played into the hands of our enemies and made our country far less safe. That’s why, over the past four years, I’ve fought to end the ban and expose the Trump Administration’s sham visa waiver program. … Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Executive Actions to Address the Climate Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s executive actions addressing the climate crisis: “We are facing an urgent climate crisis that requires immediate action. The Biden-Harris Administration understands the gravity of this crisis and the impact it will have on everyday Americans - from flooding their homes to driving up their energy bills - and today’s executive actions are the first step in tackling these problems. In … Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Executive Actions on COVID-19

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s executive actions on the COVID-19 pandemic: “To beat the COVID-19 pandemic we need a strong, coordinated national response with leadership and guidance from the highest levels of government. The Biden-Harris Administration understands this fact and today’s actions will help us immediately right the course of our national response. From the decision to extend the eviction moratorium, to the … Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Biden-Harris Swearing-In

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the swearing-in of Joe Biden to serve as the President of the United States and Kamala Harris to serve as Vice President. “Today is a new day for our country. Today we witness the historic swearing-in of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to serve as our next President and Vice President of the United States. As we turn this new page, I’m filled with hope for a brighter future. While our nation faces some of the most … Continue Reading


January 19, 2021

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Support Biden Administration Plan to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act, Increase Supply of Necessary Medical Equipment and Vaccine Supplies

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden, supporting his incoming administration’s plan to quickly utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act (DPA) to rapidly increase the production and stockpiling of medical, testing, and protective equipment supplies. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Van Hollen and Senate Democrats have been calling on the Trump Administration to fully … Continue Reading


January 19, 2021

Van Hollen Announces New Members of Senior Staff

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced two new additions to his senior staff team: Teri Weathers, to serve as the Senator’s Deputy Chief of Staff, and Francesca Amodeo, to serve as his Communications Director.“Teri combines a deep understanding of Maryland priorities with the legislative experience needed to navigate Capitol Hill. She will be a great addition to our team and will help lead our staff in our efforts to serve Marylanders across our state and promote their … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on the Passing of Mike Miller

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the passing of Maryland Senate President Emeritus Mike Miller:“Maryland has lost a giant, and I have lost a dear friend. Governors have come and gone, but Mike Miller was a historic figure and force of nature, always pushing our state forward. His legacy of results for Marylanders is unmatched. Katherine and I send our love to Patti and his … Continue Reading


January 15, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Call for FEMA Cost-Sharing Waiver To Help States Combat COVID-19

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) joined more than 30 of their colleagues in urging the incoming Biden Administration to take immediate action upon assuming office to grant pending requests to waive the 25% non-federal cost-share requirement for FEMA assistance related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To date, the Trump Administration has declined to allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive the full amount of cost-sharing requirements … Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on New Biden COVID-19 Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President-elect Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 plan:“The American Rescue Plan is a historic relief package to accelerate the pace of vaccinations, contain the virus, deliver immediate help to those hardest hit, and support struggling small businesses and communities. This plan is a good sign of what’s to come with the Biden Administration and exactly what we need after the Trump Administration’s failure to combat … Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Shaheen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on Pompeo to Detail How Administration Will Respond to Findings of Havana Syndrome Report

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier this week in response to the findings of a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report that was recently released on brain injuries experience by public servants working abroad, calling on the State Department to provide additional information on the Department’s assessment of causation of these attacks and how the administration plans to prevent such attacks in the … Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Wyden, Baldwin Discuss Immediate Need to Address Long-term Unemployment with Biden Nominee Dr. Cecilia Rouse

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) have released the following statement regarding their virtual meeting yesterday with Dr. Cecilia Rouse, President-elect Biden’s nominee to serve as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors: “Right now, our country is facing a joblessness crisis of historic proportions. In October, we saw the single highest monthly increase in long-term unemployment on record. Long-term unemployment plagued our economy … Continue Reading


January 13, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on House Impeachment

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the House of Representatives’ Impeachment of President Donald Trump:“President Trump has threatened the safety and security of our democracy. He has shown contempt for our Constitution and violated his duty to protect the American people and our republic. As this Article of Impeachment states, he has ‘engaged in high Crimes and Misdemeanors by inciting violence against the Government of the United States.’ … Continue Reading


January 12, 2021

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $400 Million to Expand Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Contact Tracing, and Testing Capacity

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that the Maryland Department of Health will receive $402,607,440 in federal funding to expand COVID-19 vaccine distribution, contact tracing, and testing capacity.“Support is on the way for Maryland as we continue to fight COVID-19 and work to eliminate the virus,” the lawmakers said. “This … Continue Reading


January 12, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $1.5 Million in FEMA Funding to the City of Frederick for Flood Prevention

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that the City of Frederick will receive over $1.5 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen the city’s flood prevention infrastructure.The funding will go towards repairs to Stormwater Pump Station #3, a critical part of Frederick’s storm water management system that diverts water from densely populated areas to a man-made retention lake. The repairs will … Continue Reading


January 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Senate Democrats Demand Trump Administration Immediately Address Significant COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Failures

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) and a group of more than 40 of their colleagues wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding that the Trump Administration take immediate action to fix the significant failures of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution as coronavirus cases continue to climb. In the letter, the Senators call out the Administration’s failure to develop and implement a comprehensive national vaccine plan, despite having months to do … Continue Reading


January 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Leahy, and Colleagues Demand Answers From the State Department About Move to Designate Cuba a State Sponsor of Terrorism

On Friday, January 8, 2021, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Tina Smith (D-MN) sent a letter to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo expressing concern over reports that the Trump Administration’s would designate Cuba a state sponsor of terrorism without formal consultation and review by Congress. The Senators also asked the State Department … Continue Reading


January 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Norton Demand Congress Fully Fund D.C. Emergency Planning & Security Fund After D.C. Police Department Helped End Insurrection at U.S. Capitol

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) reiterated their call for Congress to fully fund the District of Columbia emergency planning and security fund (EPSF) in the future, including the $80 million the EPSF was shortchanged in the enacted fiscal year (FY) 2021 D.C. Appropriations bill. During the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week, U.S. Capitol Police requested the assistance of D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), and … Continue Reading


January 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Risch, Cardin, Colleagues Applaud Senate Passage of Their Resolution Condemning Violence in Anglophone Cameroon

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar … Continue Reading


January 08, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Press Department of Defense on Effort to Remove USU President

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) Christopher Miller expressing concern over DOD’s plan to remove Dr. Richard Thomas as President of the Bethesda-based Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). In their letter, the Senators raise questions about the motivations behind DOD’s efforts to remove Dr. Thomas and ask for a review of this decision.“The fact that this action is taking … Continue Reading


January 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Norton, Carper Say D.C. Mayor Must Be Given Control Over D.C. National Guard and President Must Be Stripped of Authority Over D.C. Police Department

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) said that Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol demonstrated once again that local public safety in the District of Columbia (D.C.) is subject to the whim of the President and that it is past time for Congress, pending D.C. statehood, to pass legislation to give the District’s mayor control … Continue Reading

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