Press Releases

June 18, 2019

Van Hollen, Norton Urge Appropriations Committees to Provide Supplemental Funding for D.C’s Emergency Planning and Security Fund

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) released a joint letter urging supplemental FY 2019 appropriations to the District of Columbia's Emergency Planning and Security Fund (ESPF), warning that if the District "does not receive supplemental appropriations for the EPSF, it would be put in the untenable position of not providing support for certain federal events or having to divert its local funds from local public safety activities to support … Continue Reading

June 18, 2019

Van Hollen, Udall, Leahy Demand Answers about President’s Fourth of July Event

Appropriations committee members fear longstanding non-partisan event will become a de facto campaign rally, seek information about plans and funding Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) called on Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt to inform the Interior Appropriations subcommittee of the president's reported Fourth of July plans and how the additional costs will be funded. "We are deeply … Continue Reading

June 17, 2019

Van Hollen, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Asks USDA to Investigate Withdrawal of SNAP Eligibility for Lexington Market Vendors

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps asking USDA to investigate the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for vendors in Baltimore's historic Lexington Market. Lexington Market has served as a public market since 1782 and is the oldest of … Continue Reading

June 15, 2019

Van Hollen Pushes to Honor Maryland Veterans in NDAA

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that he has filed two amendments to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to support Maryland's veterans and ensure their service is appropriately honored. "For far too long, many of our veterans that served in WWI and WWII have not received proper recognition - despite their heroic actions - because of the color of their skin. I'm proud to work on addressing this injustice, and I urge my colleagues to support these … Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Van Hollen Cosponsors Reparations Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), cosponsored a reparations bill (S.1083) introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ). The landmark bill, is the only reparations bill ever to be introduced in the post-Reconstruction U.S. Senate. This bill would establish a commission to study the impact of slavery and continuing discrimination against African-Americans and make recommendations on reparation proposals for the descendants of slaves. The other cosponsors in the Senate are as … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Van Hollen Blasts Effort to Move USDA Research Agencies

Will Offer Legislation to Block Relocation as an Amendment to NDAA Bill This Week Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that they plan to move their research agencies to the Kansas City region. Senator Van Hollen has introduced legislation to block the move of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) out of the National Capital Region, and he has put a … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Introduce Legislation to Protect Infants from Deadly “Crib Bumpers”

23 infants died between 2006 and 2012 from suffocation because of these products Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), introduced legislation to protect infant lives by banning the sale of crib bumpers in the United States. The Safe Cribs Act (S. 1816) would also make it unlawful to manufacture and import crib bumpers, which are marketed as … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Resolution Honoring the University of Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Team’s Unprecedented 14th National Championship

Senators spotlight Tewaaraton Award recipient Megan Taylor, first goalie ever to be named country's top collegiate player U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the passage of a Senate Resolution they authored to celebrate the unprecedented accomplishments of the University of Maryland Women's Lacrosse Team, which recently secured its 14th NCAA national championship. Behind Coach Cathy Reese, the UMD Women's Lacrosse team compiled a record of 22-1 in … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators to CFPB: Data Critical to Ensuring Housing Access for All Americans

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with several of his Senate colleagues are demanding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rescind its proposal to further reduce reporting under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). In opposition to the proposal, the Senators wrote, "We are extremely concerned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has once again put the interests the financial industry above those of the consumers it is charged to protect. We urge you to … Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Raskin Lead Introduction of Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (both D-Md.) announced the introduction of the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (all D-Conn.). The bill creates a federal grant program to incentivize state and local governments to enact laws requiring individuals to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun - which have been statistically proven to be effective in reducing firearm … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Van Hollen Urges FCC Not to Harm Local TV

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, urging the FCC not to implement regulations that could hurt local public channels. Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) channels support transparency by airing community meetings and local shows. As media becomes more consolidated on a national and global scale, the estimated 3,000 PEG channels in America offer a unique perspective to their local communities. In … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Support Hong Kong Protestors

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Angus King (I-Maine), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) released the following statement of support for the millions of citizens protesting the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong: … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Introduce Resolution Recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), joined 46 Senate Democrats in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans, and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. The resolution was co-sponsored by 46 Senate Democrats, including Sens. Sherrod Brown … Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Kennedy Urge USTR to Include Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act in China Trade Negotiations

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) wrote to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer asking him to include the substance of their legislation, the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, in the ongoing trade negotiations with China. The bill would address a long-standing issue with regard to China's non-compliance with U.S. financial regulators by requiring foreign companies registered in the United States to meet Public Accounting Oversight … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Blumenthal, Brown, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders & Warren Demand McDonald’s Improve Sexual Harassment Policies at Locations Across the Country

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), along with Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called on McDonald's to improve its protections against sexual harassment at locations across the country and do more to address allegations of workplace harassment, abuse and retaliation suffered by McDonald's workers. In a letter to McDonald's CEO Steve … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Raise Concerns about Immigration Backlogs

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli to ask a series of detailed questions about the ongoing delays being faced by people in Maryland and across the country. "The processing delays, particularly as it pertains to family-based immigration petitions and employment authorization documents, are alarming and impose an undue burden on applicants, their families, and community … Continue Reading

June 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $5.5 Million for Easton Airport Runway Extension

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $5.55 million in federal funding for the Easton Airport (Easton/Newman Field) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the first phase, including land acquisition, of a project to shift and extend one of the airport's runways to meet demand. Funding will be administered through Talbot County, which has been working toward this extension for nearly … Continue Reading

June 10, 2019

Van Hollen Releases New State Department Data on Travel Ban

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released new travel ban statistics from the U.S. Department of State, which were made available because of the provision he authored requiring the State Department to provide detailed information on this de facto Muslim ban. The data, which spans from December 2017 to March 2019, reflects approximately 5.1 percent of subject applicants having been issued a visa pursuant to the waiver process. That's even lower than the 6 percent they had previously … Continue Reading

June 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Boost Workforce Training Opportunities in Baltimore, Maryland Opportunity Zone

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) along with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is investing $1.6 million in City Life Community Builders of Baltimore, Maryland, to support the reuse of the Hoen Lithograph Complex as a workforce training center. The project will be matched with $1.1 million in local funds and is expected to create more than 100 jobs and … Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Protect Consumers from Abusive Debt Collection Tactics

New CFPB rule gives debt collectors green light to inundate consumers with unlimited text messages, emails Following passage of legislation cracking down on annoying and unwanted robocalls, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of his Sneatecolleagues in calling on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger to reverse a proposed rule that would, for the first time, allow debt collection companies to send unlimited texts and emails to consumers. Just … Continue Reading

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