Press Releases

January 07, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on the Passing of Barbara O’Malley

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of Barbara O’Malley, mother of former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Barbara O’Malley. I will always remember being greeted by Mrs. O’s smile and her cheery hello as I’d come into Senator Mikulski’s office - it never failed to brighten my day. Her warmth and wit will be dearly missed by so many, and her years of dedicated public service to the people … Continue Reading


January 07, 2021

Van Hollen Calls on Trump’s Removal From Office

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement calling for President Trump’s removal from office:“Early this morning, our democracy prevailed. Despite President Trump’s calls for insurrection, his contempt for the Constitution, and his lawless conduct, our institutions and the will of the American people held firm. But every day Trump remains in office presents a grave danger to our … Continue Reading


January 06, 2021

Van Hollen Speaks on Senate Floor Against Dangerous and Unfounded Republican Attempts to Block Electoral College Vote Certification, Mob Violence at U.S. Capitol

Tonight, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke on the Senate floor against Republican lawmakers’ damaging, irresponsible, and unfounded attempts to challenge November’s election results, as certified by the electoral college. During his speech, the Senator refuted the President and these Republicans’ baseless claims of election fraud and underscored the lasting harm these challenges have inflicted upon our democracy and Americans’ trust in our democratic institutions. The Senator pointed … Continue Reading


January 05, 2021

Van Hollen, Mfume, Cardin Laud Signing of Henrietta Lacks Cancer Research Act

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) lauded the signing of the Henrietta Lacks Cancer Research Act into law to honor the extraordinary life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks and examine access to government-funded cancer clinical trials for traditionally underrepresented groups. Senators Van Hollen and Cardin initially introduced this legislation alongside the late Congressman Elijah Cummings, and it has since been sponsored by … Continue Reading


January 05, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Chesapeake Bay Foundation's State of the Bay Report

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the release of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2020 State of the Bay Report: “Protecting the Chesapeake Bay is critical for the health of Maryland’s environment and the success of our Bay economy. Today's State of the Bay Report marks another disappointing D+ rating for the Chesapeake Bay after an extensive evaluation of the Bay's health. While I'm pleased with some areas where we've seen improvements, as I … Continue Reading


January 05, 2021

Van Hollen Rebukes Trump Administration’s Harmful Rollback of Migratory Bird Protections

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the finalization of the Department of Interior (DOI) rule weakening the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Senator Van Hollen has repeatedly fought the Trump Administration’s DOI on this issue, including in a letter to then-Acting Secretary David Bernhardt and in questioning in an Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing. In July, Senator Van Hollen and EPW Ranking Member Tom Carper led … Continue Reading


January 01, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Vote to Override Trump NDAA Veto

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on his vote to override Trump’s veto of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):“The National Defense Authorization Act includes vital measures to strengthen America’s security both at home and abroad. It includes a pay raise for our troops, critical investments for Maryland’s military installations, and support for key national security priorities. Additionally, I worked to secure new funds for the … Continue Reading


December 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Weigh in on Major Baltimore SCOTUS Climate Case

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), have filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a major case concerning the power of state and local governments to hold fossil fuel polluters financially liable for the damages caused by their products. In an attempt to avoid potentially massive monetary judgments against it, the fossil fuel industry … Continue Reading


December 23, 2020

Van Hollen Secures Key Maryland Funding Priorities in Omnibus Package

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding provisions to benefit Maryland within the bipartisan coronavirus relief and omnibus package passed by the House and Senate that awaits President Trump’s signature. The legislation includes all 12 Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) spending bills and roughly $900 billion in additional COVID-19 relief. Through his role on the Appropriations Committee, Senator Van Hollen … Continue Reading


December 23, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on the President’s Signing of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the President’s signing of the Fallen Journalists Memorial Act into law:“Marylanders will never forget the lives we lost in the Capital Gazette shooting on June 28, 2018. This memorial is a fitting way to honor Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, Wendi Winters, and countless others who have lost their lives in their line of duty - reporting the facts and upholding the First Amendment,” said … Continue Reading


December 23, 2020

Van Hollen Brings on former City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed to Lead Baltimore Outreach

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the hiring of former Baltimore City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed to serve as his Baltimore City Regional Director.“Representing the City of Baltimore in the United States Senate is an honor and addressing the needs of its residents - from voicing their concerns on the Senate floor, to advocating for legislation to support our city, to helping constituents access services and solve problems with federal agencies - is one of my key priorities. … Continue Reading


December 23, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Veto of the NDAA

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on Trump’s veto of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):“The NDAA includes a pay raise for our troops, critical investments for Maryland’s military installations, and support for key national security priorities. Trump’s veto of this legislation - which has passed Congress and been signed into law without fail every year for the last sixty years - is shameful. And he’s taking this unprecedented … Continue Reading


December 23, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Senator Mike Miller’s Resignation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding Senator Mike Miller’s announcement that he will resign from the Maryland Senate due to his health:“Mike Miller is a student of Maryland history and his departure from its Senate marks the end of an era. Governors have come and gone, but Senator Miller, with unmatched political acumen, has steered Maryland on a progressive course and toward a more perfect union. “Senator Miller has dedicated his life to … Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on the Passage of COVID-19, Government Funding Package

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passage of the bipartisan COVID-19 relief and omnibus funding bill: “Now more than ever, Americans are feeling the weight of the pandemic. From watching more of their neighbors and family members fall ill, to struggling to pay mounting bills and put food on the table - the costs of this virus are all too real. Today’s package - while not perfect - will provide much-needed help. This bill includes crucial … Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Fischer Bipartisan BUILD Act Passes Senate

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statements after the Building Up Independent Lives and Dreams (BUILD) Act passed the U.S. Senate. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would allow nonprofits to once again use forms that are less complex when they are issuing 0% interest loans. This will help ensure the organizations can continue to make these loans to borrowers.“Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit organizations offer help when … Continue Reading


December 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Colleagues Push 22 Financial Services Companies to Prioritize American Health, Safety, Economic Security by Not Insuring Arctic Drilling

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) teamed up with U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to press executives of 22 financial services companies to not insure any oil and gas developments in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, citing significant financial risk, catastrophic damage to one of the world’s most delicate ecosystems, and the acceleration of climate chaos. The senators’ letters—which were … Continue Reading


December 20, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Bipartisan COVID-19 Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the bipartisan COVID-19 relief package: “Congress has a moral responsibility to act now. With COVID-19 cases and economic pain on the rise in Maryland and across the country, the American people need real relief and cannot afford to wait any longer. The bipartisan plan released today - while not perfect - represents a serious step forward in providing that relief. I’m glad that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle … Continue Reading


December 20, 2020

Senate Passes Van Hollen, Sasse Bill to Punish Foreign Companies, Individuals for IP Theft

Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the bipartisan Protecting American Intellectual Property Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) to mandate strong economic penalties on firms and individuals involved in stealing American intellectual property. The Senators’ bill requires sanctions on individuals and firms found to engage in, benefit from, or enable the significant and serial theft of U.S. intellectual property. “Foreign companies are … Continue Reading


December 19, 2020

Van Hollen, Burr, McBath Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Child Care Protection Improvement Act

Today, the Senate unanimously passed the Child Care Protection Improvement Act, legislation introduced by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Congresswoman Lucy McBath (D-GA). This bipartisan legislation will create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing federal work requirements for child care workers and will now be delivered to the President’s desk for signature. Van Hollen, Burr, and McBath applauded Congress’ bipartisan work.“As our nation … Continue Reading


December 18, 2020

Van Hollen Meets with Biden HUD Nominee Rep. Marcia Fudge

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Appropriations, and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs released the following statement regarding his virtual meeting with Representative Marcia Fudge, President-elect Biden’s nominee to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):“Across our country, Americans are struggling to keep a roof over their heads - families are living in fear of eviction or of missing their next … Continue Reading

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