Press Releases

August 23, 2018

Van Hollen Language to Halt the Transfer of F-35s to Turkey Until Secretary of Defense Certifies Turkey Will Not Acquire Russian S-400 Missile Defense System Passes Senate

Today the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Appropriations Act, including Senator Van Hollen’s provision to expressly prohibit spending Department of Defense funds to transfer, or to facilitate the transfer of, F-35 aircraft to Turkey until the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of State, certifies to the appropriate Congressional committees that Turkey is not purchasing the S-400 missile defense system from Russia and will not accept the delivery of … Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Van Hollen Announces Senate Passage of $2 Million for Firefighter Cancer Registry

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the passage of $2 million in funding to implement the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act as part of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. Senator Van Hollen was an original co-sponsor of the Firefighter Cancer Registry Act, which was signed into law in July. This legislation creates a national firefighter registry of cancer incidence - … Continue Reading


August 07, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Call on CFIUS to Investigate ByteGrid

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who also serves as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), requesting that the Committee review the transaction between AltPoint Capital, a venture fund whose largest investor is Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin, and ByteGrid LLC, a U.S. web hosting and data center company that is deeply involved in Maryland’s election … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Administration’s Election Security Response

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement after the White House press briefing on Russian attempts to interfere in U.S. elections. Senator Van Hollen has introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Marco Rubio (D-Fla.) to deter future foreign interference in U.S. elections. The DETER Act would impose immediate, harsh sanctions on foreign actors who interfere in future U.S. elections. Senator Van Hollen also joined Senators Schumer (D-N.Y.), Durbin … Continue Reading


August 02, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Join More Than 100 Members of Congress in Demanding TPS Be Reinstated for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined a bipartisan group of 110 members of Congress in calling on the Trump Administration to reinstate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands of immigrants legally living in the United States. The letter comes after the State Department released a series of internal documents showing the Trump Administration’s overtly political decisions to terminate TPS for El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti despite warnings of … Continue Reading


August 01, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on NDAA

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in support of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019: “The National Defense Authorization Act passed by the Senate today provides crucial resources to our Armed Forces and our national defense, including a pay increase for our men and women in uniform. In addition to providing funding for the many federal agencies in Maryland whose missions support our national defense, it … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $156,101 in Federal Funding to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for Oyster Habitat Restoration in the Choptank River

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a $156,101 federal grant to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for a restoration project in the Choptank River Habitat Focus Area. This project includes oyster restoration efforts that will increase the population of native Eastern oysters in the Little Choptank River and Tred Avon River as well as the installation of a living shoreline in the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Van Hollen Discusses DETER, ZTE on Senate Floor

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke on the Senate floor on our national security. Senator Van Hollen urged action on the DETER Act - his bipartisan legislation introduced with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) aimed at preventing future foreign interference in U.S. elections. The DETER Act would impose immediate, harsh sanctions on foreign actors who interfere in future U.S. elections. Additionally, the Senator admonished the Administration and Republican National Defense … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Demand Answers from SSA’s Treatment of Unions and Federal Employees

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) are raising serious concerns about the treatment of unions and federal employees at the Social Security Administration (SSA), following President Trump’s recent executive orders attacking civil servants. They have sent separate letters to SSA’s Acting Commissioner and Associate Commissioner for Labor-Management and Employee Relations [LINK], the nominee to be the Commissioner [LINK], and the nominee to be the Deputy … Continue Reading


July 25, 2018

Van Hollen, Casey, Senators Demand Transparency on Office of Refugee Resettlement Funding

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) led a letter with 17 Democratic Senators to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ORR is responsible for overseeing the care of unaccompanied alien children and children who are being held in federal custody after being separated from their families at the border - and ultimately, reuniting them with their families. HHS has not been forthcoming … Continue Reading


July 19, 2018

Van Hollen, Rubio Announce New Cosponsors of the Bipartisan DETER Act

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) announced new cosponsors of bipartisan Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act: Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). The legislation sends a powerful message to Russia and any other foreign actor seeking to disrupt our … Continue Reading


July 16, 2018

Van Hollen Discusses Trump-Putin Meeting on CNN

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined CNN’s Anderson Cooper to discuss President Trump’s meeting and press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Senator Van Hollen urged action on the DETER Act - his bipartisan legislation introduced with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) aimed at preventing future foreign interference in U.S. elections. The DETER Act would impose immediate, harsh sanctions on foreign actors who interfere in future U.S. elections. Video of the … Continue Reading


July 13, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Action on Election Security

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today spoke out about the revelations that a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin owns ByteGrid LLC, the company that hosts Maryland’s statewide voter registration, candidacy, and election management system; the online voter registration system; online ballot delivery system; and the unofficial election night results website. “This latest news from Annapolis reinforces the reality that Russia has been systematically … Continue Reading


July 10, 2018

Van Hollen Presses Wells Fargo on Frederick Layoffs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen has written to Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan expressing his concerns with the bank’s plan to lay off employees in Frederick, Maryland and across the country.  Senator Van Hollen wrote, “It is deeply concerning that Wells Fargo is proceeding to lay off workers after receiving a $3.4 billion windfall from the tax bill signed into law last year. As a result of this law, your company’s effective tax rate will drop nearly one-third from what you paid in 2016.” … Continue Reading


July 09, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Kavanaugh Nomination

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: “The person who fills Justice Kennedy's position on the Supreme Court will have a pivotal role in making decisions that will impact every American for generations to come. Tonight, President Trump had an opportunity to pick a mainstream, consensus Supreme Court nominee who could garner broad bipartisan support. Disappointingly, but not … Continue Reading


July 06, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $1 Million in Federal Funding for Cunningham Falls State Park

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced $1,008,132 in federal funding for improvements to Cunningham Falls State Park through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership. This investment will go to upgrading the Park’s sidewalks and walkways, picnic pads, and parking area. Although the Trump Administration has repeatedly tried to cut funding for the LWCF, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen have worked to successfully maintain … Continue Reading


July 06, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $140,000 for Eastern Shore Economic Development

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $140,000 to the Eastern Shore for the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). Both the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore and the Mid-Shore Regional Council will receive $70,000, benefiting Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties. Each CEDS plan will be geared toward bringing … Continue Reading


July 05, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $110,000 in Federal Funding to Garrett College

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced $110,543 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Garrett College. This investment will provide $60,543 for the College to purchase state-of-the-art STEM equipment and $50,000 to improve internet access and IT infrastructure. “A strong economy in Garrett County and across the state starts with a strong education. This funding achieves two important goals. It will allow Garrett College to better serve its … Continue Reading


July 05, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $5 Million in Federal Funding for Bay Cleanup Through Regional Partners

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced over $5 million in federal funding for efforts to research and restore the Chesapeake Bay. This funding, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Program, includes $5 million for the Chesapeake Bay Trust; $199,572 for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; and $74,980 for the Chesapeake Research Consortium. It will allow these partners to continue crucial work to reduce pollution, improve research, and … Continue Reading


July 03, 2018

Van Hollen Announces Public Service Awardees for Harford County

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the Harford County recipients of his 2018 Public Service Award. The Van Hollen Public Service Award is designed to commend a high school senior who has demonstrated a high level of commitment to community or public service. Students who embody this commitment are dedicated to making a positive change that will benefit their community, state, or nation. Senator Van Hollen is announcing over 90 recipients throughout Maryland. “Just as … Continue Reading

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