Press Releases

April 27, 2018

Van Hollen, Senators to Zinke: Press Pause on Bears Ears & Grand Staircase Management Plans Until Courts Speak

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Tom Udall and a group of 16 senators in calling on U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke to halt the development of management plans for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments until legal challenges related to President Trump’s illegal attempt to shrink these monuments have been resolved. The senators also expressed their deep concern that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not intend to consider … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Congress to Fully Fund Wallops

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen has led two letters, joined by Senator Ben Cardin, urging Congress to fully fund upgrades and investments in Wallops Flight Facility. Wallops Flight Facility, located just south of Maryland’s border with Virginia, plays a crucial role in both National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Defense missions. Wallops employs over 500 Marylanders. This funding would build on the $15 million that Senators Van Hollen and Cardin secured for … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Van Hollen, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Create National Fab Lab Network

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have introduced the National Fab Lab Network Act of 2018, legislation that would expand Fab Labs across the country. These facilities are equipped with digitally-controlled tools that enable individuals to create and innovate new products. Tools available range from laser cutters, to 3D printers, to automated knives, and training is also provided. To foster the growth and expansion of new and current Fab Labs, the … Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Van Hollen, Bay Senators Urge Farm Bill Support for Chesapeake Bay Farmers

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen has led a bipartisan letter with his colleagues to the Senate Agriculture Committee urging the inclusion of his legislation, the Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act, in this year’s Farm Bill. This bill would dramatically increase the amount of funds available to Bay-area farmers to aid in conservation and anti-pollution efforts. The Senators write, “As the Senate Agriculture Committee considers the upcoming Farm Bill, we urge you to consider inclusion … Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $3.6 Million in Funding for WMATA Bus Facilities

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced $3.6 million in federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This funding will go towards improving bus facilities, including replacing old bus shelters that are damaged.“WMATA serves thousands of Marylanders annually as they commute to and from work. It’s crucial that we ensure a safe and reliable trip for all riders, and these … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Van Hollen Joins Bipartisan Group Of Senators In Requesting Funds To Fully Implement Their Mental Health Reform Act

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling for robust funding to fully implement the law and help make America's mental health system more responsive to the needs of those with mental illness. In a letter to Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee, the group of senators highlighted that while many Americans live with … Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Van Hollen, Murphy, Blumenthal Press State, DHS for More Information on Trump Travel Ban

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote to Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen requesting more information on the implementation of the Trump Administration's travel ban. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments concerning the legality of the current version of the ban. Appellate courts have found that it is a de facto Muslim ban in violation of our … Continue Reading

April 19, 2018

Van Hollen Joins Bipartisan Group Of 26 Senators In Demanding Full Funding For National Sea Grant College Program

After the Trump administration proposed to eliminate the National Sea Grant College Program from his FY 2019 budget, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of senators in calling for the program to be funded - at a minimum - at its current funding level of $65 million. In a letter to Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kas.) and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, … Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Van Hollen Calls on Pruitt to Resign

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to resign and joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) in introducing a resolution calling for his immediate resignation: "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's conduct in office is a disgrace. He no longer holds the confidence of the American people, and his actions are examples of why many distrust the federal government. The EPA's mission is to protect human … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Van Hollen, Blumenthal Introduce Legislation To Strengthen Social Security

Following National Retirement Planning Week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) have introduced legislation in the Senate to strengthen and expand Social Security. The bill has been championed in the House of Representatives by U.S. Representative John Larson (D-Conn.). "For generations, Americans have depended on the Social Security benefits they've earned. Yet this vital program has been under attack in recent years, threatening working families' … Continue Reading

April 17, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Military Action in Syria

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement in response to the U.S. military action in Syria: "While I've consistently supported limited, proportionate strikes to enforce the international ban on the use of chemical weapons, any broader U.S. military actions in Syria - or in any other region - would require Congressional … Continue Reading

April 16, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $490,300 for University of Maryland Sea Grant Program

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $490,300 in federal funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Sea Grant Program. Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) projects have produced significant results that aided fishers, businesses, policy makers, and conservation volunteers in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen fought for and secured … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Van Hollen Announces Opposition to Pompeo

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement in opposition to the nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as the Secretary of State: "Mike Pompeo's positions on countless issues stand in direct contrast to the very mission of the State Department. Instead of embracing diplomacy, he has a shoot first, ask questions later attitude on the use of force, and I'm concerned he will reinforce, not check, President Trump's worst instincts. At a time when our nation … Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Van Hollen, Esty, Murphy, Blumenthal, Kelly, Adams to Introduce Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05), along with  Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) introduced the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act. The bill would incentivize states and local governments through federal grants to enact laws requiring individuals to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun. To qualify, a state’s permit to purchase law must … Continue Reading

April 11, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Commend Alex Villamayor Verdict

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin released the following statement in response to the guilty verdicts handed down against Rene Hofstetter and Mathias Wilbs in the case of Alex Villamayor, a 16-year old U.S. citizen and Marylander who was brutally murdered in Encarnación, Obligado, Paraguay in 2015: "Alex Villamayor's murderers have finally been brought to justice thanks to the tireless work of his family, the efforts of Paraguayan judicial officials, and vigilance … Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Introduce Legislation to Put the Brakes on Trump Admin. Efforts to Roll Back Fuel Economy Emissions Standards

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) today introduced the Greener Air Standards Mean Our National Security, Environment, and Youth (GAS MONEY) Saved Act, legislation that would block Trump administration efforts to roll back the historic 54.5 fuel economy emissions standards. The legislation reaffirms the Final Determination made by the Environmental … Continue Reading

April 09, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on New CBO Budget and Economic Outlook

Today Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) Budget and Economic Outlook and the upcoming vote in the House of Representatives on a Balanced Budget Amendment: "Today's CBO report underscores the reality that the Republicans' $1.5 trillion tax plan will increase our already large national debt. President Trump has given a huge windfall to the very rich and special interests - and put it on the nation's credit card, asking working … Continue Reading

April 09, 2018

Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Gov. Hogan to Take Necessary Steps to Secure State Election Security

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Ben Cardin along with Congressmen John Sarbanes, Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Delaney, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), in sending a letter to Governor Larry Hogan, pressing him to allocate the required state matching funds to improve Maryland's election infrastructure ahead of the 2018 midterms. "As you know, the Maryland State election system was the target of an attempted intrusion by hostile … Continue Reading

April 05, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $50,000 Grant for Hagerstown Community College

Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $50,000 in federal funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for Hagerstown Community College's Electronic Health Records Technician certificate program and its Health Information Management degree program. "Our economy runs on our commitment to educating and training our workforce," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee. "This federal investment will help … Continue Reading

March 30, 2018

Van Hollen Discusses DETER Act, Russian Move to Oust Diplomats

Yesterday U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined CNN's Wolf Blitzer to discuss the DETER Act, bipartisan legislation that he and Senator Rubio introduced aimed at preventing future foreign interference in U.S. elections. Highlights of his interview are below and video of the full interview is available here: WOLF BLITZER, CNN: Let me bring in Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who's on top of all of this. Not a huge surprise. We always anticipated the Russians would … Continue Reading

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