Press Releases

November 15, 2017

Van Hollen, Bay Senators Introduce Bipartisan Chesapeake Restoration Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act of 2017. This legislation increases mandatory funding available to the Bay, strengthens the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), and provides more opportunities for effective conservation efforts. He was joined by Senators Cardin (D-Md.), Capito (R-W.Va.), Casey (D-Pa.), Kaine (D-Va.), Manchin (D-W.Va.), Warner (D-Va.), Carper (D-Del.), Coons (D-Del.), Gillibrand … Continue Reading

November 15, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $600,000 in Federal Funding for Maryland Aquaculture Research

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) have announced $642,149 in federal funding for the University of Maryland Baltimore County's (UMBC) aquaculture efforts. The funds will be issued through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), which estimates that nearly two-thirds of fish consumed globally will be produced through aquaculture farms by 2030. "Supporting sustainable agriculture will help not only America's … Continue Reading

November 14, 2017

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Demand Better Coordination, Response to Housing Needs of Hurricane Victims

As victims in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Island (USVI) struggle to recover from damage left by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollenjoined a group of 11 other senators on Wednesday in urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to work in coordination to provide housing assistance to residents of the islands who are still displaced. In a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long and HUD Secretary Ben … Continue Reading

November 14, 2017

As NAFTA Renegotiations Move Forward, Van Hollen Joins Letter to Trump Administration Calling for Strong Protections for Workers

As negotiations over a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) resume today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined 17 of his Senate colleagues in a letter toUnited States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer calling for the Trump Administration to reverse the race to the bottom that has led to job losses and wage stagnation in the United States. The Senators wrote, "In advance of the fifth round of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations in Mexico City, it is … Continue Reading

November 14, 2017

Van Hollen Presses House Freedom Caucus on PAYGO and Republican Tax Plan

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Budget Committee, wrote to House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows about the deficit-busting Republican tax plan. If Congress does not waive Statutory Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) after passing a $1.5 trillion tax cut, the resulting sequestration would cut Medicare payments to doctors by roughly $25 billion and eliminate funding for all other non-exempt programs. The Freedom Caucus has long been committed to deficit reduction - if … Continue Reading

November 14, 2017

Van Hollen Helps Introduce Bill to Close Loophole in Military Justice System that Enables Convicted Abusers to Buy Guns

Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Mazie Hirono today to introduce the Military Domestic Violence Reporting Enhancement Act, legislation to close a dangerous loophole in the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) that enables convicted abusers to purchase firearms. Federal civilian law mandates that those convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not authorized to purchase a firearm. Under the current UCMJ, which is applied to military personnel on active duty, a … Continue Reading

November 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $30,000 in Rural Development Funding to Federalsburg, Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced two grants totaling $30,900 for Federalsburg, Md., through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency's Community Facilities Grant and Loan Program. Federalsburg was awarded $16,900 to purchase nine new radios for the Public Works Department to replace damaged equipment. Additionally, Federalsburg received $14,000 to purchase 139 fire hydrant adapters.The adapters will allow the Federalsburg … Continue Reading

November 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin, and Delaney Laud NDAA Provision that would Forestall Closure of Ft. Detrick Biodefense Lab

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressman John K. Delaney (all D-Md.) are praising the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report approved by the House of Representatives Tuesday that would provide a thorough study of America's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) on Fort Detrick. Using language similar to Senator Cardin's amendment passed in the Senate version of NDAA, the mandated study would forestall bewildering moves by the … Continue Reading

November 09, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Reintroduce Military and Veterans Education Protection Act with Groundbreaking Support from Veterans Service Organizations

In advance of Veterans Day, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined 28of their Democratic colleagues in reintroducing the Military and Veterans Education Protection Act, legislation that would close a loophole that allows for-profit schools to avoid having to secure at least 10 percent of their revenue from non-federal sources. More than two decades ago, Republican President George H.W. Bush signed a bipartisan law that limited how much federal funding for-profit … Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Senate GOP Tax Plan

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement today after Senate Republicans released the framework of their tax plan: "After House Republicans rolled out a tax plan that puts millionaires and big multi-national corporations first, I didn't think it could get worse. Yet Senate Republicans have put together a plan that hits millions of working families in Maryland and across the country even harder. The GOP wants people to think this plan will help folks in the middle, … Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Van Hollen Calls on DOJ to Provide Guidance on Boosting Support for Forensic Labs In Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John Cornyn (R-TX) ina letterto U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking him to provide Congress with information detailing how the Department of Justice (DOJ) is supporting and prioritizing forensic science service providers across the nation as a part of a broader approach to combat the opioid epidemic. "The opioid crisis knows no boundaries; it reaches into homes in every community in every region of … Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Van Hollen, Lawmakers Call For Reversal Of Administration Decision To Expose Thousands To Dangerous Deportations

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), ranking member of the Immigration Subcommittee, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) today in a letter, calling on the Trump Administration to reverse its recent decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Nicaragua and Sudan, which will remove their legal protection, tear families apart, and expose them to potential deportation to unsafe … Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Van Hollen, Warren, Merkley, Cortez Masto, Schatz Object to Rushed Confirmation of Comptroller of the Currency

United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.),Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today issued a joint statement objecting to the rushed confirmation ofPresident Trump's nomineefor Comptroller of the Currency, Mr. Joseph Otting: "We object to rushing the confirmation of Joseph Otting to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency through the Senate. Mr. Otting may be buddies with the Treasury Secretary from … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Democratic Senators to Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) joined Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017. This legislation would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. "Congress must act to confront the rising death toll from gun violence - from the day-to-day crime in our neighborhoods, to mass-shootings like those we've seen in Las Vegas and Sutherland … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Van Hollen Speaks on Senate Floor on North Korea Sanctions

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke on the Senate floor on North Korea Sanctions and his bipartisan sanctions legislation, the BRINK Act. An excerpt of his remarks is available below: "We have no time to waste. We must sever Kim Jong Un's economic lifeline. That is why Senator Toomey and I have introduced the BRINK Act and why it received such strong support. The BRINK Act targets this illicit financial network by imposing mandatory sanctions on those doing business with North … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than a Half Million Dollars in Federal Funding for the Chesapeake Bay

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) have announced $600,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP). The funds, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will be used by MCBP to preserve the economic and ecological vitality of Maryland's coastal watershed. MCBP uses educational and outreach methods to improve local water quality and protect watershed habitats and wetlands. The program boasts a wide array of state, local and business … Continue Reading

November 06, 2017

Van Hollen Joins Senators Urging Senate Finance Committee To Reject Tax Changes To 401(k)’s

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and a group of Senate Democrats in calling on the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee to reject changes to the tax system that would harm existing tax incentives for Americans to save for retirement. The letter comes as Senate Republicans are poised to release their own version of tax reform legislation later this week. Senate Republicans may be considering making changes to the incentives Americans enjoy for … Continue Reading

November 05, 2017

Van Hollen Joins Colleagues In Calling for Comprehensive Disaster Relief Package

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today joined Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in calling on the Trump administration to put forward a comprehensive package to provide relief from the onslaught of natural disasters in recent months. The administration has committed to releasing such a package in the coming weeks. In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Senate Democrats … Continue Reading

November 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin, Norton, and Harris, Announce President Trump Signs Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act into Law

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and RepresentativesEleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Andy Harris (R-MD) announced that President Trump today signed their Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act (H.R. 2989) into law. The bill establishes a commission to plan, develop and carry out programs and activities to honor and celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass, the country's greatest slavery abolitionist, during the bicentennial anniversary of his birth, in 2018. … Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on GOP Tax Plan

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement today after Republicans released the framework of their tax plan: "Make no mistake - the Republican tax proposal is a massive giveaway to big corporations and the very wealthy, financed by socking it to working people in Maryland. "If you're a family whose estate is worth more than $11 million, a special interest group with a powerful lobbyist, or President Trump and his uber rich friends, you're seeing a huge windfall. But … Continue Reading

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