Press Releases

May 19, 2021

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Senate Colleagues Call on FDA to Set Limits on PFAS in Bottled Water

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan group of 11 senators calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set standards on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in bottled water to ensure bottled water products are safe for drinking. PFAS are pervasive and persistent chemicals that accumulate in people’s bodies over time, and exposure to these chemicals has been linked to cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility, and other serious health … Continue Reading


May 19, 2021

Van Hollen and Toomey Statement on Treasury’s Hong Kong Sanctions Report

U.S. Senate Banking Committee Members Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Treasury’s report pursuant to Van Hollen’s and Toomey's Hong Kong Autonomy Act: “The Hong Kong Autonomy Act mandates secondary sanctions on banks that service individuals and entities responsible for undermining Hong Kong’s freedom and autonomy. Despite the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing crackdown, and the State Department … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Van Hollen, Schatz, Booker Introduce Bill to Harden Our Infrastructure Against Impacts of Climate Change

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) reintroduced their Federal Flood Risk Management Act, legislation to ensure that federally-funded infrastructure projects are built to withstand the impacts of climate change and flooding.Understanding the dangerous and costly consequences of flooding, the Obama Administration set standards in 2015 to make sure that federal projects were able to stand up to these risks. The order also took into … Continue Reading


May 18, 2021

Federal and Local Lawmakers in Baltimore Join Forces to Demand Equitable Infrastructure Investments and End Shameful Legacy of Highway to Nowhere

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin gathered with Representatives Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, and local leaders to discuss the Reconnecting Communities Act, a bill to reform outdated and inequitable infrastructure, like Baltimore’s Highway to Nowhere, and help end the legacy of highway construction projects that divide neighborhoods and undermine economic opportunity. The lawmakers also discussed the American … Continue Reading


May 17, 2021

Federal and Local Lawmakers in Baltimore Join Forces to Demand Equitable Infrastructure Investments and End Shameful Legacy of Highway to Nowhere

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin gathered with Representatives Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, and local leaders to discuss the Reconnecting Communities Act, a bill to reform outdated and inequitable infrastructure, like Baltimore’s Highway to Nowhere, and help end the legacy of highway construction projects that divide neighborhoods and undermine economic opportunity. The lawmakers also discussed the American … Continue Reading


May 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Murkowski, Foster, Young Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Spur Innovation through National Network of Fab Labs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) reintroduced the National Fab Lab Network Act, legislation to expand Fab Labs across the country. Fab Labs are facilities equipped with digitally-controlled tools - such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and automated knives - that provide training and enable individuals to create and innovate new products. To encourage the growth and expansion of new … Continue Reading


May 16, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Ossoff And Senate Colleagues In Urging Immediate Ceasefire in Middle East

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and a group of 27 Senate Colleagues in calling for an immediate ceasefire agreement in Israel and the Palestinian territories to prevent further loss of life and further escalation of violence.The letter is also signed by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $22.9 Million to Upgrade Airports Statewide

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D. and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $22,857,386 in federal funding to expand and renovate airports across Maryland.“Maryland’s airports are essential hubs for our economy, tourism and public safety,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding will upgrade airport facilities and runways, create and maintain jobs and ensure that day-to-day operations continue to run safely and … Continue Reading


May 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Sasse Announce Inclusion of their Bipartisan Proposal to Curb IP Theft in Banking Amendment to China Competition Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Protecting American Intellectual Property Act - legislation to mandate strong economic penalties on firms and individuals involved in stealing American intellectual property - within the Banking Committee’s Meeting the China Challenge Act of 2021. Committee leadership has announced they will work to include this amendment in the China competition bill, the Endless Frontier Act, … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Escalating Violence in Israel and Gaza

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza:“I am deeply concerned about the violence that has engulfed the Israeli and Palestinian people in recent days and the tragic loss of innocent life. This week, escalating tensions in Jerusalem erupted into a full-scale conflict.“I endorse Secretary of State Blinken’s call for the immediate de-escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas to protect the lives of … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Empower Nurses, Improve Patient Care on International Nurses Day

Today, on International Nurses Day, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in reintroducing the Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act. Nurses have been on the front lines of this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and they deserve more support to ensure they have dignity in the workplace and can put the safety of their patients … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Biden Nominees Deborah Boardman and Lydia Griggsby for Maryland U.S. District Court Seats

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) introduced U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman and U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Lydia Griggsby to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The committee held the confirmation hearing today for both nominees.“Judges Deborah Boardman and Lydia Griggsby will bring a tremendous diversity of experience to the courtroom as our newest judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland,” the senators said.  “We … Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Senate Colleagues in Introducing Tax Reform Legislation to Close Carried Interest Tax Loophole

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in introducing tax reform legislation to close the carried interest tax loophole that benefits wealthy money managers on Wall Street.Currently, the carried interest loophole allows investment managers to pay the lower 20 percent long-term capital gains tax rate on income received as compensation, rather than the ordinary income tax rates of up to 37 percent that they would … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Axne Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Provide Transparency on Corporate Use of Tax Havens, Offshoring of Jobs

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) reintroduced legislation to provide investors and the public with transparency on corporations’ use of tax havens and tax incentives to outsource American jobs. Their legislation, the Disclosure of Tax Havens and Offshoring Act, would require public corporations to disclose their financial reporting on a country-by-country basis so Americans can see the extent to which they are abusing tax havens or offshoring … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Brown, Schumer Applaud Bipartisan Senate Passage of Congressional Review Act Legislation to Repeal Trump-era “Rent-A-Bank” Rule

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) applauded the bipartisan Senate passage of resolution to repeal the Trump Administration’s so-called True Lender Rule through the use of the Congressional Review Act. This regulation, finalized in the last months of the prior Administration, allows predatory lenders to skirt state laws … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Applaud FCC Implementation of Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Created by American Rescue Plan

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), lauded the FCC’s unanimous and bipartisan implementation of their legislation, the Emergency Educational Connections Act, and the more than $7 billion in funding for the E-Rate (Education-Rate) program that was included in the American Rescue Plan that became law in March. The lawmakers’ legislation will help close … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $543.8 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Maryland Colleges, Universities and Students

(Timonium, MD) - Today, Maryland’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-MD), announced more than $543.8 million in American Rescue Plan funding for colleges, universities and students throughout Maryland.The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Durbin, Young, Colleagues in Bipartisan Request for Strong FY22 International Affairs Budget

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), member of both the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and nearly half the Senate in urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to support strong Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding for the International Affairs Budget. In a bipartisan letter to … Continue Reading


May 10, 2021

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Colleagues Call for DOJ Review of Trump Administration Efforts To Protect Fossil Fuel Companies From Accountability For Decades Of Climate Deception

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) along with their colleagues Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting that the Department of Justice review amicus briefs filed during the Trump Administration in support of fossil fuel companies that engaged in decades of … Continue Reading


May 07, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $32.6 Million to Strengthen Global Health Research

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $32.6 million in federal funding for the Association of Public Health Laboratories, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, to expand domestic and global health research and preparedness efforts.“Infectious disease outbreaks in one country pose a threat to all countries and our public health … Continue Reading

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