Press Releases

June 18, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Supreme Court DACA Decision

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program and prevent the Trump Administration’s attempts to cancel the program. “For too long this Administration has wreaked havoc on DACA recipients and their families. This decision underscores what we have always known is true - the Trump Administration’s callous ploy to end the DACA program was arbitrary and flawed. … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley Push to Bring HEROES Act to Floor for Debate and Vote After a Month of Inaction

After more than a month of inaction since the U.S. House of Representatives passed major legislation to address the ongoing health and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with 18 senators, urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the HEROES Act to the Senate floor for a debate and vote.Nearly 30,000 additional Americans have lost their lives to the coronavirus since the U.S. House of Representatives passed … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Bolton Excerpts: It’s clear that President Trump Puts Himself Over National Security Interests – Republican Leader McConnell Must Stop Aiding and Abetting Trump’s Betrayal of our Country

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding excerpts released from John Bolton’s forthcoming book on President Trump’s actions related to our national security:“It’s clear that President Trump serves one man and one man only. He does not act in the best interests of the American people - but only his own, and he consistently puts his own interests over the national security of the United States. John Bolton should have brought this disturbing … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown, Senate Dems Introduce Resolution Recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and all Senate Democrats introduced a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. The resolution also recognizes how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Van Hollen Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Great American Outdoors Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. This legislation will improve Americans’ access to public lands, ensure the continued preservation of outdoor spaces, and promote economic growth in outdoor recreation. It will also address a serious maintenance backlog at our public lands and provide permanent mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF funds are crucial to supporting Maryland … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, Congressman Trone Announce $1 Million in Funding, 100 New Jobs for Wright Road Construction in Washington County

Today, U.S Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the Board of County Commissioners in Washington County will receive $1 million in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the realignment and construction of Phase I of Wright Road in the Hopewell Valley. The construction of the .3-mile portion of the new Wright Road is expected to create 100 new jobs in the surrounding area. “Upgrading our infrastructure is crucial to our … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Push to Bring Equality Act to a Vote Following SCOTUS Ruling

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today joined colleagues in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote. The senators’ push comes after the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling to confirm that that the nation’s landmark civil rights legislation preventing workplace discrimination protects LGBTQIA+ Americans.“Although nearly two-thirds of LGBTQIA+ Americans report experiencing discrimination, existing federal … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Van Hollen Presses Pai on Using E-Rate Funds to Connect Students to the Internet Amid Distance Learning

Today, during a Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government subcommittee Hearing, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) pressed Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on using the FCC's existing authority to connect millions of students to the internet so that they can participate in distance learning. A full transcript of the Senator’s exchange is below.SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-Md.): Chairman Pai, welcome. I want to, first of all, thank you … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Commends General Assembly Leaders for Examining Problems with June 2 Primary

The Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today applauded Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D) and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) for holding joint hearings about Maryland’s June 2 primary election. The hearings will examine the election’s shortcomings and outline steps … Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Hirono Call for DOJ Inspector General Investigation into Attorney General Barr’s Conduct in Suppressing Peaceful Protests around Lafayette Square on June 1

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with 19 Senate Democrats, requested that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz open an investigation into the conduct of Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice in directing the use of force against peaceful protestors around Lafayette Square on June 1, 2020. The Senators also called on the Inspector General to probe the deployment of federal law enforcement to suppress protests … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Join Maryland Attorney General Frosh’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force

Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone have joined Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and the Maryland Access to Justice Commission in launching the COVID-19 Access to Justice Taskforce. “Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd have shone a light on the racism and many … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Van Hollen Urges Senate Negotiators to Include COVID-19 Relief for Amtrak in Next Package

This week, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to include Amtrak funding relief in any upcoming COVID-19 legislative package or emergency appropriations measure. Specifically, Van Hollen requested that they approve Amtrak’s supplemental FY21 funding request for an additional $1.475 billion. “The funds provided to Amtrak in the CARES Act were enough to cover Amtrak’s expenses through the end … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, Rep. Harris Announce More Than $50,000 to Expand Telehealth at Atlantic General Hospital

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representative Andy Harris, M.D., announced the award of $51,425 to expand telehealth services at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland. This award will allow Atlantic General to purchase a telehealth platform subscription and equipment to safely deliver health care, screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms, and connect patients with 45 additional primary and specialty providers. “Expanding telehealth services has been a … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Urge Senate Leadership to Give Higher Education Students and Institutions Much-Needed Relief in Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined colleagues in urging Senate leadership to include $47 billion in financial support for students and institutions of higher learning in the upcoming coronavirus relief package. "Higher education provides a ladder of economic opportunity to our nation’s students while also building a globally competitive workforce. Colleges and universities are also pillars of communities,” the senators wrote in their letter to Senate Majority … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Van Hollen, Warner, Colleagues Press for Expanded Access to Affordable Health Care in Any Upcoming COVID-19 Relief Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Doug Jones (D-AL), Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and 34 of their Senate colleagues urged House and Senate leaders to ensure that any upcoming COVID-19 relief bill include strong provisions to expand access to quality and affordable health care coverage in the wake of this public health crisis. In their letter, the Senators called for a bipartisan effort to increase the federal government’s share of Medicaid … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $2.4 Million in Federal Support for Renters and Homeowners Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone today announced $2,377,692 in federal funding for Maryland renters and homeowners struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19.Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) FY20 Comprehensive Housing … Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Van Hollen, Sasse Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Punish Companies, Individuals Who Steal U.S. Technology

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) introduced bipartisan legislation to mandate strong economic penalties on firms and individuals involved in stealing American intellectual property. The Senators’ legislation, the Protecting American Intellectual Property Act, would require sanctions on individuals and firms found to engage in, benefit from, or enable the significant and serial theft of U.S. intellectual property. “For too long foreign companies - often … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $19 Million in New Federal Emergency Public Health Funding to Support UMMS’ Response to COVID-19

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $18,711,424 in federal funds to help the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) cover the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Blumenthal, Colleagues Call on Appropriations Committee to Block Use of Military Against Peaceful Demonstrations

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today urged the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to include protections in upcoming appropriations legislation that would put key limitations on the Trump administration’s ability to initiate military deployments under the Insurrection Act.The Senators are urging Congress to prohibit any use of taxpayer funds for … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Blumenthal, Colleagues Call on Appropriations Committee to Block Use of Military Against Peaceful Demonstrations

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today urged the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to include protections in upcoming appropriations legislation that would put key limitations on the Trump administration’s ability to initiate military deployments under the Insurrection Act.The Senators are urging Congress to prohibit any use of taxpayer funds for … Continue Reading

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