Press Releases

January 16, 2018

Van Hollen, Rubio Introduce Legislation to Deter Foreign Interference in American Elections

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act. It sends a powerful message to any foreign actor seeking to disrupt our elections: if you attack American candidates, campaigns, or voting infrastructure, you will facesevereconsequences. We know Russia manipulated social media channels and hacked political campaign committees and local elections boards to undermine our democratic process … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Van Hollen, Democrats Announce Net Neutrality Resolution Reaches 40-Vote Milestone in the Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Democrats in announcing that 40 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that overturns the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality. At a press conference in the Capitol attended by Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer-among others-Democrats made clear they will "force a vote" on the resolution to restore … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Rebuke Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (both-D-Md.)andBen Cardin have joined three dozen U.S. Senators, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in sharply criticizing the Trump administration's decision to reopen offshore drilling leases three years ahead of schedule. This decision puts vast stretches of coastline along Maryland's Atlantic coast at risk. "Allowing drilling off our coasts directly threatens some of Maryland's key economic drivers, such as fishing and tourism, with the risk of an oil … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on New Health Care Proposal in Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the new health insurance 'down payment' proposal to help uninsured Maryland residents get health care coverage, which was introduced this morning by State Senator Brian Feldman, State Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, and the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition: "President Trump and Congressional Republicans have been relentless in their attacks on our health care system. With their recent repeal of the individual mandate … Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Van Hollen Announces New Committee Assignment

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he will be joining the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee as part of a series of committee assignment changes being made with the addition of new Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Tina Smith (D-MN). The EPW Committee has jurisdiction over many areas vital to Maryland, including the Environmental Protection Agency and many of the programs to protect the Chesapeake Bay. It also provides oversight over most federal infrastructure … Continue Reading

January 07, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke out against the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorians who have been living legally in the United States since at least 2001. Senator Van Hollen has introduced the SECURE Act, which would allow qualified TPS recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. "This decision is shameful, but sadly it's not surprising," said Senator Van Hollen. "The United States has long been a beacon of hope … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Van Hollen Continues to Push for Resolution to Heating Issue in Baltimore Schools

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh have discussed the emergency actions that the Mayor has been taking to address the Baltimore City schools hearing crisis, and he has commended her on those efforts. The Senator also wrote to Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises today to urge her to take all actions within her power to restore heat to the schools without delay. As Mayor Pugh has noted, the school system and the State have the immediate … Continue Reading

January 01, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $287,900 in Federal Funding for Maryland Sea Grant

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $287,900 in federal funding to the University of Maryland for the Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The MDSG program works to protect the environmental and economic sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay through educational and restorative projects. "The Maryland Sea Grant Program is an essential partner in efforts to improve the health and quality of the … Continue Reading

December 27, 2017

Statement from Baltimore Congressional Delegation on the FBI Refusal to Lead Investigation of the Murder of BPD Detective Sean Suiter

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today released the following joint statement: "We are disappointed by the refusal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take the lead in investigating the murder of Baltimore Police Department Detective Sean Suiter. While we appreciate the FBI contention that no evidence exists to suggest that Det. Suiter's homicide was directly connected to the corruption … Continue Reading

December 21, 2017

Van Hollen, Ag Committee Democrats Seek Information on Senior Career Employee Reassignments at USDA

Today, the ten Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry wrote a letter to Stephen Vaden, the Trump administration's nominee for General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to seek more information regarding the reassignments of several high-level career employees at USDA. Since January 20, USDA has reassigned at least a dozen Senior Executive Service (SES) employees. Recently, questions were raised to the Senate Agriculture … Continue Reading

December 20, 2017

Van Hollen Statement Opposing Republican Short-Term Funding Patch

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement in opposition of the Republican short-term funding patch: "Republicans are once again forcing a short-term budget patch instead of dealing with the long-term needs of our economy, our national security, and our nation. Just two weeks ago, we passed a similar measure that was meant to give us the time to negotiate a budget for next year. Instead, Republicans spent that time behind closed doors, surrounded by lobbyists, crafting … Continue Reading

December 19, 2017

Van Hollen, Sullivan Lead Discussion with Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-chairs of the bipartisan Foreign Service Caucus, hosted Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan for a discussion with their Senate colleagues. The Senators talked about U.S. foreign policy, the State Department's reorganization and management, and challenges confronting our diplomats at home and abroad. Senators Van Hollen and Sullivan were joined by a bipartisan group of 15 Senators. "Across the world and … Continue Reading

December 19, 2017

Van Hollen, Sullivan Lead Discussion with Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-chairs of the bipartisan Foreign Service Caucus, hosted Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan for a discussion with their Senate colleagues. The Senators talked about U.S. foreign policy, the State Department's reorganization and management, and challenges confronting our diplomats at home and abroad. Senators Van Hollen and Sullivan were joined by a bipartisan group of 15 Senators. "Across the world and here … Continue Reading

December 18, 2017

Van Hollen Statement For The Record On The Nomination Of Owen West To Be Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Special Operations And Low Intensity Conflict

Mr. President, equality of opportunity is one of our nation's greatest pursuits and greatest struggles. Though the path has not been easy, our society has slowly and steadily become more just, more decent, and more powerful. President Obama's Defense Secretary Carter reaffirmed this principle when he stated that every qualified woman who met the high physical standards required of her would be allowed to serve our country in combat. Owen West soundly rejected this policy, and the ethic … Continue Reading

December 17, 2017

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Appropriators to Strip Environmental Riders from End-of-Year Spending Package

Forty senators, including U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen(D-Md.),areurging appropriatorsnegotiating an end-of-year package to keep the spending bill free of dangerous environmental policy riders too often found in House appropriations. The letter, also supported byDemocratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), brings together more senators than have signed onto a letter of this type in recent history and more than the required number of … Continue Reading

December 17, 2017

Van Hollen State on the Nomination of Don R. Willett To Be A United States Circuit Judge For The Fifth Circuit

Mr. President, I opposed the nomination of Don Willet to serve as a Judge on the Fifth Circuit. Senate Republicans, lacking a robust legislative agenda, despite unilateral control of the government, decided to confirm another highly controversial nominee. Last week, Republicans confirmed three Circuit Court judges. In early November, Senate Republicans confirmed four judges in one week. This accelerated confirmation pace is unconventional and alarming. Republicans on the Judiciary Committee … Continue Reading

December 16, 2017

Van Hollen Discusses Republican Tax Plan on ABC’s This Week

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week to discuss the Republican tax plan and the news of the day. Below is a transcript of highlights of that interview, and the full video is available here: STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's move on to the tax bill right now. You heard Senator Cornyn right there inviting Democrats to come to the table for what he says will be a big boom to the middle class. Your response? VAN HOLLEN: Look, George, this is a total betrayal of … Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Senators: Proposed Cuts to EPA Threaten Public Health

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined three dozen Senators in pushing back on proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) budget that would threaten public health and the environment. "The Trump Administration has made dismantling the EPA a core mission. We urge you to oppose any legislation that advances that goal by further cutting the EPA's already decimated funding levels," the Senators wrote in a letter to Senate leaders. "Because of these endless … Continue Reading

December 11, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Dems Urge Bipartisan Budget Negotiations & Forgo Partisan Funding Bill That Would Underfund Efforts To Combat the Opioid Epidemic, Security Agencies like the FBI, Cancer Research, Veterans Healthcare, Rural Infrastructure & More

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Senate Democrats today released a new letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging the Republican leaders to continue bipartisan budget negotiations and forgo a proposed partisan funding bill that would underfund efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, security agencies like the FBI, cancer research programs at the NIH, veterans healthcare, rural infrastructure, and more vital domestic programs. The letter, which was … Continue Reading

December 11, 2017

Van Hollen Urges Nationwide Review of VA Providers in Light of USA Today Report

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined a bipartisan group of U.S. Senatorson Fridayin calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct a nationwide review of its providers after aUSA Todayinvestigationfound multiple providers hired by the Department had at least one state medical license revoked due to malpractice. In a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin, the Senators presented a series of questions. "For years, states have experienced provider shortages across many different … Continue Reading

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