Press Releases

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

October 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Toomey Announce Bipartisan Agreement on North Korea Sanctions Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), announced an agreement on bipartisan legislation to strengthen and expand current U.S. sanctions on North Korea. They were joined by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). Thelegislation is scheduled to be acted on by the Banking Committee next week. The bill is titled the "Otto Warmbier Banking Restrictions Involving … Continue Reading

October 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Statement on Nomination of Robert Hur to be U.S. Attorney for Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following statement on the White House nomination of Robert K. Hur, currently Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, to be the next U.S. Attorney General for Maryland. "We welcome the president's choice of Robert Hur to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. While we did not recommend Mr. Hur to the White House, we are impressed with his record of public service in the Justice Department, including … Continue Reading

October 30, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on GOP Plan to End State and Local Income Tax

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement today after House Republicans made clear that their tax plan will end the state and local income tax deductions: "Almost half of all Maryland taxpayers use the state and local tax deduction, and it allows state and local governments to provide vital services across the state. Republicans are trying to claim they've fixed this issue - but they're still double taxing the income of millions of people in Maryland and across the country. … Continue Reading

October 29, 2017

Van Hollen, Brown Tour Anne Arundel Medical Center Campus

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (MD) and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) toured the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) campus with President/CEO Victoria Bayless. During the visit, Congressman Brown and Senator Van Hollen viewed the James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center and the Clatanoff Pavilion for women and children's care services. They also spoke with specialized care professionals throughout the visit to discuss research, behavioral … Continue Reading

October 26, 2017

In New Letter, Van Hollen, Senate Dems Demand Administration Kick Into High Gear On Power Restoration Efforts In Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senate Democrats today in releasing a new letter to administration officials demanding agencies expedite and better coordinate the on-going power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Democrats said the administration's current lack of coordination with local officials, clearances for crews to begin their restoration work, lack of materials and support services, and a clear chain of command on the ground is threatening recovery … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Van Hollen Joins Bipartisan Call for Pres. Trump to Ramp up Pressure on Turkey’s Edrogan

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan letter calling on President Trump to ramp up efforts to stop Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan from further eroding human rights, harassing American diplomats, and weakening democratic values in Turkey. Citing a storm of recent actions including the arbitrary arrest of several U.S. Consulate employees in Istanbul, the detention of top Amnesty International officials, the appalling sentencingby a Turkish courtof Wall Street … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Van Hollen, Colleagues To Trump Administration: National Parks Are For All Americans— Not Just The Wealthy

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and 10 other senators wrote to Secretary Zinke requesting he withdraw his proposal to dramatically increase national park entrance fees and to provide Congress with the analysis and justification used. On October 24, the National Park Service announced a proposal to almost triple the peak season entrance fees at 17 of the most popular national parks. Beginning in 2018, fees to enter these parks during the 5-most-popular months would jump from $25-$30 … Continue Reading

October 25, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats to EPA: Show Your Work on Clean Power Plan Repeal

Today, 19 Senate Democrats, including U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt asking for more information on the agency's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan. The proposal, released by the agency earlier this month, relies heavily on skewed scientific and mathematical data in order to justify repealing the Clean Power Plan. The Senators write, "Our review of the 2017 Repeal proposal reveals significant … Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Senators Van Hollen, Cardin Joined University Professors to Highlight the Importance of Dreamer Students at Higher Education Institutions and Call for Quick Passage of the Bipartisan Dream Act

Yesterday, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined Dr. James McShay from the University of Maryland, Dr. Matt A. Bareto from UCLA, and Monica Sibri, founder of CUNY DREAMers, for a press call highlighting the critical role Dreamers play in higher education. Speakers called for quick passage of the bipartisan Dream Act to allow these talented young people the opportunity to continue their studies and contribute to the only country they call home. "DREAMers were … Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

Van Hollen Presses Trump Administration for Answers on how its Commission on Election Integrity Will Use Sensitive Voter Data

This week, U.S. Senator Chirs Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined 17 other Senate Democrats in again demanding answers about the Trump administration's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The commission was established by the Trump administration in May supposedly to investigate the president's debunked claim of mass voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. Many lawmakers, election officials, citizen watchdogs and security experts have said they fear that the commission's real … Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

Van Hollen, Colleagues Demand DHS Answers for Reported Violations of Sensitive Locations Policy

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of 20 senators in writing Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke to seek answers about the Department's apparent violations of policies regarding immigration enforcement at sensitive locations like schools, hospitals, and religious institutions. In September,National Public Radio reportedthat the parents of a two-month-old baby were apprehended at a hospital while seeking lifesaving medical care for their son. "We have heard … Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Request Update On Drug Enforcement Law

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Democrats in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information on the impact of the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act highlighted in a recent report from the Washington Post and "60 Minutes." The Senators are working with the agencies to ensure they have the tools they need to fight the addiction epidemic. "In light of these … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Van Hollen, Democrats Push to Block Trump Administration’s Roll Back of Birth Control Mandate

Today, Senator Van Hollen joined Senate and House Democrats introduced the Protect Access to Birth Control Act, legislation to rescind the Trump Administration's interim final rules issued on October 6 that allow companies to interfere in their employees' health care choices and force women to pay more for an essential part of their health care. If enacted, the Protect Access to Birth Control Act would ensure President Trump's rules have no force or effect, safeguarding women's continued … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Van Hollen Discusses Tax Reform on HLN

This morning, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined CNN's Headline News (HLN) with Carol Costello to discuss the Republicans' tax reform plan.Senator Van Hollen highlighted the GOP effort to eliminate the state and local tax deduction, which is claimed by millions of middle-class families. Senator Van Hollen, along with Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), have introduced an amendment to block this provision. A transcript of highlights is below, andvideo of the interview is available here. CAROL … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Van Hollen Calls on DHS to Take Concrete Steps to Ensure Accurate Accounting of Deceased Victims of Hurricane Maria

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) urged the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the accuracy of the official fatality count in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, echoing similar calls from Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.). Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Catherine Cortez Masto … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and El Salvador

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) led 20 colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke urging the Trump Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from Honduras and El Salvador living in the United States, who are contributing to the U.S. economy, paying taxes, and supporting their families. Temporary Protected Status allows individuals from … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Van Hollen Legislation Honoring Frederick Douglass Passes Senate

Last night the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act, legislation led by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) to commemorate Frederick Douglass. The bill would establish a commission to honor and celebrate Frederick Douglass in 2018 as we mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. The legislation was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on October 11, 2017, after it was introduced by Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Andy … Continue Reading

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