Press Releases

September 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce over $760,000 for Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment in Montgomery County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $760,875 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Montgomery County. The funding includes $536,195 for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association and $244,680 for the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department to support their volunteer recruitment and training efforts. The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Van Hollen Secures Oyster Restoration Funding out of Key Senate Committee

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the passage of his language to support and fund oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, within legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Van Hollen, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, fought to include this language, which will prove crucial to rebuilding a healthy oyster population in Maryland. His work to support oyster restoration in other Appropriations bills led to the recent announcement of … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Van Hollen Leads Senate Democrats in Urging Appropriators to Block Administration Attempts to Unilaterally Transfer DHS funds to ICE/CBP

Letter Makes Clear: Congress Must Maintain Power of the Purse Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a letter with 19 additional Senate Democrats urging Senate Leadership and Appropriators to assert Congress's role in crafting federal appropriations and ensure that any funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prevents the Administration's unilateral transfer of funds to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)/Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). The letter … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Blunt Lead Letter Pushing to Include WWI Valor Medals Review Act in NDAA Conference Report

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) led a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees urging them to include the World War I (WWI) Valor Medals Review Act in the final FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. The bipartisan legislation would ensure that minority veterans who may have been passed over for a Medal of Honor during WWI - often because of racist attitudes at the time - have … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Condemn North Korean Labor Camps

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution condemning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) political prison labor camp system. As North Korea appears to indicate interest in resuming talks with the U.S., the resolution, Senate Res. 303, calls on the DPRK to dismantle their brutal system, noting instances of religious persecution, rape, forced abortions and brutal executions within the camps. U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Catherine Cortez … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Urge Transportation Secretary Chao to Extend Essential Air Service at Hagerstown Regional Airport

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Environment and Public Works and Appropriations Committees, Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Congressman David Trone (All D-Md.) have written to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, asking her to reconsider the recent "contradictory and shortsighted" notice that Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) would lose its Essential Air Service (EAS) funding. The … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Van Hollen Joins Democratic Senators in Introducing Temporary Protected Status for The Bahamas

Following reports that the Trump Administration will refuse to grant temporary protections to Bahamians affected by Hurricane Dorian, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Doug Jones … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes Announce Over $207,000 for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $207,054 in federal funding for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used for a firefighting training course for members of the Department. The training course will provide instruction to 375 personnel and will … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Introduce Legislation to Fight Methane Pollution from Pipelines

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced a bill to protect public health and safety and fight climate change by reducing dangerous leaks from pipelines that release methane and other hazardous gases and pollutants into the air. The Methane Emissions from Transmission Harm American Neighborhoods and the Environment (METHANE) Act would require owners and operators of pipelines and pipeline facilities to use the best available technology to detect and repair leaking pipelines. In … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Almost $300,000 for the Baltimore City Fire Department

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $298,345 in federal funding for the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD). The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to purchase new equipment for the Department and to support their Mobile Integrated Health/Community Paramedicine pilot program, a partnership … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Young, Cardin, Graham Urge Trump to Act on Kashmir Crisis

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Ben Cardin, (D-Md.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote to President Trump raising their concerns about the ongoing situation in Kashmir and urging him to take immediate action to help end the current humanitarian crisis there. "With each passing day, the situation for the people of Kashmir becomes increasingly difficult. Therefore, we ask that you call upon Prime Minister Modi to fully restore telecommunications and internet … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More than $395,000 for Allegany County Maker Space

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $395,000 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Western Maryland Works (WMW) Allegany County Maker Space. The new Cumberland center will house training programs in advanced manufacturing and other sectors, office space for selected start-ups, a collaborative work space for the community, and classes taught by Small Business Development Center staff. … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Demand Answers from Commerce IG on Reports of Suppression and Retaliation at NOAA

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and 13 Senate Democrats wrote to U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson demanding answers following recent reports of improper behavior at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), including one that Commerce Department officials threatened to fire NOAA employees for contradicting the President’s false assertions about the projected path of Hurricane Dorian.In their letter, the Senators also denounced … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Raskin, Trone Announce $50K for Montgomery County MLK Day of Service

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen John Sarbanes, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announce the recent award of $50,000 for Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for volunteering and service programs. The grant will support the Volunteer Center, which is a part of the County’s Office of Community Partnerships, in engaging 3,000 volunteers on next year’s … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Laud Final Confirmation of U.S. District Court Judge for Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised the long-awaited confirmation of U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat previously held by Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., who announced his retirement effective February 2016. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts previously declared this Maryland seat as a judicial emergency based on the length of … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce over $653,000 for Road Repair in Frederick and Washington Counties

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) have announced $653,805 in federal funding for the Maryland State Highway Administration to reimburse repair work to fix damages to roads caused by the heavy rains and catastrophic flooding that hit parts of Frederick and Washington Counties in May and June 2018. Immediately after the severe weather events, the Maryland Congressional Delegation, led by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, wrote … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $407,000 for Water Witch Fire Company in Cecil County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $407,142 in federal funding for the Water Witch Fire Company in Port Deposit, Md. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to purchase 48 complete sets of turn-out gear and spare bottles and to replace the Company's air cylinder/compressor which is used for refilling oxygen tanks. "Providing our first responders with the equipment they … Continue Reading


September 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Treasury Department for Measures taken by Administration to Keep Jobs in the United States

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) pressed Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Charles Rettig for measures the Administration is taking to keep jobs in the United States and mitigate the harm caused by a new loophole created by the Republican-led 2017 tax law that encourages U.S. companies to move jobs and operations overseas. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Over $47,000 for Midland Volunteer Fire Company

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $47,587 in federal funding for the Midland Volunteer Fire Company. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to replace hydraulic rescue tools that are 40 years old.“Providing our first responders with the equipment they need is crucial to their ability to serve and protect our communities and this … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats to Lighthizer: No Trade Negotiations With Brazil Until Bolsonaro Protects the Amazon

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined a group of Democratic Senators in urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to postpone any trade negotiations with Brazil until President Jair Bolsonaro fully enforces his country's environmental laws and regulations to protect the Amazon from continued illegal deforestation. In the letter, the senators also called on Lighthizer to swiftly resolve the U.S.-China trade war which has disrupted global trade patterns and driven China to rely … Continue Reading

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