Press Releases

June 23, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Welcome U.S. Army Corps Recommendations for the Port of Baltimore Shipping Channel

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee, and Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, (both D-Md.) praised the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for its ongoing commitment to improving navigation, efficiency and safety at the Port of Baltimore. This week, Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, USACE Commanding General and 55th U.S. Army Chief of Engineers, recommended further deepening and … Continue Reading


June 23, 2023

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce $20 Million for Major Mondawmin Station Infrastructure Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $20 million for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration’s (MDOT MTA) Mondawmin RAISE Transit Hub Project. This federal investment will support upgrades to the station’s transit infrastructure and improve pedestrian accessibility in the surrounding area. The funds are provided … Continue Reading


June 23, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $4.2 Million in Federal Funding for Maryland Rural Development Projects in Key Committee Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $4,240,000 in direct federal funding for projects they requested within the Senate Appropriations Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies Subcommittee’s proposed funding legislation for fiscal year 2024. The projects support development in rural communities, in areas ranging from education … Continue Reading


June 23, 2023

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Over $1 Million for Manufacturing and Innovation in Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $1,375,686 for the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to support local small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses and create job opportunities in Maryland. This federal funding, awarded by the Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) … Continue Reading


June 23, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $3 Million in Federal Funding for New NSA Bethesda Fire Station in Key Committee Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen,a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin(bothD-Md.) announcedthe inclusion of$3,000,000 indirectfederal fundingthat they requestedwithin the Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee fiscal year 2024 funding bill for the planning and design of a new fire station atNaval Support Activity Bethesda (NSA Bethesda). The current fire stationat NSA Bethesda– the naval installation home … Continue Reading


June 20, 2023

Van Hollen, Jayapal Lead Bicameral Letter with Over 70 Members, Urging President Biden to Discuss Upholding Human Rights and Democratic Values During Upcoming Meeting with Indian PM Modi

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) led a bicameral letter with over 70 of their colleagues, urging President Biden to discuss the need to protect human rights and democratic values in India as he meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week. “As the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy, the United States and India have forged a close relationship based on strategic interests and … Continue Reading


June 20, 2023

Van Hollen, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Department of Education to Reinstate the Gainful Employment Rule

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and their colleagues in sending a public comment letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, urging him to reinstate the Gainful Employment Rule.  The proposed Gainful Employment Rule uses a debt-to-earnings (DTE) ratio and an earnings premium (EP) test to determine whether career education programs, including all programs at for-profit colleges,  are providing value and preparing … Continue Reading


June 20, 2023

On Anniversary of the Fall of Roe v. Wade, Van Hollen, Cortez Masto, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect the Right of Women to Cross State Lines to Seek Abortion Care

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) alongside their Democratic colleagues, including Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), in re-introducing the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act. As states across the country continue to attack women’s freedoms, this legislation would block … Continue Reading


June 20, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Aim to Protect Student-Athletes from Dangerous Heat Illness

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) in introducing legislation today, the Jordan McNair Student-Athlete Heat Fatality Prevention Act, which would require collegiate athletic programs to create heat emergency action plans and to practice those plans to protect student-athletes from life-threatening heat-related illnesses. Heat is the leading climate-related cause of deaths, and rising temperatures pose a serious risk to those participating in outdoor … Continue Reading


June 16, 2023

On World Sea Turtle Day, Van Hollen, Markey, Cornyn Announce Legislation to Bolster Rescue and Recovery of Stranded Sea Turtles

Today, on World Sea Turtle Day, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) in announcing the reintroduction of the Sea Turtle Rescue Assistance Act, bipartisan and bicameral legislation to establish a new $30 million grant program at the Department of Commerce to fund institutions in Maryland and across the United States in their efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and research stranded sea turtles. Congressman Bill Keating … Continue Reading


June 16, 2023

Van Hollen, Cornyn, Colleagues Introduce Senate Resolution Honoring Juneteenth

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) and their Senate colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution in honor of Juneteenth. Full resolution text can be found here and below. “Commemorating June 19, 2023, as ‘Juneteenth National Independence Day’ in recognition of June 19, 1865, the date on which news of the end of slavery reached the slaves in the Southwestern States. Whereas news of the end of slavery did not reach the frontier areas … Continue Reading


June 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Booker, Brown, Davis, Burgess Reintroduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Resolution Supporting World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) reintroduced a resolution expressing support for the designation of June 19, 2023 as “World Sickle Cell Awareness Day” to increase public awareness about sickle cell disease and the continued need for research, early detection, and effective treatments that lead to a cure. U.S. Representatives Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Michael Burgess (R-Texas) introduced the House companion … Continue Reading


June 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Warner, Kaine Statement on the FAA Reauthorization

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) along with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) issued the following statement regarding legislation to reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs: “The three airports of the Washington metropolitan area have worked in tandem for decades to connect the nation’s capital to destinations around the world while serving as centerpieces of the region’s economy. We will strongly oppose any … Continue Reading


June 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Coons, Risch, Cardin, Tillis, Colleagues Write Open Letter of Support for Imprisoned Reporter Evan Gershkovich

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in writing an open letter to wrongfully detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. The letter condemns his unjust detention by the Russian government and shows him their support during his wrongful imprisonment. The lawmakers write, “We write to express our profound anger and concern over your unjust and wrongful detention in … Continue Reading


June 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Carper, Colleagues Urge EPA to Strengthen Methane Actions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to strengthen its proposed rule to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production and to implement key provisions of the Methane Emission Reduction Program without delay. The lawmakers wrote: “We strongly support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) critical work to reduce methane … Continue Reading


June 13, 2023

Van Hollen, Welch Introduce Bill to Help Homeowners Make Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy Upgrades

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced the E-Access Act, legislation to facilitate the clean energy transition by helping consumers access their utility data and share that data with third parties. Families and businesses rely on home energy usage data to make decisions about energy efficiency and clean energy upgrades—but that data is difficult to access, making it harder for consumers to reduce their energy consumption, switch to new energy … Continue Reading


June 13, 2023

Bipartisan Maryland Congressional Delegation Welcomes Governor Wes Moore at U.S. Capitol to Discuss Federal Priorities

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressmen Steny Hoyer (Md.-5), Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.-2), John Sarbanes (Md.-3), Kweisi Mfume (Md.-7), Andy Harris (Md.-1), Jamie Raskin (Md.-8) and Glenn Ivey (Md.-4) welcomed Maryland Governor Wes Moore and members of his cabinet to the U.S. Capitol on Monday to discuss federal priorities for the state. The lengthy discussion covered such vital issues as public safety, cybersecurity, transportation, education, the health of the … Continue Reading


June 09, 2023

Van Hollen, Tillis Introduce Bill to Preserve Visa Program for U.S. Government Employees Abroad

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure foreign U.S. government employees who have provided exceptional service to our nation abroad have a secure and efficient path to immigrate to the United States, along with their families. For the first time in this program’s history, eligible employees, including those who risk danger if they remain in their home countries, currently have to wait an estimated 14 years … Continue Reading


June 08, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren Request DOJ Investigation of Crypto Exchange Binance’s Potentially False Statements to Congress

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both members of the Senate Banking Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the crypto exchanges Binance and Binance.US for potentially making a series of false statements to Congress. The Senators’ request to the DOJ comes as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint against Binance for “blatant disregard of the … Continue Reading


June 08, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Lead Chesapeake Bay-Area Lawmakers Urging USDA to Replenish Farms Conservation Funding to Boost Resilience

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-Va.-03), John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.-07) led fellow Chesapeake Bay-area lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives in a recent letter urging U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to replenish the resilient farms initiative established administratively thanks to their efforts last year with available Inflation … Continue Reading

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