Press Releases

June 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $445,000 for Infrastructure Investments on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced $445,000 for improvements to water infrastructure on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. These federal funds are awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. Through upgrades to water infrastructure facilities that are located within the floodplain and at risk during flooding events, this federal investment will support positive stormwater … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Brown Urge Department of Agriculture to Minimize Food Deserts and Support Programs to Help Americans Access Healthy, Affordable Food

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in sending a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to express concerns about how a lack of access to healthy, affordable food is hurting low-income communities and communities of color during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To help address the disproportionate impact of the virus on these communities, the senators are urging Secretary Perdue to identify and prioritize programs at … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Baltimore Federal Delegation Members Announce More Than $2.3 Million for STEM Education

Today, members of Baltimore’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.), announced $2,360,998 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) Baltimore Online Algebra for High School Students in Technology program.The program partners JHU with Baltimore City Public Schools to help 9th- and 10th-grade students strengthen their algebra skills. Research shows algebra … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Paul, Schatz Reintroduce the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Rand Paul (R-KY), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) reintroduced the bipartisan Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (S. 3931) to establish limitations and create greater transparency on the federal transfer of surplus military-grade equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies. This prohibition only applies to offensive equipment and does not prohibit the transfer of defensive equipment, such as body armor. “Our police are meant to protect and … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Presses Hogan to Fix Unemployment Insurance System and Deliver Urgently Needed Economic Relief Due to Marylanders

The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen 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 are calling on Governor Larry Hogan to fix Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim system and improve delivery of critical financial  insurance benefits to Marylanders still struggling during this public health emergency.“We have previously … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown Join Bicameral Request for an Investigation into HUD’s Policy Changes to Deny DACA Recipients FHA-Backed Mortgage Loans

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, joined a bicameral group of colleagues in requesting the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to open an investigation into whether the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in its decision to change the agency’s policy to deny Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loans to Deferred Action … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Duckworth Demand GAO Immediately Review Safety of Rubber Bullets Being Used on Peaceful Protesters

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) immediately conduct a review to examine the safety of rubber bullets being used during civil rights protests. The Senators' request comes on the heels of public reporting that indicates there have been serious injuries resulting from law enforcement’s use of these projectiles to control and disperse protests occurring across the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death. … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, Rep. Trone Announce $200,000 in Federal Funding for Allegany County Makerspace

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the award of $200,000 for the Western Maryland Works (WMW) Allegany County Makerspace from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). In September, Van Hollen, Cardin, and Trone announced the initial $395,000 award to create the WMW Allegany County Makerspace.These new funds will allow the Board of Commissioners of Allegany County and the Allegany College of Maryland to equip and … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Request in Bicameral Letter Investigation into HUD’s Policy Changes to Deny DACA Recipients FHA-Backed Mortgage Loans

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) along with U.S. Representatives Juan Vargas (D-Calif.-51) and Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.-31), sent a bicameral letter requesting the Inspector General for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to open an investigation into whether the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in its decision to change the agency’s policy to deny Federal Housing Administration (FHA) insured loans to Deferred Action for … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Cortez Masto Introduce Legislation to Protect Consumers Holding Corporations Accountable in the Courts

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced the End Double Taxation of Successful Consumer Claims Act to protect American consumers’ right to sue corporations for fraud. The legislation will help ensure that consumers who win fraud causes are not liable for taxes on funds awarded to their attorney. In addition to Senators Van Hollen and Cortez Masto, this legislation is also cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Kaine, Gillibrand Call on Senate Leadership to Support Digital News Outlets

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) sent a letter urging Senate leadership to include support for digital-native news outlets in future COVID-19 response legislation. During this pandemic, these outlets have provided information to Americans on health and safety measures and reopening protocols in communities across the country. Digital-native outlets rely primarily on advertising revenue, yet the pandemic has caused a severe drop in this … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, Senators Blast USAID Head for Attacking Sexual and Reproductive Health Provisions in UN’s COVID-19 Response Plan

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and a group of leading Democratic Senators in condemning the Trump Administration’s demand for the United Nations to remove all references to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) from the Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for COVID-19.Citing a May 18, 2020 letter from United States Agency for International Development Acting Administrator John Barsa to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Senators … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Van Hollen Joins Booker, Harris in Introducing Justice in Policing Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, in addition to members of Senate, House, and Congressional Black Caucus leadership in introducing the Justice in Policing Act. This legislation aims to end police brutality, hold police accountable, improve transparency in policing and create meaningful, structural change that safeguards every … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Wyden, Foster Warn Against Trump Administration Resuming Explosive Nuclear Testing

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., joined Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and U.S. Representative Bill Foster, D-Ill., today led a bicameral group of 80 other colleagues in urging Donald Trump not to resume explosive nuclear testing after a 28-year hiatus. This letter comes in response to reports indicating the administration is considering taking this step. In a letter to Donald Trump, the legislators wrote, “We are deeply concerned by recent reports that you are considering a resumption of … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $35 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Marylanders Experiencing Homelessness

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, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $34,985,870 in COVID-19 relief through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV) for jurisdictions in Maryland. These funds will be used to address the impact of COVID-19 among individuals … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, Rep. Harris Announce $1.6 Million to Support University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Center of Excellence

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $1.6 million in federal funding to support the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s (UMES) Center of Excellence for International Engagement and Development (CEIED). CEIED aims to meet the challenges of globalization through skills training at home and abroad, international trade and development, and research and education.“UMES plays a vital role in educating, training, and developing a … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Stabenow, Wicker Push in Bipartisan Letter for Community Health Center Funding to Help American Families

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), along with 38 of their colleagues, urged Congress to support community health centers that provide Americans with critical health care, including testing and treatment of COVID-19.  “We write to express our support for additional emergency funding for community health centers in the next COVID-19 relief package. Community health centers are vital to our response to the coronavirus pandemic and need … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Van Hollen Urges Senate Action on Bipartisan Legislation Sanctioning China for Interference in Hong Kong’s Autonomy

In today’s Senate Banking Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke on the need for swift congressional action on his and Senator Toomey’s Hong Kong Autonomy Act, bipartisan legislation to sanction individuals, firms, and banks eroding Hong Kong’s autonomy. During the hearing, which was held on the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, the Senator also underscored how the President’s recent actions against peaceful American protestors has undermined our … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Members of Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $600,000 to Expand Telehealth Services in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $618,628 to expand telehealth services for residents in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County.Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will be delivered to CCI Health and Wellness Services in Silver Spring to ensure the continuation of high-quality primary, pediatric, and … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Van Hollen Leads Democratic Senators in Demand for Details, Cost of Staging Active Duty Troops in the National Capital Region

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) led a letter demanding answers from Defense Secretary Mark Esper about this week’s haphazard decision-making around the transfer of 1,600 active duty troops to the National Capital Region. The Senators begin, “Earlier this week, the country watched in horror as U.S. military personnel and federal … Continue Reading

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