Press Releases

September 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Delegation Applauds Biden Approval of Hazard Mitigation Resources to Support COVID-19 Recovery

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin 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 (all Md.) today applauded President Joe Biden for granting their request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal disaster assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) that will strengthen emergency preparedness and mitigation efforts for future public health … Continue Reading


September 13, 2021

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More than $3 Million in Federal Funding to Support Maryland Hospitals for COVID-19 Response Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $3,814,136 in federal funding to support Maryland hospitals, Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital, for emergency protective measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. "During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline workers across our state mobilized to serve Marylanders and provide critical help to those in need," said the lawmakers. "This … Continue Reading


September 11, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement marking the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001: "Twenty years ago the September 11th attacks took the lives of almost 3,000 of our fellow Americans, including 69 Marylanders at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. That day forever changed our country as we confronted the shock of an assault from a terror group halfway around the world. We will never forget those who lost … Continue Reading


September 10, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ruppersberger Announce More than $120,000 in Federal Funding for Community College of Baltimore County’s Transportation Training Program

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) announced $123,641 in federal funding to expand the Community College of Baltimore County's Transportation Training Center program from 18 students to 28 students. These funds will help grow the program for more veterans and their family members, providing quality training for students who receive their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and guaranteed job placements in transportation companies … Continue Reading


September 10, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Ongoing Situation in Ethiopia

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the ongoing situation in Ethiopia: As the situation in Ethiopia continues to worsen, I remain deeply concerned by the evolving conflict and repeat my calls for all parties to come to the table to bring an end to it. I am particularly alarmed by the recent Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) offensive that has expanded the conflict to the Amhara and Afar regions, with new reports of … Continue Reading


September 09, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Release Statement Following CODEL to Lebanon, Israel

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) on a Congressional Delegation to Lebanon, Israel, and the West Bank to discuss regional security and democracy in the region. The delegation's visit to Israel came after the formation of a new government under Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in June, and was the first to travel to the country after President Biden met with Bennett at the White House. The … Continue Reading


September 03, 2021

Van Hollen, Whitehouse, Durbin, Warren & Reed Urge Adoption of Key Biden International Tax Reforms

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) responded to an invitation to comment on the draft plan authored by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to overhaul the U.S. system for international taxation. The drafters sought feedback on key questions that will determine the legislation's effectiveness. The senators … Continue Reading


September 03, 2021

Van Hollen, Capito Applaud Newly Released Fish and Wildlife Framework to Implement the Senators’ Chesapeake WILD Act

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's newly released framework implementing the Senators' bipartisan Chesapeake WILD Act by creating a regional network of stakeholders to help preserve the Chesapeake Bay. The Senators' Chesapeake WILD Act was signed into law last year as part of the larger America's Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, creating a new grant program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service … Continue Reading


September 02, 2021

Van Hollen, Banking Committee Members Call for $30 Billion in Transit Funding in Reconciliation Bill

Today, Maryland U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Georgia U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff and a group of Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee members in calling for an additional $30 billion to be dedicated to expanding transit and transportation in the upcoming budget reconciliation package, citing equity and racial and economic justice for their constituents. Sens. Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) joined Sens. Van Hollen and … Continue Reading


September 02, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Curb Plastic Pollution at National Parks

Maryland's U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley to push the Biden administration to take crucial steps to curb plastic pollution at America's national parks. "Nearly 11 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the ocean every year-from land-based sources alone. Without any action, this flow is expected to triple to nearly 29 million metric tons by 2040. Single-use plastics, such as disposable water bottles, account for at least 40% of the plastic produced … Continue Reading


September 02, 2021

Van Hollen, Norton, Maloney, Carper, and Brown Announce Bill to Give D.C. Mayor Control Over D.C. National Guard Passed by House Armed Services Committee

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.) announced that their District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, which would give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard (DCNG), passed early this morning in the House Armed Services Committee as part of the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Van Hollen is the sponsor of the … Continue Reading


August 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce More than $13 Million in Federal Funding for BWI Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $13,231,306 in federal funding for the Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, including over $3,250,000 in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These funds will help support crucial infrastructure improvements to the airport, which is a major economic driver for our state and region. "As we build back better, investing in infrastructure … Continue Reading


August 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More than $500,000 in Federal Funding for Easton/Newnam Field Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $500,267 in federal funds for the Easton/Newnam Field Airport in Talbot County, including more than $50,000 in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These funds will help support critical infrastructure improvements to the airport, which is an important economic driver for the region. "As we build back better, investing in infrastructure improvements across our state will help create jobs and keep our … Continue Reading


August 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce $260,000 in Federal Funding for Carroll County Regional Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $260,000 in federal funding for the Carroll County Regional/Jack B Poage Field Airport, including $26,000 in American Rescue Plan funds. These funds will help support crucial infrastructure improvements to the airport, which is an important economic driver for the region. "As we build back better, investing in infrastructure improvements across our state will help create jobs and keep our … Continue Reading


August 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on VA to Address Impact of Afghanistan Withdrawal on Veterans’ Mental Health

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joins Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to swiftly develop and conduct outreach to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism - especially those who served in Afghanistan - to provide them with mental health resources. Their call for action comes as reports find calls to veterans' suicide hotlines have increased since the fall of … Continue Reading


August 30, 2021

Van Hollen, Norton, Maloney, Carper, and Brown Announce Their Bill to Give D.C. Mayor Control Over D.C. National Guard Included in National Defense Authorization Act, Markup Wednesday

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Congressman Anthony Brown (D-Md.) announced that their District of Columbia National Guard Home Rule Act, which would give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard (DCNG), has been included in the chairman's mark of the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Currently, the President controls the DCNG, while the governors … Continue Reading


August 27, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Pushes for Answers from State Department of Labor on Delivery of Unemployment Benefits

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone, sent a letter to the Maryland Department of Labor (MDOL) pressing for answers regarding their delivery of unemployment benefits to Marylanders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and urging the agency to expedite distribution of these crucial benefits. In their letter, the … Continue Reading


August 26, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Kabul

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan: "My thoughts are with the loved ones of the U.S. service members killed today in Kabul as they sacrificed their own lives to save others - as well as with the families of the innocent Afghan civilians who lost their lives. The U.S. cannot and will not be silent in the face of these attacks - we must bring to justice the terrorists who committed these heinous … Continue Reading


August 26, 2021

Prince George’s County Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $3 Million in Funding for Prince George’s County Community Health Workers

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.-05) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.-04) announced $2,999,862 to the Prince George's County Health Department to increase resources and services for Community Health Workers (CHWs) to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and combat health care inequities. "Community Health Workers provide indispensable services to Prince George's County residents. That's why we fought to include funding in the … Continue Reading


August 26, 2021

Senator Van Hollen Joins Colleagues in Urging HHS Secretary to Distribute Remaining COVID-19 Relief for Health Care Providers

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) who led 41 of their bipartisan colleagues in urging U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to distribute the funds remaining in the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) and other health care relief programs. Over the course of the pandemic, Congress has appropriated $178 billion for the PRF as well as an additional $8.5 billion for rural providers, … Continue Reading

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