Press Releases

March 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin Urge President Biden to Consider Airplane Noise Reduction Efforts in Nomination of New FAA Administrator

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) joined Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.) in writing to President Biden urging that he strongly consider the reduction of airplane noise and the improvement of communication with local communities as he makes his nomination of a new Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The letter was also signed by U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), and … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Baldwin Urge Biden Administration to Designate Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status

United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) sent a letter to President Biden urging the Administration to designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Cameroon, which would provide lifesaving protection to Cameroonians in the United States. "We write to request that your Administration immediately designate Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status. Cameroon is currently experiencing multiple, worsening humanitarian crises, including an armed conflict in the Far … Continue Reading


March 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Warner, Markey Call To Fairly Evaluate Alzheimer’s Treatments

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) alongside Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in raising concerns with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its draft National Coverage Determination (NCD) decision memo for the drug Aduhelm and other similar Alzheimer's treatments. In the January 11, 2022 proposed decision memo, CMS groups together an entire class of Alzheimer's drugs, despite the fact that … Continue Reading


March 18, 2022

Van Hollen, Shaheen, Tillis, Senate NATO Observer Group Send Letter to President Biden Ahead of Brussels Trip

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), sent a bipartisan letter to President Biden ahead of his trip to Europe next week to participate in the NATO summit in Brussels. The Senators wrote, in part, "Vladimir Putin's war on Ukraine reflects his refusal to respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Russia's neighbors. As a result, countless lives have been lost and the security framework of Europe that has kept peace for … Continue Reading


March 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Risch, Rounds Introduce Somaliland Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy; Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy introduced the Somaliland Partnership Act to require the Department of State to report to Congress on engagement with Somaliland, and to conduct a feasibility study, in consultation with the … Continue Reading


March 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Durbin, Leahy, Padilla, Merkley, Colleagues Encourage Biden Administration’s Efforts To Provide A Just Resolution For Families Separated Under The Former President’s Cruel “Zero-Tolerance” Policy

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to President Biden voicing their support for his Administration's continued efforts to provide a just resolution for families who were separated under former President Trump's cruel and ineffective "zero-tolerance" policy. In their letter, the Senators cite the harm created by the Trump Administration's practice of forcibly removing … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown Announce Major Step Forward for New, Consolidated FBI Headquarters in Omnibus FY 2022 Funding Package

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) secured the inclusion of language to advance the process for a new, consolidated Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in the Omnibus FY2022 funding package that the President signed into law today. The language focuses the site selection process to the three sites previously identified after an exhaustive process by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the FBI … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Bipartisan, Bicameral Colleagues Call for IRS to Address Ongoing Concerns and Processing Delays

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan and bicameral group of over 100 colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that reiterates ongoing taxpayer concerns and urges the agency to address customer service and processing issues. Senator Cardin is a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that oversees the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Senator Van Hollen chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and … Continue Reading


March 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Rosen, Rounds Issue Bipartisan Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Requesting Information on Efforts to Protect the United States from Russian Cyber Threats

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security requesting information on efforts to protect the United States from Russian cyber and disinformation threats. The letter references past Russian cyber operations - such as the SolarWinds attack - as evidence of their history of engaging in malicious cyber activities that target the United States. The bipartisan letter, led by Senators Rosen and … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $11 Million in Direct Investments for Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland Community Projects in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that over $11 million in direct federal funding for local projects in Anne Arundel County and across the Southern Maryland region was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. Overall, the Senators secured over $104 million in federal dollars directly for Maryland in the omnibus. The bill now goes to President Biden to be signed into law. … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Nearly $9 Million in Direct Investments for Western Maryland Community Projects in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that nearly $9 million in direct federal funding for local projects across the Western Maryland region was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development. Overall, the Senators secured over $104 million in federal … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $9.5 Million in Direct Investments for Eastern Shore Community Projects in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that over $9.5 million in direct federal funding for local projects across the Eastern Shore region was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development to supporting local schools and universities. Overall, the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $25 Million in Direct Investments for Community Projects in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that over $25 million in direct federal funding for local projects in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development to supporting local schools and universities. Overall, … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Nearly $50 Million in Direct Investments for Baltimore Region Community Projects in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that nearly $50 million in direct federal funding for local projects across the Baltimore region was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to education to infrastructure to economic development to community health. Overall, the Senators secured … Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Passage of 2022 Funding Legislation, Including Ukraine Support and VAWA Reauthorization

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding bill, including funding to support Ukraine and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act: "My top priority has been to fight for the things that matter most to the people of our communities, our state, and our country. This legislation meets that test. It delivers increased resources to better educate our children, strengthen our … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Senate Passes Resolution Backed by Van Hollen, Cardin Condemning Threats Against HBCUs

The United States Senate passed a bipartisan resolution to condemn recent bomb threats towards Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and to reaffirm the duty of the federal government to protect college students, faculty, and staff against acts of violence. U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) both cosponsored the resolution which responds to the multiple bomb threats throughout Black History Month directed towards HBCUs, including Maryland's own Bowie … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown Introduce Bill To Protect Consumers By Banning Forced Arbitration

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Committee have introduced the Arbitration Fairness for Consumers Act, legislation to prohibit banks and other financial institutions from using forced arbitration clauses against consumers who want to seek restitution and justice. Today, during a hearing in the Committee, Senator Van Hollen highlighted the story of an 87-year-old … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces More than $38 Million in Reimbursement Funds for Statewide COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $38,274,762 in federal funds to reimburse state and local governments across Maryland for their COVID-19 response efforts. Funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as authorized through Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act. … Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces Over $120 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to WMATA

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $120,145,016 in additional American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Funding will help strengthen Metro train operations and rider safety, avoid service cuts and increase workforce retention. "A safe and reliable Metro system is essential for Marylanders and the region," … Continue Reading


March 04, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Push to Reauthorize Baltimore National Heritage Area

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) introduced legislation (S. 3744/H.R. 6931) to reauthorize the National Park Service designation of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, allowing for continued federal support of local agencies and non-profits in their efforts to preserve and promote Baltimore's pivotal role in our nation's story. The Baltimore National Heritage Area serves as the coordinating agency … Continue Reading

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