Press Releases

April 14, 2021

Senators Van Hollen, Markey, Rubio, and Warren Announce Reintroduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Counter Chinese Government Policy Coercively Preventing Americans from Leaving China

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today announced the reintroduction of legislation to enhance accountability for Chinese officials involved in coercively banning American citizens from leaving China. In recent years, Chinese officials have prevented U.S. citizens from leaving China in order to pressure relatives wanted by the Chinese government to submit themselves to Chinese authorities. This unfair “exit ban” … Continue Reading


April 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Hagerty, Fortenberry, Schiff Introduce Resolution Commemorating Jordan Centennial

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) introduced a resolution commemorating the centennial of the founding of the Jordanian state.The resolution begins, “Whereas the late King Abdullah bin Al Hussein arrived in Amman on March 2, 1921, and began working to establish a political system based on the Arab demand for independence, … Continue Reading


April 12, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $182 Million to Help State Bring COVID-19 Pandemic Under Control, Strengthen Local Infectious Disease Response

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced more than $182 million in federal funding to bolster Maryland’s COVID-19 pandemic response and expand the capacity of laboratories and local health departments to fight infectious diseases.“This significant infusion of federal funding will help strengthen Maryland’s pandemic … Continue Reading


April 12, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Virtually Meet with Federal Employee Unions and Employee Groups

This afternoon, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin joined Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (All D-Md.) to host a virtual discussion with Members of the National Capital Region and representatives from National Treasury Employees Union, American Federation of Government Employees, National Federation of Federal Employees, National Active and Retired Federal Employees, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, National Association of Air … Continue Reading


April 09, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Budget Outline

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s initial budget outline:“As our state and nation begin to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to invest boldly in our workforce, our economy, and our future. President Biden’s budget outline does just that - jump-starting our efforts to build back better with the necessary funding to tackle the most critical, fundamental challenges our country faces. “This proposal … Continue Reading


April 09, 2021

Van Hollen, Ruppersberger Highlight New Funding for Maryland Child Care Centers, Head Start Programs

Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (both D-Md.) today highlighted more than $515 million to help Maryland child care providers keep their doors open and reduce costs for struggling families amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was provided by the recently-passed American Rescue Plan and included more than $11 million for Maryland’s Head Start early childhood development centers.Maryland child care centers have been on the frontlines of the pandemic, … Continue Reading


April 08, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $68 Million from American Rescue Plan to Help Marylanders Access Safe and Affordable Housing Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced more than $68 million in American Rescue Plan funding to help families keep roofs over their heads and to prevent homelessness throughout Maryland amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“The severe economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency have increased homelessness and … Continue Reading


April 08, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Measures to Address Gun Violence

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s newly-announced measures to address gun violence, including his nomination of David Chipman to serve as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Senator Van Hollen recently led a letter with over 10 of his colleagues urging the Biden Administration to quickly fill this position and take other steps to address gun violence, including action to crack down on ghost guns … Continue Reading


April 08, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce $1 Million Grant to Salisbury Airport

Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (all Maryland) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a sizable $1,023,818 federal grant to the Salisbury - Ocean City - Wicomico Regional Airport. Funding for this grant came from the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which passed in December of 2020. According to DOT, these dollars will be used for economic relief for costs related to operations, … Continue Reading


April 07, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Secures More Than $54.6 Million to Expand Equitable Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine and Boost Public Health Infrastructure

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today applauded the award of more than $54.6 million in federal funding, from the American Rescue Plan, to bolster public health infrastructure and expand vaccination efforts, particularly COVID-19 vaccines, for underserved and hard to reach communities across the state.“The health and safety of Marylanders … Continue Reading


April 05, 2021

Bay Senators Urge New EPA Administrator Regan to Enforce Bay Pollution Standards

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined by Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, urging the EPA to use all tools available to meet the 2025 goals of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). The pollution reduction requirements in the Bay TMDL are … Continue Reading


April 02, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on the Death of Capitol Police Officer William Evans

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the death of Capitol Police Officer William Evans:“Today’s loss of Officer William Evans is heart-wrenching. My thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and all of the members of Capitol Police who are impacted by this tragedy. I continue to pray for the other injured officer and his family. “I’m thankful for the service of our Capitol Police and National Guard who risk their lives daily to protect our … Continue Reading


April 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Klobuchar Lead Colleagues in Urging the FCC to Include State & Local Input in Broadband Buildout

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led a group of their colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel urging the FCC to ensure that state, local, and tribal governments are included in efforts to update nationwide broadband maps. Following decades-long use of inaccurate data maps that denied broadband funding to eligible communities, the FCC was charged by Congress with creating new maps in 2020 … Continue Reading


April 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce Nearly $12 Million to Support Early Childhood Education Programs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $11.9 million in federal funding to boost early childhood education and development across the state.“This new round of federal funding will expand early learning and development programs for the families that need it most in Maryland,” said the lawmakers. “By investing in Head Start initiatives throughout our state, we can help close … Continue Reading


March 31, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan:“Our nation is at a turning point. We have before us the opportunity to modernize and build our infrastructure for the 21st century, tackle climate change, and generate millions of good-paying jobs to develop an economy that works for every American. As our economy and our workers continue to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to invest in our workforce and … Continue Reading


March 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Whitehouse, Colleagues Sound Alarm Over SCOTUS Case Threatening Constitutional Protection for Dark Money

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and 13 colleagues filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today in Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Rodriquez, a case that opens the possibility of constitutional protection for anonymous “dark money.” The challenge before the Court is the latest move in a campaign by powerful special interests to cement their influence over government following the 2010 Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. The senators warn … Continue Reading


March 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Wyden, Baldwin Applaud Inclusion of Subsidized Jobs Program in the American Jobs Plan

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) released the following statement applauding the Biden Administration’s inclusion of a subsidized jobs program to help tackle long-term unemployment within the American Jobs Plan:“Millions of Americans are unemployed and have been stranded without a job for months. We must take action to prevent this long-term unemployment crisis - which has only been exacerbated by the pandemic - from inflicting … Continue Reading


March 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown, Hoyer Applaud New FEMA Vaccination Site for Prince George’s County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Anthony G. Brown and Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) applauded the announcement that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will establish a community vaccination center in Prince George’s County beginning on April 7, located at the Greenbelt Metro Station.The American Rescue Plan invests more than $20 billion to implement a national vaccination strategy. Under President Biden’s leadership, 148 million doses have been given, at a … Continue Reading


March 30, 2021

Baltimore’s Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $15.4 Million in Emergency Funding to Feed and Shelter City Residents

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $15.45 million in emergency federal funding to reimburse the delivery of essential goods and shelter to vulnerable Baltimore City residents.The award serves as a total federal cost share reimbursement for services that Baltimore City provided to residents earlier in the pandemic.“This federal funding will help the City of Baltimore continue to manage … Continue Reading


March 30, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Biden Nominees Deborah Boardman and Lydia Griggsby for Maryland U.S. District Court Seats

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and (both D-Md.) today praised President Joseph Biden’s nomination of U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman and U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Lydia Griggsby, who would be the first woman of color and first Black woman to serve as a district court judge in Maryland, to fill vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.“To provide Marylanders fair, just, and equal treatment under the law, our judicial system and our judges … Continue Reading

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