Press Releases

August 23, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $3.5 Million for UMD/NIST Quantum Information Research

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced an award of $3.5 million for the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS). Research at JQI and QuICS explores the possibilities of quantum mechanics and information processing. This funding, provided by NIST, will be used to supply … Continue Reading


August 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud Progress on Path to Restore Chesapeake Bay Islands

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today applauded a new agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, and the Maryland Port Administration that allows for the start of final design work in the restoration of James and Barren islands, which are fast disappearing. Primarily using material dredged from Baltimore Harbor approach channels, what is known as the "Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project" (Mid-Bay Island Project) … Continue Reading


August 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce $6.1 Million for Ocean Education and Outreach Efforts

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $6,135,835 in federal funding for ocean education and outreach efforts. The funding, awarded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will go to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Foundation is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, working with communities to conserve and expand those places for a healthy ocean, coasts, and Great … Continue Reading


August 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $668,000 to Fight Opioid Crisis in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $668,000 in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis in Western Maryland, as part of $2.4 million for Maryland overall. This investment will help health centers increase access to high-quality integrated mental health and substance abuse disorders services, including opioid addiction. The funding, awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Integrated … Continue Reading


August 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $1 Million in Funding for Rural Opioid Response in Garrett County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-MD) announced $1 million in federal funding to fight the opioid and addiction epidemic in Garrett County. The funding was awarded to the Stand Together Garrett County Against Drug Abuse consortium, which plans to implement a comprehensive community plan to reverse the trends of substance abuse in the county. Garrett County has been hit particularly hard from the opioid epidemic, with the rural nature … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown, Raskin Announce $481,000 to Fight Opioid Crisis in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $481,000 in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, as part of $2.4 million for Maryland overall. This investment will help health centers increase access to high-quality integrated mental health and substance abuse disorders services, including opioid addiction. The funding, awarded through the Health Resources and Services … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen,Cardin Announce $334,000 to Fight Opioid Crisis on the Eastern Shore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $334,000 in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis on the Eastern Shore, as part of $2.4 million for Maryland overall. This investment will help health centers increase access to high-quality integrated mental health and substance abuse disorders services, including opioid addiction. The funding, awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Integrated Behavioral Health Services … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $167,000 to Fight Opioid Crisis in Anne Arundel County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $167,000 in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis in Anne Arundel County, as part of $2.4 million for Maryland overall. This investment will help health centers increase access to high-quality integrated mental health and substance abuse disorders services, including opioid addiction. The funding, awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Integrated … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $166,976 to Address Lead-Based Paint in Cumberland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) have announced $166,976 in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Cumberland, Maryland. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will go to the Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland for projects at Jane Frazier Village, Queen City Tower, and Fort Cumberland Homes, including: Routine lead-based paint testing at Jane Frazier Village (125 units) … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues to Forest Service: Listen to Fire Fighter and Forest Manager Input to Protect National Forests

Proposed NEPA rule would impact management decisions on all 193 million acres of National Forest System land, could undermine scientific processes to protect our National Forests U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of Democratic Senators today to call on the U.S. Forest Service to listen to the input of wildland fire fighters and forest managers and extend the public comment period for its proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule. The proposed rule could … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce More than $750,000 for University of Maryland Biodiversity Research Project

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of more than $762,000 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project will advance scientists' understanding of how environmental factors affect where species occur, focusing on specific at-risk species. This research is important to inform biodiversity preservation efforts. "The harmful effects of climate … Continue Reading


August 19, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Announce $898,750 to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have announced $898,750 in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore, Maryland. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will go to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for lead-based paint risk assessments, inspections, abatement, interim controls, and clearance examinations. "No parent should … Continue Reading


August 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $296,071 for Atlantic Sturgeon Research in the Bay

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $296,071 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to study Nanticoke River Atlantic sturgeon. Atlantic sturgeon were thought to have all but disappeared from Maryland waters due to overfishing and habitat loss, until biologists in Maryland and Delaware recently found adult sturgeon in the Nanticoke River and its streams for the first time in 40 years. The funding, awarded through the … Continue Reading


August 16, 2019

Van Hollen,Cardin, Hoyer, and Sarbanes Announce More than $1 Million for Maryland Disaster Resiliency Projects

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $1 million in federal funding for two disaster resiliency research projects in Maryland through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). These projects are two of twelve awarded nationwide to inform more resilient building designs, codes, and standards by improving our understanding of how earthquakes, wind and fire affect structures. The … Continue Reading


August 15, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $15,000 for Nonprofit Professional Development in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $15,000 in federal funding for the United Way of Washington County (UWWC) for its Nonprofit Professional Development Opportunities project. These funds, provided through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), will be used for conducting eight training sessions over a two-year period for approximately 200 nonprofit professionals in Western Maryland. The objective of the training programs is to … Continue Reading


August 15, 2019

AARP Endorses Plan by Senators Van Hollen and Scott to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rick Scott (R-Fl.) applauded AARP's endorsement of their We Protect American Investment in Drugs (PAID) Act of 2019 to address the soaring cost of prescription drug prices. The We PAID Act prohibits pharmaceutical companies from charging American consumers unreasonable prices for life-saving drugs when the companies develop prescription drugs using federally-funded research, like NIH or CDC grants. Read AARP's endorsement letter HERE. Senators … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Press Army for Answers on Shutdown at Frederick Research Lab, Lack of Notification

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) are demanding answers from the U.S. Army about the recent cease and desist order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Md. The lawmakers have requested detailed information about USAMRIID's specific deficiencies and how long the Army has been aware of them. The Army never notified members … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Van Hollen,Cardin, and Cummings Announce $150,000 for Morgan State University

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) have announced $150,000 in federal funding for Morgan State University. The funding will create a one-year pilot program that will help increase students' proficiency and success in programming skills with the goal to retain them as computer science majors. It is a part of a continued focus on STEM education in Maryland and across the country, and it was awarded through the National Science … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $1.1 Million to Boost STEM Education at University of Maryland, College Park

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $1,115,270 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park. The funding, awarded through the National Science Foundation (NSF), will allow the University to study how educational simulations can help undergraduate students understand and engage with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. The project aims to enhance the career awareness and skills of students … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Slam Trump Administration Proposal to Weaken Protections Against Discrimination in Health Care

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and a group of his Senate Colleagues, submitted a comment letter for the record to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar criticizing the Trump Administration's proposed rule to weaken critical protections that help address discrimination in health care. The senators outlined several issues with the proposed rule, including how it could harm patients who already face barriers when seeking care by emboldening insurers … Continue Reading

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