Press Releases

June 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Coons, Risch, Cardin, Tillis, Colleagues Write Open Letter of Support for Imprisoned Reporter Evan Gershkovich

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in writing an open letter to wrongfully detained Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. The letter condemns his unjust detention by the Russian government and shows him their support during his wrongful imprisonment. The lawmakers write, “We write to express our profound anger and concern over your unjust and wrongful detention in … Continue Reading

June 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Carper, Colleagues Urge EPA to Strengthen Methane Actions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging the agency to strengthen its proposed rule to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production and to implement key provisions of the Methane Emission Reduction Program without delay. The lawmakers wrote: “We strongly support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) critical work to reduce methane … Continue Reading

June 13, 2023

Van Hollen, Welch Introduce Bill to Help Homeowners Make Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy Upgrades

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced the E-Access Act, legislation to facilitate the clean energy transition by helping consumers access their utility data and share that data with third parties. Families and businesses rely on home energy usage data to make decisions about energy efficiency and clean energy upgrades—but that data is difficult to access, making it harder for consumers to reduce their energy consumption, switch to new energy … Continue Reading

June 13, 2023

Bipartisan Maryland Congressional Delegation Welcomes Governor Wes Moore at U.S. Capitol to Discuss Federal Priorities

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressmen Steny Hoyer (Md.-5), Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.-2), John Sarbanes (Md.-3), Kweisi Mfume (Md.-7), Andy Harris (Md.-1), Jamie Raskin (Md.-8) and Glenn Ivey (Md.-4) welcomed Maryland Governor Wes Moore and members of his cabinet to the U.S. Capitol on Monday to discuss federal priorities for the state. The lengthy discussion covered such vital issues as public safety, cybersecurity, transportation, education, the health of the … Continue Reading

June 09, 2023

Van Hollen, Tillis Introduce Bill to Preserve Visa Program for U.S. Government Employees Abroad

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure foreign U.S. government employees who have provided exceptional service to our nation abroad have a secure and efficient path to immigrate to the United States, along with their families. For the first time in this program’s history, eligible employees, including those who risk danger if they remain in their home countries, currently have to wait an estimated 14 years … Continue Reading

June 08, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren Request DOJ Investigation of Crypto Exchange Binance’s Potentially False Statements to Congress

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both members of the Senate Banking Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the crypto exchanges Binance and Binance.US for potentially making a series of false statements to Congress. The Senators’ request to the DOJ comes as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint against Binance for “blatant disregard of the … Continue Reading

June 08, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Lead Chesapeake Bay-Area Lawmakers Urging USDA to Replenish Farms Conservation Funding to Boost Resilience

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-Va.-03), John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.-07) led fellow Chesapeake Bay-area lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives in a recent letter urging U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to replenish the resilient farms initiative established administratively thanks to their efforts last year with available Inflation … Continue Reading

June 08, 2023

Van Hollen, Romney, Sullivan, Cornyn, Scott Applaud Committee Passage of Bill to End China’s Unfair International Advantages

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, joined by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Ark.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), applauded today's unanimous committee passage of the Ending China’s Developing Nation Status Act. This bipartisan legislation establishes U.S. policy to oppose the granting of “developing nation” status to China in future treaties and … Continue Reading

June 07, 2023

Van Hollen, Shaheen, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Joint Statement Calling for Calm Between Kosovo and Serbia Amid Clashes

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) in a joint statement urging calm between Kosovo and Serbia amid deteriorating security conditions between the two nations: “As U.S. lawmakers, across party lines, we are increasingly concerned by the fragile security situation in the north of Kosovo. Today, … Continue Reading

June 06, 2023

Van Hollen, Romney Introduce Resolution Marking Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Massacre, Denouncing China’s Human Rights Violations

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the Chair and Ranking Member of the East Asia, The Pacific, & International Cybersecurity Policy Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with U.S. Senators Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), introduced a resolution to recognize the 34th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square Massacre, during which thousands of peaceful protesters were injured and killed at the direction of the … Continue Reading

June 06, 2023

Van Hollen, Cortez Masto Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Help Americans Recover from Natural Disasters

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) in introducing bipartisan legislation with Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) to provide relief for impacted taxpayers in states that have issued state-level disaster declarations. Currently, the IRS has the authority to postpone filing deadlines in the event of a presidentially-declared federal disaster, but this does not extend to state-level emergencies. Companion legislation is … Continue Reading

June 06, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $5 Million Investment in Infrastructure for Mallows Bay

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $5 million for Mallows Bay as part of a $2.6 billion investment in climate resilience projects across the country. This historic investment – provided through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – is part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda which supports communities and people on the frontlines of climate change, particularly Tribes … Continue Reading

June 05, 2023

Van Hollen Statement Calling for Declassification of USSC Summation Report on Shooting Death of Shireen Abu Akleh

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement after his review of the summation report on the shooting death of American citizen Shireen Abu Akleh produced by the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (USSC): “I want to commend the United States Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (USSC) General Michael Fenzel, and his team, for completing this important summation report on the shooting death … Continue Reading

June 02, 2023

Van Hollen, Luján, Colleagues Introduce Resolution to Recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution to recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month. The resolution encourages continued coordination and cooperation between the federal government, researchers, families, and the public to improve prognoses by increasing access to timely treatments for individuals who suffer strokes. “Recognizing the warning signs of a stroke is critical to … Continue Reading

June 01, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren, Vance, Bipartisan Group of Senators Renew Push for Legislation to Claw Back Big Failed Bank Executive Pay

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and John Fetterman (D-Pa.), all members of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), to update their original legislation and introduce the Failed Bank … Continue Reading

June 01, 2023

Van Hollen Statement on Vote to Avoid Debt Default

Today, U.S Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on his vote to avoid a catastrophic default on our nation’s debt: “No one should have threatened to default on our debts and destroy our economy to impose their agenda on the country. I applaud President Biden and his team for working to avoid such a catastrophe and for ensuring that our core priorities were preserved in this deal. This legislation will protect the American people from the worst of MAGA … Continue Reading

June 01, 2023

Van Hollen Leads 15 Senators in Urging Biden Administration to Help Streamline Health Insurance Enrollment for Low-Income Families

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led 15 of his Senate colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to support state-level “Easy Enrollment” initiatives, which enable uninsured low-income families to sign up for health insurance when filing their state income tax returns. Nearly 30 million Americans do not have health insurance and, as of this year, about 18 million are eligible for programs like Medicaid, CHIP, and Advanced Premium Tax Credits – but still … Continue Reading

May 31, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren, Lawmakers Reintroduce Resolution Recognizing Anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) along with their Senate colleagues in reintroducing a resolution recognizing the anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and honoring the lives and legacies of the nearly 300 Black individuals who were killed and the nearly 9,000 Black individuals who were left homeless and penniless as a result.  The resolution also condemns the violent white mob, including white municipal officials and law enforcement … Continue Reading

May 31, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Announce $5 Million for Advanced Magnet and Semiconductor Research at Morgan State University

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $5,000,000 to spur scientific and technological research at Morgan State University in Baltimore City. Over the next five years, these federal funds – provided through the National Science Foundation’s Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program – will establish a new CREST Center for advanced magnet and semiconductor research at the University … Continue Reading

May 24, 2023

Van Hollen, Schatz Lead Over a Dozen Senators in Letter Urging Administration to Ensure Equal Treatment for All U.S. Citizens as It Considers Israel for Visa Waiver Program

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) led 14 of their colleagues in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas urging the Administration to ensure equal treatment of all U.S. citizens – regardless of ethnicity, national origin, and religion – is upheld within the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), as the Administration considers Israel’s candidacy to join the program. The … Continue Reading

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