Press Releases

August 02, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Announce Nearly $2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Strengthen Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services in Anne Arundel County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) announced $1,999,983 in American Rescue Plan funding for Arundel Lodge, Inc., located in Edgewater, to boost their mental health and substance use disorder treatment services. Funding comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.“The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of individuals, … Continue Reading


August 02, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce Nearly $2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $1,915,270 in American Rescue Plan funding to increase access to mental and behavioral health and substance use rehabilitation services in Montgomery County. The funding comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.“The pandemic has taken an undeniable toll on the mental health of many … Continue Reading


August 02, 2021

Van Hollen Secures Maryland Wins in Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the newly-released text of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal: “Our nation is at a critical juncture. As we work to beat this pandemic and build a stronger and more inclusive economy, we must seize this opportunity to generate more good-paying jobs, tackle the climate crisis, and ensure that every American has a chance for a bright future. While we already provided emergency relief to our families, small … Continue Reading


August 02, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Revive Federal Support for Baltimore’s Red Line Transit Project

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.) announced today that they secured language in the bipartisan infrastructure legislation currently being considered by the Senate that would expedite the Red Line rail project in Baltimore, should state and local leaders choose to restart it. In 2015, after federal lawmakers secured $900 million in federal investment for the East-West Red Line transit project for Baltimore City, Gov. Larry Hogan canceled it, rejecting the jobs, … Continue Reading


July 29, 2021

Van Hollen, Rounds Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen U.S. Partnership with African Nations

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, introduced the bipartisan Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Act of 2021. This legislation, initially introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Karen Bass, would make permanent the State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The House of … Continue Reading


July 29, 2021

Senate Passes Van Hollen-Backed Legislation to Reimburse MD National Guard, MPD & Fund Capitol Police

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of an emergency security supplemental package to fund the U.S. Capitol Police and reimburse Maryland’s National Guard and D.C. Metropolitan Police for their assistance on and following January 6th: “While our democracy was under attack, members of the U.S. Capitol Police Force, the National Guard, and the D.C. Metropolitan Police … Continue Reading


July 29, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Seek to Cap Consumer Loans at 36%

WASHINGTON - In an effort to put a stop to abusive and predatory lending practices that target vulnerable consumers, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), led the reintroduction of legislation that would extend the protections of the Military Lending Act (MLA), which caps the annual percentage rate (APR) on consumer loans at 36 percent, to cover veterans and other consumers.In 2006, Congress passed the MLA to rein in … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Inclusion of Initiative to Reconnect Communities, Remove Harmful Infrastructure Like Baltimore’s Highway to Nowhere within Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of provisions from their Reconnecting Communities Act, legislation the two Senators introduced alongside Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) to help remove harmful infrastructure that divides communities, such as the Baltimore Highway to Nowhere. In March 2019, a pilot program mirroring this proposal was originally authored by Senator Van Hollen, and included within the Environment and Public Works Committee’s … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Bipartisan Colleagues in Statement on Breakdown of Georgian April 19 Agreement

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers issued a joint statement in response to the breakdown of the April 19th agreement reached earlier this year to address the political crisis in Georgia. “We are very discouraged by recent developments in Georgia, which undermine the reform efforts agreed to in the April 19 agreement. The United States, in partnership with the European Union, worked closely with Georgian political parties to deliver a strong, multiparty … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Senators Van Hollen, Markey, Carper, Whitehouse, Cardin Reintroduce Legislation to Magnify Offshore Wind Workforce Training

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) reintroduced legislation that aims to address the needs of the offshore wind industry and train new and incumbent workers through a new grant program. The legislation first directs the Department of Energy to identify the offshore wind industry’s needs by engaging with stakeholders including labor, institutions of higher education, industry, ports, and … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Van Hollen, Clarke Applaud FCC Decision to Move Forward on Workforce Diversity Initiative

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to move forward on reinstating practices to collect data on broadcast workforce diversity. The FCC is required by law to collect this information, but failed to do so under the Trump Administration and former Chairman Ajit Pai. The decision to move forward follows a letter sent by Senator Van Hollen and Representative Clarke to Chairman … Continue Reading


July 27, 2021

Van Hollen Applauds Proposed Security Supplemental with Funding for U.S. Capitol Police, Maryland National Guard, D.C. Police

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement regarding the agreement reached by Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) on an emergency security supplemental funding package: “As we witnessed in great detail today, on January 6th, and throughout the subsequent weeks, members of the U.S. Capitol Police Force, the National Guard, and D.C. … Continue Reading


July 26, 2021

In Letter to Secretary of State Blinken, Senators Van Hollen, Markey, Colleagues Urge the United States to Press the Philippine Government on Human Rights Violations

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, and their colleagues Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard J Durbin (D-Ill.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony J. … Continue Reading


July 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, and Rep. Meng Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Close the Homework Gap, Get More Students Online

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), along with 15 additional senators and 25 House members, have introduced the Securing Universal Communications Connectivity to Ensure Students Succeed (SUCCESS) Act. This legislation will build on the Emergency Connectivity Fund that the Senators pushed to create under the American Rescue Plan and provide schools and libraries with $8 billion a year over five years - for a total of … Continue Reading


July 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Praise Biden Nominee Erek Barron for U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised President Joe Biden’s nomination of Delegate Erek Barron to be the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. If confirmed by the Senate, Delegate Barron (District 24, Prince George County) would be the first Black U.S. Attorney in Maryland’s history.“Our state must have a U.S. attorney who is fiercely committed to delivering equal justice under the law to every Marylander. Erek Barron’s tireless … Continue Reading


July 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Submit Appropriations Requests Supporting Local Workforce Training, Health Care, and Education Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have released their requests for Congressionally Directed Spending for projects under the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for Fiscal Year 2022. The senators’ requests will help strengthen local health care infrastructure, expand educational and economic opportunities, provide diverse resources for those struggling with addiction issues and solidify … Continue Reading


July 23, 2021

Van Hollen Applauds Selection of Tom Manger to Head U.S. Capitol Police

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the selection of former Montgomery County, Maryland Police Chief Tom Manger to lead the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP): “As our Capitol Police face a time of great difficulty and transition, strong leadership is vital to the success of the officers and to the force as a whole. Tom served Marylanders with distinction - protecting our communities and leading by example in his efforts to improve police trust … Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, Dingell Applaud Inclusion of the Clean Energy Accelerator in Senate Democrats’ Budget Framework

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell applauded the inclusion of their Clean Energy Accelerator within the Democratic budget resolution framework.“Investing in clean energy will not only help us tackle the climate emergency but is also key to generating millions of new American jobs. Our Clean Energy Accelerator is a potential game-changer - taking a model that’s been proven to work … Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Sanders Introduce Legislation to Extend Social Security Benefits for Students

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced new legislation to extend Social Security benefits to age 26 for students who are survivors, children of disabled workers, and eligible grandchildren of retired workers. The Senators’ legislation, the Helping Students Successfully Overcome Adversity and Rise (SOAR) with Social Security Act, would restore critical supports for families and bolster the higher education success of their children.“Children who … Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Montgomery and Prince George’s County Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $375,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Fire and EMS Departments in COVID-19 Recovery

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $378,753 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments across Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.“The health and safety of our first responders must remain a top priority. This new federal award will ensure our firefighters and emergency volunteers have the proper funding and equipment they need to respond to … Continue Reading

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