Press Releases

June 17, 2022

Leading U.S. Senators Urge SEC to Move Forward with Strong Climate Disclosure Rules

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) urged the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to move forward with strong, mandatory climate disclosure rules requiring public companies to disclose standardized information about their greenhouse gas pollution and be transparent with investors about climate-related risks. As the dangers of climate change … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Warner, Slotkin, Colleagues Urge Action on Misleading Search Results About Abortion Clinics

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) sent a letter to the CEO of Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiary Google, Sundar Pichai, urging him to take action to prevent misleading Google search results and ads that lead to anti-abortion clinics. In the letter, the lawmakers note that 37 percent of Google Maps results and 11 percent of Google search results for "abortion clinic near me" and "abortion pill" in states with so-called "trigger … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Warner, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Boost Economic Growth in Underserved Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.),Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) introduced bipartisan legislation to promote lasting economic prosperity in underserved communities. This bill would help unlock more equity and long-term financial capital for community development financial institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs often serve as a backbone for low-income or minority-owned businesses, which tend to have fewer banking relationships and less access to … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown Announce Continued Viability of Maryland FBI HQ Sites

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) released the following statement announcing the General Services Administration's finding that the two Maryland sites proposed for the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters remain viable options for the new consolidated campus: "Today's GSA finding that the two Maryland FBI campus sites remain viable options to meet the needs of the Bureau is another positive step … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Bill to Invest Over $600 Million in Coast Guard Yard

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced their introduction of a bill to invest over $600 million in major infrastructure modernization efforts at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland. The shipyard, which has been in operation since 1899 and is the Coast Guard's only shipbuilding and major repair facility, employs 2,200 full-time personnel and is a critical national security asset that supports not only the Coast Guard's fleet but also the U.S. Army, … Continue Reading


June 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Booker Introduce Resolution Supporting World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in introducing a resolution expressing support for the designation of June 19, 2022 as "World Sickle Cell Awareness Day" to increase public awareness about sickle cell disease and the continued need for research, early detection, and effective treatments that lead to a cure. The resolution was also cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.). Companion legislation was introduced in the … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Senate Passes Bipartisan Veterans’ Health Care Bill with Funding for Two Maryland Veterans Clinics

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced the Senate passage of new legislation to open two veterans clinics in Baltimore and Prince George's County. The bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (PACT Act) which passed today by a vote of 84-14, provides healthcare benefits for all generations of … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Booker Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Care, Quality of Life for Sickle Cell Disease Patients

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the Sickle Cell Care Expansion Act to improve access to medical treatment and quality of life for people suffering from Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). The Senators are introducing the bill ahead of World Sickle Cell Awareness Day on Sunday, June 19. This bill, which complements legislation introduced earlier this year by Congressman Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), will enable the National Health Service Corps to provide … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Markey, García Introduce Legislation to Boost Pay, Benefits for Nation’s Airport Workers

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Jesús G. "Chuy" García (Ill.-04) to announce the introduction of the Good Jobs for Good Airports Act, legislation that would provide airport workers with the pay, benefits, and labor standards they deserve after serving on the frontlines of our nation's aviation system and keeping airports safe through a global pandemic, climate disasters, and peak travel seasons. In the face of … Continue Reading


June 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Submit Direct Funding Requests for Community Projects Supporting Infrastructure, Affordable Housing, Sustainable Development

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced their direct federal funding requests for Maryland community projects under the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee for fiscal year 2023. The Senators worked with local community leaders to identify a wide range of projects, which will support infrastructure upgrades, public transit improvements, affordable housing, and access to community centers and green spaces, among other … Continue Reading


June 15, 2022

Maryland and Virginia Senators Urge WMATA Acting GM to Keep Prioritizing Safety Culture at Metro

As Metro announces the return to service of some 7000-Series cars, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.) and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.) are calling on Metro Interim General Manager Andy Off to use his remaining time at the helm of the region's public transit agency to "productively to lay the groundwork for a lasting course correction that reaches deep within Metro that values rules, procedures, transparency, and accountability as a matter of routine." With … Continue Reading


June 15, 2022

Senate Passes Resolution to Recognize May as Stroke Awareness Month

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution led by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) 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. "When I experienced a minor stroke … Continue Reading


June 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Rubio Introduce Resolution Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). AHEPA was founded on July 26, 1922, in Atlanta, Georgia, by eight Greek immigrants to help unify, organize, and protect individuals of all ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds against the terror, hatred, and bigotry perpetrated predominantly by the Ku Klux Klan. The Senators' … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris, Trone Announce $9 Million for Airport Runway Maintenance in Eastern Shore and Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Andy Harris, M.D. and David Trone (all Md.) announced $9,219,719 in federal funding for Eastern Shore and Western Maryland airports to reconstruct and rehabilitate their runways. "Maryland's regional airports provide access to more of Maryland's communities and are essential to our state's economy," the lawmakers said. "This federal funding will help these airports improve safety and service for passengers, and accommodate … Continue Reading


June 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce Chesapeake National Recreation Area Working Group Principles to Guide Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) announced the release of key principles guiding their work to create a unified Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA), developed in conjunction with the working group the lawmakers have convened. The working group, which is comprised of federal and state lawmakers and over 30 regional stakeholder organizations, will continue to collaborate over the coming months to release a draft bill for public comment … Continue Reading


June 13, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Death of Deputy Hilliard of Wicomico County

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the line of duty death of Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office: "The death of Wicomico County Deputy Glenn Hilliard, who was killed last night in the line of duty, is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with his family, friends, and the entire Wicomico County Sheriff's team. We are so grateful to those across our state who put their lives on the line every day to keep our … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Durbin Call on DOJ to Ensure Government Websites Comply with the ADA

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) along with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in urging the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide better guidance and regulations to help State and local governments better comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA) accessibility requirements on their websites, mobile applications and other forms of technology. In a letter sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge President Biden to Issue Executive Order to Defend Americans’ Right to an Abortion

This week, United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) sent a letter to President Biden urging him to immediately issue an executive order directing the federal government to develop a national plan to defend Americans' fundamental reproductive rights, including their right to an abortion. "Abortion access is under attack in the United States and already completely eliminated in swaths of the country. After decades of activism by … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Hold Dedication Ceremony for Rooms Honoring Senators Barbara Mikulski and Margaret Chase Smith

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, in hosting a ceremony dedicating two rooms in the U.S. Capitol in honor of former Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine). Out of more than 540 rooms in the Capitol, these two rooms are the first to be named after women senators. The resolution which … Continue Reading


June 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Colleagues in Introducing Resolution Recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) introduced a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The Senators' resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans, and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. The resolution also … Continue Reading

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