Press Releases

January 05, 2023

Childhood Cancer STAR Reauthorization Act Signed into Law

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, support the pediatric cancer community, and find new cures and effective treatments, President Biden today signed into law the Childhood Cancer STAR Reauthorization Act of 2022 (S. 4120), legislation led in the U.S. Senate by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) along with 35 additional co-sponsors. The Senators' bill reauthorizes … Continue Reading


January 05, 2023

Van Hollen, Markey Secure Inaugural Funding for Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program to Boost Walking and Biking Infrastructure

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) secured $45 million in funding for the Active Transportation Infrastructure Investment Program (ATIIP) - first authorized through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act - in the end-of-the-year omnibus legislation. This first-time funding will support the development of walking and biking infrastructure that connects to accessible, affordable, and safe active transportation networks, allowing people to reach destinations … Continue Reading


January 03, 2023

Van Hollen Statement on Swearing in to Second Term

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his swearing in for a second term to serve the people of Maryland in the United States Senate. Video footage of the Senator's swearing in can be found here and high resolution photos are available upon request. "I am honored to serve the people of Maryland in the United States Senate and grateful for their vote of confidence to represent them for another six years. I know this is an immense … Continue Reading


December 28, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Celebrate Presidential Approval of Bill to Add Bust of Distinguished Marylander Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Capitol, Remove Bust of Dred Scott Author

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today applauded President Joe Biden's final approval of legislation that would remove the bust of the author of the infamous Dred Scott decision from public display in the U.S. Capitol and add a bust of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on our nation's highest court. As noted in their bill, S. 5229. "While the removal of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney's bust from the Capitol does not relieve the Congress of the … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Van Hollen Secures Maryland Priorities in Defense Bill Signed into Law by President Biden

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) welcomed President Biden's signing of the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, which included critical investments in Maryland military installations and key legislative priorities that the Senator fought for, as well as a 4.6 percent pay raise for military and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees. Among others, the Senator secured provisions of two bills he authored to provide a major infrastructure update … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Freedom of the Press, Meeting with Journalist Rana Ayyub

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding freedom of the press and his recent meeting with journalist Rana Ayyub: "Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy, and we must do all we can to defend those who report and reveal the facts, both at home and abroad. Recently, I met with Rana Ayyub, who received the National Press Club's highest honor for press freedom this year - the International John Aubuchon Award. Time Magazine has named her … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $15 Million in Direct Investments for Eastern Shore in Fiscal Year 2023 Funding Bill, Vote to Pass it in Senate

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that they have secured $18,640,000 in direct federal funding for local projects on the Eastern Shore within the fiscal year 2023 omnibus funding legislation, which they voted to pass yesterday. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to education to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators included over $200 million in federal dollars … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Nearly $30 Million in Direct Investments for Anne Arundel County, Southern Maryland in Fiscal Year 2023 Funding Bill, Vote to Pass it in Senate

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that they have secured $29,526,600 in direct federal funding for local projects in Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland within the fiscal year 2023 omnibus funding legislation, which they voted to pass yesterday. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators included over $200 … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Cardin, Van Hollen Secure Over $80 Million in Direct Investments for Greater Baltimore Region in Fiscal Year 2023 Funding Bill, Vote to Pass it in Senate

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that they have secured $82,945,902 in direct federal funding for local projects across the Baltimore region within the fiscal year 2023 omnibus funding legislation, which they voted to pass yesterday. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators included over $200 million in federal … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $40 Million in Direct Investments for Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Fiscal Year 2023 Funding Bill, Vote to Pass it in Senate

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that they have secured $43,547,299 in direct federal funding for local projects in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties within the fiscal year 2023 omnibus funding legislation, which they voted to pass yesterday. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators included over $200 … Continue Reading


December 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $35 Million in Direct Investments for Western Maryland Included in Fiscal Year 2023 Funding Bill, Vote to Pass it in Senate

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that they have secured $35,694,377 in direct federal funding for local projects in Western Maryland within the fiscal year 2023 omnibus funding legislation, which they voted to pass yesterday. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators included over $200 million in federal dollars … Continue Reading


December 22, 2022

Van Hollen Votes in Favor of Government Funding Bill, Secures Key Maryland Priorities

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, released the following statement on his vote in support of the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill. The Senator also announced the inclusion of several priorities for Maryland in the legislation, which passed the Senate with bipartisan majority of 68 to 29 and is expected to be taken up by the House today. These highlights are in addition to the more than $215 … Continue Reading


December 22, 2022

Van Hollen Legislation to Curb IP Theft Heads to the President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the House of Representatives' passage of his Protecting American Intellectual Property Act, bipartisan legislation he and Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) introduced to mandate strong economic penalties on firms and individuals involved in stealing American intellectual property. Following both the House and Senate's unanimous approval of the bill this week, the legislation now goes to President Biden to be signed into law. "Corporations based … Continue Reading


December 22, 2022

U.S. Senate Reauthorizes Bipartisan STAR Act to Combat Childhood Cancer

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, support the pediatric cancer community, and find new cures and effective treatments, this week the U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act of 2022 (S. 4120), legislation led by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The Senators' bill reauthorizes the … Continue Reading


December 21, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $7.1 Million in Infrastructure Law Funding to Upgrade Martin Airport Station

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume, (all D-Md.) today announced $7,109,500 in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding to help the Maryland Department of Transportation modernize and increase the accessibility of Maryland Area Regional Commuter's (MARC) Martin Airport Station - a "legacy station" constructed before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. The funding comes through the Federal … Continue Reading


December 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Over $97,000 to Expand Broadband for Students in Allegany County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (all D-Md.) and U.S. Congressman David Trone announced $97,600 to boost broadband services and support educational programming at the Evergreen Heritage Center (EHC) Foundation in Frostburg. The combined funding, with $48,800 made available through Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and $48,800 from the State of Maryland and Allegany County, will be used to create a smart outdoor classroom designed to deploy broadband services to the EHC … Continue Reading


December 21, 2022

Van Hollen Legislation to Curb IP Theft Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the Senate's passage of his Protecting American Intellectual Property Act, bipartisan legislation he and Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) introduced to mandate strong economic penalties on firms and individuals involved in stealing American intellectual property. The legislation was unanimously passed by the Senate last night. "Foreign companies around the world, and especially many in China, are working overtime to steal U.S. technology - … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Hoyer, Cardin Secure Language to Improve Equity in FBI Headquarters Site Selection Process

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Senator Ben Cardin (all D-Md.) released the following statement regarding their efforts to secure language in the Omnibus FSGG Appropriations text to push for a more fair and transparent process for the site selection of the FBI headquarters: "For more than a decade, we have fought to provide the FBI with a new, … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown, Booker, Padilla Reintroduce Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) in reintroducing a Senate Resolution to declare racism a public health crisis. The resolution acknowledges the history of racism and discrimination within health care and the systemic barriers that people of color continue to face when seeking care. The resolution also highlights the effects of systemic racism on the health and wellness of communities of … Continue Reading


December 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Gillibrand Introduce Legislation To Protect Snap Recipients From Skimming Scammers & Identity Theft

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced the introduction of the SNAP Theft Protection Act, federal legislation that would modernize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to better protect beneficiaries from having their benefits stolen through identity theft and skimming scams. The legislation is led in the House by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. Skimming occurs when criminals place a "skimming" device … Continue Reading

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