Press Releases

March 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Wyden, Baldwin Applaud Inclusion of Subsidized Jobs Program in the American Jobs Plan

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) released the following statement applauding the Biden Administration’s inclusion of a subsidized jobs program to help tackle long-term unemployment within the American Jobs Plan:“Millions of Americans are unemployed and have been stranded without a job for months. We must take action to prevent this long-term unemployment crisis - which has only been exacerbated by the pandemic - from inflicting … Continue Reading


March 31, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown, Hoyer Applaud New FEMA Vaccination Site for Prince George’s County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Anthony G. Brown and Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) applauded the announcement that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will establish a community vaccination center in Prince George’s County beginning on April 7, located at the Greenbelt Metro Station.The American Rescue Plan invests more than $20 billion to implement a national vaccination strategy. Under President Biden’s leadership, 148 million doses have been given, at a … Continue Reading


March 30, 2021

Baltimore’s Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $15.4 Million in Emergency Funding to Feed and Shelter City Residents

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $15.45 million in emergency federal funding to reimburse the delivery of essential goods and shelter to vulnerable Baltimore City residents.The award serves as a total federal cost share reimbursement for services that Baltimore City provided to residents earlier in the pandemic.“This federal funding will help the City of Baltimore continue to manage … Continue Reading


March 30, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Biden Nominees Deborah Boardman and Lydia Griggsby for Maryland U.S. District Court Seats

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and (both D-Md.) today praised President Joseph Biden’s nomination of U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman and U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Lydia Griggsby, who would be the first woman of color and first Black woman to serve as a district court judge in Maryland, to fill vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.“To provide Marylanders fair, just, and equal treatment under the law, our judicial system and our judges … Continue Reading


March 29, 2021

Van Hollen Leads Colleagues in Announcing New Legislation to Close the Stepped-Up Basis Loophole

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), announced a new proposal to close the stepped-up basis income tax loophole - reforming one of the largest tax breaks in our federal tax code in order to support national investments that will benefit all Americans and build a more inclusive economy. This new proposed legislation, the Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion … Continue Reading


March 29, 2021

Van Hollen, Brown, Klobuchar Request Support for Women in Research Workforce

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wrote to National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan requesting information on NSF’s efforts to support women in faculty and research roles who have been disproportionately affected by the public health and economic crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.“It is essential that we fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on women’s workload, reframe what work we deem has … Continue Reading


March 29, 2021

Van Hollen, Brown, Klobuchar Request Support for Women in Research Workforce

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wrote to National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan requesting information on NSF’s efforts to support women in faculty and research roles who have been disproportionately affected by the public health and economic crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.“It is essential that we fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on women’s workload, reframe what work we deem has … Continue Reading


March 29, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $320,000 to Advance Clean Energy, Information Technology and Biotech Training at Frostburg State University

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $100,000 in federal funding for Frostburg State University for the Western Maryland Advanced Technology Center (ATC). Along with $220,000 in local matching funds, these federal resources will support workforce and economic development in Western Maryland. “Investment in workforce training and development is critical to building our economy back better. This funding will enhance the … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Coons, Wicker reintroduce bipartisan bill targeting debt-based driver’s license suspensions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) in reintroducing the bipartisan Driving for Opportunity Act to create incentives to stop debt-based driver’s license suspensions. It has been estimated that nationwide at least 11 million people have their driver’s licenses suspended because they cannot pay fines or fees, not for any public safety reasons. This makes it harder for Americans to go to work to pay off their debts and places an … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Senators Van Hollen, Blunt and Congresswoman Norton Introduce Legislation to Prohibit Permanent Fencing Around Capitol Complex

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, introduced the No Fencing at the United States Capitol Complex Act. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) previously introduced the legislation in the House. Their bipartisan, bicameral bill prohibits funding for permanent fencing around the U.S. Capitol complex.“The Capitol is the citadel of our democracy, and we should not … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Coons, Murphy push for $55B in capital investments for Northeast Corridor passenger rail

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Chris Coons (D-Del.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and a group of 11 other senators from states along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) in a letter urging President Biden to support $55 billion in long-term funding for passenger rail infrastructure in order to repair the NEC rail network. The letter also calls for robust support to expand Amtrak passenger rail service nationwide. The NEC network alone runs 457 miles from Washington, D.C. to … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Brown, Garcia Announce Congressional Review Act Legislation to Repeal Trump-era “Rent-A-Bank” Rule

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Congressman Chuy Garcia (D-IL4) announced legislation to repeal the Trump Administration’s so-called True Lender Rule through the use of the Congressional Review Act. This regulation, finalized in the last months of the prior Administration, allows predatory lenders to skirt state laws meant to curb interest rates on loans … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Sanders, and Colleagues Introduce Legislation to End Rigged Tax Code as Inequality Increases

In a continued effort to combat rising economic inequality, Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Thursday in introducing two pieces of legislation to end our rigged tax code and ensure the wealthiest people and largest corporations pay their fair share - the For the 99.5% Act and the Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act.Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) are joining Sens. Van Hollen and Sanders as … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Murray, Hirono, Lee Reintroduce EACH Act to Guarantee Abortion Coverage Regardless of A Patient’s Insurance

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), in reintroducing the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Care (EACH) Act, a bicameral bill to guarantee abortion coverage—regardless of how a patient gets their health insurance. The EACH Act ends the Hyde Amendment and lifts unjust abortion coverage … Continue Reading


March 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Join Colleagues in Introducing Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Hatred, Discrimination Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), and 35 of their Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution to condemn all forms of anti-Asian sentiment, racism, and discrimination, and call on federal officials, in collaboration with state and local agencies and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community organizations, to address the rise in COVID-19-related hate crimes. The resolution was introduced in the … Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Help Protect People's Personal Data Online

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of 17 senators in reintroducing legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data. Doctors, lawyers, and bankers are legally required to exercise special care to protect their clients and not misuse their information. While online companies also hold … Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Presses USPS Officials for Answers on Mail Delivery Problems, Postal Backlog and Lost Letters and Packages

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone released the following statement after a virtual meeting held on Monday by the Congressional delegation with U.S. Postal Service (USPS) officials about the major mail delivery problems affecting Maryland communities throughout the state. The Congressional delegation requested the meeting to shed light on the lost … Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

To Address Housing Crisis, Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge Appropriators to Provide Robust Funding for NeighborWorks America

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined 41 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee urging them to provide at least $185 million in funding for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America) in order to address the nation’s affordable housing crisis, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, the Senators state that additional funding … Continue Reading


March 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Baltimore Delegation Announce More Than $18 Million for Essential Goods and Services Provided to Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $18,395,149.50 in emergency federal funding to deliver essential goods, services, and resources to seniors across the city amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.“This federal funding will allow the Salvation Army and Meals-On-Wheels to continue providing Baltimore seniors with critical goods and services - including groceries, household … Continue Reading


March 22, 2021

Van Hollen, Murphy, Senate Dems Urge Department of Education to Issue Guidance for Summer Enrichment Programs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Monday joined nine other Senate Democrats in urging the U.S. Department of Education to issue guidance for how to use funding from the American Rescue Plan to provide summer enrichment programming for children and families. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, the senators stressed the importance of the Department’s leadership … Continue Reading

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