Press Releases

September 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Kaine, Colleagues Applaud House Passage of Bill to Protect Merit-Based Federal Workforce System, Federal Workers’ Rights

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.), along with Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), to applaud House passage of the Preventing a Patronage System Act, legislation led by Senator Kaine to prevent any position in the federal civil service from being reclassified outside of merit system principles without the express consent of Congress. The bill would secure the civil service … Continue Reading


September 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Booker, Lee, Davis Introduce Bill to Improve Access to Care for Americans with Sickle Cell Disease

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), along with U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Danny Davis (D-Ill.) introduced the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Centers Act, legislation to improve access to care for Americans living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). Approximately 100,000 Americans are currently living with SCD, an inherited blood disorder that causes pain, infection, and stroke. The disease disproportionately affects Black Americans but is … Continue Reading


September 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure $636 Million for Coast Guard Yard Infrastructure Modernization in Bipartisan Bill Approved by Key Senate Committee

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that their proposal to provide $636 million for the major infrastructure overhaul of the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland was passed by the Senate Commerce Committee within the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022. The Senators fought to include their proposal, which was initially laid out in their Service to the Fleet Act, legislation they introduced in June. The two Senators had urged Commerce Committee … Continue Reading


September 14, 2022

Foreign Relations Committee Passes Van Hollen Amendment Requiring State Department to Provide Report on Shooting Death of American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's passage of his amendment to the Department of State Authorization Act, requiring the State Department to provide Senators with the report overseen by the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) regarding the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Shireen Abu Akleh: "Over 100 days ago, American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed while reporting in … Continue Reading


September 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Portman Introduce Resolution to Approve Location for a National Memorial to Fallen Journalists

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined in introducing a resolution led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) that would authorize placement of the National Memorial to Fallen Journalists between the Voice of America building and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. The establishment of the memorial, which was signed into law last Congress, will honor journalists, photographers, and broadcasters killed in the line of duty. The joint resolution on the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces $823,000 for AmeriCorps VISTA Programs in Howard, Montgomery and Frederick Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $822,780 in federal funding for AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) programs in Maryland which aim to alleviate poverty through partnerships with local organizations. AmeriCorps VISTA members work with local non-profits and groups to hone their leadership skills while working on issues facing communities, including housing & food … Continue Reading


September 13, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $30,000 for Brooke’s House to Support Women Recovering from Substance Use Reenter the Workforce

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $30,000 to help women in recovery from substance use reenter the workforce in Western Maryland. This funding will be awarded to Brooke's House in Hagerstown through the Appalachian Regional Commission's INSPIRE competition and will support truck-driving training and wraparound services for women in recovery from substance use. "The opioid epidemic has stolen the lives of too many Marylanders … Continue Reading


September 12, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge Biden to Provide Student Debt Relief for Parent Borrowers

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led several of his democratic colleagues in a letter to President Biden urging the Administration to provide student debt relief to parent borrowers. Following the President's historic actions to address student debt, the Senators press the Administration to also expand this relief to parent borrowers who are often left behind as we work to address the crisis as a whole. To help reduce barriers for parent borrowers, the Senators ask the … Continue Reading


September 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce $108,000 to Repair Flood-Damaged Sections of the C&O Canal and George Washington Memorial Parkway

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $108,942 in federal funding for the National Park Service to support the reconstruction of portions of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park and George Washington Memorial Parkway that suffered severe damage due to heavy rains and flooding. "Climate change has already taken a toll on our local roadways and infrastructure. This federal investment will allow for … Continue Reading


September 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Shaheen, Collins to Introduce Resolution Posthumously Honoring Queen Elizabeth II

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) in announcing a resolution honoring Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The resolution pays tribute to the Queen's historic legacy and her 70 year reign, expresses condolences to her family and citizens of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth and reaffirms U.S. commitment to its close alliance with the United Kingdom. The resolution to be introduced by Senators Shaheen and … Continue Reading


September 08, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley, Smith, Colleagues Sound Alarm on Unlawful Charges for PrEP Patients

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) alongside Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in a letter to AHIP, the trade association representing health insurance companies. The letter expresses concerns about the continued practice of unlawfully charging individuals for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication and related … Continue Reading


September 08, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $1.4 Million for Firefighters in Garrett and Carroll Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie B. Raskin, David Trone, and Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $1,399,058.69 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters and first responders in Garrett and Carroll Counties. The funding will directly bolster fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations to enhance their response capabilities and ability to protect the health and safety of the public - as well … Continue Reading


September 08, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $1 Million for Firefighters in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Jamie B. Raskin, Anthony Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $1,178,400 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. The funding will directly bolster fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations to enhance their response capabilities and ability to protect the health and safety of … Continue Reading


September 07, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce Over $2.8 Million in Federal Funding to Support Maryland Museums, Educational Institutions

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $2,844,230 in federal funding to support projects at museums, libraries, and educational institutions across Maryland. The funding, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), comes from annual appropriations legislation and the American Rescue Plan, both of which the lawmakers fought to pass. … Continue Reading


September 07, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $1.2 Million to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence in Baltimore Region

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $1.2 million to increase the availability of civil and criminal legal assistance for survivors of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, among other forms of domestic violence. This funding comes from the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program, administered by the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, and provides funds … Continue Reading


September 06, 2022

Baltimore Delegation Members Announce Nearly $600,000 for Firefighters in Baltimore

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $597,900.90 in federal funding for Baltimore firefighters and first responders. The funding will help fire departments, state fire training academies, and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations enhance their response capabilities and better protect the health and safety of the public and first-responders. This funding also provides for … Continue Reading


September 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce More Than $400,000 for Firefighters in Southern Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $400,571.41 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters and first responders in Southern Maryland. The funding will directly impact fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations to enhance their response capabilities and ability to protect the health and safety of the public and first-responders. "Maryland firefighters and … Continue Reading


September 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce More Than $200,000 for Eastern Shore Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $213,926.65 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters and first responders on the Eastern Shore. The funding will directly impact fire departments, State Fire Training Academies, and nonaffiliated emergency medical services organizations to enhance their response capabilities and ability to protect the health and safety of the public and first-responders. "Maryland firefighters and first … Continue Reading


September 01, 2022

Van Hollen, Scott Introduce Bipartisan TICKER Act to Expose Chinese Stock Trading Risks, Protect American Investors

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Rick Scott announced their Trading and Investing with Clear Knowledge & Expectations about Risk (TICKER) Act. The bipartisan TICKER Act aims to protect American investors from risky investments in Variable Interest Entities (VIE), which was one of the key recommendations of the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission in their latest report to Congress. Senator Chris Van Hollen said, "Following the passage of my Holding Foreign Companies … Continue Reading


August 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Seek Details on State/DHS Plan to Increase Refugee Admissions

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas asking for clarity on plans for rebuilding the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). In addition to Senators Van Hollen and Cardin, the letter was signed by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patty Murray … Continue Reading

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