Press Releases

March 24, 2023

Van Hollen, Menendez, Barrasso Introduce Resolution Honoring Anniversary of Greek Independence

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in introducing a bipartisan resolution to commemorate the 202nd anniversary of Greek Independence Day (March 25). In addition to celebrating Greece's historic role as the birthplace of democracy and its immense contributions to global society, the bipartisan resolution also recognizes the strength of the United States' enduring partnership … Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Van Hollen, Clarke Welcome FTC’s Proposed “Click to Cancel” Rule to Ease Cancellation of Recurring Subscriptions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) welcomed the Federal Trade Commission's proposed "click to cancel" rule to make it easier for consumers to get out of unwanted subscriptions, memberships, and other recurring-payment programs. The lawmakers have previously led an effort to improve consumer protections on subscriptions, including introducing the Consumer OPT-IN Act, legislation to require companies to communicate clearly about their … Continue Reading


March 23, 2023

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $15 Million For Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $15,584,011 in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding for Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport. The funding comes through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Infrastructure Grant Program. The money will be used to reconstruct 1,800 feet of aging … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Van Hollen Questions Blinken on Current Situation in Israel and West Bank

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), questioned U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken regarding the current situation in Israel and the West Bank. The Senator raised concerns about this issue in hearings in both the Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee (SFOPS) and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC). Transcripts of his exchanges are available below and video is available here (SFOPS) and here (SFRC). SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-Md.): If I could … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone, Regional Lawmakers Bid to Renew C&O Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.), alongside Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), as well as Representatives Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), and Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) to introduce legislation that ensures the continued involvement of the Chesapeake and Ohio … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone, Regional Lawmakers Bid to Renew C&O Canal National Historical Park Advisory Commission

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.), alongside Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), as well as Representatives Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), and Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) to introduce legislation that ensures the continued involvement of the Chesapeake and Ohio … Continue Reading


March 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren, Senators Call on Fed to Strengthen Rules for Banks with Assets Over $100B

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Angus King (I-Maine), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote the Vice Chair for Supervision of the Federal Reserve (Fed) Michael Barr, calling on him to exercise the Fed's authority to apply stronger regulation and supervision to banks … Continue Reading


March 21, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren, Sanders, Whitehouse Urge Treasury to Crack Down on Ultra-Wealthy Abuse of Trusts to Dodge Taxes

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, urging her to use the full extent of the Treasury Department's regulatory authority to crack down on the ultra-wealthy's use of trusts to dodge paying their fair share in taxes. "Billionaires and multi-millionaires use trusts to shift wealth to their heirs tax-free, dodging federal estate and gift taxes. And they are … Continue Reading


March 20, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Biden Nominees Matthew Maddox and Brendan Hurson for Maryland U.S. District Court Seats

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised President Joe Biden for acting on their recommendation to nominate U.S. Magistrate Judges Matthew Maddox and Brendan Hurson to fill vacancies on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. "Diverse experience in the courtroom and a lifelong commitment to public service make Judge Maddox and Judge Hurson excellent nominees for the District Court," said the Senators. "We were pleased to make these … Continue Reading


March 19, 2023

VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT: Van Hollen Discusses Russia, China, Federal Government Response to Bank Failures on Fox News Sunday

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Fox News Sunday with Mike Emanuel, where he discussed the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin; Putin's upcoming meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping; the federal government's response to Silicon Valley Bank; and more. A full transcript of the Senator's exchange is available below and video of the interview is available here. MIKE EMANUEL, HOST, FOX NEWS: Now, let's bring in Democratic … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Menendez, Warren Urge Treasury, DOJ to Issue Guidance to Financial Institutions for Implementation of MCC Code for Gun and Ammunition Stores to Help Prevent Gun Violence

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in urging the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide guidance to financial institutions for the full implementation of the new merchant category (MCC) code the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved last year for gun and ammunition stores. The swift application of the MCC code would equip financial institutions to … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Risch, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Resolution in Support of Hong Kongers

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in introducing a resolution condemning Beijing's destruction of Hong Kong's democracy and rule of law in addition to its political persecution of Jimmy Lai and other pro-democracy advocates. This resolution: Condemns the Chinese government's "Hong Kong national security law" and related human rights abuses. Supports the people of Hong Kong as they fight to exercise fundamental rights … Continue Reading


March 15, 2023

Van Hollen, Wyden, Lummis Call on Biden to Support Cuba Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) called on President Biden to foster development of small businesses and entrepreneurs in Cuba that offer an alternative to state-controlled industry, by easing U.S. financial restrictions targeting those players, in a letter sent today. "Small, private sector Cuban entrepreneurs have been clamoring for access to capital that could help their businesses thrive, support … Continue Reading


March 14, 2023

Van Hollen, Sullivan Make Bipartisan Push to Create Commemorative Coin for 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Foreign Service

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-founders of the bipartisan Senate Foreign Service Caucus, introduced the United States Foreign Service Commemorative Coin Act, bipartisan legislation to create a commemorative coin celebrating 100 years of the U.S. Foreign Service. Under the Senators' bill, the U.S. Mint would release a commemorative coin in 2025 marking 100 years since the passage and enactment of the legislation that created the modern-day Foreign … Continue Reading


March 14, 2023

Congressional Delegation Members Announce $1.4 Million Investment in Affordable Housing Across Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Jamie B. Raskin, and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $1,449,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks America to support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs in Maryland. NeighborWorks supports and enhances a network of local and regional nonprofit partners to bring together residents, private-sector business leaders, and local government to … Continue Reading


March 13, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Booker, Coons Urge Biden Administration to Increase Focus on South Sudan Ahead of Renewal of UN Mission in the Nation

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) urged the Biden Administration to deepen its engagement on South Sudan as the United Nations is expected to renew the mandate of its mission in the nation later this week. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, the Senators stressed the need for … Continue Reading


March 13, 2023

Team Maryland Applauds NAACP Letter to President Biden Urging FBI Headquarters in Maryland

Today, members of Maryland's federal, state, and local governments praised the NAACP for the letter sent by NAACP President & CEO Derrick Johnson to President Biden urging the Administration to select Prince George's County for the future FBI headquarters in line with the President's commitment to advancing economic opportunity and building greater equity for Black Americans. Maryland Governor Wes Moore, Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, … Continue Reading


March 10, 2023

Van Hollen, Bennet, Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Reduce Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) alongside Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in introducing the Financing Lead Out of Water (FLOW) Act. The FLOW Act would reduce exposure to lead in old water pipes by making it easier for cities and utilities to issue bonds to finance replacement projects. "Lead pipes are still in use in far too many of our … Continue Reading


March 09, 2023

Van Hollen and Cardin Join Baldwin, Blumenthal and 45 Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Restore and Protect Americans’ Right to an Abortion Nationwide

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined 45 members of the Senate Democratic caucus Wednesday in introducing the Women's Health Protection Act of 2023, federal legislation to guarantee access to abortion, everywhere across the country and restore the right to comprehensive reproductive health care for millions of Americans. The bill's introduction follows the Supreme Court's misguided decision … Continue Reading


March 09, 2023

Team Maryland Calls on President Biden to Fulfill His Commitment to Equity for Underserved Communities with FBI Headquarters Site Selection

Following congressionally directed consultations with the General Services Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation, Maryland Governor Wes Moore, Lieutenant Governor Aruna Miller, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey wrote to President Joe Biden urging him to ensure the GSA has a fair system in place … Continue Reading

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