Press Releases

August 01, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Request Data from Trump Administration on Consequences of Texas V. United States Prevailing

Letter to Azar, Mnuchin Stresses Risk in Upending Health Care System, Need to Understand Ramifications if Obamacare is Gutted U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md, on Thursday joined a group of Senators in requesting data from the Trump administration to help states and Congress better understand the potential consequences if the Texas v. United States Affordable Care Act (ACA) lawsuit prevails in courts. In a letter to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Department … Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Bipartisan Budget Agreement

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his support for the bipartisan budget agreement passed by the Senate today: "Today's bipartisan budget agreement will allow the Senate to get to work investing in the priorities of the American people. With this compromise, we can move forward on appropriating funds to the many crucial federal programs that serve our country - including those necessary to modernize our infrastructure, support education and … Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Van Hollen, Young Introduce Legislation to Preserve Limits on Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Arsenal

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have introduced bipartisan legislation urging the Trump Administration to maintain limits on Russia's strategic nuclear arms. The Senators' legislation calls for extending the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) until 2026, which would preserve crucial caps on Russia's nuclear capabilities, unless Russia violates the Treaty or until a sufficient new agreement is in place. The New START Treaty was signed in 2010, and has … Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Van-Hollen, Velázquez Want Answers on TPS Immigration Program

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) have written to the Acting Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, expressing concerns with how the Administration is handling Temporary Protected Status (TPS) with regards to Guatemala, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Nicaragua has previously received the TPS designation, but the Administration has attempted to revoke it. Guatemala and Venezuela … Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Senate Passes Van Hollen Bill to Authorize Honorary Promotion of Bethesda Veteran Charles McGee

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the Senate passage of his legislation to authorize the honorary promotion of Colonel (Ret.) Charles E. McGee, United States Air Force to Brigadier General. Col. McGee, a resident of Bethesda, Md., served with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, completing 136 combat missions. He completed an additional 100 combat missions in the Korean Conflict and 173 combat missions in the Vietnam War, amassing a record three-war total of combat … Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Native Plant Species

Today, U.S Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and several of his Senate colleagues introduced legislation that would promote native plant use, research, and protection. The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act would encourage federal land management agencies to hire botanists, establish a collaborative grant program to support efforts to keep rare plant species from becoming endangered and help endangered plant species recover, and proactively … Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Van Hollen, Scott Introduce Landmark Legislation to Address Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Costs

We PAID Act Would Ensure Drugs Based on Taxpayer Funded Research are Fairly Priced Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) introduced first-of-its-kind legislation to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs. The We PAID (Protect American Investment in Drugs) Act of 2019 will ensure that the prices of drugs developed using federally funded research (like NIH or CDC grants) are set at reasonable levels. Taxpayer-funded research plays a critical role in the … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Graham, Moran, Merkley Introduce Legislation to Require that Ex-Im Bank Financing of any Nuclear Projects in Saudi Arabia meet Strict Conditions

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to require that Ex-Im Bank financing of any nuclear projects in Saudi Arabia meet strict conditions. The bill would ensure that any Saudi nuclear power projects are held to the nonproliferation “gold standard” for nuclear cooperation. It also strengthens congressional oversight of U.S. nuclear exports and financing assistance to Riyadh. The Bank … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Van Hollen, All Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, along with the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introduced the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people. The full text of the amendment is available HERE. A background summary is available HERE, and a section-by-section with FAQs is available HERE. Citizens United … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Van Hollen Raises Concerns about Inconsistent Details from USDA on ERS/NIFA Move

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue raising concerns about inconsistent details about their planned move of USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).Senator Van Hollen spoke with Secretary Perdue on July 14th, and the Secretary assured him that staff would have additional time to decide if they wanted to move as part of the proposed relocation and that USDA would … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Secure More Than $3.25 Billion to Create New Bridge Repair Grants in Highway Package Passed Out of Key Committee Today

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ed Markey (D-MA) secured their Bridge Investment Act in the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Highway package that passed the Committee today. The EPW package includes $3.265 billion to fund the Senators' bipartisan, bridge bill, which establishes a competitive grant … Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Van Hollen Joins Colleagues in Renewed Call for FCC to Protect Community Television Channels

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), this week joined his colleagues in urging the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to protect public, educational, or governmental (PEG) stations as it proposes changes to the rules governing agreements between Local Franchising Authorities and cable operators. Currently, towns and cities across the country are permitted to require as part of cable franchise agreements that cable operators meet demonstrated community needs by providing in-kind … Continue Reading


July 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Rubio Push for DETER Act in NDAA Conference Negotiations

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate and House Armed Services Committee, urging them to include the DETER Act in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report.“As conference negotiations begin, we urge you to ensure that the final conference report includes language to prevent future efforts by foreign governments and foreign actors to interfere in American elections by making it clear … Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Call for Reversal Amid Confusion and Concern Over Trump-Pence Administration’s Gag Rule That Will Undermine Health Care for Millions of Women

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and a group of Democratic Senators sent a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar slamming the Trump-Pence Administration's new gag rule that compromises the Title X family planning program and the health care of millions of people who rely on Title X-funded providers for cancer screenings, STI screenings, contraceptive care, family planning services, and more. The letter came as the Administration's minimal and … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes Announce More Than $600,000 to Launch Chesapeake Regional Digital Health Exchange

Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures Division Wins Competitive Award U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures (JHTV) division has been awarded more than $633,500 through the competitive i6 Challenge of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will be used to create the … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Empowering States to Address Drug Costs Act

Legislation Would Support Maryland’s Efforts to Tackle Prescription Drug PricesToday U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) introduced the Empowering States to Address Drug Costs Act, which would bolster state efforts to lower prescription drug costs. The bill would provide states, including Maryland, with average manufacturer price, best price, and rebate calculation data under Medicaid in order to establish and operate prescription drug affordability boards or … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Lead Full Democratic Caucus in Urging Social Security Administrator to Respect Employees and Their Unions

"We are writing to express our dismay that the Social Security Administration (SSA) refuses to bargain in good faith with union representatives." U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.) Tuesday led a letter signed by all 47 members of the Democratic caucus, urging Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul to uphold the commitments he made at his confirmation hearing to work transparently and cooperatively when it comes to SSA employees and unions. The letter comes in the … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Warren, Pressley, García Introduce Legislation to Ensure the Fed Will Act on Faster Payments

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Jesús "Chuy" García (D-Ill.) introduced the Payment Modernization Act of 2019. Right now, Americans lose billions of dollars each year in overdraft fees, driving consumers to turn to more costly financial products because of our inefficient payments system. This legislation would clarify that the Federal Reserve has the existing authority to build a … Continue Reading


July 22, 2019

Maryland Delegation Announces $125 Million Federal Investment in Howard Street Tunnel

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone, announced $125 million in federal funding for the Howard Street Tunnel, which comes on top of the $91 million commitment that the Maryland Delegation worked to secure from CSX, the company that owns the tunnel. The Howard Street Tunnel project, which is aimed at improving freight movement out of the … Continue Reading


July 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cotton Statement on Huawei’s Reported Involvement in North Korea’s Wireless Network

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) issued the following statement on reports that Huawei secretly helped North Korea build and maintain their wireless network, in violation of U.S. law. The Senators have introduced legislation that would reinforce the Executive Order to curb the growing national security threat posed by Huawei's efforts to dominate the 5G market, as well as a bill to direct the President to impose denial orders banning the export of U.S. parts … Continue Reading

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