Press Releases

May 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Press Labor Department to Speed up Unemployment Disbursements and Address System Shortfalls

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today joined colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to speed up Unemployment Insurance (UI) disbursements and to work to address system shortfalls that have contributed to the delays in workers getting their benefits. In a letter sent to DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia, the senators expressed serious concern regarding the significant delays in the processing of UI claims that are preventing workers from receiving their … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Senators Introduce Legislation to Ban “Ghost” Guns as COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Demand for Untraceable Firearms

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with a group of their Senate colleagues, introduced legislation to ban “ghost” guns. Reports indicate that the public health and economic crises caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have spurred an increase in demand for and sale of these untraceable weapons.The Untraceable Firearms Act would include ghost guns and their core building blocks - unfinished frames and receivers - and the gun-making kits used to build … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Murphy Announce New Work Share Proposal to Help Employers and Workers Weather the Storm

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced new legislation to help small businesses, nonprofits, and workers weather the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and support a safe reopening. On a press conference call, the Senators laid out the details of their proposal, the Rebuilding Main Street Act, which would expand the existing work share program to allow employers to share their payroll costs with the federal government, … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Entire Democratic Caucus in New Amicus Brief To Protect Americans’ Health Care & Slam Republican Efforts To Rip Coverage From Millions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined the entire Senate Democratic caucus today in filing an amicus brief in the case of California v. Texas (formerly Texas v. Azar), the case brought by several Republican Attorneys General and the Trump Administration, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court and represents a direct threat to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health care coverage for hundreds of millions of Americans.  Senate Democrats argue that the … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Van Hollen, Jones Call for Investigation into Improper Political Influence on Repeal of Federal Payday Lending Rule

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.), along with several of their colleagues, are calling for Federal Reserve Board Inspector General Mark Bialek to open an investigation into the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rulemaking process that led to the repeal of the Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans Rule (Payday Rule). Joining the Senators in the letter are Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Catherine … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Following Urging From Van Hollen and Schatz, New National Housing Assistance Website Launched to Help Renters, Homeowners Apply for Relief, Learn About New Protections to Keep Them in Their Homes

Following calls by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), and a number of their Senate colleagues, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered together to launch a new website to help renters and homeowners learn more about all the resources and assistance available to them during the coronavirus pandemic. The website details new housing-related policies, … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $205 Million to Expand Statewide Testing Capacity

Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced that Maryland will receive $205,723,600 to expand COVID-19 testing capacity statewide. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Van Hollen, Durbin, Colleagues Urge HHS to Provide Transparency on Distribution of Remdesivir

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 11 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking transparency and information regarding the distribution process for the COVID-19 therapeutic remdesivir. The Senators cited significant concerns raised by hospitals, health providers, patients, and medical societies regarding the opaque process under which the federal government is determining distribution … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Van Hollen, Booker, Pressley Call for Federal Civil Rights Investigation into Ahmaud Arbery Murder

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), along with more than 80 of their colleagues in the House and Senate, in calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal civil rights investigation into the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and an independent investigation into local authorities’ handling of the case. The lawmakers urged DOJ to investigate these matters swiftly and thoroughly so that Arbery’s … Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Following Request from Van Hollen and Klobuchar, Administration Will Provide Flexibility for Immigrant Doctors Assisting in the Fight Against Coronavirus

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has waived certain restrictions that prevent doctors in the Conrad 30 program from providing medical care at locations - including remotely - other than those specifically approved for their immigration status. Many immigrant doctors want to serve in hospitals where they are most needed during the pandemic - to save lives, reduce the strain on over-worked hospital … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $4.2 Million to Reduce Crime and Improve Public Safety in Baltimore City

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $4,258,843 in new federal support for the Baltimore City Police Department through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Operation Relentless Pursuit (ORP). This federal initiative,announced in December of 2019, aims to increase federal law enforcement resources in … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Senators Van Hollen, Smith and Representative Trone to Address Social Isolation Among Seniors in Next Coronavirus Package

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative David Trone (D-Md.)—along with several House and Senate colleagues—are pushing to ensure the next coronavirus relief package contains provisions to help older adults stay connected and healthy at a time when they are in danger of becoming socially isolated. In a letter sent Tuesday, the Lawmakers told House and Senate Leaders that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a particularly drastic, even fatal toll on … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Van Hollen Slams Miller Response as Inadequate, Disingenuous

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to Brian Miller’s answers to the Senator’s Questions for the Record, following Mr. Miller’s nomination hearing to be Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery at the Treasury Department in front of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. The Senator has released Mr. Miller’s answers below.“Brian Miller’s response once again shows his willingness to hide the truth to protect the … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $4.1 Million in COVID-19 Relief for State Fishing Industry

The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced the award of $4,125,118 for Maryland’s fishing industry through the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Last month, the delegation wrote to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge HHS To Protect Consumers and Prevent Hospitals from Going After Workers’ Wages for Medical Debts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) led a letter with several of their colleagues urging Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to take action to prevent hospitals from garnishing workers’ wages as a means to collect medical debt. As the Senators note in their letter, hospitals should not take this drastic step during a time of crisis, and HHS should not provide emergency relief funds to hospitals undertaking this practice on consumers.  “We … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Van Hollen, Markey, Schumer, Cantwell, Bennet, Schatz, and Hassan Lead Colleagues on Legislation to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet During Coronavirus Pandemic

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash,), and Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today led 39 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in introducing the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill is … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal Statement on DOD Inspector General Probe Into Navy’s Coronavirus Protocols

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued the following joint statement after the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Inspector General’s office announced the launch of an evaluation to determine if the Navy has implemented policies and procedures to prevent and mitigate the spread of infectious diseases - including COVID-19 - on ships and submarines."We are pleased that the Inspector General will evaluate Navy protocols to prevent and mitigate the spread of … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Van Hollen, Sarbanes Lead Bicameral Push Urging Bay States, D.C. to Uphold Environmental Protections as EPA Abandons Enforcement

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) led Chesapeake Bay delegation members in sending a bicameral letter to Bay Watershed Governors Larry Hogan (R-Md.), Tom Wolf (D-Penn.), John Carney (D-Del.), Ralph Northam (D-Va.), and Jim Justice (R-W.Va.); and Mayor Muriel Bowser (D-D.C.) urging them to maintain rigorous environmental standards crucial to the health of the Bay, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to relax enforcement of … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Colleagues Slam Trump Administration for Shortchanging Americans’ Direct Payments Amid Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tina Smith (D-MN), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are slamming the Trump administration for a major error that has kept families with children across the country from receiving the full direct payment amount that they qualify for under the CARES Act.Some families did not receive the $500 payment per dependent that they qualified for, and are now … Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Additional $16 Million in COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant Funding

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $16,105,784 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the state of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). This flexible funding source will allow the state of Maryland to provide a … Continue Reading

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