Press Releases

May 11, 2022

VIDEO: Van Hollen Delivers Floor Speech Ahead of Senate Vote to Codify Roe v. Wade

Yesterday evening, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on the need to protect Americans' constitutional right to reproductive freedom as the Senate today prepares to vote on the Women's Health Protection Act, legislation that would codify the protections in Roe v. Wade. The Senate action - and the Senators' remarks - followed the release of a draft Supreme Court opinion showing the conservative majority on the Court are poised to overturn the landmark … Continue Reading

May 11, 2022

Maryland Members Announce Nearly $130,000 for NASA Partnership with University of Baltimore, UMES to Support Students Pursuing STEM Careers

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $129,731 to fund partnerships between NASA and Maryland universities to support young students' dreams of entering careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The funds will support the University of Baltimore's Space Tech Camp - an initiative geared towards helping Baltimore City Public School students in Grades 10 … Continue Reading

May 10, 2022

Maryland and Virginia Senators Respond to Announcement of a New General Manager for Metro

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) issued the following joint statement in response to the announcement that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board of Directors has selected Randy Clarke as its new General Manager and CEO. Clarke currently serves as President and CEO of Capital Metro in Austin, Texas. "Safe and reliable Metrobus and Metrorail service is essential for our constituents in the National … Continue Reading

May 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Federal Funding for Bowie State University Innovation Programs

Today, U.S. Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Chair Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin and (both D-Md.) announced $4 million in congressionally directed spending to support innovation programs at Bowie State University, the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Maryland. The senators secured $3 million for the Bowie Business Innovation Center (Bowie BIC), as well as … Continue Reading

May 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley, Wicker, Johnson, Joyce Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution to Celebrate National Nurses Week

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Seantors Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and David Joyce (R-Ohio) to introduce a bipartisan, bicameral resolution recognizing National Nurses Week. The resolution honors and celebrates the important contributions of America's nurses to safe, high-quality care and the invaluable role that nurses play in patient care every day and particularly in treating injured and sick … Continue Reading

May 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Booker, Brown Urge Starbucks CEO to Support Unionization Efforts

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in urging Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to cease efforts to undermine unionization campaigns occurring at the company's locations, and instead support employee-led union efforts nationwide. In a letter, the Senators detailed the company's proposal to deny new, expanded benefits to unionized workers, and made clear interfering with workers' right to organize is an illegal, unfair labor … Continue Reading

May 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Grassley Push for Funding to Address Avian Influenza Outbreak

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a bipartisan push for more funding to help address the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak. "HPAI has been detected in 32 states across the country and has killed over 36 million birds. Although the virus poses minimal risk to human health, it has serious implications for U.S. poultry producers, rural communities, and our agricultural economy," the senators wrote to … Continue Reading

May 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Seek to Reauthorize Bipartisan STAR Act to Combat Childhood Cancer

In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in introducing the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Childhood Cancer STAR Act, the most comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever passed by Congress. This legislation was … Continue Reading

May 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Honor America's Teachers, Mark Teacher Appreciation Week

To honor our nation's teachers and commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6), U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize the important work of teachers across the nation, thank them for their efforts to prepare students for success, and acknowledge the additional challenges teachers faced during school reopening following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Van … Continue Reading

May 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Bennet, Stabenow, Coons Request to Include Funding for Farm Bill Conservation Programs in Fiscal Year 2023 Budget

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) in requesting full funding for Farm Bill Conservation Programs in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 budget. In their letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, the senators also ask for $1 billion to continue to increase U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue Reading

May 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge SBA to Process Pending EIDL Applications Using Available Funds

Today, U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Chair Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman urging the agency to process pending COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program applications using available funds. Last week, the SBA announced that the deadline for existing … Continue Reading

May 06, 2022

Van Hollen, Sullivan Recognize U.S. Foreign Service Day

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-founders of the bipartisan Senate Foreign Service Caucus, announced they will introduce a resolution celebrating May 6, 2022, as "Foreign Service Day." The day recognizes the men and women who have served, or are presently serving, in the Foreign Service of the United States and honors the members of the Foreign Service who have given their lives in the line of duty. Foreign Service Day has been celebrated on the first … Continue Reading

May 05, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $5 Million for Early Childhood Education Programs in Washington, St. Mary’s and Howard Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $5,382,250 in federal funding for the Head Start of Washington County, Board of Education of St. Mary's County Public Schools, and the Community Action Council of Howard County's Head Start projects to expand early learning opportunities, development, health services and family well-being for Head Start families. "The … Continue Reading

May 04, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown, Klobuchar Urge Capitol, Cafeteria Management To Ensure Senate Dining Contract Leads To A Collective Bargaining Agreement

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in sending a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, Compass Group CEO, and Restaurant Associates CFO, urging them to work together to ensure the Senate cafeteria workers receive fair wages and benefits that reflect their substantial contributions to our Capitol community. "Now that the immediate threat of layoffs is behind us, we encourage the Architect of the Capitol to work with all … Continue Reading

May 03, 2022

Van Hollen, Booker Re-Introduce Legislation to Boost Teacher Compensation by up to $15,000

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) alongside Representatives Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), John Larson (D-Conn.), and Mark Takano (D-Calif.) in introducing legislation that would boost teacher compensation by putting tax money back in their pockets and help diversify the teaching workforce. The bill, called the Respect, Advancement, and Increasing Support for Educators (RAISE) Act, would provide educators with a minimum of $1000 in … Continue Reading

May 03, 2022

Van Hollen, Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Commemorate World Press Freedom Day

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) alongside Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Time Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jim Moran (R-Kan.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and John Cornyn (R-Texas) in introducing a Senate Resolution to commemorate World Press Freedom Day and to recognize growing threats to press freedom and free expression worldwide. The bipartisan resolution reaffirms the vital role that a free and … Continue Reading

May 03, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Supreme Court Draft Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade: "If this draft decision stands, the Supreme Court will strip Americans of their reproductive rights and put at risk the lives and health of tens of millions of women. This deeply damaging and draconian opinion would overturn almost fifty years of precedent - following the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade to uphold a woman's constitutional … Continue Reading

May 02, 2022

Van Hollen, Rosen Urge President Biden to Expedite Solar Tariff Investigation Decision

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) alongside Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in a bipartisan letter urging President Joe Biden to expedite and bring to a swift conclusion the Administration's investigation into solar panels and cells imported from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia and requesting a meeting to discuss this issue. This investigation could expand harmful, job-killing tariffs on solar imports, raising … Continue Reading

May 02, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley Call for Transition to a Clean Energy Economy to Protect American National Security and Combat Price Gouging by Fossil Fuel Companies

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) alongside Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in introducing a Senate Resolution condemning oil and gas companies profiteering off the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine and urging a swift transition to a clean energy economy as a core national security priority. "No one should be profiteering from Putin's brutal war in Ukraine, … Continue Reading

May 02, 2022

Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Members join EPA to Announce $40 Million from Infrastructure Law for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) joined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) senior leaders to announce the award of $40 million from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for actions to help restore the Chesapeake Bay and advance efforts to promote environmental justice and counter climate change. The $40 million is part of $238 million targeted for the … Continue Reading

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