Press Releases

May 08, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $7 Million for Community Health Centers to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity

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 $6,975,492 for eighteen community health centers in Maryland through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Senators Urge DOD to Enhance Mental Health Care Resources for Servicemembers & Families Amid Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with a group of 17 Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), urging the agency to put in place a comprehensive mental health care plan to ensure the well-being of servicemembers and their families during and after the pandemic.“We urge you to develop a plan to protect and promote mental health and wellbeing, assess and reform current policies, … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Senators Urge VA to Prioritize Veterans’ Mental Health Care Amid Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with a group of 23 Senators, including Committee Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), urging the agency to develop and implement comprehensive mental health care plans to ensure veterans’ well-being during and after the pandemic. “The stress, uncertainty, and isolation associated with the pandemic - all risk … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown Introduce Legislation to Help Renters During the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced new legislation, the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act of 2020. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) and Congressman Denny Heck (D-WA). The bill would establish an Emergency Rental Assistance program to provide $100 billion in emergency rental assistance to help families and individuals pay their rent and remain housed during and after the … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Senators Van Hollen, Markey and Rep. Phillips Lead Bicameral Legislation to Significantly Expand National Service in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today formally announced the introduction of legislation to mobilize Americans in the fight against the coronavirus. In the House of Representatives, Congressman Dean Phillips (MN-03) is leading Representatives John Garamendi (CA-10), Adam Schiff (CA-28), and Paul Tonko (NY-20) on companion legislation. The Undertaking National Initiatives to Tackle Epidemic Act (UNITE Act) expands authorization of … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, Colleagues Call on Kyrgyzstan President to Release Prisoners

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and five of their Senate colleagues in calling on the President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov to release detainees currently serving sentences for peaceful activism. The Senators affirmed that “Individuals should never be imprisoned for exercising their rights of freedom of assembly, association, and speech” and urged President Jeenbekov to “release these individuals on the merits of their cases.” They also pressed … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy, Baldwin Lead Call Urging Trump Administration to Cover COVID-19 Related Medical Expenses for Those Enrolled in Junk Plans

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), along with 7 Senate Democrats in urging the Trump administration to cover the COVID-19 treatment expenses for those enrolled in short term, limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans. These so-called junk plans, which are heavily promoted by the administration, often do not cover essential medical services and are leaving consumers recovering from coronavirus with high out-of-pocket expenses. … Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $1.5 Million in Telehealth Grants for State Health Care Providers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $1,532,697 in competitive awards for Maryland health care providers through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth program. This program was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help health care providers meet the increased needs for telehealth … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Murray, Colleagues Push Trump Administration for Detailed COVID-19 Vaccine Strategy

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), and a group of 21 lawmakers pushed the Trump administration to provide a detailed briefing to Congress and the American people regarding their strategy to produce and distribute a coronavirus vaccine as soon as one is available.“The production and distribution of a successful COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines may be the most extensive and important public health undertaking of our lifetimes. We cannot afford to let the … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Beyer, Colleagues Push in Bicameral Letter for Boost of Health Care System Research Funding in Next Congressional COVID-19 Relief Package

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), along with a group of 31 Members of Congress, urged Congressional leadership to include $71 million in funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the next COVID-19 relief package. This funding would give AHRQ the capacity to evaluate the U.S. health care system’s response to the pandemic, pinpoint shortcomings, and improve national preparedness for future … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Young Push in Bipartisan Letter for United Nations Plan to Protect Human Rights During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Todd Young (R-IN) today pressed the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in a bipartisan letter for a strategy to protect human rights around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators’ push comes as many of the traditional human rights monitoring activities—such as on-the-ground, in-person monitors in nations around the world—have ground to a halt amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators also expressed … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Tell Trump Administration: Stop Playing Politics with the U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined colleagues in urging Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to reject politically motivated conditions on financial relief for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which is a critical lifeline for many Americans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators also expressed their strong opposition to the use of coronavirus as a pretext to pursue privatization of USPS, which is widely unpopular with the American people. The … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce More Than $110,000 for COVID-19 Research at University of Maryland, College Park

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $110,399 in federal funding to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant program for research into the social consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this project will assess how state and local governments’ social … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $17 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) announced that Maryland received an award of $17,133,477 in state and national AmeriCorps funding. The award comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps, and will place more than 1,200 AmeriCorps volunteers … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Durbin, Merkley, Colleagues Urge SBA and Treasury to Reject Payday Lenders From Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), urged the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to reject requests from payday lenders to gain eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In a letter to SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators warned that payday lenders target the most … Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $500,000 for Morgan State University Historical Preservation

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $500,000 for Morgan State University’s work to preserve its University Memorial Chapel Window through the National Parks Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Nationwide, NPS will allocate $7.7 million in competitive grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the preservation of historic structures. “Morgan State … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Urge Negotiators to Strengthen SNAP in COVID-19 Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging them to prioritize important policies for the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) in the next COVID-19 relief legislative package. As the COVID-19 crisis has devastated the economy and left many out of work in Maryland and nationwide, food assistance programs … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren Urge HHS to Fully Utilize Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Surgeon General and the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding efforts to fully utilize the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and urging the Department to expeditiously implement the Ready Reserve Corps program in order to increase the nation's testing capacity.The … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Van Hollen Secures Maryland Priorities in Legislation Passed by Key Environment and Public Works Committee

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the passage of key provisions for Maryland within the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s package of water infrastructure legislation. The Senator, a member of the Committee, fought to include provisions that will allow federal assistance in dredging the Inner Harbor in Baltimore and increase authorized funding for Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts. The two bills passed by the Committee, and supported by the Senator, invest in … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge Trump to Immediately Use DPA to Manufacture PPE, COVID-19 Testing Supplies

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led eight of his Senate colleagues in a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him to expand his use of Title III of the Defense Production Act (DPA) to dramatically increase domestic production capacity for personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing supplies. In Maryland, the state is still lacking over 2 million requested surgical masks, over 1.8 million requested N-95 masks, and over 52,000 requested swabs.  “An analysis by … Continue Reading

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