Press Releases

March 07, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Introduce Bicameral “TRUE EQUITY Act” to Strengthen Federal-State-Local Educational Partnerships

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone along with Representatives Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) to announce the introduction of legislation that would provide an additional $1.4 billion in federal grant funding for states and local communities that commit to transformative policy changes and allocated significant additional resources to address education inequities. … Continue Reading


March 07, 2023

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Push FCC for Improved Broadband Mapping to Ensure High-Speed Internet Access for More Marylanders

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie B. Raskin, David Trone, and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) sent a letter urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update and improve Maryland's broadband mapping data based on the Office of Statewide Broadband's comments on the National Broadband Map. As required by the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act (Broadband DATA … Continue Reading


March 03, 2023

Congressional Members Announce $7 Million in Federal Funding for Maryland Universities to Invest in Improving Transportation Research and Development

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie B. Raskin, David Trone, and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $7,000,000 in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding for three Maryland-based University Transportation Centers to advance cutting-edge transportation research and education. This funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation will support state-of-the-art transportation research and … Continue Reading


March 02, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren, Marshall Lead Bipartisan Call for Crypto Exchange Binance to Provide Transparency about Potentially Illegal Business Practices

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) sent a bipartisan letter to the world's largest crypto exchange, Binance, and its U.S. affiliate, Binance.US, asking for answers about the company's finances, risk management, and regulatory compliance as it faces investigations into potential crimes - including sanctions evasion, money laundering, and unlicensed money transmission. The letter comes amid the fallout from the FTX collapse, which … Continue Reading


March 02, 2023

Van Hollen, Schatz, Kilmer Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Federal Workers, Contractors, their Families from Losing their Homes, Falling Behind on Bills During Shutdown, Debt Default

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) in reintroducing legislation to protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions, and loan defaults during a government shutdown. The Federal Employee Civil Relief Act would enable government employees and contractors to postpone payment obligations during a shutdown or debt default and for 30 days afterward. During the December 2018 … Continue Reading


March 02, 2023

Van Hollen Leads Push to Expose Corporate Abuse of Tax Havens, Job Outsourcing Incentives

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led 10 of his colleagues in introducing the Disclosure of Tax Havens and Offshoring Act, legislation to provide transparency around corporations' use of tax havens and incentives to offshore jobs. This bill would require public companies to disclose their financial reporting on a country-by-country basis. Ensuring public access to this information would both provide investors the tools they need to understand the tax structures and risks of the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2023

Van Hollen, Cassidy, Kaine, Young, Coons, Romney Lead Bipartisan Push for New Tax Agreement with Taiwan

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.); Tim Kaine (D-Va.); Todd Young (R-Ind.); Chris Coons (D-Del.); and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, have announced a bipartisan push towards the enactment of a new tax agreement with Taiwan. Today, the Senators introduced a resolution that encourages the Administration to begin … Continue Reading


March 01, 2023

Van Hollen, Shaheen Statement on Interim Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) in issuing a joint statement with U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) after the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo announced an interim agreement to normalize relations and resolve disputes over the use of automobile license plates by the ethnic Serbian minority, a debate that has sparked unrest and exacerbated tensions between the two countries. "We … Continue Reading


March 01, 2023

Maryland Delegation Announces $38 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 that the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has delivered $38,000,000 in Federal Aviation Administration funding for improvements to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport. The funding was made available through the FY2023 Airport Terminal Program, which was created … Continue Reading


March 01, 2023

Van Hollen Statement on House Republicans’ Decision to Ban Congressionally Directed Spending that Benefits Our Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement on House Republicans' reported decision to ban congressionally directed spending from FSGG appropriations and other subcommittees: "House Republicans are trying to strip away resources that directly support our small businesses, drive economic opportunity, and boost innovation and entrepreneurship in our states. These … Continue Reading


February 24, 2023

Van Hollen, Booker, Kaine Statement on Saturday’s General Election in Nigeria

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement ahead of Saturday's general election in Nigeria: "Tomorrow, the people of Nigeria have the opportunity to make their voices heard and declare their aspirations for the future. "Free, fair, and peaceful elections that reflect the will of the people are the bedrock of any democracy. As the most populous country and the nation … Continue Reading


February 24, 2023

Maryland Delegation Announces More than $34.8 Million for Public Housing Agencies

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 $34,824,846 in federal funding for Maryland public housing agencies. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's FY 2023 Public Housing Capital Fund Formula Grant Awards. The awards were made available through the FY 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, which … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues Urge CMS Administrator to Protect Children from Losing Health Coverage

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in sending a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure urging CMS to ensure that the gains made in reducing the number of uninsured children are not lost as states begin to unwind some Medicaid policies that have been in place since the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency. As part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Congress … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Welch Send Letter to Department of Energy Urging Swift and Effective Implementation of Energy Efficiency Programs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) sent a letter to Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm, calling on DOE to publish guidelines to expand consumer access to energy use data as it implements two key energy efficiency programs, the HOMES Rebate Program and the Smart Grid Program. The HOMES Rebate Program, which passed as part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), was based on Senators Van Hollen's and Welch's HOPE for HOMES Act, critical … Continue Reading


February 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Baldwin, Murphy, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Limit Availability of Junk Health Care Plans

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in sending a letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take immediate action and address short-term limited duration insurance (STLDI) plans, or junk plans, which fail to provide adequate, comprehensive health insurance coverage. In 2018, in an effort to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Trump Administration made junk plans more widely available to … Continue Reading


February 21, 2023

Maryland Congressional Members Announce $2 Million in Federal Funding to Move Forward on Removal of Highway to Nowhere

Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $2 million in federal funding for Baltimore City to plan for the redevelopment of the Highway to Nowhere in West Baltimore, a highway project that destroyed homes and businesses and displaced 1,500 residents at the time of its construction more than 50 years ago. The structure has divided and damaged those … Continue Reading


February 21, 2023

Van Hollen, Wyden, Rubio, Durbin, Boozman, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Repression of Iranian Baha’i

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and John Boozman (R-Ark.) in introducing a bipartisan resolution condemning Iran's government for persecuting the 300,000 members of the Baha'i faith. The Iranian Baha'i community is the largest religious minority in Iran with membership of more than 300,000 people. Unlike some other religious minorities such as Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians, Iran's Baha'is have … Continue Reading


February 17, 2023

Van Hollen, Wexton Introduce Legislation to Ensure Transparency in Federal Agency Relocations

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) announced the introduction of the Conducting Oversight to Secure Transparency (COST) of Relocations Act to require any federal agency preparing to relocate to conduct and release to the public a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the proposed move before it is carried out. The legislation comes after a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that found that the previous administration's … Continue Reading


February 17, 2023

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $5.1 Million for Gun Violence Prevention Programs

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 $5,124,825 in federal funding from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to bolster gun violence prevention programs across the state. This funding for the Governor's Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services (GOCPYVS) comes from the U.S. Department of Justice's Byrne Memorial Justice … Continue Reading


February 16, 2023

Van Hollen, Whitehouse, Colleagues Urge Financial Action Task Force to Bolster Transparency in Latest Beneficial Ownership Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in sending a bipartisan letter alongside their Senate colleagues to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the intergovernmental body that sets international anti-money laundering standards, calling on FATF to improve their latest beneficial ownership transparency proposal governing trusts and similar legal arrangements. "The international order built on democracy, free markets, and the rule-of-law is … Continue Reading

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