Press Releases

December 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Norton, Carper, Maloney, Brown Express Disappointment that Final NDAA Does Not Give D.C. Mayor Control Over D.C. National Guard

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), and Representative Anthony Brown (D-Md.) expressed disappointment that the final National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA) does not give the D.C. mayor control over the D.C. National Guard and vowed to keep fighting to enact this important and necessary reform into law. The members said: "We are disappointed that … Continue Reading


December 06, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Outline Chesapeake Bay Priorities for Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.) wrote Monday to the newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, who leads the Army Corps of Engineers, spotlighting the major priorities across Maryland and their importance to our state. "The enactment of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides an opportunity to accelerate progress on the effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, of which the Army Corps of Engineers is a federal agency partner," … Continue Reading


December 06, 2021

Van Hollen, Menendez, Senate Dems Call for Heightened Focus on Human Rights at Upcoming Dialogue with Uzbekistan

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined the Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in calling on the Biden administration to emphasize human rights during the upcoming Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the United States and Uzbekistan in mid-December. While recognizing Uzbekistan's progress on human rights, the senators pressed the Central Asian nation to enact sweeping reforms as promised by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and specifically raised concerns over … Continue Reading


December 03, 2021

Van Hollen, Brown Press Warrior Met To Negotiate A Fair Contract With Workers’ Union

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) wrote to Walter J. Scheller, Chief Executive Officer Warrior Met Coal, Inc. (Warrior Met), urging him to oversee good-faith negotiations for a fair contract with the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). In 2016, when Walter Energy filed for bankruptcy, the UMWA agreed to save the company by sacrificing their wages and benefits packages. The new company, Warrior Met Coal, then asked workers to work most holidays, 12 … Continue Reading


December 03, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $1.2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Hagerstown and Frederick Airports

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $1,202,449 in new American Rescue Plan funding for the Hagerstown Regional Airport ($1,143,449) and the Frederick Municipal Airport ($59,000). The federal relief funds will be used to cover costs of operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and to prevent the spread of pathogens at the airport amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "Investing in our … Continue Reading


December 03, 2021

U.S. Senators Urge Regulators to Follow FSOC’s Climate Report with Action

In an effort to effectively combat the risk of climate change on financial institutions and strengthen the U.S. economy, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) sent a letter to the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) urging them to implement the Financial Stability Oversight Council's (FSOC) recent recommendation to evaluate existing … Continue Reading


December 02, 2021

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Delivery of Over $140 Million in Federal Infrastructure Modernization Bill Funds to Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that Maryland has received $144,181,000 for Fiscal Year 2022 from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act they voted to enact to modernize the state's water … Continue Reading


December 02, 2021

Van Hollen, Norton, Carper, Maloney, Brown Send Letter Calling for D.C. Mayor to be Given Control Over D.C. National Guard in Final National Defense Authorization Act

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), and Representative Anthony Brown (D-Md.) sent a letter urging the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to give the District of Columbia mayor control over the D.C. National Guard in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA). The governors of states and … Continue Reading


December 02, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on SEC Action to Finalize Implementation of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) released interim final rule implementing Senator Van Hollen's Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act. "It's our job to protect American investors from fraudulent businesses seeking to take advantage of them. Requiring all publicly listed companies on our U.S. exchanges to be held to the same standards is the best way to do that. I'm glad to see the … Continue Reading


December 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Clarke Introduce Bicameral Bill to Protect Consumers from Online Free Trial Scams

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.-09) introduced new bicameral legislation to protect consumers from online free trial scams and deceptive marketing tactics. The lawmakers' new bill - the Consumer Online Payment Transparency and Integrity Act, or Consumer OPT-IN Act - puts the onus on companies, instead of consumers, in renewing or extending contracts. Too often, companies use free trial offers and unclear terms and conditions to trap … Continue Reading


November 24, 2021

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $800,000 to Boost University of Maryland Medical System Telehealth Services

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $795,146 for the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore to bolster telehealth services. "The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that telehealth is an essential service,"said the lawmakers. "Expanding telehealth services will benefit everyone from patients to health care workers. We will continue to increase availability of safe and … Continue Reading


November 22, 2021

Maryland Delegation Presses Postmaster General DeJoy for Update on Readiness for Holiday Mail Surge

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, Andy Harris, M.D., and David Trone (all Md.) wrote to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requesting a progress report on the Postal Service's efforts to ensure mail is delivered in a timely manner this holiday season. In the letter, the lawmakers press for answers from the Postmaster General on … Continue Reading


November 22, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown, and Trone Announce $3 Million to Hire Law Enforcement Professionals to Reduce Crime in Prince George’s and Allegany Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Anthony G. Brown and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $3 million in federal funding to hire 24 law enforcement professionals in Prince George's and Allegany Counties through the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. This program seeks to reduce crime and advance public safety through community policing by providing direct funding for the hiring of career law enforcement officers, increasing their … Continue Reading


November 22, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Nomination of Powell, Brainard

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the following statement regarding President Biden's nomination of Jerome Powell for a second term as Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and Dr. Lael Brainard to serve as Vice Chair: "Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chairman Powell has helped steer the American economy through unprecedented times. His leadership at the Federal Reserve has been … Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $3.3 Million to Expand Affordable Housing Across the State

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $3.3 million from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) for affordable housing developments around Maryland. Through this investment, Maryland community developers will partner with local FHLBank Atlanta member financial institutions to build or repair nearly 600 affordable housing units for families, seniors, and … Continue Reading


November 19, 2021

Van Hollen Applauds House Passage of Build Back Better Act to Create Jobs and Cut Everyday Costs for Marylanders

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement applauding the House passage of the Build Back Better Act: "For too long, Americans have struggled to get ahead in an economy that puts wealthy, powerful special interests first and everyday people last. From the daunting price of child care, to the burden of expensive prescription drugs, to the costs of health care and so much else, Americans are being financially squeezed. It is time to cut costs and expand … Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Van Hollen, Warren Urge Department of Education to Remove Millions of Student Loan Borrowers from Default

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in sending a letter to the Department of Education urging Secretary Cardona to use his authority to automatically remove all student loan borrowers in default on federally-held loans from their default status. The Senators also called for the Department of Education to develop a policy to discharge debt for borrowers who have been in default for an extended period of time, noting that continuing to attempt to collect on … Continue Reading


November 18, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce $450,000 in Federal Funding to Revitalize Affordable Housing in Annapolis

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $450,000 in federal funding for the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis. These funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will help support Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants that assist communities in developing comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans focused on redeveloping a severely distressed public housing or HUD-assisted housing project, … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $1.6 Million for Maryland's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen David Trone, Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) announced $1,648,958 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Health's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. "We must do everything we can to end the opioid epidemic once and for all," said the lawmakers. "By tracking opioid-related data, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program … Continue Reading


November 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Huffman Reintroduce Bicameral Legislation to Fully Fund Special Education

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) reintroduced the IDEA Full Funding Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to finally ensure Congress' commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In 1975, Congress passed IDEA to ensure that every child with a disability has access to educational opportunity. This law was a historic step forward, but since its passage Congress has failed to provide the funding promised … Continue Reading

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