Press Releases

July 25, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Host U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra in Maryland’s Sixth District

Friday, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, and Congressman David Trone (Md.-06) discussed medical research, abortion care, and suicide prevention in Frederick and Montgomery Counties. Senators Van Hollen and Cardin along with the Secretary and Congressman Trone - a cancer survivor - visited the National Cancer Institute (NCI) facility in Frederick, Maryland to discuss the Cancer Moonshot Initiative, an attempt to … Continue Reading

July 22, 2022

Van Hollen, Markey Express Support for FDA’s Proposed “Life-Saving” Ban on Menthol Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in support of FDA rules proposed earlier this year that would ban menthol in cigarettes and flavored cigars. Menthol numbs the throat and mitigates the harshness of tobacco smoke, making menthol cigarettes more appealing to youth and people beginning to smoke. "By increasing youth smoking and making cessation more difficult, menthol cigarettes have magnified … Continue Reading

July 22, 2022

Van Hollen, Sasse Call for U.S. to Negotiate a Tax Agreement with Taiwan

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) introduced a resolution to encourage the President to begin negotiating a tax agreement with Taiwan. "For decades, Taiwan has been a key economic partner of the United States. Yet, right now Taiwanese and U.S. businesses are double-taxed due to the lack of a formal joint tax agreement. It's time to address this gap in our trade policy, and our resolution urges the Biden Administration to begin negotiations to that end," said … Continue Reading

July 22, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley Sound Alarm on Monkeypox Outbreak, Highlighting Inequities of Vaccine Access

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging the agencies to acknowledge inequities of vaccine access and immediately increase access to the JYNNEOS monkeypox and smallpox vaccine to all communities in the United States. Joining Senators Van Hollen and Merkley in the letter are Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Martin … Continue Reading

July 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Wyden, Cornyn, Colleagues Call on Russia to Release Brittney Griner From Wrongful Detention

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution calling on the Russian government to immediately release U.S. citizen Brittney Griner from her wrongful detention, and urging the U.S. government in all its interactions with the Russian government to press for the WNBA player's release. In addition to demanding action to end the 5-month-long wrongful detention of Griner, the resolution also … Continue Reading

July 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Beyer Introduce Legislation to Improve ATF, Strengthen Gun Violence Prevention

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced legislation to improve and modernize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in order to strengthen gun safety in our communities. The legislation - which follows last week's Senate confirmation of Steve Dettelbach to serve as ATF Director - would remove irresponsible statutory restrictions that stand in the way of ATF's mission to protect the public from violent criminals, … Continue Reading

July 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Funding

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in introducing the Expanding Access to Family Planning Act. The bill would protect access to critical reproductive health care services-like birth control, cancer screenings and more-by providing a consistent and strong source of funding for the Title X Family Planning Program. The Title X Family Planning Program is the only federal program dedicated to providing … Continue Reading

July 19, 2022

Van Hollen, U.S. Department of Commerce Invest $2.4 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Waterfront Infrastructure Improvements to Boost Tourism in Cambridge, Maryland

Today, Senator Van Hollen and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.4 million grant to the Chesapeake Conservancy, Annapolis, Maryland, to support development of infrastructure that will attract tourists to Cambridge, Maryland. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan. This project will support redevelopment of the Cambridge waterfront through construction of a new promenade and other improvements. This EDA grant will be matched … Continue Reading

July 19, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Administration to Select State as Home for New Advanced Health Research Agency

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, Andy Harris, M.D., and David Trone, recently called on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to select Maryland as the permanent home for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a new agency proposed by President Biden to improve … Continue Reading

July 15, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce $95 Million in Federal Funding for Broadband Expansion

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 B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $95 million in federal funding for broadband infrastructure projects that will provide high-quality internet to areas that lack access to adequate service. This funding comes from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF), which was established by the American Rescue Plan that the … Continue Reading

July 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cornyn, Wicker Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging SBA to Process All Eligible COVID EIDL Applications

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman urging the SBA to process COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applications that were received prior to the agency's May 6, 2022 deadline. The COVID EIDL program has provided loans to nearly four million small businesses since the beginning of the pandemic-serving as an … Continue Reading

July 14, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $1.25 Million to Prevent Youth Drug and Substance Use Across Maryland

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, David Trone, and Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $1,249,912 in federal funding to help prevent youth drug and substance use in communities across Maryland. This Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program continuation grant is administered by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) with support from the Centers for … Continue Reading

July 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Urge MDOT to Halt Demolition of Nice Bridge, Study Recreational Reuse Options

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) urged the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to pause its plans to demolish the existing Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge until an independent review is conducted to determine the feasibility and cost of repurposing it for recreational use. The lawmakers requested an independent study to ensure that this is not a wasted opportunity to provide taxpayers with bicycling and pedestrian … Continue Reading

July 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Booker, Huffman, Lowenthal Raise Concerns Over Climate & Environmental Justice Risks of Chemical Recycling of Plastics

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Representatives Jared Huffman and Alan Lowenthal (both D-Calif.) in sending a letter raising concerns over chemical recycling technologies that contribute to the climate crisis and perpetuate environmental injustice in vulnerable communities. The letter comes as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers whether to remove existing Clean Air Act protections from chemical recycling processes. … Continue Reading

July 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Menendez, Colleagues Urge IRS to Extend Filing Deadline for ITIN Filers Affected by Processing Delays

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) called on IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to extend the filing deadline for filers with individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN) who have been impacted by massive processing delays at the agency. Because of these operational challenges, many eligible ITIN filers have been unable to file for the enhanced child tax credit (CTC). "We are concerned to learn that there may be numerous families that had hoped to file … Continue Reading

July 14, 2022

House Passes Veterans’ Health Care Bill with Funding for Two Maryland Veterans Clinics

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced the House passage of legislation to open two veterans clinics in Baltimore and Prince George's County. The bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (PACT Act) which passed yesterday by a vote of 342-88, provides healthcare benefits for all generations of … Continue Reading

July 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge the Biden Administration to Declare a National and Public Health Emergency on Reproductive Rights

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) in writing to President Biden and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra, urging them to immediately declare national and public health emergencies over Americans' access to reproductive care. Millions of Americans have been endangered by the Supreme Court's reckless decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and eliminate the constitutional right … Continue Reading

July 13, 2022

WATCH: Van Hollen Pushes for Chesapeake Bay Priorities in Appropriations Hearing with Interior Secretary Haaland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) urged U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to continue prioritizing funding and programs to protect the Chesapeake Bay and the tourism and outdoor recreation opportunities it provides. During a hearing in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, on which the Senator serves, Senator Van Hollen discussed with Secretary Haaland the importance of providing robust funding to support areas important to … Continue Reading

July 13, 2022

Van Hollen, Murray Introduce Resolution Celebrating Anniversary of the EEOC, Push to Confirm Kalpana Kotagal Without Delay

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in marking the 57th anniversary of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) with a resolution celebrating the agency's critical mission protecting workers' rights and enforcing our nation's workplace harassment and discrimination laws. The resolution commemorates the 57-year anniversary since the establishment of the EEOC in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2, 1965, and recognizes … Continue Reading

July 12, 2022

Van Hollen, Jacobs Introduce Legislation to Expand Human Rights Vetting for Security Cooperation Programs

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.-53) introduced the Upholding Human Rights Abroad Act, legislation to close loopholes in the Leahy Laws, conduct needed oversight of Pentagon security cooperation programs, and ensure that the United States does not provide security assistance to human rights violators under two key Department of Defense funding authorities. The lawmakers' Upholding Human Rights Abroad Act would also increase transparency and expand … Continue Reading

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