Press Releases

August 26, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Agreement to Protect U.S. Investors, Ensure Businesses from China and Hong Kong Operating on U.S. Markets Are Held to Rigorous Standards

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Security and Exchange Commission's announcement today that the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has come to an agreement that establishes a specific and accountable framework for the PCAOB to conduct inspections and investigations of PCAOB-registered public accounting firms in China and Hong Kong, which if complied with, will ensure American investors are protected through rigorous audits of … Continue Reading

August 24, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Action to Cancel $10,000 in Individual Student Loan Debts, $20,000 in Pell Grant Debts & Extend Pause of Student Loan Debt Payments

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden's action to cancel $10,000 in individual student loan debts and $20,000 in Pell Grant recipients' loan debts for Americans making less than $125,000 annually and to extend the pause in student loan debt repayment for borrowers through December 31, 2022. "For too long many Americans struggling to get ahead have been burdened by the heavy weight of student debt - holding them back from … Continue Reading

August 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on Biden Administration to Extend PSLF Waiver Deadline

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), alongside U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.-02), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.-05), and Kathy Manning (D-N.C.-06), in urging U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to extend the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver deadline until at least July 1, 2023, when the Department's proposed rules to … Continue Reading

August 23, 2022

Maryland Receives Nearly $1M Grant Created by Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act to Protect Small Businesses from Cyberattacks

U.S. U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) lauded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement today that the Maryland Department of Commerce has been awarded $930,155 to implement a pilot program to protect the state's small businesses from cyberthreats. The SBA awarded the funds through the Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot Program, which was created by the Infrastructure Investment and … Continue Reading

August 22, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $42 Million for Eco-Friendly Upgrades to Regional Bus Systems in Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $41,765,975 in federal funds to improve and rehabilitate bus systems in Maryland to support the adoption of fuel-efficient technologies, such as low- and zero-emission vehicles. These awards are administered through the Department of Transportation's Buses and Facilities Program and the Low or No … Continue Reading

August 22, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Over $340,000 in Federal Funding for Commercial Driver’s License Programs Benefitting Veterans and their Families

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $344,960 to help enroll at least 62 new students, primarily veterans and their family members, in Commercial Driver's License (CDL) programs at the Community College of Baltimore County and Wor-Wic Community College. These programs provide quality safety training for students working to earn their Commercial Driver's License and guaranteed job placements in … Continue Reading

August 19, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ruppersberger Announce $20 Million to Replace the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge to Improve MARC, Amtrak Service

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) announced $20,000,000 to complete the final design work for the replacement of the 115-year-old Susquehanna River Bridge that serves as the main connector between Havre de Grace and Perryville, Maryland. The Susquehanna River Rail Bridge is a two-track bridge that carries the Northeast Corridor main line including all Amtrak service, MARC commuter trains, and freight. The new bridge will reduce … Continue Reading

August 17, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $4 Million for Early Childhood Education Projects

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony Brown, and Jamie B. Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $3,961,485 in federal funding for EasterSeals Head Start projects in Prince George's County and across the region. EasterSeals is a nonprofit provider of early childhood education services that focuses on promoting school readiness for children in low-income families by meeting children's emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs. … Continue Reading

August 16, 2022

Van Hollen Hosts Rally with Mfume, Mayor Scott, President Ferguson, Maryland Workers, Homeowners, and Advocates to Highlight Inflation Reduction Act Provisions to Lower Energy Costs, Create Jobs, & Combat Climate Change

On Monday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was joined by Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.), Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson as well as Maryland homeowners, workers, healthy housing and climate advocates, and state and local officials in Baltimore to highlight the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and key provisions the Senator secured from his HOPE for HOMES legislation which will help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes … Continue Reading

August 12, 2022

Van Hollen, Warren, Baldwin, Sanders Urge SEC to Adopt Strong 10b5-1 Rule to Prevent Corporate Executives’ Insider Trading

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler in support of the January 2022 proposed rule regarding 10b5-1 plans that would increase transparency and curb corporate executives' abuse of "safe harbor" to trade their company's stock. The SEC created the 10b5-1 "safe harbor" in 2000 to allow corporate executives, who often have continuous access … Continue Reading

August 12, 2022

Van Hollen, Murray, Senate Dems Support Proposed Rules on Student Debt Relief Programs, Encourage Biden Admin to Further Strengthen Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in commenting on the Department of Education's proposed rules to expand and improve student debt relief programs. In a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, the Senators applauded the Department's efforts to provide and expand relief to borrowers whose schools closed or defrauded them, borrowers working in public service, and borrowers who are totally and permanently disabled. The Senators encouraged … Continue Reading

August 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Urge USAID to Clarify the Continuation of International Family Planning and Health Programs Post-Dobbs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in urging USAID to clarify to its international partners that the recent Dobbs decision from the Supreme Court would not affect U.S. global health assistance spearheaded by the agency. In a letter Thursday to USAID Administrator Samantha Power, Senators Van Hollen and Cardin and Senators Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Angus S. King, Jr. (I-Maine), … Continue Reading

August 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Urge NASA to Extend University of Maryland, Goddard Research Mission on Climate Change

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) urged the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to extend the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) led by the University of Maryland in collaboration with NASA Goddard. GEDI provides high resolution laser observations of global forests and topography with a mission to provide answers on how deforestation is contributing to climate change. The lawmakers note that extending … Continue Reading

August 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley, Colleagues Continue Push for Robust Federal Response to Monkeypox Public Health Emergency

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urging the Senators to include critical funding to address the monkeypox (MPV)/orthopoxvirus Public Health Emergency (PHE) in any forthcoming legislative package in the 117th Congress. "As of August 9, 2022, there have been over 9,492 confirmed MPV/orthopoxvirus cases in the United States from when the … Continue Reading

August 10, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Applaud President’s Signing of 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.) applauded President Biden's signing of legislation to open two veterans' outpatient 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) provides healthcare benefits for all generations of toxic-exposed veterans for … Continue Reading

August 10, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $6 Million in Additional Federal Funds for Baltimore’s Penn Station Modernization

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (All D-Md.) announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $6 million through theRebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program for the ongoing modernization of Baltimore's Penn Station. The lawmakers worked to authorize the RAISE grant program at $12.5 billion over five years under the Infrastructure Investment and … Continue Reading

August 10, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce $20.5 Million for New Carrollton Station Expansion, Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $20,500,000 in federal funding to improve and expand New Carrollton Station and increase accessibility to the Prince George's County transit hub. This funding, which the lawmakers supported, will support major infrastructure improvements for the multi-modal site, including the construction of a new train hall, preparations for Purple Line … Continue Reading

August 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues Applaud CRA Proposed Rule, Push for More Support for Underserved Communities

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Committee, in sending a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg, and Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu supporting the interagency proposal to update and strengthen the regulations implementing the Community Reinvestment Act … Continue Reading

August 09, 2022

Van Hollen, U.S. Department of Commerce Announce $5.8 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Transportation and Construction Trades Workforce Development in Hagerstown, Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in announcing that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $5.8 million grant to Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, Maryland, to fund the renovation of a building needed to house workforce training programs to help diversify and grow the economy in a region impacted by the declining use of coal. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.This EDA investment will … Continue Reading

August 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Heinrich, Democratic Colleagues Urge CDC, HHS To Prevent Spread Of Monkeypox By Improving Public, Provider Awareness

As more monkeypox virus (MPV) cases spring up across the country, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) in sending a letter urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Dawn O'Connell to improve MPV awareness and education among the general public and health care providers. In the letter to CDC Director … Continue Reading

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