Press Releases

November 30, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on President Macron Honoring Frederick County WWII Veterans with Highest French Government Award

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding French President Emmanuel Macron's declaration of Frederick County World War II Veterans Samuel Davis and Carl Felton as Knights in the Legion of Honor, the French government's highest order of merit: "Our nation and our allies are forever in debt to veterans like Samuel Davis and Carl Felton, Marylanders who served in World War II and shaped history through their valor and courage. These two men are most … Continue Reading


November 30, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on President Macron Honoring Frederick County WWII Veterans with Highest French Government Award

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding French President Emmanuel Macron's declaration of Frederick County World War II Veterans Samuel Davis and Carl Felton as Knights in the Legion of Honor, the French government's highest order of merit: "Our nation and our allies are forever in debt to veterans like Samuel Davis and Carl Felton, Marylanders who served in World War II and shaped history through their valor and courage. These two men are most … Continue Reading


November 30, 2022

Van Hollen, Markey, Colleagues Urge Biden Admin. to Work to Improve Access to Education for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) alongside Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power to work with the Bangladesh government, NGOs, and the United Nations (UN) to ensure access to education for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children who have fled violence in Burma and … Continue Reading


November 29, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Passage of Respect for Marriage Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to pass the Respect for Marriage Act: "No American should face discrimination - no matter who they love or where they live. The Respect for Marriage Act promises every legally married couple that their union will be given equal recognition and protection across the United States. It provides loving couples with the peace of mind that no court, state legislature, or local government can interfere … Continue Reading


November 29, 2022

Van Hollen, Durbin Urge USDA to Update Standards for Commercial Dog Breeding Facilities

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and their Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack urging him to update standards for commercial breeding facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The letter calls on Secretary Vilsack to implement the strong standards for veterinary care, housing, and breeding of dogs suggested in the Puppy Protection Act. "We write to request … Continue Reading


November 22, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Over $400,000 to Expand Robotics and Engineering Education in Allegany County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced a total of $403,600 in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), as well as state and local governments for the REACT Institute for STEM Education (RISE) Computational Thinking Initiative. The combined funding, with $170,000 made available through ARC and $233,000 from the State of Maryland and Allegany County, will be used to renovate and develop a new robotics education … Continue Reading


November 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Durbin Urge OMB to Follow Through on CHIPS Act Authorizations for Department OF Energy

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) alongside their Senate Democratic colleagues in urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure that the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science is given the full amount of authorized funding allocated by the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 in the Fiscal Year 2024 budget request. In their letter, the Senators emphasize that properly funding DOE will demonstrate the U.S.' commitment to remaining … Continue Reading


November 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues Call On Bank Regulators to Review SoFi’s Crypto Activities

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) sent letters urging Federal Reserve Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr, FDIC Acting Chair Marty Gruenberg, and Acting Comptroller Michael Hsu to review SoFi's crypto trading activities. The lawmakers highlighted the risk to consumers when banks trade volatile crypto assets and warned that SoFi's crypto trading may be in violation of regulatory requirements. "SoFi's digital … Continue Reading


November 18, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown Announce More Than $500,000 to Evaluate Possible Replacement of Two Prince George’s County Bridges

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today announced $560,000 in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for Prince George's County to evaluate the repair or replacement of two aging bridges. The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bridge Investment Program, which was created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that the lawmakers voted to pass last year. "The Infrastructure Investment … Continue Reading


November 17, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Leader Hoyer Decision to Step Down from House Democratic Leadership

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's decision to step back from senior leadership of the House Democratic Caucus. "Steny Hoyer has been a lifelong champion for our families and workers, and a strong voice for American leadership in the world. As he steps away from the House Democratic Leadership team, we salute him for his exemplary service to Maryland and the nation. I look forward to continuing to partner … Continue Reading


November 17, 2022

Van Hollen, Portman, Davis, Schweikert Introduce Legislation to Fix American Opportunity Tax Credit Inequity

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) reintroduced their bipartisan, bicameral legislation to address systematic injustices within the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). The AOTC is the primary tax credit available to students seeking a higher education; however, students with a prior felony drug conviction are permanently ineligible from using the credit. This backwards requirement … Continue Reading


November 17, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Speaker Pelosi Decision to Step Down

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to step down as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives after decades of strong leadership of the House Democratic Caucus. Senator Van Hollen served closely with Speaker Pelosi as a member of the House of Representatives, including on her leadership team as House Democratic Assistant to the Leader. "Not only did Speaker Pelosi make history as the first woman Speaker of … Continue Reading


November 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley, Bonamici, Jayapal Team Up to Introduce Legislation to Protect Consumers from Predatory Payday Lending Practices

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.-01) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.-07) to introduce the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act. The SAFE Lending Act will protect consumers from deceptive and predatory practices that strip wealth from working families by cracking down on some of the worst abuses stemming from the payday lending industry, particularly in online payday lending. Under the … Continue Reading


November 16, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Vote to Move Forward on Respect for Marriage Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of moving forward to Senate consideration of the Respect for Marriage Act: "It is long past time for Congress to make clear that equal rights are guaranteed across America, no matter who you love, who you marry, or where you live. The Respect for Marriage Act ensures that, no matter where in America they live, all married couples are afforded equal rights, freedom, and … Continue Reading


November 15, 2022

On Anniversary of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Van Hollen, Markey, Blumenthal, Colleagues Call on NHTSA to Implement Critical Safety Provisions

On the first anniversary of the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) alongside their colleagues Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) in sending a letter to the Department of Transportation's (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety … Continue Reading


November 14, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Reports of FBI Investigation into Shooting Death of American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding reports that the FBI is investigating the shooting death of American Journalist Shireen Abu Akleh: "This is an overdue but necessary and important step in the pursuit of justice and accountability in the shooting death of American citizen and journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. I will continue pressing for the full facts and truth in this case." Senator Van Hollen has led two letters calling for answers on … Continue Reading


November 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Members of Working Group Unveil Chesapeake National Recreation Area Draft Plan for Public Input and Review

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (both D-Md.) were joined by state and local officials, economic leaders, watermen, advocates for conservation, and others at Burtis House in Annapolis as they released draft legislation they've authored to create a unified Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA). The lawmakers' proposal would unite a series of National Park Service (NPS) owned and operated park areas and visitor centers as well as iconic Bay properties … Continue Reading


November 10, 2022

Photos and Video: Van Hollen, Kaine Host State Department, Members of Virginia and Maryland's African Diaspora for Discussion on U.S.-Africa Policy

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) released the following statements after welcoming members of Maryland and Virginia's African diaspora community to the U.S. Senate for a briefing and panel discussion by the U.S. Department of State and other key stakeholders. Senators Van Hollen and Kaine both serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and on the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, which is chaired by Senator Van Hollen. "The United States has a … Continue Reading


November 09, 2022

Maryland Police Departments Receive Nearly $380,000 for Mental Health Support Services and Community Policing Training

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $378,538 to promote community policing and provide mental health support to Maryland police departments. This federal funding comes through the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Community Policing Development (CPD) program and the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) … Continue Reading


November 07, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce an Additional $170,000 in Support of Wastewater Treatment Infrastructure in the Town of Luke

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $170,000 in federal funding to support the replacement of the entire sewer system in the Town of Luke. This funding is in addition to the $802,000 in federal funds that the lawmakers announced last year for the town to replace its water distribution lines following the closure of the Verso Paper Mill that threatened the wellbeing and livelihood of Luke residents. The funding is administered … Continue Reading

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