Press Releases

December 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Push to Ensure COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials Continue to Enroll Diverse Participants

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with eight of his Senate colleagues, sent a letter calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Operation Warp Speed, and the U.S. Army Material Command (AMC) to make sure COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials continue to enroll a diverse group of participants. In addition to underscoring this priority, the Senators urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, Operation … Continue Reading


December 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $70,000 for Economic Development in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $70,000 in federal funding for the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland’s Economic Development District Planning program. The funding, awarded through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be used to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy for Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the pocketbooks of … Continue Reading


December 17, 2020

Van Hollen Meets with Biden USTR Nominee Katherine Tai

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Budget, Appropriations, and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs released the following statement regarding his virtual meeting with Katherine Tai, President-elect Biden’s nominee to serve as United States Trade Representative.“From the cost of groceries to the availability of good-paying manufacturing jobs, our trade policy impacts the lives and pocketbooks of Americans every day. Strong and effective trade … Continue Reading


December 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Laud Passage of Senate Bill to Honor Mikulski

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) celebrated their former colleague Senator Barbara A. Mikulski today as the Senate unanimously voted to rename one of its meeting rooms in her honor. During her years in the Senate, Mikulski was a regular participant in events in S-115. The resolution the Senate passed Tuesday also honored former Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-Maine), the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.“From her start as … Continue Reading


December 16, 2020

Van Hollen Requests CDC Consider Young Adults with Chronic Conditions in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield, requesting that CDC consider the effect of COVID-19 on young adults with chronic conditions in their future vaccine prioritization recommendations.“As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) deliberates over further vaccine prioritization recommendations, I write to respectfully request that you review and take into account recent evidence on … Continue Reading


December 16, 2020

Baltimore’s Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $1 Million to Boost STEM Education Programs at Towson University

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $999,152 in federal funding to expand student access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs at Towson University.“We’re proud to announce this important new investment in Maryland’s STEM education capabilities,” the lawmakers said. “Recruiting and mentoring a more diverse pipeline of students will help drive greater … Continue Reading


December 16, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Members Announce More Than $2.8 Million for Head Start Programs Across Region

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $2,809,748 in federal funding for Head Start programs at the Y of Central Maryland and Community Action Council of Howard County. “Early childhood education provides our children with a strong foundation at a young age and positions students for lifelong success,” the lawmakers said. “These federal funds will help more families in the Baltimore area … Continue Reading


December 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Warner, Colleagues Urge Relief for Foster Youth Facing Unique COVID-19 Challenges

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), and a number of their colleagues urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide relief for young people in the foster care system as they continue to face a number of unique challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In a letter to Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson, the Senators asked that HHS work with states to extend relief to foster families and implement temporary and long-term changes to help … Continue Reading


December 15, 2020

Van Hollen Meets with Biden OMB Nominee Neera Tanden

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Budget, Appropriations, and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs released the following statement regarding his virtual meeting with Neera Tanden, President-elect Biden’s nominee to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.“OMB needs a strong leader who understands the core of its mission - to ensure our government is best able to serve our constituents and to enact a federal budget that … Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

Senators Van Hollen, Smith, Rep. Bass Press Attorney General Barr for Information on Use of Ketamine During Arrests

In an effort to protect the health, safety and civil rights of Americans, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and colleagues in pressing U.S. Attorney General William Barr for information about the use of ketamine and other sedatives or chemical restraints on individuals during their arrest or detention by law enforcement. Recent incidents highlight the dangers of administering sedatives during an arrest—in … Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

Senators Van Hollen, Markey, Bennet; Rep. Meng Applaud Inclusion of $3 Billion in E-rate Distance Learning Funding in Bipartisan Senate Coronavirus Proposal

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) today applauded inclusion of their legislation, the Emergency Educational Connections Act, and $3 billion in funding for the E-rate program in the bipartisan Senate coronavirus relief proposal. The lawmakers’ legislation funds elementary and secondary schools and libraries, including tribal schools and libraries, to provide Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and … Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Schatz, Booker Reintroduce Legislation To Ensure Roads, Bridges Can Withstand Flood Damage

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) reintroduced the Flood Risk Management Act, legislation to ensure that infrastructure projects that receive federal funding are built to withstand flood damage. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, flooding is the most common natural disaster and between 2000 and 2017 flooding cost the United States more than $845 billion.Understanding the dangerous consequences of … Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Schatz Introduce Bill to Provide Immediate Housing Assistance to Low-Income Families and Individuals During Natural and Economic Disasters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced the Crisis Housing Act, legislation that would establish a new housing assistance program. The new program would be automatically triggered and help ensure that families and individuals who have been forced from their home or are at risk of losing their home as a result of a natural or economic disaster have immediate access to adequate housing.“From the COVID-19 pandemic to severe weather events, natural and … Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Administration’s Use of Sanctions Against Turkey

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Administration’s use of sanctions against Turkey, in response to Turkey’s purchase of the S-400 Russian-made missile defense system. The Senator has repeatedly pressed the Administration to put these sanctions into place.“After watching President Trump repeatedly refuse to hold Turkey and President Erdogan accountable, I’m glad to see this Administration finally impose these required sanctions - even if … Continue Reading


December 14, 2020

Van Hollen Meets with Biden Nominee Dr. Cecilia Rouse

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committees on Budget and on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs released the following statement regarding his virtual meeting on Friday with Dr. Cecilia Rouse, President-elect Biden’s nominee to serve as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). During the meeting, the Senator and Dr. Rouse discussed economic priorities for the new administration, including the Senator’s efforts to reduce the growing crisis of long-term … Continue Reading


December 11, 2020

Van Hollen, Toomey Issue Statement on Treasury’s Hong Kong Sanctions Report

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding the Treasury Department’s report that did not name any financial institutions under the Hong Kong Autonomy Act:“The most reasonable justification for Treasury not having named any foreign banks in today’s report is if all foreign banks ended their relationships with the Hong Kong and Chinese communist officials responsible for the erosion of Hong Kongers’ basic freedoms. We know this very … Continue Reading


December 11, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Passage of NDAA

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate passage of the final Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act: “This year’s National Defense Authorization Act makes crucial investments in our security both at home and abroad. I’m proud to have supported this bipartisan legislation and to have fought for priorities within this bill to strengthen our national defenses - including Maryland’s many vital military installations. This … Continue Reading


December 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Briefed on Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Urges State Officials to Provide a Fair, Transparent, and Equitable Process for Future Allocations

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, David Trone and representatives of Jamie Raskin held a virtual Maryland congressional delegation meeting to discuss the latest information on the availability of and plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine across Maryland. Briefing the lawmakers on allocation and distribution plans for Marylanders were Dennis Schrader, Maryland … Continue Reading


December 10, 2020

Van Hollen Introduces Legislation to Reduce Medical Diagnostic Errors

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the Improving Diagnosis in Medicine Act, legislation to reduce diagnostic errors in our healthcare system. The Senator’s legislation seeks to address the alarming rates of diagnostic error in our country and mitigate the devastating impacts these errors can have. According to a 2015 report published by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, diagnostic errors affect more than 12 million Americans each year and … Continue Reading


December 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce Nearly $1.9 Million in Federal Funding to Prevent Youth Substance Use

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) today announced nearly $1.9 million in new federal funding to help strengthen local and community partnerships to prevent youth substance use. At least $1.3 million of this funding will be directed to Eastern Shore communities.“Community-wide coalitions are a key pillar of any successful strategy to prevent youth drug use. These federal funds will help community coalitions as they work together … Continue Reading

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