Press Releases

May 21, 2019

Maryland and West Virginia Members Push for Meeting with Verso CEO before Luke Mill Operations Shutdown

Last night, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Congressmen David Trone (D-Md.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va) wrote to Verso's Interim CEO Leslie Lederer asking him to meet with the delegation before Luke paper mill operations cease on May 31, 2019. The members expressed their deep concern about the future of the mill, its workers, and the entire community. "Our constituents deserve to know what Verso … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Schatz, Bennet, Whitehouse, Murray Introduce Legislation to Repeal Debt Ceiling

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) introduced legislation to repeal the national debt ceiling, an arbitrary limit set by Congress on the amount of funding that the United States Treasury may borrow. "The debt ceiling is an arbitrary mechanism that has no practical impact on government spending or revenues. It has been wielded as a political weapon - but the … Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Van Hollen Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Transparency of Funding for the Recreational Trails Program

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) cosponsored the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Funding Transparency Act, bipartisan legislation to increase transparency of funding for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) by requiring the Secretary of Transportation to provide a report on the amount of non-highway recreational fuel taxes administered to the RTP to assist Congress in determining an appropriate funding level for the program. Since 1991, the RTP has provided funding to states to develop … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Senators to Deutsche Bank: Why Did You Block Filing of Trump and Kushner Suspicious Activity Reports?

Senators Van Hollen and Brown Demand Info From Deutsche Bank on Trump, Kushner Suspicious Activity Reports U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.) are demanding more information from Deutsche Bank following the New York Times story exposing that the bank's anti-money laundering specialists had repeatedly recommended the filing of suspicious activity reports (SARs) on transactions by Trump entities, including the Trump Foundation, and by Kushner companies -- including … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Maryland & Virginia Senators Request Answers About White House Proposal to Place Presidential Appointee in Charge of Federal Workforce Policy

In letter to Acting OMB Director, Senators express grave concern about proposed merge that would subject career civil servants to increased political interference U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD), along with Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), today wrote to Acting Director Russell T. Vought to express grave concern over a new Trump Administration proposal that would, among other things, effectively end Congress' ability to provide advice and consent over the … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

New Reports Raise Concern that Deutsche Bank Willfully Misled Van Hollen on Oversight of Relationship with Trump

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen raised serious concerns following the NY Times reporting that Deutsche Bank ignored warnings about suspicious activity from accounts tied to President Trump and Jared Kushner. In 2017, Senator Van Hollen wrote to Deutsche Bank with concerns about their relationship with the President, and they told the Senator, "The Bank recognizes the heightened sensitivity of managing relationships with clients who hold public office or perform public functions in the … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $200,000 Rural Communities Opioid Response Grant to the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone and (All D-Md.) announced $200,000 in funding from the Rural Communities Opioid Response Grant to the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center, located in Cumberland, Maryland. "The opioid epidemic has plagued communities all across Maryland for far too long. This funding will help provide Western Maryland with the resources and flexibility needed to expand access to treatment for substance use disorders, … Continue Reading


May 17, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Introduce Green Bank Act of 2019

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) this week to introduce the Green Bank Act of 2019. This legislation - originally introduced in 2009 by then-Congressman Van Hollen - would create a national green bank to deploy public financing for regional, state, and municipal green banks. This federal financing would unleash large-scale, private investments in clean energy and … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Applaud Vote to Reject Hedge Fund Takeover of Gannett

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of Senate Democrats in applauding news that Gannett shareholders voted to reject a hostile takeover by a hedge fund. The vote comes one day after the Senators penned a letter to Alden Global Capital LLC, urging the hedge fund to drop its bid. Alden Global Capital has a history of buying local papers only to then turn around and dismantle them by firing reporters and selling company assets. So while today's vote is good news for … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Sanders, Markey, Merkley to Trump: “We are Deeply Concerned by Your Administration’s Growing Confrontation with Iran”

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) wrote to President Trump raising serious concerns about his Administration's growing confrontation with Iran and asking a serious of questions about how he plans to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat. The Senators wrote, "The blunt use of sanctions and military posturing following the United States' unilateral withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Van Hollen Cosponsors Legislation to Stop Arctic Drilling

The Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2019 prohibits reckless, high-risk drilling that will accelerate climate chaos and decimate Arctic ecosystems Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen cosponsored the Stop Arctic Drilling Act of 2019, legislation to prohibit irresponsible and unacceptable drilling that puts at risk the health of local ecosystems, communities, and the global climate. The bill would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More than $1.5 Million in Awards for Research at Maryland HBCUs

National Science Foundation invests in African-American Research Faculty and Students at Morgan State University and Bowie State University United States Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the award of more than $1.5 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research at two of Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Morgan State University will receive close to $1.25 million for a project aimed at … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $12 Million for Western Maryland Airports

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $12,030,000 in federal funding for the Hagerstown Regional Airport and the Garrett County Airport through the Department of Transportation (DOT). The grants will be used to fund repairs and improvements to the airports' runways, including the construction of taxiway extensions. The Hagerstown Regional Airport will receive $5,400,000, and the Garrett County Airport will receive $6,630,000. "Maryland's regional airports … Continue Reading


May 15, 2019

Van Hollen Bipartisan Senators Introduce Resolution Honoring Richard Lugar’s Legacy, Pushing to Continue Global Non-Proliferation Efforts

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen along with a group of bipartisan Senators introduced a Senate resolution honoring the legacy of the late Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). The resolution recognizes Lugar's enormous contributions to nuclear non-proliferation, and pushes for the U.S. to continue its leadership in advancing global non-proliferation efforts, including by considering extending the New START Treaty that Senator Lugar championed from his post on the Senate Foreign Relations … Continue Reading


May 14, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Question USDA Plans to Relocate Offices Outside the National Capital Region

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), along with several of his Senate colleagues and House Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressing concern regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposal to move the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) out of the National Capital Region. The current headquarters facility for NIFA is in General Services Administration (GSA) leased space in … Continue Reading


May 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Rubio Urge Banking Committee to Hold Mark Up of DETER Act

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) calling for the immediate mark up of the DETER Act. The Senators' bipartisan legislation would send a clear and powerful message to Russia and any other foreign actors seeking to disrupt our elections: If you attack American candidates, campaigns, or voting infrastructure, you will … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Clarke Urge FCC to Support Workforce Diversity, Collect Data on Broadcast Demographics

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai urging the FCC to reinstate practices to collect data on broadcast workforce diversity. Currently, the FCC is required by law to collect this information yet has failed to do so. They write, "Earlier this year, the Commission decided to review certain of its equal employment opportunity (EEO) rules for the broadcasting sector. … Continue Reading


May 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Burr Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Child Care Protection

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) have introduced the Child Care Protection Improvement Act. This bipartisan legislation would create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing background check requirements for child care workers. "As we work to make sure childcare is affordable for families in Maryland and across the country, we must have a better system that maximizes safety and provides parents peace of mind about who is watching their … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Introduce Resolution Condemning Brunei for Barbaric Laws

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Todd Young (R-IN), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the government of Brunei for recently imposing laws that include, among other troubling things, death by stoning for adultery and homosexual relations. Their resolution also calls for the repeal of these barbaric laws and visa bans for anyone involved in their implementation. "I am … Continue Reading


May 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings Announce Legislation to Promote Educational Opportunities for Americans with Criminal Records

Bills Would Reform Prison Education, Encourage Colleges and Universities To Keep Criminal Records Out Of Admissions Process This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) in the Senate and U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) in the House to announce the introduction of two bills to expand access to education for Americans with criminals records, whether they are in prison or applying to go back to school with a criminal … Continue Reading

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