Press Releases

May 24, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Welcome U.S. Navy Steps to Increase Public Access to Greenbury Point

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) welcomed the U.S. Navy’s announcement that it will facilitate enhanced public access to Greenbury Point Conservation Area at Naval Support Activity Annapolis (NSA Annapolis) this summer. Beginning May 31, NSA Annapolis will open the East and West Access roads to the public for up to four days per week - on Sunday, Monday, Friday, and alternating Saturdays most weeks - with the schedule remaining … Continue Reading

May 23, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Procedural Vote to Move Forward on Legislation to Address Border Security, Combat Fentanyl, and Seek Amendments to Include Dreamers and TPS Recipients

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of proceeding to debate on legislation to address border security and combat fentanyl: “For far too long our nation has been in desperate need of comprehensive immigration reform and measures to improve our border security processes. While Republicans have continuously stonewalled us, taking up this legislation provided the possibility of addressing this broken system. And while the bill … Continue Reading

May 23, 2024

Van Hollen, Sullivan Celebrate 100 Years of the U.S. Foreign Service Ahead of Centennial Anniversary

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-founders of the bipartisan Senate Foreign Service Caucus, honored the 100th anniversary of the United States Foreign Service, which will be observed on May 24, 2024. The institution as it is organized today was established through the Rogers Act of 1924, which consolidated and reorganized the existing Diplomatic and Consular Services into a single entity. Since then, the Foreign Service has led U.S. diplomatic … Continue Reading

May 22, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Announce Over $7 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Greater Baltimore Region

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $7,640,977 for seven AmeriCorps service projects in Baltimore City and County. This funding, provided through the FY2024 appropriations legislation which the lawmakers worked to pass, will support 560 AmeriCorps volunteers’ efforts to make our communities stronger through initiatives for early education, job training and workforce development, environmental stewardship, and … Continue Reading

May 22, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce NASA’s Reinstatement of Maryland-Led GEDI Mission for Climate Change Research

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is restarting the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) for climate change research on the International Space Station (ISS). It was initially scheduled for de-orbiting in early 2023 in order for a Department of Defense (DOD) technology demonstration, STP-H9, to take its dock. In response to the lawmakers’ urging both in … Continue Reading

May 22, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Warren, Strickland in Reintroducing the Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act to Strengthen Accountability and Combat Discriminatory Police Practices

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Representative Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.) announced the reintroduction of the Enhancing Oversight to End Discrimination in Policing Act of 2024, to strengthen the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) and state governments’ ability to hold police and other officials accountable for discriminatory practices.  The additional Senate co-sponsors of this bill include Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Mazie … Continue Reading

May 21, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $732,410 for Education, Health Care, Recreation, and Economic Projects in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $732,410 in Appalachian Regional Commission funding for six projects in Western Maryland. “Western Maryland is growing. As its educational institutions, local governments, and nonprofits work together to support this growth, our Delegation is fighting to secure investments that support the region’s priorities,” said the lawmakers. “These federal funds will support Western Maryland … Continue Reading

May 21, 2024

Van Hollen, Warnock Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Scams Targeting Seniors

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help better protect seniors from financial securities fraud. The Senators’ legislation, the Empowering States to Protect Seniors from Bad Actors Act, creates a new grant program, implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission, that would work closely with state securities regulators and insurance commissioners to protect senior investors. According to a 2023 report, older … Continue Reading

May 17, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Celebrate Nearly $2 Million in Direct Federal Investments for Historic Preservation Projects in West Baltimore

Recently, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) joined local leaders and partners in West Baltimore to highlight $1,738,000 in direct federal investments for two community projects. The lawmakers first visited the Druid Hill Y, where they were joined by State Senator Antonio Hayes and Councilman James Torrence, to mark the $1,238,000 they secured for renovations around the aging building, including the replacement of the roof, enhancements to … Continue Reading

May 17, 2024

Van Hollen Urges Support for Chesapeake National Recreation Area Bill at Senate Hearing

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke in support of his Chesapeake National Recreation Area (CNRA) Act during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources National Parks Subcommittee. The Senator’s bipartisan, bicameral bill, introduced with Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.), would unite a series of voluntarily contributed park areas and iconic Bay properties under the operation of the National Park Service (NPS) to create a Chesapeake National … Continue Reading

May 17, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Welch, Nearly Every Democratic Senator in Urging Congress to Expand Access to Affordable Housing

This week, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and nearly every Senate Democrat in calling on Congress to fund the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America) in the upcoming FY25 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Bill. As a congressionally chartered national nonprofit, NeighborWorks creates opportunities for Americans to live in affordable and safe homes.  In FY23, NeighborWorks … Continue Reading

May 16, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Hirono, Cartwright to Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Rights of Public Sector Workers to Join Unions, Bargain Collectively

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) in introducing the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, bicameral legislation to guarantee the right of public sector employees to organize, act concertedly, and bargain collectively in states that currently do not afford these basic protections. “American workers’ right to organize is firmly entrenched in our democratic principles - but for state and … Continue Reading

May 16, 2024

Van Hollen, Joins Warren, Carper, Beyer, Porter, Sherman, and Over 130 Lawmakers Touting Direct File’s Successes, Urges Biden Administration to Expand Program, Make Permanent

“We believe that the IRS can offer free and easy tax filing to every American taxpayer who wants it — and that, with Direct File, it will.”Taxpayers gave Direct File rave reviews, with 90 percent rating their experience positively and 86 percent saying it increased their trust in the IRS Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the Senate Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee Chair, joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), U.S … Continue Reading

May 15, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine, Merkley, Schatz Introduce Resolution Recognizing Importance of Press Freedom Around the World

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced a Senate resolution recognizing widening threats to freedom of the press around the world and reaffirming the vital role of free and independent press in promoting democracy, human rights, and good governance. Following World Press Freedom Day earlier this month, the resolution sheds light on the … Continue Reading

May 15, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Butler, Colleagues in Call For Delta Airlines to Remain Neutral in Union Organizing Campaigns

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.) and 23 of their Senate colleagues in signing a letter to the CEO of Delta Airlines, Ed Bastian, urging the airline to adopt a neutrality agreement regarding its employees’ efforts to form a union. The letter expresses support for the 55,000 Delta employees who are attempting to form a union and raises concerns that Delta is employing unfair tactics, such as threats and anti-union materials, to dissuade … Continue Reading

May 15, 2024

Van Hollen, Velázquez Urge Regulators to Crack Down on Bank Executive Pay Schemes that Incentivize Risk

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) urged financial regulators to finalize actions to prohibit compensation arrangements for executives of large financial institutions that encourage reckless decision-making. This long over-due rulemaking required by Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) and mandated for completion by April 2011, is intended to prevent incentive-based executive pay … Continue Reading

May 14, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Kaine, Colleagues in Urging U.S. Policies Toward El Salvador Continue to Prioritize Democracy and Rule of Law

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), in urging the Biden Administration to ensure U.S. policies toward El Salvador continue to prioritize democracy and the rule of law. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the lawmakers encourage the State Department to take steps to strengthen democratic institutions in El … Continue Reading

May 14, 2024

Van Hollen Cardin, Join Group of Senators in Calling on President Biden to Update Request for Supplemental Disaster Funding

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and eight senators from disaster-impacted states in a letter to President Biden urging the administration to reevaluate and resubmit its request for supplemental disaster funding. In addition to Cardin, Van Hollen and Schatz, the letter was signed by U.S. Senators Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), … Continue Reading

May 14, 2024

Van Hollen, Fetterman Introduce Legislation to Bolster Public Transit Service Across the Country

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and John Fetterman (D-Pa.) announced their introduction of legislation to boost federal funding for state and local transit agencies to improve service, safety, and reliability for riders. The Moving Transit Forward Act creates a new federal funding program under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration to provide transit agencies with additional resources to supplement their existing operating budgets and help cover … Continue Reading

May 13, 2024

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $35 Million to Strengthen Public Housing Across Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) today announced $35,046,616 in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for 17 Maryland housing authorities to renovate, improve and build public housing throughout the state. “Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. That’s why, as a delegation, Team Maryland is committed to … Continue Reading

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