Press Releases

June 10, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Urge U.S. Intelligence Agencies to Prepare to Counter Russian Disinformation Targeting Upcoming Elections

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), along with Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee with oversight over federal elections, and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and 13 other colleagues are urging U.S. intelligence agencies to prepare to combat Russian disinformation campaigns targeting the upcoming 2022 midterm elections. "As the Russian invasion of Ukraine has led to an increase in Russian … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Smithsburg, Md. Shooting

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the mass shooting today in Smithsburg, Maryland: "I'm devastated by the lives taken today in Smithsburg and for the pain and suffering their loved ones are experiencing. Today's horrific shooting comes as our state and nation have witnessed tragedy after tragedy, and it's got to stop. We must act to address the mass shootings and the daily toll of gun violence on our communities. As we learn more about the … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Sanders, Warren, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Expand Social Security by $2,400 a Year and Extend Solvency for 75 Years

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) alongside Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in introducing legislation that would expand Social Security benefits by $2,400 a year and fully fund it for the next 75 years past the year 2096 - all without raising taxes by one penny on over 93 percent of American households. … Continue Reading


June 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Risch, Rounds Applaud Committee Passage of Somaliland Legislation

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) applauded committee passage of their Somaliland Partnership Act, legislation requiring the Department of State to report to Congress on engagement with Somaliland, and to conduct a feasibility study, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, regarding the establishment of a partnership between the United States and Somaliland. "Enhancing our cooperation with those on the Horn of Africa that are … Continue Reading


June 08, 2022

Van Hollen, Markey, Colleagues Raise Concerns Over Skyrocketing Motor Vehicle Fatalities

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg, highlighting the skyrocketing rates of motor vehicle fatalities and the need for swift action to reverse this disturbing trend. As the number of traffic fatalities has fallen in other countries, the United States ranked first among 34 countries for the largest percentage increase in traffic fatalities in 2020. In the letter, the lawmakers note that … Continue Reading


June 07, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $1.9 Million for Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum Shoreline Restoration in St. Mary’s County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $1,937,953 in federal funding to enhance shoreline restoration and coastal resiliency at the Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park. This funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Emergency Coastal Resilience Fund (ECRF) will be directed to the St. Mary's County Department of Public Works and Transportation to combat ongoing shoreline erosion and flooding issues and … Continue Reading


June 06, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $3.8 Million in Federal Funding to Help Local Colleges Set Students Up for Success

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $3,783,406 in federal funding for colleges and universities across the state of Maryland to help underrepresented communities enter and complete higher education degree programs. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education's Upward Bound Program, which provides preparation and … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $500,000 in Federal Funding for Frostburg State University’s ASTAR Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that Frostburg State University will receive $457,247 in federal funding for the Appalachian Service Through Action and Resources (ASTAR) program. ASTAR is a Maryland AmeriCorps program that provides services and support to Western Maryland communities. These services include educational programming, health care resources, drug safety awareness, senior programming, food pantries, and community … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin: New Director of EPA Chesapeake Bay Program “Solidly Prepared to Deal with the Challenges the Bay Faces and the Realities of a Rapidly Changing Climate”

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement welcoming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that Dr. Kandis Boyd will direct the agency's Chesapeake Bay Program. "The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and the selection of Dr. Kandis Boyd as Director of the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program makes clear that the agency understands the many challenges that are facing our home watershed, including those stemming from the … Continue Reading


June 03, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $7 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $7,050,429 to support AmeriCorps' service and volunteerism efforts in communities across Maryland. These awards were funded by both the fiscal year 2022 Appropriations package and the American Rescue Plan which the lawmakers fought to pass. AmeriCorps members help make our communities … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

New Third Way Report Details Importance of Van Hollen, Bera Easy Health Enrollment Bill

Today, Third Way released a new report detailing the many benefits of Senator Chris Van Hollen's (D-Md.) and Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-Calif.) Easy Enrollment in Health Care Act, legislation to simplify health care enrollment for Americans by allowing them to begin the process of enrolling in health insurance when they file their federal income tax return. As noted by the report, which can be found here, the lawmakers' bill will reduce inequities across our health care system by, … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Submit Direct Funding Requests for Community Projects Supporting Economic and Small Business Development

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced their direct federal funding requests for Maryland community projects under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee for fiscal year 2023. The Senators worked with local community leaders to identify these projects, which will support local economic development, position small businesses for future growth, and provide more opportunity for Marylanders. "Direct federal investments can … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Senators Urge Strong Funding for Bay Restoration Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and fellow Chesapeake Bay State-senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) announced that they urged Senate leaders to support across-the-board funding sufficient to answer the many threats facing the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. "Our states are heavily invested in implementing a Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint designed to … Continue Reading


May 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Markey, Meng Urge Passage of More Funding to Close the Digital Divide as FCC Funding for Student Internet Access Wanes

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Grace Meng (N.Y.-06) released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it received $2.8 billion in requests for funds from the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) in the third application window. The ECF - which the lawmakers created as part of the American Rescue Plan - has helped more than 12.5 million students connect to the internet but only has an … Continue Reading


May 31, 2022

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Over $15 Million to Increase Capacity at Port of Baltimore through Infrastructure Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) announced $15,680,000 to improve rail infrastructure and safety at the Port of Baltimore. This federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration (DOT-FRA) will support the construction of four new working rail tracks totaling 16,000 track feet and two crane rail beams totaling 7,000 linear feet within the … Continue Reading


May 27, 2022

Prince George’s County Congressional Delegation, Alsobrooks Announce Upgraded Clinic for Area Veterans Included in Bipartisan Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.), and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that they successfully secured authorization and funding to upgrade the Prince George's County veterans clinic, operated by the Veterans Health Administration, in a bill released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address … Continue Reading


May 27, 2022

Baltimore Congressional Delegation, Local Leaders Announce New Clinic for Baltimore Veterans Included in Bipartisan Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume, (all D-Md.), Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, and Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr. announced that they have successfully secured authorization and funding for a new Baltimore-based Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC), operated by the Veterans Health Administration, in a bill released by the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs. The … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Van Hollen, Kaine Introduce Resolution Designating World Hunger Day

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced a resolution designating May 28 as World Hunger Day. The resolution comes on the 90th anniversary of the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933, known as the Holodomor, and as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to cause widespread destruction and strangles Ukraine's ability to export much-needed wheat. "This year, World Hunger Day and the remembrance of the Ukrainian … Continue Reading


May 26, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Submit Direct Funding Requests for Community Projects Supporting Public Safety, STEM Education Access, Innovation

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) submitted their direct federal funding requests for Maryland community projects under the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for fiscal year 2023. The Senators worked with local community leaders to identify these projects, which will bolster public safety, address gun violence, support STEM education and job training, and drive innovative research. "Investing federal dollars directly … Continue Reading


May 25, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Delivers More than $198 Million in Federal Funding to Help Spur Economic Growth & Support Small Businesses Recovering from the Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) delivered $198,404,958 to spur economic growth and support small businesses in Maryland through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program. This Treasury Department program was reauthorized and expanded by the American Rescue Plan which the lawmakers fought to pass. The funds will be … Continue Reading

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