Press Releases

August 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Booker Urge CDC and HHS to Monitor and Address Racial Disparities in Monkeypox Virus Response

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to track and address racial disparities in the nation's public health response to the monkeypox virus (MPV). "Similar to the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. monkeypox outbreak is disproportionately affecting Black and Latino Americans," wrote the Senators in a letter to HHS Secretary … Continue Reading


August 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $10 Million in Direct Investments for Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland Included in Key Committee Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $10,170,000 in direct federal funding for local projects in Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland within the Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposed annual funding legislation for fiscal year 2023. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community and workforce development. Overall, the … Continue Reading


August 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $15 Million in Direct Investments for Western Maryland Included in Key Committee Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $16,892,000 in direct federal funding for local projects in Western Maryland within the Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposed annual funding legislation for fiscal year 2023. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators included over $120 … Continue Reading


August 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $20 Million in Direct Investments for Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties Included in Key Committee Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $20,128,000 in direct federal funding for local projects in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties within the Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposed annual funding legislation for fiscal year 2023. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators … Continue Reading


August 31, 2022

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Over $45 Million in Direct Investments for Greater Baltimore Region Included in Key Committee Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $46,667,000 in direct federal funding for local projects across the Baltimore region within the Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposed annual funding legislation for fiscal year 2023. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to infrastructure improvements to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators included over … Continue Reading


August 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $29 Million in Direct Investments for Eastern Shore Included in Key Committee Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $29,890,000 in direct federal funding for local projects on the Eastern Shore within the Senate Appropriations Committee’s proposed annual funding legislation for fiscal year 2023. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to education to community and workforce development. Overall, the Senators included over $120 … Continue Reading


August 30, 2022

Van Hollen, U.S. Department of Commerce Announce $4.6 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds for Building Renovations to Support Job Growth in Frederick, Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in announcing that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $4.6 million grant to Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc., Frederick, Maryland, for building renovations to support a science business incubator. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan.This project will support construction of laboratory and office space to assist small, tech-based businesses as … Continue Reading


August 26, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Agreement to Protect U.S. Investors, Ensure Businesses from China and Hong Kong Operating on U.S. Markets Are Held to Rigorous Standards

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Security and Exchange Commission's announcement today that the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has come to an agreement that establishes a specific and accountable framework for the PCAOB to conduct inspections and investigations of PCAOB-registered public accounting firms in China and Hong Kong, which if complied with, will ensure American investors are protected through rigorous audits of … Continue Reading


August 24, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Action to Cancel $10,000 in Individual Student Loan Debts, $20,000 in Pell Grant Debts & Extend Pause of Student Loan Debt Payments

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden's action to cancel $10,000 in individual student loan debts and $20,000 in Pell Grant recipients' loan debts for Americans making less than $125,000 annually and to extend the pause in student loan debt repayment for borrowers through December 31, 2022. "For too long many Americans struggling to get ahead have been burdened by the heavy weight of student debt - holding them back from … Continue Reading


August 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on Biden Administration to Extend PSLF Waiver Deadline

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), alongside U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.-02), Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.-05), and Kathy Manning (D-N.C.-06), in urging U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to extend the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) waiver deadline until at least July 1, 2023, when the Department's proposed rules to … Continue Reading


August 23, 2022

Maryland Receives Nearly $1M Grant Created by Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act to Protect Small Businesses from Cyberattacks

U.S. U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Chair Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) lauded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement today that the Maryland Department of Commerce has been awarded $930,155 to implement a pilot program to protect the state's small businesses from cyberthreats. The SBA awarded the funds through the Cybersecurity for Small Business Pilot Program, which was created by the Infrastructure Investment and … Continue Reading


August 22, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $42 Million for Eco-Friendly Upgrades to Regional Bus Systems in Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $41,765,975 in federal funds to improve and rehabilitate bus systems in Maryland to support the adoption of fuel-efficient technologies, such as low- and zero-emission vehicles. These awards are administered through the Department of Transportation's Buses and Facilities Program and the Low or No … Continue Reading


August 22, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Over $340,000 in Federal Funding for Commercial Driver’s License Programs Benefitting Veterans and their Families

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $344,960 to help enroll at least 62 new students, primarily veterans and their family members, in Commercial Driver's License (CDL) programs at the Community College of Baltimore County and Wor-Wic Community College. These programs provide quality safety training for students working to earn their Commercial Driver's License and guaranteed job placements in … Continue Reading


August 19, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ruppersberger Announce $20 Million to Replace the Susquehanna River Rail Bridge to Improve MARC, Amtrak Service

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) announced $20,000,000 to complete the final design work for the replacement of the 115-year-old Susquehanna River Bridge that serves as the main connector between Havre de Grace and Perryville, Maryland. The Susquehanna River Rail Bridge is a two-track bridge that carries the Northeast Corridor main line including all Amtrak service, MARC commuter trains, and freight. The new bridge will reduce … Continue Reading


August 17, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $4 Million for Early Childhood Education Projects

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony Brown, and Jamie B. Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $3,961,485 in federal funding for EasterSeals Head Start projects in Prince George's County and across the region. EasterSeals is a nonprofit provider of early childhood education services that focuses on promoting school readiness for children in low-income families by meeting children's emotional, social, health, nutritional, and psychological needs. … Continue Reading


August 16, 2022

Van Hollen Hosts Rally with Mfume, Mayor Scott, President Ferguson, Maryland Workers, Homeowners, and Advocates to Highlight Inflation Reduction Act Provisions to Lower Energy Costs, Create Jobs, & Combat Climate Change

On Monday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was joined by Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.), Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson as well as Maryland homeowners, workers, healthy housing and climate advocates, and state and local officials in Baltimore to highlight the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and key provisions the Senator secured from his HOPE for HOMES legislation which will help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes … Continue Reading


August 12, 2022

Van Hollen, Warren, Baldwin, Sanders Urge SEC to Adopt Strong 10b5-1 Rule to Prevent Corporate Executives’ Insider Trading

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler in support of the January 2022 proposed rule regarding 10b5-1 plans that would increase transparency and curb corporate executives' abuse of "safe harbor" to trade their company's stock. The SEC created the 10b5-1 "safe harbor" in 2000 to allow corporate executives, who often have continuous access … Continue Reading


August 12, 2022

Van Hollen, Murray, Senate Dems Support Proposed Rules on Student Debt Relief Programs, Encourage Biden Admin to Further Strengthen Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in commenting on the Department of Education's proposed rules to expand and improve student debt relief programs. In a letter to Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, the Senators applauded the Department's efforts to provide and expand relief to borrowers whose schools closed or defrauded them, borrowers working in public service, and borrowers who are totally and permanently disabled. The Senators encouraged … Continue Reading


August 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Urge USAID to Clarify the Continuation of International Family Planning and Health Programs Post-Dobbs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in urging USAID to clarify to its international partners that the recent Dobbs decision from the Supreme Court would not affect U.S. global health assistance spearheaded by the agency. In a letter Thursday to USAID Administrator Samantha Power, Senators Van Hollen and Cardin and Senators Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Angus S. King, Jr. (I-Maine), … Continue Reading


August 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Urge NASA to Extend University of Maryland, Goddard Research Mission on Climate Change

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) urged the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to extend the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) led by the University of Maryland in collaboration with NASA Goddard. GEDI provides high resolution laser observations of global forests and topography with a mission to provide answers on how deforestation is contributing to climate change. The lawmakers note that extending … Continue Reading

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