Press Releases

September 14, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on 9th Circuit TPS Decision

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the decision by the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit allowing the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for recipients from El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Established in 1990, TPS is a renewable program that allows foreign nationals to legally live and work in the United States if they are unable to safely return to their home country due to natural disasters, armed … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

As 9th Circuit Court Deals Blow To Many TPS Recipients, Van Hollen, Cardin, Feinstein Urge Leadership to Include Employment Protections for TPS Recipients in Next Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) urged Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to include employment protections for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients in the next coronavirus relief package. Following today’s ruling by the 9th Circuit Court allowing the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status for recipients from El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti, Congressional … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Shaheen Call for Prioritizing Funding & Policy Initiatives to Combat PFAS Exposure in FY 21 Government Funding Legislation

On Friday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who are both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee - sent a letter to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leadership, requesting that policies and funding to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination be prioritized in upcoming government funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The Senators wrote, “As you work to finalize appropriations for … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces $1.5 Million for Nanotechnology Training and Research at the University of Maryland, College Park

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 today announced $1.5 million in federal funding to expand nanotechnology research and training at the University of Maryland, College Park. Funding comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. It will advance the work of the NIST Nanoscale Science and … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

The Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $12 Million for Global Health Security Programs at Johns Hopkins University

The Baltimore congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.), announced $12,424,361 in federal funding for global health security initiatives at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The funding comes through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Global Health (CGH) and will help JHU expand research programs that detect, prevent and respond to global health … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Sens. Van Hollen, Coons, Cassidy & Reps. Price, Matsui Announce Resolution to Recognize 9/11 as a National Day of Service

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and U.S. Representatives David Price (D-N.C.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), all members of the National Service Congressional Caucus, announced a resolution recognizing September 11 as a national day of service and encouraging the American public to engage in a charitable service of their choosing on or around 9/11.In 2009 following calls by families of those killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001, … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for the Port of Baltimore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume today announced $10 million in federal funding for the Maryland Port Administration to improve infrastructure at the Port of Baltimore. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation FY20 Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program. It will be used to enhance critical flood mitigation systems at the Dundalk Marine Terminal by constructing … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $480,000 for Firefighter Training Across Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) announced $486,745.22 in federal funding for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) to train thousands of firefighters across the state. “MFRI offers top-notch training to help Maryland’s fire, EMS, and rescue personnel succeed in their life-saving missions. With these new … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million in Emergency Federal Funding to Support MedStar Health’s COVID-19 Response

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone today announced $20,776,025 in emergency federal funding to help MedStar Health respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is authorized under Section 403 of the Stafford Act.“The dedicated doctors, nurses … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on the Republican’s Inadequate COVID-19 Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in opposition to Senator Mitch McConnell’s vastly inadequate COVID-19 proposal: “As our country continues to battle the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, we need real leadership. Instead, we’ve got a President who for months has knowingly worked to cover up the severity of this deadly disease and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who is either unwilling or unable to grasp the needs of this moment. … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Van Hollen Statement of Support for Maryland, Bay Partners’ Lawsuit against EPA

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the decision by Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia as well as Chesapeake Bay advocacy groups to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their lack of enforcement of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets. “A healthy Chesapeake Bay is crucial to both the health of Maryland’s economy and our environment. To protect and restore the Bay, … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Maryland Delegation Calls for Federal Emergency Declaration In Wake of Tropical Storm Isaias

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, is urging President Donald Trump to approve the State of Maryland’s request for a declaration of a “major disaster” following Tropical Storm Isaias. The lawmakers also requested that the federal government cover a larger share of the overall … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Inhofe, Cantwell, Moran Applaud FAA Action to Expand Aviation Workforce Training

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) applauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) move to implement two new aviation workforce grant programs authorized in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization bill that invest in and expand the development of the next generation of aircraft pilots and maintenance technicians. The FAA’s announcement follows a letter sent by the Senators last week, urging the Administration to … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Brown, Menendez, and Reed Probe CFPB's Failure to Alert Borrowers to Mortgage Relief Options During Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jack Reed (D- R.I.), also members of the Banking Committee, sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger regarding the agency's failure to use its authority to ensure that borrowers are aware of the mortgage relief options they are … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Lankford, Colleagues Pen Letter to Secretary Pompeo on USCIRF Recommendations

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and James Lankford (R-OK) sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback to ask the State Department to consider recommendations made by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) when determining designations of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) and placement on the Special Watch List (SWL). CPC and SWL designations by the Secretary of … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Warner, Kaine Express Outrage at Report of Ongoing, Toxic Workplace Culture at Metrorail

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) issued the following joint response to The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Safety Audit of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This was the first audit of the Rail Operations Control Center by the safety commission since it was established in 2017, two years after the death of Carol Glover in a smoke-filled Yellow Line train. “We are appalled and … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Trone Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Posthumously Award Maryland WWII Veteran Cpl. Woodson with Medal of Honor

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Representatives David Trone and Anthony Brown (both D-Md.) were joined by Mrs. Joann Woodson, the widow of Maryland WWII Veteran Corporal Waverly Woodson, to announce new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to authorize the President to award Cpl. Woodson the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism during World War II, and specifically his courageous and selfless actions during the D-Day invasion. While Cpl. … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $2.6 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Violence Against Women

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $2,602,583 in federal funding to combat violence against women. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide legal assistance to victims, raise awareness to reduce dating violence through campus programs, and provide resources for survivors and their families.“This new … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Risch, Cardin, Colleagues Condemn Violence in Anglophone Cameroon

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, today in introducing a resolution calling on the Government of Cameroon and armed separatist groups from the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions to end all violence, respect the human … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen Leads Bipartisan Push for Answers on Administration's Implementation of the Payroll Tax Deferral for Federal Employees, Service Members

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led over 20 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought urging them to make the payroll tax deferral outlined by President Trump last month optional for federal employees and service members. In their letter the Senators also push for answers on how the Administration plans to implement this deferral.“We urge you to let federal workers and uniformed … Continue Reading

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