Press Releases

April 11, 2024

Team Maryland Introduces Legislation to Ensure 100 Percent Federal Support for Replacing the Francis Scott Key Bridge

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, joined with Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey on Thursday to introduce bicameral, bipartisan legislation that would allow the federal government to fully fund the replacement of the Francis Scott Key Bridge and its approaches. Governor Wes Moore, who joined the full Maryland delegation at the Capitol earlier this week for a meeting with Biden-Harris … Continue Reading


April 10, 2024

New Report from Van Hollen, Warren, Blumenthal, Markey Reveals Over 3.9 Million Student Loan Servicer Billing Errors During Return to Repayment

Report - Servicing Scandals: Student Loan Servicers’ Failures During Return to Repayment Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released a new report: Servicing Scandals: Student Loan Servicers’ Failures During Return to Repayment, which reveals a decades-long pattern of student loan servicer incompetence and misconduct that has affected millions of borrowers nationwide. The report examines … Continue Reading


April 09, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Cardin, Risch, and Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing the United States-Japan Alliance, Welcoming Prime Minister Kishida to the United States

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Ranking Member of the SFRC Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) to … Continue Reading


April 04, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Durbin, Padilla, and Colleagues to Urge USCIS to Protect DACA Recipients and Process Their Renewal Applications in a Timely Manner Following Reports of Delays

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee, in sending a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director (USCIS), Ur M. Jaddou, calling for USCIS to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and process renewal applications in a timely manner.  Many applicants for DACA renewal report … Continue Reading


April 04, 2024

Van Hollen, Markey, Dingell Join Administration in Announcing Funding Launch of the National Climate Bank Network, Providing $20 Billion to Spur Clean Energy Projects Nationwide

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) joined the Biden-Harris Administration in announcing the funding launch of the national climate bank network created through the lawmakers’ Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Today’s announcement of $20 billion from the National Clean Investment Fund and the Clean Communities Investment Accelerator - two competitive grant programs under the $27 billion Greenhouse Gas Reduction … Continue Reading


March 29, 2024

Van Hollen, Joins Schatz, Colleagues in Resolution Celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and 25 Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, uplift the contributions and bravery of the transgender community worldwide, and highlight the continuing discrimination the community faces. “Today we honor the achievements of transgender individuals - as well as their resilience in the face of ongoing discrimination and violence,” said Senator Van … Continue Reading


March 29, 2024

Following Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse, Team Maryland Voices United Support for Federal Emergency Relief Funding

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Jamie Raskin, David Trone, and Glenn Ivey released the following statement on the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse tragedy: “The sudden collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge and the loss of six lives in Baltimore this week are human and economic tragedies that will reverberate throughout the Baltimore region, our state and the nation. “This … Continue Reading


March 28, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Heinrich, Kennedy in Introduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Restore Wetlands and Migratory Bird Habitat

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), John Kennedy (R-La.), and 10 Senate colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) through 2028. The legislation would also increase authorized annual funding for the program to $65 million.  NAWCA was originally enacted in 1989 to provide federal matching grants —in partnership with funding from state and local governments, private industry, … Continue Reading


March 26, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Francis Scott Key Bridge

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the Francis Scott Key Bridge: “While the events of today are still unfolding, we know this is a terrible tragedy for our City and our State. I’m praying for those who were on the bridge, and I know there are urgent rescue efforts still underway. I’m thankful for the first responders and emergency crews who are at the scene and are working tirelessly on these efforts. “I’m heading to Baltimore now … Continue Reading


March 26, 2024

Van Hollen Presses State Department for Clarity on NSM-20

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement pressing the State Department to provide clarity on the implementation of NSM-20:  “The Biden Administration must provide clarity on their statements regarding whether the Netanyahu government’s written assurances are ‘credible and reliable’ as required by NSM-20. If the Administration believes the assurances are credible solely on a prospective basis and based on their signing by a high-level official, and if the … Continue Reading


March 23, 2024

On ACA Anniversary, Van Hollen, Cardin Highlight Record Enrollment and Slam Republicans for Continuing to Push ACA Repeal

Fact Sheet Shows How Republican Calls to Repeal the ACA Jeopardizes Health Care for Millions of Marylanders WASHINGTON - On the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined their fellow Senate Democrats in touting record-breaking ACA enrollment, highlighting how Democrats have built on the successes of the ACA, and speaking out against Republicans threatening to repeal the ACA. Senate Republicans have signaled their openness … Continue Reading


March 23, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Funding Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the second package of Fiscal Year 2024 funding bills: “As I have often said, the investments we make in our nation show where our priorities lie. But this funding package does not wholly represent, in my opinion, the best of our nation, our values, and our priorities. I am glad this bill includes many of our hard-fought priorities for Maryland - including crucial investments in our schools, … Continue Reading


March 22, 2024

Van Hollen, Durbin, Kaine, Schatz, Colleagues Tell Biden Administration that Deeming Netanyahu Government Assurances on Humanitarian Aid “Credible” at this Time Would be Inconsistent with NSM-20

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement calling on the Administration … Continue Reading


March 22, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Colleagues Urging Biden Administration to Establish National Monument to Julius Rosenwald

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Senator Tammy Duckworth (both D-Ill.) this week in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to employ his authority under the Antiquities Act to create a national monument in honor of Julius Rosenwald.  Son of German Jewish immigrants, Julius Rosenwald made Sears, Roebuck and Company the retail powerhouse of the 20th century, but he used his wealth to fund his … Continue Reading


March 21, 2024

Van Hollen, Jacobs Reintroduce Legislation to Expand Human Rights Safeguards on U.S. Security Cooperation Programs

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) reintroduced the Upholding Human Rights Abroad Act, legislation to close loopholes in the Leahy Laws, conduct needed oversight of Pentagon security cooperation programs, and ensure that the United States does not provide security assistance to human rights violators. This bill would also increase transparency and expand reporting requirements to bolster oversight. While U.S. law prohibits the … Continue Reading


March 21, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $800,000 for Planning to Improve Access to Aberdeen Train Station, Cross-City Connection

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $800,000 for the City of Aberdeen’s Transit Oriented Development Station Square Improvement Project. This federal funding will support the design planning for improvements to facilitate more accessible connectivity to the multi-modal transportation services for the community through an underpass, with the additional goals of promoting redevelopment surrounding the train station and spurring new economic … Continue Reading


March 21, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, and Baldwin Introduce Bill to Expand Existing Federal Partnership for Bike and Pedestrian Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, have introduced legislation S.3964 - the Sarah Debbink Langenkamp Active Safety Transportation Act - that will make … Continue Reading


March 21, 2024

Van Hollen Decries Prohibition of UNRWA Funding, Calls on Administration to Release Remaining Funds

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the prohibition of funding for UNRWA - the U.N. agency primarily responsible for delivering aid to Palestinians in Gaza as well as additional services to Palestinian refugees throughout the region - until March 2025: “UNRWA is the primary means of distributing desperately-needed assistance in Gaza - so denying funding for UNRWA is tantamount to denying food to starving people and restricting … Continue Reading


March 21, 2024

Van Hollen, Murray Release Financial Services and General Government Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations Bill

Rejects drastic cuts and scores of extreme Republican riders that would hurt consumers, help scammers, block action on climate change, promote discrimination, block Free File for taxpayers, and much more. WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, and Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released the text of the Fiscal Year 2024 Financial Services and … Continue Reading


March 21, 2024

Van Hollen Meets with Eastern Shore Crab Houses, Highlights Efforts to Support Seafood Industry’s Employment Needs

WASHINGTON - Friday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) visited J.M. Clayton Seafood Company to meet with local crab house representatives and discuss efforts to support Maryland’s seafood businesses. During the conversation, the Senator specifically highlighted work to address issues with the H-2B visa program - which is essential to meeting the industry’s employment needs - and help ensure companies can hire the seasonal workers they need to stay in business and operate at full capacity. … Continue Reading

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