Press Releases

December 21, 2022

Van Hollen Legislation to Curb IP Theft Passes Senate

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the Senate's passage of his Protecting American Intellectual Property Act, bipartisan legislation he and Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) introduced to mandate strong economic penalties on firms and individuals involved in stealing American intellectual property. The legislation was unanimously passed by the Senate last night. "Foreign companies around the world, and especially many in China, are working overtime to steal U.S. technology - … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Hoyer, Cardin Secure Language to Improve Equity in FBI Headquarters Site Selection Process

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Senator Ben Cardin (all D-Md.) released the following statement regarding their efforts to secure language in the Omnibus FSGG Appropriations text to push for a more fair and transparent process for the site selection of the FBI headquarters: "For more than a decade, we have fought to provide the FBI with a new, … Continue Reading


December 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown, Booker, Padilla Reintroduce Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) in reintroducing a Senate Resolution to declare racism a public health crisis. The resolution acknowledges the history of racism and discrimination within health care and the systemic barriers that people of color continue to face when seeking care. The resolution also highlights the effects of systemic racism on the health and wellness of communities of … Continue Reading


December 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Gillibrand Introduce Legislation To Protect Snap Recipients From Skimming Scammers & Identity Theft

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced the introduction of the SNAP Theft Protection Act, federal legislation that would modernize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to better protect beneficiaries from having their benefits stolen through identity theft and skimming scams. The legislation is led in the House by Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. Skimming occurs when criminals place a "skimming" device … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Permitting Reform Vote

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of permitting reform legislation: “To truly unleash the power of clean energy, we must quickly bring new, renewable energy sources online. This bill will help expedite the renewable energy and transmission projects necessary to achieve emissions reductions, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and put us on the path towards a more secure domestic energy system independent of … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on First PCAOB Inspections of China-based Companies

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee and co-author of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, released the following statement regarding the PCAOB's first action to inspect China-based companies following the SEC-PCAOB agreement this August implementing the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act: "When we authored the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act and fought to pass it into law, we wanted to … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy released the following statement regarding his meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit this week: "As Ethiopia's federal government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) maintain a fragile truce, it is vital that all the parties involved act in good faith to fully adhere to the tenets of the … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Authorization for Coast Guard Yard Infrastructure Modernization in FY23 Defense Bill, Legislation Heads to the President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) secured Senate passage of provisions from their Service to the Fleet Act in the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act to support $636 million for a major infrastructure overhaul of the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland. Having passed the House last week, the annual defense bill now goes to President Biden to be signed into law. After introducing their Service to Fleet Act to provide the necessary funding … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Tillis Secure Provision to Boost HBCU, MSI Research Capacity in FY23 Defense Bill, Legislation Heads to the President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) secured Senate passage of key language from their within the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. The Senators' provision aims to spur greater research investment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) while strengthening our national defense research ecosystem. It creates a new program with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to help HBCUs and MSIs … Continue Reading


December 15, 2022

Van Hollen Secures Maryland Priorities in Defense Bill, Votes to Send Legislation to the President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) voted to pass the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in the Senate, which included critical investments in Maryland military installations and key legislative priorities that the Senator fought for, as well as a 4.6 percent pay raise for military and Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees. Among others, the Senator secured provisions of two bills he authored to provide a major infrastructure update to Maryland's Coast … Continue Reading


December 13, 2022

Van Hollen, Cotton, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Cut Huawei and Chinese 5G Companies off from U.S. Banks

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a bill with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) to severely sanction Chinese technology company Huawei and other untrustworthy Chinese 5G producers who engage in economic espionage against the United States. This bill would add these entities to the Treasury Department's Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List, which would effectively freeze them from accessing the U.S. financial system. Congressman … Continue Reading


December 13, 2022

Van Hollen Statement as U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Kicks Off

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy released the following statement on the beginning of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: "Building stronger partnerships between the many countries of Africa and the United States holds tremendous benefit for all of our nations. From boosting trade and economic growth to working together to address global challenges like climate change and food insecurity, this … Continue Reading


December 09, 2022

Senator Van Hollen, Rep. Bass Introduce Legislation to Promote Free Trade in Africa Ahead of U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Global Human Rights, have introduced bicameral legislation to increase U.S. foreign assistance to support the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). "The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) holds immense promise to spur … Continue Reading


December 09, 2022

Van Hollen Applauds Biden Administration Decision to Support African Union Membership in G-20

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy released the following statement on President Biden's impending announcement of support for the African Union's bid to join the G-20: "The nations of Africa play a vital role in global affairs and African leaders are steering conversations around innovation, development, conservation, and more. African nations should have more opportunities to present their … Continue Reading


December 09, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Klobuchar and Booker Lead Unanimous Senate Action to Remove Bust of Dred Scott Author from the U.S. Capitol, Add a Bust of Thurgood Marshall

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) praised final approval by the Senate Thursday of legislation that would remove the bust of the author of the infamous Dred Scott decision from public display in the U.S. Capitol and add a bust of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on our nation's highest court. As noted in their bill, S. 522. "While the removal of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney's bust from the … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

Van Hollen, Shaheen, Blumenthal and Colleagues Spearhead Bill to Crack Down on E-Cigarette Companies & Close Tax Loophole on Advertising

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), in reintroducing the No Tax Subsidies for E-Cigarette and Tobacco Ads Act, which would crack down on e-cigarette companies and close a tax loophole that allows manufacturers to claim federal tax deductions for the cost of advertising for e-cigarettes and tobacco products. Senators Brown (D-Ohio), Reed (D-R.I.), Durbin (D-Ill.), Merkley (D-Ore.) also joined in reintroducing … Continue Reading


December 08, 2022

Van Hollen Secures Priorities for Maryland in Annual Defense Bill for Fiscal Year 2023

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the inclusion of several Maryland priorities in the House and Senate leadership's negotiated fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation is expected to be considered in the House next week and the Senate shortly thereafter. The legislation incorporates provisions and investments in key Maryland military installations that the Senator fought for, as well as a 4.6 percent pay raise for military and Department … Continue Reading


December 07, 2022

Van Hollen, Tillis Secure Provision to Boost HBCU, MSI Research Capacity in FY23 Defense Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) announced the inclusion of key language from their HBCU RISE Act in the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senators' provision aims to spur greater research investment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) while strengthening our national defense research ecosystem. The provision creates a new program with the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


December 07, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $55 Million for Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $55,352,598 in funding for the Maryland and Baltimore City Health Departments to ensure that public health systems and facilities have the staff, equipment and services needed to protect community health. "Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our health care heroes have been navigating some of … Continue Reading


December 07, 2022

Van Hollen, Murray, Colleagues Applaud Biden Admin’s Proposed Joint Employer Rule Restoring Corporations’ Responsibility to Workers

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) alongside their colleagues in sending a letter commenting on the Biden Administration's proposal to reinstate the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) long-standing joint-employer standard to ensure that all corporations with control over workers' health, safety, hours, pay, and other working conditions are at the bargaining table with workers. "The NLRB's proposal to reinstate the NLRB's historic standard, … Continue Reading

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