Press Releases

March 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposed SNAP Rule

Proposed rule would bypass the intent of Congress in the 2018 Farm Bill and take food assistance away from families Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan letter that raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule to make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw the proposal. "The proposed changes would take food assistance away from Americans struggling … Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $120 Million in Funding for Construction of Purple Line

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $120 million in federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for the construction of the Purple Line. This grant is part of the $900 million federal grant agreement for the Maryland Purple Line Light Rail Project, $568 million of which has been appropriated through FY 2019. The funding will go towards the development of railways, stations, and storage and maintenance facilities. "I am pleased to … Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

Van Hollen Announces DHS will Allocate Additional H-2B Visas

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be allocating an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for the remainder of fiscal year 2019 to applicants who have held H-2B status in at least one of the past three fiscal years. This comes after repeated requests from Senator Van Hollen, including the most recent letter earlier this month that highlighted the disastrous impact that lack of access to visas has had on the Maryland crab industry. The … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Van Hollen Questions Bernhardt’s Efforts to Relax Migratory Bird Legal Opinion and Possible Conflict of Interest

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt about his involvement in a recent Department of the Interior (DOI) legal opinion to roll back a longstanding interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that holds companies responsible for oil spills that kill migratory birds. Under DOI's new legal opinion, companies responsible for non-intentional oil spills would no longer have to pay penalties for the massive loss of bird life … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Lankford, Shaheen, Tillis Introduce Bill to Prohibit Transfer of F-35 Aircraft to Turkey

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced a bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey until our government certifies that Turkey will not accept delivery of Russia's S-400 air defense system. Under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program, Turkey is expected to accept delivery of the F-35 as early as next fall. "As a member of NATO, Turkey … Continue Reading


March 28, 2019

Van Hollen Offers Budget Amendments to Protect Working Families

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, is offering two amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 Senate Republican budget resolution aimed at protecting working families from higher taxes and rising prescription drug costs during today's markup. "Budgets are not just a list of numbers, they are statements of our priorities. And this Republican budget - on the heels of President Trump's proposal - couldn't be worse for American families," said Senator Van Hollen. … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Secures Commitment from NPS to Quickly Repair B-W Parkway

Expedited Repair Work Comes After Sustained Pressure by Maryland Congressional Delegation Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) applauded the National Park Service's (NPS) announcement that it will immediately use emergency contracting authority to begin repairs on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. This action follows continued pressure by the Maryland Congressional Delegation, … Continue Reading


March 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Introduce Budget Amendments to Protect Federal Workers and Contractors

Amendments would protect federal retirement, prevent cuts, support back pay for contractors affected by the recent government shutdown Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.)- all members of the Senate Committee on the Budget - filed four amendments to the Fiscal Year 2020 budget resolution aimed at protecting federal employees and contractors. The amendments would put the Senate on the record in favor of preserving retirement … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Feinstein, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Protect TPS Recipients

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. TPS is a temporary, legal status granted to foreign citizens who are endangered by conditions in their home country such … Continue Reading


March 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Roberts Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Fully Fund Special Education

Today, as part of Public Schools Week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Representative Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act. This bipartisan legislation would finally ensure Congress' commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In 1975, Congress passed IDEA to ensure that every child with a disability has access to educational opportunity. This law was a historic step forward, but since its passage … Continue Reading


March 24, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Barr Summary of Mueller Report

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the summary of Special Counsel Mueller's report sent to Congress by Attorney General Barr: "The Mueller report confirms that the Russians interfered in our 2016 election, a point that President Trump continues to deny. I know our country is relieved that Mueller did not find that the President participated in a criminal conspiracy with Putin and Russia, but the President is simply wrong to claim he has … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Mueller Report

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the completion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report: "Full transparency. No waiting. Attorney General Barr must immediately provide Congress and the public with Mueller's entire report and supporting material, not just his summary findings. The American people have a right to know everything." … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Legislation to Protect Military Families Living In Private Housing

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced his support of legislation to address health, safety, and environmental hazards in private military housing. This legislation, the Ensuring Safe Housing for our Military Act, would enact a number of measures to hold private housing providers accountable and to ensure military housing is up to par. Serious issues - including homes with persistent mold blooms, water leaks, and rodent and insect infestations - have been reported at Maryland's … Continue Reading


March 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Democrats Call on President Trump to Allow Liberian Refugees to Remain in the United States

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD), Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16), Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-03), Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Rep. David Trone (MD-06) in sending a letter to President Trump asking that he take action immediately to prevent several thousand Liberians with Deferred Enforcement … Continue Reading


March 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $17 Million in Funding to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $17,314,430 in federal funding for Maryland to combat the opioid epidemic. These funds, provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' State Opioid Response Grants aim to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and … Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Van Hollen Urges WMATA Board to End Silver Spring Turnback

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Chairman Jack Evans urging the full Board of Directors to support the end of the Silver Spring turnback on the Red Line. At an event in December to announce the end of the Grovesnor turnback, Senator Van Hollen called for this next step, and the Metro Board of Directors' Finance and Capital Committee recently voted to end the Silver Spring turnback. The Senator writes, "I am … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Van Hollen Calls on National Park Service to Take Immediate Action to Improve BW Parkway Conditions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to National Park Service Acting Director Dan Smith urging immediate action to remedy the poor driving conditions on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Senator Van Hollen writes, "I am writing on behalf of my constituents regarding the unacceptable driving conditions on parts of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. It is an unsafe situation that needs to be remedied immediately through expedited action by the National Park Service and … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on New Pentagon Arms Development

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the Pentagon's announcement this week that it has begun building parts for a new conventional ground-launched cruise missile and is in the process of developing an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a conventional warhead - two actions that are a result of the Trump Administration's reckless decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: "I am deeply disturbed by the Trump … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Christchurch, New Zealand Shooting

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand: "It makes me sick to my stomach to think that we live in a world where 49 people, including several young children, can be shot to death while peacefully praying. The gruesome terrorist attack in New Zealand is not an isolated incident-the rise of Islamophobia and white supremacy must be met with strong determination to combat hate wherever it rears its ugly … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Emergency Declaration Vote

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate's bipartisan vote to oppose President Trump's national emergency declaration: "When I took my oath of office, I swore to support and defend the Constitution. It's the same pledge that every single Senator, all 100 of us, made when we started our jobs. And today, 59 senators held true to that promise. We stood together on a bipartisan basis to say no to this gross abuse of executive power, no to … Continue Reading

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