Press Releases

October 01, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $1.5 Million for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $1.5 million in federal funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Emmitsburg through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention & Safety Grants program. The NFFF will use this funding to support a study on firefighter safety. "Firefighters put their lives on the line every day, and they deserve not only our … Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce more than $270,000 for Firefighter Staffing in Westminster

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Jaime Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $273,670 in federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. 1 will use the funding to improve recruitment of new firefighters and retention of existing members. "The men and women of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose … Continue Reading


September 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge Greater Transparency in Tax Disclosures

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a letter signed by 12 of his colleagues to Russell Golden, Chair of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), urging the Board to require companies to publicly disclose their income, assets, number of employees, and taxes paid on a country-by-country basis. FASB's current proposal does not require companies to break down their foreign taxes on a country-by-country basis, providing insufficient insight into the company's foreign operations … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Hail $945 Million in Funding from NIH to Tackle the National Opioid Crisis

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (All D-Md.) hailed the announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to award $945 million to reverse the opioid crisis through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative. The funds include a $6,354,906 grant for Gaithersburg-based company Emergent BioSolutions to develop a long-acting injectable treatment of opioid use disorder. The HEAL Initiative provided funding … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Resources for Chesapeake Bay Conservation

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) introduced legislation to provide more resources to Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts. The Chesapeake Watershed Investments for Landscape Defense (Chesapeake WILD) Act will create a new grant program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support habitat restoration in the Bay region. It is modeled after the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, which is funded at $5 million annually, and would provide … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Nearly $600,000 for Conowingo Dam Plan Implementation through the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announce the award of more than $599,000 in competitive funding for grantees to carry out planning, financing strategy, and monitoring projects for Conowingo Dam reservoir through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). These resources will help develop a roadmap to address the reservoir's reduced capacity, which has resulted in increased pollutants making their way through the Susquehanna and into … Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Oppose Cruel and Devastating Cuts to Refugee Admissions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of Senators in opposing the Trump Administration's reported plans to slash the U.S.'s refugee cap to admit only 18,000 refugees in Fiscal Year 2020-a cap which, if not reversed, would represent the lowest level of refugee admittances in American history. Denying admittance to refugees beyond this cap could put tens of thousands of lives at risk, lead to greater instability, and detract from U.S. global influence. Van Hollen was joined … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Van Hollen Secures Appropriations Measure Prohibiting US Visas for Foreign Officials of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt Responsible for Wrongful Detention of Americans

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee passed his amendment to deny U.S. visas to foreign officials from the governments of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt who are determined to be responsible for the wrongful detention of U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals abroad and locally employed staff at American diplomatic missions. The Senator's amendment comes in response to the continued wrongful detentions of Americans and locally employed staff in … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Bill to Honor the Memory of Lt. Richard Collins by Setting a New Standard for ROTC Graduates Who Die Before their First Assignment

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.) Thursday introduced new legislation to honor the sacrifices and commitment to service of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Graduates who die between commissioning and their first assignment. The Second Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III Memorial Act is dedicated to Richard Collins III, an ROTC student at Bowie State University who had been commissioned into the U.S. Army, but then stabbed to death days before he reported to his … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Van Hollen Secures Appropriations Language to Require Strict Conditions on Ex-Im Bank Financing of Nuclear Projects in Saudi Arabia

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he has secured language within legislation passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee to require strict conditions on Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank financing of any nuclear projects in Saudi Arabia. This language would ensure that any Saudi nuclear power projects are held to the nonproliferation "gold standard" for nuclear cooperation. The Ex-Im Bank has identified U.S. nuclear energy exports as a key and growing industry, and Saudi Arabia is … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces $9.7 Million to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes announced $9.7 million in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will allow Baltimore to work to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in low-income private housing. "Families shouldn't have to worry about their children's exposure to lead - especially in their … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Call on Interior Secretary to Terminate Acting BLM Director’s Authority

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with several other Senate Democrats wrote a letter urging U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to terminate William Perry Pendley's authority as acting director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). In the letter, thesenators outline their concerns with Pendley's advocacy for the widespread sale of public lands, his efforts to roll back key conservation laws, and his long-held disregard for the important role BLM plays … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Murphy, Schatz Secure Key Committee Support for Increase in Funds to Pay Senate Interns

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) announced that they have secured increased funds for Senate offices to pay their interns, within legislation passed by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The Senators have championed this effort since 2017, leading to the passage of Congress’ first-ever dedicated funding to support paid internships. The increase in funds - up $1 million from FY 2019 to total $6 million - passed today in … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Brown, Capito Introduce Resolution to Designate Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week

Full-Service Community Schools that Provide Integrated Student Supports have been shown to Improve Student Outcomes This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced a resolution to designate the week of September 23 through September 27, 2019, as ``Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week''. "Community schools not only provide our children with a quality education but also include crucial wrap-around services to improve … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Sens. Van Hollen, Portman, Merkley and Reps. Davis, Schweikert Announce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Fix AOTC Inequity

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Representatives Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and David Schweikert (R-Ariz.) announced new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to address a systematic injustice within the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). The AOTC is the primary tax credit available to students seeking a higher education; however, students with a prior felony drug conviction are permanently ineligible from using the credit. This … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Support of House Impeachment Inquiry

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement announcing his support for the U.S. House of Representatives to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. “President Trump’s actions are a threat to our democracy. His continued disregard for our Constitution and the democratic norms that guide our nation have caused grave harm to our country, our standing in the world, and to the Office of the Presidency. These issues must be fully investigated to the … Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Increase in Bay Funding in Key Senate Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that he has secured $76 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program within the Senate Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations FY 2020 funding bill. Following President Trump's efforts to slash funding for the Bay Program to a mere $7.3 million, Senator Van Hollen fought for this increase in funds - the first since FY 2015 - to support Bay conservation and restoration efforts. "The … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce more than $238,000 for Odenton Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $238,400 in federal funds for the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. Through this four year award, the Department will work to attract new firefighters and retain existing ones, building upon the progress made through a … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Van Hollen Announces $2.7 Million for Baltimore County Fire Department to Hire New Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced $2.7 million in federal funding for Baltimore County to hire 28 new firefighters in 2020. The funding, awarded through Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program, will support the department's expansion of services in Sparrows Point to support the growth at Tradepoint Atlantic. The county will provide $1.7 million in matching … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Van Hollen Secures $75 Million Increase in Program to Support B-W Parkway Repairs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced that he secured a $75 million increase in a program that can be used to support Baltimore-Washington Parkway repairs. Earlier this year, the National Park Service (NPS) struggled with timely repairs of the Parkway - creating pothole issues and poor driving conditions - due to a lack of funds in this account. Following Senator Van Hollen's efforts to address this issue, the Park Service began emergency repairs of the roadway. This new funding … Continue Reading

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