Press Releases

March 19, 2020

Van Hollen, Hassan, Colleagues Urge Department of Labor to Provide Support for Workers Who Experience Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Maggie Hassan and a group of their colleagues in urging the Department of Labor to better support workers who experience disabilities and who may be at particular risk as a result of COVID-19. “We write to request more information about how the Department of Labor (the Department) is preparing for and responding to the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and how it impacts workers who experience disabilities, … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, Colleagues Urge Trump Admin to Protect, Guarantee Health Care Access for Americans with HIV, LGBTQ Community amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) along with a group of colleagues in expressing serious concerns to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV in light of the Administration’s rolling back of LGBTQ healthcare discrimination protections. COVID-19 poses a serious health risk for individuals living with immunodeficiency disorders like HIV, and … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Swift Approval of Federal Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses Hurt by COVID-19

The Maryland congressional delegation sent a joint letter Thursday to Jovita Carranza, head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), urging approval of the state’s request for a disaster declaration from the SBA related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.“Given the various protective measures being put in place by the state, numerous businesses are reporting substantive impacts on their business operations, which is creating an immediate adverse impact on small businesses and … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Van Hollen Announces New Chief of Staff

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that Tricia “Trish” Russell will be joining his office as his Chief of Staff.“Trish has a long and outstanding record of serving the American people in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team, and I know she will serve my office and the people of Maryland well. I’m glad to have her on board as we continue working to support Marylanders during this difficult time,” said … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Van Hollen Urges Pompeo to Take Immediate Action to Help Americans Abroad

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the State Department to provide immediate assistance and guidance to Americans abroad. As the Senator notes in his letter, his office has received hundreds of inquiries from constituents on this matter, many of whom have received no help from the State Department. The Senator writes, “As the Department of State prepares to release an advisory instructing all Americans abroad to return to the … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy, Senate Democrats to Major Health Insurers: Fully Cover Testing, Treatment for COVID-19 Without Cost-Sharing Requirements

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and 15 Senate Democrats on Thursday in calling on the health insurance companies to remove barriers to care for Americans who find themselves diagnosed with COVID-19. In a letter to CEOs for Kaiser Permanente, Aetna, Humana, Cigna Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Anthem, and UnitedHealth Group, the senators specifically asked the insurers to cover all COVID-19 related treatment and services without cost sharing … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Van Hollen, Colleagues Push OPM and OMB to Publish Federal Workforce Guidance, Plan for Continued Services Amid Coronavirus Response

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and six of their Senate colleagues in a letter to the Acting Directors of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) calling on the agencies to post department and agency contingency plans amid the COVID-19 outbreak so that Americans know what services to expect as more federal agencies begin to ramp up teleworking capabilities to mitigate the spread of the virus. In their … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy, Senate Democrats Ask IRS to Extend Tax Filing Deadline Until July Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday, along with 20 Senate Democrats, in calling on the U.S. Department of Treasury to formally extend the deadline until July 15 for individuals and businesses to file their 2019 taxes. In a letter to U.S Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin, the senators expressed their worry that the existing plan allowing for extensions just for payments and not filings is unduly cumbersome to Americans already faced with … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Van Hollen, Booker, Jones Press for $1.5 Billion in Immediate Assistance to Minority-Serving Institutions Amidst COVID-19 Fallout

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Doug Jones (D-AL) urged Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate appropriators to direct $1.5 billion in emergency funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to support urgent COVID-19 related costs. Over the past month, MSIs have had to cover substantial emergency expenses for students from low-income families, yet these colleges … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Van Hollen Joins Bipartisan Group of Senate Colleagues in Urging Federal Government To Expand Access To Telehealth Services For Rural Communities During Coronavirus Outbreak

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), along with a bipartisan group of 25 senators, in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase subsidies to health care providers through the Rural Health Care Program. The additional funding would ensure that providers have the resources they need to deliver and expand telehealth services for rural communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Wyden Introduce Bill to Ensure Americans Can Still Vote Amidst Coronavirus

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) has joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) in introducing legislation that would ensure Americans are still able to vote by expanding early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee vote-by-mail to all states and allowing voters who did not receive an absentee ballot to use a printable ballot currently only provided for military and overseas voters.“We are facing a serious public health crisis that has prompted confusion and delay in our … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Van Hollen, National Capital Region Members of Congress Call on President Trump to Prioritize Testing Locations Locally

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and lawmakers from across the National Capital Region have written to President Donald Trump urging that that the region be prioritized for early locations of federally-supported COVID-19 testing sites. The joint letter reinforces the regional cooperation shown by Governors Larry Hogan and Ralph Northam and Mayor Muriel Bowser asking for federal testing.“[T]he National Capital Region is home to over six million residents and the seat of the federal … Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Harris, Colleagues Seek Answers on Coronavirus Preparedness in Immigration Detention Facilities

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Wednesday, along with a number of their colleagues, in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan requesting information about the policies and procedures their respective agencies have in place to prepare … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Bennet, Colleagues Call on FEMA to Mobilize Land Management Agencies to Support COVID-19 Emergency Response in Rural Communities

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), along with over 20 of their Senate colleagues, in calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to enable thousands of federal civil servants, who have experience with rapid emergency response, to assist rural communities that are increasingly overwhelmed by the challenge of responding to the … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues Urge President to Use Existing DPA Authority to Address Shortages of Medical Equipment Needed To Treat and Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), and 24 of their Senate colleagues in urging President Trump to use his existing authority to help address widespread shortages of medical equipment, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter sent to President Trump, the senators pushed the president to invoke the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), which authorizes the president to strengthen … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Colleagues Demand Answers from Trump Administration on Shortage of COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing Kits

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 14 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and Assistant Secretary of Health Brett Giroir, coordinator for diagnostic testing efforts, requesting information on the Trump Administration's failure to ensure that diagnostic tests are available for the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “This failure has resulted in … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $10.2 Million in Federal Funding for Maryland Coronavirus Response

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone today announced $10.2 million in federal funding for Maryland’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).“This funding represents our collective commitment to responding with strength and unity to … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge Trump to Immediately Maximize Telework for Federal Employees

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with 26 of his colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to immediately issue an executive order directing agencies to utilize telework capabilities to the maximum possible extent. While the Administration has issued guidance recommending agencies expand their telework capabilities, too many federal employees are still required to come to work in-person when they can do their job from home. As the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Casey, Colleagues Press Trump Administration on Needs of Children and Early Care Providers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), along with a number of their colleagues, in sending a letter to the Trump Administration pressing the coronavirus task force on the steps it is taking to protect children and assist early care and education providers to operate safely and minimize economic disruptions during the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak.The Senators write, “It is critical that all early care and education providers are equipped to … Continue Reading


March 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Markey, Colleagues Push to Ensure All Students Can Remotely Continue Education During Coronavirus Emergency

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), along with a number of their colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to temporarily allow schools to utilize E-Rate program funding to provide Wi-Fi hotspots or devices with Wi-Fi capability to students who lack internet access at home. This action would help ensure that all students can remotely continue their education during the current public health emergency. The coronavirus … Continue Reading

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