Press Releases

September 19, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce nearly $5.6 Million for Firefighters in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $5,585,000 in federal funds for Western Maryland through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Frederick County will receive $5,498,500 for additional staffing, while the Community Volunteer Fire Company of District No. 12 in Fairplay will also … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud new Federal Resources for Support Worcester County's Fight on Drug Trafficking

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the announcement that Worcester County, Md. has been added to the counties designated as part of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs). The designation will enable the County to receive federal resources to address the severe heroin and opioid threat facing the community. Additionally, the designation will allow further coordination and development of drug control efforts among federal, … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Van Hollen Talks with CNBC’s Joe Kernen on Trade, Huawei, and the 8-K Trading Gap

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke to CNBC’s Joe Kernen on trade, Huawei and protecting U.S. technology from China, and eliminating unfair corporate stock sales. Van Hollen and Kernen discussed two pieces of legislation the Senator is working on - 8-K Trading Gap Act and the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act. The Senator’s 8-K Trading Gap Act, which is being marked-up in the House Financial Services Committee today, would prevent executives and other corporate insiders … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Colleagues Urge FCC to Reject Plans that Imperil the Universal Service Fund

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-M.D.), today joined his Democratic colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discard its proposed cap on the Universal Service Fund (USF). The USF supports four communications programs: E-Rate, Lifeline, the Rural Health Care Fund, and the Connect America Fund. Each of these programs is designed to target separate areas of need, providing broadband to schools and libraries or improving health in rural communities. All of the USF … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Van Hollen Secures Key Committee Support for Funding to Help Local Flood Mitigation Efforts

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the passage of funding to support local flood mitigation efforts within legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Van Hollen, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, fought to include this funding which Maryland communities, such as Ellicott City, can apply for. "Across our state, we've seen homes damaged, roads ruined, and businesses shuttered due to flooding. These severe weather events continue to hurt … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Van Hollen Secures $150 million for WMATA in Senate Appropriations Bill

Legislation Includes Statement in Support of WMATA's Importance to the National Capital Region Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that he has secured $150 million for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) capital funding, as part of the Senate Appropriations Committee's FY 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation also includes clear instructions that the U.S. Secretary of Transportation must … Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Administration’s Attack on Maryland Emissions Standards

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's decision to revoke California's authority to set its own emissions standards - which 13 other states, including Maryland, follow - and require weaker standards across the board. "The Trump Administration's attack on our states' efforts to clean up our air and combat climate change is deeply disturbing. The threat of climate change is becoming all the more present in our … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Van Hollen and Cardin Applaud $50,000 for American Legion Dorchester Post 91

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the awarding of $50,000 in federal funds for the American Legion Dorchester Post No. 91 in Cambridge, Md. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Impact Initiative Grants program, will be used to purchase new furnishings and equipment for the Post, to replace those damaged by a fire in 2016. "Post 91 serves as a great resource to local Veterans and the greater Cambridge … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Van Hollen, Hassan, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Address Eviction Crisis

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced legislation to address the eviction crisis. The Prevent Evictions Act - which is backed by Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted - would support cost-effective solutions to keep families in their homes, including through landlord-tenant mediation programs and rent insurance programs. "Far too many families across the country face financial instability and the … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Van Hollen, Banking Committee Senators Urge CFPB to Protect Consumers’ Access to Safe, Affordable Mortgages

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined the Senate Banking Committee Democrats in urging that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) maintain strong consumer protections and access to credit as it revises the Qualified Mortgage (QM) and Ability to Repay (ATR) rules under the Truth in Lending Act. The Dodd-Frank Act created the Ability to Repay and Qualified Mortgage standards to address predatory lenders' underwriting failures that devastated consumers and communities during the … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Prevent Unfair Corporate Insider Advantage in Stock Sales

Legislation Closes 8-K Trading Gap, Prevent Executives from Profiting Before Significant Problems are Disclosed to SEC Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the 8-K Trading Gap Act of 2019 to prevent executives and other corporate insiders from profiting off the gap between the occurrence of a significant event, such as bankruptcy or an acquisition, and its legally mandated disclosure to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Right now, companies have four days to … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Maryland Delegation Urges USDA to Reconsider Food and Nutrition Benefit Changes

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to reconsider a recently proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would hurt Maryland families. Under the proposed rule, an estimated 50,000 Marylanders could lose their SNAP … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Call on CSX to Prioritize Repairs to Cumberland Bridges

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) are asking CSX to take responsibility for repairs to bridges in Cumberland that have created safety risks and impeded traffic. "Cumberland and CSX share a close and interconnected history that includes the city's bridges. Unfortunately, for the past two years, residents of Cumberland have endured the impacts of closed bridges impeding access to the west side of the city, preventing the efficient flow of … Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Van Hollen Secures Funding for Poplar Island, Mid-Chesapeake Bay Islands, and Baltimore Harbor Projects out of Key Senate Committee

Funding Included in Legislation Passed by Senate Appropriations Committee U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the passage of language to support and fund the Poplar Island, Mid-Chesapeake Bay Islands, and Baltimore Harbor projects within legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. "The projects to restore Poplar Island and the Mid-Bay Islands and maintain Baltimore Harbor are crucial to our economy and the Bay ecosystem. That's why I've fought to ensure the … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce over $760,000 for Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment in Montgomery County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $760,875 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Montgomery County. The funding includes $536,195 for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association and $244,680 for the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department to support their volunteer recruitment and training efforts. The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing for Adequate … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Van Hollen Secures Oyster Restoration Funding out of Key Senate Committee

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the passage of his language to support and fund oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, within legislation approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Senator Van Hollen, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, fought to include this language, which will prove crucial to rebuilding a healthy oyster population in Maryland. His work to support oyster restoration in other Appropriations bills led to the recent announcement of … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Van Hollen Leads Senate Democrats in Urging Appropriators to Block Administration Attempts to Unilaterally Transfer DHS funds to ICE/CBP

Letter Makes Clear: Congress Must Maintain Power of the Purse Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a letter with 19 additional Senate Democrats urging Senate Leadership and Appropriators to assert Congress's role in crafting federal appropriations and ensure that any funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prevents the Administration's unilateral transfer of funds to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)/Customs and Border Patrol (CBP). The letter … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Blunt Lead Letter Pushing to Include WWI Valor Medals Review Act in NDAA Conference Report

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) led a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees urging them to include the World War I (WWI) Valor Medals Review Act in the final FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report. The bipartisan legislation would ensure that minority veterans who may have been passed over for a Medal of Honor during WWI - often because of racist attitudes at the time - have … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Condemn North Korean Labor Camps

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution condemning the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) political prison labor camp system. As North Korea appears to indicate interest in resuming talks with the U.S., the resolution, Senate Res. 303, calls on the DPRK to dismantle their brutal system, noting instances of religious persecution, rape, forced abortions and brutal executions within the camps. U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Catherine Cortez … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Urge Transportation Secretary Chao to Extend Essential Air Service at Hagerstown Regional Airport

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Environment and Public Works and Appropriations Committees, Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Congressman David Trone (All D-Md.) have written to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, asking her to reconsider the recent "contradictory and shortsighted" notice that Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) would lose its Essential Air Service (EAS) funding. The … Continue Reading

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