Press Releases

September 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Carper, Collins, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Enhance Shift Flexibility for Federal Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, along with Fire Services Caucus Chair Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Co-Chairs Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.), introduced a bipartisan bill to allow federal firefighters to engage in trade time, enabling two firefighters to trade shifts without affecting pay or using annual leave. This bill would correct a longstanding disparity between federal firefighters and state, … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funding for Lead-Based Paint Hazard Studies at Johns Hopkins University

The Baltimore congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.), today announced $999,871 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to expand research programs to mitigate the health and safety hazards of lead-based paint. “The dangers associated with lead-based paint exposure threaten the health of far too many children and families throughout our region,” said the … Continue Reading


September 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley Introduce Resolution Recognizing Children’s Fundamental Rights and Climate Recovery Planning

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in introducing a resolution to protect the fundamental rights of the nation’s children in the face of climate chaos’ increasingly destructive effects—which include recent raging wildfires and catastrophic hurricanes. In September 2019, the Juliana v. United States youth plaintiffs and young American … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Warner and Kaine Briefed by WMATA’s Wiedefeld on Recent Safety Audit

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) held a virtual meeting Wednesday with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld to review the recent, scathing audit from the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC). The senators, all of whom are staunch advocates of federal support for Metro, expressed their frustrations and disappointment at the serious problems described in … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

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

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate the week of September 21 through September 25, 2020, as Community School Coordinators Appreciation Week. Community schools are public schools that provide integrated student supports, well-designed and expanded learning opportunities, and active family and community engagement and that use collaborative leadership and practices. The resolution … Continue Reading


September 23, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce More Than $240,000 for Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Initiatives

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), today announced $242,858 in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay Trust to expand environmental education programs. Funding comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) grant program. It will help local school districts and educators design and maintain environmental education programs for students throughout the … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Van Hollen Introduces Legislation to Invest in Transit Workforce Training

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the National Transit Frontline Workforce Training Act, legislation to establish a national training center to help meet the need for highly skilled workers in the transit industry’s maintenance and operations occupations. This legislation will provide more American workers with the skills to obtain good-paying, in-demand jobs in the transit industry. Closing this skills gap - and growing the pool of qualified applicants - is especially … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Van Hollen Delivers Floor Speech on the Passing of Justice Ginsburg, Need to Uphold her Legacy on the Supreme Court

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) delivered the following speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.Last Friday, our country lost a trailblazer for equality, a moral giant, and a lover of justice, the great Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - affectionately known as R.B.G. While physically small, she had a towering impact on American jurisprudence. While the volume of her voice was not high, her words carried further and had a greater impact than the louder voices that were often … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Senate Democrats Call On Republicans to Stand for Science, Support Bill to Stop Trump Administration’s Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.), with Democratic Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and 30 of their Senate Democratic colleagues Tuesday introduced the Science and Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act, legislation to fight back against political interference by the Trump Administration in the work of experts and the nation’s public health … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $4 Million for Reproductive Health Care and Family Planning Services in Underserved Communities

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $4 million in federal funding to provide reproductive health care and family planning services to Maryland families in underserved communities. Funding comes from the Title X Family Planning Program, administered by the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) within the U.S. Department of Health and … Continue Reading


September 22, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $410,000 in Federal Funding for Fire Prevention Efforts in Baltimore County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $410,000 in federal funding for fire prevention efforts in Baltimore County. Funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S) program. The funds will allow Baltimore County to purchase 15,000 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which will be installed by County firefighters in homes throughout … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues to SEC: Protect The Whistleblower Program, Don’t Undermine It

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of Senate Banking Committee sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton regarding the pending rule proposal that would alter the Whistleblower Program (the Proposal). The lawmakers stressed that the proposal could damage the SEC’s successful whistleblower program by making it harder for whistleblowers to … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “This is a painful and devastating loss for our country. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American hero, pioneer, and an inspiration to all. Our nation is so much better because of her courage and tireless fight for equality. We have a duty to protect her legacy on the Supreme … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Urge Trump to Work with Congress to Provide Emergency Rental Assistance, Protections

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to enact legislation that provides the emergency assistance and protections renters need to stay in their homes. Millions of children and youth … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Call for Prohibiting NRA Foundation from Soliciting, Receiving Charitable Donations from Federal Employees

In the wake of serious allegations and recent lawsuits filed against the National Rifle Association (NRA), NRA Foundation and their leadership by the attorneys general of New York and the District of Columbia, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today called on the head of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to immediately remove the NRA Foundation and related entities from the list of charities eligible to solicit and receive contributions from federal … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Introduce Tourette Syndrome Bill to Ramp Up Federal Efforts to Develop New Treatment

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the CARE for Tourette Syndrome Act of 2020 that would expand and intensify the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) efforts to discover new treatments for Tourette Syndrome (TS). The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). “Tourette Syndrome impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. And yet, there is still relatively little known about the disorder … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin to DHS IG: Investigate Whistleblower Complaint of Forced Hysterectomies at ICE Facility

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and 40 Senate colleagues today called on the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to expeditiously investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Ga.“Forced sterilizations infringe on reproductive rights and autonomy,” the senators wrote. “To understand whether such violations may have been committed against immigrants in our federal government’s … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge Online Platforms to Take Additional Measures to Stop Voting Related Misinformation and Disinformation

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, along with 15 colleagues sent a letter to Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter and YouTube, urging executives to take further measures to stop voting related misinformation and disinformation. The Intelligence Community has confirmed that Russia is trying to influence and undermine the election through social media and the Department of … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Unveil the America LEADS Act to Make Comprehensive Investments in American Workers, Competitiveness, Alliances, and Diplomacy to Confront the Rise of China

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in introducing the America Labor, Economic competitiveness, Alliances, Democracy and Security (America LEADS) Act, Senate Democrats’ proposal for a new U.S.-China policy. The most comprehensive China legislation to date, the America LEADS Act seeks to recognize that only when we have a vibrant economy here at home can … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, and Crapo Applaud Passage of Prostate Cancer Resolution

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) applauded passage of a bipartisan Senate resolution declaring September 2020 National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. More than 3.1 million American men are living with prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer and second-leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. The resolution is aimed at increasing awareness of prostate cancer, promoting early detection, and … Continue Reading

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