Press Releases

October 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $50,000 to Establish Agricultural Processing Study in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $50,000 in federal funding for the Western Maryland Resources Conservation & Development Council to establish a feasibility study on the industrial hemp processing industry.  Funding comes from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will benefit 100 businesses in the Western Maryland region.“Investing in Maryland agriculture is crucial to our economic success, and that includes … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Toomey Release First Administration Report Detailing Individuals Undermining Hong Kong’s Autonomy

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the Administration’s first report required by the Senators’ recently enacted legislation, the Hong Kong Autonomy Act. The report identifies individuals undermining Hong Kong’s autonomy. “The enactment of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act has already pressured the Administration to hold responsible individuals who are actively working to take away the democratic rights of the people of Hong Kong, and it requires important … Continue Reading


October 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud USDA Decision to Continue School Nutrition Program Through End of 2020-2021 School Year

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today applauded the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) decision to extend the critical school nutrition programs through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. This decision comes after extensive public pressure and multiple requests from Congress, including explicit authority grants in the recent Continuing Resolution, HR.8337, which allocated specific funding to extend the waivers. This decision will allow all students, … Continue Reading


October 13, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1.6 Million in Federal Funding to Improve Transit Safety

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 today announced $1,675,000 in federal funding to upgrade transit bus compartments to improve bus safety and prevent hazards on rail systems in Maryland. “The safety of our regional transportation networks must be a top priority. This new federal funding will upgrade Maryland’s rail systems with warning technology to … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Urge President Trump to Stop Erdogan from Violating UN Security Council Resolutions Regarding Varosha

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, were joined today by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) in voicing grave concerns over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announced intention to open the beach in Varosha, Cyprus, in violation of several United Nations Resolutions and longstanding … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Smith, Colleagues Urge Administration to Preserve Health Care Providers’ Access to Pandemic Relief Funding

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Tina Smith (D-MN) along with more than 15 colleagues, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, expressing concerns about the recent change in reporting requirements for hospitals and health systems that receive relief funds from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). This change could force providers to return relief funding that they have already received.  Rural hospitals and … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Smith Press Trump Administration For Answers Over Disturbing Whistleblower Complaint Detailing ICE’s Human Rights Violations, Medical Malpractice

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) today pressed the Trump administration for critical information regarding a whistleblower complaint that warned of major human rights violations and medical malpractice—including forced sterilizations and hysterectomies—at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. The whistleblower complaint sparked national outrage and an immediate call for further investigation by Van Hollen, Merkley, Smith, … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Van Hollen Announces Legislation to Make Payroll Tax Deferral Optional, Including for Military Members and Federal Employees

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced legislation to make the payroll tax deferral outlined by President Trump optional for any worker whose employer chooses to participate, including federal employees and service members. The legislation, which can be found here, is cosponsored by over 15 of the Senator’s colleagues. “President Trump is using federal employees and our troops as pawns in his payroll tax scheme, and it’s unacceptable. During this time of heightened uncertainty, … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce More Than $430,000 to Expand Telemedicine in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $430,124 in federal funding to establish a Virtual Cancer Care and Chronic Disease Telemedicine Program for Garrett Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Md. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program provided in part by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). “The COVID-19 pandemic has … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Maryland Lawmakers Announce More Than $280,000 in Federal Funding to Expand Digital Education Resources During the Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Andy Harris M.D (all Md.) today announced $280,450 in federal funding to expand educational resources and digital access in libraries and museums across Maryland. “Libraries and museums serve as a vehicle for educating individuals of all ages while also preserving our nation’s history,” said the lawmakers. “This federal investment will provide local institutions with the ability to ensure families and educators … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $100,000 in Federal Funding for Maryland Public Television Educational Programs

Today, 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.) announced $100,000 in federal funding for Maryland Public Television (MPT) to develop personalized learning experiences for children, especially those in low-income communities. Funding comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Ready to Learn (RTL) … Continue Reading


October 08, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Continue to Press State Leaders for Far Greater Transparency, Expediency in Unemployment Insurance Processing

Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, during a conference call yesterday again urged Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson to redouble the agency’s efforts to improve the expediency with which Marylanders’ claims for Unemployment Insurance (UI) are processed. Following up on their … Continue Reading


October 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Lankford Make Bipartisan Push for Answers on Turkey’s Reported Use of the S-400 Anti-Aircraft System to Detect F-16s

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) sent a letter to United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressing for details on Turkey’s reported use of the Russian-made S-400 anti-aircraft system. Turkey’s use of the S-400 could undermine U.S. national security, allowing Russia a backdoor to spy on NATO allies. In their letter, the Senators once again urge Secretary Pompeo to sanction Turkey for the initial purchase of the S-400, as required under the … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $345,000 in Federal Funding to Improve Transit 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 today announced $346,500 in federal funding to upgrade transportation services and increase transit access in rural and low-income communities across Maryland. “Robust, reliable, and affordable public transit lifts up communities and increases economic opportunity. This new federal funding will help ensure Marylanders … Continue Reading


October 06, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces More Than $8.3 Million for Johns Hopkins University Research on COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $8,310,893 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to research COVID-19 health disparities among underserved populations and minority communities.“COVID-19 has exposed longstanding inequities in our health care system, making Black, Latino and Indigenous communities in Maryland and around the nation more likely to face higher rates of … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce Legislation to Make Southern Maryland a New National Heritage Area

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced legislation to designate Southern Maryland as a National Heritage Area (NHA) to further commemorate, conserve and promote important natural, scenic, historic, cultural and recreational resources in St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles and Prince George’s counties. National Heritage Areas are partnerships among the National Park Service, states and local communities in which the Park Service … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Applaud More Than $7.8 Million for Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery Expansion

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) applauded the recent award of $7,865,950 in federal funding for a significant expansion of the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA). This grant will fund the construction of 1,302 in-ground cremation sites, 450 columbarium niches, creation and maintenance of buildings, road improvements, landscaping, and supporting … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Cortez Masto, Brown Send Letter to Administration for Failure to Provide Restitution to Veteran Victims of Deceptive Marketing Practices

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with 13 of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathleen Kraninger regarding the Bureau’s recent public enforcement actions against mortgage originators offering Veterans Administration (VA)-guaranteed loans. Between July 2020 and September 2020, the CFPB announced consent orders against eight different mortgage lenders for … Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $2.6 Million for Disaster and Hazard Mitigation

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, David Trone (all Md.) today announced $2,612,302 in federal funding for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to invest in flood prevention and hazard mitigation efforts along the Eastern Shore. “Flooding and other natural disasters have a long-lasting impact on Marylanders, their homes and their businesses. These new … Continue Reading


October 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Colleagues Demand Trump Administration Develop Vaccine Strategy That Addresses Coronavirus’ Disproportionate Impacts on Communities of Color

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and 19 of their Senate colleagues in demanding that the Trump Administration develop a national vaccine distribution strategy that both recognizes and addresses the alarming racial disparities in rates of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. In May, Senator Van Hollen, along with several other members of the Maryland congressional delegation, urged Maryland Governor Hogan to use race and ethnicity data to … Continue Reading

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