Press Releases

September 17, 2020

As School Year Begins, Van Hollen, Markey Lead Colleagues in Demanding Urgent Action by FCC to Connect Students to Online Learning

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) were joined by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and over 30 of their colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to immediately utilize the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students at home. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students across the country are increasingly attending virtual classrooms. Yet, studies … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Laud Senate Passage of Key Measures for Chesapeake Bay, Including Historic $92 Million Authorization, New Grant Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised the passage of a bipartisan package of wildlife conservation legislation, the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, that includes several measures to benefit the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Maryland’s fish and wildlife habitats. Foremost among the legislation was a provision authored by Senator Cardin and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Van Hollen Requests CDC Review of COVID-19 Impact on Young Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield requesting that the agency review evidence of the impact of the COVID-19 disease on young adults with chronic health conditions. As our country continues to gather data and uncover more evidence about the novel coronavirus, Senator Van Hollen is urging Dr. Redfield to use this evidence to update the CDC’s risk designations, which currently do not explicitly … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $14.7 Million for Fire Departments in Washington, Frederick, and Garrett Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $14,760,223.60 in federal funding for Washington, Frederick, and Garrett County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Awards were allocated as follows:$8,080,776 to the Washington County Board of Commissioners to hire 33 full-time … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Trone Press President Trump to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor to Marylander Cpl. Waverly Woodson, Jr. for Heroism During WWII

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative David Trone (both D-Md.) led over 15 of their colleagues in sending a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging President Donald Trump to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the late World War II Corporal Waverly B. Woodson, Jr., a former resident of Clarksburg, Maryland. The letter follows the introduction of legislation authored by Van Hollen and Trone last week that would authorize the President to award Corporal Woodson the Medal … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal Demand that Pharmaceutical Companies Allow Low-Income Patients Access to Lifesaving, Discounted 340B Drugs and Care

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with 20 of their Senate colleagues, demanded that pharmaceutical manufacturers stop withholding medications discounted under the 340B Drug Pricing Program from qualified providers that use contract pharmacies - locking out low-income patients from accessing lifesaving drugs and care. In a letter to the drug industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the senators pointed to … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Democratic Senators Call on Postmaster General to Immediately Reverse Operational Changes to the U.S. Postal Service Causing Delays of Critical Medications to Americans

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and more than two dozen of their Senate Colleagues wrote to Postmaster General … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Western Maryland Area Health Education Center to Receive More Than $160,000 in Funding to Combat the Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Newborns

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will receive $166,666 in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration to help combat the prevalence of opioid-related illnesses in newborns.The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to improve access and quality of care in Western Maryland. The … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces $100,000 for Maryland Sea Grant Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all-Md.) today announced the award of $100,000 for the Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) program to address the impacts of COVID-19 on local aquaculture industries and assist educators through the creation of new, interactive educational content.“Maryland Sea Grant has played a key role in preserving our local … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, Engel Call on USAGM to Renew Foreign National Journalist Visa Extensions

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-M.D.), Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) CEO Michael Pack seeking answers to his reported decision not to renew visa extensions for foreign nationals working as journalists in the United States for USAGM networks and grantees including the Voice of America … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on 9th Circuit TPS Decision

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the decision by the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit allowing the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for recipients from El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Established in 1990, TPS is a renewable program that allows foreign nationals to legally live and work in the United States if they are unable to safely return to their home country due to natural disasters, armed … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

As 9th Circuit Court Deals Blow To Many TPS Recipients, Van Hollen, Cardin, Feinstein Urge Leadership to Include Employment Protections for TPS Recipients in Next Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) urged Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to include employment protections for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients in the next coronavirus relief package. Following today’s ruling by the 9th Circuit Court allowing the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status for recipients from El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti, Congressional … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Shaheen Call for Prioritizing Funding & Policy Initiatives to Combat PFAS Exposure in FY 21 Government Funding Legislation

On Friday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who are both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee - sent a letter to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee leadership, requesting that policies and funding to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination be prioritized in upcoming government funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The Senators wrote, “As you work to finalize appropriations for … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces $1.5 Million for Nanotechnology Training and Research at the University of Maryland, College Park

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 $1.5 million in federal funding to expand nanotechnology research and training at the University of Maryland, College Park. Funding comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. It will advance the work of the NIST Nanoscale Science and … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

The Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $12 Million for Global Health Security Programs 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.), announced $12,424,361 in federal funding for global health security initiatives at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). The funding comes through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Center for Global Health (CGH) and will help JHU expand research programs that detect, prevent and respond to global health … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Sens. Van Hollen, Coons, Cassidy & Reps. Price, Matsui Announce Resolution to Recognize 9/11 as a National Day of Service

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and U.S. Representatives David Price (D-N.C.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), all members of the National Service Congressional Caucus, announced a resolution recognizing September 11 as a national day of service and encouraging the American public to engage in a charitable service of their choosing on or around 9/11.In 2009 following calls by families of those killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001, … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for the Port of Baltimore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume today announced $10 million in federal funding for the Maryland Port Administration to improve infrastructure at the Port of Baltimore. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation FY20 Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program. It will be used to enhance critical flood mitigation systems at the Dundalk Marine Terminal by constructing … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $480,000 for Firefighter Training Across Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) announced $486,745.22 in federal funding for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) to train thousands of firefighters across the state. “MFRI offers top-notch training to help Maryland’s fire, EMS, and rescue personnel succeed in their life-saving missions. With these new … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million in Emergency Federal Funding to Support MedStar Health’s COVID-19 Response

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone today announced $20,776,025 in emergency federal funding to help MedStar Health respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is authorized under Section 403 of the Stafford Act.“The dedicated doctors, nurses … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on the Republican’s Inadequate COVID-19 Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote in opposition to Senator Mitch McConnell’s vastly inadequate COVID-19 proposal: “As our country continues to battle the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, we need real leadership. Instead, we’ve got a President who for months has knowingly worked to cover up the severity of this deadly disease and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell who is either unwilling or unable to grasp the needs of this moment. … Continue Reading

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