Press Releases

February 08, 2024

Alongside Biden Administration, Van Hollen Announces National Security Memorandum to Ensure U.S. Security Assistance is Used in Line with International Law

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced alongside the Biden Administration a new National Security Memorandum (NSM) aimed at ensuring all U.S. security assistance is used in line with international law, including international humanitarian law. The NSM - which Senator Van Hollen worked closely with the Administration to develop following the release of his amendment - will for the first time require that, prior to the transfer of U.S. security assistance, recipient countries … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Warner, Kaine Statement on the Senate Commerce Committee’s Unsafe Provision to Overburden DCA

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted to undermine the current ‘slots and perimeter’ rules at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as part of the Senate version of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act: “We are deeply disappointed by the Senate Commerce Committee’s move to … Continue Reading


February 07, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Durbin, Kaine, Merkley, Booker, Welch, Murphy Express Support for Democratic Governance in Haiti

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in issuing a statement on what should have been Haiti’s Presidential Inauguration Day on February 7, 2024. “Exactly 38 years ago, the Haitian people succeeded in expelling a dictator from their … Continue Reading


February 07, 2024

Van Hollen, Durbin, Kaine, Schatz & Colleagues File Amendment Requiring the Use of U.S. Supplemental Aid Comply with U.S., International Law

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) along with 15 of their colleagues are filing their amendment to require that the weapons received by any country under the proposed national security supplemental are used in accordance with U.S. law, international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict. The amendment is supported by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Martin … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Sale of U.S. F-16s to Turkey

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the sale of U.S. F-16s to Turkey after receiving a briefing from Administration officials on the pending sale as well as the status of several concerns the Senator has raised around Turkey: “While Turkey’s ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership was long delayed, it is a welcome step forward and an important signal to the NATO community. That being said, I continue to have serious concerns about President … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Van Hollen, Murphy, Coons, Merkley, 21 Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Work with Israel to Take 5 Steps to Get More Humanitarian Aid into Gaza

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday led 21 colleagues in a letter to President Biden urging the administration to encourage Israeli officials to take five specific steps to significantly increase urgently needed humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza. “The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is dire and the civilian suffering is at an unacceptable and staggering level.  Ninety-three percent of Palestinians in Gaza … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $1.5 Million to Strengthen Flood Protections in Cambridge

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $1,612,926 to bolster flooding mitigation efforts in the City of Cambridge in Dorchester County. The federal funds, provided through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund, will support the design and permitting of a flood barrier along the shoreline of the Choptank River with a nature-based living shoreline to weaken wave strength, prevent erosion, … Continue Reading


January 30, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Congressional Democrats in Filing Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Reverse Dangerous Ruling That Would Restrict Access to Mifepristone Nationwide & Upend FDA Approval Process

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Representatives Jeffries, Clark, Pallone, Nadler, DeGette, and Lee and many of their Democratic colleagues in submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, urging the Supreme Court to reverse a stay from Texas District … Continue Reading


January 30, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Warren, Fetterman, Schumer, Senators in Urging Biden Administration to Swiftly Deschedule Marijuana

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John Fetterman (D-Pa.), alongside their Democratic colleagues, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram, urging them to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The letter comes after an August 2023 recommendation from the U.S. Department … Continue Reading


January 26, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Retirement Announcement from Rep. Ruppersberger

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding U.S. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger’s announcement of his retirement: “My friend Representative Dutch Ruppersberger has spent years fighting for the people of Baltimore, his district, and our nation. I'm grateful for his decades of exemplary public service, including his work on behalf of our national security. Dutch’s dedication to bettering the lives of Marylanders has always driven him forward - … Continue Reading


January 25, 2024

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Applaud New IRS Guidance and Relief for Constituents Hurt by 529 Prepaid College Trust System Error

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced special tax relief for Marylanders affected by system errors with the Maryland Prepaid College Trust (PCT) — answering the calls for such relief led by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Representative Jamie Raskin (Md.-08), and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.-02), John Sarbanes (Md.-03) and David Trone (Md.-06). The lawmakers had urged the IRS to allow Maryland taxpayers with PCT accounts to execute … Continue Reading


January 25, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ruppersberger, Trone Announce Over $500,000 to Support Housing in Rural Areas

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $532,500 to support housing assistance projects in rural communities in Maryland. The federal funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development grant program, will help the Interfaith Housing Alliance acquire and rehabilitate 15 homes in Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties, providing 15 low and very-low income individuals and families … Continue Reading


January 24, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Schatz, Group of 49 Senators in Announcing Amendment to Reaffirm U.S. Support for a Two-State Solution

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and a majority of the Senate Democratic Caucus in announcing plans to file an amendment to the forthcoming national security supplemental package that reiterates longstanding U.S. policy in support of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Senators Van Hollen and Schatz were joined by 47 senators, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Patty … Continue Reading


January 23, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $100,000 for Community Development Projects Across Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $112,900 in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant funding for community development projects across Western Maryland. The federal funding, provided by the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities grant program, will be used to support a number of projects in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington Counties that will enhance quality of life for residents of communities in the … Continue Reading


January 22, 2024

Maryland Delegation Announces Over $4 Million to Repair and Replace Electric Vehicle Chargers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $4,360,176 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to repair and replace 25 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in six counties across the state.  “The bipartisan infrastructure law is supporting a significant federal investment in our nationwide transition from gas to electric … Continue Reading


January 22, 2024

Van Hollen, Sanders, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Combat Corporate Greed and End Outrageous CEO Pay

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Representatives Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), introduced the Tax Excessive CEO Pay Act to take on corporate greed by raising taxes on companies that pay their top executives at least 50 times more than the pay of a typical worker.Americans across the political spectrum are outraged by the extreme gaps between CEO and worker pay. According … Continue Reading


January 19, 2024

Van Hollen, Durbin, Kaine, Schatz Announce Growing Momentum for Amendment Requiring the Use of U.S. Supplemental Aid Comply with U.S., International Law

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) announced growing momentum around their amendment to require that the weapons received by any country under the proposed national security supplemental are used in accordance with U.S. law, international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict. The amendment is now supported by Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), Tammy … Continue Reading


January 19, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Warnock, Durbin in Raising Concerns About Facial Recognition Software, Demanding Better DOJ Oversight

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and their Senate colleagues in raising concerns with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that funding facial recognition software, which can be inaccurate and unreliable, may lead to violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits “discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The Senators also called for … Continue Reading


January 18, 2024

Congressional Soccer Caucus Co-Chairs, Bicameral Group to Introduce Resolution in Support of U.S. Soccer's Bid for the 2027 Women's World Cup

The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus and other members of Congress announced they will introduce a bipartisan, bicameral concurrent resolution in support of the United States Soccer Federation's bid for the 2027 FIFA Women's World Cup, which would be hosted jointly by the United States and Mexico. The full text of the Senate Concurrent Resolution can be read here. The full text of the House Concurrent Resolution can be read here. U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Todd Young … Continue Reading


January 18, 2024

Van Hollen, Merkley, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Research the Impact Microplastics Have on Healthy Farming Practices

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), introduced legislation to research the impact of microplastics on biosolids and the overall health and safety of farming practices. Biosolids are a valuable product of the wastewater treatment process that can be applied as fertilizer to agricultural land to add nutrients to the soil and improve soil structure. Applying biosolids to … Continue Reading

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