Press Releases

April 01, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Over $45 Million in Infrastructure Funding to Help Marylanders Cut Utility Costs by Making Homes More Energy Efficient

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 $45,708,416 in federal funding to help Marylanders lower utility costs by making energy efficient upgrades to their homes. The lawmakers helped secure this federal funding through the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The funds will improve the health, safety, and … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Murphy, Colleagues Urge the Biden Administration to Push International Donors to Fulfill $3.8 Billion Funding Gap to Address Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in sending a letter urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power to press international donors at the United Nations pledging conference to fulfill the current $3.8 billion funding gap for humanitarian aid for Afghanistan and to ensure that aid can reach the Afghan people in need. "The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan is deepening, with … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Availability of Additional H-2B Visas to Support Maryland Seafood Industry

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will release an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year 2022. These visas are vital to the small businesses that make up Maryland's crab and seafood industries, and the supplemental release follows efforts from the Senators to press DHS to provide more visas after only one of Maryland's ten crab processors was … Continue Reading


March 31, 2022

Van Hollen Announces Army Recognition of Maryland Veteran Ronald Dolecki with POW Medal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the U.S. Army's recognition of Specialist (SPC) Ronald Dolecki, a veteran residing in Huntingtown, Maryland, with a Prisoner of War (POW) Medal honoring his military service in Ethiopia. While on a mapping mission in Ethiopia in 1965, Dolecki was captured by armed, uniformed members of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF). He suffered under brutal conditions while in captivity but eventually escaped and saved the lives of two other … Continue Reading


March 29, 2022

Van Hollen, Risch, Menendez, Colleagues Request Removal of Russia from UNHRC Due to War Crimes

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) alongside Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in sending a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield requesting she introduce a resolution at the United Nations (UN) to remove Russia from the UN Human Rights … Continue Reading


March 29, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Ethiopia Peace and Stabilization Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to report the Ethiopia Peace and Stabilization Act (S. 3199) out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The legislation included updated language drafted by the Senator to ensure the bill takes a more balanced approach and provides needed flexibility for the Biden Administration to respond to this complex and rapidly changing crisis. "Over the last several weeks we've seen tentative progress … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on President Biden’s Budget

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, released the following statement regarding President Biden's fiscal year 2023 proposed budget: "Growing an inclusive economy and providing greater opportunity to Americans are two of my top priorities. With his budget, President Biden makes clear that we are laser-focused on these objectives. This budget includes key investments that I've fought for over the years - such as fully funding … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown, Hogan, and Alsobrooks Applaud the Inclusion of Language Providing for the New FBI Headquarters in President Biden’s 2023 Budget

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (Md.-05) and Anthony Brown (Md.-04), Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks released the following statement after the President unveiled his budget for the Fiscal Year 2023, which includes language to ensure the FBI will have a new, consolidated suburban headquarters that will house 7,500 employees. "We are pleased that President Biden's Budget for Fiscal … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce More Than $1.2 Million to Early Childhood Education Programs in St. Mary’s County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $1,277,001 in federal funding for the St. Mary's County Board of Education's Head Start programs to expand early learning, development, health services and family well-being. "Learning gaps have only widened during the pandemic, and have particularly disadvantaged our youngest students. Investing in early childhood education programs like Head Start is one of the best ways to set up all … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Van Hollen, Warnock, Brown Push Banks to Provide Relief to Struggling Americans, Eliminate Overdraft Fees

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in sending letters to major banks urging them to lower or fully eliminate their overdraft fees. The letters were sent to the Chief Executive Officers of Charles Schwab, JPMorgan Chase, PNC Financial Services Group, TD Group, Truist Financial Corporation, U.S. Bancorp, and Wells Fargo. "Financial institutions should do all they can to ensure working families keep their hard-earned … Continue Reading


March 28, 2022

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces the Addition of Bear Creek Sediments Site in Baltimore County to the Superfund National Priorities List for Environmental Cleanup

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced that the Bear Creek Sediments site - adjacent to Sparrows Point - has been added to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund National Priorities List. The list serves as the agency's basis for prioritizing cleanup funding and enforcement actions. The addition of the Bear Creek Sediments site allows the EPA to begin conducting a more … Continue Reading


March 25, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $200,000 in Funding for Boonsboro Water Distribution System

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $100,000 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), along with $100,000 in local matching funds for the Shafer Park Well Replacement project in Boonsboro, Maryland. The project is designed to improve water service for 60 businesses and 1,240 households. "This investment is critical to the local community and will benefit thousands of Marylanders," said the lawmakers. … Continue Reading


March 24, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud Hitachi Rail’s Selection of Hagerstown for New U.S. Train Factory that Will Create Over 450 Jobs and Build New Metro Railcars

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) welcomed Hitachi Rail's announcement that Hagerstown, Maryland will be the site of its new train factory which will produce the new 8000-series railcars for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Hitachi estimates that the facility will sustain 1,300 jobs, with 460 of them employed directly by the company. This announcement comes after the Senators enacted provisions of their Metro Safety, Accountability and … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Passing of Madeleine Albright

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright: "Madeleine was a trailblazer, a leader, a seasoned diplomat, and a champion for all humankind. After arriving in the United States as a refugee, she always fought to give a voice to the voiceless. And she was a force to be reckoned with. Even in the challenges we face today, her lasting impact is still so present - including in her advocacy for Poland, … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud Senate Confirmation of Judge Julie Rubin for U.S. District Court of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today lauded the Senate's bipartisan confirmation of Baltimore City Circuit Judge Julie Rubin to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland by a vote of 51 to 46. "After nearly a decade of service on the state trial court in Baltimore, Judge Julie Rubin is ready to hit the ground running on day one as a federal judge," the senators said after the confirmation vote. "We know that Judge Rubin will continue her … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Support for Federal Workers, Agencies in FY22 Funding Package

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced key provisions in the final Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations package signed into law by President Joe Biden that they worked to secure in order to support our federal workers through improved compensation and working conditions. The Omnibus Appropriations Act also enables critical maintenance projects at federal facilities in Maryland. "Federal workers in Maryland and across the country work day-in and day-out to provide … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Highlight Key Programs in FY22 Funding Package to Elevate Holocaust Education, Support Survivors and Protect Houses of Worship from Threats

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.) announced key provisions in the final Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Omnibus Appropriations package signed into law by President Biden that support Holocaust education and Holocaust survivors, and expand available assistance to enhance security at houses of worship amid a rise in threats against religious communities. Senator Van Hollen is a member of the Senate Appropriations and Senate Foreign Relations committees. Senator Cardin is a … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Casey Lead Bicameral Push with House Chesapeake Bay Leaders for USDA to Prioritize Regional Climate Conservation Efforts

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-Va.-03), John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03), and Abigail Spangberger (D-Va.-07) recently led a total of 20 Chesapeake Bay-state colleagues in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging new action to address region-wide threats from climate change as the Bay states work toward 2025 pollution reduction goals. Specifically, the Members of Congress called on the Natural Resources … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Brown, Raskin Urge President Biden to Consider Airplane Noise Reduction Efforts in Nomination of New FAA Administrator

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) joined Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.) in writing to President Biden urging that he strongly consider the reduction of airplane noise and the improvement of communication with local communities as he makes his nomination of a new Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The letter was also signed by U.S. Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.), and … Continue Reading


March 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Baldwin Urge Biden Administration to Designate Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status

United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) sent a letter to President Biden urging the Administration to designate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Cameroon, which would provide lifesaving protection to Cameroonians in the United States. "We write to request that your Administration immediately designate Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status. Cameroon is currently experiencing multiple, worsening humanitarian crises, including an armed conflict in the Far … Continue Reading

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