Press Releases

June 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Resolution Honoring the University of Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Team’s Unprecedented 14th National Championship

Senators spotlight Tewaaraton Award recipient Megan Taylor, first goalie ever to be named country's top collegiate player U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the passage of a Senate Resolution they authored to celebrate the unprecedented accomplishments of the University of Maryland Women's Lacrosse Team, which recently secured its 14th NCAA national championship. Behind Coach Cathy Reese, the UMD Women's Lacrosse team compiled a record of 22-1 in … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators to CFPB: Data Critical to Ensuring Housing Access for All Americans

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with several of his Senate colleagues are demanding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rescind its proposal to further reduce reporting under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). In opposition to the proposal, the Senators wrote, "We are extremely concerned that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has once again put the interests the financial industry above those of the consumers it is charged to protect. We urge you to … Continue Reading


June 13, 2019

Van Hollen, Raskin Lead Introduction of Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (both D-Md.) announced the introduction of the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (all D-Conn.). The bill creates a federal grant program to incentivize state and local governments to enact laws requiring individuals to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun - which have been statistically proven to be effective in reducing firearm … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Van Hollen Urges FCC Not to Harm Local TV

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, urging the FCC not to implement regulations that could hurt local public channels. Public, Educational, and Government (PEG) channels support transparency by airing community meetings and local shows. As media becomes more consolidated on a national and global scale, the estimated 3,000 PEG channels in America offer a unique perspective to their local communities. In … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Support Hong Kong Protestors

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Angus King (I-Maine), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), and Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) released the following statement of support for the millions of citizens protesting the Chinese Communist Party in Hong Kong: … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Introduce Resolution Recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), joined 46 Senate Democrats in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ Pride Month. The resolution highlights the contributions LGBTQ individuals have made to American society, notes several major milestones in the fight for equal treatment of LGBTQ Americans, and resolves to continue efforts to achieve full equality for LGBTQ individuals. The resolution was co-sponsored by 46 Senate Democrats, including Sens. Sherrod Brown … Continue Reading


June 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Kennedy Urge USTR to Include Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act in China Trade Negotiations

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) wrote to U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer asking him to include the substance of their legislation, the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, in the ongoing trade negotiations with China. The bill would address a long-standing issue with regard to China's non-compliance with U.S. financial regulators by requiring foreign companies registered in the United States to meet Public Accounting Oversight … Continue Reading


June 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Blumenthal, Brown, Harris, Klobuchar, Sanders & Warren Demand McDonald’s Improve Sexual Harassment Policies at Locations Across the Country

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), along with Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called on McDonald's to improve its protections against sexual harassment at locations across the country and do more to address allegations of workplace harassment, abuse and retaliation suffered by McDonald's workers. In a letter to McDonald's CEO Steve … Continue Reading


June 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Raise Concerns about Immigration Backlogs

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli to ask a series of detailed questions about the ongoing delays being faced by people in Maryland and across the country. "The processing delays, particularly as it pertains to family-based immigration petitions and employment authorization documents, are alarming and impose an undue burden on applicants, their families, and community … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $5.5 Million for Easton Airport Runway Extension

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $5.55 million in federal funding for the Easton Airport (Easton/Newman Field) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the first phase, including land acquisition, of a project to shift and extend one of the airport's runways to meet demand. Funding will be administered through Talbot County, which has been working toward this extension for nearly … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

Van Hollen Releases New State Department Data on Travel Ban

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released new travel ban statistics from the U.S. Department of State, which were made available because of the provision he authored requiring the State Department to provide detailed information on this de facto Muslim ban. The data, which spans from December 2017 to March 2019, reflects approximately 5.1 percent of subject applicants having been issued a visa pursuant to the waiver process. That's even lower than the 6 percent they had previously … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Boost Workforce Training Opportunities in Baltimore, Maryland Opportunity Zone

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) along with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is investing $1.6 million in City Life Community Builders of Baltimore, Maryland, to support the reuse of the Hoen Lithograph Complex as a workforce training center. The project will be matched with $1.1 million in local funds and is expected to create more than 100 jobs and … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Protect Consumers from Abusive Debt Collection Tactics

New CFPB rule gives debt collectors green light to inundate consumers with unlimited text messages, emails Following passage of legislation cracking down on annoying and unwanted robocalls, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of his Sneatecolleagues in calling on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger to reverse a proposed rule that would, for the first time, allow debt collection companies to send unlimited texts and emails to consumers. Just … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $5 Million for the Greater Cumberland Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $5 million in federal funding for the Greater Cumberland Airport from the Department of Transportation (DOT). This funding will go towards repairing and maintaining the structural integrity of the airports' runways and helping the airport meet other operational needs. "The Greater Cumberland Airport serves as an important resource to the community and is vital to maintaining a strong local economy," said Senator Van … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $3.9 Million for the St. Mary’s Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $3.9 million in federal funding for the St. Mary's County Regional Airport from the Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will go towards extending one of the airport's runways and helping the airport meet other operational needs. "The St. Mary's Regional Airport is an important local hub that connects the area to businesses and travelers within the region," said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Brown, Senate Democrats Urge Fed Investigate Deutsche Bank’s Relationship with Trump and Kushner

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, led a letter with Democrats on the Committee asking the Federal Reserve to investigate Deutsche Bank's relationship with President Trump and Jared Kushner, following reports that Bank officials ignored suspicious activities on accounts associated with the two men. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Catherine Cortez Masto … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, and Trone Announce Over $637,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Frederick Community College STEM Scholars

Today, U.S. Chris Van Hollen and Senators Ben Cardin, as well as U.S. Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.), announced $637,097 in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation to the Frederick Community Scholars STEM program. The program will start in the fall of 2020 and will offer students who demonstrate academic talent and financial need, including students from underrepresented groups, the resources and support needed to pursue a degree in STEM disciplines and a … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Feinstein, Kaine Urge Senate to Pass Protections for TPS Recipients and Dreamers

Following House passage of the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide important protections to Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are calling on the Senate to follow suit. The Senators have introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would allow qualified TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Markey, Collins, and Capito Introduce Legislation to Extend Availability of Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) reintroduced legislation to authorize the current United States Postal Service (USPS) Alzheimer's research stamp for an additional six years, providing more time to raise additional Alzheimer's research funds for the National Institutes of Health. Representatives Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Chris Smith (NJ-4) also introduced companion legislation … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $2.3 Million for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $2.3 million from the Department of Justice's Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Emmitsburg, MD. The NFFF will use this funding to support a variety of projects that impact firefighters and fire departments across the country, from counseling and training to database improvement and survivor services. Additionally, these funds support the Annual … Continue Reading

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