Press Releases

June 14, 2018

Van Hollen Discusses ZTE Amendment on CNN International

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined CNN International’s Maggie Lake to discuss his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) regarding Chinese telecommunications company ZTE. The Senator has teamed up with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and others to ensure that if the Trump Administration moves forward with their misguided attempt to let ZTE off the hook, the NDAA would stop them in their tracks. It has been folded into the main Senate text and is expected … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Van Hollen Applauds FIFA Selection of U.S., Mexico, Canada Bid

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement in support of the International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) selection of the U.S., Mexico, Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup. He led a bipartisan letter to President Trump with 43 Senators in February in support of the United 2026 bid and worked with his colleagues in the House and Senate to overwhelmingly pass a Congressional resolution of support. “I’m thrilled that FIFA has decided that the … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Ask SEC Inspector General to Investigate Reported Remarks to Citibank on Firearms Policy

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and six of his Senate Colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Inspector General requesting an investigation into reports that SEC Commission Michael Piwowar linked potential regulatory action to an unrelated policy Citigroup recently issued to promote responsible conduct by customers engaged in processing firearms transactions. Senator Van Hollen was joined in sending the letter by Senators Kamala … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

Van Hollen, Cotton Applaud Inclusion of ZTE Amendment in NDAA

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today applauded the inclusion of their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act responding to the national-security threat posed by Chinese telecom companies like Huawei and ZTE. “ZTE has repeatedly violated U.S. law and represents a threat to our national security - Congress cannot and will not allow the Administration to let ZTE off the hook in the interest of Chinese jobs. I’m pleased that our … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce New Federal Grant for Great Mills High School

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.), today announced that St. Mary’s County Public Schools will receive nearly $190,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program. Specifically, the grant will aid the ongoing recovery effort of students, faculty and staff of Great Mills High School after the tragic school shooting that took place in March. “Recovering … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Three Maryland Priorities in Farm Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he has secured three pieces of legislation within the Senate-proposed Farm Bill. The proposed Senate Farm Bill would adopt Senator Van Hollen's plan to significantly increase the funding available under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), the successor to Senator Van Hollen’s 2008 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative, and makes important changes proposed by Senator Van Hollen to help the program work better for Bay … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin, 38 Senators to Trump: Uphold Our American and Humanitarian Values and End Your Cruel Policy of Separating Children from Parents at the Border

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined 38 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in demanding the Trump administration stop further traumatizing children and end Trump’s inhumane policy of separating innocent boys and girls from families who cross the Southwest border seeking asylum in the United States. Citing the American Academy of Pediatrics, the senators stressed the short- and long-term damage to these children from being unnecessarily separated from their … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Van Hollen Announces Bipartisan ZTE Amendment on Defense Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) announced a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would ensure that if the Trump Administration moves forward with their misguided attempted to let ZTE off the hook, the NDAA would stop them in their tracks. Senators Chuck Schumer, (D-N.Y.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) also cosponsored the amendment. The … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Following Van Hollen Inquiries, FCC Announces Funding Increase for Rural Health Program

This week, following multiple inquiries by Senator Van Hollen, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that it will be taking action to significantly increase funding for its Rural Health Care Program. Senator Van Hollen recently pressed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to do more to support rural health during a Senate hearing and had also sent a letter to the Chairman on this issue. This program helps ensure access to health care for rural communities across the country through … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Van Hollen, Duckworth Introduce Bill to Modernize Nation’s Aging Water Infrastructure

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced legislation to bring our water infrastructure into the 21st century by investing in critical research to make our water infrastructure systems safer, more reliable and more efficient. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Plumbing Research Act would re-establish a laboratory within the National Institute of Standards and Technology to promote innovative technologies that improve public safety, … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Provisions on Community Concerns Aimed at NextGen Flight Path Noise Issues in Transportation Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the inclusion of a provision in the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill directing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to consider community concerns surrounding the development of flight paths. Senator Van Hollen has worked since 2015 to resolve the NextGen flight path noise issues at both Baltimore-Washington International and Ronald Reagan National Airports. “The FAA … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Provisions to Help Flooding in Ellicott City, Western Maryland in Transportation Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the inclusion of several provisions to help communities devastated by flooding, including Ellicott City and those in Western Maryland, in the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill. As Senator Van Hollen noted during the Committee markup, he is actively working to secure a Federal disaster declaration for Ellicott City that will give the City access to additional mitigation … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $180,000 for Affordable Housing in Salisbury

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $186,667 for the Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. through NeighborWorks America. This funding will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs in Maryland. This is one of four grants being announced for Maryland, totaling over $1 million dollars in NeighborWorks funding. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen fought and secured significant funding … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Van Hollen, Napolitano, Katko Announce the Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), U.S. Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA-32), and U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24) announced their Bus Operator and Pedestrian Protection Act which has the support of bus drivers and union leaders from across the country. “Ensuring a safe work environment for transit operators is crucial to improving our transportation system for both passengers and employees,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen. “This legislation makes a long overdue push to improve … Continue Reading


June 05, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $370,000 for Affordable Housing in Baltimore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $227,500 for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc. and $142,500 for the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center through NeighborWorks America. This funding will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs in Maryland. These are two of four grants being announced for Maryland, totaling over $1 million dollars in NeighborWorks funding. Senators … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $250,000 for Educator Training at UMD College Park

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $261,442 in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund summer workshops at the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park for early career geoscience educators from across the United States.“Providing training to educators is crucial to the success of both teachers and students,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees. “I’m glad to see this recognition of UMD’s … Continue Reading


June 04, 2018

Van Hollen Discusses Trade, ZTE with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

This afternoon, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to discuss trade and the Chinese Telecommunications company ZTE. Senator Van Hollen continues to press the Administration on this national security issue in the aftermath of trade talks with China falling apart. The Senator’s amendment to prohibit the President from modifying penalties on sanctioned Chinese telecommunication companies like ZTE - which passed in the Banking Committee with broad bipartisan … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Van Hollen Hosts Consumer Protection Forums on the Eastern Shore

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spent the day on the Eastern Shore speaking to Marylanders about what consumers can do to better protect themselves from con artists, fraudulent schemes, cyber-hacking, and identity theft. Senator Van Hollen teamed up with Attorney General Brian Frosh to host Town Hall Meetings on Consumer Protection in Salisbury and Easton, as a part of the series of forums they are holding throughout the state to inform consumers about their rights. During the day, … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Van Hollen Tours J.M. Clayton Seafood Co., Discusses Visa Issues with Local Crab House Owners

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen visited J.M. Clayton Seafood Co. in Cambridge, Maryland where he met with a group of local crab house owners to discuss the impact of their ongoing labor shortage. Earlier that day, he spoke directly with DHS Secretary Nielson and emphasized the financial harm facing small businesses in Maryland due to the lack of workers. Both Senators Van Hollen and Cardin have urged the Administration to release more H-2B visas this year to meet the needs of … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Van Hollen Focuses on Economic Growth in Cecil County

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spent Wednesday in Cecil County discussing ways to promote good paying jobs and ensure good schools and a high-quality health care system. During the day, he met with the leaders and employees of some of the area’s biggest employers, including Orbital ATK, W.L. Gore & Associates, and an Amazon Fulfillment Center. He also met with leaders of the Upper Bay Counseling and Support Services in Elkton and spoke with many of their clients. … Continue Reading

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