Press Releases

July 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Sanders Introduce Masks for All Act to Curb Deadly Coronavirus Surge

As COVID-19 infections continue to surge across America and nearly 30 states impose public mask-wearing requirements, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and over three dozen Democratic colleagues in the Senate and House introduced lifesaving legislation today to manufacture and distribute high-quality, reusable masks to everyone in America.The proposal, developed in consultation with health experts including Andy Slavitt, the former Acting Administrator of the Centers … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Continue Push to Bring Harriet Tubman Statue to U.S. Capitol Building

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) urged Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration to support their legislation, which is cosponsored by Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to bring a statue of Harriet Tubman to the U.S. Capitol Building in honor and recognition of her extraordinary life and service. “Through the art in the Capitol, Congress makes powerful statements about our nation’s history and values. From the … Continue Reading


July 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Schatz Introduce Bill to Protect Health and Safety of Federal Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic, Ensure Federal Workers Have a Voice in Creating Emergency Response Policies

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) introduced the Federal Labor-Management COVID Partnership Act, a bill that would keep federal workers safe during public health emergencies, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, by creating formal labor-management task forces at both the Executive Branch and agency level. These task forces would be responsible for reviewing current telework, leave, cleaning, and training policies, supplying policy recommendations and … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Van Hollen, Hassan Call on Facebook to Stop Spread of Climate Change Disinformation on Its Platform

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) urged Facebook to stop the spread of climate change disinformation on its platform. In their letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the Senators detail how Facebook’s decision to label climate change content as “opinion content” has prevented fact checks on misleading or false information on climate change, which emboldens climate deniers and promotes the spread of disinformation. The letter follows reporting from the New … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Maryland, Virginia Senators Call Trump Adminstration’s Attempt to Use COVID-19 as Excuse for Funding Unsecured Downtown FBI Headquarters “Inappropriate”

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) are calling on Senate leadership to reject the Trump adminstration’s attempt to add funding for a downtown headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into the latest COVID-19 relief package. The four senators urged that the language be removed from any COVID-19 legislation.“The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis and an economic downturn. Addressing these … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy Introduce Legislation to Prevent Health Care Providers from Seizing Bank Accounts, Wages During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced the COVID-19 Medical Debt Collection Relief Act, legislation to prevent healthcare providers from taking drastic steps to collect medical debts from patients - including seizing bank accounts and garnishing wages.Nearly one in four working-age American adults report having problems paying their medical bills. As our nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial and health consequences of medical debt are … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Republican Release of COVID-19 Plan

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the COVID-19 plan released by Senate Republicans today:“It’s bad enough that Senate Republicans are allowing many important protections to expire, but it’s outrageous that - when they finally unveiled their proposals today - they fall so far short of meeting the urgent needs around the country and, in many cases, will make the situation worse. The House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act over two months ago … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce Nearly $300,000 for Blue Crab Research at the University of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $299,963 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park for research into a new processing technology that could enhance the competitiveness of the domestic blue crab industry. The funding comes from the 2020 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grants Program through the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “Few things are as iconic as the Chesapeake Bay blue … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, Durbin, Schumer Again Call on Trump to Grant TPS for Venezuelans

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), as well as Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today called on President Trump to support the victims of the Maduro regime by granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans fleeing the political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in their home country. “As the people of Venezuela continue to suffer political oppression and economic deprivation at the hands of … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Colleagues Call on Anthony J. Tata to Withdraw Nomination as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and Resign from the Pentagon

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to retired Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata calling on him to withdraw his nomination to serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense (DoD) and resign his current position as a senior advisor to the Defense Secretary. If confirmed, Tata would become the third-highest ranking DoD official and a principal advisor to the Secretary on the Department's policies and activities. The … Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown Request Additional Supports for Community Schools in Next Covid-19 Relief Package

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led a letter to Senate leadership requesting additional supports for community schools in the next COVID-19 package. As students, parents, and educators navigate this public health and economic crisis, it is even more essential that schools are equipped to meet the needs of the whole child and their families. The community schools strategy is an evidence-based approach that equips schools to provide integrated student supports, … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Release Statements on USCIS Furlough Postponement

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following statements in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) decision to postpone their previously announced employee furloughs. In early July, the Senators wrote a letter to USCIS urging the Agency to reconsider the planned furloughs and to eliminate the harmful policies that have undermined its budget, threatened employees’ livelihoods, and hurt U.S. immigration services at large.“Many … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Introduce $1B Bill to Spur Economic Activity in Communities Hit Hard by COVID-19

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) have introduced legislation that would provide an additional $1 billion to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to boost local economies in low-income, rural and urban communities that were disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Senator Van Hollen also urged Senate negotiators to increase the CDFI Fund in March. “CDFIs serve as a direct financial lifeline for struggling communities that have … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Introduce $1B Bill to Spur Economic Activity in Communities Hit Hard by COVID-19

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) have introduced legislation that would provide an additional $1 billion to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to boost local economies in low-income, rural and urban communities that were disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “CDFIs serve as a direct financial lifeline for struggling communities that have been hardest hit by COVID-19, funding small businesses, non-profits, and a diverse … Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Gillibrand, Kaine and Warren Lead Colleagues to Call for Fixes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program to Be Included in Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with seventeen other senators, called on Senate leadership to include fixes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program in the next COVID-19 relief package. In a letter, the senators called for the inclusion of components from the What You Can Do For Your Country Act - legislation introduced by Van Hollen, Gillibrand, Kaine, and Warren - in the relief package … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Attempts to Include Misguided FBI Building Policy within Next COVID Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on President Trump’s attempt to include his misguided plan for an updated Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters within the next COVID-19 relief package: “The Congress has spent years working toward a new FBI building and campus that would meet the operational and security needs of the agency. Despite significant progress towards this goal, President Trump pulled the plug on the plan when he came into … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Murray, Lawmakers Urge HHS to Address the Needs of Pregnant People during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Combat Maternal Mortality Crisis

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the agency to strengthen its efforts to protect pregnant people during the COVID-19 pandemic and expressing concern over reports that the political needs of the President were being prioritized over the public health needs of vulnerable populations."We understand the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy, Colleagues Call for Substantial Funding to Amtrak for Critical Projects Along the Northeast Corridor in Future Covid-19 Relief Bill

Due to declining ridership and revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) calling for substantial funding for Amtrak in any future pandemic relief bill. In the letter to McConnell and Schumer, the senators noted the dire measures Amtrak would have to take, such as cessation critical NEC infrastructure … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces Nearly $775,000 for Drug Addiction Research at Johns Hopkins University

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) today announced $774,845 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University to support critical research on drug use and addiction.The funding, which comes through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will explore innovative intervention treatment for opioid use disorders. Specifically, the funding will enable researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of new medical … Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Democratic Senators Urge Significant, New Flexible Funding for State and Local Governments

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and nearly three dozen Democratic colleagues urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to support the funding amount and proposed funding flexibility for state and local governments that was included in the HEROES Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The funding includes $500 billion for states, $375 billion for local governments and $20 billion each for territories and tribal … Continue Reading

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