Press Releases

October 16, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Present $25 Million Federal Grant to Prince George’s County Public Schools

U.S.Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardintoday joined Prince George's County officials and students at Greenbelt Middle School to announce a three-year, $25 million grant for Prince George's County Public Schools. The grant will bolster the county's "Great Teachers, Great Leaders, Great Schools" project under the Teacher Incentive Fund Program. The grant will invest in Prince George's County students by investing in teacher and principal effectiveness at high-needs schools. "Teachers in … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Banking Democrats Urge Treasury IG to Investigate Noreika’s SGE Status

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a letter with Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) asking the Department of the Treasury's Office of the Inspector General initiate an investigation into the misapplication of Special Government Employee (SGE) status with regard to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Keith Noreika. "We've expressed … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $15 Million in Federal Funding to Expand Baltimore County’s Public Magnet Schools

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $15 million in federal funding for Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). The Magnet Schools Assistance Program funds - awarded by the U.S. Department of Education - will be utilized by the county's Office of Magnet Programs to convert six public schools across the county into whole-school magnet schools and serve nearly 4,600 students. In addition, the grant aims to further integrate minority students in the … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats File Amicus Brief in Support of Planned Parenthood; Stand Up for Women’s Health & Rights in Texas

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of Senate Democrats in filing anamicus briefwith the U.S.Court of Appealsfor theFifth Circuitin the case ofPlanned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning and Preventive Health Services, Inc. et al v. Charles Smith et al. In 2016, Texas revoked Planned Parenthood's status as a qualified medical provider for Texans on Medicaid. While the move was blocked by a federal judge, the state appealed the injunction and their arguments will soon … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $240,139 Grant for University of Maryland Libraries

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen andBen Cardin(both D-Md.)have announced a $240,139 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (ILMS) for the University of Maryland Digital Curation Innovation Center. This grant will allow the University to research and improve the online database system Fedora Repository, which is integral to the access and preservation of digital libraries and archives. The project will strengthen the Repository, which will give students and … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $43,300 Grant for Public Chesapeake Charter Alliance in Lexington Park

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced a $43,300 grant for the Chesapeake Charter Alliance, a public charter school operator, to purchase new furniture and equipment for the school's kindergarten and second grade classrooms.Located in Lexington Park, it is the only charter school in the southern Maryland tri-county area. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Economic Initiative Grant Program. "For our state and … Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Trump’s Iran Announcement

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on President Trump's announcement that he will not certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA): "President Trump's decision today increases the likelihood that Iran will restart its nuclear weapons program, decreases the chances that we'll come to a diplomatic solution in the North Korea crisis, and dangerously undermines American credibility and leadership worldwide. The 2015 nuclear … Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Van Hollen Calls for Congressional Action to Renew Career and Technical Education Programs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan group of 59 Senators in calling on Senate leaders to renew the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which provides funding for critical career and technical education. "It is crucial that the Senate work in a bipartisan effort to help our nation's students acquire the skills needed to be successful in today's work environment," wrote the Senators in a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, … Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce a Half Million Dollars for University of Maryland Program to Invest in Startups, STEAM Education

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.)have announced a $500,000 grant to the University of Maryland awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The funding will help launch the University of Maryland's Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC) program, which will provide innovative resources, training, and support to students and entrepreneurs in Immersive Media (IM) technology. "This investment will continue to propel … Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

Van Hollen Opens Eastern Shore Office

Last night U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen hosted a grand opening event at his Eastern Shore office, which will be responsible for community outreach and constituent services. The office is located at 204 Cedar Street, Suite 200C in Cambridge, Maryland. The office will be led by Eastern Shore Regional Director Melissa Kelly. "I want to thank everyone who came to the opening of our new Eastern Shore Office in Cambridge last night. Our offices are there for people across Maryland to get help with … Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

Van Hollen, Democrats Urge NIH to Renew Funding for Firearm Violence Research

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today joined colleagues in urging the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to renew a recently-lapsed funding opportunity for firearm violence research. Following the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, President Obama directed the Department of Health and Human Services to research the causes of gun violence and how it can be prevented, resulting in the creation of a new funding opportunity to support research at the … Continue Reading


October 09, 2017

Senator Van Hollen Joins Colleagues in Calling on Trump for Sustained American Diplomatic Campaign to Defuse Current Korean Crisis

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today sent a letter with his colleagues calling on President Donald Trump to lead a vigorous, sustained American diplomatic campaign to defuse the current Korean Crisis and resolve its underlying causes without starting a war. In the letter, the Senators indicate their support for the kind of direct negotiations with North Korea that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reported during his recent trip to China. The Senators also expressed concern that the … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Van Hollen Joins in Introducing Three Pieces of Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence

This week, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has joined his Democratic colleagues to introduce three bills to reduce gun violence in the United States -- the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act; the Handgun Trigger Safety Act; and the Background Check Completion Act. "In the wake of the shooting in Las Vegas, our country has united to grieve the lives we've lost. But it's also time for us to work together to stop the terrible toll of gun violence in our country." said Senator Van … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Warn of Public Health Crisis in Puerto Rico, Urge Health Dept. to Take Action

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined a coalition of Senators in calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide additional resources and better coordinate efforts on the ground in the face of a growing public health crisis in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria to ensure the more than 3.5 million American citizens living there can safely access the quality health care they need. "Even before Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Van Hollen Fights for Working Families in Budget Markup

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen offered several amendments at the Senate Budget Committee markup designed to protect working families in Maryland and across the country from the disastrous consequences of the Republican budget. "The Senate Republican Budget is a recipe for disaster for American families," said Senator Van Hollen. "This Republican budget puts Medicare, Medicaid, and education funding on the chopping block to finance windfall tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Van Hollen, Baltimore Delegation Statement on Appointment of Consent Decree Monitor Team

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) in issuing the following statement after Judge James Bredar issued an order yesterday appointing the consent decree independent monitor team jointly recommended by the City of Baltimore, the Baltimore City Police Department (BDP), and the Department of Justice (DOJ): "We commend the City of Baltimore, BPD, and DOJ for coming together to advance … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $3.1 Million Grant for BWI Airport

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.)announced a $3,100,297 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport. This investment will fund the addition of six additional boarding bridges to allow for the efficient movement of passengers and baggage. "BWI Airport is central to Maryland's thriving tourism and economy - and as that continues to expand, our transportation centers must do the same," said … Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Van Hollen Announce $4.1 Million Grant for Maryland Veterans Cemetery

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.)announced a $4,145,539 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant for the expansion of the Rocky Gap State Veterans Cemetery in Flintstone, Maryland. The expansion of the cemetery will help lay to rest additional men and women who have served in our armed forces, impacting 37,000 veterans and their families. "Veterans and their families sacrifice greatly for our nation, and they are owed a final resting place of honor," said … Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Van Hollen Takes on Wells Fargo CEO on Forced Arbitration

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen raised the issue of forced arbitration - which denies consumers the right to sue a company - with Tim Sloan, the CEO of Wells Fargo. A transcript of their exchange is below. Senator Van Hollen also talked about a Maryland resident who was impacted by the bank's auto insurance scandal. To watch the full video of the Senator's questions, click here. SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN (D-MD): I was listening to your response to Senator Tester about the issue of forced … Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Republican Budget

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the Senate Republican Budget: "The Senate Republican Budget is a recipe for galloping debt, slower long-term growth, and widening economic inequality. Instead of investing in areas vital to our success - a strong middle class with expanding opportunities, the best schools, and world class research - it commits to windfall tax breaks for the very wealthy and powerful special interests. Adding mountains of new debt to our … Continue Reading

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