Press Releases

January 23, 2018

Senate Democrats Urge Secretary Zinke to Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a group of Senate Democrats, led byU.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), is urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep public lands public by prohibiting widespread sale and transfer of public lands. The senators asked Zinke to uphold the Department of the Interior's responsibility to retain America's public lands so every American can continue to access public lands. In response to a growing movement by some states to sell or transfer federal lands to … Continue Reading


January 22, 2018

Van Hollen Helps Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Burmese Ethnic Cleansing, Calling for Safe Repatriation of Rohingya

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Todd Young (R-IN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning the Burmese campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and calling for the "safe, dignified, voluntary and sustainable return" of the refugees who have been displaced by this violence. The Senators were also joined by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), … Continue Reading


January 22, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Government Funding Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the government funding bill: "We now finally have the commitment we needed from our Republican colleagues to address key national priorities on a long-term budget deal - this includes providing funding for our community health centers, combatting the opioid epidemic, and a promise for a vote on a bipartisan bill to protect the Dreamers. That is something Republican leadership has refused to do before today, regardless of … Continue Reading


January 19, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Republican Government Shutdown

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement regarding the Republican government shutdown: "I am extremely disappointed that President Trump and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell rejected bipartisan proposals to keep the government open and to reach a budget agreement that supports our troops, funds vital community health centers, gives security to Dreamers, and makes critical investments in combatting the opioid epidemic and supporting our economy. We must now work … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Van Hollen, Harris Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Accurately Report the State of Broadband in America

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai urging the FCC to reconsider their proposal to end the distinction between mobile and fixed broadband in their annual 706 Broadband Progress report, upending decades of FCC precedent. The annual report gathers crucial data on the state of broadband in America in order to ensure that broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a timely … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Van Hollen, Harris Urge FCC Chairman Pai to Accurately Report the State of Broadband in America

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) wrote to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai urging the FCC to reconsider their proposal to end the distinction between mobile and fixed broadband in their annual 706 Broadband Progress report, upending decades of FCC precedent. The annual report gathers crucial data on the state of broadband in America in order to ensure that broadband is being deployed to all Americans in a timely … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Van Hollen Calls for Immediate Implementation of Wells Fargo Fixes to Strengthen Consumer Protections, Prevent Repeat of Widespread Fraud

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen today urged the agency responsible for supervising our nation's banks to immediately implement a series of recommendations to address serious lapses in government oversight that failed to prevent Wells Fargo's widespread fraudulent account scandal while ignoring numerous red flags. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) last April, following an internal review initiated by the Obama Administration, issued a series of recommendations to strengthen … Continue Reading


January 17, 2018

Van Hollen, 40 Senators Stand Up to Protect Consumer Bureau’s Independence

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, joined a group of 40 Senators in standing up for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) independence and power to obtain justice for consumers who have been wronged by large financial institutions. In a letter to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, the Senators urged the leaders to reject any government funding deals that would subject the CFPB's funding to political interference. The independence of the CFPB's structure and funding … Continue Reading


January 16, 2018

Van Hollen Discusses New Bipartisan Legislation to Deter Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

This morning, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the bipartisan DETER Act, legislation he and Senator Rubio introduced today. This bill aims to prevent future attacks on American elections by proposing severe, tangible consequences on foreign governments or actors if they interfere in U.S. elections. Highlights of his interview are below and video of the full interview is available here. STEPHANIE RUHLE, MSNBC: New this morning, two Senators … Continue Reading


January 16, 2018

Van Hollen, Rubio Introduce Legislation to Deter Foreign Interference in American Elections

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act. It sends a powerful message to any foreign actor seeking to disrupt our elections: if you attack American candidates, campaigns, or voting infrastructure, you will facesevereconsequences. We know Russia manipulated social media channels and hacked political campaign committees and local elections boards to undermine our democratic process … Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

Van Hollen, Democrats Announce Net Neutrality Resolution Reaches 40-Vote Milestone in the Senate

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Democrats in announcing that 40 senators have signed on to co-sponsor a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval that overturns the anti-consumer regulations passed in December by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and supported by Donald Trump to end net neutrality. At a press conference in the Capitol attended by Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer-among others-Democrats made clear they will "force a vote" on the resolution to restore … Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Rebuke Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (both-D-Md.)andBen Cardin have joined three dozen U.S. Senators, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in sharply criticizing the Trump administration's decision to reopen offshore drilling leases three years ahead of schedule. This decision puts vast stretches of coastline along Maryland's Atlantic coast at risk. "Allowing drilling off our coasts directly threatens some of Maryland's key economic drivers, such as fishing and tourism, with the risk of an oil … Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on New Health Care Proposal in Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the new health insurance 'down payment' proposal to help uninsured Maryland residents get health care coverage, which was introduced this morning by State Senator Brian Feldman, State Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk, and the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition: "President Trump and Congressional Republicans have been relentless in their attacks on our health care system. With their recent repeal of the individual mandate … Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

Van Hollen Announces New Committee Assignment

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he will be joining the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee as part of a series of committee assignment changes being made with the addition of new Senators Doug Jones (D-AL) and Tina Smith (D-MN). The EPW Committee has jurisdiction over many areas vital to Maryland, including the Environmental Protection Agency and many of the programs to protect the Chesapeake Bay. It also provides oversight over most federal infrastructure … Continue Reading


January 07, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to End TPS for El Salvador

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke out against the Trump Administration's decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 200,000 Salvadorians who have been living legally in the United States since at least 2001. Senator Van Hollen has introduced the SECURE Act, which would allow qualified TPS recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. "This decision is shameful, but sadly it's not surprising," said Senator Van Hollen. "The United States has long been a beacon of hope … Continue Reading


January 04, 2018

Van Hollen Continues to Push for Resolution to Heating Issue in Baltimore Schools

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh have discussed the emergency actions that the Mayor has been taking to address the Baltimore City schools hearing crisis, and he has commended her on those efforts. The Senator also wrote to Baltimore City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises today to urge her to take all actions within her power to restore heat to the schools without delay. As Mayor Pugh has noted, the school system and the State have the immediate … Continue Reading


January 01, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $287,900 in Federal Funding for Maryland Sea Grant

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $287,900 in federal funding to the University of Maryland for the Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The MDSG program works to protect the environmental and economic sustainability of the Chesapeake Bay through educational and restorative projects. "The Maryland Sea Grant Program is an essential partner in efforts to improve the health and quality of the … Continue Reading


December 27, 2017

Statement from Baltimore Congressional Delegation on the FBI Refusal to Lead Investigation of the Murder of BPD Detective Sean Suiter

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today released the following joint statement: "We are disappointed by the refusal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to take the lead in investigating the murder of Baltimore Police Department Detective Sean Suiter. While we appreciate the FBI contention that no evidence exists to suggest that Det. Suiter's homicide was directly connected to the corruption … Continue Reading


December 21, 2017

Van Hollen, Ag Committee Democrats Seek Information on Senior Career Employee Reassignments at USDA

Today, the ten Democratic members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry wrote a letter to Stephen Vaden, the Trump administration's nominee for General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to seek more information regarding the reassignments of several high-level career employees at USDA. Since January 20, USDA has reassigned at least a dozen Senior Executive Service (SES) employees. Recently, questions were raised to the Senate Agriculture … Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Van Hollen Statement Opposing Republican Short-Term Funding Patch

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement in opposition of the Republican short-term funding patch: "Republicans are once again forcing a short-term budget patch instead of dealing with the long-term needs of our economy, our national security, and our nation. Just two weeks ago, we passed a similar measure that was meant to give us the time to negotiate a budget for next year. Instead, Republicans spent that time behind closed doors, surrounded by lobbyists, crafting … Continue Reading

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