Press Releases

January 18, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Judiciary Committee Approval of Nicole Berner for Maryland Seat on Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today lauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for favorably recommending to the full Senate the nomination of Nicole Berner, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Maryland seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Ms. Berner has been nominated to fill the vacancy created when Judge Diana Gribbon Motz took senior status. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen introduced Ms. Berner to the Judiciary Committee last month at … Continue Reading


January 18, 2024

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge Financial Regulators to Protect Continued Clean Energy Growth in Basel III Rulemaking

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a dozen of his Senate colleagues in urging the top U.S. financial regulators to ensure that the forthcoming final Basel III Capital Requirements allow for continued robust private investment in America’s ongoing clean energy transition. In a letter to Federal Reserve Board Vice Chair Michael Barr, Acting Comptroller of the Currency Michael Hsu, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg, the Senators expressed support … Continue Reading


January 17, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Padilla, Colleagues in Calling for Restored Low-Income Water Assistance

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and their Senate colleagues in calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to restore funding for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) for Fiscal Year 2024. In 2021, Congress appropriated $1.1 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children and Families to establish a temporary low-income water assistance program to help pay for water and wastewater bills … Continue Reading


January 16, 2024

Van Hollen Statement for the Record on S. Res. 504

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on his vote on S.Res. 504.  In the aftermath of the horrific October 7th terrorist attack, Israel not only has the right, but also a duty to its people, to defend itself and pursue the objectives of ending the military threat posed by Hamas and returning all the hostages unharmed. I support those goals, and therefore do not and would not support a resolution to terminate all U.S. military assistance to … Continue Reading


January 12, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Moore Join U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Partners to Announce $15 Million in Funding for New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Governor Wes Moore joined U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg, Baltimore Mayor Brandon M. Scott, Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld and Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins at Coppin State University to announce that the Maryland Clean Energy Center, the state’s official green bank, will receive a $15 million Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Program … Continue Reading


January 12, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Booker, Bipartisan Colleagues in Sounding Alarm on JBS Request to Trade Shares on NYSE, Citing Threat to U.S. Markets

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler to consider the risk JBS S.A. (JBS) poses to the integrity of U.S. capital markets and the legal rights of U.S. investors as they consider the company’s proposal to list on the New York Stock Exchange.  “As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) considers this proposal, we urge the SEC to protect the … Continue Reading


January 12, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Murphy, Senate Colleagues in Calling On Senate Appropriators to Fight for Rail Funding in FY24 Budget Negotiations

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and their Senate colleagues in urging Senate Appropriations leadership to support funding for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR) grant program in the fiscal year 2024 spending legislation. While the committee-passed U.S. Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill included $100 million for this account, House Republicans … Continue Reading


January 12, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Moore Announce $80 Million for Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Improvements

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Governor Wes Moore and Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld to announce $80,000,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) funding for the Maryland Transportation Authority to make critical transportation safety, mobility and environmental improvements around the toll plaza and Frankfurst Avenue Interchange of the I-895 Baltimore Harbor Tunnel “The Baltimore Harbor Tunnel plays a critical role … Continue Reading


January 10, 2024

On Eve Of Taiwan Election, Van Hollen Joins Sullivan, Kaine, Senate Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Resolution Commending Taiwan’s Commitment to Democracy

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and their Senate colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution commending Taiwan for its commitment to democratic elections and institutions, despite ongoing threats from the Chinese Communist Party. This resolution comes prior to Taiwan’s upcoming presidential and legislative elections set to occur on Saturday, January 13. In addition to Senator Van Hollen, the resolution led by Senators … Continue Reading


January 10, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Murphy, Bipartisan Colleagues in Letter on Amazon’s Treatment of Delivery Drivers

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and their colleagues in sending a bipartisan letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy requesting information about the company’s Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program and its efforts to avoid legal liability for the persistent mistreatment of DSP drivers. The senators are also seeking information regarding Amazon’s justification for refusing to bargain with union representatives of DSP employees and requiring DPSs to sign … Continue Reading


January 10, 2024

Van Hollen, Merkley Press for Action Following Trip to Rafah Crossing, Egypt, Jordan

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), both members of the Senate Appropriations and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement after their visit to Egypt and Jordan: “The humanitarian disaster in Gaza is worsening by the day. Innocent Palestinians are on the verge of starvation, injured children are having their limbs amputated without anesthesia, sewage is spilling onto the streets, and health officials are warning of the imminent … Continue Reading


January 09, 2024

Maryland Delegation, Virginia Lawmakers Urge Appropriations Committee Leaders to Prioritize NASA Goddard and Wallops Flight Facility Project Funding, Keeping Jobs Intact and Mission in Focus

The Democratic members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation - Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David J. Trone, and Glenn Ivey - joined by Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and Representative Bobby Scott urge Senate and House Appropriations leadership to prioritize funding of NASA Goddard, which also manages Wallops Flight Facility in Accomack County, Virginia. In a letter to … Continue Reading


January 09, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Kaine in Filing Amendment to Maintain Congressional Oversight of Foreign Military Assistance

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and their Senate colleagues in announcing their intention to file an amendment to maintain the congressional notification requirement for all U.S. assistance to foreign militaries. Specifically, the amendment would strike a provision in the proposed national security supplemental funding bill that waives oversight requirements for U.S. funding for Israel under the Foreign Military Financing Program. If passed, the amendment … Continue Reading


January 09, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Biden-Harris Administration in Announcing More Than $4.5 million in Awards for Clean School Buses In Maryland as Part of Investing in America Agenda

As part of the ongoing commitment to protecting children and improving air quality, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in announcing the selection of Montgomery Public Schools to receive nearly $4.7 million to purchase 50 school buses through EPA’s first Clean School Bus Program’s Grants Competition. By accelerating the transition to low- and zero-emission vehicles, these awards will improve air quality for children … Continue Reading


January 04, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Peters, Stabenow, Padilla, Butler, Brown, Colleagues in Warning Non-Unionized Automakers Not to Interfere in UAW Unionization Efforts

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and their colleagues in a letter to 13 non-unionized automakers urging them not to illegally block United Auto Workers’ (UAW) unionization efforts at their manufacturing plants. After the ratification of historic agreements between UAW and the Big Three automakers in Detroit, thousands of non-union autoworkers … Continue Reading


December 30, 2023

Van Hollen Statement on Administration’s Decision to Bypass Congressional Arms Sale Approval

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Administration’s decision on Friday to waive Congressional review of an arms sale: “Congressional review is a critical step for examining any large arms sale. The Administration’s decision to repeatedly short-circuit what is already a quick time frame for congressional review undermines transparency and weakens accountability. The public deserves … Continue Reading


December 22, 2023

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Over $240 Million for Clean Water Infrastructure Across Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $240,451,000 to modernize clean water infrastructure across Maryland. The federal funding, provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, will support the Maryland Department of the Environment’s efforts to provide low- or … Continue Reading


December 21, 2023

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $25 Million to Improve Road Safety Across Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $28,505,333 to improve road safety in communities across Maryland. The federal funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program, will help local departments of transportation across the state develop and implement safety action plans … Continue Reading


December 20, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Announce $50 Million Inflation Reduction Act Investment for Baltimore’s Green & Healthy Homes Initiative to Fund Environmental Justice Projects Across the Mid-Atlantic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) joined the Biden-Harris Administration in announcing Baltimore-based Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has been selected to serve as one of 11 regional grantmakers and will receive $50 million under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking program that was created by the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment in climate action … Continue Reading


December 20, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Kaine, Marshall, Colleagues in Bipartisan Push to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in a letter urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Department of the Treasury to lower out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs by enforcing a rule limiting the use of harmful “copay accumulators.” Copay … Continue Reading

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