Press Releases

March 05, 2020

Van Hollen Announces Unanimous Senate Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Child Care Protection

Today, the Senate unanimously passed the Child Care Protection Improvement Act, authored by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Burr (R-NC). This bipartisan legislation would create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing federal work requirements for child care workers.“As we work to make sure childcare is affordable, we must also ensure that it’s safe and that parents have peace of mind about who is watching their children,” said Senator Van Hollen. “Right now, … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Passage of Coronavirus Supplemental Funding

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of a bipartisan supplemental funding package to address the coronavirus: “I was proud to support this funding package to ensure Maryland and our country have the resources necessary to immediately and more effectively respond to the coronavirus. I’m pleased that Congress was able to come together on a bipartisan basis to provide this significant investment to immediately boost our … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Release of H-2B Visas

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Administration’s release of an additional 35,000 H-2B visas.“Maryland crabs are a central part of our state’s economy and culture - from the watermen who harvest them, to the crab houses that process them, to restaurants across the state who sell the iconic blue crabs to locals and visitors alike. To maintain this thriving industry, our crab houses have been in desperate need for the Administration to … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Cortez Masto, Senators Introduce Legislation to Increase Diversity in Corporate Leadership

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced the Diversity in Corporate Leadership Act of 2020 to ensure transparency and encourage corporate leadership so that corporate boards reflect our nation’s diversity. Despite a strong business case for diverse leadership, corporate boards have not reflected the gender, racial and ethnic … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Young, Leahy Urge Pompeo to Immediately Sanction Turkey Over the Wrongful Detention of Locally Employed Staff of U.S. Diplomatic Missions

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the State Department to sanction Turkey over the wrongful detention of locally employed staff at U.S. diplomatic missions in Turkey, as required by law. The letter points to their recently passed appropriations language mandating visa bans on foreign officials involved in the wrongful detentions of these staff. The Senators write, “The State … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Senators Call on Employers to Offer Flexibility in the Event of Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and twelve other Senators in urging major U.S. employers to commit that workers will not be penalized for following recommended health procedures to protect the public from further spread of the coronavirus. In a letter to major industry groups, which together represent thousands of major companies employing millions of Americans, the Senators wrote, "As the United States mobilizes to respond to the recent outbreak and … Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone, Ruppersberger, and Raskin Meet with DOD and Army Civilian Leadership to Discuss USAMRIID, USAMRICD

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin as well as U.S. Representatives David Trone, Dutch Ruppersberger, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) met with Department of Defense and Army Futures Command civilian leadership to discuss USAMRIID at Fort Detrick and USAMRICD at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Upon learning that the Department of Defense had been withholding funds from the two research facilities earlier this year, the Members wrote a letter seeking more information and the release … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Maryland Congressional Team Announces Nearly $1.2 Million for Bowie State University to Support Diverse STEM Teacher Pipeline

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today announced $1,194,815 for Bowie State University to help to build the diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teacher workforce in Prince George’s County. Awarded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, this federal funding will be administered over the next five years in partnership with Prince George’s … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Send Letter to Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), along with 35 other Democratic Senators in demanding that Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar take immediate action to address the many ways the Trump Administration’s health care sabotage has undermined our preparedness for and ability to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the Senators asked Secretary Azar to commit to making any … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Van Hollen, Colleagues Sign Bipartisan Letter Calling for UK to Reconsider Huawei Decision

Ahead of the House of Commons’ debate on Huawei, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), along with a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues, in urging Parliament to reconsider the Johnson government’s decision to allow Huawei to supply some of the United Kingdom’s 5G telecommunications structure. “Given the significant security, privacy, and economic threats posed by Huawei, we strongly urge the United … Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Van Hollen Joins Colleagues in Demanding Answers about Trump Administration's Practice of Sharing Immigrant Children’s Confidential Psychotherapy Notes with ICE

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and ten other colleagues in decrying the reported practice of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) sharing the confidential therapy notes of unaccompanied immigrant children in its custody with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who then uses the information against the minors in removal proceedings. At a recent Senate hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar acknowledged that the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Schumer, Cotton, and Young Urge Secretary Pompeo and President Trump to Oppose China’s Bid to Lead U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Todd Young (R-IN) today in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging the Secretary to vigorously oppose China’s leadership in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), given China’s persistent violations of intellectual property protections, including through trade secret theft, corporate espionage, and forced transfer of technology.  … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge FDA to Provide Answers on Coronavirus Impact on Inspections, Employees

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) wrote a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn seeking information on the FDA’s plans for inspections in China, in light of the coronavirus outbreak. The FDA conducts a number of inspections in China to ensure the quality and safety of food, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices entering the United … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Senate Dems to Introduce Bill to Reverse & Restore Military Funding After President Trump Repeatedly Raids Defense Department for His Border Wall

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have joined 31 Senate Democratic colleagues to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020. The bill would reverse and restore the Department of Defense’s (DoD) recent short sighted and dangerous transfer of $3.8 billion to be used to build part of President Donald Trump’s ineffective border wall. The bill also reduces DoD’s transfer authority so that DoD cannot turn around and try to divert additional funding … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Van Hollen, Colleagues Ask FDA About Potential Drug Shortages Related to Coronavirus

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter Friday to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn questioning the FDA’s plans to address potential drug shortages due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or Novel Human Coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Many manufacturers in China are the primary producers of ingredients found in hundreds of common generic drugs, … Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Van Hollen Introduces Legislation to Address the Homework Gap

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced the introduction of the Homework Gap Trust Fund Act, legislation to eliminate the homework gap and ensure children have access to the internet at home. According to the Senate Joint Economic Committee, as many as 12 million students do not have access to the internet at home. Data also suggests that while 70 percent of teachers assign homework that requires internet access, almost 20 percent of students don’t have home internet access to … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Applaud $300,000 in Federal Funding for Tipton Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today applauded the recent award of $300,000 for the Tipton Airport (FME) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal grant will fund the second phase of a project to expand the airport’s apron, increasing the capacity for aircraft parking. Tipton Airport is a 350-acre facility located close to Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County. “Tipton Airport … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Sanders Push to End CEO Tax Breaks to Protect 1.7 Million Workers’ Pensions

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation to end tax advantages that allow CEOs to contribute unlimited amounts to special executive retirement plans, which are subject to almost no reporting requirements or oversight from the Department of Labor or Internal Revenue Service.Their bill, the CEO and Worker Pension Fairness Act, uses the estimated $15 billion in federal tax revenue recovered from eliminating these tax breaks for executive … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge DHS to Provide Immediate Relief for Maryland Seafood Industry

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have joined with bipartisan colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the additional H-2B visas needed to support local seafood businesses in Maryland and states like Virginia, Alaska and North Carolina. The letter, also signed by Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.), Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (both R-Alaska) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), urges the DHS to quickly authorize … Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Whitehouse, Booker Call On BlackRock CEO Larry Fink to Endorse the Climate Risk Disclosure Act in Light of His Public Climate Commitments

United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.) sent a letter to BlackRock CEO Larry Fink urging him to endorse the Climate Risk Disclosure Act after Mr. Fink publicly announced that BlackRock will "make investment decisions with environmental sustainability as a core goal" and committed to release climate disclosures for the investment firm's mutual funds. In recent letters to BlackRock's clients and … Continue Reading

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