Press Releases

September 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud Judiciary Committee Approval of Delegate Erek Barron to be U.S. Attorney for District of Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the Judiciary Committee's approval of Delegate ErekBarron to be the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. "Maryland needs a U.S. Attorney with integrity, independence, and a passion for delivering equal justice under the law to Marylanders. Erek Barron's background as both a prosecutor and state legislator committed to criminal justice reform measures makes him uniquely qualified for this position. We are … Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Introduce Legislation To Assist First-Generation Homebuyers, Close The Racial Wealth Gap

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Rev. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.), members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, along with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced the Low-Income First Time Homebuyers (LIFT) Act to establish a new program to help first-time, first-generation homebuyers - predominately Americans of color - build wealth much more rapidly. By offering new homeowners a 20-year mortgage for roughly the … Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Van Hollen, Warren, Brown, and Smith Request Information from SPAC Creators Amid “Astonishing” Reports of Abuse and Market Dysfunction

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) sent letters to six creators of prominent Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, or SPACs, publicly traded shell companies that raise money to buy private companies and take them public. Their letters raise concerns about abuses by the creators and operators of SPACs, including reports that insiders are taking advantage of legislative and regulatory gaps at the expense of … Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Van Hollen, Baltimore Lawmakers Call on DOJ to Prevent Return to Prison for Individuals Posing No Danger to Public Safety, Released Due to COVID-19

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) recently wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal urging them to continue home confinement or compassionate release for individuals who were released to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "These individuals were transferred from correctional facilities to home confinement to stem the spread of COVID-19 after the … Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Amicus Brief Urging SCOTUS to Protect Reproductive Rights by Upholding Roe & Rejecting Mississippi’s Blatantly Unconstitutional Law

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have joined their colleagues in filing bicameral amicus brief in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, urging the Supreme Court to uphold nearly 50 years of precedent in Roe v. Wade and protect the constitutional right to abortion care. After the Court refused to block the dangerous, cruel abortion ban in Texas from going into effect, Dobbs represents yet another case that could undermine nearly 50 years of … Continue Reading


September 21, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Help Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Honor 13 American Heroes Killed in Afghanistan with Congressional Gold Medals

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) along with Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to the 13 American servicemembers who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26th. "These 13 servicemembers risked their own lives to save others in the face of terrorist attacks in Kabul. To honor that ultimate sacrifice and ensure that their courage … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Parliamentarian Ruling on Addressing Immigration in Reconciliation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding ruling on Senate Democrats' proposal to allow Dreamers, TPS holders, and essential workers to apply for lawful permanent resident status via reconciliation: "The Parliamentarian's decision is deeply disappointing, but our fight isn't over. We must strengthen our resolve and push forward. It's time to make protections for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status holders the law of the land, and we will not … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More than $6.5 Million in Federal Funding to Support the City of Baltimore’s COVID-19 Response Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $6,898,433 in federal funding to reimburse Baltimore City for the distribution of food and water to vulnerable city residents during the pandemic. "As food insecurity spiked during the pandemic, the City of Baltimore and its frontline workers stepped up to meet the needs of underserved residents and support those with a higher risk of contracting … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Davis Applaud Inclusion of American Opportunity Tax Credit Fix in House Reconciliation Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Danny Davis (D-Ill.) applauded the House Ways & Means Committee's passage of their bipartisan proposal to repeal the lifetime ban preventing students with felony drug convictions from receiving the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC). The AOTC is the primary tax credit available to students seeking a higher education; however, students with a felony drug conviction are permanently ineligible from using the credit. This backwards … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Van Hollen, DMV Colleagues Urge FAA to Alleviate Flight Path Noise for Constituents, Consider Community Recommendations

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led ten of his National Capital Region colleagues in urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to alleviate flight path noise for their constituents. The members' letter, sent to FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson, presses the FAA to consider new community recommendations to reduce flight noise as a result of the NextGen flight program. The letter was signed by Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and … Continue Reading


September 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More than $1.4 Million for Frostburg State University to Accelerate Regional Clean Energy Jobs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $1,480,979 in federal funding to advance clean energy, information technology and biotech training at Frostburg State University through the Western Maryland Advanced Technology Center (ATC). "Investment in workforce training and development is critical to building our economy back better. Frostburg State's work through the Western Maryland Advanced Technology Center will create new jobs for … Continue Reading


September 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Beyer Applaud Inclusion of Millionaires Surtax in House Reconciliation Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Don Beyer (D-Va.) applauded the House Ways & Means Committee's passage of a millionaires surtax within their budget reconciliation proposal. Senator Van Hollen and Representative Beyer initially introduced this concept in their Millionaires Surtax Act in November 2019 and reintroduced this legislation in June of this year. "Right now, everyday Americans are shouldering our nation's tax burden and face a growing opportunity … Continue Reading


September 15, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on White House’s Announcement of Maryland’s Participation in Afghan Placement and Assistance Program

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the White House's announcement that Baltimore and Silver Spring will serve as hubs for refugees through the Afghan Placement and Assistance Program: "Throughout 20 years of war and American troop presence in Afghanistan, many Afghans risked their lives and the lives of their loved ones to provide vital support to the United States and our allies. Now we have a duty to return that support and help remove … Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Talbot County Council Vote to Remove Talbot Boys Confederate Statue from Courthouse Grounds

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Talbot County Council's vote to remove the Talbot Boys Confederate Statue from the County Courthouse grounds: "The judiciary has an obligation to deliver equal justice under the law. Yet, standing outside of the Talbot County Courthouse is a symbol that embodies the opposite: injustice and inequality. The Talbot Boys Statue - which was erected over 50 years after the Civil War during the era of Jim … Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Cortez Masto, Kennedy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Americans Recover From Natural Disasters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide relief for impacted taxpayers in states that have issued state-level disaster declarations. Currently, the IRS has the authority to postpone filing deadlines in the event of a presidentially-declared federal disaster, but this does not extend to state-level emergencies. "When disaster strikes, Marylanders need immediate financial flexibility to … Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More than $9 Million in Federal Funding for Baltimore County COVID-19 Response Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $9,974,703 in federal funding to reimburse Baltimore County for emergency protective measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. "During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline workers across our state mobilized to serve Marylanders and provide critical help to those in need," said the lawmakers. "This FEMA funding will reimburse Baltimore … Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge the Department of Education to Bolster Federal and State Oversight of Student Loan Servicers

Today, United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in support of a recent re-interpretation of Department policy that will significantly enhance oversight and accountability of the student loan program and its contractors by ending federal … Continue Reading


September 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Request Reallocation of Defense Funding to Assist Afghans

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) sent a letter to President Joseph R. Biden today requesting that in response to the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan, the administration reallocate unspent funds previously appropriated for the Department of Defense's Afghanistan war effort to meet the vast Afghan humanitarian and relocation needs. There is an estimated $2.9 billion in … Continue Reading


September 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Delegation Applauds Biden Approval of Hazard Mitigation Resources to Support COVID-19 Recovery

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) today applauded President Joe Biden for granting their request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for federal disaster assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) that will strengthen emergency preparedness and mitigation efforts for future public health … Continue Reading


September 13, 2021

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More than $3 Million in Federal Funding to Support Maryland Hospitals for COVID-19 Response Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $3,814,136 in federal funding to support Maryland hospitals, Sinai Hospital and Northwest Hospital, for emergency protective measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. "During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline workers across our state mobilized to serve Marylanders and provide critical help to those in need," said the lawmakers. "This … Continue Reading

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