Press Releases

August 31, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces More Than $1.6 Million for Johns Hopkins University STEM Programs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $1,650,000 in federal funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Funding comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It will help strengthen JHU’s foundations in data science, mathematics and statistics. Importantly, the funding will help diversify the STEM workforce by … Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Van Hollen, Murray, Schumer Blast Trump Administration’s Dangerous Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a letter on Friday to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar criticizing the Trump Administration for their continued political interference in the COVID-19 response. Along with 30 of their colleagues, the Senators warned that decisions to pressure and overrule public health experts will erode public trust and hamper efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.“The timing of this interference is … Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $3.4 Million in Funding for Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $3.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance to support Maryland small businesses and entrepreneurs harmed by the … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $580,000 in Federal Funding for Firefighters in Southern Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $576,562.77 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties.“Maryland’s firefighters risk life and limb for our local communities. This funding means Southern Maryland firefighters can buy equipment to better protect themselves and the communities they serve,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I will keep fighting to ensure that … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More than $115,000 in Federal Funding for Carroll County Fire Fighters and First Responders

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $115,660.75 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Carroll County.“Maryland’s firefighters risk life and limb for our local communities. This funding means Carroll County firefighters can buy equipment to better protect themselves and the communities they serve,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I will keep fighting to ensure that Maryland’s first responders have … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Release Statements on USCIS Decision to Reverse Course, Cancel Furloughs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following statements in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) decision to cancel its previously announced employee furloughs. In early July, the Senators wrote a letter to USCIS urging the Agency to reconsider the planned furloughs and to eliminate the harmful policies that have undermined its budget, threatened employees’ livelihoods, and hurt U.S. immigration services at large.“I’m … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $800,000 in Federal Funding for Western Maryland Fire Fighters

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $811,625.20 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Garrett and Allegany Counties.“Maryland’s firefighters risk life and limb for our local communities. This funding means Western Maryland firefighters can buy equipment to better protect themselves and the communities they serve,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I will keep fighting to ensure that Maryland’s first … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $500,000 for Calvert County Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $493,500 in federal funding for Calvert County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.“Every minute counts in an emergency. This funding will help ensure that our fire departments have the staffing levels necessary to protect Maryland families and … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $400,000 for Owings Mills Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) announced $390,910 in federal funding for Owings Mills’ Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.“Every minute counts in an emergency. This funding will help ensure that our fire departments have the staffing levels … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $1 Million for Fire Departments in Prince George’s, Montgomery Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $1,142,500 in federal funding for Prince George’s and Montgomery County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program.Awards were allocated as follows:$448,500 to the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department$226,000 to the … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

In Response to Van Hollen-Led Letter, Social Security Administration Reveals Devastating Impact of Permanently Eliminating Payroll Tax

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released the letter they received from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Chief Actuary Stephen Goss in response to their request for an analysis on the impact of eliminating the payroll tax that funds Social Security’s Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund and Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund. In recent remarks, … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Hirono, Capito, Whitehouse Call on CMS to Make All Recommended Vaccines Accessible to Medicare Beneficiaries

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma requesting CMS make all recommended vaccines accessible to Medicare beneficiaries. Under current law, Medicare immunization coverage varies by vaccine. Some vaccines, like those that protect against influenza and pneumococcal infection, are available with no additional … Continue Reading


August 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Gillibrand, Senators Submit Amicus Brief on Ending Discrimination in Foster Care and Adoption

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) submitted an amicus brief in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, an impending Supreme Court case focused on anti-LGBTQ discrimination in the foster care and adoption system. In March 2018, the City of Philadelphia learned that two of the agencies it partners with to provide foster care services to children in the public child welfare system would not allow same-sex couples to be foster parents, based on the agencies’ religious … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $840,000 to Baltimore City for Pandemic Preparedness

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $843,988 in federal funding for the City of Baltimore through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fiscal Year 2020 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants. This new funding will be used to develop innovative regional solutions in response to catastrophic events, including preparing for pandemics. “This new federal funding will help … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Senators Demand FCC Increase Funding For Health Providers, Help Expand Telehealth Services During Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and a group of 15 Senators in urging Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai to increase funding for and improve the operations of the Rural Health Care (RHC) program, which helps expand access to telehealth services to underserved communities.Demand for telehealth services as an alternative to in-person care has dramatically increased due to the pandemic — resulting in increased costs and stretched … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Announce Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funding for Morgan State University STEM Programs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $999,531.00 in federal grant funding for Morgan State University (MSU) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs through the National Science Foundation (NSF). “To create a robust and diverse STEM pipeline in this country, we must tap into the power of our nation’s HBCUs. We can cultivate a vibrant, 21st century economy in Baltimore and … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Senators to DeJoy: USPS Operational Changes Harm Deployed Servicemembers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) raised concerns over the heightened impact of harmful United States Postal Service (USPS) policy and operational changes to servicemembers and their families. Because USPS is the only service that can deliver to the Army Post Office (APO) and Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses used by our military overseas, deployed servicemembers and their families are uniquely impacted by changes that have left USPS “intentionally … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $900,000 for STEM Education in Frederick, Montgomery Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that Mount St. Mary’s University, in partnership with Montgomery College and Frederick Community College, will receive $899,926 to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degree completion and job placement for low-income, high-achieving undergraduates. The program will focus on transfer student success, providing scholarships and academic, social, and … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Support Grows for Van Hollen, Bennet’s National Emergency Student Vote Act

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) cosponsored legislation by Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.). Their National Emergency Student Vote Act is legislation to help college students exercise their right to vote in the 2020 elections even as millions are displaced from campus due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Since the bill’s introduction last month, 14 additional senators have cosponsored the bill and 10 … Continue Reading


August 19, 2020

Van Hollen, Schumer, Wyden, & Sanders Request Analysis from Social Security Administration on the Impact of Eliminating the Payroll Tax

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to the Social Security Administration’s Chief Actuary Stephen Goss requesting an analysis on the impact of eliminating the payroll tax that funds Social Security’s Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund and Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund.The Senators begin their letter asking Chief Actuary Goss to provide an … Continue Reading

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