Press Releases

July 19, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce American Rescue Plan Funding for More Than 50 Fire and EMS Departments in Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $1,037,955 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments in Southern Maryland and along the Eastern Shore.“Our volunteer firefighters and first responders often risk their lives to serve and protect our communities and have worked around the clock during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding will provide our fire and rescue … Continue Reading


July 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce New Bill to Keep National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick

U.S. Senators Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) today announced plans to introduce S.2367, the Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Authority Act, which would allow the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick to acquire new land in order to establish a new training center and workshop. This land will allow the agency to expand its local operations and better achieve its mission nationwide.“One of the most … Continue Reading


July 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce New Bill to Keep National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick

U.S. Senators Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) today announced plans to introduce S.2367, the Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Authority Act, which would allow the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick to acquire new land in order to establish a new training center and workshop. This land will allow the agency to expand its local operations and better achieve its mission nationwide.“One of the most … Continue Reading


July 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Klobuchar, Booker, Warren Reintroduce Legislation to Replace Statue of Dred Scott Author Roger Taney with Trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced legislation (S. 2366) to replace in the U.S. Capitol the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney with one of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the high court. Mirroring legislation (H.R. 3005) that the House of Representatives approved last month, the bill also directs the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Van Hollen, Maloney Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Help Eliminate Corporate Insiders’ Unfair Advantage in Stock Sales

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced bicameral legislation to prevent executives and other corporate insiders from profiting off the gap between the occurrence of a significant event - such as bankruptcy or an acquisition - and its legally-mandated disclosure to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and … Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce Over $500,000 to Improve Wastewater Infrastructure in Queen Anne’s County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressman Andy Harris (all Md.) today announced $513,000 in federal funding to finish the construction of the Sudlersville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queen Anne’s County.“Investing in our wastewater infrastructure protects access to clean water for Marylanders and supports local economies. These funds will help get the Sudlersville Wastewater Treatment Plant construction across the finish line and improve water quality for … Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Menendez, Van Hollen, Rubio Lead Colleagues in Urging U.S.-EU Response to Turkish Provocations in Varosha

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both members of the Committee, today were joined by 11 of their Senate colleagues in condemning Turkey’s continuing efforts to open the coastline of Varosha, Cyprus in contravention of several United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and in defiance of recent calls from the UNSC and the European Council to immediately reverse course. In a bipartisan … Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, House Members Release GAO Report Detailing Key Causes of Military Rollover Accidents

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all-D-Md.), as well as Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.-12) and Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee John Garamendi (D-Calif.-3), announced Wednesday the results of a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on steps the U.S. Army and Marine Corps should take to “mitigate and prevent” … Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Senate Budget Democrats Announce Framework to Invest in American Workers, Families

“Tonight I was proud to join my Senate Budget colleagues to announce our plan to make the investments necessary to build an economy that works for every American, expands health care protections, and confronts climate change head-on. This plan, combined with the Bipartisan infrastructure plan, includes all key elements of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan and includes additional measures to expand health care. I’ll be working 24/7 to get this proposal across the … Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Following Van Hollen-Led Push, Administration Reverses Course on Proposed Rule that Threatened to Reduce Federal Funds for Maryland Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the decision by the Biden Administration Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to abandon the Trump Administration’s proposed plan to change the current definition of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Under the Trump Administration, OMB had proposed doubling the minimum requirement for a MSA from 50,000 to 100,000. This recommendation would eliminate MSA status for more than 140 communities across the country - including Salisbury, … Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Submit Requests for Maryland Transportation Infrastructure, Clean Water and Public Safety Projects

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced their Congressionally Directed Spending Requests (Community Spending) for three appropriations bills: (1) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations; (2) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations; and (3) Homeland Security Appropriations. Together, these proposed federal investments will strengthen economic development and public safety through multimodal … Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $575,000 to Upgrade Wastewater Infrastructure in Garrett County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $575,000 in federal funding to upgrade the Grantsville sewer system in Garrett County. “Maryland’s economic growth depends on modernizing our infrastructure, including our water and sewer systems. These funds will provide resources to make needed improvements to the Grantsville system. Upgrades like these are crucial to spurring further economic opportunity in Garrett County and the … Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Circuit Court Ruling to Maintain Marylanders’ Extended Unemployment Benefits

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Baltimore City Circuit Court ruling to issue a temporary restraining order, maintaining Marylanders’ expanded federal unemployment benefits: “As our state works to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, many Marylanders are still grappling with its devastating impacts. The Governor’s decision to abruptly cut off unemployment benefits put many struggling families at risk of … Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Submit Requests Supporting Local Economic Development and Workforce Training Projects

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released their requests for Congressionally Directed Spending for projects under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee for Fiscal Year 2022. The Senators’ requests will help strengthen local economic development and support workforce training programs. Senator Van Hollen serves as the Chair of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. Senator Cardin is … Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Bipartisan Call for Improvements to VA Home Guaranty Program, Pushes Administration to Help Veterans and Military Families Purchase Homes

After hearing concerns from veterans across the state, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help more veterans and military families purchase homes by providing additional flexibilities for the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program. They are joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Reaffirm Importance of U.S.-Colombia Relationship; Express Concern Over Recent Crackdown on Demonstrators

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and a number of their Senate colleagues to reaffirm Congressional support for the U.S.-Colombia bilateral relationship.  In a letter to President Joe Biden, the Senators underscored the country’s significance as the United States’ biggest strategic partner in Latin America and the Caribbean, the importance of continued support for Colombia’s efforts to … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen Presses Treasury to Provide Crucial Flexibility in State, Local Use of ARP Funding for Broadband

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the Department of the Treasury to provide crucial flexibility to state and local governments in the use of American Rescue Plan funds in order to help close the digital divide and ensure families can afford broadband. Under the American Rescue Plan, state and local governments are able to use … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Education Department to Expand Debt Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and 20 of their Senate colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to expand student debt relief in the Department’s upcoming higher education rulemaking.In a letter to Secretary Cardona, the members highlighted the need for policies that improve and expand our existing student loan repayment and … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues File Brief Urging Restoration of Judicial Oversight of Deadlocked, Ineffective FEC

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) filed a brief in a major campaign finance case before the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit calling to restore judicial oversight over the broken Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in the wake of Citizens United. The senators, who have experienced firsthand the post-Citizens United deluge of political spending, show the … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Make First Requests to Appropriators for Maryland Community Projects

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Card (both D-Md.) have submitted their first requests in a series for Fiscal Year 2022 to the Senate Appropriations Committee for Congressionally Directed Spending for Community Projects. This marks the first time since 2010 that the Senate has permitted such requests, which, under new guidelines, must meet strict transparency and funding requirements. In this first round, to the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee and the Agriculture & Food … Continue Reading

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