Press Releases

July 18, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on the Passing of Rep. John Lewis

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of U.S. Representative John Lewis: “My heart is heavy with the tremendous loss our nation faces with the passing of civil rights hero and my dear friend, Congressman John Lewis. John fought his entire life for us, getting into ‘good trouble’ to make the world more just for all.“As John said, ‘the true work of social transformation starts within. It begins inside your own heart and mind.’ In that … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members, State Officials Express Continued Support for Purple Line

Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, David Trone and Kweisi Mfume, today released the following statement after a virtual meeting with officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) on the Purple Line.“The Purple Line has great potential to improve the quality of life of Marylanders and those who … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Maryland Delegation Urges Trump Administration to Extend COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and Allow Critical Federal Aid to Continue Flowing to States

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar requesting the extension of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. The COVID-19 public health emergency declaration, set to expire on July 25, helps ensure that states like Maryland continue to receive significant federal … Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Senate Democrats Press Trump Administration To Reverse Move Undermining COVID-19 Hospital Data Collection and Reporting

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined 45 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, and Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, urging the Trump Administration to reverse recent changes requiring hospitals to report data to a new system set up by the Department of Health and Human Services instead of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) which is run by the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Amidst Report of Russian Hacking, Van Hollen, Sasse Urge Senate to Move Forward on Bipartisan Legislation to Punish Foreign Theft of U.S. Intellectual Property

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) urged the Senate to immediately take up consideration of their bipartisan Protecting American Intellectual Property Act, legislation to mandate strong economic penalties on foreign firms and individuals involved in stealing American intellectual property. This legislation is all the more urgent given the breaking report today that Russia has attempted to steal information from researchers involved in coronavirus vaccine … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce More Than $500,000 to Aid Eastern Shore’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) announced $507,937 in federal funds to help the Eastern Shore’s local economy respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.“COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into local development plans throughout Maryland. This investment will help the Eastern Shore’s businesses and communities respond to the pandemic - because when our local economies thrive, Maryland thrives,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren Criticize Trump Administration Deal that Allowed Manufacturer of COVID-19 Antiviral Drug Remdesivir to Charge U.S. Purchasers the Highest Prices in the World

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and four of their colleagues sent a letter to Department of Secretary Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar seeking an explanation for why the "amazing deal" struck by President Trump for a large supply of remdesivir forces U.S. purchasers to pay the highest prices in the world for the drug. This extreme price discrepancy further underscores the need for Senator Van Hollen’s bipartisan legislation, the We … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Push Back on Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda in USCIS Funding Debate

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) —along with 13 Senate colleagues— are pushing back on the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant agenda in advance of upcoming debate on a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bailout. The Senators are pushing for any funding package to include guardrails that will ensure USCIS cannot target asylum seekers and other vulnerable immigrants with unaffordable fees, ensure that the money is not used for deportations or other … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $100,000 to Support Anne Arundel County Fire Department

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced $100,370.31 in federal funds for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.“Each and every day, Maryland’s firefighters put themselves on the front lines to protect the public. Their work has been crucial to our COVID-19 response, as they often respond to a range of calls including health emergencies. This funding will ensure that our … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $800,000 to Support Howard County Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $821,257.93 in federal funds for the Howard County Fire Department. “Each and every day, Maryland’s firefighters put themselves on the front lines to protect the public. Their work has been crucial to our COVID-19 response, as they often respond to a range of calls including health emergencies. This funding will ensure that our local fire departments have the equipment … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $400,000 to Support Firefighters in Montgomery, Prince George’s Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $403,583 in federal funds for firefighters in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. In May, the delegation members sent a letter to Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf in support of Montgomery County’s application for funds to secure personal protective equipment (PPE).“Each and every day, Maryland’s firefighters … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $150,000 to Support Fire Departments in Frederick, Allegany Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $150,175.87 in federal funds for fire departments in Frederick and Allegany Counties.“Each and every day, Maryland’s firefighters put themselves on the front lines to protect the public. Their work has been crucial to our COVID-19 response, as they often respond to a range of calls including health emergencies. This funding will ensure that our local fire departments have the … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce More Than $100,000 to Support Prince Frederick Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $110,109.09 in federal funds for the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department. “Each and every day, Maryland’s firefighters put themselves on the front lines to protect the public. Their work has been crucial to our COVID-19 response, as they often respond to a range of calls including health emergencies. This funding will ensure that our local fire departments have the equipment … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce More Than $4,500 to Support Elkton First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) announced $4,527.27 in federal funds for the William M. Singerly Steam Fire Engine, Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 in Elkton, Md. “Each and every day, Maryland’s firefighters put themselves on the front lines to protect the public. Their work has been crucial to our COVID-19 response, as they often respond to a range of calls including health emergencies. This funding will ensure that our local … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Following Calls from Senators Van Hollen and Hassan, FERC Rejects Petition Aimed at Upending States’ Net Metering Programs

Following calls from U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and 20 of their colleagues, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted unanimously to reject a petition by the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) that would have upended states’ net metering programs. Net metering allows consumers and businesses who generate some or all of their own electricity, particularly through wind and solar energy … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Reed, Collins Push to Boost Immunization Infrastructure

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with a number of their Senate colleagues, are calling for Congress to provide at least $5.6 billion in federal funding to develop and support COVID-19 vaccine infrastructure. The lawmakers say the funds are needed to boost the nation’s vaccine supply and distribution system and should be included in the next coronavirus relief package. The federal funds could be used for distribution, provider training, … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Toomey Hong Kong Autonomy Act Signed Into Law

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statements on their bipartisan Hong Kong Autonomy Act being signed into law: “Today, the United States made clear to China that it cannot continue its assault on freedom and human rights in Hong Kong without severe repercussions. The Chinese government’s aggression merits this swift rebuke. I appreciate Senator Toomey’s partnership on this effort. Now that the President has signed our Hong Kong Autonomy Act into … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Carper Lead Democratic Senators in Push for Interior to Reverse Course on Harmful Migratory Bird Treaty Act Changes

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) led a group of 20 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt voicing their concerns with the draft Environmental Impact Statement for DOI’s proposed rule implementing changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The proposed rule would undermine a longstanding interpretation of the MBTA that holds companies responsible for oil spills and other actions that … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $1.5 Million to Support STEM Education in Baltimore City

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $1.5 million in federal funding for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs in Baltimore City.“In order to cultivate a new and diverse generation of STEM innovators, we must break down the systemic barriers that deny communities of color the opportunity to access these cutting-edge careers,” the lawmakers said. “This … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Cortez Masto Urge Mnuchin and Powell to Provide Greater Financial Assistance to State and Local Governments

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) have sent a letter to Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell and Department of Treasury (Treasury) Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging that they provide greater financial assistance to state and local governments in the current economic downturn. The letter notes the importance of aggressive Fed and Treasury efforts to help cash-strapped state and local governments, while acknowledging … Continue Reading

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