Press Releases

July 10, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Service Academy Appointees from Southern Maryland

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the appointments of high school students from Southern Maryland to the U.S. Service Academies Class of 2023. "The choice to serve our country carries with it great responsibility, sacrifice, and honor. Each of these students has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and integrity and will make a valuable contribution to our service academies," said Senator Van Hollen. "I applaud their decision to choose this path, and I was proud to support their … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Service Academy Appointees from the Eastern Shore

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the appointments of Maryland high school students from the Eastern Shore to the U.S. Service Academies Class of 2023. "The choice to serve our country carries with it great responsibility, sacrifice, and honor. Each of these students has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and integrity and will make a valuable contribution to our service academies," said Senator Van Hollen. "I applaud their decision to choose this path, and I was proud to … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Service Academy Appointees from Baltimore Region

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the appointments of high school students from Baltimore City and Howard, Harford, and Baltimore counties to the U.S. Service Academies Class of 2023. "The choice to serve our country carries with it great responsibility, sacrifice, and honor. Each of these students has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and integrity and will make a valuable contribution to our service academies," said Senator Van Hollen. "I applaud their decision to choose … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Service Academy Appointees from Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the appointments of high school students from Montgomery and Prince George's Counties to the U.S. Service Academies Class of 2023. "The choice to serve our country carries with it great responsibility, sacrifice, and honor. Each of these students has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic and integrity and will make a valuable contribution to our service academies," said Senator Van Hollen. "I applaud their decision to choose this path, and I was … Continue Reading


July 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Require Every Public Company to Disclose Climate-Related Risks

The Climate Risk Disclosure Act Would Accelerate the Transition from Fossil Fuels Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen along with several of his Senate colleagues reintroduced the Climate Risk Disclosure Act of 2019 to require public companies to disclose critical information about their exposure to climate-related risks. Originally introduced in 2018, the legislation will help investors appropriately assess climate-related risks, accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to cleaner and … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1 Million for Hagerstown Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $1 million in federal funding for the Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The grant will be used for terminal expansion and land acquisition. This follows an $875,000 grant from the same federal source in September of 2017 to help the airport manage adverse weather conditions. "Hagerstown Regional Airport is an important resource for the businesses and residents of … Continue Reading


July 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $90,000 for Bay Bridge Airport Environmental Study

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $90,000 in federal funding for the Bay Bridge Airport (W29) through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will be used to study the environmental impacts of planned future improvements to the airport. "The Bay Bridge Airport is an important asset to the surrounding communities and local businesses," said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees. "I was glad to … Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Van Hollen, Benson Welcome Home Recently Pardoned Marylander Curtis Brooks

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Maryland State Senator Joanne Benson, and other local leaders welcomed Curtis Brooks home to Maryland. Curtis was released last Monday, and returned to Maryland this week, after serving over 20 years in prison and following the commutation of his sentence by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. "Today shows the triumph of hope over despair and is a clear example of the power of persistence in ensuring that justice prevails. I am so pleased to welcome … Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Van Hollen, Udall, Leahy Request GAO Investigation into Full Costs, Legal Compliance for Trump Fourth of July Event

For weeks, the Interior Department has failed to disclose information on costs and planning to Members of the Appropriations Committee to Members of the Appropriations Committee U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) requested a Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation into the costs and impacts associated with President Trump's expanded Fourth of July events and into whether the expenses complied with longstanding … Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Van Hollen and Markey Introduce Legislation to Create a National Climate Bank

Will leverage $35 billion in public funds to fund as much as $700 billion in total investment into projects that support clean energy, reduce emissions Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), members of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced the National Climate Bank Act, legislation that would create a federal bank to leverage public and private funds to invest in clean energy technologies and infrastructure. The National Climate Bank … Continue Reading


July 08, 2019

Van Hollen, NOAA designates new national marine sanctuary in Maryland

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen along with Senator Ben Cardin, Representative Steny Hoyer, Governor Larry Hogan, Charles County Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq , and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the designation of a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America's engagement in World War I. Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, about 40 … Continue Reading


July 03, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More than $1.5 Million for STEM Programs at Morgan State University

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced more than $1.5 million in federal grant funding over three years for Morgan State University through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award funds the implementation of an evidence-based, experiment-focused teaching model in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs that will train Morgan State University faculty in innovative ways to engage undergraduate STEM students. "Not only is … Continue Reading


July 03, 2019

Van Hollen, Congressional Black Caucus Team Up to Push for Woodson Medal of Honor

Today U.S. Senator Van Hollen (D-Md.) and 51 members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), including CBC Chair Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Dwight Evans (D-Penn.), and Marc Veasey (D-Texas), and Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif), wrote to the Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy requesting a formal review to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Corporal Waverly B. Woodson, Jr., one of the Forgotten Heroes of … Continue Reading


July 03, 2019

Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Authorize Honorary Promotion of Bethesda Veteran Charles McGee

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has introduced legislation to authorize the honorary promotion of Colonel (Ret.) Charles E. McGee, United States Air Force to Brigadier General. Col. McGee, a resident of Bethesda, Md., served with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, completing 136 combat missions. He completed an additional 100 combat missions in the Korean Conflict and 173 combat missions in the Vietnam War, amassing a record three-war total of combat missions - 409 - of any Air Force … Continue Reading


July 01, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Demand Answers from HUD for Hiring Eric Blankenstein

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) are demanding answers on HUD's hiring practices following press reports that disgraced former CFPB political appointee Eric Blankenstein was hired as Senior Counsel of HUD's Office of General Counsel, just one month after resigning from CFPB. Blankenstein, while employed at CFPB, was under investigation for racist and … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators: Census Should Stay on Schedule, Omit Citizenship Question

Senators Urge Secretary Ross To Print Census Materials Without Citizenship Question, Avoid Delays Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined a group of 28 senators in calling for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to meet the administration's previously set deadline of July 1 to begin printing materials for the 2020 Census and move forward without adding a politically motivated question about citizenship. Their call comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration's … Continue Reading


June 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce New Legislation to Support Programs that Provide Summer Jobs for Young People

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the introduction of new legislation that would authorize $100 million in additional annual funding for youth summer jobs programs like Baltimore's YouthWorks. The Youth Summer Jobs and Public Service Act (S. 2036) would direct five years of federal funding to communities with high concentrations of low-income youth to support the expansion and development of summer employment programs that provide meaningful … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Passage of Annual Defense Bill

Includes Van Hollen Provisions to Protect American National Security Interests Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes Senator Van Hollen's Otto Warmbier Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea (BRINK) Act and funding for many other Maryland priorities. "I'm pleased that the Senate was able to come together on a bipartisan basis to pass this … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Toomey Otto Warmbier BRINK Act Passes Senate as Part of NDAA Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), announced the passage of the Otto Warmbier Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea (BRINK) Act within the Senate's FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill was also co-sponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Their legislation is designed to offer foreign banks and firms a stark choice: continue business with … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Resolution Honoring Slain Marylander Alex Villamayor, Calling for Justice and Accountability

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have introduced a resolution honoring the life of Alex Villamayor, a young American citizen born in Maryland who was tragically murdered four years ago in Paraguay. The resolution calls for justice and accountability in his worrisome case, where his death was initially covered up and the FBI was prevented from properly investigating his death. "Alex's death was a tragedy and cannot be forgotten. As we seek to honor his life and his … Continue Reading

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