Press Releases

July 02, 2020

Van Hollen Speaks on Israeli Annexation

On July 2, 2020, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor.Mr. President, I come to the floor today to discuss what I believe is an important and consequential matter at this moment: the way ahead for U.S. relations with our friend and partner, Israel.  The pending legislation before us includes a plan to codify and extend a multiyear commitment of American security assistance to Israel. Specifically, it would codify a memorandum of understanding reached … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Colleagues Request Funds for the Developmental Disabilities Network

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), in sending a letter to Senate leadership requesting $30 million in financial support for the Developmental Disabilities Network in the next COVID-19 relief package. In the letter, the Senators highlight the critical need to support the Developmental Disabilities Network as they mitigate the health and economic effects of the coronavirus on … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Colleagues Demand McConnell Cancel Two-Week Senate Recess, Instead Consider Critical Coronavirus Relief Bill

As coronavirus cases nationwide surge to record levels, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with 14 colleagues, demanded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell bring the House-passed Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act to the Senate floor before recess, saying that failing to do so would be an abdication of our most basic responsibilities.“Since the House vote on the HEROES Act, states and tribes across the country have had to … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Chicken Caucus Calls for Direct COVID-19 Relief for Chicken Farmers

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), co-chairs of the Senate Chicken Caucus, in sending a letter to Senate leadership and the Senate Committee on Agriculture highlighting the severe impacts COVID-19 is having on the U.S. chicken industry and requesting direct assistance for chicken farmers.“While we appreciate that the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act provides direct payments for … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Introduce Bill to Ensure Seniors in Federal Housing Can Live Safely, Stay Healthy During Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today in introducing the Emergency Housing Assistance for Older Adults Act - legislation that would provide $1.2 billion to ensure that federally-assisted senior housing facilities have the necessary resources to effectively protect residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Recent reports show that more than 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in nursing homes and long-term care settings. This is unacceptable - … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Markey, Colleagues File NDAA Amendment to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) have filed an amendment (#2049) to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that mirrors their Emergency Educational Connections Act as part of the larger Congressional package. This legislation aims to ensure all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The group of Senators previously introduced the bill with … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen Applauds House Passage of Sweeping Legislation to Invest in America’s Infrastructure, Create Jobs, and Combat Climate Change

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, legislation to invest more than $1.5 trillion to rebuild America’s infrastructure while creating good-paying jobs, combatting the climate crisis, and addressing disparities throughout America. The legislation includes a number of priorities led by Senator Van Hollen in the Senate.“The current economic crisis demands a bold response to put our country on track for … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Toomey Issue Statement on House Passage of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding House passage of the Hong Kong Autonomy Act: “Tens of thousands of Hongkongers are in the streets protesting and refusing to surrender their basic rights to the Chinese Communist Party. They are doing so even as CCP collaborators harshly crackdown on free speech and the right to assemble. Our bipartisan Hong Kong Autonomy Act will punish those responsible for these crackdowns and other CCP … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen Statement for the Record on Tabling Senator Paul's NDAA Amendment

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) submitted the following statement for the congressional record on the motion to table Senator Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act:"I voted against the motion to table Senator Paul’s amendment to the NDAA not because I support his amendment as written, but because I believe this Senate has a responsibility to fully debate the question of our policy, strategy and plans for Afghanistan. Tabling an … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Hold Hearing on D.C. Statehood

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) hosted a virtual hearing to examine why Washington, D.C. should become the country’s 51st state. The hearing entitled “Statehood and Equality for Washington, D.C.” focused on the statehood process outlined in the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, as well as the need to provide voting representation in Congress and full local self-government … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Increase Funding for Children with Disabilities

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced legislation to increase funding for children with disabilities in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Supporting Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act appropriates $11 billion for state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), $1.2 billion for early childhood education programs, $55 million under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, and requires … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $16 Million for Western Maryland Airports

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $16,002,938 in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airport infrastructure improvements in Western Maryland.Hagerstown Regional Airport-Richard A. Henson Field (HGR) will receive $6,304,480 for the rehabilitation of its main runway (more information here);Garrett County Airport (2G4) will receive $5,035,688 for the expansion of its apron (more information here); … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Schumer, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Extend Expanded Unemployment Insurance and Require Program Continue Providing Benefits Until Each State’s Economic Conditions Improve

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) today introduced the American Workforce Rescue Act, legislation that would establish “automatic stabilizers” to ensure unemployment benefits remain available for working families during periods of persistent unemployment, a priority for Senate Democrats in the next COVID-19 bill. Specifically, the proposal would extend the $600 increase in weekly UI benefits, which Senate Democrats secured in the CARES Act, … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Wyden, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Support Economic Recovery, Finance Six Months of Wages

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced legislation to support the economic recovery by immediately financing six months of wages and supportive services for unemployed workers. “Trump’s negligence during the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the economic harm and loss of American jobs. Millions of Americans are still filing jobless claims each week while struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table. Providing both short-term relief and a strategy … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Bay Senators Urge Support For Oyster, Clam Businesses Facing Economic Hardship Due to COVID-19

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging USDA to support local oyster and clam businesses facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, the members urge USDA to use funds made available through the Congressional-passed CARES Act to support this industry - which is made up of many small, family owned businesses … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Sen. Van Hollen, Rep. Wexton Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Ensure Transparency in Federal Agency Relocations

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) introduced the Conducting Oversight to Secure Transparency (COST) of Relocations Act, legislation to require federal agencies seeking to relocate to conduct and make public a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis of the proposed change. “Last year the Trump Administration decided to move ERS and NIFA out of the National Capital Region without any real justification. The move ran contrary to the best … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Carper Announce Amendment to Strip the President’s Ability to Control D.C. National Guard in Defense Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) are filing an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would strip the President’s authority to control the District of Columbia National Guard and grant the Mayor of Washington, D.C. the same control over the D.C. National Guard that the governors of the states and the three territories with National Guards have over their respective National Guards. The amendment follows last week’s … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Applaud the Award of More Than $10.5 Million for BWI Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) applaud the award of $10,750,084 in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for infrastructure improvements at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport. “BWI serves as a crucial connector for Maryland’s economy. This investment will help ensure BWI’s ability to provide safe and efficient service - as well as to continue serving as a delivery point for essential … Continue Reading


July 01, 2020

Van Hollen, Harris, Murray, Colleagues to Barr: Reverse Anti-LGBTQ Position, Protect Transgender Workers from Discrimination

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, Ga., which held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ workers from discrimination, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), and Patty Murray (D-WA) on Tuesday sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) reverse its anti-LGBTQ position that federal law does not shield transgender workers. The senators called on Barr to … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin to Trump Administration: Don’t Rip Away Health Care for Millions During Public Health Crisis

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and more than 30 Senate colleagues in condemning the Trump Administration’s “reckless” efforts to invalidate the Affordable Care Act. The Senators demanded that the Department of Justice (DOJ) defend existing law in court and halt its efforts to repeal health care protections for millions - including 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions — in the middle of a public health emergency. This … Continue Reading

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