Press Releases

September 10, 2020

Van Hollen Statement of Support for Maryland, Bay Partners’ Lawsuit against EPA

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the decision by Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia as well as Chesapeake Bay advocacy groups to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their lack of enforcement of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) pollution reduction targets. “A healthy Chesapeake Bay is crucial to both the health of Maryland’s economy and our environment. To protect and restore the Bay, … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Maryland Delegation Calls for Federal Emergency Declaration In Wake of Tropical Storm Isaias

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, is urging President Donald Trump to approve the State of Maryland’s request for a declaration of a “major disaster” following Tropical Storm Isaias. The lawmakers also requested that the federal government cover a larger share of the overall … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Inhofe, Cantwell, Moran Applaud FAA Action to Expand Aviation Workforce Training

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) applauded the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) move to implement two new aviation workforce grant programs authorized in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization bill that invest in and expand the development of the next generation of aircraft pilots and maintenance technicians. The FAA’s announcement follows a letter sent by the Senators last week, urging the Administration to … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Brown, Menendez, and Reed Probe CFPB's Failure to Alert Borrowers to Mortgage Relief Options During Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, along with Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Banking Committee, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Jack Reed (D- R.I.), also members of the Banking Committee, sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger regarding the agency's failure to use its authority to ensure that borrowers are aware of the mortgage relief options they are … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Lankford, Colleagues Pen Letter to Secretary Pompeo on USCIRF Recommendations

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and James Lankford (R-OK) sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback to ask the State Department to consider recommendations made by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) when determining designations of Countries of Particular Concern (CPC) and placement on the Special Watch List (SWL). CPC and SWL designations by the Secretary of … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Warner, Kaine Express Outrage at Report of Ongoing, Toxic Workplace Culture at Metrorail

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) issued the following joint response to The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Safety Audit of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This was the first audit of the Rail Operations Control Center by the safety commission since it was established in 2017, two years after the death of Carol Glover in a smoke-filled Yellow Line train. “We are appalled and … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Trone Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Posthumously Award Maryland WWII Veteran Cpl. Woodson with Medal of Honor

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Representatives David Trone and Anthony Brown (both D-Md.) were joined by Mrs. Joann Woodson, the widow of Maryland WWII Veteran Corporal Waverly Woodson, to announce new bipartisan, bicameral legislation to authorize the President to award Cpl. Woodson the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary heroism during World War II, and specifically his courageous and selfless actions during the D-Day invasion. While Cpl. … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $2.6 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Violence Against Women

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $2,602,583 in federal funding to combat violence against women. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide legal assistance to victims, raise awareness to reduce dating violence through campus programs, and provide resources for survivors and their families.“This new … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Risch, Cardin, Colleagues Condemn Violence in Anglophone Cameroon

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues, today in introducing a resolution calling on the Government of Cameroon and armed separatist groups from the English-speaking Northwest and Southwest regions to end all violence, respect the human … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen Leads Bipartisan Push for Answers on Administration's Implementation of the Payroll Tax Deferral for Federal Employees, Service Members

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led over 20 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought urging them to make the payroll tax deferral outlined by President Trump last month optional for federal employees and service members. In their letter the Senators also push for answers on how the Administration plans to implement this deferral.“We urge you to let federal workers and uniformed … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Feinstein, Paul, Collins to Trump: Extend New START

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today sent a letter calling on President Donald Trump to immediately extend the New START arms control agreement with Russia for another five years. The treaty is set to expire in February 2021 if no action is taken to extend or replace it.“Allowing New START to expire in February would have a dangerous and destabilizing effect. Losing New START’s extensive and effective … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Feinstein, Paul, Collins to Trump: Extend New START

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today sent a letter calling on President Donald Trump to immediately extend the New START arms control agreement with Russia for another five years. The treaty is set to expire in February 2021 if no action is taken to extend or replace it.“Allowing New START to expire in February would have a dangerous and destabilizing effect. Losing New START’s extensive and effective … Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Applaud More Than $880,000 in Federal Funding for Tipton Airport Authority

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today applauded an award of $884,646 in federal funds Tipton Airport Authority in Odenton, Md. The funding is awarded through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.“Local airports provide a critical connection between communities and economies throughout … Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $50 Million in Federal Funding for Statewide Response to Opioid Crisis

The Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, Kweisi Mfume and David Trone, announced $50,751,132 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Health to support statewide efforts to combat the opioid crisis.“For individuals living with opioid addiction and substance use disorders, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder … Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $250,000 in Federal Funding for Housing Assistance Programs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), today announced $250,054 in federal funding for housing assistance programs across the state. “This new federal funding comes during an incredibly important time as Marylanders continue to grapple with the severe economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the lawmakers said. “Every family deserves a … Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $3.9 Million to Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts and Strengthen State Environmental Infrastructure

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) announced $3,941,087.76 in federal funds to support projects throughout Maryland to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and enhance environmental infrastructure.“The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is a national environmental treasure and the driving force behind Maryland’s economy,” the … Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hassan Call for Updated Energy Efficiency Standards

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and seven Democratic colleagues wrote to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette today in raising concerns over the Department of Energy’s (DOE) failure to update key national energy efficiency standards for consumer and commercial appliances. The DOE has yet to review 26 of the energy efficiency standards, despite the mandate of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.“Energy efficient appliances … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Van Hollen, Maryland Delegation Members Urge State to Prioritize Helping Marylanders Seeking Answers on Unemployment Benefits

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, joined by Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) urged Maryland Department of Labor (MDOL) Secretary Tiffany Robinson to swiftly resolve thousands of pending unemployment insurance claims. In their letter, the members urge MDOL to prioritize helping Marylanders whose applications for unemployment assistance remain unresolved or unanswered. As FEMA has now … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Nearly $650,000 for Fire Departments Throughout Allegany County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the award of $646,666 to the Barton Hose Company No 1, Inc. in Allegany County. Together with last week’s award to Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire, a total of $1,435,757 will go toward the purchase of 192 sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units for 13 stations across Allegany County. SCBAs provide firefighters with fresh oxygen and prevent them from breathing harmful carcinogens … Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Applaud More Than $4.1 Million in Federal Funding for Greater Cumberland Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) today applaud the award of $4,122,800.00 in federal funding for the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Cumberland, Maryland. This award is disbursed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and appropriated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).This new funding will go towards rehabilitating the airport’s runway, protecting the … Continue Reading

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