Press Releases

September 20, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Funding for Eastern Shore First Responders to Purchase New Equipment

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) haveannounced that the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and the Preston Volunteer Fire Department have been awarded a total of $465,715 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to replace equipment that is past its useful lifespan and no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards. The Kent Island Volunteer Department, located in Queen … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Van Hollen on MSNBC: Graham-Cassidy Does Not Pass the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’

Last night, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss the Graham-Cassidy attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the devastating impacts it would have on the American healthcare system. The full text of the interview is available below, and video of the interview is available here. LAWRENCE O'DONNELL, MSNBC: We're joined now by Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, he's a member of the Senate Budget Committee. Senator Van Hollen, the picture … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Call for Public Review and Comment on Valuable Evidence in FCC’s Net Neutrality Proceeding

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today joined a group of Democratic Senators in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow the public to review and comment on tens of thousands of newly-revealed complaints that shed light on proposed changes to existing net neutrality protections. The documents, uncovered by a May 2017 Freedom of Information Act request, were only produced by the FCC a few days before the Open Internet Order proceeding comment deadline in August and … Continue Reading


September 20, 2017

Van Hollen, Senators Urge Office of Management and Budget to Investigate Taxpayer-Funded Travel for Executive Branch Officials

U.S. Senator Van Hollen (D-MD) joined 15 of his colleagues in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) following reports that a number of high-ranking officials in the Trump Administration are incurring excessive travel costs. According to a September 19th POLITICO report, at least three members of the Cabinet have used taxpayer funds to charter expensive private airplanes or incurred excessive travel costs that signal a culture of wasteful spending. The letter was also signed by … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Van Hollen Speaks Out Against Disastrous Republican Health Care Legislation

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen spoke on the Senate floor yesterday to oppose the Republicans' last-ditch efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip Americans of their health coverage. His remarks are available below, and video is availablehere. "Thank you, Madam President. I first want to thank the Democratic Leader for his efforts to work and reach out to the Republican Leader, Senator McConnell, as we move forward to try to take some sensible steps to improve our health care system, … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

Van Hollen Fights for Maryland Priorities in the National Defense Authorization Act

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen voted last night to support the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes important investments for military installations across Maryland. "This legislation makes important investments in the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces, as well as the equipment and research needed to face current and future threats. Maryland is home to many of military installations integral to keeping our nation safe, and we worked hard to ensure … Continue Reading


September 19, 2017

In Wake of Equifax Data Breach, Van Hollen and Democrats Want Immediate Review of Consumer Data Protection at Top Consumer Reporting Agencies

In the wake of a massive data breach at Equifax, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today joined a group of Democratic Senators in calling for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to immediately review data security not only at Equifax, but also the other two major consumer reporting agencies, Experian and TransUnion. "As one of the three major consumer reporting agencies, Equifax centrally holds the most sensitive PII [Personally Identifiable Information]-information that determines whether … Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Nearly $120,000 for Economic Development

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $116,667 to the University of Maryland and Morgan State University Joint Center for Economic Development. The Center specializes in utilizing University of Maryland and Morgan State University resources to research economic development strategies, help local businesses grow, assist community leaders revitalize local neighborhoods and provide job training for … Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Van Hollen, Senators to Trump: Fill Diplomatic Appointments Key to Addressing North Korea Crisis

U.S. Senator Chirs Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined 10 Senate Democrats in calling on President Trump to fill the vacanciesforU.S.Ambassador toSouthKorea,officially known as the Republic of Korea (ROK), Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. These key positionshave gone unfilled in the over eight months of the Trump presidency. In the wake of North Korea's actions,Senate-confirmed nominees … Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.2 Million for Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced a $1,218,606 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) in Salisbury, Md. Authorities will use the funds to rehabilitate and enhance runways, including the construction of a new lighting system designed to assist aircraft during low-visibility conditions. "Regional and general aviation airports serve as an important resource to communities in our state and are … Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Strike Deal to Help Garrett County Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S.Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin(D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, have secured a provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to extend federal HUBZone eligibility to small businesses in Garrett County and in other HUBZone areas around Maryland.The provision, Senate Amendment 510, mirrors the HUBZone Investment Protection Act (S. 690), … Continue Reading


September 18, 2017

Comment Of Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy And Appropriations Member Chris Van Hollen On The U.S. Decision To Withdraw Approval Of Export of Firearms to the Turkish Presidential Protection Directorate

Reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt), Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and cosponsor of the amendment by Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), adopted by the Appropriations Committee on Sept 7, to prohibit exports of U.S. defense articles to the Turkish Presidential Protection Directorate: "This sale to President Erdogan's personal security guards should never have been approved, given their history of excessive force. But in the category of 'better late than never,' we welcome … Continue Reading


September 15, 2017

Van Hollen Listens to Financial Challenges, Opportunities for Investment in Minority Communities

As part of his ongoing work to expand investments in minority communities and those areas with high-unemployment, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen held a roundtable discussion in Baltimore, Maryland this morning to identify financial barriers faced by minority businesses and communities and how to overcome them. The roundtable was hosted by Joe Haskins, the President and CEO of Harbor Bank, one of the leading African-American-owned banks in the country. They were joined by leaders from community, … Continue Reading


September 14, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Fight for Every Parents’ Right to Affordable Child Care

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senate Democrats in introducing the Child Care for Working Families Act, a comprehensive early learning and child care package. This legislation would give hardworking American families the peace of mind to know they can afford quality care for their kids. The bill makes sweeping improvements to current child care legislation and will help more children succeed from the start. "No parent should lose sleep over whether or not they can afford to take … Continue Reading


September 08, 2017

Van Hollen, Schatz, Booker Introduce Legislation to Ensure Roads, Bridges Can Withstand Flood Damage

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Flood Risk Management Act of 2017 today to ensure that infrastructure projects that received federal funding - including major roads and bridges across our country -are built to withstand flood damage like we're facing with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Understanding the dangerous consequences of floods, the Obama Administration set standards in 2015 to make sure that FEDERAL projects were able to … Continue Reading


September 08, 2017

Van Hollen and Toomey Call for Swift Passage of BRINK Act

The Senate Banking Committee held a hearing this week on North Korea, where U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) discussed the urgent need to pass the bipartisan BRINK Act. At the hearing, experts agreed that secondaryfinancialsanctionsand fines, such as mandated by the BRINK Act, are necessary to exert maximum pressure on Kim Jong Un and his enablers andwould impose penalties against financial institutions thatsupport theNorth Korean regime.Thehearing occurred on the … Continue Reading


September 08, 2017

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Beyer, and Ellison Introduce Legislation to Support Civic Participation and Strengthen Voting Rights

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) have introduced the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act to expand voter registration efforts nationwide and increase American citizens' participation in their democratic process. The PROVE Act would enable citizens who are 16 and 17 to preregister to be added to voter rolls when they turn 18. Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) also introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of … Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Van Hollen Fights for Maryland in Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to support the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. It rejected reckless cuts proposed by the Trump Administration to invest in critical programs that grow our economy, expand vital education and job training programs, and improve the health of American families. "Families in Maryland deserve every opportunity to achieve the … Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Van Hollen Urges MDOT to Minimize Disruption to Communities During Purple Line Construction

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen wrote today to Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Pete Rahn to urge him to minimize the disruptive impacts as construction begins on the Purple Line. Many Marylanders are concerned about how communities surrounding the project will be affected, and the Senator asked MDOT to take some clear steps to address the issue. "I recognize that the next few years will be difficult for many as this project is constructed," Senator Van Hollen wrote. … Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Van Hollen Fights for Diplomacy, Development, and National Security in the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to support the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs appropriations bill. In the face of President Trump's proposed 32 percent cut to the budgets of the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), this bill instead makes key investments in American diplomacy, development, and national security. "Diplomacy and development are critical … Continue Reading

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