Press Releases

June 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Raise Concerns about Immigration Backlogs

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli to ask a series of detailed questions about the ongoing delays being faced by people in Maryland and across the country. "The processing delays, particularly as it pertains to family-based immigration petitions and employment authorization documents, are alarming and impose an undue burden on applicants, their families, and community … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $5.5 Million for Easton Airport Runway Extension

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $5.55 million in federal funding for the Easton Airport (Easton/Newman Field) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the first phase, including land acquisition, of a project to shift and extend one of the airport's runways to meet demand. Funding will be administered through Talbot County, which has been working toward this extension for nearly … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

Van Hollen Releases New State Department Data on Travel Ban

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released new travel ban statistics from the U.S. Department of State, which were made available because of the provision he authored requiring the State Department to provide detailed information on this de facto Muslim ban. The data, which spans from December 2017 to March 2019, reflects approximately 5.1 percent of subject applicants having been issued a visa pursuant to the waiver process. That's even lower than the 6 percent they had previously … Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Boost Workforce Training Opportunities in Baltimore, Maryland Opportunity Zone

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) along with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is investing $1.6 million in City Life Community Builders of Baltimore, Maryland, to support the reuse of the Hoen Lithograph Complex as a workforce training center. The project will be matched with $1.1 million in local funds and is expected to create more than 100 jobs and … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Protect Consumers from Abusive Debt Collection Tactics

New CFPB rule gives debt collectors green light to inundate consumers with unlimited text messages, emails Following passage of legislation cracking down on annoying and unwanted robocalls, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of his Sneatecolleagues in calling on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger to reverse a proposed rule that would, for the first time, allow debt collection companies to send unlimited texts and emails to consumers. Just … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $5 Million for the Greater Cumberland Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $5 million in federal funding for the Greater Cumberland Airport from the Department of Transportation (DOT). This funding will go towards repairing and maintaining the structural integrity of the airports' runways and helping the airport meet other operational needs. "The Greater Cumberland Airport serves as an important resource to the community and is vital to maintaining a strong local economy," said Senator Van … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $3.9 Million for the St. Mary’s Regional Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $3.9 million in federal funding for the St. Mary's County Regional Airport from the Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will go towards extending one of the airport's runways and helping the airport meet other operational needs. "The St. Mary's Regional Airport is an important local hub that connects the area to businesses and travelers within the region," said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Brown, Senate Democrats Urge Fed Investigate Deutsche Bank’s Relationship with Trump and Kushner

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, led a letter with Democrats on the Committee asking the Federal Reserve to investigate Deutsche Bank's relationship with President Trump and Jared Kushner, following reports that Bank officials ignored suspicious activities on accounts associated with the two men. Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Catherine Cortez Masto … Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, and Trone Announce Over $637,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Frederick Community College STEM Scholars

Today, U.S. Chris Van Hollen and Senators Ben Cardin, as well as U.S. Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.), announced $637,097 in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation to the Frederick Community Scholars STEM program. The program will start in the fall of 2020 and will offer students who demonstrate academic talent and financial need, including students from underrepresented groups, the resources and support needed to pursue a degree in STEM disciplines and a … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Feinstein, Kaine Urge Senate to Pass Protections for TPS Recipients and Dreamers

Following House passage of the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide important protections to Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are calling on the Senate to follow suit. The Senators have introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would allow qualified TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Markey, Collins, and Capito Introduce Legislation to Extend Availability of Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) along with Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) reintroduced legislation to authorize the current United States Postal Service (USPS) Alzheimer's research stamp for an additional six years, providing more time to raise additional Alzheimer's research funds for the National Institutes of Health. Representatives Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Chris Smith (NJ-4) also introduced companion legislation … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $2.3 Million for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $2.3 million from the Department of Justice's Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Emmitsburg, MD. The NFFF will use this funding to support a variety of projects that impact firefighters and fire departments across the country, from counseling and training to database improvement and survivor services. Additionally, these funds support the Annual … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Beyer Introduce Cap and Dividend Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act. This ‘cap and dividend’ approach is a simple, fair, and effective plan to address the dangers of climate change. It would put more money in the pockets of hardworking Americans, increasing their spending power and growing our entire economy. “The dangers of climate change are front and center in our everyday lives and only getting worse — we must take real … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Van Hollen Statement for the Record on Confirmation of Andrew Saul

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) submitted the following statement for the congressional record on the nomination of Andrew Saul to be Commissioner of Social Security: "I oppose the nomination of Andrew Saul to be Commissioner of Social Security. I am deeply concerned about the treatment of unions who represent workers at the Social Security Administration, and Mr. Saul declined to give meaningful assurances that anything will change under his leadership. Americans everywhere … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Van Hollen, Maryland Delegation Members Issue Statement Following Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and David Trone, yesterday received a classified briefing from senior employees of the National Security Agency regarding the recent cyberattack on Baltimore. They issued the following statement: "We are all concerned about the reported leak of cyber tools and the potential for serious damage to American cities and companies. When it comes to the ransomware attack in … Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Applauds the City’s Selection for the National Public Safety Partnership Program

Federal Program Will Help Baltimore Tackle Violent Crime Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) applauded the selection of Baltimore for the National Public Safety Partnership program. This Federal program provides cities and states with support to address violent crime. Baltimore's congressional delegation has urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to select Baltimore and questioned the … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Laud Movement in Designating Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary

Preserving Mallows Bay for future generations to enjoy and wildlife to thrive U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.), applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Friday for reaching an agreement with the State of Maryland and publishing in the Federal Register the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Final Management Plan (FMP) for the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. It … Continue Reading


May 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Statement on Call with Verso Leadership About Closing of Luke Mill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) released the below statement following their call on Friday with Verso Interim CEO Les Lederer. The three have previously held meetings with the Mayor of Luke and the Allegany County Executive just days after the plant announced its closing: "On Friday, we had a candid and pointed discussion with Verso's leadership about the closing of the paper mill in Luke and next steps to support the … Continue Reading


May 26, 2019

Van Hollen Requests NSA Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement asking for a full briefing from National Security Agency (NSA) regarding recent reports that the NSA tool, Eternal Blue, was used for the ransomware attack in Baltimore: "Reports that the Baltimore ransomware attack came as a result of NSA technology are deeply concerning. We must ensure that the tools developed by our agencies do not make their way into the hands of bad actors. Today I contacted Senator Warner, the … Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Administration Decision on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration's decision to move forward with arms sales to Saudi Arabia, bypassing Congress: "This Administration's decision to bypass Congress and sell arms to Saudi Arabia is a misapplication of this provision and an abuse of power. I will work to close this loophole in the appropriations process and use every available tool to prevent President Trump from taking this action." … Continue Reading

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