Press Releases

July 24, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Statement on Kent Island Tornado

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the tornado that touched down on Kent Island overnight: "Our thoughts are with the people of Stevensville on Kent Island today as they recover from last night's storm and possible tornado. We appreciate the speed and skill of the first responders and all those working to return the community to a sense of normalcy in the aftermath of such sudden destruction. Our offices already have been in … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Van Hollen: Chaos in the White House Taking Attention Away from Important Issues Like Health Care & the Economy

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined CNN's Brianna Keilar to discuss President Trump's chaotic West Wing and his inability to focus on issues important to the American public. A transcript of the exchange is below, and video is available here: BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN: Sir, what is your reaction to this breaking news? U.S. SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Brianna, it'simpossible being the PressSecretary or the CommunicationsDirector in this Administration,because the chaos starts at thevery top.It … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Van Hollen Fights for Maryland in Agriculture Appropriations Bill

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to support the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which passed unanimously yesterday in the Committee. It will support American agriculture, conservation, and nutrition programs. Through his work on the Appropriations Committee and as the first Maryland Senator in nearly 100 years to serve on the Senate Agriculture … Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $499,970 National Science Foundation Grant to University of Maryland Baltimore County to Advance Understanding of Earth’s Climate

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) will receive a $499,970 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to train graduate students, postdocs, as well as junior faculty in disciplines to advance knowledge of atmospheric radiation and the Earth's climate system. "This National Science Foundation grant will help UMBC scientists and researchers to unlock the secrets of our Earth's atmosphere,"said … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Van Hollen: Chaos in the White House Taking Attention Away from Important Issues Like Health Care & the Economy

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined CNN's Brianna Keilar to discuss President Trump's chaotic West Wing and his inability to focus on issues important to the American public. A transcript of the exchange is below, and video is available here: BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN: Sir, what is your reaction to this breaking news? U.S. SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: Brianna, it'simpossible being the PressSecretary or the CommunicationsDirector in this Administration,because the chaos starts at thevery top.It … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $53,226 AmeriCorps Grant to Combat Opioid Epidemic on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that Salisbury University has been awarded a $53,226 AmeriCorps Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund the ShoreCorps/Partnership for Adolescents on the Lower Shore (PALS) program to help combat the opioid epidemic on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. "We must use every tool at our disposal to fight the opioid epidemic that is devastating so many communities in our state. This … Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $37,203 AmeriCorps Grant to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that Frostburg State University has been awarded a $37,203 AmeriCorps Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund the Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) program to help combat the opioid epidemic in Western Maryland. "We must use every tool at our disposal to fight the opioid epidemic that is devastating so many communities in our state. This funding will expand education and … Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Van Hollen Calls on President Trump’s Opioid Commission to End Delays and Act to Stop Addiction Crisis

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and a group of Democratic Senators sent a letter to the acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy expressing concern that the White House's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis - chaired by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie - is wasting valuable time by delaying steps that could provide immediate solutions to address the opioid crisis. Despite an abundance of actionable information, the commission has announced … Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Latest CBO Score of Republican Health Care Repeal Plan

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would reduce the number of Americans with insurance by 32 million over the next ten years: "President Trump called the House 'health care' bill mean, and the Republican plans keep getting meaner by the day. The non-partisan CBO reports that the latest Senate proposal to repeal the ACA would double the cost of … Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Press EPA, Army Corps to Extend Comment Period for Clean Water Rule Rewrite

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined 21 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt and Army Corps of Engineers Deputy Assistant Secretary Douglas Lamont urging them to extend the 30-day public comment period for EPA's proposal to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule. In total, the Obama Administration allowed the public to comment on the original rule for 180 days in 2014 and responded to over one million public … Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Van Hollen: Even Those Who Supported Trump See Trumpcare as a Betrayal

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined MSNBC's Craig Melvin to discuss continued attempts by President Trump and Senate Republicans to pass legislation that would cause turmoil in our health care system. A transcript of the exchange is below, and video is available here: CRAIG MELVIN, MSNBC:I want to bring in Senator Chris Van Hollen, Democrat from Maryland. Senator, were you able to hear the President's comments there? U.S. SENATOR CHRIS VAN HOLLEN: I was, and it's very clear the … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $140,000 for Eastern Shore Economic Development

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $140,000 to the Eastern Shore for the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). Both the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore and the Mid-Shore Regional Council for the Eastern Shore will receive $70,000, benefiting Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. Each CEDS plan … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Van Hollen Introduces Legislation to Honor Frederick Douglass

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen will introduce the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act. The legislation would establish a commission to honor and celebrate Frederick Douglass in 2018 as we mark the 200th anniversary of his birth. It is the companion bill to legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD). "Two hundred years after Douglass' birth, it is important to reflect upon his great … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Van Hollen Joins 25 Senate Colleagues to Urge State Department and DHS to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Individuals from 10 TPS-Designated Countries

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined 25 Senate colleagues in writing a letter to the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging Secretaries Rex Tillerson and John Kelly to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of nationals currently residing in the United States. The TPS designation is a temporary benefit aimed at providing relief to foreign nationals in the United States and countries devastated by natural disasters, armed conflict, … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $143,888 Grant for Bay Bridge Airport

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced a $143,888 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, Md. The funding will help repair lighting and approach surfaces on the runway. "Regional airports serve as an important resource to communities in our state and are vital to maintaining a strong economy - we must ensure their safety," said Senator Van Hollen. "I'm committed to making sure Maryland has the funding it needs to … Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $300,000 Grant for Western Maryland Rural Health Care Development

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded a $300,000 grant to the Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC) West in Cumberland, Maryland. AHEC West serves Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia on health care issues. Their mission is to support healthcare practice transformation through increased collaboration among hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $175,965 for Preservation of African American History and Culture in Maryland

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) has awarded $175,965 in federal funding to two Maryland institutions. The Prince George's African American Museum and Cultural Center has been awarded $31,515, and the University of Maryland, David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans has been awarded $144,450. The grants are available through IMLS's Museum Grants … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Revised Senate Republican Health Care Plan

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the revised health care proposal from Senate Republicans: "Senate Republicans claim they have 'fixed' their 'health care' bill - but they only made it worse. This plan guts protections for people with pre-existing conditions and leaves them with insurance so expensive they could never afford it. It kicks millions of kids, seniors, and struggling families in Maryland and across the country off of Medicaid. And it turns back … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Van Hollen Fights for Maryland in Military Construction-VA Appropriations Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, voted to support the Fiscal Year 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Related Agencies appropriations bill. It supports critical housing, infrastructure, and facilities for U.S. military forces and their families, and provides increased funding for veterans' health care and benefits. "This bill makes important investments in our service members, veterans, and infrastructure necessary to keep … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on CBO Analysis of Trump Budget

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of President Trump's Fiscal Year 2018 budget: "This CBO score proves what we've suspected all along: President Trump's budget balances only if you ignore basic math. But the real problem with his budget is that it betrays his campaign promises to create an economy that helps working families, to protect vulnerable Americans, and to strengthen rural America. Marylanders would be … Continue Reading

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