Press Releases

July 26, 2021

In Letter to Secretary of State Blinken, Senators Van Hollen, Markey, Colleagues Urge the United States to Press the Philippine Government on Human Rights Violations

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, and their colleagues Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Richard J Durbin (D-Ill.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony J. … Continue Reading


July 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, and Rep. Meng Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Close the Homework Gap, Get More Students Online

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), along with 15 additional senators and 25 House members, have introduced the Securing Universal Communications Connectivity to Ensure Students Succeed (SUCCESS) Act. This legislation will build on the Emergency Connectivity Fund that the Senators pushed to create under the American Rescue Plan and provide schools and libraries with $8 billion a year over five years - for a total of … Continue Reading


July 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Praise Biden Nominee Erek Barron for U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised President Joe Biden’s nomination of Delegate Erek Barron to be the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. If confirmed by the Senate, Delegate Barron (District 24, Prince George County) would be the first Black U.S. Attorney in Maryland’s history.“Our state must have a U.S. attorney who is fiercely committed to delivering equal justice under the law to every Marylander. Erek Barron’s tireless … Continue Reading


July 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Submit Appropriations Requests Supporting Local Workforce Training, Health Care, and Education Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have released their requests for Congressionally Directed Spending for projects under the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for Fiscal Year 2022. The senators’ requests will help strengthen local health care infrastructure, expand educational and economic opportunities, provide diverse resources for those struggling with addiction issues and solidify … Continue Reading


July 23, 2021

Van Hollen Applauds Selection of Tom Manger to Head U.S. Capitol Police

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the selection of former Montgomery County, Maryland Police Chief Tom Manger to lead the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP): “As our Capitol Police face a time of great difficulty and transition, strong leadership is vital to the success of the officers and to the force as a whole. Tom served Marylanders with distinction - protecting our communities and leading by example in his efforts to improve police trust … Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, Dingell Applaud Inclusion of the Clean Energy Accelerator in Senate Democrats’ Budget Framework

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell applauded the inclusion of their Clean Energy Accelerator within the Democratic budget resolution framework.“Investing in clean energy will not only help us tackle the climate emergency but is also key to generating millions of new American jobs. Our Clean Energy Accelerator is a potential game-changer - taking a model that’s been proven to work … Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Sanders Introduce Legislation to Extend Social Security Benefits for Students

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced new legislation to extend Social Security benefits to age 26 for students who are survivors, children of disabled workers, and eligible grandchildren of retired workers. The Senators’ legislation, the Helping Students Successfully Overcome Adversity and Rise (SOAR) with Social Security Act, would restore critical supports for families and bolster the higher education success of their children.“Children who … Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Montgomery and Prince George’s County Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $375,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Fire and EMS Departments in COVID-19 Recovery

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $378,753 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments across Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.“The health and safety of our first responders must remain a top priority. This new federal award will ensure our firefighters and emergency volunteers have the proper funding and equipment they need to respond to … Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce American Rescue Plan Funding for More Than 60 Fire and EMS Departments in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (D-Md.) announced $1,381,911 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments across Western Maryland.“Despite increased challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency and first responders across Maryland continued to deliver life-saving care to those who needed it most,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan will ensure our … Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1.2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Local Fire and EMS Departments Across Baltimore and Central Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $1,201,379 in American Rescue Plan funding to support fire and emergency rescue departments across the Baltimore region.“Maryland’s fire and rescue teams risk their lives every single day to protect our communities - and worked overtime to deliver life-saving care during the COVID-19 pandemic,” … Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce American Rescue Plan Funding for More Than 50 Fire and EMS Departments in Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $1,037,955 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments in Southern Maryland and along the Eastern Shore.“Our volunteer firefighters and first responders often risk their lives to serve and protect our communities and have worked around the clock during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding will provide our fire and rescue … Continue Reading


July 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce New Bill to Keep National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick

U.S. Senators Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) today announced plans to introduce S.2367, the Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Authority Act, which would allow the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick to acquire new land in order to establish a new training center and workshop. This land will allow the agency to expand its local operations and better achieve its mission nationwide.“One of the most … Continue Reading


July 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce New Bill to Keep National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick

U.S. Senators Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) today announced plans to introduce S.2367, the Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Authority Act, which would allow the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick to acquire new land in order to establish a new training center and workshop. This land will allow the agency to expand its local operations and better achieve its mission nationwide.“One of the most … Continue Reading


July 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Klobuchar, Booker, Warren Reintroduce Legislation to Replace Statue of Dred Scott Author Roger Taney with Trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today introduced legislation (S. 2366) to replace in the U.S. Capitol the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney with one of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the high court. Mirroring legislation (H.R. 3005) that the House of Representatives approved last month, the bill also directs the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Van Hollen, Maloney Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Help Eliminate Corporate Insiders’ Unfair Advantage in Stock Sales

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Financial Services Committee, introduced bicameral legislation to prevent executives and other corporate insiders from profiting off the gap between the occurrence of a significant event - such as bankruptcy or an acquisition - and its legally-mandated disclosure to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and … Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce Over $500,000 to Improve Wastewater Infrastructure in Queen Anne’s County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressman Andy Harris (all Md.) today announced $513,000 in federal funding to finish the construction of the Sudlersville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queen Anne’s County.“Investing in our wastewater infrastructure protects access to clean water for Marylanders and supports local economies. These funds will help get the Sudlersville Wastewater Treatment Plant construction across the finish line and improve water quality for … Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Menendez, Van Hollen, Rubio Lead Colleagues in Urging U.S.-EU Response to Turkish Provocations in Varosha

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both members of the Committee, today were joined by 11 of their Senate colleagues in condemning Turkey’s continuing efforts to open the coastline of Varosha, Cyprus in contravention of several United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and in defiance of recent calls from the UNSC and the European Council to immediately reverse course. In a bipartisan … Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, House Members Release GAO Report Detailing Key Causes of Military Rollover Accidents

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all-D-Md.), as well as Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.-12) and Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee John Garamendi (D-Calif.-3), announced Wednesday the results of a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on steps the U.S. Army and Marine Corps should take to “mitigate and prevent” … Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Senate Budget Democrats Announce Framework to Invest in American Workers, Families

“Tonight I was proud to join my Senate Budget colleagues to announce our plan to make the investments necessary to build an economy that works for every American, expands health care protections, and confronts climate change head-on. This plan, combined with the Bipartisan infrastructure plan, includes all key elements of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan and includes additional measures to expand health care. I’ll be working 24/7 to get this proposal across the … Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Following Van Hollen-Led Push, Administration Reverses Course on Proposed Rule that Threatened to Reduce Federal Funds for Maryland Communities

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the decision by the Biden Administration Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to abandon the Trump Administration’s proposed plan to change the current definition of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Under the Trump Administration, OMB had proposed doubling the minimum requirement for a MSA from 50,000 to 100,000. This recommendation would eliminate MSA status for more than 140 communities across the country - including Salisbury, … Continue Reading

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