Press Releases

November 13, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Announce Nearly $2.4 Million for Maternal and Child Health Services

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $2,337,908 in federal funding to improve maternal and child health care services across the state.Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will help the Maryland Department of Health’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau lower maternal mortality, reduce infant … Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

In Senate Floor Speech, Van Hollen Slams Republican Refusal to Accept Election Results

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) delivered a speech on the Senate Floor strongly admonishing Republicans’ unprecedented and dangerous refusal to accept the presidential election results and the current Administration’s continued attempts to stonewall the Biden-Harris transition. Video of the Senator’s speech is available here and a full transcript is available below.“Yesterday, we came together as a country, not as Republicans, not as Democrats or Independents, but as Americans to … Continue Reading


November 12, 2020

Van Hollen, Markey, Gillibrand, and Warren Push DHS to Investigate Allegations of Abuse of Detained Cameroonians

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have sent a letter calling on the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari to immediately open an investigation into the physical abuse of Cameroonian detainees held in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Recent reports have alleged that unlawful coercion tactics are being used to force detainees to agree to deportation … Continue Reading


November 11, 2020

Van Hollen Announces Maryland Priorities in Newly-Released Senate Appropriations Bills

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced funding for significant Maryland priorities within the proposed Appropriations bill texts released by the Committee Republican leadership. In his role on the Committee, Senator Van Hollen was successful in securing a number of Maryland wins, despite the partisan nature of the process. While the Senator was pleased to secure these measures, he also expressed his disappointment in the Committee … Continue Reading


November 11, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Democratic Senators Urge Armed Services Leaders to Retain Bipartisan, Bicameral Measure to Rename Military Bases and Other Assets Honoring the Confederacy

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with 35 of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees urging that they reconcile and retain the bicameral, bipartisan measure to require military installations and assets that honor the Confederacy and Confederate officers be renamed within the next three years. Senate and House Armed Services leaders begin the final stage of conference … Continue Reading


November 11, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Veterans Day

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day: “On this day, we honor the men and women who valiantly answered the call of duty, dedicating themselves to serving our country and defending our freedom. We owe an enduring debt of gratitude to our veterans and current service members - and to all their families - for their courage and sacrifice. We must rededicate ourselves to ensuring that a grateful nation keeps its promises to them … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Urge Governor Hogan to Implement Coronavirus Workplace Protections for Marylanders

Today, members of the Maryland delegation, including Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) urged Governor Hogan to implement coronavirus workplace protections for Marylanders during the COVID-19 pandemic.Specifically, the Members called on Governor Hogan to issue an executive order directing the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) agency to … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce $200,000 to Assist Low-Income Families on Eastern Shore with Home Repairs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. announced $200,000 in federal funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income residents on the Eastern Shore. The grant will allow the awardees to offer homeowners grants and/or low-interest loans to fund critical home improvement projects, helping ensure that homes meet property and safety standards.“During this pandemic, many Maryland families have seen their pocketbooks take a big hit, and as … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $50,000 to Assist Low-Income Families in Garrett County with Home Repairs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $50,000 in federal funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income residents in Garrett County. The grant will allow Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. to offer homeowners grants and/or low-interest loans to fund critical home improvement projects, helping ensure that homes meet property and safety standards.“During this pandemic, many Maryland families have seen their … Continue Reading


November 10, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $100,000 to Assist Low-Income Families in Anne Arundel, Charles Counties with Home Repairs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced $100,000 in federal funding to help repair and rehabilitate homes for low-income residents in Anne Arundel County and Charles County.“The economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has left many Maryland families strapped for cash and unable to afford basic home repairs,” the lawmakers said. “These federal dollars will help improve the safety … Continue Reading


November 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Call on GSA Administrator to Officially Recognize Presidential Transition

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) sent the following letter today to General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Emily Murphy, urging her to follow the law and authorize the presidential transition. Senator Cardin is Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which has oversight responsibility for the GSA. Senator Van Hollen sits on both the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the … Continue Reading


November 09, 2020

Van Hollen Urges Trump Administration to Halt Deportation Actions on Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers

Following reports of another deportation flight to Cameroon scheduled for tomorrow, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter on Friday to Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, urging the Administration to halt deportation actions on Cameroonian asylum-seekers until violence in Cameroon has abated. Senator Van Hollen recently led a letter with three of his colleagues outlining their deep concern around reports of ICE deporting Cameroonian asylum-seekers fleeing … Continue Reading


November 04, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Americans’ Right to Have Their Votes Counted

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on Americans’ right to have their votes counted:“In America, no one gets to end the counting of ballots just because they don’t like the way the count is going. We must count every vote because everyone has a right to have their voice heard at the ballot … Continue Reading


November 02, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Recognize $300,000 Federal Award to Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) recognized the award of $300,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The Commission will use the funds to study unsolved lynchings in Maryland for a project entitled “Justice in the Aftermath: Documenting the Truth of Racial Terror Lynching in Maryland to … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Laud Enactment of Key Measures for Chesapeake Bay, Including Historic $92 Million Authorization, New Grant Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised the enactment into law of a bipartisan package of wildlife conservation legislation, the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, that includes several measures to benefit the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Maryland’s fish and wildlife habitats. Foremost among the legislation was a provision authored by Senator Cardin and Senator Shelley Moore Capito … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Nation’s Utility Companies to Cease Shutoffs For the Duration of the COVID-19 Crisis

Today, U.S Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), the Committee’s Ranking Member, and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) in sending letters to the nation’s largest utility companies, including Exelon Corporation, owner of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, urging the companies to suspend all utility shutoffs for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Van Hollen, Capito Chesapeake WILD Act Signed Into Law

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) applauded the enactment of the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, a bipartisan package that includes the Chesapeake WILD Act, legislation introduced by the Senators to boost Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts by creating a new grant program within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support habitat restoration in the Bay region. This program is authorized at $15 million. The ACE Act also increases the … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Van Hollen, Shaheen, Baldwin Call for Trump to Make Women’s Inclusion in Afghan Peace Negotiations a Foreign Policy Priority

Ahead of tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Security Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and a group of their Senate colleagues sent a letter to President Donald Trump, underscoring the critical importance of ensuring women’s participation in the ongoing Afghan peace negotiations. The UNSCR resolution, which was adopted on October 31, 2000, reaffirms the important role of women … Continue Reading


October 30, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $140,000 to Protect Maryland’s Shorelines and Invest in Green Infrastructure

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.) today announced $142,758 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of the Environment to protect wetlands and shorelines along the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.“Investing in the conservation and restoration of Maryland’s shorelines will help preserve coastal ecosystems, prevent erosion, and build … Continue Reading


October 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Blunt, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge State Department to Prioritize Policies to Support Intercountry Adoption in Search for New Accrediting Entities

This week, U.S Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), co-chairs of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, in sending a letter urging the State Department to prioritize policies to promote intercountry adoption as the department searches for new accrediting entities for intercountry adoption service providers.“We urge the Department to use this search as an opportunity to recommit to one of the purposes of the Intercountry Adoption … Continue Reading

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