Press Releases

June 02, 2020

Van Hollen Delivers Floor Speech on the Murder of George Floyd, Need for Justice & Action on Systemic Racism

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen delivered the following speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate:Thank you, Madam President. Let me start by saying to our colleague, the Senator from New Jersey, who just spoke on the floor - that we're all thankful for his passion to make sure that this country lives up to its promise and for sharing with this body his personal testimony about the sting of racism and the need for all of us to move urgently to address the fundamental inequities at … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Van Hollen, Heinrich, Tonko Call for Inclusion of Clean Energy Workforce Support in COVID-19 Economic Recovery Packages

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) are urging congressional leaders to prioritize a clean energy recovery plan in upcoming economic relief and recovery packages to deal with the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The lawmakers, along with 57 members, sent a bicameral letter calling on Congress to take action to support the clean energy industry to both address the climate crisis and revitalize the American … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Sens. Van Hollen, Casey and Reps. Sarbanes, Scott Lead Bay Members in Bipartisan Letter Urging USDA to Prioritize Bay Health, Support Farmers in Reducing Pollution

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.), along with Representatives John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.), led members representing the Chesapeake Bay region in a bipartisan letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging continued investment in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The letter, sent to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Matthew Lohr, underscores the importance of supporting the region’s farmers in their efforts to … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Announce $4.1 Million for Zero-Emission Metrobuses

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced $4,162,472 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for the expansion of its zero-emission bus fleet.Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2020 Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No). These funds, which are the first WMATA has received through this competitive program, will support the purchase of two electric buses and related … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Hassan, Heinrich, Whitehouse, Colleagues Call on FERC to Reject Petition Aimed at Upending States’ Net Metering Programs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) called on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject a petition by the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) that aims to upend states’ net metering programs. Net metering allows consumers and businesses who generate some or all of their own electricity, particularly through wind and solar energy technology, to be compensated for the excess energy that they … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Van Hollen Now Accepting Service Academy Applications for Class of 2025

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that his office is now accepting applications from students in Maryland for nominations to one of the Uniformed Service Academies for the class of 2025.All applications and supporting materials must be received electronically by 5:00 pm on September 30, 2020. More information, including the online application and related COVID-19 updates can be found here.Qualified applicants will interview with Senator Van Hollen’s Service Academy … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $3 Million for Zero-Emission Buses

Members of the Baltimore congressional delegation including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $2,949,750 for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) to expand Baltimore’s fleet of zero-emission buses. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2020 Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No). It will advance the statewide … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Maryland Delegation Members Urge Transparency from State on COVID-19 Testing Plan

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a letter with members of the Maryland delegation, including Senator Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) urging Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to publicly release his plan on Maryland COVID-19 testing, which he is required to submit tomorrow to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As the members note in their … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Hassan Raise Concerns Over Declining Child Immunization Rates, Calling for CDC Action

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a number of their colleagues in calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the declining rate of routine child immunizations for measles and other dangerous viruses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“The administration of routine pediatric immunizations remains critical throughout the duration of this public health emergency,” wrote the Senators. “The decline in immunizations is largely … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Van Hollen, Schatz, Senators Urge FTC to Investigate Instacart for Deceptive and Unfair Tipping Practices

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate misleading and unfair tipping practices, known as “tip baiting,” on Instacart and other online delivery services. According to recent reports, delivery workers - who are putting themselves at risk to deliver groceries during this crisis - are being baited with high tips by customers who want their order picked up, … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces $1 Million to Help Johns Hopkins Expand Telehealth Capabilities for COVID-19 Patients

Today, members of Baltimore’s congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.), announced that Johns Hopkins Health Systems (JHHS) will receive $1 million from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a remote intensive care unit and invest in telehealth equipment to care for COVID-19 patients.This federal funding will allow JHHS to … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Van Hollen, Markey, Bipartisan Group of Senate Colleagues Call for ME/CFS Medical Research Funding in Upcoming Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and a bipartisan group of their Senate colleagues in calling on Senate Leadership to prioritize medical research funding for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) in any upcoming coronavirus relief package. ME/CFS is a chronic, complex, and systematic disease that limits the daily activities of up to 2.5 million Americans. Viral outbreaks, similar to the current coronavirus pandemic, have … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Van Hollen, Hassan Call for CDC Guidance on Reopening Long-Term Care Facilities to Visitors

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue specific guidance for when long-term care facilities can safely reopen their doors to visitors, and what steps long-term care facilities should take to ensure the safety of residents and family members when they do so. “Significant restrictions on daily group activities and on in-person contact with family and loved ones are rightfully in place to protect … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Members Announce $8 Million in Federal Funding for Amtrak

Today, the Baltimore congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $8 million in new federal funding to upgrade Amtrak’s primary line in Baltimore, a critical hub for commuters and travelers. The funding is part of a grant from the 2019 Federal-State Partnership for the State of Good Repair Program and follows a December 20, 2019 letter of support to Transportation … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown Praise Honorary Promotion for Murdered Bowie State ROTC Student Richard Collins III

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony Brown today praised the Army’s decision to recognize bravery “in the face of evil” as demonstrated by Bowie State ROTC student and Second Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III, who was killed two days after his commissioning in 2017. The lawmakers were notified Wednesday of the Secretary of the Army’s decision to grant him an honorary promotion to First Lieutenant. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has concurred … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues Seek Answers from Trump Administration on the Borrower Protection Program

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, joined Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and 6 of their Senate colleagues in a letter requesting additional information on the Borrower Protection Program that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced in April. The agencies’ announcement stated that the CFPB and FHFA would share data under the program but did not say … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Wyden, Harris, Colleagues Press Trump Administration on the Health and Safety of Youth in Juvenile Detention During COVID-19

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) pressed the Trump administration for answers regarding the health and safety of young people detained in juvenile facilities across the country.In a letter to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Caren Harp, the senators requested the agency make public the measures it has taken to protect incarcerated youth from COVID-19, as well as the ways OJJDP is meeting … Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce Coast Guard Station-Oxford Will Remain Open

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris were notified Tuesday that the Coast Guard will not close down the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford. The news comes almost one month after the lawmakers wrote to Coast Guard leadership in defense of the installation.“The U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford, the only Coast Guard site on the Eastern Shore of the Bay in Maryland, is critical for the region’s safety and security. We are pleased to see that the Coast Guard … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $350,000 to Support Eastern Shore Workers Displaced by COVID-19

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the award of a $356,909 Employment Recovery Dislocated Workforce Grant (DWG) to the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board (USWIB) through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The USWIB will use these federal funds to support self-employed and gig-economy workers whose employment has been interrupted due to the pandemic. Approximately 170 beneficiaries will receive financial support either for apprenticeship/skills-training to … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Van Hollen, National Capital Region Delegation Strongly Oppose Trump Plans For July Fourth Military Parade In D.C. During Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Representative Don Beyer (D-VA) joined their fellow members of Congress representing the National Capital Region today in writing to the Secretaries of Defense and the Interior to state their strong opposition to President Trump’s plans to hold a second military parade in Washington D.C. on July 4th. Despite public health and social distancing precautions in the nation’s capital, which has seen one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, the … Continue Reading

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