Press Releases

March 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Democrats Call on President Trump to Allow Liberian Refugees to Remain in the United States

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD), Rep. Eliot Engel (NY-16), Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-03), Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Rep. Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Rep. David Trone (MD-06) in sending a letter to President Trump asking that he take action immediately to prevent several thousand Liberians with Deferred Enforcement … Continue Reading


March 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce over $17 Million in Funding to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $17,314,430 in federal funding for Maryland to combat the opioid epidemic. These funds, provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' State Opioid Response Grants aim to address the opioid crisis by increasing access to medication-assisted treatment using the three Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, reducing unmet treatment need, and … Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Van Hollen Urges WMATA Board to End Silver Spring Turnback

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Chairman Jack Evans urging the full Board of Directors to support the end of the Silver Spring turnback on the Red Line. At an event in December to announce the end of the Grovesnor turnback, Senator Van Hollen called for this next step, and the Metro Board of Directors' Finance and Capital Committee recently voted to end the Silver Spring turnback. The Senator writes, "I am … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Van Hollen Calls on National Park Service to Take Immediate Action to Improve BW Parkway Conditions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to National Park Service Acting Director Dan Smith urging immediate action to remedy the poor driving conditions on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Senator Van Hollen writes, "I am writing on behalf of my constituents regarding the unacceptable driving conditions on parts of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. It is an unsafe situation that needs to be remedied immediately through expedited action by the National Park Service and … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on New Pentagon Arms Development

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the Pentagon's announcement this week that it has begun building parts for a new conventional ground-launched cruise missile and is in the process of developing an intermediate-range ballistic missile with a conventional warhead - two actions that are a result of the Trump Administration's reckless decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty: "I am deeply disturbed by the Trump … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Christchurch, New Zealand Shooting

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand: "It makes me sick to my stomach to think that we live in a world where 49 people, including several young children, can be shot to death while peacefully praying. The gruesome terrorist attack in New Zealand is not an isolated incident-the rise of Islamophobia and white supremacy must be met with strong determination to combat hate wherever it rears its ugly … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Emergency Declaration Vote

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate's bipartisan vote to oppose President Trump's national emergency declaration: "When I took my oath of office, I swore to support and defend the Constitution. It's the same pledge that every single Senator, all 100 of us, made when we started our jobs. And today, 59 senators held true to that promise. We stood together on a bipartisan basis to say no to this gross abuse of executive power, no to … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Van Hollen, Collins, Cardin, Rubio Introduce Protect Our Elections Act

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced the Protect Our Elections Act, which would prohibit foreign adversaries from owning and controlling the companies supporting American elections. Our intelligence chiefs have made it clear that hostile foreign actors continue to work to disrupt our democratic process by any means possible. This common-sense legislation - with public disclosure and annual … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Senators Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Provide Financial Relief to Federal Employees Relocating for Work

U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark R. Warner, and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) along with Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation today to provide financial relief to certain civilian federal employees who have to relocate for work. The Relocation Expense Parity Act will ensure that all federal employees who qualify to have their moving costs reimbursed by the government are also repaid for the taxes owed on relocation … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Klobuchar Call for Mandatory Transparency for Foreign Stakes in Election Systems

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee have introduced legislation to bring greater transparency to America’s election systems in an effort to protect our country from foreign interference, as occurred in the 2016 presidential election. The “Election Systems Integrity Act,” would require disclosure of foreign ownership of election service providers. “Free and Fair elections make up the core of our … Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Governor Harry Hughes

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the passing of former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes: “Former Governor Harry Hughes lived a life of service to our country and his beloved Maryland. He was a model of integrity and always fought for the public interest. As Governor, he was a great champion for protecting our natural treasure, the Chesapeake Bay, and he remained passionately dedicated to that effort after he left office. I fondly recall … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Walmart CEO To Support Workers With Disabilities

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of his colleagues in calling on Walmart CEO Doug McMillon to ensure that the company uphold its commitment to workers with disabilities. Recent reports of updated job requirements and the elimination of positions altogether highlight the disproportionate impact that changes in policy can have on individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the Senators inquired about the company's decision to eliminate the greeter position and its efforts to … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Van Hollen Presses CFPB’s Kraninger on Proposed Rollback of Payday Lending Consumer Protections

"You are opening the door to bad actors - it's really outrageous" Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger on the Bureau's recent proposal to roll back rules to protect consumers from predatory payday lending practices. Senator Van Hollen raised his concerns regarding abusive lending practices that take place in the payday lending industry at the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing. A … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of EPW Senators Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Popular, Effective Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) joined Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and in introducing the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2019. This legislation would reauthorize DERA - one of the most cost-effective federal clean air programs - through fiscal year 2024 at its … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Van Hollen Joins Senators in Calling on Pompeo to Uphold the Rights of Women and Girls at Upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women

Ahead of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of Senators in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "to constructively collaborate with international partners to shape global standards for gender equality and advance policies that promote the rights of women and girls." The Senators raised specific concerns about any effort by the United States to restrict reproductive and sexual health language. The senators also called on … Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Budget Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, came out in strong opposition to President Trump's Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. After passing a tax plan that gives an average tax break of $70,000 to households making over $1 million per year, this budget makes huge cuts to programs that help provide a basic standard of living for working-class families. It goes against President Trump's promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Green New Deal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the Green New Deal proposal:“The Green New Deal has sparked a level of grassroots momentum that I believe will help us finally take real action, and I support the proposal as a first step toward tackling climate change. I intend to co-sponsor the bill in the coming weeks when I also introduce ‘cap and dividend’ legislation to significantly reduce carbon emissions by placing a price on carbon and providing payments … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Van Hollen Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Urging Inclusion of Contractor Back Pay in Upcoming Disaster Package

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and a bipartisan group of 38 Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the inclusion of back pay for federal contract workers impacted by the government shutdown within the upcoming disaster relief package. While federal workers harmed by the government shutdown have since been compensated for their lost wages, federal contract employees - including janitorial, food, and security services workers - who were furloughed or forced … Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Van Hollen Calls for DOJ Investigation into White House Involvement in AT&T, Time Warner Merger Review

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting an investigation into the White House's involvement in the Department's review of the AT&T, Time Warner merger. Senator Van Hollen's letter follows reports that President Trump ordered White House Economic Council Gary Cohn to interfere with the DOJ's review of the proposed merger. In his letter, Senator Van Hollen writes, "I request that you open an investigation into whether White … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Bipartisan Group of Senators Press President Trump to Designate Venezuela for TPS

In light of the ongoing violence, deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla., Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others wrote to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to ensure that Venezuelan nationals … Continue Reading

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