Press Releases

February 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Menendez, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Rates in Underserved and Minority Communities

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in reintroducing the updated COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act, which would support targeted and culturally competent public awareness campaigns about COVID-19 vaccines and preventative measures such as masking and social distancing. These campaigns would specifically target communities disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including racial and ethnic minority populations. The … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Van Hollen Statement in Support of Jennifer Granholm to Serve as Secretary of Energy

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to confirm Jennifer Granholm to serve as Secretary of Energy:“Now is the time to take substantive action to transition to renewable resources, combat climate change, and build a brighter future for Americans. That’s why I voted today in support of Jennifer Granholm to serve as our next Secretary of Energy.“Granholm knows that clean energy is the key to creating millions of good jobs and mitigating … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Whitehouse, Cicilline Reintroduce DISCLOSE Act to Repair Americans’ Faith in Democracy, Require Transparency in Campaign Finance

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) in reintroducing the DISCLOSE Act, legislation to combat the flood of anonymous special interest spending in American politics. The bill would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors, allowing the American people to see who is attempting to sway their elections and gain control over their government. Senator Van Hollen … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, Sullivan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Affordable, Safe, and Healthy Transportation Options

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) announced their introduction of the Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act. This bipartisan legislation will dedicate $500 million in federal funds annually for grants to local, regional, and state government entities to connect walking and biking infrastructure into active transportation networks that allow people to reach destinations within a community, as well as travel … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Wyden, Leahy and Colleagues Urge Biden-Harris Administration To Abandon Broken, Trump-Era Cuba Policy

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Biden administration to end Donald Trump’s failed, counterproductive Cuba policies.Van Hollen, Wyden and Leahy, with Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.), urged Blinken to reverse Cuba sanctions, remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism and re-engage with Cuba diplomatically, … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Van Hollen joins Merkley, Leahy, Durbin and Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Tackle Corruption, Human Rights Violations in Honduras

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) and colleagues in introducing the Honduras Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Act of 2021 - legislation that lays out a comprehensive framework for combating corruption, impunity, and human rights violations in Honduras.The introduction comes as U.S. federal prosecutors made public that they are investigating Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández for accepting large bribes … Continue Reading

February 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Brown, Gillibrand Reintroduce Bicameral Legislation to Expand Community Schools, Support Students, Families & Communities

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reintroduced The Full-Service Community School Expansion Act, a comprehensive bill to assist schools and districts in bringing in wraparound supports - including medical, mental, and nutrition health services, mentoring and youth development programs, technical assistance, and continuing education courses - to serve students, families, and communities. This legislation would also provide essential … Continue Reading

February 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $4.5 Million for Early Childhood Education in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $4.5 million in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs to expand early learning, development, health services, and family well-being in Garrett and Washington counties.“Investing in early childhood education is one of the best ways we can help our children achieve future success. Head Start programs not only expand access to education for our youngest students … Continue Reading

February 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Luján Reintroduce Campaign Finance Reform Bills to Strengthen the FEC, Revitalize Presidential Public Financing

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) reintroduced two campaign finance reform bills to bring dramatic and necessary change to our nation’s current inadequate campaign finance system. The first, theEmpowering Mass Participation to Offset the Wealthy's Electoral Role (EMPOWER) Act, would revitalize presidential campaign public financing and is led by Congressman David Price (D-N.C.) in the House. The second, the Restoring Integrity to America’s Elections Act, … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Van Hollen Statement in Support of Thomas Vilsack to Serve as Secretary of Agriculture

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to confirm Thomas Vilsack to Serve as Secretary of Agriculture:“As the United States is facing its worst hunger crisis since the Great Depression and family farms are struggling, President Biden has nominated Thomas Vilsack to reprise his role as Secretary of Agriculture and capably steward the Department to address these critical needs and support our rural communities. Given that agriculture is … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Van Hollen and Wexton Introduce Legislation to Ensure Transparency in Federal Agency Relocations

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) introduced the Conducting Oversight to Secure Transparency (COST) of Relocations Act to require a federal agency undergoing a proposed relocation to conduct and make public a cost-benefit analysis of the move before it is carried out. The COST of Relocations Act would help safeguard against attempts to force federal employees out of their jobs or stifle inconvenient scientific research through the auspices of … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Maryland Delegation Members Applaud New FEMA-Supported Mass Vaccination Site in Waldorf

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) applauded the announcement of a new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mass vaccination site in Waldorf, Md. The site will be located at the Regency Furniture Stadium, at 11765 St. Linus Dr., Waldorf, Md., 20602 and is expected to open for operation in early March.“Providing Marylanders access to vaccines and ensuring equitable distribution is our top priority. This new … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Tester, Colleagues Designate Public Schools Week to Recognize Critical Role of Public Education

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and a bipartisan group of colleagues in celebrating the critical role public school teachers, administrators, parents, and students play in their communities by designating February 22 - 26 as Public Schools Week. The lawmakers' resolution encourages state, local, and federal lawmakers to prioritize efforts to strengthen public education and bolster services that provide critical support for students, including … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Fed Chair Powell Agrees with Van Hollen: We Need Targeted Help for Long-Term Unemployed Workers

During today’s Senate Banking Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on the urgent need to address the crisis of long-term unemployment and people who have dropped out of the labor force during the pandemic but still want to work. Chairman Powell agreed on the need for policies specifically targeting these workers. Senator Van Hollen has previously introduced legislation to address this issue and has repeatedly discussed the … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Van Hollen Statement in Support of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to confirm Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Serve as United States Ambassador to the United Nations:“Today, I was proud to vote in support of Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s confirmation to serve as our United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Our next U.N. Ambassador will inherit the monumental task of restoring our standing and influence at the United Nations after four years of isolation and … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, and Senate Colleagues Back President Biden’s Return to Nuclear Diplomacy with Iran

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined 9 of their colleagues in the reintroduction of the Iran Diplomacy Act. The legislation supports President Joseph Biden’s diplomatic effort to return all sides to full-compliance with their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Last week, the Biden administration formally accepted an invitation by the … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $200,000 for Affordable Housing in Salisbury

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $230,000 for Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. The funding will help develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create local jobs. “Many Marylanders struggled with housing insecurity before the pandemic, but are in even more desperate straits now. These funds will help Salisbury Neighborhood Housing Services provide affordable housing and counseling assistance to … Continue Reading

February 22, 2021

Van Hollen Introduces Merrick Garland at Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee as the Committee considers Garland’s nomination by President Joe Biden to serve as the Attorney General. During his introduction, Senator Van Hollen underscored Judge Garland’s immense qualifications to be the next Attorney General and highlighted his strength of character that will allow him to serve our nation with distinction at this challenging time. The Senator touched on … Continue Reading

February 22, 2021

Van Hollen Reintroduces Legislation to Prevent Seizure of Patients’ Bank Accounts, Wages During COVID-19 Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) reintroduced the COVID-19 Medical Debt Collection Relief Act, legislation to prevent healthcare providers from taking drastic steps to collect medical debts from patients - including seizing bank accounts and garnishing wages. According to research conducted by National Nurses United, between 2009 and 2018 Maryland hospitals filed over 140,000 lawsuits against former patients to collect debt. Recent polling also shows widespread support in Maryland … Continue Reading

February 19, 2021

As WMATA Struggles Amid Covid-19 Crisis, Md. & Va. Senators Announce Bill to Renew Federal Funding for Next Ten Years

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) and Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced a bill to renew the federal funding commitment to Metro for the next ten years - legislation that comes at a critical time for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which continues to provide critical service to essential frontline and federal workers despite the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.“WMATA provides a vital network that keeps our region connected … Continue Reading

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