Press Releases

June 06, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $17.4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that Maryland has received $17.4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. "AmeriCorps volunteers and everyone who chooses to work for the public good are heroes to the communities they serve,"said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee."This funding will give those who want to serve … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $150,000 Grant for Anacostia River Cleanup

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a $150,00 grant to Prince George's County to remove trash from the Anacostia river watershed. "Preventing pollution from reaching our waterways is essential to helping them thrive," said Senator Van Hollen."Cleaning up the Anacostia river will improve the health of the entire ecosystem, improving access for recreation and creating a better environment … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen: Otting’s Work at OneWest Stands in Direct Contrast to the Mission of the OCC

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Banking Committee, wrote to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin about the outstanding ethics issues surrounding Keith Noreika, the acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Specifically, the Senator called on Mr. Noreika to voluntarily take President Trump's ethics pledge to give taxpayers confidence that he is acting in their best interest. Senator Van Hollen also raised serious concerns about the new OCC nominee, … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Van Hollen Announce $2.3 Million for Army Corps of Engineers Projects in Western Maryland

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2.3 million in federal funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Western Maryland as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. "This funding will support projects that boost Western Maryland's economy and keep the environment and recreational opportunities thriving," said Senator Van Hollen. "As we work to modernize our infrastructure and create jobs in Maryland, I will keep … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Van Hollen Announces More than $86.3 Million for Army Corps of Engineers Projects Supporting Port of Baltimore

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $86.32 million in federal funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects benefiting the Port of Baltimore as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. "The Port of Baltimore is a job engine for the Baltimore region and the entire state, and this funding will help navigation channels remain open and safe for the ships moving cargo to and from the Port," said Senator Van Hollen. "As we work … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1 Million Grant for Carroll County Health Department

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that a $1 million grant has been awarded to the Carroll County Health Department (CCHD) to improve the health and well-being of young children with behavioral health needs. The grant is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "Early diagnosis and comprehensive health care is absolutely critical for children with behavioral health needs. Their health and success throughout life depend … Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $350,000 Grant for STEM Education at Bowie State

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to Bowie State University to improve STEM education through collaborative project-based learning. "As STEM education becomes increasingly important to preparing Maryland's students for in-demand jobs, we must also evaluate and improve our strategies for teaching these critical skills,"said Senator Van Hollen."This grant will help Bowie State further … Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

Maryland Congressional Delegation Lauds $9M Federal Grant to Implement Positive Train Control on MARC Trains

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), John K. Delaney (MD-06), Andy Harris (MD-01), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $9 million grant award to the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) to install Positive Train Control (PTC) … Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $200,000 Grant for Harford Community College

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that Harford Community College will receive a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding will be used for the Regional Additive Manufacturing Pathways (RAMP) project, which will help students train for 21st century careers in 3-D printing. Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, is on the rise as the creation and manufacturing of complex 3-D products - from medical implants to warfighter … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement: "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement threatens U.S. jobs, economic competitiveness, and the health of our planet. By rejecting the scientific consensus that has brought nearly 200 nations together to address the immediate threat of climate change, President Trump is ceding America's leadership in building a 21st … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Van Hollen, Sullivan Ask Tillerson for Details of State Department and USAID Staff Changes

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-chairs of the Senate Foreign Service Caucus, sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing concerns about plans for potential staffing cuts at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and seeking information on how those cuts would impact our national security. "We support reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Van Hollen Pushes to Fund Homeless Veteran Support Programs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and a bipartisan group of 27 Senators urging robust funding for the Supporting Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Grant and Per Diem (GPD), and Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) programs for Fiscal Year 2018. These important federal programs provide critical services and housing for veterans and … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats to President Trump: Don’t Cut Assistance to Rural Development

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, joined 28 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to President Trump expressing strong concerns over recent actions that would have negative impacts on families in rural Maryland and across the country. Last week, President Trump issued a budget proposal calling for drastic cuts that would undermine the important rural development mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $3.8 Million in Federal Funding for College Preparation Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) have announced $3,877,768 in federal funding for colleges across the state of Maryland to help underrepresented communities successfully enter and complete higher education degrees. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education's Upward Bound Program, which provides preparation and encouragement for students to pursue education beyond high school. In total, nine Maryland colleges will receive grants. No. Recipient … Continue Reading


May 30, 2017

Van Hollen Signs Bipartisan Letter Demanding Investigation into Turkish Security Detail’s Involvement in Attack on Washington, D.C. Protesters

After protesters outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. were violently attacked earlier this month, leaving nine hospitalized, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ranking Member and Chairman of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and a bipartisan group of 17 other Senators in calling on the U.S. State Department to determine whether members of Turkey … Continue Reading


May 30, 2017

Van Hollen Joins Effort to Restore Medicare Program Eliminated in Trump’s Budget

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined SenatorChris Murphy (D-Conn.) and agroup of 21 senators on Thursday in demanding that the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill include $52.1 million for the critical State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). President Trump's budget proposal would eliminate the program. In a letter to HELP Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and HELP Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the group of nearly … Continue Reading


May 29, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Memorial Day

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day: "As we gather with family and friends this Memorial Day, withsome people heading to the beach and others having their backyard barbeque, it's important for us to reflect on what Memorial Day is all about. It's a time for us to thank and to honor the men and women who have served us and who have given their lives in defense of our country -- people whose sacrifices make our freedom possible. It's not … Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Senators Urge Robust Funding for Gateways and Watertrails Grants

U.S. Senators representing Maryland, Virginia and Delaware are calling on appropriators to fully fund the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Program, which supports public education about and access to the Chesapeake Bay.The letter was signed by SenatorsChris Van Hollen andBen Cardin (both D-Md.), Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.), andMark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.). The senators shared with Senators Lisa Murkowski and Tom Udall, chair and ranking member of the … Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $1 Million in Funding for Maryland Department of Natural Resources

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $1.09 million in federal funding for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. The funding comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will be used to improve water quality monitoring throughout the Chesapeake Bay, including greater data analysis capabilities. Sediment and nutrient monitoring programs like the Chesapeake Bay Program's will be notable beneficiaries. "A healthy Bay is essential to the … Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1,515,105 for Affordable Housing and Community Development

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen andBen Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation has awarded NeighborWorks America grants totaling $1,515,105 to organizations dedicated to developing and preserving affordable housing, revitalizing and sustaining neighborhoods, and creating jobs in Maryland. "These grants will directly help organizations working to support and revitalize Maryland communities," said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations … Continue Reading

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