Press Releases

September 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Senate Democrats Call On Republicans to Stand for Science, Support Bill to Stop Trump Administration’s Political Interference in COVID-19 Response

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.), with Democratic Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and 30 of their Senate Democratic colleagues Tuesday introduced the Science and Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act, legislation to fight back against political interference by the Trump Administration in the work of experts and the nation’s public health … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $4 Million for Reproductive Health Care and Family Planning Services in Underserved Communities

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 $4 million in federal funding to provide reproductive health care and family planning services to Maryland families in underserved communities. Funding comes from the Title X Family Planning Program, administered by the Office of Population Affairs (OPA) within the U.S. Department of Health and … Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $410,000 in Federal Funding for Fire Prevention Efforts in Baltimore County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $410,000 in federal funding for fire prevention efforts in Baltimore County. Funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Fire Prevention & Safety Grants (FP&S) program. The funds will allow Baltimore County to purchase 15,000 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which will be installed by County firefighters in homes throughout … Continue Reading

September 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues to SEC: Protect The Whistleblower Program, Don’t Undermine It

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of Senate Banking Committee sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton regarding the pending rule proposal that would alter the Whistleblower Program (the Proposal). The lawmakers stressed that the proposal could damage the SEC’s successful whistleblower program by making it harder for whistleblowers to … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “This is a painful and devastating loss for our country. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American hero, pioneer, and an inspiration to all. Our nation is so much better because of her courage and tireless fight for equality. We have a duty to protect her legacy on the Supreme … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Urge Trump to Work with Congress to Provide Emergency Rental Assistance, Protections

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to enact legislation that provides the emergency assistance and protections renters need to stay in their homes. Millions of children and youth … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Call for Prohibiting NRA Foundation from Soliciting, Receiving Charitable Donations from Federal Employees

In the wake of serious allegations and recent lawsuits filed against the National Rifle Association (NRA), NRA Foundation and their leadership by the attorneys general of New York and the District of Columbia, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today called on the head of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to immediately remove the NRA Foundation and related entities from the list of charities eligible to solicit and receive contributions from federal … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Introduce Tourette Syndrome Bill to Ramp Up Federal Efforts to Develop New Treatment

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the CARE for Tourette Syndrome Act of 2020 that would expand and intensify the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) efforts to discover new treatments for Tourette Syndrome (TS). The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). “Tourette Syndrome impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. And yet, there is still relatively little known about the disorder … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin to DHS IG: Investigate Whistleblower Complaint of Forced Hysterectomies at ICE Facility

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and 40 Senate colleagues today called on the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to expeditiously investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Ga.“Forced sterilizations infringe on reproductive rights and autonomy,” the senators wrote. “To understand whether such violations may have been committed against immigrants in our federal government’s … Continue Reading

September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge Online Platforms to Take Additional Measures to Stop Voting Related Misinformation and Disinformation

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, along with 15 colleagues sent a letter to Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter and YouTube, urging executives to take further measures to stop voting related misinformation and disinformation. The Intelligence Community has confirmed that Russia is trying to influence and undermine the election through social media and the Department of … Continue Reading

September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Unveil the America LEADS Act to Make Comprehensive Investments in American Workers, Competitiveness, Alliances, and Diplomacy to Confront the Rise of China

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in introducing the America Labor, Economic competitiveness, Alliances, Democracy and Security (America LEADS) Act, Senate Democrats’ proposal for a new U.S.-China policy. The most comprehensive China legislation to date, the America LEADS Act seeks to recognize that only when we have a vibrant economy here at home can … Continue Reading

September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, and Crapo Applaud Passage of Prostate Cancer Resolution

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) applauded passage of a bipartisan Senate resolution declaring September 2020 National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. More than 3.1 million American men are living with prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer and second-leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. The resolution is aimed at increasing awareness of prostate cancer, promoting early detection, and … Continue Reading

September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown Push Back on Administration’s Efforts to Weaken Protections Against Predatory Lending

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the Ranking Member of the Banking Committee, led six Senate colleagues in expressing strong opposition to the “true lender” rule proposed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). In their letter to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks, the Senators emphasize that this proposed rule would serve as a boon to … Continue Reading

September 17, 2020

As School Year Begins, Van Hollen, Markey Lead Colleagues in Demanding Urgent Action by FCC to Connect Students to Online Learning

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) were joined by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and over 30 of their colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to immediately utilize the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students at home. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students across the country are increasingly attending virtual classrooms. Yet, studies … Continue Reading

September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Laud Senate Passage 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 passage 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 (R-W.V.), and … Continue Reading

September 16, 2020

Van Hollen Requests CDC Review of COVID-19 Impact on Young Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield requesting that the agency review evidence of the impact of the COVID-19 disease on young adults with chronic health conditions. As our country continues to gather data and uncover more evidence about the novel coronavirus, Senator Van Hollen is urging Dr. Redfield to use this evidence to update the CDC’s risk designations, which currently do not explicitly … Continue Reading

September 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $14.7 Million for Fire Departments in Washington, Frederick, and Garrett Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $14,760,223.60 in federal funding for Washington, Frederick, and Garrett County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Awards were allocated as follows:$8,080,776 to the Washington County Board of Commissioners to hire 33 full-time … Continue Reading

September 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Trone Press President Trump to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor to Marylander Cpl. Waverly Woodson, Jr. for Heroism During WWII

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative David Trone (both D-Md.) led over 15 of their colleagues in sending a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging President Donald Trump to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the late World War II Corporal Waverly B. Woodson, Jr., a former resident of Clarksburg, Maryland. The letter follows the introduction of legislation authored by Van Hollen and Trone last week that would authorize the President to award Corporal Woodson the Medal … Continue Reading

September 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal Demand that Pharmaceutical Companies Allow Low-Income Patients Access to Lifesaving, Discounted 340B Drugs and Care

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with 20 of their Senate colleagues, demanded that pharmaceutical manufacturers stop withholding medications discounted under the 340B Drug Pricing Program from qualified providers that use contract pharmacies - locking out low-income patients from accessing lifesaving drugs and care. In a letter to the drug industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the senators pointed to … Continue Reading

September 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Democratic Senators Call on Postmaster General to Immediately Reverse Operational Changes to the U.S. Postal Service Causing Delays of Critical Medications to Americans

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and more than two dozen of their Senate Colleagues wrote to Postmaster General … Continue Reading

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