Press Releases

March 14, 2018

Van Hollen Joins Maryland Students at Rally to Stop Gun Violence

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) spoke to students from Maryland and across the area who marched to the U.S. Capitol as part of the national school walk out against gun violence. Below is a transcript of his remarks:“To the students of Maryland, to the students of this region, to students all over America - we have a simple message to all of you, which is: know your power. You can change the direction of America. You are not only the future of America, you are the conscious of … Continue Reading

March 13, 2018

Van Hollen, Tester Introduce Legislation to Fully Fund Special Education

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) introduced the IDEA Full Funding Act. This legislation would finally ensure Congress' commitment to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In 1975, Congress passed IDEA to ensure that every child with a disability has access to educational opportunity.This legislation was a historic step forward,butsince its passage Congress has failed to provide the funding promised under this bill. "All schools … Continue Reading

March 08, 2018

Van Hollen, Hirono Introduce Legislation to Clear Maintenance Backlog, Improve Agricultural Research Facilities

Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) have introduced legislation to address the significant modernization needs in schools of agriculture and the Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS)facilities. Agriculture schools across the country face a combined $8.4 billion maintenance backlog. In Maryland, a number of universities would be eligible for funding made available in this legislation, including the University of Maryland College Park, the … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Announce Infrastructure Investment Proposal

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced his support of the Senate Democrats' new $1 trillion infrastructure investment proposal. The plan would create more than 15 million jobs, and it would be paid for by ending massive tax giveaways to the very wealthy and big corporations. It stands in stark contrast to the infrastructure outline from the Trump Administration, which claims to invest $200 billion in our crumbling roads and bridges, but actually cuts overall infrastructure spending … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger Announce $20 Million in Funding for Baltimore County, TradePoint Atlantic Project

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today announced that Baltimore County will receive $20 million in federal funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program to help TradePoint Atlantic redevelop the former Sparrows Point steel mill site in southeastern Baltimore County. This project is expected to bring over 21,000 jobs to the Baltimore area and will create even greater economic … Continue Reading

March 06, 2018

Van Hollen, Rasmussen Discuss DETER Act, Need to Coordinate on Russian Election Interference

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, former Secretary General of NATO and Prime Minister of Denmark, met to discuss the DETER Act and the need for the United States and the European Union to coordinateefforts to counter Russian interference in elections. "Across the globe, democratic elections are under attack from Russian interference. The DETER Act sends an unequivocal message to the Kremlin and any other foreign actor who may follow its example: if you attack us, … Continue Reading

February 28, 2018

Van Hollen-Sponsored Bipartisan Bill to Help Childhood Cancer Patients & Survivors Advances in U.S. Senate

Legislation to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year took an important step forward today when the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously passed the Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access, and Research (STAR) Act (S. 292). The bipartisan bill was written by U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and was introduced last February with critical support from Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Johnny … Continue Reading

February 28, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Lead Push for Answers from FBI, GSA on Changes to the Headquarters Project

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today used their positions on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to demand answers from senior officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and General Services Administration (GSA) with specific questions on the recent, wholesale change of direction for a newly consolidated FBI headquarters that would replace the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building. At the EPW hearing, Cardin and Van Hollen pressed the … Continue Reading

February 26, 2018

Van Hollen Presses VA on Washington, DC Medical Center Issues

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin requesting more information regarding their recent assessment of the Washington, DC VA Medical Center as low-performing. In the letter, Senator Van Hollen asks for specific information on the current status of operations at the VA as well as plans to address these issues. "Our nation's veterans sacrifice so much for our country - we must do everything we can to support them when they … Continue Reading

February 25, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Press Newly Minted U.S. Ambassador to Fight for Justice for Alex Villamayor, Marylander Slain in Paraguay

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), as part of their continuing push to find justice for the killers of Marylander Alex Villamayor, met Monday with the recently confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay before he assumes his new post. The Senators met with Ambassador Lee McClenny, along with Kim Luk, Villamayor's aunt who still lives in Maryland. "Our goal is to bring the full resources of the U.S. government to the aid of bringing Alex's killers to justice," said the … Continue Reading

February 22, 2018

Van Hollen, Markey Introduce Bill for Enhanced Investment in Universal Flu Vaccine Development

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has joined U.S. Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) in introducing the Flu Vaccine Act, legislation to conduct or support comprehensive research for the creation of a universal influenza vaccine that could be administered once or twice and provide a lifetime of protection. The legislation is calling for a total investment of $1 billion - $200 million for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute … Continue Reading

February 21, 2018

Van Hollen Doubles Down on Efforts to Protect Consumers

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), member of the Senate Banking Committee, has joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Committee, and 50 Members of Congress to demand answers onreports that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) intends to re-organize the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity (OFLEO) and strip OFLEO of its enforcement and supervisory role.This letter follows a letter sent by Senators Van Hollen and Cardin last week, highlighting the … Continue Reading

February 20, 2018

Van Hollen, Blunt, and 42 Senators Urge Support of US-Canada-Mexico United Bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) led a bipartisan letter signed by 44 Senators to President Trump expressing support for United 2026 - a bid by the United States, Canada, and Mexico to jointly host the 2026 FIFA World Cup. "We believe this effort presents an exceptional opportunity to showcase our nations' shared passion for soccer and its positive impact in local communities and on the international stage," the Senators wrote. "Dozens of U.S. cities that we … Continue Reading

February 18, 2018

Van Hollen Discusses Russian Interference, DETER Act on Morning Joe

WASHINGTON - This morning, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss Russian interference in U.S. elections and his bipartisan bill, the DETER Act, which would impose immediate, harsh sanctions on foreign actors who interfere in future U.S. elections, including through the use of social media. Excerpts of the interview are below and the full video is available here. JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: So Senator, you saw the indictments on Friday, I guess that only makes your … Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Van Hollen and Cardin Lead Effort to Honor Slain Marylander, and Add the Weight of the Full Senate to Diplomatic Push to Bring His Killers to Justice

U.S. Chris Van Hollen and Senators Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 410) honoring the life of Marylander Alex Villamayor, who was killed in Paraguay in June 2015. The senators have tracked this case and used all available diplomatic tools to urge Paraguayan officials to seek justice for Alex's murder. Senators Van Hollen and Cardin continue to press for transparency and the resolution of the case as the suspects prepare to finally stand trial. The … Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Van Hollen, Dem Senators Press Interior Secretary to Postpone Development of Management Plans For Bears Ears & Grand Staircase Escalante National Monuments

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and 11 Democratic senators in pressing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to postpone the development of management plans for the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument areas in Utah until legal challenges regarding the President's authority to reduce the size of the monuments have been resolved. The Senators also requested that the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument management plan … Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Van Hollen Leads Letter with 18 Senators to Raise Concerns About State Department Vacancies

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a letter signed by 18 U.S. Senators to President Trump expressing concern about the many vacant senior positions and extensive attrition at the State Department. "As Senators who believe that diplomacy is critical to the national security and prosperity of the United States, we write once again to express our concern regarding the large number of key diplomatic positions that remain vacant and the reduction in the ranks of the Foreign Service," … Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Van Hollen, Colleagues: We Must Defend Disability Civil Rights

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, which would gut protections for people with disabilities. U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released the following statement: "The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 as the civil rights law protecting people with disabilities against discrimination and ensuring access to all parts of our … Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Van Hollen Sworn in to Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission

Last night, on the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass' birthday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen was sworn in as a member of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission. Senator Van Hollen introduced the legislation to create this Commission in the U.S. Senate, which will plan, develop, and carry out events to honor and celebrate the life of Douglass in 2018. The Commission will be only the 16thcommemorative commission created by Congress since 1989 - only six of those commemorated … Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Bipartisan Bill to Protect Dreamers

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the bipartisan bill to protect Dreamers: "Today, a majority of Senators voted for a bipartisan compromise that would have finally ensured that our Dreamers have security in the country they call home. It was by no means perfect, and I was particularly disappointed that it did not include protections for the many individuals with Temporary Protected Status who are living in our country legally. But it would have moved the … Continue Reading

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