Press Releases

February 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Help Prevent Housing Discrimination

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in introducing The Home Loan Quality Transparency Act to reinstate Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act … Continue Reading


February 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Rubio, Colleagues Re-Introduce Bill to Enforce Commerce Deal with Chinese Telecom Firm ZTE

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Doug Jones (D-AL) today re-introduced the ZTE Enforcement Review and Oversight (ZERO) Act, a bipartisan bill to enforce full compliance by ZTE, a Chinese state-directed telecommunications firm that repeatedly violated U.S. laws, with all probationary conditions in the Commerce Department's July 2018 deal to lift the denial order's seven-year ban … Continue Reading


February 04, 2019

Van Hollen, Jones Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter on Death of CPO Shannon Kent

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Walter Jones (R-N.C.) led a letter with Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.) to the Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan and Secretary of the Navy Spencer about the case of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Shannon Kent, a chief cryptologic technician in the United States Navy, who was recently killed in action while … Continue Reading


February 04, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin to Announce Legislation to Improve Student Access to Federal Financial Aid

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Congressman Elijah E. Cummings along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes to announce the introduction of the FAFSA Fairness Act of 2019. The legislation would simplify the process to apply for and receive federal student financial aid for students who do not have contact with their parents. Senators Van Hollen and Cardin will introduce companion legislation in the Senate. "Nobody should be denied the … Continue Reading


February 04, 2019

Van Hollen Announces State of the Union Guest: Federal Contract Worker Lila Johnson

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has announced that federal contract worker and Hagerstown, Md. resident Lila Johnson will join him for President Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Ms. Johnson has worked as a general cleaning services contractor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture for over 20 years. She is the primary breadwinner for her family and is helping to raise her two grandchildren. During the shutdown, she was told by her supervisor to use her sick leave and … Continue Reading


January 31, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Support Maryland School Construction and Renovation Needs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have signed on as original cosponsors to the Rebuild America's Schools Act (S. 266), a bill that would provide $100 billion in federal resources to rebuild and modernize schools throughout the nation and Maryland. Maryland public schools have an estimated $4 billion backlog in capital improvement needs. Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) introduced the Rebuild America's Schools Act yesterday. "In order to provide a quality education to our … Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Colleagues Introduce Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) has joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and House Ethics Committee Chair Ted Deutch (D-FL) in introducing the Conflicts from Political Fundraising Act of 2019. The bill would require Presidentially-appointed executive branch officials to disclose whether they have solicited donations for or contributed funds to political action committees (PACs), political non-profits, and industry trade associations. Such disclosure would close a glaring ethics … Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.1 Million for Baltimore Civic Works’ YouthBuild Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced $1.1 million in federal funding for the YouthBuild program at Civic Works, Inc. of Baltimore through the U.S. Department of Labor. With these funds, Civic Works will collaborate with Park Heights Renaissance to create summer employment for local youths. Of the 62 participants enrolled in the program, 50 will be trained in construction and 12 will be trained in their proposed Construction Plus Healthcare program. Upon … Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Toomey Pursue Administration Report on Syria Strategy

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) want the Trump administration to provide to Congress a strategy in Syria that ensures American security interests are not compromised by a troop withdrawal. "President Trump's abrupt decision for an immediate withdrawal from Syria puts at risk our mission to defeat ISIS and endangers the future of our Syrian Kurdish allies, who have been the tip of the spear in that fight," said Senator Van Hollen. "This bipartisan amendment makes … Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Statement by Senator Van Hollen on S.1, Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding S.1, the Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019: Mr. President — I come to the Senate Floor today with a sense of great disappointment — disappointment in what my colleague, the senior senator from Florida and the Republican Leader have done with the bill before us today. Because they have taken a bill that had broad — maybe unanimous bipartisan support -- and tried to … Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Introduce Pay Raise for Federal Employees

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation to provide federal employees with a 2.6 percent cost of living increase. Last year, President Trump announced a pay freeze for civil servants for 2019, which he can do unilaterally unless Congress acts. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on their companion legislation to this measure on Wednesday. "Our federal workforce … Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Resolution Calling for Release of Imprisoned Reuters Journalists and Safe Repatriation of Rohingya

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing a new resolution calling for the immediate release of imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, as well as for accountability and safe repatriation of refugees in the wake of Burma's atrocities against the Rohingya minority. Lone and Soe Oo were recently sentenced to seven years in prison for their work reporting on massacres that Burmese security forces carried out against the … Continue Reading


January 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a bipartisan letter with 28 of his colleagues to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. The Senators write, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These workers need to know now when they will … Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Trump Announces Support for Bipartisan Senate Deal to Reopen Government

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen applauded President Trump's announcement that he will support the stopgap funding framework that the Senator announced yesterday with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Angus King (I-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.). "This legislation will finally end this shutdown, get 800,000 federal workers … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Banks, Creditors to Implement Relief Measures for Federal Workers Struggling to Pay Mortgage, Monthly Bills

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in calling for banks, lenders, and financial institutions to work with their customers who have been impacted by the partial government shutdown and are at risk of falling behind on their monthly bills. As the Trump Shutdown continues into its fifth week, many of the 800,000 federal employees who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay are unsure when … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Vote To Reopen the Government

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate's failed vote to reopen the government: "Today marks 34 days of the Trump Shutdown. Moments ago, the Senate had an opportunity to pass a narrow proposal to reopen the government until February 8th. This would have allowed over 800,000 federal employees to get back to work-as well as receive their back pay so they can finally afford to pay for their mounting bills. It would have also meant … Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine, and Warner Ask Childcare Providers for Flexibility on Behalf of Parents Affected by the Government Shutdown

Letters highlight arrangements reportedly made by some organizations and request details on any accommodations being made for families U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) requested financial flexibility from childcare organizations for parents and guardians affected by the partial government shutdown. Among the expenses piling up for these families, who do not know when their next paycheck will come, are steep costs of … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Van Hollen, 20 Senators Press State Department & DOJ for Information on Saudi-led War in Yemen

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of 20 bipartisan Senators in signing a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein pressing them on two recently reported aspects of the Saudi-led war in Yemen: reports that Saudi Arabia is paying poor Sudanese child soldiers to fight as mercenaries in its war in Yemen, and reports that the United Arab Emirates-a U.S. ally in the Gulf that is part of the Saudi war coalition in Yemen-is arming Yemeni … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine, and Warner Stand Up for Federal Employees Who Risk Losing Insurance Benefits Amid Government Shutdown

Letter presses OPM to develop alternative payment arrangements for affected employees U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) urged the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to do everything in its power to prevent the termination of dental and vision insurance coverage for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. In a letter to OPM, the Senators stood up for the federal employees who risk losing their … Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Van Hollen Visits Prince George’s County Council

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) visited the Prince George's County Council at the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, for an informal "Meet and Greet" luncheon. Senator Van Hollen said, "I was very pleased to meet today with members of the Prince George's County Council. It was a great chance to discuss how we can work together on initiatives like transportation and economic development, so our community continues to grow and thrive. We also … Continue Reading

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