Press Releases

May 17, 2021

Federal and Local Lawmakers in Baltimore Join Forces to Demand Equitable Infrastructure Investments and End Shameful Legacy of Highway to Nowhere

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin gathered with Representatives Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, and local leaders to discuss the Reconnecting Communities Act, a bill to reform outdated and inequitable infrastructure, like Baltimore’s Highway to Nowhere, and help end the legacy of highway construction projects that divide neighborhoods and undermine economic opportunity. The lawmakers also discussed the American … Continue Reading

May 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Murkowski, Foster, Young Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Spur Innovation through National Network of Fab Labs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Don Young (R-Alaska) reintroduced the National Fab Lab Network Act, legislation to expand Fab Labs across the country. Fab Labs are facilities equipped with digitally-controlled tools - such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and automated knives - that provide training and enable individuals to create and innovate new products. To encourage the growth and expansion of new … Continue Reading

May 16, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Ossoff And Senate Colleagues In Urging Immediate Ceasefire in Middle East

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) and a group of 27 Senate Colleagues in calling for an immediate ceasefire agreement in Israel and the Palestinian territories to prevent further loss of life and further escalation of violence.The letter is also signed by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Mazie Hirono … Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $22.9 Million to Upgrade Airports Statewide

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D. and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $22,857,386 in federal funding to expand and renovate airports across Maryland.“Maryland’s airports are essential hubs for our economy, tourism and public safety,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding will upgrade airport facilities and runways, create and maintain jobs and ensure that day-to-day operations continue to run safely and … Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Van Hollen, Sasse Announce Inclusion of their Bipartisan Proposal to Curb IP Theft in Banking Amendment to China Competition Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) announced the inclusion of their bipartisan Protecting American Intellectual Property Act - legislation to mandate strong economic penalties on firms and individuals involved in stealing American intellectual property - within the Banking Committee’s Meeting the China Challenge Act of 2021. Committee leadership has announced they will work to include this amendment in the China competition bill, the Endless Frontier Act, … Continue Reading

May 12, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Escalating Violence in Israel and Gaza

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza:“I am deeply concerned about the violence that has engulfed the Israeli and Palestinian people in recent days and the tragic loss of innocent life. This week, escalating tensions in Jerusalem erupted into a full-scale conflict.“I endorse Secretary of State Blinken’s call for the immediate de-escalation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas to protect the lives of … Continue Reading

May 12, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Reintroduce Legislation to Empower Nurses, Improve Patient Care on International Nurses Day

Today, on International Nurses Day, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in reintroducing the Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act. Nurses have been on the front lines of this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and they deserve more support to ensure they have dignity in the workplace and can put the safety of their patients … Continue Reading

May 12, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Biden Nominees Deborah Boardman and Lydia Griggsby for Maryland U.S. District Court Seats

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) introduced U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman and U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Lydia Griggsby to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The committee held the confirmation hearing today for both nominees.“Judges Deborah Boardman and Lydia Griggsby will bring a tremendous diversity of experience to the courtroom as our newest judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland,” the senators said.  “We … Continue Reading

May 12, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Senate Colleagues in Introducing Tax Reform Legislation to Close Carried Interest Tax Loophole

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in introducing tax reform legislation to close the carried interest tax loophole that benefits wealthy money managers on Wall Street.Currently, the carried interest loophole allows investment managers to pay the lower 20 percent long-term capital gains tax rate on income received as compensation, rather than the ordinary income tax rates of up to 37 percent that they would … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Axne Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Provide Transparency on Corporate Use of Tax Havens, Offshoring of Jobs

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Representative Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) reintroduced legislation to provide investors and the public with transparency on corporations’ use of tax havens and tax incentives to outsource American jobs. Their legislation, the Disclosure of Tax Havens and Offshoring Act, would require public corporations to disclose their financial reporting on a country-by-country basis so Americans can see the extent to which they are abusing tax havens or offshoring … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Brown, Schumer Applaud Bipartisan Senate Passage of Congressional Review Act Legislation to Repeal Trump-era “Rent-A-Bank” Rule

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) applauded the bipartisan Senate passage of resolution to repeal the Trump Administration’s so-called True Lender Rule through the use of the Congressional Review Act. This regulation, finalized in the last months of the prior Administration, allows predatory lenders to skirt state laws … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Applaud FCC Implementation of Emergency Connectivity Fund Program Created by American Rescue Plan

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), lauded the FCC’s unanimous and bipartisan implementation of their legislation, the Emergency Educational Connections Act, and the more than $7 billion in funding for the E-Rate (Education-Rate) program that was included in the American Rescue Plan that became law in March. The lawmakers’ legislation will help close … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $543.8 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Maryland Colleges, Universities and Students

(Timonium, MD) - Today, Maryland’s Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-MD), announced more than $543.8 million in American Rescue Plan funding for colleges, universities and students throughout Maryland.The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 … Continue Reading

May 11, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Durbin, Young, Colleagues in Bipartisan Request for Strong FY22 International Affairs Budget

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), member of both the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and nearly half the Senate in urging the Senate Appropriations Committee to support strong Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 funding for the International Affairs Budget. In a bipartisan letter to … Continue Reading

May 10, 2021

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Colleagues Call for DOJ Review of Trump Administration Efforts To Protect Fossil Fuel Companies From Accountability For Decades Of Climate Deception

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) along with their colleagues Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting that the Department of Justice review amicus briefs filed during the Trump Administration in support of fossil fuel companies that engaged in decades of … Continue Reading

May 07, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $32.6 Million to Strengthen Global Health Research

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $32.6 million in federal funding for the Association of Public Health Laboratories, based in Silver Spring, Maryland, to expand domestic and global health research and preparedness efforts.“Infectious disease outbreaks in one country pose a threat to all countries and our public health … Continue Reading

May 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Sullivan Celebrate U.S. Foreign Service Day

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-founders of the bipartisan Senate Foreign Service Caucus, announced the introduction of a resolution recognizing “Foreign Service Day,” which takes place today, and that they will soon reintroduce the Foreign Service Families Act. The legislation will help ensure that the Foreign Service is able to attract and retain a world-class diplomatic corps by providing expanded career options and services to eligible family members. … Continue Reading

May 05, 2021

Van Hollen, Warren, Colleagues Urge HHS to Take "Immediate" and "Aggressive" Action to Mitigate and Manage COVID-19 Outbreaks in Correctional Facilities

United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging Secretary Xavier Becerra to use new funding authorized by Congress in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and his authority under the Public Health … Continue Reading

May 05, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $260,000 in AmeriCorps Funding to Support Seniors in Frederick

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $260,000 in federal funding to the Asian American Center of Frederick. Funding comes from FY21 AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program and will provide social support for low-income individuals 55 and older.“For more than 25 years, AmeriCorps volunteers have been doing crucial work in Maryland - including providing top-notch assistance and care in our communities. This new funding will … Continue Reading

May 05, 2021

Van Hollen, Hirono, Schatz, Brown, Blumenthal, Menendez, Booker Call for United Airlines to Stop Outsourcing 2,500 Catering Jobs

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) along with their colleagues Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent letters yesterday to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby about United Airlines’ intention to outsource inflight catering jobs for thousands of workers based in Honolulu, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, and Newark.In the letter to … Continue Reading

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