Press Releases

October 18, 2023

As President Biden Makes Trip to Israel, Van Hollen, Welch, and Schatz Urge Administration to Reinforce Humanitarian Protections in Gaza

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) sent a letter to President Joe Biden ahead of the President’s meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to reinforce the importance of protecting civilians and the need for immediate humanitarian aid into Gaza—including providing civilians with water, food, electricity, fuel, and medicine. Earlier this week, the Senators issued a joint statement condemning Hamas for its … Continue Reading


October 18, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Biden Nominee Clint Fuchs for U.S. Marshal for the District of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised President Joe Biden’s nomination of Clint Fuchs to be the new U.S. Marshal for the District of Maryland. “Maryland needs a U.S. Marshal with a proven track record combating violent crime, including the persistent gun violence that continues to plague Baltimore City. Clint Fuchs meets this mark, and we were proud to recommend him to President Joe Biden for this critical position,” the senators said. “Clint has demonstrated a … Continue Reading


October 18, 2023

Van Hollen, Murphy, Senate Colleagues Call for Providing Humanitarian Aid to Address Emergency Needs in Gaza

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and Senate colleagues in urging the Biden administration to lead the international community in contributing to the United Nations’ emergency appeal of $294 million to address the immediate humanitarian needs in the West Bank and Gaza. “As a result of the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza prompted by Hamas’ horrific terror attacks, more than 1.2 million people are in urgent need of lifesaving humanitarian assistance. … Continue Reading


October 17, 2023

Van Hollen, Wicker, Norton Introduce Bill Prohibiting Permanent Fencing Around Capitol Complex

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduced the No Fencing at the United States Capitol Complex Act, legislation to prohibit funding for permanent fencing around the U.S. Capitol complex. “We can’t ever allow the U.S. Capitol to become a fortress where the American people are left on the outside looking in. We can and should secure Congress without walling it off. This bill is about making sure the people … Continue Reading


October 16, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $500,000 for Firefighters in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $534,431 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters in Allegany, Garrett, and Washington Counties. The funding will enhance firefighters’ emergency response capabilities and their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and themselves. It will also support the recruitment and retention of additional firefighters. “Maryland’s firefighters and first responders risk their lives … Continue Reading


October 16, 2023

Statement from Senators Van Hollen, Schatz, and Welch

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), released the following joint statement: “We are appalled by the unfathomable violence against Israeli civilians and unequivocally condemn Hamas and its brutal actions. We mourn for those who were ruthlessly murdered and injured, as well as for their loved ones and communities who are living through a nightmare. We must do everything possible to rescue the hostages who remain in the hands of Hamas … Continue Reading


October 12, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Release Statements on Long-Term Solution for Fort Howard Mail Service

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released statements in response to the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) announcement that it will install mailboxes on Baltimore County-owned property where Fort Howard residents can continue to retrieve their mail following the closure of the nearby Post Office branch. This development comes after the lawmakers sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy expressing concern over the agency’s initial plan to close the Fort Howard … Continue Reading


October 10, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $200,000 to Boost Clean Energy Manufacturing in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $200,000 for the Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) to support local manufacturing businesses and create job opportunities in Western Maryland. This federal funding, awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE) grant program, will provide support to manufacturers of renewable energy, hydrogen power, … Continue Reading


October 09, 2023

Van Hollen, Romney Issue Statement on 112th National Day of Taiwan

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, released this statement on the 112th National Day of Taiwan: “We extend our warmest regards to the people of Taiwan on the 112th National Day of Taiwan. We are honored to stand with you in marking this important occasion. “With a foundation of common democratic values, the United States … Continue Reading


October 07, 2023

Van Hollen Statement on Horrific Terrorist Attacks on Israel

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the attacks on Israel: “I unequivocally condemn the abhorrent attacks against innocent civilians launched by Hamas and other terrorist groups and stand in strong solidarity with the people of Israel as they defend themselves. There is never any justification for … Continue Reading


October 06, 2023

Van Hollen, Lofgren, Johnson Welcome Biden Administration’s Re-Designation of TPS for Cameroon

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), and Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) released the following statement on the Biden Administration’s decision to extend and re-designate Cameroon’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This development comes after the lawmakers led over 25 of their colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last month calling for this action. “We’re grateful that the Biden Administration … Continue Reading


October 05, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce More Than $2 Million for Eastern Shore Firefighters

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) announced $2,134,583 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters in Cecil, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, and Worcester Counties. The funding will enhance firefighters’ emergency response capabilities and their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and themselves. It will also support the recruitment and retention of additional firefighters. “Maryland’s firefighters and first … Continue Reading


October 05, 2023

Van Hollen, Peters, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Bill Removing Presidential Authority to Provide Aid to Azerbaijan following Attacks on Armenian People

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced legislation that would prevent the U.S. from providing security assistance to Azerbaijan until it has been determined that they are not taking offensive action against the Armenians. The Senators introduced the legislation in response to the unilateral seizure, by force of arms, of Nagorno-Karabakh by … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Bipartisan Senate Confirmation of Judge Brendan Hurson for the U.S. District Court of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today praised confirmation of U.S. Magistrate Judge Brendan Hurson to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland. “With Brendan Hurson’s confirmation, the U.S. District Court for Maryland has a new judge with an unwavering commitment to providing Americans with fair, just, and equal treatment under the law. From his time volunteering and teaching in underserved communities to his many years working as a public … Continue Reading


October 04, 2023

Van Hollen, Murphy, Durbin, Welch Lead 16 Senators in Letter to President Biden on U.S. Role in Potential Normalization Agreement Between Saudi Arabia and Israel

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Wednesday led 16 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden, expressing their support for the prospect of normalization and sharing their views on the parameters of the United … Continue Reading


October 03, 2023

Van Hollen, Warren, Whitehouse, Sanders Urge Treasury to Use Rulemaking Authority to Close Loopholes, Make Tax System Fairer

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Daniel Werfel, urging them to proactively use the Treasury Department’s rulemaking authority to close tax loopholes that create inconsistency and unfairness in the tax system and threaten the government’s ability to raise important revenue. “We commend the Treasury Department … Continue Reading


October 02, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin, Trone Announce Over $500,000 to Prevent Targeted Violence Against LGBTQ+ Youth

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $530,000 in Department of Homeland Security grants in Montgomery County, MD to develop violence prevention programs focused on LGBTQ+ youth. The federal investment comes through the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2023. This funding will help the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) develop programming to address the risk … Continue Reading


October 02, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Announce More Than $700,000 for Cancer, Heart Disease Research at University of Maryland Baltimore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $736,425 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding for cardiovascular diseases and cancer research programs at the University of Maryland Baltimore.  The funding was made available through the National Institutes of Health grant programs. The federal funds will be used to research the underlying causes of cancer, heart and vascular diseases in underrepresented groups and implement … Continue Reading


October 02, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume, Moore Announce More Than $20 Million to Advance Critical Maryland Rail Projects

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume and Governor Wes Moore (all D-Md.) announced $20,384,317 in U.S. Department of Transportation funding for rail infrastructure projects in Maryland to strengthen the Maryland Area Rail Commuter (MARC) network with a Penn-Camden lines connection and to replace diesel-electric locomotives with clean, battery-electric locomotives at the Port of Baltimore. “Our commuter rail system is essential to getting Marylanders from … Continue Reading


September 30, 2023

Van Hollen Statement on Averting a Government Shutdown

“Passage of this funding bill means we will avoid major disruptions to our economy and vital government services Americans rely on, the nearly 200,000 federal employees and servicemembers living and working in Maryland will stay on the job and receive their pay, and federal relief efforts in the wake of recent natural disasters will proceed. It shouldn’t have taken until the 11th hour, but I’m encouraged that enough House Republicans finally heeded our calls to work in a bipartisan manner and … Continue Reading

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