Press Releases

May 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Cortez Masto Urge DoD to Enhance COVID-19 Safety Guidelines for Federal Contractors Working on Military Bases

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper requesting enhanced enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines for federal contractors working on Department of Defense (DoD) military instillations, including guidance on who is responsible for the enforcement of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DoD COVID-19 procedures for quarantine, telework, social distancing, and the use of PPE. The … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Call on ICE to Answer Critical Questions on Plans on COVID-19 in Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) are calling on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to answer critical questions on their plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among detainees currently being held in Howard and Worchester Counties.“In Maryland, we have received troubling reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees are at grave risk,” wrote the senators. “Half of the ICE detainees tested nationwide thus far are positive for … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Peters, McSally Push in Bipartisan Letter to Increase Funding for Programs Protecting Survivors of Domestic Violence & Pets in Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) called for increased funding for programs that support domestic violence survivors and their pets that were established under the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act. In a letter to Senate leaders and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Appropriations, the Senators highlighted how reports of domestic violence have risen during this pandemic, and that domestic violence shelters that harbor pets - or … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Smith, Colleagues Urge Help for Children’s Hospitals and Health Providers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told Senate leaders that hospitals serving children cannot continue to sustain the expected $10 billion in losses in the next several months and they pressed Senate leaders to include relief specifically for children’s hospitals and pediatric health care providers in the next COVID-19 relief package.Starting in January, children’s hospitals sustained deep … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Harris, McBath Demand Independent DOJ Investigation into Breonna Taylor Case

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Representative Lucy McBath (D-GA-06) on Friday demanded that Assistant Attorney General Eric S. Dreiband launch an independent investigation into the killing of Breonna Taylor, and into whether the Louisville Police Department has engaged in a pattern or practice of constitutional violations.On March 13, the Louisville Police Department entered Breonna Taylor’s apartment to execute a drug search warrant, and allegedly fired … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Bennet, Gardner, and Bipartisan Group of 125 Members of Congress Call on Administration to Ensure National Guard Receives Benefits Earned on COVID-19 Front Lines

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and U.S. Representatives Jason Crow (D-Colo.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), along with a bipartisan group of 125 Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on Passage of Resolution Recognizing National Foreign Service Day

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passage of his and Senator Dan Sullivan’s (R-Alaska) bipartisan resolution honoring American foreign service members and commemorating Foreign Service Day.“Our Foreign Service Officers are dedicated to protecting and pursuing America’s best interests across the globe. They are committed to representing democratic values and promoting the rule of law. We’ve faced new challenges brought on by the coronavirus, … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Markey, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Prepare for Simultaneous Peaks of 2020 Flu Season, COVID-19 Outbreak

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House  Coronavirus Task Force, regarding the Trump Administration's efforts to prepare for a resurgence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during this year's seasonal influenza, which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield warned could create unprecedented strain on our health care system. The … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Cornyn, Carper Urge Support for Independent Music Venues During Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Tom Carper (D-DE), along with a number of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter today to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) asking them to include funding for independent live music venues in any upcoming coronavirus relief legislation.They wrote: “Live event venues were among the first to close as COVID-19 spread across the country, and they are likely to be among the last to reopen. … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Durbin, Duckworth, Kelly Introduce Resolution Establishing “national Gun Violence Awareness Day"

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today introduced a resolution in the Senate establishing June 5, 2020, as “National Gun Violence Awareness Day” and designating June as “National Gun Violence Awareness Month.” U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL-02) will introduce a companion resolution in the House. Every day in America, an average of around 300 men, women, and children are shot, nearly one-third of them fatally. Designating a day to … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Toomey Introduce Sanctions Bill to Defend Hong Kong’s Autonomy

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to defend Hong Kong’s autonomy against increasingly brazen interference from the Chinese Community Party.READ: China Signals Plan to Take Full Control of Hong Kong, Realigning City’s StatusThe Van Hollen/Toomey measure would impose mandatory sanctions on entities that violate China’s obligations to Hong Kong under the Joint Declaration and the Basic Law. The legislation would also impose … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce Nearly $366,000 for COVID-19 Research at University of Maryland, College Park

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced three additional Rapid Research Response (RAPID) awards for the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) to conduct research related to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Projects include:$187,871 for a project to accelerate research into … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy, Kaine, Senate Democrats Caution Israel Against Unilateral Annexation of West Bank Territory

On Thursday, 19 Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), expressed grave concern regarding unilateral annexation of Palestinian territory potentially as early as July. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, the senators warned that such a move would mark a dramatic reversal of decades of shared understandings between the United States, Israel, the Palestinians and the … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Van Hollen, Duckworth Introduce Legislation to Ensure National Guard Troops Activated In Response to COVID-19 Get the Benefits They Earned During the Public Health Emergency

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with 17 of their Senate colleagues, introduced the National Guard COVID-19 Response Stability Act to ensure that all National Guard troops activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic receive additional benefits and provide states with greater certainty.The Senators’ legislation would extend Title 32 authority for all troops activated in response to the crisis until the end of the public health emergency (PHE). By doing … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Press State for Plans to Address COVID-19 Racial Disparities, Expand Testing

Today, members of the Maryland congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown, and including Senator Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan urging him to use race and ethnicity data to develop a plan to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color in Maryland. In their … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Van Hollen, Hirono Introduce Resolution to Honor May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with more than 20 of their Senate colleagues, introduced a resolution in honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month this May, noting the significant contributions to our nation made by generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.The resolution recognizes noteworthy milestones for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in 2020, including:The … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown, Murray, Colleagues Demand Answers from CFPB Director on Agency’s Oversight Plans for the Student Loan Market

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), both member sof the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, joined U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Tina Smith (D-MN) in sending a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger requesting information from the agency regarding its examinations of the companies that service federally-held … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Senate Passes Van Hollen and Kennedy's Bill to Kick Deceitful Chinese Companies Off U.S. Exchanges

Today, the Senate passed the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act by unanimous consent. U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced the legislation to protect American investors and their retirement savings from foreign companies that have been operating on U.S. stock exchanges while flouting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) oversight.“As we continue to experience the economic fallout and volatility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $876 Million in Federal Funding to Support WMATA During COVID-19 Crisis

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and local transit partners will receive $876 million in federal funding through the CARES Act. Of that total, $41.1 million will be distributed to Montgomery and Prince George’s County local transit providers. “Metro is an essential service, central to the … Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce More Than $343,000 For Cumberland Pump Station Improvements

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal grant of $343,500 to Allegany County for updates to the North Branch Pump Station outside of Cumberland, Maryland. The efficient and functional operations of this pump station are critical to the local residents and industrial users it serves. These funds will be used for modernization of equipment which has not undergone any major improvements … Continue Reading

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