Press Releases

September 18, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “This is a painful and devastating loss for our country. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American hero, pioneer, and an inspiration to all. Our nation is so much better because of her courage and tireless fight for equality. We have a duty to protect her legacy on the Supreme … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown Urge Trump to Work with Congress to Provide Emergency Rental Assistance, Protections

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to enact legislation that provides the emergency assistance and protections renters need to stay in their homes. Millions of children and youth … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Call for Prohibiting NRA Foundation from Soliciting, Receiving Charitable Donations from Federal Employees

In the wake of serious allegations and recent lawsuits filed against the National Rifle Association (NRA), NRA Foundation and their leadership by the attorneys general of New York and the District of Columbia, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today called on the head of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to immediately remove the NRA Foundation and related entities from the list of charities eligible to solicit and receive contributions from federal … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Introduce Tourette Syndrome Bill to Ramp Up Federal Efforts to Develop New Treatment

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced the CARE for Tourette Syndrome Act of 2020 that would expand and intensify the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) efforts to discover new treatments for Tourette Syndrome (TS). The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). “Tourette Syndrome impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans. And yet, there is still relatively little known about the disorder … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin to DHS IG: Investigate Whistleblower Complaint of Forced Hysterectomies at ICE Facility

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and 40 Senate colleagues today called on the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to expeditiously investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Ga.“Forced sterilizations infringe on reproductive rights and autonomy,” the senators wrote. “To understand whether such violations may have been committed against immigrants in our federal government’s … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Colleagues Urge Online Platforms to Take Additional Measures to Stop Voting Related Misinformation and Disinformation

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight over federal elections, along with 15 colleagues sent a letter to Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter and YouTube, urging executives to take further measures to stop voting related misinformation and disinformation. The Intelligence Community has confirmed that Russia is trying to influence and undermine the election through social media and the Department of … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Unveil the America LEADS Act to Make Comprehensive Investments in American Workers, Competitiveness, Alliances, and Diplomacy to Confront the Rise of China

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in introducing the America Labor, Economic competitiveness, Alliances, Democracy and Security (America LEADS) Act, Senate Democrats’ proposal for a new U.S.-China policy. The most comprehensive China legislation to date, the America LEADS Act seeks to recognize that only when we have a vibrant economy here at home can … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, and Crapo Applaud Passage of Prostate Cancer Resolution

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) applauded passage of a bipartisan Senate resolution declaring September 2020 National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. More than 3.1 million American men are living with prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer and second-leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the United States. The resolution is aimed at increasing awareness of prostate cancer, promoting early detection, and … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown Push Back on Administration’s Efforts to Weaken Protections Against Predatory Lending

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the Ranking Member of the Banking Committee, led six Senate colleagues in expressing strong opposition to the “true lender” rule proposed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). In their letter to Acting Comptroller of the Currency Brian Brooks, the Senators emphasize that this proposed rule would serve as a boon to … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

As School Year Begins, Van Hollen, Markey Lead Colleagues in Demanding Urgent Action by FCC to Connect Students to Online Learning

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) were joined by Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and over 30 of their colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging it to immediately utilize the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students at home. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, students across the country are increasingly attending virtual classrooms. Yet, studies … Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Laud Senate Passage of Key Measures for Chesapeake Bay, Including Historic $92 Million Authorization, New Grant Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised the passage of a bipartisan package of wildlife conservation legislation, the America’s Conservation Enhancement (ACE) Act, that includes several measures to benefit the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Maryland’s fish and wildlife habitats. Foremost among the legislation was a provision authored by Senator Cardin and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), and … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Van Hollen Requests CDC Review of COVID-19 Impact on Young Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield requesting that the agency review evidence of the impact of the COVID-19 disease on young adults with chronic health conditions. As our country continues to gather data and uncover more evidence about the novel coronavirus, Senator Van Hollen is urging Dr. Redfield to use this evidence to update the CDC’s risk designations, which currently do not explicitly … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $14.7 Million for Fire Departments in Washington, Frederick, and Garrett Counties

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $14,760,223.60 in federal funding for Washington, Frederick, and Garrett County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Awards were allocated as follows:$8,080,776 to the Washington County Board of Commissioners to hire 33 full-time … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Trone Press President Trump to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor to Marylander Cpl. Waverly Woodson, Jr. for Heroism During WWII

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative David Trone (both D-Md.) led over 15 of their colleagues in sending a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging President Donald Trump to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to the late World War II Corporal Waverly B. Woodson, Jr., a former resident of Clarksburg, Maryland. The letter follows the introduction of legislation authored by Van Hollen and Trone last week that would authorize the President to award Corporal Woodson the Medal … Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal Demand that Pharmaceutical Companies Allow Low-Income Patients Access to Lifesaving, Discounted 340B Drugs and Care

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with 20 of their Senate colleagues, demanded that pharmaceutical manufacturers stop withholding medications discounted under the 340B Drug Pricing Program from qualified providers that use contract pharmacies - locking out low-income patients from accessing lifesaving drugs and care. In a letter to the drug industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the senators pointed to … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Democratic Senators Call on Postmaster General to Immediately Reverse Operational Changes to the U.S. Postal Service Causing Delays of Critical Medications to Americans

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and more than two dozen of their Senate Colleagues wrote to Postmaster General … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Western Maryland Area Health Education Center to Receive More Than $160,000 in Funding to Combat the Effects of the Opioid Crisis on Newborns

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and U.S. Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will receive $166,666 in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration to help combat the prevalence of opioid-related illnesses in newborns.The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to improve access and quality of care in Western Maryland. The … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces $100,000 for Maryland Sea Grant Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all-Md.) today announced the award of $100,000 for the Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) program to address the impacts of COVID-19 on local aquaculture industries and assist educators through the creation of new, interactive educational content.“Maryland Sea Grant has played a key role in preserving our local … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, Engel Call on USAGM to Renew Foreign National Journalist Visa Extensions

Today, Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-M.D.), Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter to U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) CEO Michael Pack seeking answers to his reported decision not to renew visa extensions for foreign nationals working as journalists in the United States for USAGM networks and grantees including the Voice of America … Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Van Hollen Statement on 9th Circuit TPS Decision

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the decision by the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit allowing the Trump Administration to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for recipients from El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Established in 1990, TPS is a renewable program that allows foreign nationals to legally live and work in the United States if they are unable to safely return to their home country due to natural disasters, armed … Continue Reading

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