Press Releases

July 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Submit Requests for Maryland Transportation Infrastructure, Clean Water and Public Safety Projects

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin announced their Congressionally Directed Spending Requests (Community Spending) for three appropriations bills: (1) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations; (2) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations; and (3) Homeland Security Appropriations. Together, these proposed federal investments will strengthen economic development and public safety through multimodal … Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $575,000 to Upgrade Wastewater Infrastructure in Garrett County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $575,000 in federal funding to upgrade the Grantsville sewer system in Garrett County. “Maryland’s economic growth depends on modernizing our infrastructure, including our water and sewer systems. These funds will provide resources to make needed improvements to the Grantsville system. Upgrades like these are crucial to spurring further economic opportunity in Garrett County and the … Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Circuit Court Ruling to Maintain Marylanders’ Extended Unemployment Benefits

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Baltimore City Circuit Court ruling to issue a temporary restraining order, maintaining Marylanders’ expanded federal unemployment benefits: “As our state works to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, many Marylanders are still grappling with its devastating impacts. The Governor’s decision to abruptly cut off unemployment benefits put many struggling families at risk of … Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Submit Requests Supporting Local Economic Development and Workforce Training Projects

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released their requests for Congressionally Directed Spending for projects under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee for Fiscal Year 2022. The Senators’ requests will help strengthen local economic development and support workforce training programs. Senator Van Hollen serves as the Chair of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. Senator Cardin is … Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Bipartisan Call for Improvements to VA Home Guaranty Program, Pushes Administration to Help Veterans and Military Families Purchase Homes

After hearing concerns from veterans across the state, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help more veterans and military families purchase homes by providing additional flexibilities for the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program. They are joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Reaffirm Importance of U.S.-Colombia Relationship; Express Concern Over Recent Crackdown on Demonstrators

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menéndez (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and a number of their Senate colleagues to reaffirm Congressional support for the U.S.-Colombia bilateral relationship.  In a letter to President Joe Biden, the Senators underscored the country’s significance as the United States’ biggest strategic partner in Latin America and the Caribbean, the importance of continued support for Colombia’s efforts to … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen Presses Treasury to Provide Crucial Flexibility in State, Local Use of ARP Funding for Broadband

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging the Department of the Treasury to provide crucial flexibility to state and local governments in the use of American Rescue Plan funds in order to help close the digital divide and ensure families can afford broadband. Under the American Rescue Plan, state and local governments are able to use … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Education Department to Expand Debt Relief for Student Loan Borrowers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and 20 of their Senate colleagues in urging Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to expand student debt relief in the Department’s upcoming higher education rulemaking.In a letter to Secretary Cardona, the members highlighted the need for policies that improve and expand our existing student loan repayment and … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues File Brief Urging Restoration of Judicial Oversight of Deadlocked, Ineffective FEC

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) filed a brief in a major campaign finance case before the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit calling to restore judicial oversight over the broken Federal Elections Commission (FEC) in the wake of Citizens United. The senators, who have experienced firsthand the post-Citizens United deluge of political spending, show the … Continue Reading


July 07, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Make First Requests to Appropriators for Maryland Community Projects

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Card (both D-Md.) have submitted their first requests in a series for Fiscal Year 2022 to the Senate Appropriations Committee for Congressionally Directed Spending for Community Projects. This marks the first time since 2010 that the Senate has permitted such requests, which, under new guidelines, must meet strict transparency and funding requirements. In this first round, to the Energy and Water Development Subcommittee and the Agriculture & Food … Continue Reading


July 06, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $54 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Children with Disabilities

Today, 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.) announced $53,968,575 from the American Rescue Plan to strengthen special education services for children across the state.“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges for special education services across our state,” the lawmakers said. “This new infusion of American Rescue Plan … Continue Reading


July 03, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Circuit Court Ruling to Maintain Marylanders’ Extended Unemployment Benefits

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Baltimore City Circuit Court ruling to issue a temporary restraining order, maintaining Marylanders’ expanded federal unemployment benefits: “As our state works to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic, many Marylanders are still grappling with its devastating impacts. The Governor’s decision to abruptly cut off unemployment benefits put many struggling families at risk of … Continue Reading


July 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes, Scott Urge EPA to Restore Critical Chesapeake Bay Protections Gutted by Trump

Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) and Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03) and John Sarbanes (MD-03) led a bicameral letter to Michael Regan, the Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and to Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon, the Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, urging them to rescind the harmful Navigable Waters Protection Rule implemented by the Trump Administration, and replace it with a rule that … Continue Reading


July 01, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $2 Million to Support University of Maryland Medical System COVID-19 Response

Today, 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.) announced $2,185,056 in federal funding to reimburse the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) for costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.“During the worst public health crisis that our country has faced in a century, health care professionals at UMMS stepped up to meet the moment we … Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Strongly Applaud House Action to Replace Capitol Statue of Dred Scott Decision’s Author with Tribute to Trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following statement upon House passage of legislation to replace in the U.S. Capitol the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney with one of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.“We strongly applaud the House of Representatives’ passage of legislation to replace the statue in the U.S. Capitol of former Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, author of the despicable Dred Scott decision, … Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Strongly Applaud House Action to Replace Capitol Statue of Dred Scott Decision’s Author with Tribute to Trailblazing Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following statement upon House passage of legislation to replace in the U.S. Capitol the bust of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney with one of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. “We strongly applaud the House of Representatives’ passage of legislation to replace the statue in the U.S. Capitol of former Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, author of the despicable Dred Scott decision, … Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

President Signs Van Hollen, Brown Legislation to Strike Down 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, and Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) applauded President Biden’s signing of their resolution into law 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 meant to curb interest rates … Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

Van Hollen Now Accepting Service Academy Applications for Class of 2026

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that his office is now accepting applications from students across Maryland for nominations to the Uniformed Service Academies in the Class of 2026.All applications and supporting materials must be received electronically by 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2021. More information, including the online application, can be found here.“Attending one of our nation’s renowned service academies is an excellent opportunity for young Marylanders. I hope that … Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $8 Million to Strengthen COVID-19 Health Literacy and Language Services

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $7,939,842 in COVID-19 relief funding to expand access to community-based health services in Baltimore City and Frederick County. “This new round of federal COVID-19 funding will help improve the dissemination of public health information in minority communities,” the lawmakers said. “We will continue working to secure … Continue Reading


June 29, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown Announce Nearly $4 Million for Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department’s Office of Minority Health

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04) joined in applauding the announcement of $3,999,807 in funding for the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department’s Office of Minority Health. This new federal funding will provide essential resources and tools to the department to better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services … Continue Reading

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