Press Releases

February 14, 2024

Maryland Delegation Congratulates University System of Maryland on Their Selection as a 2023 Help America Vote College Program Award Recipient

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) congratulated the University System of Maryland on their selection as one of 21 national award recipients for the Help America Vote College Program (HAVCP). The University System of Maryland will receive $78,521 in federal funding from the 2023 Help America Vote College Program which provides grants to encourage … Continue Reading


February 13, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Passage of the National Security Supplemental

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on his vote in support of the National Security Act: “As our nation and our allies face a host of challenges across the globe, it’s critical that we deploy the necessary resources to support democracy and humanitarian aid abroad. For Ukraine, especially, this assistance could not come at a more crucial time. While Putin continues to wage his war of aggression against the Ukrainian people and on democracy itself, … Continue Reading


February 11, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Welch, Colleagues in Urging USDA, USTR, and State Department to Address Illegal Deforestation Linked to Avocados Produced in Mexico

Ahead of the Super Bowl, which marks the largest day of consumption of avocados in America, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.) alongside their colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai requesting more information about the Administration’s efforts to address illegal deforestation and unsustainable water use linked to avocados … Continue Reading


February 10, 2024

Following Amendment Push, Van Hollen, Durbin, Kaine, Schatz & Colleagues Welcome New National Security Memorandum to Ensure U.S. Security Assistance is Used in Line with International Law

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and their colleagues welcomed a new National Security Memorandum (NSM) released by the Biden Administration Thursday aimed at ensuring all U.S. security assistance is used in line with international law, including international humanitarian law. The NSM is modeled off of the Senators’ amendment to ensure U.S. security assistance is used in line with international law. Additional cosponsors … Continue Reading


February 09, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Welch in Calling for Delivery of Urgently Needed Humanitarian Aid to Civilians in Gaza

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.) alongside their colleagues in introducing a resolution calling on the Administration to work with allies and partners within the international community to dramatically increase humanitarian aid to Gaza in order to prevent further spread of disease and starvation. Senator Welch was joined by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Michael … Continue Reading


February 09, 2024

Van Hollen, Warren, Senators Propose Amendment to Monitor and Reduce Harm to Civilians from U.S.-Origin Weapons

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), introduced an amendment to the National Security Act of 2024 that would require the State Department to review the use of U.S. weapons over the past year in conflicts around the world, including by Israel in Gaza, and to ensure that any use of U.S. weapons is in accordance with U.S. policy and international law. Specifically, the amendment would provide $10 … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Alongside Biden Administration, Van Hollen Announces National Security Memorandum to Ensure U.S. Security Assistance is Used in Line with International Law

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced alongside the Biden Administration a new National Security Memorandum (NSM) aimed at ensuring all U.S. security assistance is used in line with international law, including international humanitarian law. The NSM - which Senator Van Hollen worked closely with the Administration to develop following the release of his amendment - will for the first time require that, prior to the transfer of U.S. security assistance, recipient countries … Continue Reading


February 08, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Warner, Kaine Statement on the Senate Commerce Committee’s Unsafe Provision to Overburden DCA

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) released the following statement after the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted to undermine the current ‘slots and perimeter’ rules at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) as part of the Senate version of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act: “We are deeply disappointed by the Senate Commerce Committee’s move to … Continue Reading


February 07, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Durbin, Kaine, Merkley, Booker, Welch, Murphy Express Support for Democratic Governance in Haiti

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in issuing a statement on what should have been Haiti’s Presidential Inauguration Day on February 7, 2024. “Exactly 38 years ago, the Haitian people succeeded in expelling a dictator from their … Continue Reading


February 07, 2024

Van Hollen, Durbin, Kaine, Schatz & Colleagues File Amendment Requiring the Use of U.S. Supplemental Aid Comply with U.S., International Law

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin, (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) along with 15 of their colleagues are filing their amendment to require that the weapons received by any country under the proposed national security supplemental are used in accordance with U.S. law, international humanitarian law and the law of armed conflict. The amendment is supported by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Martin … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Sale of U.S. F-16s to Turkey

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the sale of U.S. F-16s to Turkey after receiving a briefing from Administration officials on the pending sale as well as the status of several concerns the Senator has raised around Turkey: “While Turkey’s ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership was long delayed, it is a welcome step forward and an important signal to the NATO community. That being said, I continue to have serious concerns about President … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Van Hollen, Murphy, Coons, Merkley, 21 Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Work with Israel to Take 5 Steps to Get More Humanitarian Aid into Gaza

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday led 21 colleagues in a letter to President Biden urging the administration to encourage Israeli officials to take five specific steps to significantly increase urgently needed humanitarian aid for civilians in Gaza. “The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is dire and the civilian suffering is at an unacceptable and staggering level.  Ninety-three percent of Palestinians in Gaza … Continue Reading


February 02, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $1.5 Million to Strengthen Flood Protections in Cambridge

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $1,612,926 to bolster flooding mitigation efforts in the City of Cambridge in Dorchester County. The federal funds, provided through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund, will support the design and permitting of a flood barrier along the shoreline of the Choptank River with a nature-based living shoreline to weaken wave strength, prevent erosion, … Continue Reading


January 30, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Congressional Democrats in Filing Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Reverse Dangerous Ruling That Would Restrict Access to Mifepristone Nationwide & Upend FDA Approval Process

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Representatives Jeffries, Clark, Pallone, Nadler, DeGette, and Lee and many of their Democratic colleagues in submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine v. FDA, urging the Supreme Court to reverse a stay from Texas District … Continue Reading


January 30, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Warren, Fetterman, Schumer, Senators in Urging Biden Administration to Swiftly Deschedule Marijuana

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John Fetterman (D-Pa.), alongside their Democratic colleagues, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Drug Enforcement (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram, urging them to remove marijuana from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The letter comes after an August 2023 recommendation from the U.S. Department … Continue Reading


January 26, 2024

Van Hollen Statement on Retirement Announcement from Rep. Ruppersberger

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding U.S. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger’s announcement of his retirement: “My friend Representative Dutch Ruppersberger has spent years fighting for the people of Baltimore, his district, and our nation. I'm grateful for his decades of exemplary public service, including his work on behalf of our national security. Dutch’s dedication to bettering the lives of Marylanders has always driven him forward - … Continue Reading


January 25, 2024

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Applaud New IRS Guidance and Relief for Constituents Hurt by 529 Prepaid College Trust System Error

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced special tax relief for Marylanders affected by system errors with the Maryland Prepaid College Trust (PCT) — answering the calls for such relief led by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Representative Jamie Raskin (Md.-08), and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.-02), John Sarbanes (Md.-03) and David Trone (Md.-06). The lawmakers had urged the IRS to allow Maryland taxpayers with PCT accounts to execute … Continue Reading


January 25, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ruppersberger, Trone Announce Over $500,000 to Support Housing in Rural Areas

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $532,500 to support housing assistance projects in rural communities in Maryland. The federal funding, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development grant program, will help the Interfaith Housing Alliance acquire and rehabilitate 15 homes in Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties, providing 15 low and very-low income individuals and families … Continue Reading


January 24, 2024

Van Hollen Joins Schatz, Group of 49 Senators in Announcing Amendment to Reaffirm U.S. Support for a Two-State Solution

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and a majority of the Senate Democratic Caucus in announcing plans to file an amendment to the forthcoming national security supplemental package that reiterates longstanding U.S. policy in support of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Senators Van Hollen and Schatz were joined by 47 senators, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Patty … Continue Reading


January 23, 2024

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $100,000 for Community Development Projects Across Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $112,900 in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant funding for community development projects across Western Maryland. The federal funding, provided by the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities grant program, will be used to support a number of projects in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington Counties that will enhance quality of life for residents of communities in the … Continue Reading

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