Press Releases

September 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Treasury Department for Measures taken by Administration to Keep Jobs in the United States

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) pressed Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Charles Rettig for measures the Administration is taking to keep jobs in the United States and mitigate the harm caused by a new loophole created by the Republican-led 2017 tax law that encourages U.S. companies to move jobs and operations overseas. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Over $47,000 for Midland Volunteer Fire Company

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $47,587 in federal funding for the Midland Volunteer Fire Company. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to replace hydraulic rescue tools that are 40 years old.“Providing our first responders with the equipment they need is crucial to their ability to serve and protect our communities and this … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats to Lighthizer: No Trade Negotiations With Brazil Until Bolsonaro Protects the Amazon

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined a group of Democratic Senators in urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to postpone any trade negotiations with Brazil until President Jair Bolsonaro fully enforces his country's environmental laws and regulations to protect the Amazon from continued illegal deforestation. In the letter, the senators also called on Lighthizer to swiftly resolve the U.S.-China trade war which has disrupted global trade patterns and driven China to rely … Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Host Rural Broadband Roundtable in Hagerstown with FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks and 43 Federal, State and Local Stakeholders

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) hosted a roundtable on rural broadband with FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks in Hagerstown, Maryland. The roundtable included 43 federal, state, and local stakeholders for a discussion on increasing access to rural broadband and the importance of cyber security. The roundtable comes just after the trio announced $2.9 million in funding for broadband expansion in Garrett County. "Expanding … Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce Over $103,000 for the Annapolis Fire Department

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $103,964 in federal funding for the Annapolis Fire Department. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to purchase seven automated chest compression units. Chest compression units, which administer chest compressions in place of manual CPR, are a critical tool for first responders assisting a patient … Continue Reading


September 03, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Hoyer Announce Over $116,000 for Economic Development Program at the University of Maryland/Morgan State University

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $116,667 in federal funding for the University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Maryland and Morgan State University Joint Center for Economic Development. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be used to provide the program with research tools and technical assistance so that … Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Announce Grant Funding for Quantum Computing and Networking at the University of Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $1.74 million in grant funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) to the University of Maryland, College Park for two projects to advance the development of quantum computing and networking. "The University of Maryland has been a leader in the field of quantum computing for years and continues to produce critical research in this vital area," said Senator Van Hollen. "This funding is … Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $2.79 million to Combat Violence Against Women in Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $2,793,480 in federal funding to combat violence against women. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice's STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program, enhances the capacity of communities across our state to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to address violent crimes against women, as well as to develop and … Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings Announce $2.8 Million for Environmental Workforce Training at UMBC

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) announced $2,822,789 in federal funding for an innovative environmental workforce training program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The funding, provided through the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program, invests in the next generation of scientists by implementing a thesis-master's program focusing on Chesapeake Bay's socio-ecological challenges. … Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin and Colleagues Demand Answers from HHS on Sudden End to Women’s Health Helpline

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen, Ben Cardin, (Both D-Md.) and colleagues are seeking answers from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the abrupt shutdown of the Women's Health toll-free hotline, which has helped tens of thousands of women with accurate and reliable medical information for more than 20 years. Writing to Secretary Alex Azar and the Director of the HHS Office on Women's Health (OWH) in response to constituent complaints, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, along with … Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin and Colleagues Demand Trump Administration End Remain in Mexico Policy

"Not only does this policy do nothing to protect either migrants or U.S. interests, we have grave concerns about its legality, recent efforts to expand it, and the dangerous conditions it forces asylum seekers to endure while waiting for their cases to be heard." U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md), with nearly two dozen Democratic Senate colleagues, are calling on the Trump administration to stop restricting access to the U.S. asylum system by ending its Remain in … Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $3.7 Million to Address Youth Homelessness

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $3,699,000 in federal funding for the City of Baltimore Mayor's Office of Human Services through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. These federal funds will support a comprehensive planning process to develop the best strategies to meet the needs of homeless youth in … Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown Announce Nearly $3.5 Million to Address Youth Homelessness in Prince George’s County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $3,482,000 in federal funding for Prince George's County to tackle youth homelessness through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. The "Promise Prince George's" initiative will support a comprehensive community planning process to meet the unique needs of homeless youth in this community. … Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Urge Republican-Controlled Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to Oppose Proposal that Could Raise Electricity Prices for Millions of Americans, Jeopardize Thousands of Jobs, and Dramatically Increase Carbon Emissions

Senate Democrats Send Letter To Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee Condemning FERC's Consideration Of Order That Would Undermine State Policies Designed To Support Clean Energy, Hike Electricity Prices For Millions, Kill Thousands Of Jobs, And Increase Carbon Emissions FERC Commission, Soon With 2-1 Republican Majority, Reportedly Considering A New Order That Would Hurt American People With Price Hikes And Job Cuts, Set Back Climate Crisis Fight Senate … Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $400,000 for Improvements to Locust Grove Sewer Pumping Station

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) have announced $400,000 in federal funding for the Locust Grove Sewer Improvements project in Allegany County, Md. The funding, provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), will be used to install new sewage pumps and wells, as well as replace mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems at the Locust Grove pump station -- which after 40 years of operation has reached the end of its useful life. These … Continue Reading


August 28, 2019

Md. & Va. Senators Question Decision to Reduce Payments for Employees Affected by Relocation of USDA Research Agencies

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD), along with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to explain its decision to reduce payments to Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) employees who have declined to relocate to Kansas City following the Trump Administration's slapdash decision to move the two key research agencies out of Washington D.C. "We are troubled by the … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $800,000 for Oyster Habitat Restoration

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $800,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' partners to restore oyster habitats throughout the Chesapeake Bay. This funding, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will allow the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to work in conjunction with NOAA, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, and the University of Maryland Center for … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $2.9 Million in Funding for Broadband Expansion in Garrett County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-MD) announced $2.9 Million in federal funding for broadband expansion in Garrett County provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Over the next decade, this funding will expand broadband access to 2,454 homes and businesses. "Expanding access to broadband opens doors across our communities, connecting students, jobseekers, healthcare providers, businesses, entrepreneurs, and more with the … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.7 Million in Federal Funding to Modernize 911 Services in Maryland

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $1.7 million in federal funding to help 911 call centers in Maryland upgrade to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Transportation, will enhance emergency number services by creating a faster, more resilient system that allows digital information to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 911 network, and ultimately to first … Continue Reading


August 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Oppose Labor Department Proposal to Create Duplicative, Lower-Quality Unregistered Apprenticeships

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella opposing the Labor Department's recent proposal to undermine the highly effective and widely supported registered apprenticeship program. The proposed rule would create duplicative, unnecessary, and lower-quality "industry-recognized apprenticeship programs" (IRAPs), that would not provide the same crucial benefits and protections as long-established registered … Continue Reading

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