Press Releases

March 03, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Murphy, Senators Reintroduce Legislation to Require Universal Background Checks to Reduce Gun Violence

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and a number of their Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Background Check Expansion Act to expand federal background checks to all gun sales. Under current federal law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. Research indicates that, due to these exceptions, as many as a quarter of all gun sales in the United States may occur … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Van Hollen Statement in Support of Cecilia Rouse to Serve as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to confirm Cecilia Rouse to serve as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors:“I strongly support the nomination of Cecilia Rouse to chair the Council of Economic Advisors. Dr. Rouse’s career has focused on strengthening labor markets for American workers, improving our education system, and addressing the structural inequities that stand in the way of making the economy work for all Americans. … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Van Hollen Statement in Support of Gina Raimondo to Serve as Commerce Secretary

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to confirm Gina Raimondo to serve as Secretary of the Department of Commerce: “As Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo will take on challenges that directly affect my home state of Maryland, including fighting for an inclusive economy with shared prosperity that truly works for everyone. The struggles of low income and minority communities’ hardest-hit by the pandemic have shone a harsh light on … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Following Aftermath of Insurrection, Van Hollen, Menendez Demand Greater Accountability and Transparency in Corporate Political Spending

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, reintroduced the Shareholder Protection Act of 2021 to ensure public companies are more transparent and disclose their political spending activities to their shareholders.Following the events of January 6th, 2021, corporate America’s response to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol demonstrated precisely why corporate political spending is … Continue Reading


March 02, 2021

Van Hollen Statement in Support of Miguel Cardona to Serve as Secretary of Education

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to confirm Miguel Cardona to serve as Secretary of Education:“After four years of Secretary DeVos’s efforts to promote greater privatization of our education system and dismantle the civil rights of students, Miguel Cardona is the person we need to restore the promise of America’s schools. A former public school teacher who went on to be a leader in the same district where he was once an English … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Van Hollen Announces Banking Subcommittees for 117th Congress

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement in coordination with the announcement that, in his role on the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, he will serve as a member on the Subcommittee on Economic Policy; the Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development; and the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection:“Americans need an economy that works for them, not against them. But too often the wishes of … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Coons, Tillis, Colleagues Reintroduce Resolution to Establish a Senate Human Rights Commission

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, in introducing a resolution to establish a Senate Human Rights Commission, modeled after the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. House of Representatives. If passed, the resolution would create a bipartisan commission to examine human rights violations through regular briefings and events and promote human rights initiatives in the … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Murphy, Dems Urge Senate Leadership To Prioritize Behavioral Health Needs Of Children In Next Covid-19 Relief Package

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee, on Monday joined 6 Democrats in urging Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to include targeted funding for the behavioral health needs of our nation’s children through the expansion of the Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) program in the next COVID-19 relief package. In a letter, the senators emphasized the rise … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, Merkley, and Sanders Call on Biden Administration to Reinstate Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Gloria Steele calling for robust diplomacy and a reversal of the Trump administration’s decision to suspend U.S. humanitarian aid in northern Yemen. On March 27 2020, USAID suspended more than $50 million dollars of humanitarian … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Heinrich Urge Administration to Consider COVID Vaccination Strategy Prioritizing First Doses

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) sent a letter to White House Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator Jeff Zients urging the Administration to consider a new COVID-19 vaccination strategy that prioritizes first doses in order to better protect Americans from highly transmissible variants of the disease.The Senators begin, “As a threat rises from new disease variants, we write to request your consideration of a new strategy to maximize the … Continue Reading


March 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Tester, Crapo, Moran Push to Provide Disabled Veterans Full Military Benefits

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has joined Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and a group of their colleagues in introducing the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits.Currently, more than 42,000 military retirees with combat-related injuries qualify for retirement pay for their service from the Department of Defense (DoD) and for disability … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Menendez Reintroduce Bill to Promote Corporate Diversity

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in reintroducing legislation that would require public companies to disclose information related to the racial, gender, ethnic makeup, and veteran status of corporate boards and senior management. The Improving Corporate Governance Through Diversity Act of 2021 addresses shortcomings in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) diversity disclosure rule. Congressman Gregory Meeks (N.Y.-05) is introducing … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Warren, Pressley, Lee, Kelly, Bass, and Colleagues Reintroduce Bicameral Legislation to Require Federal Government to Collect and Report Coronavirus Demographic Data – Including Race and Ethnicity

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), and Karen Bass (D-Calif.) in reintroducing the bicameral Equitable Data Collection and Disclosure on COVID-19 Act. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to collect and report racial and other demographic data on COVID-19 testing, treatment, vaccination, and fatality rates and use all … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $3.3 Million in Federal Funding to Reduce Health Disparities and Boost Affordable Housing Across the City

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $3,344,121 in federal funding to tackle racial and ethnic disparities in housing and healthcare services for underserved communities across Baltimore. “The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted systemic barriers that prevent communities of color from accessing housing and healthcare. This funding will provide quality healthcare to Baltimore women and expand … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Warren, Booker, and Colleagues Question ICE and DHS on Disturbing New Allegations of Abuse and Forced Deportations of Migrants and Asylum-Seekers

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Conn.) wrote today to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tae Johnson regarding recent disturbing allegations by asylum-seekers that ICE agents at multiple facilities forced them to submit to their own deportation … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Van Hollen Hosts Virtual Discussion on Education Equity

This week, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was joined by John King, former U.S. Education Secretary and founder of Strong Future Maryland, and Joel Gamble, Baltimore County teacher, CEO of Joel Gamble Community Youth Outreach, and former NFL player, for an online discussion moderated by Baltimore high schooler Jemira Queen. The panelists discussed inequities in our education system, the historic investment laid out in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, and legislation Senator Van … Continue Reading


February 26, 2021

Van Hollen, Menendez, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Rates in Underserved and Minority Communities

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in reintroducing the updated COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act, which would support targeted and culturally competent public awareness campaigns about COVID-19 vaccines and preventative measures such as masking and social distancing. These campaigns would specifically target communities disproportionately harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including racial and ethnic minority populations. The … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Van Hollen Statement in Support of Jennifer Granholm to Serve as Secretary of Energy

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding his vote to confirm Jennifer Granholm to serve as Secretary of Energy:“Now is the time to take substantive action to transition to renewable resources, combat climate change, and build a brighter future for Americans. That’s why I voted today in support of Jennifer Granholm to serve as our next Secretary of Energy.“Granholm knows that clean energy is the key to creating millions of good jobs and mitigating … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Whitehouse, Cicilline Reintroduce DISCLOSE Act to Repair Americans’ Faith in Democracy, Require Transparency in Campaign Finance

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative David Cicilline (D-RI) in reintroducing the DISCLOSE Act, legislation to combat the flood of anonymous special interest spending in American politics. The bill would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors, allowing the American people to see who is attempting to sway their elections and gain control over their government. Senator Van Hollen … Continue Reading


February 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, Sullivan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Affordable, Safe, and Healthy Transportation Options

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) announced their introduction of the Connecting America’s Active Transportation System Act. This bipartisan legislation will dedicate $500 million in federal funds annually for grants to local, regional, and state government entities to connect walking and biking infrastructure into active transportation networks that allow people to reach destinations within a community, as well as travel … Continue Reading

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