Press Releases

June 21, 2018

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Sends Letter to Department of Labor in Support of Baltimore City Schools Teachers Facing Deportation

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have written a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta urging prompt consideration of the Baltimore City Public School System’s (City Schools) Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) audit. Without a timely resolution by the Department of Labor, 25 longtime City Schools teachers are at risk of deportation. “Without a decision made on the … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Van Hollen Announces Federal Employee Pay Increase Included in Senate Appropriations Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal employees as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, which unanimously passed in the Senate Appropriations Committee. President Trump’s most recent budget proposed a total pay freeze for civil servants, even as the cost of living increases for middle-class families. This legislation, while not perfect, is a strong rebuke to those kinds of attacks on the … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Van Hollen Announces New Effort to Help Constituents Access Information About Family Members Detained at the Border

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he successfully secured language as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill to help Members of Congress better serve constituents who are looking for information about family members who have been detained at the border and potentially separated from their children. Currently, when people are taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), it is … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Van Hollen Announces New Reporting Requirements on the Trump Travel Ban

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he successfully secured language as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act that would ensure that the public has access to information on President Trump’s travel ban, including the number of visa waivers granted to citizens of the banned countries. To date, the administration has provided no transparency about how the ban is being administered. Senator Van Hollen has repeatedly … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Language to Help Flood Mitigation Efforts in Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he successfully secured language encouraging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance to States in updating their flood mitigation plans as a part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. This language will ensure that mitigation plans take into account the needs of communities with multiple recent Presidentially declared disasters - including communities in Maryland like Ellicott City. … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Critical Funding for Maryland Projects in Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he successfully secured millions in federal investment for critical Maryland projects as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. “From research labs that are vital to keeping our nation safe, to ensuring the Coast Guard’s fleet is well-maintained and ready to act, this bill includes key priorities that support jobs in Maryland and our national security,” said Senator Van Hollen. “Military bases and federal … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Family Separation

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding President Trump’s Family Separation Executive Order and his continued policy of ‘Zero-Tolerance’ impacting asylum-seekers coming to the United States:“President Trump finally bent to public pressure to reverse his despicable child separation policy, but his new executive order does nothing to reunite the children who have already been taken from their parents and appears to subject children to indefinite … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Amendment to Halt the Transfer of F-35s to Turkey Until Secretary of State Certifies Turkey Will Not Acquire Russian S-400 Missile Defense System

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he successfully secured language as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act that would expressly prohibit spending funds from Fiscal Year 2019 - as well as prior fiscal years - to transfer, or facilitate the transfer, of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Turkey until the Secretary of State certifies that Turkey isn’t purchasing and won’t accept deliveries of the Russian S-400 missile … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Urge Trump to Reconsider, Rescind Civil Service Executive Orders

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen led a letter with 44 of his Senate Democratic colleagues noting their serious concerns surrounding the President’s recent executive orders pertaining to civil service. The Senators urged the Administration to reconsider and rescind the Orders, pointing to the negative impacts they will have. The Senators write, “We respectfully request that you reconsider and rescind Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839, which undermine the lawful rights and … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Joint Statement By Senators Schumer, Cotton, Van Hollen, And Rubio On Senate Passage Of Bipartisan ZTE Amendment In Defense Bill

Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today released the following statement on the passage of a bipartisan ZTE amendment in the defense bill: “We’re heartened that both parties made it clear that protecting American jobs and national security must come first when making deals with countries like China, which has a history of having little regard for either. It is vital that our colleagues in the House keep this … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Van Hollen Announces $5 Million in New Funding for Paid Senate Internships

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $5 million in new funding in the Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act for the sole purpose of providing financial compensation to interns in Senate offices. Senator Van Hollen’s bipartisan amendment - which he worked on with Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) - was adopted unanimously and passed … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Van Hollen Secures New FBI HQ Language in CJS Appropriations Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he successfully secured new language on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters location as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill. The legislation sends a clear message that the Senate has deep concerns with the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) recent proposal to keep the FBI at its current location and that at least one of the three original proposed sites should … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Funding For Important Criminal Justice Programs in Senate Funding Bills

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced a number of critical Maryland priorities that were included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. “This appropriations bill makes critical investments in keeping our country safe, combating the opioid epidemic, and improving community policing. I’m also pleased that it includes my effort to support cities like Baltimore, which … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Bay Priorities in Senate Funding Bills

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the inclusion of several Maryland priorities within the Senate Appropriations Committee’s release of two major funding bills. These priorities were included in the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. Most notably, Senator Van Hollen worked to secure full funding of $73 … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Van Hollen Secures Priorities for Wallops Island, Space Innovation in Senate Funding Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the inclusion of several Maryland priorities in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. This legislation will invest in national security, law enforcement, and American scientific innovation. It also provides funding for three agencies that have a major presence in Maryland: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Van Hollen Discusses ZTE Amendment on CNN International

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined CNN International’s Maggie Lake to discuss his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) regarding Chinese telecommunications company ZTE. The Senator has teamed up with Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and others to ensure that if the Trump Administration moves forward with their misguided attempt to let ZTE off the hook, the NDAA would stop them in their tracks. It has been folded into the main Senate text and is expected … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Van Hollen Applauds FIFA Selection of U.S., Mexico, Canada Bid

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement in support of the International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) selection of the U.S., Mexico, Canada bid to host the 2026 World Cup. He led a bipartisan letter to President Trump with 43 Senators in February in support of the United 2026 bid and worked with his colleagues in the House and Senate to overwhelmingly pass a Congressional resolution of support. “I’m thrilled that FIFA has decided that the … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Ask SEC Inspector General to Investigate Reported Remarks to Citibank on Firearms Policy

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and six of his Senate Colleagues sent a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Inspector General requesting an investigation into reports that SEC Commission Michael Piwowar linked potential regulatory action to an unrelated policy Citigroup recently issued to promote responsible conduct by customers engaged in processing firearms transactions. Senator Van Hollen was joined in sending the letter by Senators Kamala … Continue Reading


June 11, 2018

Van Hollen, Cotton Applaud Inclusion of ZTE Amendment in NDAA

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today applauded the inclusion of their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act responding to the national-security threat posed by Chinese telecom companies like Huawei and ZTE. “ZTE has repeatedly violated U.S. law and represents a threat to our national security - Congress cannot and will not allow the Administration to let ZTE off the hook in the interest of Chinese jobs. I’m pleased that our … Continue Reading


June 08, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce New Federal Grant for Great Mills High School

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.), today announced that St. Mary’s County Public Schools will receive nearly $190,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant program. Specifically, the grant will aid the ongoing recovery effort of students, faculty and staff of Great Mills High School after the tragic school shooting that took place in March. “Recovering … Continue Reading

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