Press Releases

February 18, 2021

Van Hollen Leads Senate Democrats in Urging Biden Administration to Prioritize ATF Leadership and Gun Violence Prevention

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led 11 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to quickly nominate a permanent Director to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) who iscommitted to increasing public safety and addressing the gun violence epidemic in our country. In their letter, the Senators highlight a number of priorities that the new ATF Director must work to immediately address, including public transparency, … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $5.5 Million for Community Health Centers Across the State

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone announced $5,515,055 in federal funding to strengthen Community Health Centers (CHCs) across Maryland.“This new round of federal funding will provide our Community Health Centers with additional supplies and resources to improve the delivery of critical health care services to underserved Marylanders - … Continue Reading

February 18, 2021

Van Hollen Meets with Baltimore County Council to Discuss Federal and Local Efforts to Fight COVID-19

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined the Baltimore County Council for a virtual meeting this week to discuss key priorities for the County and new efforts in Congress to provide more support for Marylanders. Senator Van Hollen provided an update on ongoing discussions with the Biden Administration to deliver additional relief for Maryland families, workers, and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. During the meeting, the Senator heard from the Councilmembers on the … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Hassan, Casey, Duckworth Urge Home and Community-Based Care Funding in Upcoming COVID-19 Relief Package

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and a group of their colleagues today in supporting an increase in funding that would support Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package that Congress is developing.The House of Representatives has proposed a 7.35 percent increase to Federal Medical Assistance Percentages for HCBS in the next package, and Senator Hassan and … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Sen. Van Hollen, Rep. Brown Lead New Bicameral Push to Protect Cameroonians in the Face of Mounting Violence

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative Anthony Brown (both D-Md.) led a bicameral group of lawmakers in a letter urging President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to designate Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) due to ongoing armed conflicts and increasingly severe violence in the country. As the members note in their letter, deteriorating conditions and the humanitarian crisis in … Continue Reading

February 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Inhofe, Leahy and 24 Colleagues Urge Biden to Reverse Misguided Western Sahara Decision

U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and 25 of their Senate colleagues today in sending a letter urging President Biden to reverse the previous misguided decision to officially recognize the Kingdom of Morocco’s illegitimate claims of sovereignty over Western Sahara and recommit the United States to the pursuit of a referendum on self-determination for the Sahrawi people of Western Sahara.The senators wrote: “The abrupt decision by the previous … Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on the Passing of Arne Sorenson

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the passing of Arne Sorenson, President, and CEO of Bethesda-based Marriott International:“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Arne Sorenson. Arne was not only a great leader for Marriott, he was a compassionate and caring leader in our community and country. Every time I spoke with Arne, he was focused on supporting the entire team of employees at Marriott and setting a standard of excellence by … Continue Reading

February 13, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Vote to Convict Trump

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on his vote to convict Donald Trump:“The evidence is clear. Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors against our nation in his incitement of the insurrection on our Capitol on January 6th. He violated his duty and oath of office to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution - and in fact, his actions flew directly in the face of this most sacred responsibility. The overwhelming documentation provided … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Van Hollen, Warren, and Brown Urge SEC to Strengthen and Enforce Insider Trading Rule

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), members of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, sent a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) urging the agency to review and consider reforming policies regarding 10b5-1 plans, which are designed to prevent insider trading. Their letter raises new evidence indicating that executives are abusing these plans to obtain huge windfalls at the expense of ordinary … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation Awarding Congressional Gold Medal to USCP Officer Eugene Goodman

Today, the Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to award U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal. The legislation was introduced in January by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.). Goodman, a Marylander, confronted rioters in the Capitol on January 6, 2021, delaying their access to the Senate chamber and protecting the lives of those inside.“By redirecting … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Van Hollen Announced Chairman of Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was announced the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. The Senator will also serve on the Appropriations Subcommittees for Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies; Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies; Transportation, Housing, Urban Development, and Related Agencies; and State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. The Senator released the following statement:“As a member of the … Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Maryland General Assembly Veto Override on the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Maryland General Assembly’s override of the veto blocking the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future:“There is nothing more important than investing in the success of our children. As our schools, students, and educators face the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic - including a widening learning gap - the investments and reforms called for in the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future could not come at … Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Gillibrand, Colleagues Call for More Than $1 Billion in Funding to Help Older Adults During the Covid-19 Crisis, Including Millions to Bolster Nutrition Services and Support Vaccination Efforts in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), along with a group of Senate colleagues, called for the inclusion of $1.4 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA Nutrition Services and $480 million to support providers’ efforts to vaccinate older adults in the next coronavirus relief package. Older, low-income Americans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and many more have become newly homebound … Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce $2 Million for COVID-19 Response in Higher Education

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $2 million in federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the American College Health Association (ACHA) to help improve the COVID-19 response at colleges and universities nationwide. ACHA is headquartered in Silver Spring, Md.“Colleges and universities continue to face challenges as they weigh how to best serve their students while preventing the spread of … Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Maryland General Assembly’s Veto Override on the Prescription Drug Affordability Board

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Maryland General Assembly’s override of the veto blocking legislation to fund the Prescription Drug Affordability Board:“Now more than ever, as Americans face the health and economic strain of COVID-19, it’s critical that we tackle the costs of prescription drugs in order to ensure Marylanders can afford the medicines they need. These efforts simply cannot wait. The State’s new Prescription Drug … Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Van Hollen, Murphy, Dems to Senate Leadership: We Must Fund Summer Enrichment Opportunities for Low-income Children in Next Covid-19 Relief Package

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and 11 Senate Democrats in urging Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to include funding for summer enrichment opportunities for low-income children in the next COVID-19 relief package. In a letter, the senators stressed COVID-19’s disproportionate effects on low-income families and urged the necessity of setting aside funding for summer programs to help prevent learning loss and promote … Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Van Hollen Announces New Director of Operations

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that Ashleigh Phillips has joined his senior staff team to serve as the Director of Operations. “I’m excited to announce the addition of Ashleigh Phillips to our senior staff. Ashleigh brings with her both a deep knowledge and love of Maryland and expertise in running administrative operations on Capitol Hill. I know that she will be an asset to our office and our efforts to serve Marylanders,” said Senator Van Hollen.Ashleigh is a … Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Van Hollen, Markey, Bennet, Hassan, and Rep. Meng Applaud Inclusion of More Than $7 Billion in Distance Learning Funding in Latest House Coronavirus Proposal

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-01) applauded the inclusion of their legislation, the Emergency Educational Connections Act and more than $7 billion in funding for the E-rate program in the House coronavirus relief reconciliation proposal. The lawmakers’ legislation funds elementary and secondary schools and libraries, to provide Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and … Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Push to Secure Additional Emergency Relief for HBCUs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) along with Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Jon Ossoff (D-GA), Christopher Coons (D-DE) sent a letter urging Senate leadership to allocate additional emergency relief for both public and private Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the COVID-19 relief proposal. Additionally, the lawmakers pushed the Senate leaders to ensure that HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) have … Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Van Hollen, Sullivan Introduce Resolution Honoring Late Secretary George Shultz

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-chairs of the Senate Foreign Service Caucus, have introduced a resolution honoring the life, achievements and legacy of George P. Shultz, who died on Saturday. Shultz served as secretary of state in the Reagan administration, secretary of the treasury and of labor in the Nixon administration, and senior staff economist in the Eisenhower administration. Early in his career, Shultz also rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. … Continue Reading

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