Press Releases

April 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ruppersberger, Pittman Announce $113 Million in Federal Funding to Re-Build Meade High

Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, today announced a $113.7 million federal grant to modernize and construct new facilities at Meade High School. Anne Arundel County is contributing $28.5 million in matching grant funding for a total investment of $142.2 million.The federal funding, provided by the Department of Defense’ Office of Economic Adjustment and awarded to the Anne Arundel … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces more than $45 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Child Care Centers

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $45,821,890 in funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Van Hollen Calls on Administration to Ensure Minority-Owned Small Businesses are Not Shut Out of Paycheck Protection Program Funding

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) as well as Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) in calling for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury Department to ensure that minority-owned businesses are not shut out of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The lawmakers also called for the Administration to amend guidance on PPP, to reaffirm lending institutions’ obligation to comply with fair … Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Van Hollen, Manchin, Colleagues Press for Dedicated, Flexible State and Local Government Emergency Funding

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and 31 Senators in advocating for state, local, and tribal governments to receive dedicated, flexible funding in the next COVID-19 emergency funding package. While Maryland has received some funding for state and local governments to support their COVID-19 pandemic response, state and local governments need more flexible, dedicated funding in the next emergency funding package.The Senators said in part, “On behalf of … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Blumenthal, Senators Press Navy for Answers About COVID-19 Outbreak & Sailors’ Safety as More Test Positive

With more than 600 USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT Sailors testing positive for COVID-19 and outbreaks on four aircraft carriers, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of 18 Senators in calling on the Navy to protect its personnel and to answer urgent questions about safety protocols in place to prevent further spread of the virus among others in its fleet.  “[T]he Navy must reconsider its current assumption that servicemembers are at low-risk for serious … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Van Hollen Calls For Immediate Funding, Fixes to Small Business Relief Programs

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement calling for increased funding and legislative fixes to address the needs of small businesses impacted by the coronavirus:“Small businesses need relief and fast. I hear daily from local businesses across Maryland about roadblocks to loans and delays in receiving funds. That’s why we need to fix the problems with the Paycheck Protection Program now. Both the Congress and the Administration must immediately take … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Raskin, Trone Press Administration for Urgent Fixes to PPP to Help Maryland Small Businesses

Today, U.S Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, pressing them to immediately update guidance to address urgent concerns expressed to the Members by Maryland small business owners. As noted in their letter, small businesses continue to face serious challenges with the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including the disbursement and use of the PPP … Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Urge Governor to Address Rapidly Spreading COVID-19 Outbreak at State Prisons

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie B. Raskin, Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.) sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, urging him to take steps to address the outbreak of COVID-19 within the State’s prisons. As the Members note, an outbreak within Maryland’s prison system threatens not only those incarcerated, but also corrections employees and the surrounding communities. … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces more than $45 Million for Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $45,657,990 for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund through the U.S. Department of Education. Provided through the CARES Act, the $3 billion allocated nationally through this fund is intended to support school districts and … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Baldwin, Murray, Colleagues Press President Trump For Answers on Mismanagement of the Strategic National Stockpile

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and 16 Senate colleagues in calling on President Trump to provide answers on his administration’s mismanagement of the Strategic National Stockpile, which has left states without the federal assistance and supplies they need to combat this virus and save lives. “The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the overall health and safety of families across the country, in every single state. Dozens of states … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Durbin, Senators Press President Trump to Automatically Extend Work Authorizations for DACA & TPS Recipients Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As our nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and 36 other Senators in a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to automatically extend work authorizations for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients and other impacted immigrants.More than 200,000 DACA recipients are working in occupational areas the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) … Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Klobuchar, Cole, Finkenauer, Schneider, Colleagues Urge Administration to Increase Number of Doctors Available to Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representatives Tom Cole (R-OK-04), Abby Finkenauer (D-IA-01), and Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), along with colleagues in both the House and Senate wrote to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) urging the Administration to waive restrictions that prevent doctors on certain employment-based visas - including doctors in the Conrad 30 program - from providing medical care at locations or in specialties other … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $107 Million in COVID-19 Economic Relief for State Airports

The full Maryland Congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone, today announced the award of $107,731,472 for Maryland airports through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This funding includes $87,643,261 for Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International (BWI). The … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Maryland Delegation Urges HHS to Provide Emergency COVID-19 Funds to Hospitals, Health Care Providers, and Entities that Need Them Most

The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar urging him to target future monies from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF) toward Maryland hospitals, health care providers, and other health care … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Hassan, Colleagues Raise Concerns Over EPA's Refusal to Strengthen Air Quality Standards Amid COVID-19

Following the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) refusal to strengthen ambient air quality standards despite research showing its link to higher COVID-19 mortality, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a group of their colleagues in raising concerns about the decision.“Today, EPA announced its decision to maintain current national ambient air quality standards that EPA’s own scientists say fail to protect public health - and that research links with … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Federal Delegation Offers Support, Assistance to Maryland Department of Labor to Ensure Marylanders Receive Critically Needed Unemployment Benefits

Today, the full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone, sent a letter to Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson to offer support and assistance in ensuring Marylanders are able to receive unemployment benefits that are critically needed by many at this time. As noted in their letter, the … Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Call for Boosted Lifeline Assistance Funding to Keep Americans Connected

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of 26 senators in calling on Congressional leadership to commit at least $1 billion in funding for the Lifeline program in future coronavirus relief to meet the new connectivity needs of Americans. Since 1985, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s Lifeline program has made basic internet and telephone service more affordable for low-income Americans.“The Coronavirus and resulting public safety measures … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Maryland Delegation Calls for NOAA to Expedite Distribution of Relief Funds for U.S. Fisheries

Team Maryland, the full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, have written to Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Chris Oliver, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), urging coordination with states to quickly allocate assistance and inclusion of Maryland’s … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Democratic Colleagues Press Trump Administration to Ensure Workers Receive Unemployment Benefits

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today joined 32 Democratic Senate colleagues in pressing the Department of Labor to ensure workers Congress intended to be covered by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program receive the benefits they deserve. “[P]arts of the guidance appear narrow or ambiguous, which could make states think they need to exclude workers who Congress clearly intended to receive unemployment compensation through the Pandemic Unemployment … Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown, Murkowski, Stabenow, Colleagues Press USDA in Bipartisan Letter to Provide Relief for Local Farmers During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), along with a bipartisan group of senators, in urging the Trump Administration to provide relief for local farmers who are struggling as the nation works to combat the spread of COVID-19. In a letter sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, the senators urged USDA to ensure that a portion of the $9.5 billion they secured in the Coronavirus … Continue Reading

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