Press Releases

July 16, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Harris Announce More Than $4,500 to Support Elkton First Responders

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) announced $4,527.27 in federal funds for the William M. Singerly Steam Fire Engine, Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 in Elkton, Md. “Each and every day, Maryland’s firefighters put themselves on the front lines to protect the public. Their work has been crucial to our COVID-19 response, as they often respond to a range of calls including health emergencies. This funding will ensure that our local … Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Following Calls from Senators Van Hollen and Hassan, FERC Rejects Petition Aimed at Upending States’ Net Metering Programs

Following calls from U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and 20 of their colleagues, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) voted unanimously to reject a petition by the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) that would have upended states’ net metering programs. Net metering allows consumers and businesses who generate some or all of their own electricity, particularly through wind and solar energy … Continue Reading

July 15, 2020

Van Hollen, Reed, Collins Push to Boost Immunization Infrastructure

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with a number of their Senate colleagues, are calling for Congress to provide at least $5.6 billion in federal funding to develop and support COVID-19 vaccine infrastructure. The lawmakers say the funds are needed to boost the nation’s vaccine supply and distribution system and should be included in the next coronavirus relief package. The federal funds could be used for distribution, provider training, … Continue Reading

July 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Toomey Hong Kong Autonomy Act Signed Into Law

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statements on their bipartisan Hong Kong Autonomy Act being signed into law: “Today, the United States made clear to China that it cannot continue its assault on freedom and human rights in Hong Kong without severe repercussions. The Chinese government’s aggression merits this swift rebuke. I appreciate Senator Toomey’s partnership on this effort. Now that the President has signed our Hong Kong Autonomy Act into … Continue Reading

July 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Carper Lead Democratic Senators in Push for Interior to Reverse Course on Harmful Migratory Bird Treaty Act Changes

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) led a group of 20 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt voicing their concerns with the draft Environmental Impact Statement for DOI’s proposed rule implementing changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The proposed rule would undermine a longstanding interpretation of the MBTA that holds companies responsible for oil spills and other actions that … Continue Reading

July 14, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $1.5 Million to Support STEM Education in Baltimore City

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $1.5 million in federal funding for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs in Baltimore City.“In order to cultivate a new and diverse generation of STEM innovators, we must break down the systemic barriers that deny communities of color the opportunity to access these cutting-edge careers,” the lawmakers said. “This … Continue Reading

July 14, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Cortez Masto Urge Mnuchin and Powell to Provide Greater Financial Assistance to State and Local Governments

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) have sent a letter to Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell and Department of Treasury (Treasury) Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging that they provide greater financial assistance to state and local governments in the current economic downturn. The letter notes the importance of aggressive Fed and Treasury efforts to help cash-strapped state and local governments, while acknowledging … Continue Reading

July 13, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces $300,000 for University of Maryland Bee Research

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) today announced an award of $299,159 for the University of Maryland College Park through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for a research project focused on predicting and mitigating honey bee colony losses.“Agriculture - a leading economic driver in … Continue Reading

July 10, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $6.5 Million for Early Childhood Education in Montgomery County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $6,461,772 in federal funding for early childhood education in Montgomery County, Maryland. Awards include new funding for Montgomery County ($5,008,065) through the Head Start program and continuation funding for the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants & Young Children in Rockville ($1,453,707) through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership.“Too often, academic … Continue Reading

July 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Schumer Demand Opportunity to Review Any Relevant President’s Daily Briefs and Other Key NSC Materials Related to Reports on Russia’s Operation to Offer Bounties for Killing American Troops

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) sent a letter to President Donald Trump demanding information related to the intelligence that Russia has been covertly offering bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. servicemembers deployed to Afghanistan. The Senators are requesting that the Administration immediately make available any relevant President’s Daily Briefs and all related materials from National Security Council meetings. They are also calling for … Continue Reading

July 10, 2020

Van Hollen, Smith Urge Secretary Carson to Extend Critical Deadline for Housing Counseling Organizations Who Risk Losing Funding

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) pressed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson to extend the upcoming August 1, 2020 deadline for housing counselor certification for HUD’s Housing Counseling Assistance Program by at least one year. While counseling agencies have been working hard to get members of their organization certified, many agencies will be unable to complete this process before August 1 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) … Continue Reading

July 10, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $6 Million for Early Childhood Education in Baltimore Area

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $6,008,317 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the Y of Central Maryland. “Early childhood education not only puts students on a successful path inside and outside of the classroom, but also helps close the academic achievement gaps - driven by racial and socioeconomic inequities - that have long plagued America’s … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Senate and House Democrats Urge ICE and DHS to Immediately Withdraw New Guidance that Threatens International Students with Deportation

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with more than 90 other Senate and House Democrats, sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), urging the agencies to withdraw new guidance issued by ICE that imperils the status of international students who would be studying online at U.S. institutions this coming academic year. The guidance threatens international students with … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Writes to Governor Hogan Expressing Concern with His Plan for the November 3 Election

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD), and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John P. Sarbanes (MD-03), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Jamie B. Raskin (MD-08), David Trone (MD-06), and Kweisi Mfume (MD-07) wrote to Governor Larry Hogan today to express their concern with his plan to proceed with in-person voting for the November 3 general election. The lawmakers called on Governor Hogan to rescind his directive and issue new guidance to maximize … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge USCIS to Eliminate Harmful Policies that Have Undermined the Agency’s Budget, Threatened Employees’ Livelihoods, and Hurt U.S. Immigration Services

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have sent a letter to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) outlining their deep concerns around reports that USCIS has sent furlough notices to over 13,000 federal employees in light of a budget shortage, caused in large part by the USCIS’s self-imposed harmful policies. In their letter, the Senators urge USCIS to reconsider these policies and to provide Congress with more information on how they intend to utilize any … Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge Administration to Halt Haphazard Plans to Bring Thousands of Federal Employees into Offices as Nationwide COVID-19 Cases Spike

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas, urging them to reverse course on plans by several agencies to bring federal employees back to their worksites prematurely, by issuing clear guidance to extend maximum telework throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The … Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Hirono, Colleagues to Secretary Ross: Release IG Report on “Sharpiegate”

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wrote to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to demand he complete the necessary steps to make public Commerce Department Inspector General (IG) Peggy Gustafson’s report into the politicization of science … Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez Call for $32B in Transit Funding in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

Today,U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) urged Senate leadership to provide an additional $32 billion in emergency supplemental funding for public transit agencies in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. Transit agencies have been hit hard ever since stay-at-home orders were first announced in states across the country back in March, resulting in plummeting ridership and fare revenues needed to keep trains and buses running safely and on time.“Through the depths of … Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown, Hoyer Secure Provision for Family of Slain ROTC Graduate Lt. Richard Collins in House and Senate NDAA

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, along with Congressmen Anthony G. Brown and Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced that they have secured provisions within the Senate and House Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to provide the family of slain ROTC Graduate Richard W. Collins III with the benefits they’re owed following his death. The amendments were introduced by Senator Van Hollen and Congressman Brown and cosponsored by Senator Cardin and … Continue Reading

July 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Murphy, Senators to Pompeo: Call for Free & Fair Elections in Bolivia; Criticize Interim Government for Abusive Oversteps

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), urged U.S. State Department Secretary Mike Pompeo to encourage prompt, free, and fair elections in Bolivia later this year. In a letter to Pompeo, the senators expressed their increasing concern for human rights violations and curtailments of civil liberties under the guise of COVID-19 protections that are meant to … Continue Reading

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