Press Releases

April 28, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Welcome Expansion of Federal Second Chance Pell Experiment to Maryland HBCUs

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) welcomed the selection of two of Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Bowie State University (BSU) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), to participate in the Second Chance Pell Experiment by the U.S. Department of Education. This experiment, established under the Obama administration, allows eligible incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants to fund their … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Call on DeVos to Reverse Course and Allow DACA Students to Access Emergency Financial Aid Secured in CARES Act

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined colleagues in calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to access emergency financial aid grant funding secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “DACA recipients came to this country as children and make extraordinary contributions to our communities and our economy,” wrote the senators to Secretary DeVos. “During this … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Van Hollen Applauds Fed Decision to Expand COVID-19 Relief to More Cities, Counties

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) decision to reduce population requirements for cities and counties to receive relief from the Municipal Liquidity Facility. This program, created under the CARES Act, allows the Fed to purchase up to $500 billion of debt from eligible cities and counties. However, under the Fed’s previous guidance, only 15 counties and 10 cities across the United States would be eligible for the program. On April 17, Senator Van … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Van Hollen, Gardner Call for Establishing 9-8-8 Suicide Hotline in Next COVID-19 Relief Package in Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and a number of their colleagues in a bipartisan, bicameral push to include S. 2661, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, in the next COVID-19 relief package. “We write to request the inclusion of S. 2661/ H.R. 4194, the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, in the next COVID-19 relief package. The creation of this three-digit dialing code is essential in order to address the growing suicide crisis across the … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $664,000 to Help Anne Arundel Medical Center Expand Telehealth Capabilities and Fight COVID-19

Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced that Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) will receive $664,606 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to invest in video telehealth services as part of AAMC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will allow AAMC to deploy telehealth technology to diagnose and treat COVID-19 … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $200 Million in COVID-19 Relief for School Districts

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 $207,834,058 for Maryland school districts through the U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Education Relief Fund (ESSER). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created this fund to allow … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Maryland Delegation Urges Administration to Release Nursing Home COVID-19 Response Funds

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin along with Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone urged Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to immediately distribute funds included in the CARES Act to support efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes.“As you know, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act [P.L. … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Cortez Masto, Colleagues Urge Congress to Provide Housing Support for Domestic Violence Survivors During Coronavirus Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and 21 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leaders, asking that future legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic also include resources to meet domestic and sexual violence survivors’ urgent housing needs, which have been exacerbated by stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and the ongoing economic upheaval caused by COVID-19. “Communities need a surge of resources to meet survivors’ … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Van Hollen Calls on HHS, CDC to Build Out System to Track Coronavirus

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Tom Carper (D-DE) have sent a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging them to build on their existing reportable disease systems to better trace COVID-19 infections. In their letter, the Senators call on CDC and HHS to establish a system to receive data on who has developed antibodies to the virus and track immunity. In addition to … Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Call for Families to Receive Promised COVID-19 Stimulus Payments for Their Children as Quickly as Possible

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined colleagues in calling on the U.S. Treasury Department to ensure that families that are not required to file taxes and will automatically receive their COVID-19 stimulus payment do not need to wait until next year to receive the additional $500 payment per dependent child that they were promised. “We write to express our concern that without additional action from your agencies, many families who receive Social Security benefits … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Van Hollen, Manchin, Colleagues Call in Bipartisan Letter for Relief for Rural Broadcasters, Local Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Steve Daines (R-MT), Gary Peters (D-MI), John Barrasso (R-WY), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and 73 other Senators in calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Senators said in part, “Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Maryland Delegation Calls on Trump Administration to Increase Federal Support for Firefighters

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), today sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Gaynor urging him to waive all state and local cost-share requirements for federal firefighting assistance through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). Local firefighters are on the front lines in every … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Van Hollen, Peters, Menendez Push to Waive Cost-Sharing Requirements for States Battling COVID-19 Amid Growing Calls for Administration Action

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), along with a number of their colleagues, called on President Trump to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive all cost-share requirements for states responding to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency related to the outbreak, authorizing federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts. Despite continued … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Van Hollen Presses GSA for Information on Trump Organization’s Attempt to Seek Loan Relief from Trump Administration

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Administrator Emily Murphy of the General Services Administration (GSA) pressing for more information on the Trump Organization's efforts to obtain relief from the Trump Administration on required lease payments for the Trump International Hotel. In addition to Administrator Murray, the Senator also copied GSA Inspector General Carol Ochoa on his request. GSA currently leases the Old Post Office Building in Washington, D.C. to the … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Express Concern Over Recent Reports of Veterans’ Mortgage Forbearance Issues and Retaliation During COVID-19 Crisis

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Anthony G. Brown, Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, David Trone and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) wrote to United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie to express concerns that loan servicers are not allowing veterans with VA Home Loans to access forbearance relief during the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act included protection for borrowers with federally backed mortgage loans who are experiencing … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $422,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funding for Legal Aid Services

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 $422,690 in federal funding for Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) to provide legal services to low-income Marylanders. Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which authorized $50 million nationwide to the … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Van Hollen, Durbin, Colleagues Push Treasury to Ensure Americans Without Broadband Can Receive Economic Impact Payments

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with 21 of their Senate colleagues, in urging the Department of Treasury to increase its efforts to make Economic Impact Payments available to the most vulnerable populations-including those without access to the internet who cannot file a tax return electronically. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Durbin and the Senators highlighted that at least 21 million Americans are without high-speed internet … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce Nearly $90,000 for COVID-19 Public Health Research at University of Maryland, College Park

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $89,240 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park to conduct public health research related to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This project will use data on individuals' mobility and the spread of COVID-19 to help improve our ability to understand and respond to rapidly spreading pandemics. "Gathering real-time … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Markey Continue Efforts to Mobilize Americans in Fight Against Coronavirus

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ed Markey (D-MA) joined Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) in announcing legislation to mobilize and recruit Americans in the response to COVID-19. The Senators’ legislation would create both a Health Force and a Resilience Force to recruit, train, and employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in order to provide public health capacity for the surge in COVID-19 patients, prepare for future public health care needs, and … Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Gardner, Colleagues Make Bipartisan Push to Increase Critical Funds for Suicide Prevention Amid Pandemic

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Jerry Moran (R-KS), along with 9 of their colleagues, in a bipartisan push to provide the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) with $80 million to support critical suicide prevention activities amid a public health crisis that is upending the social and financial stability of countless Americans. The letter, which was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell … Continue Reading

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