Press Releases

August 16, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Trump Administration to Back Off Plans to Reopen Offshore Drilling

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in urging the Trump administration to back off recently-announced plans to reopen offshore drilling leases around the U.S. This move could potentially jeopardize coastal economies and the environment along the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. On June 29, President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that they are reopening the Interior … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Following Events in Charlottesville, Van Hollen Renews Call for Federal Response to Hate Crimes

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and ten Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to create an inter-agency task force to halt and reverse the tragic increase in hate crimes that has stricken the United States. The senators' call for action is made all the more urgent by the recent outburst of violent racism and domestic terrorist activity by white supremacist organizations and individuals in Charlottesville, … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

As Tensions Mount from Threat of North Korea, Senator Van Hollen Joins Congressional Delegation to Korea, Japan and China

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will join Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), as well as U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12.) and Ann Wagner (MO-02), on a Congressional delegation trip to Korea, Japan and China. The lawmakers plan to meet with elected leaders, military and government officials, and energy and technology companies, and many others to discuss the threat from North Korea to the region, security issues, diplomatic partnerships and … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

As Tensions Mount from Threat of North Korea, Senator Van Hollen Joins Congressional Delegation to Korea, Japan and China

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will join Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), as well as U.S. Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12.) and Ann Wagner (MO-02), on a Congressional delegation trip to Korea, Japan and China. The lawmakers plan to meet with elected leaders, military and government officials, and energy and technology companies, and many others to discuss the threat from North Korea to the region, security issues, diplomatic partnerships and … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Following Events in Charlottesville, Van Hollen Renews Call for Federal Response to Hate Crimes

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and ten Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to create an inter-agency task force to halt and reverse the tragic increase in hate crimes that has stricken the United States. The senators' call for action is made all the more urgent by the recent outburst of violent racism and domestic terrorist activity by white supremacist organizations and individuals in Charlottesville, … Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $358,096 to Midland Fire Company to Purchase New Fire Engine

Monday, August 14, 2017 Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced today that the Midland Fire Company of Allegany County has been awarded $358,096 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) to purchase a new pumper tanker to replace their current 1990 tanker that is outdated and in need of replacement.  “This grant will help the Midland Fire Company protect the town and surrounding … Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Demand Answers from Secretary Tom Price on Anti-Discrimination Protections in Health Care

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and 14 Senate Democrats called again on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to explain his plans for enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, and disability. Rather than enforcing this provision protecting individuals from discrimination, the Trump Administration has delayed litigation to enforce Section 1557 and repeatedly … Continue Reading


August 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.2 Million for Recruitment of Volunteer Firefighters in Prince George’s and Montgomery County

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) haveannounced that the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association and the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department have been awarded a total of $1,229,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recruit and train new volunteer firefighters. The grants will ensure adequate staffing levels to respond to fire and emergency medical calls. The Montgomery County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association has been … Continue Reading


August 13, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $358,096 to Midland Fire Company to Purchase New Fire Engine

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.)announced today that the Midland Fire Company of Allegany County has been awarded $358,096 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) to purchase a new pumper tanker to replace their current 1990 tanker that is outdated and in need of replacement. "This grant will help the Midland Fire Company protect the town and surrounding communities in Allegany County - especially areas … Continue Reading


August 11, 2017

Van Hollen, Senators Send Letter To U.S. International Trade Commission Opposing Tariffs That Would Harm Solar Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with a bipartisan group of senators, urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry. In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers-who both represent states that have a growing solar industry-expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC … Continue Reading


August 11, 2017

Van Hollen, Senators Send Letter To U.S. International Trade Commission Opposing Tariffs That Would Harm Solar Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with a bipartisan group of senators, urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry. In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers-who both represent states that have a growing solar industry-expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC … Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

Van Hollen: Sanctions, Diplomacy, Leadership Key to Lessening North Korea Threat

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen Joined MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation, the BRINK Act. Below is a transcript of the interview, and the video is available here. WILLIE GEIST, MSNBC: Joining us now from Washington, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Banking Committees, Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Senator, good to see you. Let's pick up right where we just left off, talking about North … Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

Van Hollen, Dems Continue Fight for Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and others in sending a letter to the new SEC Chair and in the reintroduction of the Shareholder Protection Act-two actions aimed at requiring public companies to disclose political spending to their shareholders. While the SEC has received more than 1.2 million public comments in favor of corporate political spending disclosure, and countless entreaties from Sen. Menendez and other Democrats, the Commission has made … Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

Van Hollen, Dems Continue Fight for Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and others in sending a letter to the new SEC Chair and in the reintroduction of the Shareholder Protection Act-two actions aimed at requiring public companies to disclose political spending to their shareholders. While the SEC has received more than 1.2 million public comments in favor of corporate political spending disclosure, and countless entreaties from Sen. Menendez and other Democrats, the Commission has made … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen on North Korea: Trump’s Words Undermine U.S. Credibility

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen discussed the escalating tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell. Below is a transcript and the video is available here. ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: Joining me now is Maryland Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen. Senator, thank you very much for being with us. Senator Feinstein made the point that it was "too bombastic" and that she thinks that diplomacy is the only path … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen Calls On Treasury Department To Stop Corporate Inversions

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and eleven of his Senate colleagues called on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reject calls to eliminate, undermine, or scale back anti-tax inversion and earnings stripping efforts and work with Congress to curb these abusive tax avoidance schemes for good. Inversions are corporate deals that allow U.S. companies to shift their corporate citizenship from the United States to a low-tax foreign jurisdiction, even while keeping their executives … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $12,490 for Antietam National Battlefield

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $6,000 grant for Antietam National Battlefield. The grant will be matched by $6,490 in partner funding from the Save Historic Antietam Foundation for a project total of $12,490. "Antietam National Battlefield is part of Maryland's rich network of historical sites that draw tourism and provide educational opportunities for visitors," said Senator Van Hollen. "This grant … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen: Sanctions, Diplomacy, Leadership Key to Lessening North Korea Threat

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen Joined MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation, the BRINK Act. Below is a transcript of the interview, and the video is available here. WILLIE GEIST, MSNBC: Joining us now from Washington, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Banking Committees, Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Senator, good to see you. Let's pick up right where we just left off, talking about North … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $12,490 for Antietam National Battlefield

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $6,000 grant for Antietam National Battlefield. The grant will be matched by $6,490 in partner funding from the Save Historic Antietam Foundation for a project total of $12,490. "Antietam National Battlefield is part of Maryland's rich network of historical sites that draw tourism and provide educational opportunities for visitors," said Senator Van Hollen. "This grant will … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen on North Korea: Trump’s Words Undermine U.S. Credibility

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen discussed the escalating tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell. Below is a transcript and the video is available here. ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: Joining me now is Maryland Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen. Senator, thank you very much for being with us. Senator Feinstein made the point that it was "too bombastic" and that she thinks that diplomacy is the only path forward. U.S. SENATOR … Continue Reading

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