Press Releases

March 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Durbin, Leahy, Padilla, Merkley, Colleagues Encourage Biden Administration’s Efforts To Provide A Just Resolution For Families Separated Under The Former President’s Cruel “Zero-Tolerance” Policy

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) sent a letter to President Biden voicing their support for his Administration's continued efforts to provide a just resolution for families who were separated under former President Trump's cruel and ineffective "zero-tolerance" policy. In their letter, the Senators cite the harm created by the Trump Administration's practice of forcibly removing … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown Announce Major Step Forward for New, Consolidated FBI Headquarters in Omnibus FY 2022 Funding Package

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) secured the inclusion of language to advance the process for a new, consolidated Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in the Omnibus FY2022 funding package that the President signed into law today. The language focuses the site selection process to the three sites previously identified after an exhaustive process by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the FBI … Continue Reading


March 15, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Bipartisan, Bicameral Colleagues Call for IRS to Address Ongoing Concerns and Processing Delays

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan and bicameral group of over 100 colleagues in a letter to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that reiterates ongoing taxpayer concerns and urges the agency to address customer service and processing issues. Senator Cardin is a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that oversees the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Senator Van Hollen chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and … Continue Reading


March 14, 2022

Van Hollen, Rosen, Rounds Issue Bipartisan Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Requesting Information on Efforts to Protect the United States from Russian Cyber Threats

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security requesting information on efforts to protect the United States from Russian cyber and disinformation threats. The letter references past Russian cyber operations - such as the SolarWinds attack - as evidence of their history of engaging in malicious cyber activities that target the United States. The bipartisan letter, led by Senators Rosen and … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $11 Million in Direct Investments for Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland Community Projects in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that over $11 million in direct federal funding for local projects in Anne Arundel County and across the Southern Maryland region was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. Overall, the Senators secured over $104 million in federal dollars directly for Maryland in the omnibus. The bill now goes to President Biden to be signed into law. … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Nearly $9 Million in Direct Investments for Western Maryland Community Projects in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that nearly $9 million in direct federal funding for local projects across the Western Maryland region was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development. Overall, the Senators secured over $104 million in federal … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $9.5 Million in Direct Investments for Eastern Shore Community Projects in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that over $9.5 million in direct federal funding for local projects across the Eastern Shore region was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development to supporting local schools and universities. Overall, the … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Over $25 Million in Direct Investments for Community Projects in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that over $25 million in direct federal funding for local projects in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities ranging from infrastructure improvements to economic development to supporting local schools and universities. Overall, … Continue Reading


March 11, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Secure Nearly $50 Million in Direct Investments for Baltimore Region Community Projects in FY2022 Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that nearly $50 million in direct federal funding for local projects across the Baltimore region was included within the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding legislation, which the Senators voted to pass Thursday evening. The projects encompass a wide array of local and regional priorities, ranging from public safety to education to infrastructure to economic development to community health. Overall, the Senators secured … Continue Reading


March 10, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Passage of 2022 Funding Legislation, Including Ukraine Support and VAWA Reauthorization

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the Senate's passage of the fiscal year 2022 omnibus funding bill, including funding to support Ukraine and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act: "My top priority has been to fight for the things that matter most to the people of our communities, our state, and our country. This legislation meets that test. It delivers increased resources to better educate our children, strengthen our … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Senate Passes Resolution Backed by Van Hollen, Cardin Condemning Threats Against HBCUs

The United States Senate passed a bipartisan resolution to condemn recent bomb threats towards Historically-Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and to reaffirm the duty of the federal government to protect college students, faculty, and staff against acts of violence. U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) both cosponsored the resolution which responds to the multiple bomb threats throughout Black History Month directed towards HBCUs, including Maryland's own Bowie … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Van Hollen, Brown Introduce Bill To Protect Consumers By Banning Forced Arbitration

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Committee have introduced the Arbitration Fairness for Consumers Act, legislation to prohibit banks and other financial institutions from using forced arbitration clauses against consumers who want to seek restitution and justice. Today, during a hearing in the Committee, Senator Van Hollen highlighted the story of an 87-year-old … Continue Reading


March 08, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces More than $38 Million in Reimbursement Funds for Statewide COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $38,274,762 in federal funds to reimburse state and local governments across Maryland for their COVID-19 response efforts. Funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as authorized through Section 403 of the Robert T. Stafford Act. … Continue Reading


March 07, 2022

Maryland Delegation Announces Over $120 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to WMATA

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $120,145,016 in additional American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Funding will help strengthen Metro train operations and rider safety, avoid service cuts and increase workforce retention. "A safe and reliable Metro system is essential for Marylanders and the region," … Continue Reading


March 04, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Push to Reauthorize Baltimore National Heritage Area

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Kweisi Mfume, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) introduced legislation (S. 3744/H.R. 6931) to reauthorize the National Park Service designation of the Baltimore National Heritage Area, allowing for continued federal support of local agencies and non-profits in their efforts to preserve and promote Baltimore's pivotal role in our nation's story. The Baltimore National Heritage Area serves as the coordinating agency … Continue Reading


March 04, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Resolution Calling For War Crimes Accountability

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and a bipartisan group of senators have introduced a Senate resolution calling for Vladimir Putin and members of his regime to be held accountable for the numerous acts of war, aggression, and human rights abuses that have been conducted under his watch. The resolution: Strongly condemns the ongoing violence, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and systematic human rights abuses … Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Maryland and Virginia Senators Announce More than $120 Million for WMATA

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) announced $120,145,016 in federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This funding, awarded through the Department of Transportation (DOT), was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP) supported by the Senators and signed by President Joe Biden. "One year ago, we voted to pass a historic piece of legislation to help strengthen our nation … Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Brown and Raskin Announce $1.7 Billion to Advance the Purple Line

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie B. Raskin (all D-Md.) announced a $1.7 billion Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) federal loan to advance the construction of the Purple Line, after significant delays since the construction began in 2017. The Purple Line, a 16.2 mile east-west light rail line between Bethesda in Montgomery County and New Carrollton in Prince George's County, will join … Continue Reading


March 03, 2022

Van Hollen, Gillibrand, Murkowski, Moore, Young Urge USDA To Update The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program For Women, Infants, And Children (Wic) Food Packages, Ensure Access To Healthy Food For Low-Income Families

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.) and Representatives Don Young (R-Ark.-At Large) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.-4) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to issue the proposed rule, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children: Revisions in the WIC Food Packages. WIC is one of the most successful federally funded nutrition programs in the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2022

Van Hollen, Gillibrand, Brown, Bowman Lead Fight for Community School Funding

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. (N.Y.-16) sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee leadership urging them to include $443 million for community schools in the FY22 budget. There are 300 community schools serving Maryland students across 16 counties and Baltimore City. "Community Schools use evidence-based, comprehensive leadership practices to treat schools as community hubs and … Continue Reading

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