Press Releases

June 28, 2021

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $98 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding for Airports Across the State

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown, and Reps. Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-MD) announced $98,263,281 in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan for Maryland airports, supporting tens of thousands of local jobs.“As our country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must continue to invest in our airport infrastructure to better manage the expected influx of … Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

Prince George’s County Delegation Members Announce More Than $5 Million for Electric Buses

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) announced $5,150,000 in federal funding to purchase electric buses and charging stations, replacing existing diesel buses, in Prince George's County.“Communities of color are more susceptible to environmental injustices and the harmful effects of climate change, such as poor air quality. That is why this new round of federal funding to purchase electric buses is not only a … Continue Reading


June 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Murphy Call on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Address Medical Debt, Increase Transparency as Americans Face Steep Bills in the Wake of COVID-19

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to address medical debt as Americans face steep bills, especially as a result of COVID-19. In a letter to Acting Director Dave Uejio, the Senators specifically request that CFPB take several actions … Continue Reading


June 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Toomey Urge Pres. Biden to Hold CCP Accountable for Apple Daily Shutdown

In the wake of the forced closure of Apple Daily, the last pro-democracy newspaper in Hong Kong, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) are urging President Biden to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable by using the Hong Kong Autonomy Act to identify and sanction individuals and entities responsible.In a letter to President Biden, the Senators wrote: “The newspaper Apple Daily has long been a voice in support of democracy and individual freedom in Hong … Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Murphy, Moran, Colleagues Urge Blinken to Help Americans Living Abroad Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and a group of bipartisan Senators sent a letter on Thursday to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on him to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts for the nine million Americans living abroad.The senators urged the Administration to donate supplemental doses to U.S. embassies and consulates in coordination with the Department of Defense, prioritizing the vaccination of Americans living in countries … Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Biden Administration Commitments to Combat Gun Crime and Enhance Public Safety

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following statement Thrusday:“We welcome the release of the President Biden’s comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to gun violence and ensure public safety. There is no single cause of gun violence that has plagued our city, making such an aggressive, all-of-government response the most promising approach. We are encouraged that Mayor Brandon Scott participated in yesterday’s event with President Joe Biden … Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Fischer Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Require Transparency in Corporate Stock Trading

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) reintroduced their bipartisan Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act, legislation to bring greater transparency to corporate stock trading. As we’ve seen repeatedly over the last year, while the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) prohibits the purchase or sale of securities based on non-public information, current regulations do not prevent corporate executives from gaming the system. Right … Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Fischer Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Require Transparency in Corporate Stock Trading

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) reintroduced their bipartisan Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act, legislation to bring greater transparency to corporate stock trading. As we’ve seen repeatedly over the last year, while the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) prohibits the purchase or sale of securities based on non-public information, current regulations do not prevent corporate executives from gaming the system. Right … Continue Reading


June 24, 2021

House Passes Van Hollen, Brown Legislation to Strike Down Trump-era “Rent-A-Bank” Rule, Sending It to the President’s Desk

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) applauded the bipartisan House passage of their resolution to repeal the Trump Administration’s so-called True Lender Rule through the use of the Congressional Review Act. This regulation, finalized in the last months of the prior Administration, allows predatory lenders to skirt state laws meant to curb interest rates on … Continue Reading


June 23, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $10 Million In American Rescue Plan Funding for Head Start Programs Across the State

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), and David Trone (MD-06) announced $10,155,895 in funding through the American Rescue Plan for Maryland’s Head Start programs. “Maryland’s children have faced extraordinary challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This new round of American Rescue Plan funding makes a … Continue Reading


June 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Senate Confirmation of Judge Deborah Boardman for U.S. District Court of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Holle and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate's confirmation of U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland. “Judge Deborah Boardman is an incredibly qualified and experienced jurist and we look forward to her years of service as a U.S. District Judge,” the senators said after the confirmation vote. “As a sitting magistrate judge and former public defender in Maryland, we know that Judge Boardman … Continue Reading


June 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Lummis introduce bill to name Cheyenne federal building after Women’s Rights Pioneer Louisa Swain

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced a bill to honor Louisa Swain, a catalyst for women’s suffrage in the United States, by naming a federal building in Cheyenne, Wyoming, after her. In 1869, Wyoming became the first state or territory in the U.S. to recognize women’s voting rights as equal to the voting rights of men, and Louisa Swain was the first woman to cast the historic first vote under that law on September 6, 1870.At 70 years old, Swain - a Laramie … Continue Reading


June 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on Biden to Extend Pause on Student Loan Payments

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Representative Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), and a number of his colleagues in a bicameral letter urging President Biden to extend the pause on federal student loan payments until at least March 31, 2022.During the coronavirus pandemic, executive actions by the Department of Education and the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief … Continue Reading


June 23, 2021

Van Hollen, Menendez, Casey Renew Push for Increased Transparency in Federal Spending on Children

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) reintroduced the Focus on Children Act and the Children’s Budget Act, a renewed legislative push to increase transparency about federal investments in children. These bills would require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) respectively to produce annual, public reports on proposed and actual federal investments in children’s programs geared towards promoting the … Continue Reading


June 22, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Lead Watershed-Wide Push to Increase Funding for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) led Democratic senators from throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in urging the leadership of the Senate Committee on Appropriations to support strong funding levels for several agencies and programs vital to the recovery and stewardship of the Chesapeake Bay. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen were joined on a recent letter by Senators Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey Jr. (Penn.), Mark Warner (Va.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Joe … Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Van Hollen, Colleagues Make Bipartisan Push for Faster Relief for Struggling Live Event Venues

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and a number of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to disburse Shuttered Venue Operator Grant funding to struggling live entertainment venues as soon as possible. The legislation that created this program, the Save Our Stages Act, was signed into law more than six months ago, and event … Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $7.8 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Strengthen Regional Vaccination Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $7,787,892 in American Rescue Plan funding to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines in underserved and minority communities across the region. “While the American Rescue Plan has helped accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination effort in Maryland, far too many communities - and especially … Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Van Hollen Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Provide Transparency on Corporate Use of Tax Havens, Offshoring of Jobs

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) applauded the House passage the Tax Havens and Offshoring Act, within the broader ESG Disclosure Simplification Act. This legislation, introduced by Senator Van Hollen and Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) will provide investors and the public with transparency on corporations’ use of tax havens and tax incentives to outsource American jobs. The bill requires public corporations to disclose their financial reporting on a country-by-country basis so Americans … Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Senate Confirmation of Judge Lydia Griggsby for U.S. District Court of Maryland Seat

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate’s confirmation of U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Lydia Griggsby to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland. The Senate confirmed the nomination by a bipartisan vote of 59 to 39. Judge Griggsby, who was born in Baltimore and currently resides in Silver Spring, will be the first Black woman and first woman of color to serve as a federal district court judge in Maryland.“Today is a proud … Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

On 9th Anniversary of DACA, Van Hollen, Cortez Masto, Colleagues Call to Fix DACA Program, Address Delays

On the 9th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program being announced, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in calling on the Biden Administration to address the extreme backlog for DACA applicants and reduce wait times for DACA renewals. Current delays are a result of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies and the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to negatively impact the immigrant … Continue Reading

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