Press Releases

August 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Western Maryland Area Health Education Center to Receive $1 Million in Funding to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced that Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will receive $1 million dollars in funding through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help combat the worsening opioid crisis in the region.The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to improve access and quality of care in Western Maryland, servicing Frederick, … Continue Reading


August 07, 2020

Van Hollen, Reed Push Back on Trump Administration’s Attempt to Play Political Games with the Census

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Jack Reed (D-RI) sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross urging him to reverse the Trump Administration’s decision to cut Census data collection operations short by one month. The Senators stress that the misguided decision will be devastating to the accuracy of the 2020 Census and disproportionately impact hard-to-count communities. According to estimates, for every uncounted resident Maryland risks losing out on $18,000 in federal funding … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Van Hollen Releases Statement on the Presidential Working Group on Financial Markets’ Report on Chinese Companies

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the recommendations made by the presidential Working Group on Financial Markets on reporting requirements for Chinese companies: “Today’s report is an important first step. But in order to change the status quo, and hold Chinese companies to the same standards as others, we must pass the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act. Without the added teeth of our bill, this report alone does not implement the … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Markey, Colleagues Introduce Resolution Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and 22 other Senators today introduced a Senate Resolution to recognize, commemorate, and celebrate the 55th anniversary of the enactment of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965. President Lyndon Johnson proposed the legislation just days after the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during which the late Representative John Lewis was savagely beaten by law enforcement officers while crossing the Edmund … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Merkley, Murphy, Baldwin Continue Push for Expanded Work Share Provisions in Next Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) sent a letter to Senate leadership urging the inclusion of ideas from their legislation, the Rebuilding Main Street Act, within the next relief package. The Rebuilding Main Street Act would incentivize and expand the use of the Work Share program, which allows businesses and nonprofits to bring employees back at reduced hours, while employees continue to receive unemployment … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

With In-Person Visits Suspended, Van Hollen, Klobuchar Push for Access to Free Telephone Calls and Video Conferencing for Incarcerated People in Next Relief Package

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and 12 colleagues sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urging Congress to include provisions in the next economic relief package to provide access to free phone and video calls for incarcerated people in state and local facilities during and after the coronavirus … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Schatz Introduce New Bill to Create CDFI Crisis Fund

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i) have introduced legislation to create a new $2 billion fund for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that would automatically provide capital during a natural disaster or economic crisis, giving impacted communities the support they need for a faster and fuller recovery. “CDFIs are a key vehicle for funding businesses and projects in economically underserved communities, and the recession caused by the COVID-19 … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Van Hollen, Senators Commemorate Anniversary of 1998 Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), released the following bipartisan joint statement ahead of the 22nd anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania on August 7, 1998. The Senators called on the Trump Administration and … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Members Applaud $500,000 in Housing Assistance for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) applauded the award of $500,000 in federal funds for the Salvation Army’s Next Step Program for Victims of Human Trafficking. Funds come from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking Program and will allow the Next Step Program to provide housing and employment assistance to survivors of human trafficking. “The … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Gillibrand Push for Job Creation Plan to Fight COVID-19 and Strengthen our Health and Service Systems in Next Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), as part of a working group of Senate Democrats, sent a letter to Senate and House leadership urging the inclusion of the Force to Fight COVID-19 joint proposal in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package. The proposal combines seven health and social service workforce bills - including key elements from the UNITE Act that was previously introduced by Senators Van Hollen and Markey - into one dynamic package that would … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Smith, Warren Fight to Secure Child Care Relief in Next Senate COVID-19 Stimulus Package

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led a large number of their Senate colleagues in calling on Senate leadership to prioritize the inclusion of their plan for a $50 billion child care bailout in the next coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package. The Child Care is Essential Act would stabilize the child care system, keep providers in business, and ensure parents are able to go back to work when it is safe to return. It was … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Durbin Introduce Joint Resolution to Enshrine Right to Vote in U.S. Constitution

Ahead of the 55th anniversary of the enactment of the Voting Rights Act, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a joint resolution that would finally enshrine an explicit, individual right to vote in the U.S. Constitution, and protect all Americans who seek to exercise this fundamental right. Specifically, the amendment would: Provide an affirmative right to vote for every American citizen of legal voting age in any public election held in … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Menendez, Colleagues Urge Trump Admin to Address Reports of Retaliation among Workers of Color Who Report COVID-19 Workplace Concerns

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding reports that workers of color face disproportionate acts of retaliation when reporting workplace concerns related to COVID-19. A recent report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found one in eight workers has perceived retaliatory actions from employers for raising safety concerns related to the … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Warren, Gillibrand Introduce Legislation Requiring the Fed to Close Racial Employment and Wage Gaps

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation to require the Federal Reserve to use its existing authorities to close racial employment and wage gaps and report on how the gaps change over time. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.Gaps in economic outcomes for individuals of different races and ethnicities have persisted throughout different … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Van Hollen, Harris, Menendez, Booker Introduce Legislation to Increase Diversity on CARES Oversight Commission

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the CARES Congressional Oversight Commission Diversity Act, legislation to ensure that the communities who have been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic are represented on the Congressional Oversight Commission. The Coronavirus crisis has disproportionally impacted Black, Latinx, Pacific Islander, and Native American individuals; however, the current makeup … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $500,000 in Housing Assistance for Survivors of Human Trafficking in Montgomery, Prince George’s Counties

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 $500,000 in federal funds for the University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom, and Empowerment Center for Human Trafficking Survivors (SAFE Center). Funds come from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking Program and will allow the SAFE Center, in partnership with the … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Van Hollen, Cardin Press for Vital Education, Child Care Funds in Next Relief Package

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate leadership urging the inclusion of crucial funding for child care, K-12 and higher education within the next COVID-19 relief package. In their letter, the Senators underscored the urgent need for these funds across Maryland and highlighted a number of priorities they are pressing to include. The Senators write, “Parents and educators have made extraordinary efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, doing … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Van Hollen, Democrats Send Letter to Secretary Perdue Expressing Concern About Increasing Food Insecurity in Maryland and the District of Columbia

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger , John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-MD), as well as Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue expressing their serious concern about actions taken by USDA that will increase food insecurity in Maryland and the District of Columbia."At the start of the … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Van Hollen, Brown, Colleagues Urge Next Coronavirus Relief Package to Ban Arbitration Clauses Attached to Needed Benefits

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the Banking Committee, and Bob Menendez, a senior member of the both the Banking and Finance Committee, led its Democratic members in urging lead negotiators of the next COVID-19 stimulus package to prohibit the Federal Government from attaching forced arbitration agreements to any form of benefit payments to Americans. Last March, the … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Van Hollen, Wyden, Feinstein Take Action to Protect Health Care Freedoms in Court

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) this week filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals with 23 Senate Democrats to support litigation that would overturn a Trump administration rule that would threaten access to health care for millions of Americans. “HHS impermissibly sought to override Congress’s policymaking decisions and prioritize the Administration’s policy objectives over those established by Congress,” the … Continue Reading

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