Press Releases

June 02, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Bennet, Crapo, Colleagues in Requesting Full Funding for the PILT Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues urged U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, to fully fund the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for fiscal year (FY) 2022. PILT provides payments to counties with non-taxable federal land within their borders to offset the … Continue Reading


June 01, 2021

Van Hollen, Kaine, Murphy, Merkley, and Colleagues Urge Blinken to Take Immediate Steps to Address the Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) led a letter with over a dozen of their Senate colleagues urging U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken to immediately take steps to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. In their letter, the Senators urge Secretary Blinken to support immediate emergency relief and humanitarian access, robustly fund humanitarian efforts, and restore the U.S. diplomatic presence on the ground. … Continue Reading


June 01, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $28 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funding to Address Health Disparities in Minority and Rural Communities

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) announced nearly $28 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding designed to reduce health disparities by strengthening health equity initiatives in high-risk and underserved communities across the state. “This new round of federal COVID-19 assistance will help address the … Continue Reading


May 29, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hirono Introduce Resolution Commemorating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) in introducing a resolution commemorating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The resolution highlights the contributions to our country by generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. In March, Senators Van Hollen, and Cardin also joined Senator Hirono to introduce the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, legislation to address the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes that … Continue Reading


May 28, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Biden Budget

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s proposed Fiscal Year 2022 budget:“As our country works to build back from the COVID-19 pandemic, we face an opportunity to create a better, stronger, more inclusive economy. Now is the time to invest boldly in our families, workforce, and our future - while tackling the challenges our country faces ranging from our crumbling infrastructure, to our underfunded public schools system, to … Continue Reading


May 28, 2021

Van Hollen Statement on Republican Filibuster of January 6th Commission

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding Republicans’ filibuster of legislation to establish an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th attacks on our Capitol:“Today is a dark day for the United States Senate. The American people deserve the truth about the January 6th attack on the Capitol. This bipartisan commission is the way to get that - and to prevent another assault on our democracy. But Republicans … Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin, Velázquez Lead Colleagues in Calling on President Biden to Review Countries for Temporary Protected Status

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Representative Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) today led their colleagues in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in calling on President Biden and DHS Secretary Mayorkas to use the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program broadly and boldly to safeguard vulnerable people.“We respectfully request that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the U.S. State Department and U.S. Citizenship and … Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Van Hollen Introduces Legislation to Support Federal Infrastructure and Reduce Wasteful Spending

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced new legislation to improve the funding process for large federal building projects and reduce wasteful spending on expensive leases. Over the long-term, it is often less expensive for the federal government to construct or purchase a building rather than leasing it. However, since budget scorekeeping rules charge the purchase price as a lump sum within a single year, Congress and federal agencies sometimes opt for leases that spread a … Continue Reading


May 27, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $796,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Mental Health Training Across State

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 more than $796,000 in American Rescue Plan funding to expand mental and behavioral health training across the state. “This new funding from the American Rescue Plan will aid our public health workforce and higher education institutions in meeting the increased demand for mental health … Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Senators Introduce Bipartisan ‘Bridge Investment Act’ to Provide Significant Federal Investment In Bridge Repair

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rob Portman (R-OH), John Boozman (R-AR), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced their bipartisan Bridge Investment Act ahead of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee highway markup this week. This bill would establish a competitive … Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Menendez, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Freedom of the Press around the World

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and a group of 10 Senate colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution in recognition of burgeoning threats to freedoms of the press and expression around the world. The bipartisan resolution maintains the centrality of an independent press to the health of democracy and reaffirms freedom of the press as a … Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Van Hollen, Warner Introduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Bill to Assist Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) along with Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement (SEEE) Act, which aims to restore the health of the Bay Watershed, strengthen fisheries management, and expand environmental education programs for residents across the Bay Watershed. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of … Continue Reading


May 25, 2021

Van Hollen Joins Blumenthal, Jayapal & Murphy In Introducing The Safe Gun Storage Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) and Chris Murphy (D-Ct.) and U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) in introducing legislation directing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish safety standards for firearm locks and firearm safes.An estimated 4.6 million American minors live in a household with a firearm. According to a 2018 Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health survey, 54 percent of gun owners report … Continue Reading


May 24, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $36 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Statewide COVID-19 Response Efforts

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.) today announced $36,358,851 in American Rescue Plan funding to support our state’s pandemic response. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a part of the Public Health Crisis Response program, launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to expand lab … Continue Reading


May 24, 2021

Van Hollen, Schatz Reintroduce Legislation to Protect Census and Ensure Any Future Proposed Changes Are Studied and Tested

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) in reintroducing the Census Improving Data and Enhanced Accuracy (Census IDEA) Act, legislation that would protect the accuracy of future censuses and ensure any proposed changes to the count are properly studied, researched, and tested.Under the last administration, then-Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross proposed a new addition to the census that would have likely influenced the accuracy of the survey. Without proper … Continue Reading


May 21, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud Deployment of Peace Corps Volunteers to Maryland to Bolster COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the Federal Emergency Manage Agency’s (FEMA) announcement that 65 Peace Corps Response volunteers will be deployed to Maryland to help with COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The volunteers, who will serve three-month assignments, will be organized by FEMA in mobile teams focusing on urgent needs and engaging in logistics, outreach, education, and language support for under-served communities across the state, removing barriers to … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Seek Clarity to Ensure Agencies are Fully Implementing Biden Executive Order Restoring Federal Employees’ Collective Bargaining Rights

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) sent a letter to Kathleen McGettigan, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regarding President Biden’s directive in an Executive Order to expand obligations for federal agencies to bargain with unions representing their workforce. The Senators’ letter requests clarity on this provision in response to concerns they’ve received from constituents who were refused the opportunity to bargain over a new … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Cardin Call for Increased Federal Investments in HBCUs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin joined Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Tim Scott (R-SC) in a bipartisan effort calling for increased support for the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the upcoming spending bill. In the bipartisan letter, which was also signed by 20 of their colleagues, the lawmakers stressed the importance of investing in the nation’s HBCUs to our economy—highlighting data that illustrates how HBCUs generate more than $14 … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Warner, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Work With States to Prioritize Foster Youth Outcomes in Covid-19 Recovery Efforts

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and a group of 11 colleagues in urging the Biden administration to work with states, tribes, and territories to prioritize young people in the foster care system, who have been particularly afflicted by the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. In a letter to the Administration for Children and Families at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the senators stressed the disparate outcomes faced by young … Continue Reading


May 20, 2021

Van Hollen, Schatz, Foster, Bennet, Introduce Legislation to Repeal Debt Ceiling

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D-Ill.) introduced legislation to repeal the national debt ceiling, an arbitrary limit set by Congress on the amount of funding that the United States Treasury may borrow.“When partisan politics raises the specter of defaulting on Treasury bonds, the United States needlessly jeopardizes our financial standing and credibility across the globe. The debt limit does … Continue Reading

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