Press Releases

February 07, 2022

Van Hollen, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Restore Full Funding for Educational and Early-Intervention Services for Children with Disabilities

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in introducing legislation to restore full funding for educational and early-intervention services for children who experience disabilities. The Senators were joined by Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), as well as Representatives Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), and Rodney Davis (R-Ill.). Children and families' need for early intervention and pre-school special education … Continue Reading


February 04, 2022

Maryland and Virginia Senators Urge WMATA CEO to Use Final Months to Set Metro on Right Track

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) met virtually Thursday with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (WMATA) General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld to thank him for his service and discuss challenges the transit agency is facing with its rail cars and the need to confront the long-term realities of ridership impacted by the pandemic. After the meeting, the senators said it was a productive discussion, during which … Continue Reading


February 04, 2022

Van Hollen, Warner, Brown Call on SEC to Update Human Capital Disclosures so that Companies Report the Number of Employees Who Are Not Full-Time Workers

Today, U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require companies to report on how many workers they employ who are not classified as full-time employees, including independent and subcontracted workers. "We believe that the disclosure of this data is critical to fully capture companies' human capital management. We applaud the SEC for focusing on strengthening human … Continue Reading


February 03, 2022

Van Hollen, Padilla Urge Administration to Form Advisory Group to Support Native Americans Living in Urban Areas

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) in a letter to the Biden-Harris Administration calling for the creation of an Urban Indian Interagency Work Group that would identify the needs of urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and implement strategies to support Native Americans living in urban settings. "In light of the goals you outlined in the Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations, specifically to ensure that urban AI/ANs receive … Continue Reading


February 02, 2022

Bipartisan Resolution Reaffirming U.S. Support for the Belarusian Pro-Democracy Movement Unanimously Clears the Senate

The bipartisan resolution reaffirming U.S. support for the Belarusian pro-democracy movement, introduced by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) alongside Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), unanimously cleared the Senate. The resolution calls for free and fair elections, reaffirms bipartisan support in the Senate for the pro-democracy movement, free media and the Belarusian people and condemns Lukashenka's acts of transnational repression. The resolution, led by … Continue Reading


February 02, 2022

Van Hollen, Hyde-Smith, Peters, Portman Make Bipartisan Push for Independent Investigation Into USPS Delivery of Free Materials for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent a letter to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Office of the Inspector General requesting that Inspector General Tammy Whitcomb investigate the USPS Free Matter for the Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons program. The Senators' request follows testimony provided by a Marylander last year to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General … Continue Reading


January 28, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $3 Million in Federal Funding for Washington County’s Head Start Program

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $3,006,066 in federal funding for Washington County's Head Start Program. The award comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and will be used to provide additional resources and support to low-income families. "For over 40 years, Head Start of Washington County has served our community by ensuring that children of all backgrounds can reach their full potential," said the … Continue Reading


January 27, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge President Biden to Take Immediate Action to Implement “Ghost Gun” Safety Measures

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) urged President Joe Biden to take immediate action to finalize regulations addressing the threat of unserialized firearms - commonly referred to as "ghost guns" - to prevent violence and save lives in Maryland and across the nation. Following an incident last week at Magruder High School in Montgomery County, Maryland, in which a student allegedly shot and critically injured a classmate with a ghost gun and with the number of … Continue Reading


January 27, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Over $7 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Health Care Workers’ Mental Health

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 Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $7,307,365 in American Rescue Plan funding for health and public safety workforce resiliency training and health care worker mental wellness programs at Johns Hopkins University, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic … Continue Reading


January 27, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Bipartisan, Bicameral Call for IRS to Provide Relief for Taxpayers as IRS Faces Extensive Processing Backlogs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, and Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee (both D-Md.), joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide penalty relief for taxpayers amid extensive, ongoing processing backlogs at the IRS. "While the COVID-19 pandemic has strained every … Continue Reading


January 26, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $11 Million in Federal Funding for the Appalachian Development Highway System in Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $11,072,956 in federal funding for Maryland to continue construction of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) including the last remaining section of "Corridor N" that runs through Western Maryland. Funding comes from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which included a $1.25 billion investment over five years towards the completion of the ADHS. The ADHS is comprised of … Continue Reading


January 25, 2022

Van Hollen, Warnock Press Defense Department to Protect Servicemembers, Military Families from Inadequate Private Base Housing

Following a recent $65 million settlement between the U.S. government and a private housing company guilty of fraudulent and untruthful monetizing practices, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) in a new oversight effort to protect the nation's servicemembers from unsanitary, unsafe living conditions at military base housing facilities operated by Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC) LLC. In a new letter to the Department of Defense, the Senators … Continue Reading


January 25, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Require Medicare to Cover Costs for At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee Health Care Subcommittee, and a group of their Senate colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to extend their guidance requiring insurance companies to pay for rapid tests to include Medicare. Currently, most private insurance companies are required to cover the cost of up to eight over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests per person, per month, … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Durbin, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge President Biden to Include Funding for Emergency International Food Aid in Any Supplemental Request to Congress

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in a bipartisan letter to President Biden urging him to include funding for emergency international food aid in any upcoming supplemental request to Congress. Recently, the Biden Administration provided an additional $308 million in aid and eased procedures for humanitarian groups. However, the Senators noted in their letter that both the United Nations and World Food Programme (WFP) indicate far more is needed to … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Menendez, Colleagues Sound Alarm Following Reports of High Denial Rates for At-Risk Afghans Seeking Humanitarian Parole into U.S.

United States Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in writing to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to express concern over reports of high denial rates for Afghans seeking humanitarian parole into the United States in the wake of the Taliban's takeover and the use of an untenably high standard of proof to determine eligibility for the more than 35,000 Afghans who … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Warren, Murphy, Khanna Call on President Biden to Overhaul U.S. Counterterrorism Policy

United States Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) sent a letter to President Biden expressing concern about the United States' targeting criteria for drone strikes that has led to the deaths of thousands of civilians, with little accountability. In the letter, the lawmakers call on the President to overhaul U.S. counterterrorism policy to center human rights and the protection of civilians, only using … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Support Expansion of Patuxent Research Refuge

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Jamie B. Raskin urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to allow the proposed transfer of a 105-acre parcel of land currently owned by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service so it can be added to the adjacent Patuxent Research Refuge. Touting the lasting environmental benefits to the Chesapeake Bay and future generations of … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Scott, Warnock, Lummis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Seniors from Fraud

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced bipartisan legislation to help better protect seniors from fraud. According to a report from the Senate Special Committee on Aging released last Congress, older Americans lose approximately $3 billion each year to financial scams and abuse. A separate survey from the Investor Protection Trust found that approximately seven million Americans have reported being … Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin Praise Judiciary Committee Approval of Judge Julie Rubin for Maryland U.S. District Court Seat

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) praised the Judiciary Committee's bipartisan approval of Judge Julie Rubin to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland. "We are pleased that the Judiciary Committee favorably recommended Judge Julie Rubin," the senators said. "Judge Rubin brings tremendous experience to the federal bench having served as a Baltimore City Circuit Judge for nearly a decade, where she handles a busy and diverse caseload in … Continue Reading


January 19, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Voting Rights Legislation, Filibuster Reform

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the future of voting rights legislation and filibuster reform in the United States Senate: "While I'm deeply disappointed, tonight's vote is not the end of this fight. We will redouble our efforts and push forward. As my colleague Senator Warnock said tonight on the Senate floor, just as John Lewis ultimately persevered in the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge - we will keep fighting until we get … Continue Reading

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