Press Releases

September 23, 2022

Van Hollen, Raskin Join with NSA Bethesda Fire Fighters, IAFF Leaders to Highlight Progress on Efforts to Improve Base Conditions, Build New Facility

On Monday, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (both D-Md.) joined fire fighters working at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSA Bethesda) - the naval installation home to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - along with International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Edward A. Kelly and National Capital Federal Fire Fighters President Scott Burkhardt Jr. to discuss progress in pushing the Navy to improve the living and working conditions for … Continue Reading


September 23, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Over $12 Million for Firefighters in Western Maryland

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $12,108,037.50 in federal funding for Maryland firefighters and first responders in Frederick, Allegany, and Washington Counties. The funding will enhance firefighters' emergency response capabilities and their ability to protect the health and safety of the public and themselves. It will also support the recruitment and retention of additional firefighters. "Investing … Continue Reading


September 22, 2022

Van Hollen, Merkley, Colleagues Highlight Environmental Justice Concerns on Permitting Legislation, Need for Standalone Floor Consideration

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) alongside Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) expressing concerns regarding the impact that the recently released proposal to change the federal permitting process for fossil fuel projects will have on communities of color, … Continue Reading


September 22, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Reduce Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water

On Thursday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) with Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced the Financing Lead Out of Water (FLOW) Act. The FLOW Act would reduce exposure to lead in old water pipes by making it easier for cities and utilities to issue bonds to finance replacement projects. "The use of lead service lines poses a constant threat to the health and … Continue Reading


September 22, 2022

Van Hollen, Warren, Pressley, Garcia Introduce Bill to Provide Americans Immediate Access to Money in their Bank Accounts

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representatives Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Jesús "Chuy" García (D-Ill.) introduced their Payments Modernization Act, legislation to make Americans' funds deposited in their bank accounts immediately available for withdrawal. Right now, Americans lose billions of dollars each year in overdraft fees, driving consumers to turn to more costly financial products because of our inefficient payments … Continue Reading


September 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Markey Call to Cease U.S. Security Assistance to Azerbaijan as Cross-Border Clashes Continue

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) alongside Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in calling to prevent any U.S. security assistance from going to Azerbaijan until Armenia and Azerbaijan reach a permanent, lasting resolution to ensure peace and stability in Nagorno-Karabakh. In their letter, the Senators raise strong concerns … Continue Reading


September 21, 2022

Following Devastating Flooding In Pakistan, Van Hollen, Gillibrand Call On President Biden To Grant Temporary Protected Status To Pakistani Nationals

Today, following unprecedented flooding that has left one-third of Pakistan underwater and affected approximately 33 million people, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) as she led her Senate colleagues in writing a letter calling on President Biden to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Pakistani nationals currently residing in the United States. Implementing TPS would allow Pakistani nationals to remain in the U.S. until Pakistan recovers … Continue Reading


September 21, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Over $86M in Federal Funds for Investments in Minority and Underserved Communities

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 that three Maryland-based community financial institutions will receive a combined $86.6 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP) to help low-income and minority borrowers. Funded through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which … Continue Reading


September 21, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Administration to Kick-Start New Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Stock Assessment

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 G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) urged U.S. Department of Commerce leadership to initiate a new benchmark stock assessment for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab population, in line with the recommendations of leading scientists and fisheries managers. Following the lowest-ever blue crab population estimates in this … Continue Reading


September 21, 2022

Van Hollen, Murphy, Cassidy Introduce Legislation to Improve Neurological Health Research

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-La.) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Neurological Conditions Surveillance System (NNCSS) program, which collects data which collects privacy-protected data on neurological conditions to inform research and help advance better treatments and cures. Specifically, the legislation would reauthorize the NNCSS for another five years … Continue Reading


September 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Menendez, Velázquez Push for President Biden to Issue a Major Disaster Declaration for Puerto Rico

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.-07) in sending a bicameral letter to President Joe Biden to urge him to issue a Major Disaster Declaration for all of Puerto Rico's municipalities in response to Hurricane Fiona. Just days before the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, Hurricane Fiona ravaged the island with catastrophic flash flooding, unprecedented rainfall, … Continue Reading


September 20, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $800,000 in New Federal Funding for Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration

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 a new federal grant of $800,000 for the restoration of oyster reefs that are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay. The new funding for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources comes through NOAA Fisheries to support the placement of spat-on-shell, or oyster larvae, on up to 100 … Continue Reading


September 20, 2022

On National Voter Registration Day, Van Hollen, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Make Registering to Vote Easier for All Americans

On National Voter Registration Day, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in introducing two pieces of legislation to make it easier for Americans to register to vote and to know their registration status. The Same Day Voter Registration Act would require states to offer same day registration at polling locations on Election Day and during early voting. The Stop Automatically Voiding Eligible Voters Off Their Enlisted Rolls in States (SAVE VOTERS) Act … Continue Reading


September 20, 2022

Senate Tees Up Vote on DISCLOSE Act to Help Restore Americans’ Faith in Democracy

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) in announcing that the Senate is set to vote later this week on the DISCLOSE Act (S. 4822) to combat the flood of anonymous special interest spending in American politics. The bill would require organizations spending money in federal elections and judicial nominations to disclose their donors, allowing the American people to see who is spending big to influence their votes and gain control over their … Continue Reading


September 20, 2022

Van Hollen, Toomey Release Framework for New Russia Sanctions

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), both members of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, put forward a framework outlining new sanctions legislation to hold Russia accountable for its war against Ukraine. The Senators' framework provides new sanctions authority to the Administration in its efforts to sever funding to Putin's war machine. "The U.S. and our allies have taken important steps to hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked war … Continue Reading


September 19, 2022

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $3.9 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Connect Maryland Students to Internet Service

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $3,913,553 to help provide schools and libraries on the Eastern Shore and in Baltimore with the tools and services they need to enhance internet connectivity. These funds were provided by the Federal Communications Commission's Emergency Connectivity Fund, which the lawmakers worked to establish in the American Rescue Plan, to close the digital divide. … Continue Reading


September 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Menendez, Padilla, Cornyn Unveil Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing 559 Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Today, as our nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), co-chairs of the Senate Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus, alongside Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), in unveiling a bipartisan Senate resolution recognizing 559 HSIs across the country that play an important role in educating and providing professional development opportunities to the next generation of emerging Hispanic … Continue Reading


September 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Strengthen Privacy Protections for Women Seeking Reproductive Health Care

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and 28 of their colleagues in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to take immediate action to safeguard women's privacy and their ability to safely and confidentially get the health care they need. Specifically, the Senators urged the Biden Administration to strengthen federal privacy protections under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to broadly restrict … Continue Reading


September 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Announce Over $20 Million for Improvements at Baltimore Area Airports

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $23,156,355 in federal funding to support improvements at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Tipton Airport. The funds are provided through the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program (AIP). "Ensuring our airports are in the best condition keeps passengers safe, flights on time, … Continue Reading


September 16, 2022

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone, Raskin Announce Nearly $8.5 Million for Improvements at Frederick, Carroll County Airports

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $8,463,915 in federal funding to support improvements at Frederick Municipal airport and Carroll County Regional airport. The funds are provided through the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program (AIP). "Ensuring our airports are in the best condition keeps passengers safe, flights on time, and our economy growing. And … Continue Reading

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