Press Releases

August 28, 2019

Md. & Va. Senators Question Decision to Reduce Payments for Employees Affected by Relocation of USDA Research Agencies

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD), along with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to explain its decision to reduce payments to Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) employees who have declined to relocate to Kansas City following the Trump Administration's slapdash decision to move the two key research agencies out of Washington D.C. "We are troubled by the … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $800,000 for Oyster Habitat Restoration

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $800,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' partners to restore oyster habitats throughout the Chesapeake Bay. This funding, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will allow the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to work in conjunction with NOAA, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, and the University of Maryland Center for … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $2.9 Million in Funding for Broadband Expansion in Garrett County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-MD) announced $2.9 Million in federal funding for broadband expansion in Garrett County provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Over the next decade, this funding will expand broadband access to 2,454 homes and businesses. "Expanding access to broadband opens doors across our communities, connecting students, jobseekers, healthcare providers, businesses, entrepreneurs, and more with the … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.7 Million in Federal Funding to Modernize 911 Services in Maryland

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $1.7 million in federal funding to help 911 call centers in Maryland upgrade to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Transportation, will enhance emergency number services by creating a faster, more resilient system that allows digital information to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 911 network, and ultimately to first … Continue Reading


August 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Democrats Oppose Labor Department Proposal to Create Duplicative, Lower-Quality Unregistered Apprenticeships

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella opposing the Labor Department's recent proposal to undermine the highly effective and widely supported registered apprenticeship program. The proposed rule would create duplicative, unnecessary, and lower-quality "industry-recognized apprenticeship programs" (IRAPs), that would not provide the same crucial benefits and protections as long-established registered … Continue Reading


August 26, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces Almost $1 Million in Catastrophic Preparedness Funding for Baltimore City

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have announced $937,700 in federal funding for catastrophic preparedness for the City of Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, is designed to expand collaboration and build capacity when dealing with disasters. "Baltimore - both as a major city in its own right … Continue Reading


August 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $70,000 for Eastern Shore Economic Development

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $70,000 in federal funding for the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland for their Economic Development District Planning program. The funding, awarded through the Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be used to develop and implement a comprehensive economic development strategy for Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. "Having a clear strategy for economic development is crucial … Continue Reading


August 23, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce Almost $90,000 in USDA Rural Development Grants for Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) have announced $89,300 in Rural Development Grants for Allegany and Garrett Counties. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants Program, includes: $50,000 for Allegany County, Md. to help purchase a road maintenance truck that will be used in the Flintstone, Md. service area of the county. The truck is an essential piece of … Continue Reading


August 23, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $3.5 Million for UMD/NIST Quantum Information Research

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced an award of $3.5 million for the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS). Research at JQI and QuICS explores the possibilities of quantum mechanics and information processing. This funding, provided by NIST, will be used to supply … Continue Reading


August 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Applaud Progress on Path to Restore Chesapeake Bay Islands

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today applauded a new agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, and the Maryland Port Administration that allows for the start of final design work in the restoration of James and Barren islands, which are fast disappearing. Primarily using material dredged from Baltimore Harbor approach channels, what is known as the "Mid-Chesapeake Bay Island Ecosystem Restoration Project" (Mid-Bay Island Project) … Continue Reading


August 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Raskin Announce $6.1 Million for Ocean Education and Outreach Efforts

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $6,135,835 in federal funding for ocean education and outreach efforts. The funding, awarded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will go to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Foundation is a leading voice for U.S. protected waters, working with communities to conserve and expand those places for a healthy ocean, coasts, and Great … Continue Reading


August 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $668,000 to Fight Opioid Crisis in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $668,000 in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis in Western Maryland, as part of $2.4 million for Maryland overall. This investment will help health centers increase access to high-quality integrated mental health and substance abuse disorders services, including opioid addiction. The funding, awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Integrated … Continue Reading


August 22, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $1 Million in Funding for Rural Opioid Response in Garrett County

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative David Trone (all D-MD) announced $1 million in federal funding to fight the opioid and addiction epidemic in Garrett County. The funding was awarded to the Stand Together Garrett County Against Drug Abuse consortium, which plans to implement a comprehensive community plan to reverse the trends of substance abuse in the county. Garrett County has been hit particularly hard from the opioid epidemic, with the rural nature … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Brown, Raskin Announce $481,000 to Fight Opioid Crisis in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $481,000 in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, as part of $2.4 million for Maryland overall. This investment will help health centers increase access to high-quality integrated mental health and substance abuse disorders services, including opioid addiction. The funding, awarded through the Health Resources and Services … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen,Cardin Announce $334,000 to Fight Opioid Crisis on the Eastern Shore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $334,000 in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis on the Eastern Shore, as part of $2.4 million for Maryland overall. This investment will help health centers increase access to high-quality integrated mental health and substance abuse disorders services, including opioid addiction. The funding, awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Integrated Behavioral Health Services … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce $167,000 to Fight Opioid Crisis in Anne Arundel County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $167,000 in federal funding to fight the opioid crisis in Anne Arundel County, as part of $2.4 million for Maryland overall. This investment will help health centers increase access to high-quality integrated mental health and substance abuse disorders services, including opioid addiction. The funding, awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as part of the Integrated … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $166,976 to Address Lead-Based Paint in Cumberland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) have announced $166,976 in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Cumberland, Maryland. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will go to the Housing Authority of the City of Cumberland for projects at Jane Frazier Village, Queen City Tower, and Fort Cumberland Homes, including: Routine lead-based paint testing at Jane Frazier Village (125 units) … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues to Forest Service: Listen to Fire Fighter and Forest Manager Input to Protect National Forests

Proposed NEPA rule would impact management decisions on all 193 million acres of National Forest System land, could undermine scientific processes to protect our National Forests U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of Democratic Senators today to call on the U.S. Forest Service to listen to the input of wildland fire fighters and forest managers and extend the public comment period for its proposed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule. The proposed rule could … Continue Reading


August 21, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce More than $750,000 for University of Maryland Biodiversity Research Project

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of more than $762,000 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project will advance scientists' understanding of how environmental factors affect where species occur, focusing on specific at-risk species. This research is important to inform biodiversity preservation efforts. "The harmful effects of climate … Continue Reading


August 19, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Announce $898,750 to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have announced $898,750 in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore, Maryland. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will go to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for lead-based paint risk assessments, inspections, abatement, interim controls, and clearance examinations. "No parent should … Continue Reading

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