Press Releases

March 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Bipartisan Group of Senators Press President Trump to Designate Venezuela for TPS

In light of the ongoing violence, deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (Both D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla., Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others wrote to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to ensure that Venezuelan nationals … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Support Grows for Van Hollen’s PACT Act

Legislation to Halt Trump Administration's Nuclear Escalation Endorsed by Outside Groups Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced support for his Preserving Arms Control Treaties (PACT) Act from a wide array of outside groups. In response to the Administration's reckless and deeply short-sighted decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, this legislation would: prevent the Trump Administration from taking any action to escalate nuclear … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Call on DHS to Grant Sufficient H-2B Visas to Meet Maryland Businesses’ Needs

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to use her existing authority to grant additional H-2B visas in order to meet the needs of American small businesses. The Senators write, "We have spoken numerous times in the past regarding the unpredictability of the guest worker visa system and the need for reform that meets the needs of American businesses and provides the necessary … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Van Hollen Announces New SEC Findings on Stock Buybacks

Data Clearly Shows Corporate Executives Can Use Buybacks to Cash Out at High Prices to the Detriment of the Company, Investors Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced new findings on stock buybacks from Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Robert Jackson showing that corporate executives can use buybacks to cash out at high prices to the detriment of their company and investors. Senator Van Hollen wrote to Commissioner Jackson in December asking for more … Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Democrats in Calling on Chairman Graham to Hold Hearings on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined a group of Democrats in signing a letter to U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday calling on him to hold hearings on universal background checks legislation, which is supported by 97% of Americans. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. The Senate counterpart bill, the Background Check Expansion Act, is currently … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $100,000 Investment in Garrett College IT Infrastructure

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (MD-08) today announced a $50,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Garrett College. The federal funding, coupled with $50,000 in local funding, will provide $100,000 to further upgrade internet connectivity for the campus. The project will support mobile learning, research and information exchange for 5,700 students and 500 community members annually. "Increased access to the internet means … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Toomey Introduce North Korea Sanctions Bill

Today Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) reintroduced the bipartisan Otto Warmbier Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea (BRINK) Act. The bill - which passed the Senate Banking Committee unanimously last Congress - is designed to offer foreign banks a stark choice: continue business with North Korea or maintain access to the U.S. financial system. The BRINK Act would impose mandatory sanctions on the foreign banks and companies that facilitate illicit financial … Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Van Hollen, Schatz, DeFazio Introduce New Legislation to Tax Wall Street, Address Economic Inequality

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to create a new progressive tax on financial transactions that would generate billions in revenue, while addressing economic inequality and reducing high risk and volatility in the market. "Wall Street has made an art of high-speed trading and rank speculation that has fattened the wallets of a few while putting everyday Americans at risk. This tiny … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Maryland, Virginia Senators Press OMB on Implementation of Federal Pay Raise

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to request a timeline for the implementation of the 1.9 percent pay increase for federal employees that the Senators worked to pass into law earlier this year. While the pay increase was signed into law on February 15, the President has yet to sign an Executive Order to implement the increase. The … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Duckworth, Beyer & Feinstein Re-introduce Legislation to Strengthen Voting Rights and Support Civic Participation

The PROVE Act would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote in federal elections U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), along with a group of 15 Senators, re-introduced the Pre-Registration of Voters Everywhere (PROVE) Act today to expand voter registration efforts nationwide and increase American citizens’ participation in their democratic process. The PROVE Act would allow citizens who are 16 … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Wheeler

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding his vote opposing the confirmation of Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): "The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment. The head of this Agency must fully embody these principles and support the goals that come alongside this mission - from improving water quality, to protecting America's wildlife and treasures like the Chesapeake Bay, to minimizing air … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Senators Call on Trump to Abandon Plan to Form Anti-science Panel That Would Threaten National Security, Ignore Climate Change Facts

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined a group of 14 senators in calling on President Trump to abandon plans to form an internal group within the White House with the task of refuting the clear scientific consensus about the growing threat climate change poses to our national security and economy. "Allowing a fossil fuel industry-funded climate change denier and other climate skeptics to conduct an 'adversarial peer review' of recent climate science will create an environment of … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Van Hollen, Carper Reintroduce Statehood Bill to Ensure Full Representation for Over 700,000 D.C. Residents

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), along with a group of Democratic Senators, introduced legislation that would grant Washington, D.C. full statehood, making it the 51st state and giving its citizens full representation in Congress. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act would also designate the areas surrounding the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and the National Mall as the seat of the federal government. The area would inherit the name “District … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $90,000 for Allegany College of Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $90,000 in federal funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to support the Allegany College of Maryland's advanced manufacturing training program. These funds will allow the college to enroll an additional 17 students in its training programs and enable the college to purchase additional equipment and supplies. "The success of Maryland's economy depends on a strong, expertly-trained workforce. This … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $3 Million for Affordable Housing in Baltimore City

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $3 million in federal funding for the development of affordable housing and community facilities in low-income communities in Baltimore, Maryland. This grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and will support financing for the preservation, rehabilitation, development, or purchase of affordable housing for low-income communities; as well as … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Van Hollen, Fischer Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency in Corporate Trading

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced the bipartisan Promoting Transparent Standards for Corporate Insiders Act. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) prohibits the purchase or sale of securities based on non-public information. Right now, the SEC allows executives to create a trading plan that ensures trades are done without taking advantage of inside information. However, as two high-profile cases illustrate, some dishonest players may … Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine, and Warner Urge WMATA to Prioritize Safety in Maintenance Work

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD), along with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), wrote a letter to the WMATA Board of Directors in support of maintaining Metrorail's current overnight safety maintenance schedule, to ensure that critical safety work is completed as soon as possible and to prevent more daytime single-tracking. Warner, Kaine, Cardin, and Van Hollen agree with oversight officials that riders' safety should be the top priority as … Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Van Hollen & Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Encourage IPOs

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen financial markets by reducing the risk of companies contemplating going public. The Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2019 would encourage capital formation by making initial public offerings (IPOs) more attractive. Senators Van Hollen and Tillis introduced identical legislation in the 115th Congress. Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission released a proposal … Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Van Hollen Helps Introduce Legislation to More Than Double Investment in Universal Flu Vaccine

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), today helped introduce the Flu Vaccine Act, legislation to conduct or support comprehensive research for the creation of a universal influenza vaccine that could protect against multiple strains of the flu virus and offer longer lasting protection. The legislation is calling for a total investment of $1 billion - $200,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020 through 2024 for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Senator Van Hollen and his colleagues were able … Continue Reading


February 25, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $202 Million Loan to Modernize Baltimore’s Wastewater Infrastructure

WIFIA loan to help finance water infrastructure upgrades that will better protect public health and water quality for 1.8 million Baltimore residents Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to announce a $202 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the City of Baltimore, Md., to help the city make system-wide upgrades to its aging wastewater infrastructure … Continue Reading

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