Press Releases

June 09, 2017

Van Hollen Announces Service Academy Applications Now Being Accepted

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that his office is accepting applications from students in Maryland for nominations to one of the UniformedServiceAcademies. All applications and supporting materials must be received in Senator Van Hollen's Rockville Office by 5:00 pm onOctober 6, 2017. The Rockville office is located at 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 960, Rockville, MD 20850. More information and the online application can be found here. Applicants who are selected to meet with Senator … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Van Hollen, Graham, Klobuchar, Gillibrand Urge the Administration Not to Return New York and Maryland Diplomatic Compounds in the U.S. to Russian Control

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have urged the Administration not to return two diplomatic compounds in the U.S. to Russian control. Intelligence reports indicate that the two compounds - one in Maryland and one in New York - were used by the Russian government for intelligence-related purposes. In response to Russia's unprecedented interference in the 2016 election and repeated harassment of U.S. diplomats in … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $500,000 for Affordable Housing Funding in Prince George’s County

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $500,000 in federal funding for affordable housing in Prince George's County. The funding - which comes from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta - will be used by Montgomery Housing Partnerships, Inc. with Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Inc. to renovate and expand the Parkview Manor development in Hyattsville. Renovations will create new handicap-accessible units and incorporate sustainability features in existing … Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Van Hollen Announce $17.78 Million for Army Corps of Engineers Projects Benefiting the Eastern Shore

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $17.78 million in federal funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects benefiting the Eastern Shore as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. "A clean and thriving Chesapeake Bay is essential to Maryland's economy and the watermen, the tourism and fishing industries in particular," said Senator Van Hollen. "This funding will help maintain access to the Bay and preserve the natural … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen Urges Army Corps to Prioritize Knapps Narrows Dredging

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, wrote to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expressing his support for funding to dredge the Knapps Narrows navigation channel in Tilghman, Maryland. "This navigation project is extremely important to Maryland's economy," Senator Van Hollen wrote in a letter to Lieutenant General Todd J. Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers. Senator Van Hollen wrote that while the channel's depth had been dredged to a … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $17.4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that Maryland has received $17.4 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. "AmeriCorps volunteers and everyone who chooses to work for the public good are heroes to the communities they serve,"said Senator Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee."This funding will give those who want to serve … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $150,000 Grant for Anacostia River Cleanup

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a $150,00 grant to Prince George's County to remove trash from the Anacostia river watershed. "Preventing pollution from reaching our waterways is essential to helping them thrive," said Senator Van Hollen."Cleaning up the Anacostia river will improve the health of the entire ecosystem, improving access for recreation and creating a better environment … Continue Reading


June 06, 2017

Van Hollen: Otting’s Work at OneWest Stands in Direct Contrast to the Mission of the OCC

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Banking Committee, wrote to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin about the outstanding ethics issues surrounding Keith Noreika, the acting head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Specifically, the Senator called on Mr. Noreika to voluntarily take President Trump's ethics pledge to give taxpayers confidence that he is acting in their best interest. Senator Van Hollen also raised serious concerns about the new OCC nominee, … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Van Hollen Announce $2.3 Million for Army Corps of Engineers Projects in Western Maryland

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $2.3 million in federal funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects in Western Maryland as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. "This funding will support projects that boost Western Maryland's economy and keep the environment and recreational opportunities thriving," said Senator Van Hollen. "As we work to modernize our infrastructure and create jobs in Maryland, I will keep … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Van Hollen Announces More than $86.3 Million for Army Corps of Engineers Projects Supporting Port of Baltimore

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $86.32 million in federal funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects benefiting the Port of Baltimore as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. "The Port of Baltimore is a job engine for the Baltimore region and the entire state, and this funding will help navigation channels remain open and safe for the ships moving cargo to and from the Port," said Senator Van Hollen. "As we work … Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1 Million Grant for Carroll County Health Department

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that a $1 million grant has been awarded to the Carroll County Health Department (CCHD) to improve the health and well-being of young children with behavioral health needs. The grant is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "Early diagnosis and comprehensive health care is absolutely critical for children with behavioral health needs. Their health and success throughout life depend … Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $350,000 Grant for STEM Education at Bowie State

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to Bowie State University to improve STEM education through collaborative project-based learning. "As STEM education becomes increasingly important to preparing Maryland's students for in-demand jobs, we must also evaluate and improve our strategies for teaching these critical skills,"said Senator Van Hollen."This grant will help Bowie State further … Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

Maryland Congressional Delegation Lauds $9M Federal Grant to Implement Positive Train Control on MARC Trains

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), John K. Delaney (MD-06), Andy Harris (MD-01), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $9 million grant award to the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) to install Positive Train Control (PTC) … Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $200,000 Grant for Harford Community College

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that Harford Community College will receive a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding will be used for the Regional Additive Manufacturing Pathways (RAMP) project, which will help students train for 21st century careers in 3-D printing. Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, is on the rise as the creation and manufacturing of complex 3-D products - from medical implants to warfighter … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement: "President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement threatens U.S. jobs, economic competitiveness, and the health of our planet. By rejecting the scientific consensus that has brought nearly 200 nations together to address the immediate threat of climate change, President Trump is ceding America's leadership in building a 21st … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Van Hollen, Sullivan Ask Tillerson for Details of State Department and USAID Staff Changes

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), co-chairs of the Senate Foreign Service Caucus, sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing concerns about plans for potential staffing cuts at the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and seeking information on how those cuts would impact our national security. "We support reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Van Hollen Pushes to Fund Homeless Veteran Support Programs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and a bipartisan group of 27 Senators urging robust funding for the Supporting Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Grant and Per Diem (GPD), and Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) programs for Fiscal Year 2018. These important federal programs provide critical services and housing for veterans and … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats to President Trump: Don’t Cut Assistance to Rural Development

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, joined 28 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to President Trump expressing strong concerns over recent actions that would have negative impacts on families in rural Maryland and across the country. Last week, President Trump issued a budget proposal calling for drastic cuts that would undermine the important rural development mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $3.8 Million in Federal Funding for College Preparation Program

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) have announced $3,877,768 in federal funding for colleges across the state of Maryland to help underrepresented communities successfully enter and complete higher education degrees. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Education's Upward Bound Program, which provides preparation and encouragement for students to pursue education beyond high school. In total, nine Maryland colleges will receive grants. No. Recipient … Continue Reading


May 30, 2017

Van Hollen Signs Bipartisan Letter Demanding Investigation into Turkish Security Detail’s Involvement in Attack on Washington, D.C. Protesters

After protesters outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. were violently attacked earlier this month, leaving nine hospitalized, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Ranking Member and Chairman of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and a bipartisan group of 17 other Senators in calling on the U.S. State Department to determine whether members of Turkey … Continue Reading

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