Press Releases

March 14, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Klobuchar Call for Mandatory Transparency for Foreign Stakes in Election Systems

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee have introduced legislation to bring greater transparency to America’s election systems in an effort to protect our country from foreign interference, as occurred in the 2016 presidential election. The “Election Systems Integrity Act,” would require disclosure of foreign ownership of election service providers. “Free and Fair elections make up the core of our … Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Governor Harry Hughes

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the passing of former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes: “Former Governor Harry Hughes lived a life of service to our country and his beloved Maryland. He was a model of integrity and always fought for the public interest. As Governor, he was a great champion for protecting our natural treasure, the Chesapeake Bay, and he remained passionately dedicated to that effort after he left office. I fondly recall … Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Walmart CEO To Support Workers With Disabilities

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of his colleagues in calling on Walmart CEO Doug McMillon to ensure that the company uphold its commitment to workers with disabilities. Recent reports of updated job requirements and the elimination of positions altogether highlight the disproportionate impact that changes in policy can have on individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the Senators inquired about the company's decision to eliminate the greeter position and its efforts to … Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Van Hollen Presses CFPB’s Kraninger on Proposed Rollback of Payday Lending Consumer Protections

"You are opening the door to bad actors - it's really outrageous" Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) questioned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger on the Bureau's recent proposal to roll back rules to protect consumers from predatory payday lending practices. Senator Van Hollen raised his concerns regarding abusive lending practices that take place in the payday lending industry at the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing. A … Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of EPW Senators Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Popular, Effective Diesel Emissions Reduction Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) joined Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and in introducing the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2019. This legislation would reauthorize DERA - one of the most cost-effective federal clean air programs - through fiscal year 2024 at its … Continue Reading

March 11, 2019

Van Hollen Joins Senators in Calling on Pompeo to Uphold the Rights of Women and Girls at Upcoming UN Commission on the Status of Women

Ahead of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined a group of Senators in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "to constructively collaborate with international partners to shape global standards for gender equality and advance policies that promote the rights of women and girls." The Senators raised specific concerns about any effort by the United States to restrict reproductive and sexual health language. The senators also called on … Continue Reading

March 11, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Trump Budget Proposal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees, came out in strong opposition to President Trump's Fiscal Year 2020 budget request. After passing a tax plan that gives an average tax break of $70,000 to households making over $1 million per year, this budget makes huge cuts to programs that help provide a basic standard of living for working-class families. It goes against President Trump's promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and … Continue Reading

March 08, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on Green New Deal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the Green New Deal proposal:“The Green New Deal has sparked a level of grassroots momentum that I believe will help us finally take real action, and I support the proposal as a first step toward tackling climate change. I intend to co-sponsor the bill in the coming weeks when I also introduce ‘cap and dividend’ legislation to significantly reduce carbon emissions by placing a price on carbon and providing payments … Continue Reading

March 08, 2019

Van Hollen Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Urging Inclusion of Contractor Back Pay in Upcoming Disaster Package

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and a bipartisan group of 38 Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the inclusion of back pay for federal contract workers impacted by the government shutdown within the upcoming disaster relief package. While federal workers harmed by the government shutdown have since been compensated for their lost wages, federal contract employees - including janitorial, food, and security services workers - who were furloughed or forced … Continue Reading

March 08, 2019

Van Hollen Calls for DOJ Investigation into White House Involvement in AT&T, Time Warner Merger Review

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting an investigation into the White House's involvement in the Department's review of the AT&T, Time Warner merger. Senator Van Hollen's letter follows reports that President Trump ordered White House Economic Council Gary Cohn to interfere with the DOJ's review of the proposed merger. In his letter, Senator Van Hollen writes, "I request that you open an investigation into whether White … Continue Reading

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

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