Press Releases

January 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine & Warner Request Information on the Impact of the Shutdown on WMATA

Md. & Va. Senators express concern about the effect of a prolonged shutdown on vital transportation networks Today Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.), along with Tim Kaine and Warner (both D-Va.), wrote a letter to Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager and CEO of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), seeking information on the impact that the partial government shutdown has had on WMATA's transit system, ridership, operational services, staffing, … Continue Reading

January 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Protect Federal Workers from Losing Their Homes, Falling Behind on Paying Bills During Shutdown

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) in introducing the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act. The new legislation would protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions, and loan defaults during a government shutdown. "Federal workers are already suffering the consequences of the government shutdown. I've heard from many of my constituents facing rent and mortgage … Continue Reading

January 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Press Trump Administration to Ensure Federal Contractor Employees Receive Pay

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined 33 additional Democratic Senators in writing to the Office of Management and Budget to urge them to direct federal agencies to work with contractors to provide back pay to compensate low- and middle-income contractor employees for the wages they have lost during the shutdown. Under their existing authority, federal contracting officers should use provisions that allow them to modify the terms of the contract to work with contractors to … Continue Reading

January 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Ask IRS for Details on How They Will Fulfill Plan to Issue Taxpayer Refunds with 88 Percent of Staff Currently Furloughed

Nineteen days into the federal government shutdown, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) are seeking details from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig on the announcement earlier this week that the tax filing season and processing of refunds would be on-schedule at the end of January. Currently, approximately 88 percent of IRS employees have been locked out of their jobs, freezing core preparations and trainings for the upcoming tax season. The remaining … Continue Reading

January 09, 2019

Team Maryland Announces $10.6 Million in Federal Funding to Assess Needs of Maryland’s Children

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), John P. Sarbanes (MD-3), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-1), Anthony Brown (MD-4), Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and David Trone (MD-6) announced today that Maryland has been awarded $10.6 million through the Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five program to conduct a statewide, comprehensive birth through age five needs assessment for … Continue Reading

January 09, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on ICE Detainment of Frederick County Resident, Roxana Orellana Santos

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the detainment of Roxana Orellana Santos. "ICE's decision to detain Ms. Santos is deeply disturbing - this mother of four fled violence in El Salvador seeking a safer life for herself and her family. Ms. Santos was arrested without just cause and has since been vindicated in a federal court case. Ms. Santos has routinely complied with ICE and is currently working through the system to obtain legal residency. This … Continue Reading

January 08, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Kaine, and Warner to Trump: Hear Our Federal Employees

Senators Urge Trump to Meet Face-to-Face with Federal Workers Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) led a letter with U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) to President Trump urging him to meet with federal workers suffering from the impacts of the shutdown. The Senators write, "We are writing to ask that you meet with some of the federal civil servants who are either working without pay or locked out of their job as a result of the government … Continue Reading

January 08, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Warner, Kaine to Colleagues: Voting on House Bills to End Shutdown Should be First Order of Business

Last night, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to their Democratic colleagues urging them to refuse to conduct business as usual on the floor of the Senate this week. They argue that the first vote we take this year should be to end the government shutdown. "We write to urge you to join us in voting against the motion to proceed on Tuesday evening because the Senate should vote on the House-passed Appropriations … Continue Reading

January 04, 2019

Van Hollen, Colleagues Plan to Introduce Legislation to Ensure Low-Wage Federal Contract Employees Receive Back Pay

Senators Want to Make Sure Contract Workers Hurt by Shutdown Receive Their Paychecks Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with his colleagues Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), pledged to stand up for low-wage federal contract workers by announcing plans to introduce legislation to secure back pay for the contractor employees who have gone without pay during the government shutdown. Each day, … Continue Reading

January 04, 2019

Van Hollen Meets with Prince George’s County Delegation Chair, Newly-elected House and Senate Members

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) met with the newly-elected members and Chair of the Prince George's County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly. Senator Van Hollen, a former member of the General Assembly, discussed ways to coordinate federal and state resources. Additionally, the Senator provided an update to the officials on the government shutdown and his work in the Senate. Throughout the year, Senator Van Hollen will be making an effort to meet with all of the Maryland … Continue Reading

January 03, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on House Passage of Legislation to Fund the Government

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the House passage of two pieces of legislation to end the current shutdown. One bill funds the Department of Homeland Security at current levels - the same level President Trump previously signed into law - until February 8th. The second bill would fund all the other government agencies for the full fiscal year. "The House of Representatives, led by Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, passed legislation … Continue Reading

January 03, 2019

Van Hollen Reintroduces Legislation to Ensure Retroactive Pay to Government Employees

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined 25 of his Senate colleagues in the bipartisan introduction of legislation to protect government workers from the detrimental impacts of a government shutdown that was brought on through no fault of their own. The country is now two weeks into the Trump Shutdown - which has shuttered nine federal departments and ground services for American families to a halt. More than 450,000 civil servants are now working without pay - including the men and women … Continue Reading

January 03, 2019

Van Hollen Discusses Shutdown State of Play on MSNBC with Chris Hayes

Mitch McConnell "going to have a hell of a time explaining" Refusal to Bring House Bill to a Vote Last night, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) discussed the current status of the government shutdown, including legislation to reopen the government that is expected to pass the House today. In addition to his efforts to reopen the government, Senator Van Hollen has worked continuously to ensure that federal workers will receive retroactive pay following the shutdown, and to end President … Continue Reading

January 01, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge Trump to Reverse Course, Raise Pay for Federal Employees

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him in the strongest possible terms to back off a pay freeze for civilian federal employees in 2019. The letter comes in addition to numerous efforts by Senator Van Hollen on behalf of federal employees. Prior to the shutdown, the Senator filed an amendment to the Senate's short-term Continuing … Continue Reading

December 21, 2018

Van Hollen, Cardin Lead Senate Passage of Measure to Ensure that Federal Workers Will Be Paid Following Trump Shutdown

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) are leading a bipartisan effort to guarantee that federal workers will be paid retroactively following the partial government shutdown that began at midnight Friday. By unanimous consent, the senators gained Senate passage of the Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act (S. 861), which replaces a discretionary decision with a guarantee that furloughed federal employees will be paid retroactively, stipulates that all employees shall be paid … Continue Reading

December 21, 2018

Van Hollen and Senate Colleagues Call on Trump Administration to Stop Pushing Health Insurance Plans That Weaken Pre-existing Condition Protections

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined a group of Senators in calling on the Trump Administration to withdraw recent changes that makes it easier for states to promote "junk" plans. These health care plans typically lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase costs for millions of Americans. Under the Administration's new guidance, states can use federal subsidies to pay for these subpar plans by utilizing a section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) … Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Van Hollen Joins Senate Colleagues in Urging President Trump to Condemn Texas v U.S. Decision

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) today joined a group of Senators in calling on President Trump to condemn the recent decision in Texas v. United States which declared the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. If the decision stands, 20 million Americans will be left without the health insurance they rely on. The 133 million Americans and 800,000 West Virginians with a pre-existing condition will be at risk of losing their access to health insurance and millions of families across … Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Van Hollen Pushes for Federal Employee Pay Raise in Short-Term Funding Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced that he will file an amendment to the short-term funding bill to provide federal employees with a 1.9 percent cost of living increase. President Trump announced a pay freeze for civil servants for 2019, which he can do unilaterally unless Congress acts. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Van Hollen secured the same pay increase as part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, … Continue Reading

December 18, 2018

Van Hollen Statement on Passage of First Step Act

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement regarding the passage of the First Step Act: Mr. President, I am proud that the Senate has passed the First Step Act. As a cosponsor of this bill, I am heartened that Republicans and Democrats came together to address an issue that affects millions of Americans and their families. Although one of my colleagues across the aisle has said that we have an "under-incarceration" problem, that is simply not the case. The United … Continue Reading

December 17, 2018

Senators: Pruitt Conflicts, Industry Capture of Trump Administration Renders EPA’s Proposed Methane Rule Invalid

Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt lacked a sufficiently open mind to legally preside over changes to vital protections against the powerful greenhouse gas methane; his involvement in the proposal to tear down those protections violated federal ethics rules; and that proposal amounts to an egregious hand-over of an agency's rulemaking authority to an industry the same agency regulates. That is what Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse … Continue Reading

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