Press Releases

August 11, 2017

Van Hollen, Senators Send Letter To U.S. International Trade Commission Opposing Tariffs That Would Harm Solar Industry

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with a bipartisan group of senators, urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to not impose tariffs that would negatively affect the American solar industry. In a letter to Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, the lawmakers-who both represent states that have a growing solar industry-expressed their deep concern with the pending Section 201 global safeguard case regarding solar cell and module manufacturing in the United States. The ITC … Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

Van Hollen: Sanctions, Diplomacy, Leadership Key to Lessening North Korea Threat

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen Joined MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation, the BRINK Act. Below is a transcript of the interview, and the video is available here. WILLIE GEIST, MSNBC: Joining us now from Washington, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Banking Committees, Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Senator, good to see you. Let's pick up right where we just left off, talking about North … Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

Van Hollen, Dems Continue Fight for Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and others in sending a letter to the new SEC Chair and in the reintroduction of the Shareholder Protection Act-two actions aimed at requiring public companies to disclose political spending to their shareholders. While the SEC has received more than 1.2 million public comments in favor of corporate political spending disclosure, and countless entreaties from Sen. Menendez and other Democrats, the Commission has made … Continue Reading


August 10, 2017

Van Hollen, Dems Continue Fight for Disclosure of Corporate Political Spending

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and others in sending a letter to the new SEC Chair and in the reintroduction of the Shareholder Protection Act-two actions aimed at requiring public companies to disclose political spending to their shareholders. While the SEC has received more than 1.2 million public comments in favor of corporate political spending disclosure, and countless entreaties from Sen. Menendez and other Democrats, the Commission has made … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen on North Korea: Trump’s Words Undermine U.S. Credibility

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen discussed the escalating tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell. Below is a transcript and the video is available here. ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: Joining me now is Maryland Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen. Senator, thank you very much for being with us. Senator Feinstein made the point that it was "too bombastic" and that she thinks that diplomacy is the only path … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen Calls On Treasury Department To Stop Corporate Inversions

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and eleven of his Senate colleagues called on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reject calls to eliminate, undermine, or scale back anti-tax inversion and earnings stripping efforts and work with Congress to curb these abusive tax avoidance schemes for good. Inversions are corporate deals that allow U.S. companies to shift their corporate citizenship from the United States to a low-tax foreign jurisdiction, even while keeping their executives … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $12,490 for Antietam National Battlefield

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $6,000 grant for Antietam National Battlefield. The grant will be matched by $6,490 in partner funding from the Save Historic Antietam Foundation for a project total of $12,490. "Antietam National Battlefield is part of Maryland's rich network of historical sites that draw tourism and provide educational opportunities for visitors," said Senator Van Hollen. "This grant … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen: Sanctions, Diplomacy, Leadership Key to Lessening North Korea Threat

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen Joined MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation, the BRINK Act. Below is a transcript of the interview, and the video is available here. WILLIE GEIST, MSNBC: Joining us now from Washington, a member of the Senate Appropriations and Banking Committees, Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. Senator, good to see you. Let's pick up right where we just left off, talking about North … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $12,490 for Antietam National Battlefield

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $6,000 grant for Antietam National Battlefield. The grant will be matched by $6,490 in partner funding from the Save Historic Antietam Foundation for a project total of $12,490. "Antietam National Battlefield is part of Maryland's rich network of historical sites that draw tourism and provide educational opportunities for visitors," said Senator Van Hollen. "This grant will … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Van Hollen on North Korea: Trump’s Words Undermine U.S. Credibility

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen discussed the escalating tensions with North Korea and his bipartisan North Korea sanctions legislation on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell. Below is a transcript and the video is available here. ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC: Joining me now is Maryland Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen. Senator, thank you very much for being with us. Senator Feinstein made the point that it was "too bombastic" and that she thinks that diplomacy is the only path forward. U.S. SENATOR … Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $177,239 to Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department to Purchase New Breathing Apparatus

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department of Charles County has been awarded $177,239 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) to purchase 30 new sets of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus to replace equipment that is outdated, past its useful lifespan and no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards. "This grant will help … Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

Van Hollen Calls On Treasury Department To Stop Corporate Inversions

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and eleven of his Senate colleagues called on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reject calls to eliminate, undermine, or scale back anti-tax inversion and earnings stripping efforts and work with Congress to curb these abusive tax avoidance schemes for good. Inversions are corporate deals that allow U.S. companies to shift their corporate citizenship from the United States to a low-tax foreign jurisdiction, even while keeping their executives and … Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $177,239 to Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department to Purchase New Breathing Apparatus

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.)announced that the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department of Charles County has been awarded $177,239 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) to purchase 30 new sets of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus to replace equipment that is outdated, past its useful lifespan and no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards. "This grant will help … Continue Reading


August 07, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Seek to Preserve Baltimore’s Historic Landmarks

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have introduced legislation to preserve two of Baltimore's historic resources: President Street Station, the oldest surviving urban railroad terminal in America, and P.S. 103, the elementary school where Thurgood Marshall first learned many of the lessons that would make him a legendary lawyer and American jurist. Two bills, S. 1645 and S. 1646, respectively, instruct the Department of the Interior to conduct special resource studies … Continue Reading


August 07, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Seek to Preserve Baltimore’s Historic Landmarks

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have introduced legislation to preserve two of Baltimore's historic resources: President Street Station, the oldest surviving urban railroad terminal in America, and P.S. 103, the elementary school where Thurgood Marshall first learned many of the lessons that would make him a legendary lawyer and American jurist. Two bills, S. 1645 and S. 1646, respectively, instruct the Department of the Interior to conduct special resource studies … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Call on Sessions to Condemn Excessive Use of Force Following Trump Remarks

In response to President Trump's comments encouraging law enforcement to use excessive force, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) this week in urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make clear that the Justice Department will not tolerate excessive use of force by federal law enforcement. The senators wrote: "The improper use of force is misconduct … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Van Hollen, Kaine, Cardin, Warner applaud final passage of Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Resolution

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Mark Warner (D-VA) applauded the final passage of a joint resolution to establish the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. The Commission will be empowered to adopt and enforce tough rules to improve Metro safety. The resolution, which passed the Senate unanimously, will head to the President to be signed into law. "Safety must be WMATA's first priority as the public transit system for the National … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Van Hollen Urges Verma to Reject Texas Proposal to Harm Women's Health

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), along with 24 Democratic senators, sent a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma urging her to reject a proposed Medicaid waiver from Texas that would restrict women's access to family planning and other preventative care. The Texas proposal seeks to waive Medicaid's longstanding "freedom of choice" provision that ensures that patients can see the qualified family planning provider who they … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Van Hollen Blasts FDA for “Step Backwards” On Tobacco Oversight; Calls on Agency to Get Serious About Plan to Curb Nicotine in Cigarettes

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and 12 Senate Democrats sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb denouncing the agency's recent move to delay oversight of newly-regulated tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and cigars. Senate Democrats are deeply concerned this delay is a "step backwards" in FDA's commitment to safeguard public health, especially for our youth, given that many of these tobacco products contain kid-appealing flavors and are marketed to children … Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Call on Sessions to Condemn Excessive Use of Force Following Trump Remarks

In response to President Trump's comments encouraging law enforcement to use excessive force, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) this week in urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make clear that the Justice Department will not tolerate excessive use of force by federal law enforcement. The senators wrote: "The improper use of force is misconduct … Continue Reading

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