Press Releases

August 03, 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 03, 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 03, 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 03, 2017

Van Hollen, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Calls Sessions’ Threat to City Funding for Fighting Violent Crime “Unconscionable”

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Representatives Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) responded forcefully to a letter Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis threatening to reject the city from the Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program, run by the Department of Justice and designed to help cities combat violent crime. "The Justice Department's mission is to ensure public safety and control crime. It is … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More than $300 Million for Clean Water in Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to help fund a $303 million clean water plan developed by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The plan will implement 36 clean water projects, including a series of major improvements to stormwater and wastewater infrastructure in Baltimore. Taken together, these projects represent a comprehensive approach to combating water pollution and … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Banking Dems Demands Answers from Wells Fargo on Latest Auto Insurance Fraud Scandal

Following a request from Democratic members of the Senate Banking Committee for a September hearing with Wells Fargo leaders, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen today sent a letter to the bank's CEO Tim Sloan and Board of Directors Chairman Stephen Sanger, demanding responses to specific questions regarding reports the bank engaged in another scandal to rip off its customers - charging hundreds of thousands of auto loan customers for insurance they did not need, authorize, and that many were not … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Banking Committee Democrats Ask Chairman Crapo for Hearing with Wells Fargo CEO and Board Chair to Discuss Bank Misconduct

Today Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), member of the Senate Banking Committee, joined every Democrat on the Committee in asking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) for a September hearing with Wells Fargo CEO Timothy Sloan and Board of Directors Chair Stephen Sanger, to receive testimony about new developments in the bank's fake-accounts scandal and related matters. In a letter to Chairman Crapo, Van Hollen and Senate Banking Committee Democrats noted a series of significant developments … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Van Hollen Statement in Support of Nomination of Christopher Wray to be FBI Director

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen submitted the following statement to the Congressional record in support ofthe nomination of Christopher Wray to be Director of the FBI: "Mr. President, I rise to voice my support for Christopher Wray's nomination to become the next Director of the FBI. After meeting with Mr. Wray and reviewing his record, I believe he possesses the independence and integrity necessary to lead the Bureau through this tumultuous period. "This vacancy arose because President Trump … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Van Hollen: Tax Reform Should Not Include Tax Breaks for the Wealthy

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined MSNBC's Morning Joe to discuss Democratic priorities for tax reform. An excerpt of the interview is below: "We just actually sent a letter to Mitch McConnell - we, meaning the Democrats in the Senate - saying that we're happy to work with them on genuine tax reform. We're not interested in providing another round of windfall tax breaks to very, very wealthy people. We don't think that's the priority in the country. "But we asked them to follow Senator … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Diego and Lizandro Claros

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on Diego and Lizandro Claros, two young Marylanders being targeted for deportation: "Diego and Lizandro Claros were children when they fled violence in El Salvador to seek a better life in the United States. They've been exemplary Marylanders, prioritizing their educations and giving back to their community. It's important to go after MS-13 gang members, but it is an insult to decency and common sense for Diego and Lizandro to be … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $3.56 Million for Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Services Department to Hire 27 Firefighters

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.)have announced that the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has been awarded $3,567,229 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 27 full time firefighters. The grant will ensure adequate staffing levels to respond to fire and emergency medical service calls throughout the County. "Every day, firefighters in Prince George's County and across our state put their lives on the line to … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $1.5 Million for Baltimore County Fire Department to Hire 16 Firefighters

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) haveannounced that the Baltimore County Fire Department has been awarded $1,519,368 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 16 full time firefighters. The grant will ensure adequate staffing levels to respond to fire and emergency medical service calls throughout the County. "Every day, firefighters in Baltimore County and across our state put their lives on the line to protect our communities," said Senator Van … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $180,953 to Barton Hose Company to Purchase New Fire Engine

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.)have announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency, under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded a $180,953 grant to the Barton Hose Company in Barton, Allegany County. The grant will be used to purchase a new vehicle designed for fighting brush, grass and forest fires. The vehicle's unique setup will allow firefighters to drive and pump water simultaneously. The Department is responsible for covering a large portion of … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Stop Wage Theft, Boost Workers’ Financial Security

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN), as well as U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), to introduce the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act. The legislation cracks down on employers who unfairly withhold wages from their employees. This bill would give workers the right to receive full compensation for all of the work they perform, as well as the right to receive regular paystubs … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Van Hollen, Banking Dems Demands Answers from Wells Fargo on Latest Auto Insurance Fraud Scandal

Following a request from Democratic members of the Senate Banking Committee for a September hearing with Wells Fargo leaders, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen today sent a letter to the bank's CEO Tim Sloan and Board of Directors Chairman Stephen Sanger, demanding responses to specific questions regarding reports the bank engaged in another scandal to rip off its customers - charging hundreds of thousands of auto loan customers for insurance they did not need, authorize, and that many were not … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Send Letter to President Trump & Senate GOP Leaders Urging Open & Bipartisan Process to Modernize Tax System to Prioritize Working Families

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined Senate Democrats in sending a letter to President Trump, Leader McConnell, and Chairman Hatch, urging Republicans to come to the table and work with Democrats in a bipartisan way on the Senate's next critical item - tax reform. Senator Van Hollen and 44 Senate Democrats laid out their three main tenants ahead of any negotiations, and said they hope to work with the GOP to craft legislation that prioritizes working families over the wealthiest few and … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $2.35 Million for Assateague State Park Restoration

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been awarded $2,353,373 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund repairs to sand dunes, campgrounds, and roads in Assateague Beach State Park. Repairs will focus on areas damaged or destroyed in the severe winter storm that impacted Maryland on January 22 and 23, 2016. "Assateague Beach State Park is one of the many natural treasures that draw tourists … Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Van Hollen, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Ensure a Better Deal for Seniors on Prescription Drug Costs

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in introducing legislation to unleash the bargaining power of seniors for a better deal on prescription drug costs. The legislation would allow for Medicare to negotiate the best possible price of prescription drugs to cut costs for nearly 41 million seniors enrolled in Medicare Part D. Current law only allows for bargaining by pharmaceutical companies and bans Medicare from doing so. "Seniors in Maryland and … Continue Reading


July 31, 2017

Van Hollen Introduces Bill to Stop Wage Theft, Boost Workers’ Financial Security

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Al Franken (D-MN), as well as U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Bobby Scott (D-VA), to introduce the Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act. The legislation cracks down on employers who unfairly withhold wages from their employees. This bill would give workers the right to receive full compensation for all of the work they perform, as well as the right to receive regular paystubs … Continue Reading


July 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $338,292 for Maryland Opioid Surveillance System Improvement Program

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $338,292 to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to establish the Maryland Opioid Surveillance System Improvement Program. The program will address the rising rate of opioid-related overdoses, with a specific focus on heroin and synthetic opioids such as illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The Maryland DHMH will establish an early … Continue Reading

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