Press Releases

December 18, 2019

Van Hollen Secures Language to Protect Alzheimer’s Stamp in Year-End Funding Agreement

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen announced the inclusion of his language to protect the Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp within the final FY 2020 appropriations package, which will be voted on this week. The stamp raises funds for Alzheimer’s research and has been in circulation since 2017, but despite its success, the USPS stopped selling it in November. In an effort to extend the sale of the stamp, Senator Van Hollen introduced an amendment within the Appropriations Committee directing USPS … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on House Vote to Pass Articles of Impeachment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to pass articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump: “Today is a somber day for our nation and for the Congress. Now that the House has completed its constitutional duty, impeachment will move to the Senate. As we go forward, it’s up to the American people to demand a fair trial. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s conduct is already … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Van Hollen, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Dramatically Increase Affordable Housing Vouchers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) today introduced the Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act to improve life outcomes for families with young children by providing them with housing vouchers and counseling services so that they can move to areas of greater opportunity. When a child grows up in a high opportunity area, they are more likely to have successful life outcomes. Whether it be lower-crime, better education, access to transportation, … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Van Hollen, Toomey, Brown, Portman Applaud North Korea Sanctions in Final NDAA Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Van Hollen (D-Md.), Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) celebrated the inclusion of the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions and Enforcement Act in the final FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). They were joined at the event by Fred and Cindy Warmbier, whose son Otto died after being imprisoned in North Korea for over a year and who the bill is named for. For the full video of the event, click here. The … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Van Hollen Statement on NDAA Final Passage

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement on the Senate passage - and his support - of the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation, having passed both the full House and Senate, will now head to the President’s desk for signature. “I’m pleased that the House and Senate were able to come together on a bipartisan basis to pass this legislation to support our service members and federal employees, strengthen … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Historic Funding for Chesapeake Bay Program in Funding Deal

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that they have secured a total of $85 million in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program within the final FY 2020 omnibus appropriations package. This funding, an increase of $12 million from last year, is the largest amount the Bay Program has ever received. In addition to these funds, the Senators are also announcing the passage of several Bay priorities out of the key Environment and Public Works Committee. … Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

HELP Committee Unanimously Passes Van Hollen and Burr’s Bill to Improve Safety in Child Care Facilities

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) unanimously passed U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) Child Care Protection Improvement Act. This bipartisan legislation would create a task force to assist states in the process of implementing background check requirements for child care workers.  “As we work to make sure childcare is affordable, we must also ensure that it’s safe and that parents have peace of mind … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $550,000 in Federal Funding for Safety and Legal Support Programs on the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin have announced $550,415 in federal funding to boost safety and legal support programs on the Eastern Shore. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Justice, includes:   ·         $14,233 for Cecil County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.      ·         $11,835 for the City of Cambridge through the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program. ·         $24,347 for the City of Salisbury … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Over $4 Million for Eastern Shore Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $4,078,526 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for two airports on the Eastern Shore.The Crisfield Municipal Airport in Somerset County (W41) will receive $670,074 to remove obstructions from the field. The Salisbury Regional Airport (SBY) in Wicomico County will receive $3,408,452 to rehabilitate the taxiway and lighting, as well as the apron.“These airports are vital to … Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Push Internal Revenue Service to Reverse Decision that Protects Dark Money

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and others to submit a comment to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urging the agency to reverse their decision to rollback transparency requirements for dark money groups. For decades, the IRS and the Treasury Department have required 501(c)(4) groups that engage in issue advocacy to identify, confidentially, the names of individual donors who make significant financial contributions ($5,000 or … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, and Brown Announce $225,000 for Anne Arundel County Police Department for DNA Processing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) have announced $225,000 in federal funding for the Anne Arundel County Police Department to process DNA samples. The funding, awarded through the Department of Justice’s DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction (CEBR) program, will be used to increase the capacity of the Department’s Crime Laboratory processing, in … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Van Hollen Secures Maryland Priorities in Final Defense Authorization Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the inclusion of several Maryland priorities within the House and Senate-negotiated National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “I’m pleased that House and Senate negotiators were able to come together on this bipartisan compromise to support our service members and federal employees, strengthen our national security, and invest in critical projects throughout Maryland,” said Senator Van Hollen. “On the home front, this legislation … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Van Hollen Applauds SFRC Vote on Sanctions on Turkey

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) issued the following statement applauding the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) vote in favor of sanctions against Turkey for their attacks on the Kurds in Northeast Syria. The bill, which passed on an 18-4 vote, closely aligns with the legislation Senator Van Hollen introduced with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in October: “I applaud the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on taking bipartisan action today to advance sanctions against … Continue Reading


December 11, 2019

Van Hollen, Blunt Secure Key Provisions of Valor Medals Review Act in Defense Authorization Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced that key provisions of the World War I Valor Medals Review Act have been included in the House and Senate-negotiated National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Senators’ provisions would require the Department of Defense to undertake a review of valor medals awarded to minority Veterans during WWI to determine whether any should receive the Medal of Honor. The language encourages the Department to conduct this … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Brown Announce Inclusion of Honorary Promotion for Bethesda Veteran Charles McGee in Defense Authorization Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representative Anthony Brown (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of their provision to authorize the honorary promotion of Colonel (Ret.) Charles E. McGee, United States Air Force to Brigadier General within the House and Senate negotiated National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Col. McGee, a resident of Bethesda, Md., served with the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, completing 136 combat missions. He completed an additional 100 combat missions in … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Van Hollen Announces Inclusion of Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers in Defense Authorization Bill

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced the inclusion of language to provide 2 million federal workers with 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a new child after birth, adoption, or the initiation of foster care. The provision was included within the House and Senate negotiated National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “We have been fighting for years to provide paid family leave to workers throughout the country. With this agreement, the federal government will finally start to … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Send Letter to UN Convention in Support of Global Efforts to Combat Climate Change

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter to Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in support of its global efforts to thwart climate change. The 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) is underway in Madrid to convene a meeting on the historic Paris Climate Agreement. The Senators wrote, “Failing to address the worsening … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

As UN Convention on Climate Change in Europe is Underway, Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge Trump to Reconsider Paris Climate Accord Withdrawal

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and a group of Democratic Senators in a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to reconsider his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. In their letter, the Senators sound the alarm on the crisis of climate change and the damage that will be inflicted on Americans for future generations unless immediate action is taken. The Senators warned the President against ceding U.S. … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Blackburn, Durbin to Burmese State Counsellor: We Urge You to Fully Cooperate with the ICJ

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and bipartisan group of their colleagues expressed their concerns that Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will publicly excuse the actions of the Burmese military, or Tatmadaw, at a meeting before the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands. The military likely conducted “genocidal acts” against the Rohingya in 2017, according to Marzukri … Continue Reading


December 09, 2019

Van Hollen, Democratic Colleagues Demand Stephen Miller’s Removal from the White House

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and 24 of their colleagues wrote a letter to President Donald J. Trump, demanding the immediate removal of Stephen Miller from his position as a White House senior adviser. The letter follows recent reports detailing over 900 e-mails, sent from Mr. Miller to far-right Breitbart News between 2015 and 2016, which confirm that Mr. Miller worked to advance white supremacist, anti-immigrant ideologies. In the letter, the … Continue Reading

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