Press Releases

August 31, 2023

On International Overdose Awareness Day, Van Hollen, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce $375,000 for Three Maryland Drug-Free Coalitions

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $375,000 in federal funding for three Maryland drug-free community coalitions to prevent and treat substance use disorder among young people. The federal funding comes on International Overdose Awareness Day, a global effort to end overdoses and a day to remember without stigma those who have passed and acknowledge the grief of loved ones left behind. “Young Americans today face an … Continue Reading


August 30, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Mfume Press Postmaster General DeJoy for Update on Planned Fort Howard Post Office Closure

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) wrote to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy regarding the agency’s plan to close the Fort Howard Post Office on September 15, 2023. In the letter, the lawmakers conveyed their concerns over USPS’s poor communication about the forthcoming service change and the challenges their constituents will face in retrieving their mail following the closure, given the lack of home … Continue Reading


August 25, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce More Than $50,000 for Improvements at Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced $52,538 in federal funding to help the Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport complete infrastructure improvements at the airport to meet operational needs and safety standards by rehabilitating the airport’s runway. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport supports our … Continue Reading


August 25, 2023

Van Hollen – Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee & Appropriations Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations – to Visit Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, will make an official visit to Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Maldives over the next week. During his travel, the Senator will work to strengthen our bilateral relations with each of these nations. Over 8 days, the Senator will host more than 50 meetings with key government officials, civil society organizations, industry leaders, non-profits, local … Continue Reading


August 24, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Key Committee Passage of Over $34 Million for Maryland Infrastructure and Community Development Projects

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), and Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and its Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure Issues, (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $34,681,000 in key Senate Committee legislation for community-led projects throughout Maryland. These funds, included at the … Continue Reading


August 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer Announce More Than $200,000 for Improvements at St. Mary's County Regional Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $241,949 in federal funding to help the St. Mary's County/Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport complete infrastructure improvements at the airport to meet operational needs and safety standards by extending its runway. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The St. Mary's … Continue Reading


August 22, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Members of Congress to File Brief Opposing Legal Challenge to Gun Possession Ban in Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) alongside their Congressional colleagues in filing an amicus brief in opposition to the constitutional challenge to the federal law prohibiting individuals under domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms. In a bicameral brief to the Supreme Court in United States v. Rahimi, the members call on the Supreme Court to set a clear standard allowing … Continue Reading


August 22, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Key Committee Passage of Over $25 Million for Maryland Health Care, Education, and Workforce Projects

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin, Chair of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of over $25 million in key Senate Committee legislation providing direct federal funding for community-led projects throughout Maryland. These community projects, funded at the Senators’ request, will support expanding access to health care, education, and good jobs in underserved communities.  The … Continue Reading


August 21, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Deliver $187,500 in Community Project Funding to Renovate Allegany College of Maryland Community Theatre

Today, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the delivery of $187,500 in Community Project Funding to renovate the Allegany College of Maryland’s community theatre. The project’s federal funding was requested by the lawmakers in 2021, approvedthrough the Fiscal Year 2022 federal funding package, and now distributed to the Allegany College of Maryland.  “These federal dollars will support much-needed renovations to a community landmark that … Continue Reading


August 18, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Respond to Positive Case of Locally Acquired Malaria Found in Maryland

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) released the following joint statement: “Team Maryland has been in touch with Gov. Wes Moore’s office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the locally acquired malaria case recently discovered in our state. We stand ready to facilitate federal support for the state or local governments, including financial and technical assistance as necessary. We appreciate that the governor and CDC already are working … Continue Reading


August 17, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce More Than $6.5 Million for Improvements at Hagerstown Regional Airport

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $6,687,449 in federal funding to help Hagerstown Regional/Richard A Henson Field reconstruct its taxiway and taxiway lighting. The funding, provided through the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), will support infrastructure improvements at the airport to meet operational needs and safety … Continue Reading


August 15, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Kaine, Colleagues in Calling for Funding to Prevent Child Care Fiscal Cliff

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) along with Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) and a bicameral group of colleagues in calling on the Biden Administration to support needed funding to prevent a national wave of child care closures. Congress secured historic funding in the American Rescue Plan to stabilize child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, but that … Continue Reading


August 14, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Key Committee Passage of Over $13 Million for Community Projects Ranging from Water Infrastructure to Historic Preservation in Maryland

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $13,400,000 in key Senate Committee legislation providing direct federal funding for community-led projects in Maryland. These community projects, funded at the Senators’ request, support improving water infrastructure for Marylanders, preserving local historic sites, … Continue Reading


August 14, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Join Colleagues in Reintroducing Legislation to Protect Communities From Untraceable Ghost Guns

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) joined Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) in reintroducing the Ghost Guns and Untraceable Firearms Act, legislation to ban dangerous “ghost guns” and codify the Biden administration’s Ghost Gun Rule, which is currently threatened by a Texas federal judge’s ruling to invalidate the ghost gun regulation. While the Supreme Court recently ruled to uphold the … Continue Reading


August 11, 2023

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce Key Committee Passage of Nearly $3 Million for Local Infrastructure Resilience Projects

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (both D-Md.) announced the inclusion of $2,963,500 in key Senate Committee legislation providing direct federal funding for two community-led infrastructure resilience projects in Frederick County and Cheverly, Maryland. These community projects, funded at the Senators’ request, are within the Senate … Continue Reading


August 11, 2023

Van Hollen, Young, Congressional Soccer Caucus Urge FIFA to Recognize Afghanistan Women’s Football Team

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) and the co-chairs of the Congressional Soccer Caucus sent a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino urging official recognition of the Afghanistan Women’s Football Team (AWT). After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in 2021, the team’s players were forced to flee the nation. “The women of the AWT are in a unique situation, and we hope one day they can return to their homeland to play the sport without … Continue Reading


August 10, 2023

Maryland Delegation Announces Over $6.5 Million to Enhance State, Local Cybersecurity Infrastructure

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Glenn Ivey (all D-Md.) announced $6,514,533 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to help strengthen Maryland’s cybersecurity infrastructure. The federal funding, awarded to the Maryland Department of Emergency Management, comes through the FY 2023 State and Local … Continue Reading


August 09, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Whitehouse, Doggett in Urging EPA to Strengthen Ozone Smog Standards

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), and a bicameral group of their Democratic colleagues in sending a bicameral letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly finalize more robust National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, a harmful pollutant and the main ingredient of smog. “We commend EPA’s commitment to address pollution and its … Continue Reading


August 08, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Carper, Colleagues in Urging EPA to Finalize Strong Power Plant Standards

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) alongside their Senate colleagues, including Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan urging EPA to finalize strong and broadly applicable fossil fuel-fired power plant standards that maximize carbon pollution reductions from all polluting sources as swiftly as possible. “Section 111 of the Clean Air Act directs EPA to … Continue Reading


August 07, 2023

Van Hollen Joins Colleagues in Reintroducing Rebuild America’s Schools Act to Target Federal Funds to Local School Construction, Repairs

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and U.S. Representative Bobby Scott (D-Va.) in unveiling a bicameral proposal that would target new federal infrastructure funding to help local school districts address school building and modernization needs.  The Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2023 would improve public school infrastructure and environments to ensure school facilities are safe, healthy, sustainable, and offer positive learning environments … Continue Reading

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