Press Releases

July 10, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $20,000 EPA Grant for Prince George’s County Composting Project

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin(both D-Md.) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Prince George's County a $20,000 grant to expand their Organics Composting Facility. This funding will help expand the County's existing food scrap composting project located in Carmody Hills-Pepper Mill Village and create a pilot project for the collection of residential curbside food waste in collection carts for composting. "Prince George's County is leading … Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Maryland Senators Urge Governor Hogan to Protect Marine Mammals and Atlantic Fisheries

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have written to Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md.) urging him to protect marine mammals and Maryland's fisheries from needless seismic surveying testing. Earlier this month, NOAA proposed Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHA), permits necessary to conduct damaging seismic surveying using airgun blasts that repeat every ten seconds, for 24 hours a day, for weeks at a time. Oil and gas companies conduct this surveying to find new oil and … Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Van Hollen, Sullivan Convene Senate Foreign Service Caucus

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) this week were joined by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon for the inaugural meeting of the Senate Foreign Service Caucus. Other members attending the meeting included Senators Hatch (R-UT), Murphy (D-CT), Risch (R-ID), and Cortez-Masto (D-NV). "As the son of a Foreign Service Officer, I know firsthand the immense impact our diplomats have on furthering American security, interests, and values abroad," … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $87,414 for West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $87,414 in federal funding for the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The money will be used to finance upgrades to critical safety and extrication equipment. The department's current hydraulic extrication tools are over 18 years old, have significant wear and tear, and do not have sufficient spreading … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $346,858 for Community Fire Company of Rising Sun

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $346,858 in federal funding for the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grant will enable the purchase of 58 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment and face masks. Rising Sun volunteer first responders are currently using SCBA equipment that is 17 years old - well past their useful … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Van Hollen Introduces Additional Legislation to Stabilize Health Care Marketplace

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen joined U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (both D-MD) and 19 of their colleagues to introduce the Marketplace Certainty Act to help stabilize the health care marketplace by permanently appropriating the cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) included in the Affordable Care Act and making CSRs available to more Americans. Cost-sharing reductions are a discount available on the individual marketplace that lowers the amount families have to pay for deductibles, copayments, and … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Van Hollen, Reed Introduce Legislation to Protect Servicemembers and Military Families from Financial Fraud

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and 12 of their colleagues to introduce the Military Consumer Enforcement Act. This bill would protect servicemembers and military families from financial fraud by ensuring that enforcement of the Servicemember Civil Relief Act(SCRA) will be a permanent priority for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and empowering the CFPB to enforce compliance of certain existing provisions of the SCRA. "Our nation's … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Statement on House Move to Cut Funding for FBI Headquarters Consolidation

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, criticized the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government's move to rescinded $200 million for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters relocation project in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

New CBO Report: Senate Republican Plan Would Cut Medicaid by More Than A Third Over Next 20 Years

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released additional information from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) showing that -- over time -- the Senate Republican Medicaid cuts are much deeper than originally believed. CBO has already detailed the dramatic impacts of the Senate Republican cuts to Medicaid over the next 10 years - 26 percent or $772 billion in cuts and 15 million fewer people with access to care through Medicaid. This CBO analysis, requested by Senator Van Hollen, shows that … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Van Hollen Opens Baltimore Office

Last night U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen hosted a grand opening event at his Baltimore office, which will be responsible for community outreach and constituent services. The office is located at 1900 North Howard Street, Suite 100 in Baltimore. "I want to thank everyone who came to the opening of our new Baltimore Regional Office last night. Our offices throughout the state are there for people in communities across Maryland to come to address any constituent issues they make have, whether it … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Maryland Congressional Delegation Holds Bipartisan Meeting on the State of the Chesapeake Bay

Maryland's bipartisan congressional delegation today gathered in the U.S. Capitol to review the state of the Chesapeake Bay and the essential role that partnerships have played in restoring the health of this national treasure - the economic heart of the region. Participating in the meeting were U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) and Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (Md.-05), Elijah Cummings (Md.-07), Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.-02), John P. Sarbanes (Md.-03), Andy Harris … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Decision to Postpone Vote on Senate Republican Health Care Bill

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen issued the following statement on the decision to postpone the vote on the Senate Republican health care bill. Senator Van Hollen spoke at a rally immediately after that news broke, and you can watch his remarkshere: "It's not over until it's over - and it's not dead until it's dead. The fact that Senate Republicans have delayed the vote on their health care bill is welcome news, but it means we have to redouble our efforts to fight it over theJuly … Continue Reading


June 27, 2017

Bicameral, Bipartisan Effort of Lawmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware Seeks to Preserve Successful Chesapeake Gateways Partnership

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Representative John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03), a member of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, and Representative Rob Wittman (R-Va.-01), a senior member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, have introduced legislation in both the Senate (S. 1430) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 3063) to reauthorize the Chesapeake Gateways and … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on CBO Score of Senate Republican Health Care Bill

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the Senate Republican health care bill: "Senate Republicans are hearing it from their constituents, their colleagues, and now from the CBO - this bill is rotten to the core and bad news for American families. It would leave working people in Maryland and across the country with increasing health care costs but give them less coverage. Just like the House Republican plan, it … Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Van Hollen to Host Health Care Forum

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen will host a forum on the Affordable Care Act on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm with Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-05), highlighting the moral imperative to provide health care to all Americans and the impact that the Republican plan would have on our communities. Following the forum, the Kaiser Permanente Medical Mobile Van and other wellness professionals will be on site to provide health care screenings for attendees and Maryland Health Connection navigators … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Van Hollen Statement on Senate Republican Health Care Plan

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the health care plan that Senate Republicans unveiled after drafting it in secret: "It is a bleak day in the U.S. Senate. For weeks, Senate Republicans have been drafting their 'health care' bill in secret - refusing to hold a single hearing or receive input from families across the country. Now we know why - this plan is in many ways worse than the House bill, which President Trump called 'mean.' The Republican plan will … Continue Reading


June 22, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Senate Appropriators to Decrease Funding for President Trump’s Deportation Force

In a newly released letter,U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee,and Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee(both D-Md.), joined Senate Democrats in urging Senate Appropriators to decrease funding for President Trump's deportation force and detention beds as part of the FY18 budget, and that no funds be authorized for a costly and unnecessary border wall. "As your Committee considers the Department of Homeland … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $648,953 Grant for Harford Community College

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Harford Community College $648,953 to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. "STEM skills are integral in today's economy. This investment in Harford Community College's students will help ensure that our growing workforce has the knowledge and competency to compete," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee who … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $249,544 Grant for Morgan State University

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Morgan State University $249,544 to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The project -- Pathways to Enhance Retention of Students in Science to Transition (PERSIST) - seeks to address the roadblocks that freshmen students experience in STEM disciplines with targeted interventions. The overall goal is to significantly increase the … Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Russia Sanctions Amendment Ensures Trump Cannot Give Russian Officials Access to Diplomatic Properties Without Congressional Approval

Today U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Banking Committee, announced that the bipartisan Russia Sanctions amendment includes language to block President Trump from allowing Russian officials access to diplomatic properties in Maryland and New York that were seized last December as part of our effort to hold Russia accountable for interfering in our elections. The amendment sets up a comprehensive Congressional review process before the President could allow Russian officials … Continue Reading

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