Thursday, April 18, 2013
The congressman accused lawmakers of bowing to special interests after the Senate rejected expanded background checks on firearms. Do you agree?
The U.S. Senate rejected expanded background checks on firearm sales Wednesday, rejecting bipartisan legislation endorsed by President Barack Obama. The bipartisan effort of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA), failed 54-46, falling short of the 60-vote threshold needed to break a filibuster, The Huffington Post reported. The measure would have expanded the current check system to cover sales of weapons on the Internet and at gun shows. Opponents said the expansion would have set the stage for a national registry of gun owners and said that it would not have prevented tragedies such as the Newtown shootings, HuffPo reports (see Gun Bill Background Check Amendment Fails, Other Key Provisions Follow). In response, U.S. Rep. …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The Maryland Public Service Commission issued an order on Wednesday directing electricity companies to improve service reliability and resiliency.
Potomac's congressional representative, Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, praised the Maryland Public Service Commission for its order, issued Wednesday, requiring the state's utility companies, such as Pepco, to improve the reliability and resiliency of electric service. "I commend the Maryland Public Service Commission for continuing to hold utilities accountable for their restoration efforts as a result of last summer’s derecho," he said in a statement. The commission, "using valuable input collected from affected residents, will order Pepco and other Maryland utilities to provide short-term and long-term plans that address sub-standard infrastructure, slow restoration efforts and lack of communication with customers," he continued. The …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Rep. Christopher Van Hollen met with Potomac resident Alan Gross in a Cuban prison, where Gross has been detained for more than three years.
Potomac resident Alan Gross met with Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-Kensington) on Tuesday—in Cuba, where Gross has been detained in prison for more than three years. "Van Hollen met with Gross while on an official congressional trip to Cuba led by Sen. Patrick Leahy" (D-VT), The Washington Post reported. "We discussed a wide range of issues, and I assured him we were doing everything possible to secure his immediate release," Van Hollen said in a statement. "I indicated to President Raul Castro that the release of Mr. Gross is essential if we are going to improve the relationship between the United States and Cuba—something I believe is in the interest of both of our countries," Van Hollen added. Three years ago last December, Gross was …
Friday, January 25, 2013
U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen is slated to speak at the rally in front of the Washington Monument.
Montgomery County residents taking part in Saturday's March on Washington to Prevent Gun Violence will see at least one familar face in the crowd: that of U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington, who will speak at the march, according to a statement from his office. Participants in the march will gather at 10 a.m. in front of the U.S. Capitol's reflecting pool. After a silent march from the Capitol to the Washington Monument via Constitution Avenue, participants will hold a rally at the monument at 11 a.m. in which Van Hollen and others will deliver remarks. March participants will include religious leaders, elected officials, victims of gun violence, children’s health and safety advocates and concerned citizens, …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Van Hollen was unanimously re-elected Thursday to serve as ranking member of the House Budget Committee by the House Democratic Caucus.
The U.S. House of Representatives' Democratic Caucus unanimously reelected Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D, District 8) on Thursday to serve as ranking member of the House Budget Committee. "It has been a privilege to serve as ranking member of the Budget Committee for the last two years, and I am honored that my colleagues have reelected me to continue to serve in the 113th Congress," Van Hollen said after his reelection. The House Budget Committee is chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan (R, Wisconsin). In the 112th Congress (2011 to 2012), the committee consisted of 22 Republicans and 16 Democrats. As ranking member, Van Hollen is the most senior member of the committee from the minority party (which, in the case of the House of Representatives, is …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
With the supercommittee failing to come up with a plan to cut the deficit, Maryland could face as much as $150 million in cuts to its 2014 budget.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
By Jeffrey Benzing, Capital News Service The congressional supercommittee has failed, and now Maryland could face as much as $150 million in cuts to its 2014 budget, including millions in lost funding through federal education and health care programs, state experts say. And that's not all. Maryland's defense and federal work force could be in jeopardy through mandated cuts to defense and other federal programs. "Defense spending—that means jobs in Maryland," said Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Cockeysville, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee. "It would clearly be very hurtful to our economy." The supercommittee, officially known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, was charged with cutting more than $1.2 trillion …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Three Potomac students received the 2011 Van Hollen Public Service Award.
Three recently graduated Potomac high school students received recognition on Tuesday from Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, D-Md. for their contributions to the community and school. Evan Tassis, a Winston Churchill High School graduate; Katharine Funari, a Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart graduate; and Antonios “Adoni” Anagnostopoulos, a Walt Whitman High School graduate all received the 2011 Van Hollen Public Service Award. Van Hollen presented the awards to graduating high school students at participating schools in Van Hollen’s district for their outstanding community service. The award reflects Van Hollen’s strong belief in the importance of community involvement and his desire to recognize individuals who are dedicated to serving …