Thursday, March 28, 2013
A bipartisan group of congressional members sends a letter to transportation secretary urging him to find ways to reduce fatalities.
Approximately 5,000 pedestrians and bicyclists are fatally struck by cars in the United States each year, representing a decrease of about 20 percent since the early '90s, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fatalities involving bicyclists and pedestrians represent a higher percentage of all roadway deaths now than in previous years, though, argued members of Congress in a letter urging federal transportation officials to enact safety measures they passed last year in the Moving Ahead in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Dist 8), who represents Silver Spring, was one of 68 House members who sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood March 23 calling for more action from…
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, September 5, 2012
Maryland's U.S Senator Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Rep. Chris Van Hollen will also speak Wednesday night. View the schedule of notable speakers on opening night at the Democratic National Convention.
Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, is in the book and Day 2 has many notable speakers, headlined by former President Bill Clinton. Clinton is scheduled to speak during the 10-11 p.m. timeslot. Also speaking Wednesday from the Maryland is Sen. Barbara Mikulski (7-8 p.m. timeslot), Rep. Steny Hoyer (8-9 p.m. timeslot) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (closing the 9-10 p.m. timeslot). The list of notable speakers for Wednesday evening is below: The full schedule for Wednesday evening at the Democratic National Convention can be found on The Wall Street Journal.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland's 8th District will stand in for VP GOP candidate Ryan, according to news reports.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-MD, will play the role of GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in practice verbal sparring with Vice President Joe Biden, who will face Ryan in a televised debate before the November election, two television networks reported late Thursday. Van Hollen, who represents Maryland's 8th District, routinely confronts Ryan in exchanges on Capitol Hill where Van Hollen is the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, which Ryan chairs. The two often clash over the same issues that will likely come up in the one televised debate between Biden and Ryan, CBS News and ABC News reported. Van Hollen may know Ryan's controversial federal financial plan better than anyone, ABC reported. "There's no place where Ryan …
Friday, August 12, 2011
Kensington representative joins 11 others in deficit-cutting group.
U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Kensington Democrat who represents most of Montgomery County in the House of Representatives, will be a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, a bicameral group of lawmakers tasked with slashing the federal deficit. Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, was appointed to the 12-member group by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday. "I am honored to have been asked by Democratic leader Pelosi to serve on the Joint Committee," Van Hollen said in a statement. "I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to address the huge challenge before us." The committee is charged with drafting a debt-reduction plan by Nov. 23, which will then …
Monday, August 1, 2011
What's your reaction to Congress' plan?
The nation is abuzz about Capitol Hill, where members are continuing debate over the debt ceiling as the Aug. 2 deadline nears. Lawmakers reached an agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling Sunday night. According to The Washington Post, the new compromise includes spending cuts and no new taxes. The Senate and House of Representatives are expected to vote on the bill on Monday, Aug. 1. Current debt ceiling: $14.3 trillion Proposed debt ceiling: $16.7 trillion Proposed cuts: As much as $25 billion in 2012, according to CNN, hitting “non-security discretionary spending hardest" (e.g., food inspections, FBI, education and other government programs/services). New development: Creation of a congressional commission to oversee enforcement of…