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. Chris…
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, …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Van Hollen will help the school kick off its sixth annual "Reading Rocks" celebration.
Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D, Kensington) visits Rock Creek Forest Elementary School in Chevy Chase on Thursday, Jan. 10, to officially kick off the school's sixth annual "Reading Rocks" celebration, according to a Montgomery County Public Schools statement. On that day, Van Hollen will read to a group of third-grade students at the school. Other attendees include Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, some members of the Montgomery County Council and Board of Education, the University of Maryland track team, Dr. Frank Stetson (former community superintendent for Montgomery County Public Schools), Sandy Walker (former principal of Rock Creek Forest Elementary School) and Barry Conti (former physical education teacher at the school), …
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 …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Eight of Maryland's 10 congressional representatives rejected the payroll tax cut, saying that the legislation's cuts to federal employees' pension programs were unfair.
Friday, February 17, 2012
By Mark Miller, Capital News Service Eight of the 10 members of Maryland's congressional delegation voted Friday to reject a bipartisan compromise on extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, with leading Democratic members criticizing the legislation's cuts to federal employees' pension programs. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Kensington) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) were members of the House-Senate conference committee that produced the agreement. Both supported the compromise language in committee, but both voted against it on the floor of their respective chambers. "While this conference report does many good things, it's time to send a message to stop scapegoating our federal employees," Van Hollen said on the House floor…
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Congressional Super Committee charged with coming up with solutions to tackle the country's mounting deficit, and on which Rep. Van Hollen is a member, may look to trim mortgage deductions.
When the Congressional Super Committee convenes in September to start negotiations on how to tackle the country's mounting deficit, the issue of mortgage interest tax deductions will likely be on the table. Interestingly, Rep. Christopher Van Hollen, D-MD, already has hinted that he might be open to possible changes in the mortgage deduction rules, and Congressional sources believe this might be one area in which both Democrats and Republicans can make some headway and possibly even reach a compromise. John Koskinen, who heads Fannie Mae, is among those who believe the whole area of mortgage deductions will be at play as discussions among the 12-member bipartisan Super Committee get underway. "They were never on the table before but now …