Representative Christopher 'Chris' Van Hollen, Jr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (MD) - District 8, Democratic
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Chris Van Hollen, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Chris Van Hollen, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. Letter to President of the United States of America George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "Around the country, state legislators are introducing bills that would restrict a woman's access to birth control. We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control. There are 42 million women in America who must use some method of birth control in order to avoid unintended pregnancies- many of them married. These women would like you to be clear that you support their right to contraception." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 358, the misleadingly titled the "Protect Life Act'' [¦] The bill on the Floor today takes the unprecedented step of preventing a woman from using her own private funds to purchase a full, comprehensive health care plan through the exchanges established in the Affordable Care Act. That is simply another way of denying a woman the right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Chris Van Hollen a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Letter to President of the United States of America George W. Bush. 16 May 2006. "Around the country, state legislators are introducing bills that would restrict a woman's access to birth control. We are concerned that those who seek to restrict or eliminate safe, legal abortions are expanding their goals and now also seek to restrict access to emergency contraception and other forms of prescription birth control. There are 42 million women in America who must use some method of birth control in order to avoid unintended pregnancies- many of them married. These women would like you to be clear that you support their right to contraception." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Protect Life Act. 13 October 2011. "Madam Speaker, I rise in strong opposition to H.R. 358, the misleadingly titled the "Protect Life Act'' [¦] The bill on the Floor today takes the unprecedented step of preventing a woman from using her own private funds to purchase a full, comprehensive health care plan through the exchanges established in the Affordable Care Act. That is simply another way of denying a woman the right to choose." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Chris Van Hollen a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. MSNBC "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" “ Transcript. 14 September 2010. "So, we should put to rest this notion that they're out there protecting the small business guy. And we all know that after two Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy, what happened? We actually lost 630,000 private sector jobs in the economy eight years later. So, this notion that you somehow need it for job growth and economic growth has been proven--it"s been proven false by the history of the last eight years. What we do know is that in the long-term doing this and adding $700 billion to the deficit will hurt job growth and slow down the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. NBC "Meet the Press" “ Transcript. 26 September 2010. "David, the House will vote before these tax cuts expire at the end of the year. Whether we vote before the election or not is something we'll take a look at. But I want to be very clear as to what the stakes are here because what the Republicans have said is that they're going to hold tax relief for 98 percent of the American people hostage until they can get permanent tax breaks for the top 2 percent, even though that would blow a $700 billion hole in the deficit, something that would be added to the credit cards of our children and grandchildren, and slow down economic growth and jobs going forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. MSNBC "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" “ Transcript. 14 September 2010. "So, we should put to rest this notion that they're out there protecting the small business guy. And we all know that after two Bush tax cuts for the very wealthy, what happened? We actually lost 630,000 private sector jobs in the economy eight years later. So, this notion that you somehow need it for job growth and economic growth has been proven--it"s been proven false by the history of the last eight years. What we do know is that in the long-term doing this and adding $700 billion to the deficit will hurt job growth and slow down the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. NBC "Meet the Press" “ Transcript. 26 September 2010. "David, the House will vote before these tax cuts expire at the end of the year. Whether we vote before the election or not is something we'll take a look at. But I want to be very clear as to what the stakes are here because what the Republicans have said is that they're going to hold tax relief for 98 percent of the American people hostage until they can get permanent tax breaks for the top 2 percent, even though that would blow a $700 billion hole in the deficit, something that would be added to the credit cards of our children and grandchildren, and slow down economic growth and jobs going forward." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Statement on President's Deficit Reduction Proposal. 19 September 2011. "We must put Americans back to work and kick start our economic recovery as we also work to implement a balanced plan to reduce our deficit over the long term. The President's plans represent a common sense approach to achieve both those goals. Today he laid out the case for putting our fiscal house in order by making difficult cuts and also asking millionaires and billionaires to pay at least the same effective tax rate as many of those who work for them. President Obama's proposals are a welcome contribution to the Joint Committee's ongoing work and deserve serious consideration." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 4 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Statement on President's Deficit Reduction Proposal. 19 September 2011. "We must put Americans back to work and kick start our economic recovery as we also work to implement a balanced plan to reduce our deficit over the long term. The President's plans represent a common sense approach to achieve both those goals. Today he laid out the case for putting our fiscal house in order by making difficult cuts and also asking millionaires and billionaires to pay at least the same effective tax rate as many of those who work for them. President Obama's proposals are a welcome contribution to the Joint Committee's ongoing work and deserve serious consideration." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Chris Van Hollen a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 37 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 37 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Chris Van Hollen a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Applauds Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant for Maryland. 16 December 2011. "I congratulate the State of Maryland on winning the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant today. Investments in early childhood education are the most effective way to close the achievement gap and give students the opportunity for success. Maryland is a national leader in this effort, and this award will allow the State to continue to raise standards, improve our child care workforce, and prepare every child for a lifetime of learning." (vanhollen.house.gov)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Applauds Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant for Maryland. 16 December 2011. "I congratulate the State of Maryland on winning the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant today. Investments in early childhood education are the most effective way to close the achievement gap and give students the opportunity for success. Maryland is a national leader in this effort, and this award will allow the State to continue to raise standards, improve our child care workforce, and prepare every child for a lifetime of learning." (vanhollen.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2004 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2006 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Gun Violence. 1 March 2011. "H.R. 308 is not about gun control. Instead, it's about commonsense ammunition control. The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act sets aside all of the historically contentious debate around gun ownership and instead asks every American a very simple question: Is it really necessary for non-law enforcement civilians to have access to high capacity, 33-round magazines like the one Jared Lee Loughner used to shoot our colleague Gabby Giffords and his other victims in Tucson? I would submit that it is not. And I would further submit that the overwhelming majority of Americans and law abiding gun owners would agree that it is not. Consistent with that commonsense conclusion, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act would simply ban the sale or transfer of high-capacity magazines holding more than ten rounds. Law enforcement records show that the number of high capacity magazines retrieved by police at crime scenes dropped significantly the last time this kind of restriction was in effect, and common sense tells you that smaller magazines with less bullets will lead to less fatalities and injuries during these kinds of horrific attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Chris Van Hollen a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 100 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Gun Violence. 1 March 2011. "H.R. 308 is not about gun control. Instead, it's about commonsense ammunition control. The Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act sets aside all of the historically contentious debate around gun ownership and instead asks every American a very simple question: Is it really necessary for non-law enforcement civilians to have access to high capacity, 33-round magazines like the one Jared Lee Loughner used to shoot our colleague Gabby Giffords and his other victims in Tucson? I would submit that it is not. And I would further submit that the overwhelming majority of Americans and law abiding gun owners would agree that it is not. Consistent with that commonsense conclusion, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act would simply ban the sale or transfer of high-capacity magazines holding more than ten rounds. Law enforcement records show that the number of high capacity magazines retrieved by police at crime scenes dropped significantly the last time this kind of restriction was in effect, and common sense tells you that smaller magazines with less bullets will lead to less fatalities and injuries during these kinds of horrific attacks." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Chris Van Hollen a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Chris Van Hollen in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. Press Release: Van Hollen Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Care Reform. 28 June 2012. "Today's decision is a huge victory for the American people. The historic Affordable Care Act has changed the course of health care in our nation for the better, and will continue to improve the quality of life for all Americans as it is fully phased in." (vanhollen.house.gov)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Applauds Maryland's Implementation of Health Care Reform. 10 January 2011. "I want to congratulate Governor Martin O'Malley and the state of Maryland for its efforts in implementing the Affordable Care Act. By conducting an open, transparent process and incorporating feedback from the public and stakeholders, today's final report from the Governor's Health Care Reform Coordinating Council provides an ambitious yet realistic roadmap for the State as it continues to move forward in providing quality, accessible, and affordable health care for all Marylanders. Our state has been a national leader in ensuring care for our residents, and we will continue to move forward in implementing health care reform that will control costs, expand coverage, and improve health services." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Marks the One-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "One year ago today, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act and changed the course of health care in our nation. This historic reform legislation will bring down health care costs for families and small businesses, expand coverage to millions of Americans, and end the worst practices of insurance companies. It will also help put our nation on more sound fiscal footing, reducing the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next 20 years. Americans have already begun to see the law's effects." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Opening Statement: Mark Up of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 6 April 2011. "The Affordable Care Act will begin to bring down the per capita costs of health care throughout the system -- including Medicare. It includes virtually every cost containment provision recommended by health care experts. In her testimony before this Committee, Dr. Rivlin has said the Affordable Care Act would bend the health care cost curve and that repeal would set back efforts to create a more disciplined and effective health care system. Yet this Republican Budget will kill many of those system-wide reforms that will reduce costs throughout the system, including in Medicare [¦] But we will vigorously oppose any effort to undermine the integrity of these essential supports for seniors and vulnerable individuals." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Press Release: Van Hollen Statement on Supreme Court Decision Upholding Health Care Reform. 28 June 2012. "Today's decision is a huge victory for the American people. The historic Affordable Care Act has changed the course of health care in our nation for the better, and will continue to improve the quality of life for all Americans as it is fully phased in." (vanhollen.house.gov)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Applauds Maryland's Implementation of Health Care Reform. 10 January 2011. "I want to congratulate Governor Martin O'Malley and the state of Maryland for its efforts in implementing the Affordable Care Act. By conducting an open, transparent process and incorporating feedback from the public and stakeholders, today's final report from the Governor's Health Care Reform Coordinating Council provides an ambitious yet realistic roadmap for the State as it continues to move forward in providing quality, accessible, and affordable health care for all Marylanders. Our state has been a national leader in ensuring care for our residents, and we will continue to move forward in implementing health care reform that will control costs, expand coverage, and improve health services." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Marks the One-Year Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. 23 March 2011. "One year ago today, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act and changed the course of health care in our nation. This historic reform legislation will bring down health care costs for families and small businesses, expand coverage to millions of Americans, and end the worst practices of insurance companies. It will also help put our nation on more sound fiscal footing, reducing the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next 20 years. Americans have already begun to see the law's effects." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Opening Statement: Mark Up of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2012. 6 April 2011. "The Affordable Care Act will begin to bring down the per capita costs of health care throughout the system -- including Medicare. It includes virtually every cost containment provision recommended by health care experts. In her testimony before this Committee, Dr. Rivlin has said the Affordable Care Act would bend the health care cost curve and that repeal would set back efforts to create a more disciplined and effective health care system. Yet this Republican Budget will kill many of those system-wide reforms that will reduce costs throughout the system, including in Medicare [¦] But we will vigorously oppose any effort to undermine the integrity of these essential supports for seniors and vulnerable individuals." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 83 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 91 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, I oppose this constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The legislation before us today is nothing more than an attempt by the Republican leadership to exploit a wedge issue that panders to their political base and diverts attention from their abysmal record of non-accomplishment and rubberstamping the incompetence of the Bush Administration. [...] Whatever one's view is on same sex marriage, amending the Constitution is not the place to address this issue. The laws governing marriage fall under the domain of the states and that is where this issue should be addressed." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen signed the Freedom to Marry: Democrats Say I Do pledge. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 91 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Chris Van Hollen voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Chris Van Hollen voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Marriage Protection Amendment. 18 July 2006. "Mr. Speaker, I oppose this constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The legislation before us today is nothing more than an attempt by the Republican leadership to exploit a wedge issue that panders to their political base and diverts attention from their abysmal record of non-accomplishment and rubberstamping the incompetence of the Bush Administration. [...] Whatever one's view is on same sex marriage, amending the Constitution is not the place to address this issue. The laws governing marriage fall under the domain of the states and that is where this issue should be addressed." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen signed the Freedom to Marry: Democrats Say I Do pledge. "The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called "Defense of Marriage Act," and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples." (www.freedomtomarry.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)

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  • Chris Van Hollen. Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 13 May 2011. "Bringing Osama bin Laden to justice was the result of the hard work and sacrifice by this nation's intelligence and Special Forces community. These brave men and women are silent warriors who deserve our gratitude and unwavering support. I commend them for their ongoing efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat terrorism around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Statement Honoring The Victims Of The September 11th Attacks. 10 September 2009. "President Obama is dedicated to facing the cancer of global terrorism with renewed purpose and to defeat it at its source. He has made this commitment not only to safeguard lives, but also to honor the commitment of the dedicated men and women in uniform serving in harms way, here at home and around the world. September 11th is a day to remember those who lost their lives and to express our solidarity with the families they left behind. It is a day to honor the heroic public servants who help keep us safe here and abroad, and a day for Americans to express their gratitude for their sacrifice. September 11th is also a day of acknowledgment of the dangerous world we live in today and of the difficult task that still lies ahead." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Berman Co-authors Bipartisan Letter Urging President Bush to Increse Funding for International Affairs Programs. 19 December 2005. "We are writing to express strong, bipartisan support for an increase in the FY 07 International Affairs budget - one that builds on the sensible funding increases you have requested in recent years. This vital investment in America's fight against global terrorism and efforts to build global stability promotes economic prosperity and expresses the compassion of the American people for those in need around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011. 13 May 2011. "Bringing Osama bin Laden to justice was the result of the hard work and sacrifice by this nation's intelligence and Special Forces community. These brave men and women are silent warriors who deserve our gratitude and unwavering support. I commend them for their ongoing efforts to disrupt, dismantle and defeat terrorism around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Van Hollen Statement Honoring The Victims Of The September 11th Attacks. 10 September 2009. "President Obama is dedicated to facing the cancer of global terrorism with renewed purpose and to defeat it at its source. He has made this commitment not only to safeguard lives, but also to honor the commitment of the dedicated men and women in uniform serving in harms way, here at home and around the world. September 11th is a day to remember those who lost their lives and to express our solidarity with the families they left behind. It is a day to honor the heroic public servants who help keep us safe here and abroad, and a day for Americans to express their gratitude for their sacrifice. September 11th is also a day of acknowledgment of the dangerous world we live in today and of the difficult task that still lies ahead." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. Berman Co-authors Bipartisan Letter Urging President Bush to Increse Funding for International Affairs Programs. 19 December 2005. "We are writing to express strong, bipartisan support for an increase in the FY 07 International Affairs budget - one that builds on the sensible funding increases you have requested in recent years. This vital investment in America's fight against global terrorism and efforts to build global stability promotes economic prosperity and expresses the compassion of the American people for those in need around the world." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. CNN "State Of The Union with Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 15 August 2010. "And we know that the Republican John Boehner was very vocal in support of the Bush plan to privatize Social Security, which, as you know, would have resulted in millions of senior citizens in this country losing a whole lot of their retirement savings during this economic meltdown. And the fact of the matter is, they would like to send more of the Social Security money to Wall Street. That has been a position the Republicans have held for a long time [...] if you privatize Social Security, the end result will be that that money is not there. There is not a stable source of retirement money because we will be literally gambling it on Wall Street." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. CBS "Face the Nation" “ Transcript. 24 October 2010. "The Republican plan to privatize Social Security, which George Bush the other day said was his biggest piece of unfinished business, would be great for the folks on Wall Street, but it would be terrible for seniors who would have seen huge losses in their social security retirement, if that had been in place during the financial meltdown." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 16 August 2010. "Their point person on the Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, has put together the so-called roadmap plan which would privatize Social Security along with Medicare. And what these guys essentially want to do is hand over a good chunk of people's retirement savings and give it to Wall Street. I might add that John Boehner, the Republican Leader, wants to repeal the recently passed Wall Street reform bill. So they want to repeal the Wall Street reform bill which is designed to rein in Wall Street, and then they at the same time want to hand more of our seniors' retirement money and our future retirement money over to Wall Street so they can gamble with it as we saw in the financial meltdown. That's irresponsible. And we need to get the word out, because that is what they plan to do, just read their own roadmap." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Chris Van Hollen supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. CBS "Face the Nation" “ Transcript. 24 October 2010. "The Republican plan to privatize Social Security, which George Bush the other day said was his biggest piece of unfinished business, would be great for the folks on Wall Street, but it would be terrible for seniors who would have seen huge losses in their social security retirement, if that had been in place during the financial meltdown." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. CNN "State Of The Union with Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 15 August 2010. "And we know that the Republican John Boehner was very vocal in support of the Bush plan to privatize Social Security, which, as you know, would have resulted in millions of senior citizens in this country losing a whole lot of their retirement savings during this economic meltdown. And the fact of the matter is, they would like to send more of the Social Security money to Wall Street. That has been a position the Republicans have held for a long time [...] if you privatize Social Security, the end result will be that that money is not there. There is not a stable source of retirement money because we will be literally gambling it on Wall Street." (votesmart.org)
  • Chris Van Hollen. MSNBC "The Ed Show" “ Transcript. 16 August 2010. "Their point person on the Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, has put together the so-called roadmap plan which would privatize Social Security along with Medicare. And what these guys essentially want to do is hand over a good chunk of people's retirement savings and give it to Wall Street. I might add that John Boehner, the Republican Leader, wants to repeal the recently passed Wall Street reform bill. So they want to repeal the Wall Street reform bill which is designed to rein in Wall Street, and then they at the same time want to hand more of our seniors' retirement money and our future retirement money over to Wall Street so they can gamble with it as we saw in the financial meltdown. That's irresponsible. And we need to get the word out, because that is what they plan to do, just read their own roadmap." (votesmart.org)

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