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"I've been doing lots of events and the overwhelming sentiment is that we need to extend emergency unemployment compensation for million of Americans who are still looking for work but can't find it," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat. (associated press)

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"I've been doing lots of events and the overwhelming sentiment is that we need to extend emergency unemployment compensation for million of Americans who are still looking for work but can't find it," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat. (associated press)

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"By narrowing the scope of the challenge, we may be able to make some progress" on a budget, says Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat. (Associated Press)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks with reporters before going to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, as Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., right, listen. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks with reporters before going to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, as Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn, D-S.C., right, listen. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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**FILE** Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Budget Committee, speaks about the budget at the 2013 Fiscal Summit in Washington on May 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this May 7, 2013, file photo, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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** FILE ** In this May 7, 2013, file photo, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. speaks in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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** FILE ** Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat (The Washington Times)

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said the IRS scandal shows an agency that doesn't have good rules for keeping political organizations from operating as tax-exempt social welfare organizations. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said the IRS scandal shows an agency that doesn't have good rules for keeping political organizations from operating as tax-exempt social welfare organizations. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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**FILE** Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Budget Committee, speaks about the budget at the 2013 Fiscal Summit in Washington on May 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Budget Committee, speaks about the budget at the 2013 Fiscal Summit in Washington on May 7, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat (The Washington Times)

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen said Wednesday that if the House speaker and others want to vote “no” on gun-control legislation, they are free to do so, “but do it in the light of day.” The Maryland Democrat added: “Don’t try and hide from the American people.” (Associated Press)