Chris Van Hollen

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  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 13, 2014. The top Democrat in the Republican-controlled House responded to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and her fight with the CIA this week, calling her courageous. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Top Dems insist Obamacare a political 'winner'

    Top House Democrats marked Obamacare's fourth anniversary by declaring it a political "winner" in congressional swing districts, despite a high-profile recent loss for the party in Florida and votes to water down the law by dozens of their colleagues.


  • **FILE** Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat (Associated Press)

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen: I'll never play politics with debt ceiling

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said Wednesday that he will never try to attach any unrelated policies to the debt ceiling in the future, even under a Republican president.


  • "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)

    Negotiators face 'huge' differences between House and Senate versions of budget

    Congressional negotiators have about a month to write a compromise federal budget, but it's a difficult task when the starting points — the plans passed earlier this year by House Republicans and Senate Democrats — are $4 trillion apart.


  • 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)

    Suit says IRS behind the times

    A top Democratic congressman and several campaign finance groups sued Wednesday to try to force the Internal Revenue Service to crack down on political groups, saying the reason the agency has encountered so many problems with tea party groups is that it is using 20th century rules to govern 21st century politics.


  • **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)

    DEAN: A Democrat's IRS about-face

    Montgomery County, Md., is home to some of the most accomplished professionals in the nation: lawyers, accountants, academics and authors. That is why the reaction of its congressman to the Internal Revenue Service scandal is so important.


  • First lady: Priority is ensuring 'family is whole'

    Michelle Obama is pushing back against the notion that she and President Barack Obama don't socialize enough in Washington.


  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican. (AP Photo)

    Republicans oppose super PAC disclosure

    For years, Republicans were staunch champions of transparency in money in politics. Disclosure, they said, was the surest antidote to corruption — more so than dollar restrictions on spending, which could drive illicit activity underground. But now that dollar restrictions have been lifted on some groups, Republicans have made an about-face.


  • Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks June 13, 2012, during the Business Roundtable quarterly meeting at the Newseum in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Romney to top CEOs: White House is anti-business

    Showering business leaders Wednesday with promises of lower tax rates and a lighter regulatory environment, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney accused President Obama of trying to duck responsibility for embracing policies that have generated the nation's "tepid" economic recovery and left millions of people out of work.


  • "This is a major action-forcing event. I'm not saying there will be a grand bargain during the lame-duck session but I would certainly hope that we reach some way to sort-of structure [or] at the very least create a process in which a credible balanced deficit reduction plan can be reached." - Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, top Democrat on the House Budget Committee. (Associated Press)

    Budget Control Act not living up to its name

    Eight months after President Obama ratified the last-minute Budget Control Act to avert a federal default, the budget deficit has only grown and the control is hard to see.


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