To govern is to choose and it is not courageous to protect tax breaks for millionaires, oil companies and other big-money special interests while slashing our investments in education, ending the current healthcare guarantees for seniors on Medicare and denying healthcare coverage to tens of millions of AmericansBig oil protected by GOP, Democrats say Apr 06, 2011
Until people have a final product that they are able to look at and the Congressional Budget Office, our referee on budget issues, says whether or not this will do what the earlier bills did, then I think it's going to be hard to get people to commitHouse leader predicts reform will pass Mar 07, 2010
This story that somehow these (tax) breaks for those at the top create these jobs is just nonsenseDemocrats challenge tax-cut job creation Sep 26, 2010
Healthcare was also part of the debate and the people of Massachusetts were right to be upset about provisions in the Senate billBrown's election clouds healthcare's fate Jan 20, 2010
I think this is a moment for all of us in Congress, all of us in the country, all of us in media to reflect on where we are today in the debatePeople long for more civilized society Jan 09, 2011
Christopher "Chris" Van Hollen, Jr. (born January 10, 1959) is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes most of Montgomery County, an affluent suburban county adjacent to Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Prince George's County, another Washington suburb.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a new leadership post, Assistant to the Speaker, in 2006 so that Van Hollen could be present at all leadership meetings. After the Democrats regained control of the House in the 2006 elections, Van Hollen became the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the fifth-ranking position among House Democrats. In this post, Van Hollen was responsible for leading efforts to get more Democrats elected to Congress.
After the Democratic losses in 2010, Van Hollen did not run for re-election to chair of the DCCC. Van Hollen instead chose to run for the top Democratic spot on the House Budget Committee, which was being vacated by outgoing chairman John Spratt who had been defeated for re-election. Van Hollen was elected as the ranking member on the Budget Committee on November 17, 2010. Pelosi appointed him to the 12-member bipartisan Committee on Deficit Reduction with a mandate for finding major budget reductions by late 2011.