Senator Van Hollen working with legislators on major concerns for 2022

MARYLAND – As states work to pick up the pieces from a major health crisis, state lawmakers and U.S. senators are trying to move forward. “The omicron has brought with it, real supply chain issues,” says U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen. He adds, “We’re doing what we can to try to relieve the pressure in the supply chain.”

Now with Maryland’s general assembly back in session, lawmakers say there’s a lot to take care of and they’re hoping federal dollars will help out. “A large amount of funding $300 million of that has already been deployed to build out high-speed internet and broadband as part of the state’s initiative,” says Sen. Van Hollen.

Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes, Speaker Pro Tem says she’s working on a bill that would create a resilience office in the Maryland Department of Emergency Management to better piece together the funding they’ll be receiving for projects and infrastructure. “Trying to address or making sure that we are streamlining and are aware of any funding that comes down from federal government to deal with sea-level rise and flooding issues that we experience too often,” says Speaker Pro Tem Sample-Hughes.

Senator Addie Eckardt also says, her major concerns lie with the H-2B visa workers and how they will affect the seafood industry. “To be able to separate H-2B workers and make a different case for them so that they don’t get caught up with everything else.”

Among other concerns brought to U.S. Sen. Van Hollen’s attention is child care, “One of the bills we’re trying to pass would address parts of this including the high cost of childcare which is keeping a lot of parents from reentering the workforce,” says Sen. Van Hollen.

The senator is also addressing climate change, transportation, and how to strengthen the economy on the Eastern Shore. “Bring more resources and more tourism and more economic opportunity to the state of Maryland Chesapeake Bay region,” says Sen. Van Hollen.

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