Washington (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen proposed the United States tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help curb escalating gas prices.
“I would say with respect to price, we’ve seen a supply disruption as a result of Libya, which has helped feed a speculative bubble and the only way to address that in the very short-term is to consider releasing some of the oil from the strategic petroleum reserve,” Van Hollen said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Cambridge, Maryland (CNN) - Trumpeting the American dream-theme "Make it in America," House Democrats gathered for their annual retreat Friday to focus on fulfilling the pledge that Democrats will make it back in 2012.
In a press conference following a meeting of the Democratic issues conference, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi outlined the goals for "Make it in America," which includes the "Drive for 25," designed to gain 25 Democratic seats in the 2012 elections and win back the majority.
Washington (CNN) – Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a member of the House Democratic leadership, said Tuesday he has "serious reservations" about President Obama's tax cut agreement with Republicans.
Van Hollen, who represented House Democrats in tax cut talks with administration officials and Republicans, spoke to reporters as he headed into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office for an afternoon leadership meeting.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Chris Van Hollen predicted Thursday that the Democratic Party would have lost between 15 and 20 more House seats in the midterm election had money and resources not been diverted away from some candidates in the closing days to help bolster other endangered incumbents.
"To provide flexibility, the DCCC made some very wrenching and tough decisions regarding resource allocation," Van Hollen, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a five page memo to House Democrats. "While painful, these decisions ensured we had finances available to defend many members from the onslaught of outside spending in the final weeks of the election."
"We saw a convergence of events that created a perfect storm against the Democrats," Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "What this was all about, and understandably so, was a referendum on 9.5 percent unemployment… We had not made enough progress."
Washington (CNN) - The man tasked with maintaining Democratic control of the House told reporters that it is "a mistake" to announce a Republican takeover of that chamber.
"I think that's a mistake," Rep. Chris Van Hollen said in response to learning that some news outlets had begun declaring a GOP victory in the House.
(CNN) – History and recent polling suggest Democrats will most likely lose their majority in the House in Tuesday's election. But according to the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the chamber “is not a lost cause.”
“I think all these Washington pundits are going to be surprised,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I believe Democrats are going to hold onto the House.”
(CNN) - Rep. Chris Van Hollen –- the Democrat tasked with maintaining control of the House -– says it is a sign of his party’s strength that several Democrats are touting their opposition to President Obama ahead of the midterm elections.
“We're proud of the fact that we have an ideologically diverse caucus. We have a whole range of different political viewers. What they're talking about is their independence on certain issues,” Van Hollen, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of The Union.
Washington (CNN) - Bush-loving extremists.
That, in simplified form, was the label hung on Republicans Friday by the Democrat charged with spearheading his party's 2010 House election campaign.
Saddled with a sagging economy and lower presidential approval ratings, Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen laid out his party's apparent plan of attack for the looming midterm elections.
Addressing reporters, Van Hollen cast this fall's campaign as less a referendum on President Barack Obama and more a choice between much-needed change and a return to the policies of former President George W. Bush and a Republican Party increasingly under the sway of extreme Tea Party activists.
"I can assure you that despite the Washington summer political chatter, reports of the House Democrats' demise are greatly exaggerated," he declared.