Midday Newsmaker: Sen. Van Hollen On COVID-19 Redux, Reopenings, 2020 Politics | WYPR

Midday Newsmaker: Sen. Van Hollen On COVID-19 Redux, Reopenings, 2020 Politics

Jul 13, 2020

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D., MD)
Credit vanhollen.senate.gov

Tom's Newsmaker guest for the hour is Chris Van Hollen, Maryland's Democratic junior senator, who has served in the U.S. Senate since January, 2017.  From 2003 to 2017, he was the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district.

Among the topics in today's conversation:

A major resurgence of COVID-19 coronavirus infections is overwhelming health systems in several states, as viral spread is closely correlated with gatherings in indoor spaces.  Senator Van Hollen has introduced legislation to provide additional help to small businesses. 

As the nation's schools struggle with decisions about re-opening and distance learning, Dr. Anthony Fauci has been distanced from the President.  The White House released what amounts to opposition research about Dr. Fauci over the weekend...

Calls for defunding police and rent cancellation continue on the streets of Baltimore and around the country, and concerns grow about the logistical and political challenges American voters will face as they try to cast their ballots in the November general election.  

We talk about these topics and more, and we take your questions for Senator Chris Van Hollen