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May 17, 2022

OPINION: U.S., Japan must boost deterrence as China learns lessons from Russia

Source: Kyodo News Author: Ben Cardin, Bill Hagerty and John Cornyn

We recently led the first congressional delegation to Japan since the pandemic began and met with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and top officials, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other […]

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Sep 5, 2021

Minority-owned startups face extra hurdles – Senator Ben Cardin wants to help

Source: The Guardian Author: Gene Marks

Ben Cardin comes from a family of small business owners. His grandfather, who emigrated to the US from Russia more than 120 years ago, turned an independent grocery store into […]

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Jul 12, 2021

Maryland's congressional delegation meets with Baltimore mayor, police commissioner to discuss ways to quell violence

Source: Baltimore Sun Author: Jessica Anderson

Members of the Maryland congressional delegation doubled-down in promising their support for reducing Baltimore’s violence at a Monday meeting with city leaders. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin said he called for […]

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Jul 2, 2021

In bid for cooperation, Maryland senator seeks Chesapeake Bay funding for Pennsylvania with his first out-of-state earmark

Source: Baltimore Sun Author: Jeff Barker

One request stands out among dozens made by Maryland lawmakers seeking millions in federal dollars for projects benefiting the state. That’s because the project isn’t actually in Maryland. In an […]

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Jun 24, 2021

Chesapeake Bay Report Card: ‘How Did We Wind Up Not Getting an A-Plus?'

Source: Maryland Matters Author: Josh Kurtz

Days after the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) released its annual report card on the health of the Chesapeake Bay, some of the study’s authors met virtually Thursday with U.S. Sen. […]

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Jun 22, 2021

Sen. Cardin: More Republicans Likely To Support Era Ratification Deadline Removal

Source: Maryland Reporter Author: Bryan Renbaum

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., said Tuesday that he believes more Republicans will eventually decide to back legislation that would remove the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. The […]

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Jun 14, 2021

Maryland Dems want to tighten tax loopholes, favor millionaires surtax

Source: The Star Democrat

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, both Maryland Democrats, want to tighten up tax loopholes leveraged by the wealthy — including billionaires such as Amazon founder […]

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May 20, 2021

Cardin wants more federal oversight, national standards for local police

Source: The Star Democrat

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., wants to see more federal oversight and more uniform national standards for local police departments. Cardin introduced federal legislation on Thursday that includes […]

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Apr 27, 2021

Could Biden infrastructure bill turn Baltimore's Highway to Nowhere into a city park? | COMMENTARY

Source: Baltimore Sun Author: Dan Rodricks

Gov. Larry Hogan and the so-called moderates he treated to crab cakes in Annapolis last week think of infrastructure in the most conventional terms — fixing roads and bridges. Hogan is a […]

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Apr 13, 2021

Obstacles and expectations loom as Democrats draft Biden's $2T infrastructure bill

Source: Politico Author: Sarah Ferris and Marianne Levine

President Joe Biden is reassuring skeptical Republicans that he’s willing to give ground on his signature infrastructure package — underscoring exactly how much work his own party has left to […]

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Mar 26, 2021

Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center announces third iteration of US-Colombia Task Force co-chaired by Senators Cardin and Blunt

Source: Atlantic Council

WASHINGTON, DC  — March 26, 2021 —??? Following an event with Colombian President Iván Duque and US-Colombia Task Force co-chairs Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center announced that Representative […]

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Mar 23, 2021

Corruption Is a National Security Threat. The CROOK Act Is a Smart Way to Fight It.

Source: Just Security Author: Senators Ben Cardin and Roger Wicker

Not long ago, America’s greatest adversaries were bound together by communist ideology. Today, they most often are defined by political corruption—authoritarian leaders using the levers of government to enrich themselves […]

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Mar 10, 2021

Maryland Sen. Cardin: Massive national COVID relief bill contains ‘unprecedented' assistance for Baltimore

Source: Baltimore Sun Author: Jeff Barker

A $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that Congress passed Wednesday contains an “unprecedented” level of funding for Baltimore and other Maryland cities and counties that have been clamoring for help […]

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Mar 10, 2021

Maryland senators reintroduce bill to install statue of Harriet Tubman in the U.S. Capitol

Source: Baltimore Sun Author: Tim Prudente

Maryland’s U.S. senators are reintroducing their legislation to erect a statue in the U.S. Capitol to Harriet Tubman, the Eastern Shore woman who led slaves to freedom along the Underground […]

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Feb 13, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen React to Impeachment Vote

Source: Maryland Matters Author: Laura Olsen

Maryland Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin (D) and Chris Van Hollen (D) issued stinging rebukes of former President Trump on Saturday after the Senate fell 10 vote shorts of convicting Trump […]

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Dec 18, 2020

Senators Van Hollen and Cardin introduced the Economic Justice Act on Friday

Source: WMAR Baltimore Author: Kelly Broderick

On Friday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin introduced the Economic Justice Act. The Act will provide more than $435 billion in immediate and long-term investments in communities […]

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Nov 25, 2020

Sen. Cardin: Congress must pass comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill

Source: Baltimore Sun Author: Ben Cardin

This is not a time for small measures. As part of a larger package, Congress must get serious about helping small businesses. We support our local communities in Maryland and […]

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Nov 13, 2020

Senator Cardin Hopeful for Change on Immigration, Refugee Resettlement

Source: HIAS Author: Sharon Samber

Senator Ben Cardin sounded cautiously optimistic. As the Maryland Democrat addressed an audience of more than 350 on a HIAS-hosted post-election briefing call on Nov. 12, he enumerated many of the […]

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Nov 9, 2020

MARYLAND LEGISLATORS PRAISE BIDEN VICTORY: ‘DEMOCRACY AND DECENCY HAVE PREVAILED'

Source: My Montgomery County Media Author: Suzanne Pollak

The two United States Democratic senators from Maryland hailed the results of the presidential election, predicting it foretold good things for the state’s residents. Under a President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration, […]

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Oct 29, 2020

Senator Cardin & others introduce resolution to recognize Uyghur genocide

Source: Local DVM Author: Rebecca Burnett

Thousands of Uyghurs, people of mostly Muslim faith, are being held in hundreds of labor camps across East Turkestan in China. This week, U.S. senators, including Senator Ben Cardin of […]

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Oct 19, 2020

Cardin assures Orthodox Jewish community: Biden would be a ‘trusted ally' on Israel

Source: Jewish Insider Author: Jacob Kornbluh

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) assured members of the Orthodox Jewish community on Monday that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would be a “true trusted ally” who would use his long-standing […]

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Sep 25, 2020

Senators reprimand Metro after scathing audit

Source: The Washington Post Author: Justin George

Maryland and Virginia’s four senators reprimanded Metro on Thursday, citing the release of a scathing audit earlier this month that detailed long-standing and unaddressed problems that have resurfaced within the […]

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Sep 15, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on Postmaster General to Immediately Reverse Operational Changes

Source: WCBC Radio

Maryland U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen  along with Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Committee on Health, Education, […]

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Sep 11, 2020

Cardin announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for the Port of Baltimore

Source: WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume today announced $10 million in federal funding for the Maryland Port Administration to improve […]

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Aug 21, 2020

Sen. Cardin: Congress must prioritize small businesses in next Covid-19 relief bill

Source: Baltimore Business Journal Author: Carley Milligan

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin said Friday that the best thing the federal government can to do help small businesses get back on their feet is to “get this virus under […]

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Aug 11, 2020

NEXT COVID-19 RELIEF BILL SHOULD FUND NIH RESEARCH, CARDIN AND VAN HOLLEN URGE

Source: Montgomery County Media Author: Brian Gallion

Maryland’s U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined a bipartisan coalition of their Senate colleagues Thursday in calling for $15.5 billion to be allocated for research at the […]

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Aug 7, 2020

Rep. Trone, Senators Cardin, Van Hollen secure $1 million to combat opioid crisis

Source: Local DVM Author: Katie Rhee

Congressman David Trone alongside Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced that the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will receive $1 million dollars in funding to aid their […]

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Jul 31, 2020

CARDIN, VAN HOLLEN COSPONSOR BILL TO DECLARE RACISM A NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY

Source: Montgomery County Media Author: Bryan Gallion

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both Maryland Democrats, are cosponsoring a resolution that was introduced in the Senate last week to declare racism a national public health […]

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Jul 23, 2020

Cardin Continues to Press for Increased Federal Investment in Minority-Owned Businesses

Source: Senate Small Business Committee

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today continued to press for increased federal investment in minority-owned businesses during a hearing titled, “Capital Access […]

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Jul 16, 2020

Maryland leaders announce funding to help Eastern Shore's economy during COVID-19

Source: WMAR 2 News Author: Kelly Broderick

On Thursday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. announced more than $500,000 in funding to help the Eastern Shore’s local economy respond to […]

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Jul 1, 2020

SENATOR CARDIN PLAYS KEY ROLE IN SENATE EXTENSION OF PPP

Source: Montgomery County Media Author: Alex Argiris

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) successfully pushed the Senate on Tuesday to extend the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8. Cardin, who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Small Business […]

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Jun 25, 2020

Unsanitized: Sen. Ben Cardin on Boosting Small Business Support

Source: The American Prospect Author: David Dayen

First ResponseFirst-time unemployment claims held steady last week at around 1.5 million, three months after the beginning of the crisis. Over 31 million Americans are still receiving some form of […]

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Jun 19, 2020

Sens. Schumer, Menendez, Cardin issue joint statement cautioning Israel against annexation

Source: The Jewish Insider Author: Jacob Kornbluh

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) are joining growing opposition to Israeli plans to unilaterally annex portions of the West Bank. […]

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Apr 23, 2020

Trump's cuts to WHO funding: irresponsible, irrational, and simply wrong

Source: Stat Author: Ben Cardin

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that an infectious disease outbreak in one corner of the world can, in a world closely linked by international travel and interconnected economies, quickly […]

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Mar 24, 2020

Democratic senator asks Pompeo to stop saying 'Wuhan virus'

Source: The Hill Author: Alexander Bolton

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other State Department officials to stop using the term “Wuhan virus” or “Chinese […]

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Feb 13, 2020

America's entrepreneurs, small business can count on the census to build success: Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin

Source: FOX Business Author: Ben Cardin

Census Day on April 1, will mark the beginning of our nation’s decennial population survey, which will determine Congressional representation and the allocation of more than $1.5 trillion in annual federal funding […]

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Dec 27, 2019

Why Small Business Saturday is important to Maryland

Source: The Washington Post Author: Sen. Ben Cardin

This week, after spending time with their families and loved ones, more than 165 million Americans are expected to participate in the busiest shopping weekend of the year as we kick off […]

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Nov 19, 2019

Communities need alternatives to driving

Source: The Washington Times Author: Sen. Ben Cardin

Investing in infrastructure has been a priority for Democrats, Republicans and Independents. We all agree we need to get it done sooner rather than later when the need will be […]

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Sep 22, 2019

Ben Cardin: We must support the Kirwan Commission recommendations

Source: The Capital Gazette Author: Ben Cardin

As Maryland’s nearly 900,000 public school students have started the school year and parents have begun to attend Back-to-School nights, many have met new teachers – not only new to […]

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Sep 20, 2019

Guest Column: Cardin Explains the impact of Climate Change on Maryland Jobs

Source: The Prince George's Sentinel Author: Sen. Ben Cardin

Our climate is changing. We have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of violent storms, multi-year-long droughts in the heartland and the American West, recurring severe heat waves, […]

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Aug 15, 2019

Empowering Minority Entrepreneurs

Source: The AFRO News Author: Sen. Ben Cardin

In 1977, former Congressman Parren Mitchell fought to pass an amendment to a $4 billion federal public works program requiring city and state recipients to set aside 10 percent of […]

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Jan 25, 2019

It's time to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Source: The Washington Post Author: Ben Cardin and Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, represents Alaska in the Senate. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, represents Maryland in the Senate. Men and women should be treated equally under the law. It seems […]

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May 8, 2018

I voted against the Iran nuclear deal. Withdrawing from it is a mistake.

Source: JTA Author: Ben Cardin

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal, is bad policy and calls into question […]

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Dec 12, 2017

Democrats Grapple With Calling On Trump To Resign

Source: Huffington Post Author: Igor Bobic

Democrats are grappling with how best to tackle the allegations of sexual harassment against President Donald Trump now that they have pushed Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who was also accused of sexual misconduct, from their midst. […]

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Dec 5, 2017

Lawmakers Slam Tillerson for Botched State Department Redesign

Source: Foreign Policy Author: Robbie Gramer

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fends off rumors he could be out of a job within weeks, he is also facing growing criticism from diplomats and lawmakers in both parties over […]

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Nov 20, 2017

Ben Cardin: The Full Transcript

Source: Politico Author: Susan Glasser

Glasser: This is Susan Glasser, and welcome back this week to The Global POLITICO. I’m delighted to have as our guest Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. He’s the ranking Democrat on […]

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Nov 19, 2017

A Conversation with Ben Cardin

Source: Maryland Matters Author: Josh Kurtz

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) always seems to find himself in the thick of major policy battles. A week ago, in his capacity as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations […]

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Nov 18, 2017

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin: Let's rethink president's ability to use nuclear weapons

Source: Capital Gazette Author: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

At my town halls and meetings across Maryland, people are increasingly asking me, “Is President Trump really going to start a nuclear war with North Korea? Can he do that? Are there […]

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Nov 18, 2017

'Me too' movement renews Equal Rights Amendment push

Source: USA Today Author: Nicole Gaudiano

WASHINGTON — Equal Rights Amendment advocates think this could be their moment. As women increasingly come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment, advocates are seeing the “me too” […]

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Nov 16, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen propose path to residency for temporarily protected immigrants

Source: The Baltimore Sun Author: John Fritze

Three Democratic senators — including Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen — introduced legislation Thursday to allow certain immigrants with temporary legal status in the United States to apply for […]

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Nov 1, 2017

Cardin: Russia's election meddling is 'an act of war'

Source: Politico Author: Louis Nelson

Russian efforts to interfere in last year’s presidential election amount to “an act of war,” Sen. Ben Cardin said Wednesday, and to question otherwise plays right into Russia’s hands. “You’re […]

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Oct 12, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin On The Iran Deal And Trump

Source: NPR Author: Steve Inskeep

*Audio at link Steve Inskeep talks with Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, who voted against the Iran nuclear deal, but now worries about the consequence if President Trump decertifies Iran’s compliance […]

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Sep 29, 2017

McCain, Cardin urge Trump to get tough with Moscow

Source: Politico Author: Elana Schor

Two senior senators are urging President Donald Trump to fully use the new authority to punish Russia that lawmakers overwhelmingly granted him last month. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ben […]

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Sep 5, 2017

Sen. Cardin: Trump's Words Making NKorea Matter Worse

Source: Newsmax Author: Sandy Fitzgerald

President Donald Trump’s language about North Korea has made an extremely dangerous situation even worse, Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday. “We […]

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Aug 22, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin: Don't send more U.S. troops

Source: USA Today Author: Ben Cardin

After 16 years of America’s longest war, the U.S. continues to have significant national security interests in Afghanistan. As we have seen, instability and the terrorism it breeds in this […]

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Aug 20, 2017

Dem senator: We don't need to keep Confederate statues to learn history

Source: The Hill Author: Julia Manchester

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) defended decisions to remove Confederate monuments on Sunday as “not changing history.”  Around the country, monuments honoring the Confederacy have been defaced and taken down recently, following violence in Charlottesville, […]

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Aug 9, 2017

Ben Cardin says Trump sent ‘the wrong message' in heated exchange with North Korea

Source: Washington Times Author: Sally Persons

Sen. Ben Cardin said Wednesday that President Trump sent “the wrong message” in his comments about North Korea. “I think it was just the wrong message and elevated the situation rather than […]

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Jul 26, 2017

Cardin blasts health-care votes: ‘What is the bill that we are considering?'

Source: Washington Post

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) on July 26 expressed frustration with the Senate’s handling of several health-care votes to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.  *Video at link

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Jul 20, 2017

Setting the Record Straight: Nothing in the the Israel Anti-Boycott Act restricts constitutionally-protected free speech

Source: Medium Author: Senator Ben Cardin

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent the following letter to the American Civil Liberties Union in response to their concerns about S. 720, The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which […]

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Jul 20, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin Reacts To Trump's 'New York Times' Interview

Source: NPR Author: Morning Edition

CARDIN: Well, it’s another one of those remarkable comments by the president. He does not realize that the attorney general is the attorney general for the people of this country. […]

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Jul 11, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. and the kamikaze tweetstorm that set Washington on fire

Source: Washington Post Author: Monica Hesse and Ben Terris

Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin smiled merrily when he saw the reporters approaching him. It was Tuesday, the day of Donald Trump Jr.’s kamikaze tweetstorm, and a deeply enjoyable day to […]

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Jun 20, 2017

Dual lawsuits target Trump's business empire

Source: The Takoma Voice Author: Lindsay Huth

Maryland Democrats signed onto two separate lawsuits this week arguing that President Donald Trump violated the Constitution’s anti-corruption clauses by accepting payments from foreign officials through the Trump Organization. The […]

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Feb 2, 2017

Cardin emerging as leading Trump foreign policy critic

Source: AP Author: Nate Harold

WASHINGTON — After introducing sanctions legislation on Russia and opposing Donald Trump’s nomination of Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is emerging as a leading Democratic […]

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Dec 22, 2016

Cardin, Corker spar over Donald Trump's pick for State

Author: John Fritze

Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is ramping up pressure on President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State to release tax returns, writing […]

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Dec 20, 2016

Cardin: Trump should support Paris climate agreement

Author: Ben Cardin

One year ago, diplomats representing more than 190 countries finalized the world’s most ambitious and achievable agreement to combat climate change at the annual United Nations climate conference (COP21) in […]

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Dec 8, 2016

Trump could threaten U.S. superpower status: Democratic senators

Author: Senators Ben Cardin and Dianne Feinstein

President Obama is right — if President-elect Donald Trump succeeds, America succeeds. But the opposite is equally true. The costs of a failed Trump presidency would be profound for the […]

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Nov 30, 2016

Sen. Ben Cardin is right: Time to drain the swamp

Author: Jennifer Rubin

Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, along with nearly two dozen fellow Democrats, introduced a resolution on Tuesday urging President-elect Donald Trump to follow his campaign pledge to sever ties with […]

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Nov 22, 2016

Cardin to push resolution on Trump's financial conflicts

Author: Nahal Toosi

Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, plans to introduce a resolution calling on President-elect Donald Trump to take the necessary financial steps to ensure […]

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Nov 17, 2016

The United States needs to hold Russia accountable for its aggression

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

Ben Cardin is a U.S. senator from Maryland and the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Any presidential administration’s top charge is to protect U.S. national security interests, […]

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Nov 14, 2016

Cardin, Hoyer call Bannon appointment 'deeply troubling'

Author: John Fritze

A handful of Maryland Democrats added their voice Monday to the criticism of President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Steve Bannon to a senior White House job, a selection that […]

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Nov 9, 2016

Senator Cardin releases statement on Presidential Election

Author: Jennifer Flueckiger

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin- D-Md., Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Environment & Public Works, and Small Business […]

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Oct 25, 2016

Officials frustrated over delay in FBI headquarters site

Author: Sydney Tonic and Kimberly Escobar

Maryland officials expressed frustration Tuesday over the federal government’s decision to delay picking a site for the FBI’s consolidated headquarters until March. The General Services Administration had been expected to […]

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Oct 12, 2016

Sen. Cardin Continues Focus Around On Health Crisis Around Heroin & Opioid Abuse

Maryland U.S. Senator Ben Cardin has participated in a number of town hall meetings across the state in recent months focused on the health crisis around heroin and opioid abuse. […]

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Oct 5, 2016

Cardin rips Russia, says U.S. must 'revisit' approach to Cold War rival

Author: Nahal Toosi

A top Senate Democrat is warning in harsh terms that Russia must face “consequences” for its actions in Syria and beyond, and that the U.S. “must revisit its overall approach” […]

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Sep 26, 2016

Sen. Cardin discusses substance abuse at Cecil County roundtable

Author: Cheryl Mattix

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) visited Cecil County Friday morning for a roundtable discussion about the substance abuse epidemic permeating the county, state and country. He met with County Council […]

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Sep 22, 2016

Top Dem: 'Risk factor' to extending Iran sanctions in lame duck

Author: Jordain Carney

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) warned Wednesday that while he thinks it’s likely the Senate will extend Iran sanctions by the end of the year, the issue could easily dissolve into […]

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Aug 2, 2016

Maryland seeking federal assistance for flood recovery efforts in Ellicott city

Author: Jesse Coburn

Officials are seeking federal assistance to help residents and businesses whose property was lost or damaged in the flood that ravaged historic Ellicott City on Saturday, and scheduled an information […]

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Jul 22, 2016

The Republican Platform and Ukraine

Author: Ben Cardin

Re “A Most Extreme Republican Platform” (editorial, July 19): Given the trajectory of the Republican Party over the last two decades, culminating in the nomination of Donald Trump for president, […]

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Jul 14, 2016

Senate confirms Baltimore's Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Senate has confirmed Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden as the first woman and first African-American librarian of Congress. President Barack Obama nominated Hayden in February, […]

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Jul 13, 2016

The South China Sea Is the Reason the United States Must Ratify UNCLOS

Source: Foreign Policy Author: Ben Cardin

The July 12 ruling by a tribunal of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in the case brought by the Philippines firmly rejected China’s expansive claims […]

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Jul 11, 2016

Ben Cardin Discusses NATO with VOA (Video)

Senator Ben Cardin speaks to Milena Djurdjic of VOA’s Serbian Service about Montenegro’s accession to NATO, Serbia, NATO and Russian policies after Brexit. They spoke on July 7, 2016. https://m.voanews.com/a/3410570.html

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Jun 27, 2016

Cardin 'Disappointed' In Britain Referendum Vote

Sen. Ben Cardin said he isn’t pleased with Great Britain’s referendum vote to exit the European Union, but he expressed hope it doesn’t hurt America’s relationship with Britain or the […]

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Jun 16, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski weigh in on Senate guns filibuster

Author: John Fritze

Maryland’s senators — both Democrats — also spoke on the floor in an effort to give Murphy some relief. “I noticed that in the Orlando tragedy, one of the weapons […]

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Jun 14, 2016

Like "a death in the family:" Officials, community groups react to Orlando shooting

Author: Cody Boteler

In the wake of the shooting that left 49 victims dead and over 50 others injured, responses from officials and community groups in Maryland continue to offer condolences and support.

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Jun 8, 2016

Time for a human rights dialogue with India

Source: The Hill Author: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

India has a proud tradition of democracy and civil disobedience, a profound strength that lies in the diversity of its people. I believe that the same can be said about […]

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May 25, 2016

Baltimore Change Makers: Leaders of A Beautiful Struggle, By Example

Author: Donna Owens

Our “Baltimore: Change Makers” series will introduce you to some of the individuals who are engaging youth, seeking to improve their neighborhoods block by block, and demanding that their voices […]

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May 24, 2016

Ben Cardin convenes panel to learn the latest threats from Zika

Author: Meredith Cohn

The cost of medical care and lost productively from Zika infections in six southern U.S. states could exceed $2 billion, and that’s if only 2 percent of the region’s population […]

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May 17, 2016

Essential water infrastructure

Source: The Hill Author: Ben Cardin

Infrastructure is a technical-sounding word that describes so much that matters in our daily lives. It may sound like something that happens somewhere else, but infrastructure includes our homes and […]

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May 12, 2016

Mikulski, Cardin ask FEMA to 'fix' Ocean City flood plain maps

Author: John Fritze

Maryland Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin called Wednesday for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to adjust its flood plain maps for Ocean City, arguing that residents there are […]

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May 3, 2016

Cardin: Clean water effort must continue in face of opponents

Author: E.B. Furgurson III

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin hosted a roundtable discussion on water quality in Annapolis Monday to highlight progress on some legislation moving through Congress and successful battles against efforts to dilute […]

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Apr 26, 2016

The Daily 202: Down-ballot women hope to ride the Hillary Clinton train in today's Acela Primary

Author: James Hohmann

Amal Clooney met with Ben Cardin:

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Apr 25, 2016

EPA Budget Cuts Lung Cancer Program, Ups Climate Change Funding

Author: Nicholas Ballasy

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed budget for cutting clean water funding and eliminating a lung cancer prevention program. The Obama’s administration’s $8.3 […]

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Apr 4, 2016

Caught between White House and its critics, lawmaker pledges to renew Iran sanctions

Author: Ron Kampeas

TA — The top Democrat handling foreign relations in the Senate says he will endeavor to get Congress to reauthorize Iran sanctions before year’s end, a key goal of pro-Israel […]

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Apr 3, 2016

Lawmakers target lead contamination in drinking water

Author: Laura Ungar,

A spate of legislation in Congress aims to increase testing for lead in drinking water in cities, schools and day cares across the country amid evidence that excessive amounts of […]

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Mar 31, 2016

Westernport awarded $2.2M for new water system

Author: Greg Larry

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Mar 14, 2016

Will The U.S. Ever Get Rid Of Its Lead Pipes?

Author: Arthur Delaney

WASHINGTON — Even after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, reminded Americans that millions of homes across the country receive drinking water from dangerous lead pipes, there hasn’t been much […]

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Feb 5, 2016

Sen. Ben Cardin, HCC students talk college affordability

Author: Lisa Philip

Thirteen Howard Community College students had the chance to talk college affordability with Sen. Ben Cardin Friday morning at their Columbia campus. Students discussed their struggles to pay for and […]

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Feb 2, 2016

With Iran nuclear deal in place, key senators look to slap new sanctions on country

Author: Karoun Demirjian

Just weeks after the Iran nuclear deal took effect, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking fresh aim at Tehran with stepped-up sanctions to punish the Islamic Republic for aggressive non-nuclear activities. […]

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Feb 1, 2016

IRS phone service has left taxpayers on hold

Author: Jeff Barker

The Internal Revenue Service, which saw its workforce dwindle steadily from 2010 to 2015, says a modest budget increase has left it better equipped to respond to the tens of […]

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Sep 4, 2015

I will vote against the Iran deal

Source: Washington Post Author: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Throughout the process of evaluating the Iran nuclear agreement, I continuously returned to two fundamental questions: Is this deal more or less likely to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear […]

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Jul 21, 2015

America must lead the climate change fight or our leadership record is toast

Source: Guardian News Author: Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

The atmosphere is warming. Ice is melting. Droughts are worsening; seas are warming, rising and acidifying. We’re past theory and well into measurement on those points. Pope Francis recently observed […]

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Jun 18, 2015

Listen to the Pope about climate

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

(CNN)Pope Francis’ new encyclical on climate change is a profound reminder that we have a shared moral obligation to address climate change and the immeasurable human suffering it is causing […]

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Jun 18, 2015

Listen to the Pope about climate

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

(CNN)Pope Francis’ new encyclical on climate change is a profound reminder that we have a shared moral obligation to address climate change and the immeasurable human suffering it is causing […]

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May 19, 2015

Clear truth on clean water

Source: The Hill Author: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Americans need clean safe water to drink, bathe, run their businesses, keep schools open and function daily. Unfortunately, the waters that feed the drinking water supplies of 1 in 3 […]

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Jun 6, 2013

Remembering Frank Lautenberg

Author: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Frank Lautenberg, the senior U.S. senator from New Jersey, was a friend and colleague. He was an outstanding senator, a patriot who served our country in World War II, an […]

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May 10, 2013

We Need To Remove The Deadline For Ratification Of The Equal Rights Amendment

Author: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

As Americans celebrate Mother’s Day, I have three words I want to say: “It is time.”  By those three words, I am referring to passage of the Equal Rights Amendment […]

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Mar 4, 2013

Women's History Month: Looking Back On Domestic Violence

Author: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

March is Women’s History Month, a time we usually celebrate or honor a specific woman in history.  This year, I would like to do something different. I would like to […]

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Feb 20, 2013

Sequestration Is Not The Solution

Author: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

If Congress fails to deal with the looming threat of sequestration, March 1 will be devastating for millions of Americans. That will be the day that automatic, across-the-board spending cuts […]

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Aug 7, 2012

THE PORT OF BALTIMORE IS ON THE UPSWING AND A GOOD INDICATOR OF ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR OUR NATION

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

  PRECEDE:  Senator Cardin is a member of five Senate committees:  Environment & Public Works, Finance, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  His web site is: cardin.senate.gov. You […]

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Jul 31, 2012

Millions of Americans See Real Benefits, Savings from Affordable Care Act

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the lives of millions of Americans and thousands of Marylanders.  That’s because many of its provisions are now taking effect and providing important […]

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Jun 26, 2012

THE SENATE-PASSED FARM BILL PROTECTS THE BAY AND HELPS MARYLAND FARMERS

Author: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

In our nation, the agriculture industry provides more than 16 million jobs for Americans and is Maryland’s largest industry.  For those reasons, I am pleased that the U.S. Senate once […]

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May 8, 2012

WE NEED TO REMOVE THE DEADLINE FOR RATIFICATION OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

As millions of Americans celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, I propose we honor all the women of our nation by removing the deadline for state ratification of the […]

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May 1, 2012

CONGRESS NEEDS TO PREVENT STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES FROM DOUBLING

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

Today, millions of Americans are still struggling to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  As we work to restart our economy, employers need highly skilled, educated […]

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Apr 19, 2012

WE NEED TO REMOVE THE DEADLINE FOR RATIFICATION OF THE ERA

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

As millions of Americans celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, I propose we honor all the women of our nation by removing the deadline for state ratification of the […]

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Apr 18, 2012

EARTH DAY 2012: PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

Forty-two years ago, the late Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had a vision of a world in which the environment was paramount.  His vision led to the establishment of Earth Day […]

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Apr 13, 2012

WE NEED DECISIVE ACTION TO STOP WALL STREEET SPECULATION THAT IS DRIVING UP GAS PRICES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES

Millions of American families are feeling the burden of ever increasing gas prices.  I join them in their anger and frustration over the rising price of gas, and I want […]

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Mar 29, 2012

WE MUST PUT AN END TO RACIAL PROFILING IN AMERICA

Author: Senator Cardin

Racial profiling – the targeting of individuals because of race, ethnic identity, national origin or religion – has no place in our nation.  The recent, tragic and avoidable shooting death […]

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Mar 14, 2012

MARCH IS WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

This month is National Women’s History Month and the focus this year is on women’s education and empowerment.  Today, women have taken a dominant role in the ranks of higher […]

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Mar 7, 2012

CELEBRATING THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE WAR OF 1812

As dawn broke on September 14, 1814, a young Marylander named Francis Scott Key witnessed a unique display of American patriotism and tenacity that moved him to write a poem […]

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Feb 14, 2012

REMEMBERING DEAMONTE DRIVER: FIVE YEARS LATER

This February marks the 5-year anniversary of the tragic death of Deamonte Driver, the 12-year-old Prince George’s County youngster who died from an abscessed tooth.  Deamonte died only miles from […]

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Feb 1, 2012

HONORING THE LEGACY OF HARRIET TUBMAN DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Author: Senator Cardin

February is Black History Month, a time to honor the important contributions made throughout our nation’s history by African Americans.  This year, I want to pay special tribute to Harriet […]

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Jan 18, 2012

FEDERAL PROGRAM HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES BECOME MORE INNOVATIVE

Author: Senator Cardin

The legislative compromise on a short-term payroll tax extension dominated headlines in late December, but few journalists heralded a provision that was included in the bill that will help small […]

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Jan 3, 2012

DECEPTIVE VOTER PRACTICES CANNOT BE TOLERATED

Voter suppression and intimidation are still very much alive in our nation.  From misleading and fraudulent information about elections to voter intimidation and robocalls designed to suppress the vote, deceptive […]

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Dec 1, 2011

OUR FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS CONTINUES

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

On this December 1, 2011, we celebrate the 23rd anniversary of World AIDS Day.  I say celebrate, because we have accomplished so much in the fight against this terrible disease, […]

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Nov 14, 2011

SUPERCOMMITTEE CAN SUCCEED

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

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Nov 14, 2011

A MESSAGE TO THE BUDGET SUPER COMMITTEE

Author: U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

On November 23, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – also known as the “Super Committee” —   will issue its recommendations on how to deal with our nation’s economic […]

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Nov 7, 2011

COMMEMORATING VETERANS DAY BY CREATING NEW "HOTELS FOR HEROES" PROGRAM FOR OUR TROOPS & THEIR FAMILIES

November 11th is Veterans Day — a time in which we as a nation pause to give thanks to the brave men and women of our military, and their families, […]

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Oct 3, 2011

HOW WE CAN CREATE JOBS AND HELP OUR NATION'S STRUGGLING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

The Great Recession has taken a serious toll on our economy.  With employment stalled in the nine percent range, consumer demand down and businesses hesitant to hire, Americans are truly […]

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Sep 20, 2011

AMERICANS HAVE A RIGHT TO THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY EARNINGS STATEMENTS

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

Since 1999, millions of Americans have received annual, detailed earnings statements from the Social Security Administration about their Social Security benefits.   These annual earnings statements are an invaluable tool that […]

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Sep 1, 2011

TEN YEARS LATER: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 FOREVER CHANGED OUR NATION

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, was a stunningly beautiful fall morning that belied the horror and tragedy that would befall our country.  It was on that morning that we suffered an […]

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Aug 8, 2011

ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SERGEI MAGNITSKY'S KILLERS

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

The case of Sergei Magnitsky has come to symbolize the rampant and often violent corruption plaguing the Russian state. Sergei, a 37-year-old tax lawyer, husband and father working for an […]

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Aug 3, 2011

DEBT CEILING AGREEMENT AVOIDED DEFAULT AND PROTECTED SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE/MEDICAID AND FEDERAL WORKERS

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

The recent budget crisis was very harmful to our nation. It put into question our nation’s financial stability and threatened the economic security of millions of Americans.  We were forced […]

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Jul 28, 2011

SHOULD THE UNITED STATES ABOLISH THE EPA? NO.

The federal government has scores of departments, agencies, and programs. But there is only one whose sole mission is to protect human health and the environment: the Environmental Protection Agency. […]

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Jul 25, 2011

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS PROVIDE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY CARE

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

For many Americans, the month of August represents the last days of summer before vacation season ends and children go back to school.  But the second week of the month […]

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Jun 27, 2011

BONO'S ONE CAMPAIGN WORKS

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

I was surprised to read the June 20 op-ed by Matt Patterson “U2: Great music in the service of a dubious charity,” which contained misinformation about ONE, the anti-poverty, advocacy […]

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Jun 16, 2011

IT'S TIME TO SHIFT STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

This week, I joined with 26 of my Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to shift our policy in Afghanistan and to begin an “accelerated” transition to Afghan security forces. […]

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Jun 7, 2011

REDUCING ENERGY COSTS BY DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY POLICY

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

This spring, Americans struggled with high gasoline prices and unpredictable energy costs as gas at the pump soared to more than $4 a gallon. While these high gas prices have […]

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May 31, 2011

THE SENATE'S REJECTION OF RYAN BUDGET PLAN IS A VICTORY FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

  The defeat of the Ryan budget in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 57-to-40 last week was a victory for America’s seniors and a clear message that Americans will […]

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May 9, 2011

WE CANNOT ALLOW MEDICARE & MEDICAID TO BE DISMANTLED

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

We can — and we must — develop a credible deficit reduction plan that is comprehensive and considers all options.   A credible budget plan, however, does not hurt the weakest, […]

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May 6, 2011

PARTNERING TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP STORMWATER POLLUTION

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

Cooperation is a term used far too rarely in governance today. Thanks to a newly enacted law that I authored, however, that term now perfectly describes the newly clarified collaborative […]

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Apr 20, 2011

LIBYA: THE RESOURCE CURSE STRIKES AGAIN

Author: Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

The civil war in Libya, and the consequent spike in world oil prices, has cast a bright light on three important truths about global energy: first, Europe and the United […]

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Apr 15, 2011

A CELEBRATION: EARTH DAY 2011

Author: Senator Ben Cardin

Earth Day was established in 1970 by the late U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a way to encourage awareness and appreciation of our planet, including its fragile nature […]

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Mar 21, 2011

DEFICIT REDUCTION MUST LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED

Author: Ben Cardin

These are difficult times for our economy, and Americans want Congress to act now to develop a credible budget plan that will ensure our nation’s future growth and prosperity. It’s […]

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Mar 1, 2011

CELEBRATING WOMENS HISTORY MONTH

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March is Women’s History Month and it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the barriers that women have overcome and to celebrate what they have accomplished throughout our nation’s […]

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Feb 3, 2011

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS A TIME TO CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF BLACK ENTREPRENEURS

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February is Black History Month, and it is an opportunity to give special recognition and voice to the many accomplishments of Black Americans throughout our nation’s history.  Established in 1926, […]

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Jan 28, 2011

NEW COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

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I am pleased to have been selected for a seat on the influential Senate Finance Committee.  We have been in the worst recession since the Great Depression and, as a […]

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Jan 14, 2011

REPEALING HEALTH CARE REFORM WOULD HURT MARYLAND SENIORS AND RAISE COSTS FOR ALL

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As the 112 th Congress gets underway, there are efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act , a move that would have a devastating effect on seniors, harm the solvency […]

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Jan 6, 2011

CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF AN AMERICAN ICON: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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On January 17, our nation will pause to celebrate and honor the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of our most admired leaders whose vision, strength […]

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Dec 1, 2010

MARYLAND'S BLUE ALERT SYSTEM CAN SUPPORT AND PROTECT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS NATIONWIDE

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More than 900,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect us and to make our communities safer. Tragically, sometimes the […]

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Oct 22, 2010

COMMUNITY COLLEGES HOLD THE KEY TO JOBS OF THE FUTURE

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We are all concerned about the economy and jobs and it’s important to keep in mind that many jobs in the future will build on innovative, new technologies and advances […]

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Oct 4, 2010

HATE CRIMES AGAINST THE HOMELESS

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Last week, I chaired an important Judiciary subcommittee hearing that I found extremely upsetting and troubling.   It focused on the increasing number of violent attacks on individuals who are […]

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Sep 13, 2010

NEW HEALTH CARE LAW PROVIDES IMPORTANT PREVENTIVE BENEFITS TO AMERICANS STARTING SEPT. 23

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September 23, 2010 is a day that all Americans should mark on their calendar.   On that day, new preventive health care benefits that were included in the Patient Protection […]

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Aug 9, 2010

PROTECTING AMERICANS BY STOPPING PASSPORT FRAUD

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If you have ever traveled overseas, applied for a job or tried to open a bank account, you know that a U.S. passport is the gold standard for identification. It […]

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Jul 28, 2010

CELBRATING THE 45th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT

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This year marks the 45 th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act – one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation to be enacted during […]

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Jul 22, 2010

CONGRESS ACTS TO PROTECT 'MAIN STREET' FROM 'WALL STREET'

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Congress recently passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — legislation that will protect consumers, investors and taxpayers by ensuring that the financial services industry has the appropriate […]

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Jul 6, 2010

AN OVERVIEW OF THE ELENA KAGAN CONFIRMATION HEARINGS

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As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I spent much of last week participating in the confirmation hearings of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the […]

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Jun 9, 2010

BP OIL SPILL IS A WAKE-UP CALL TO OUR NATION

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     As Americans continue to watch the failure of BP to turn off the oil spigot caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion, we are distressed by the loss of […]

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Jun 1, 2010

IT'S TIME TO PROHIBIT AIRLINES FROM CHARGING FOR CARRY-ON BAGGAGE

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The summer travel season has started and many air travelers are planning ahead for what they may encounter. Unfortunately, over the years air travelers have become all too familiar with […]

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May 24, 2010

SENATE MOVES FORWARD ON WALL STREET REFORM

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   Last week, the Senate took an important step forward in putting an end to Wall Street’s recklessness and in protecting Americans from future financial meltdowns caused by greed, arrogance […]

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May 7, 2010

WE NEED A PERMANENT MORATORIUM ON DRILLING OFF THE ATLANTIC COAST

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Our nation is currently witnessing what could become the largest, most catastrophic environmental disaster in our history – a disaster that I do not want to see repeated along the […]

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Apr 19, 2010

EARTH DAY MARKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY

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For 40 years, Americans have joined together annually to celebrate the Earth and dedicate themselves to protecting and renewing the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land […]

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Apr 1, 2010

CONGRESS ACTS TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO PELL AND OTHER FEDERAL COLLEGE AID PROGRAMS

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Families who have struggled – or who are currently struggling — to send a child to college will be pleased that Congress has acted to remove the middle man from […]

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Mar 26, 2010

WHAT HEALTH CARE REFORM MEANS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

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After more than a year of public debate, Congress has taken an historic step by enacting the Patients Protection Affordable Health Care Act — legislation that will benefit every American. […]

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Mar 10, 2010

FOCUSING ON THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MARYLAND WOMEN DURING WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

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March is officially Women’s History Month and it gives us an opportunity to remember and pay special tribute to the many contributions that women have made to our state and […]

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Mar 4, 2010

CENSUS 2010: ALL AMERICANS NEED TO BE COUNTED

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Census Day comes only once every 10 years and it’s one of the most important days of the decade. That’s because it’s when everyone in our nation is counted.  In addition […]

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Feb 25, 2010

RECOGNIZING LEADING AFRICAN AMERICAN MARYLANDERS IN AMERICAN MEDICINE

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I rise today on the occasion of Black History Month to recognize the accomplishments of three leading Marylanders in American medicine.  Established by Howard University historian Carter G. Woodson in […]

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Feb 24, 2010

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN HAS BECOME A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC

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Violence against women is an epidemic of global proportions.  It ranges from domestic violence to rape, from acid burnings to so-called honor killings, and it threatens one out of every […]

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Feb 9, 2010

THE KEY TO JOB CREATION IS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS

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      As we look at a national unemployment rate that has at times has topped 10 percent in the last year, and hear the latest news reports that […]

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Jan 29, 2010

BLACK HISTORY MONTH REMINDS AMERICANS OF THE IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENTS OF AFRICAN AMERCIANS

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For too long, African American contributions to U.S. history were minimized or ignored. Dr. Carter G. Woodson – the second African American to earn a doctorate degree — recognized this […]

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Jan 21, 2010

MARYLAND IS POISED TO LEAD OUR NATION'S CYBERSECURITY DEFENSE AGAINST TERRORISTS

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America is under constant attack from cyber criminals, terrorists and unfriendly nations that seek to do us harm.   But cybersecurity involves more than identity theft and stealing money, it […]

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Jan 11, 2010

HONORING THE MEMORY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

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The birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., became a national holiday more than 25 years ago so that our nation — and future generations — would understand […]

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Nov 23, 2009

WE HAVE A HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO ENACT HEALTH CARE REFORM

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Access to affordable, quality health care should be a right of all Americans.   Yet today, millions of middle-class Americans are at risk as they face skyrocketing health care premiums, […]

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Oct 27, 2009

NOW IS THE TIME TO CLEAN UP THE BAY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

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For decades people have talked about cleaning up one of America’s most cherished and celebrated bodies of water – the Chesapeake Bay.   On October 21, I introduced the Chesapeake […]

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Oct 13, 2009

WE NEED TO EXTEND THE $8,000 FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS TAX CREDIT

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There are signs that the housing market is stabilizing, but we are not out of the woods yet.   That’s why I recently introduced legislation — which has strong bipartisan […]

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Sep 25, 2009

HEALTH CARE REFORM MUST FOCUS ON PREVENTION AND WELLNESS

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Congress has returned from its August recess and is now focused on health care reform.   During the recess, I held four town hall meetings across Maryland and many people […]

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Aug 3, 2009

WE NEED TO STUDY THE USE OF ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AMONG COMBAT TROOPS

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There has been an alarming increase in suicides and attempted suicides among our combat troops in recent years.    There is no denying that soldiers in the field are under […]

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Jul 9, 2009

HATE CRIMES STILL PLAGUE OUR NATION

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The recent killing of a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. was a stark reminder that hate crimes are still a part of our society. […]

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Jul 1, 2009

AUTO DEALERS GOT A RAW DEAL FROM CHRYSLER AND GM

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In May, Chrysler and General Motors (GM) announced they were closing more than 3,100 auto dealerships nationwide, including 30 in Maryland.   Since then, I have met with a number […]

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Jun 18, 2009

CONGRESS TAKES IMPORTANT STEP TO REGULATE TOBACCO PRODUCTS

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After more than a decade, Congress has taken the important step of empowering the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products, including the power to remove harmful […]

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Jun 8, 2009

MY MEETING WITH JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR

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This is an exciting time to be a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee as we move forward in vetting President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to become a justice […]

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May 5, 2009

IT IS TIME TO STRENGTHEN EFFORTS TO CLEAN UP AND RESTORE THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

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The Chesapeake Bay is our nation’s largest estuary, and Maryland’s greatest natural resource.   As Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, […]

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Apr 22, 2009

AMERICANS ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING OUR NATION BETTER

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The recently enacted Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act is in keeping with the spirit of our nation by making it easier for Americans to volunteer for national service, a […]

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Apr 14, 2009

SAVING A FREE PRESS COULD HELP PRESERVE OUR DEMOCRACY

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In recent months, the newspaper industry has been turned upside down.   The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocky Mountain News, the Baltimore Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others, have […]

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Mar 30, 2009

I AM COMMITTED TO ENSURING THE U.S. HELSINKI COMMISSION WILL ADVANCE U.S. FOREIGN POLICY GOALS

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In 1975, 35 nations – including the United States and the Soviet Union – signed one of the most important international documents to protect human rights and the rule of […]

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Mar 11, 2009

CLEAN, GREEN TRANSPORTATION IS OUR FUTURE

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As Congress works to address our nation’s transportation problems, it has a duty to rebuild our aging infrastructure for the 21 st century. At the same time, Congress also has […]

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Feb 19, 2009

THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY BILL GIVES PRESIDENT OBAMA THE TOOLS HE NEEDS TO DEAL WITH OUR ECONOMY

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Congress took bold action in passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was needed in order to restore confidence in our economic system.   In recent decades, economic […]

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Feb 12, 2009

CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN

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After a nearly two-year fight to gain passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), I am pleased that the legislation is now law thanks to strong bipartisan congressional support […]

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Jan 26, 2009

CONGRESS AND THE NEW ADMINISTRATION GET TO WORK ON REBUILDING OUR ECONOMY

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            Now that the Inauguration of our 44 th President has come to an end, Congress and the new Obama Administration have begun work on restoring our economy.   It […]

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Dec 12, 2008

MARYLANDERS CAN GET HELP WITH THEIR ENERGY BILLS

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Every winter we hear news reports of tragic fires caused when families who cannot pay their energy bills turn to space heaters or candles to save money.   This year […]

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Nov 10, 2008

MENTAL HEALTH PARITY BILL PROVIDES MARYLANDERS ACCESS TO CRITICAL MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS

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Congress recently took an important step toward ensuring that those in need of mental health and substance abuse services receive access to the treatment they need.  On October 3, the […]

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Oct 21, 2008

BIOTECH RESEARCH AND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT HELP DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH IN MARYLAND

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Maryland can take great pride in the fact that the biotechnology industry has become one of our state’s premier industries.   Today, Maryland ranks 19 th in population, but third […]

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Oct 15, 2008

CONGRESS SETS STAGE FOR FUTURE LEGISLATION

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The 110 th Congress recently completed its two-year cycle, and history will view this Congress as having made progress in setting the stage and laying the groundwork for the future, […]

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Sep 8, 2008

A NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK WOULD HONOR LEGACY OF HARRIET TUBMAN, A LEADER OF THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

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Maryland played an important role in our nation’s early history – from the American Revolution to the Civil War, and beyond.   One of the most important Marylanders to shape […]

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Aug 22, 2008

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO FILE FOR YOUR STIMULUS REBATE

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Almost 100,000 Marylanders have left money on the table because they have failed to file for their stimulus rebate.   Most of these individuals are elderly or disabled veterans who […]

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Jul 31, 2008

THE HOUSING BILL WILL PROVIDE HELP TO AMERICANS WHO ARE FIGHTING TO KEEP THEIR HOMES

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Despite a veto threat from the President and concerns that Republicans would vote against help for Americans struggling to keep their homes, both the House and the Senate passed the […]

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Jul 10, 2008

KOREAN WAR VETERANS DESERVE RECOGNITION

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Fifty-five years ago this July, the Korean War ended after great sacrifice.   Waged for three years on the Korean Peninsula, the Korean War involved 5.7 million Americans, with 36,000 […]

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Jun 25, 2008

THE NEW STAR-SPANGLED BANNER TRAIL WILL HELP COMMEMORATE THE WAR OF 1812

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When we celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in four years we will have the new Star-Spangled National Historic Trail to help us chart the events of the […]

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Jun 16, 2008

AMERICANS NEED RELIEF FROM HIGH ENERGY COSTS

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Americans are feeling the pinch of higher energy costs. A recent nationwide poll shows that 60% of families are cutting spending as they struggle to pay for rising electric bills […]

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May 15, 2008

WE NEED TO DO MORE FOR OUR VETERANS

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As we pay homage to our nation’s fallen heroes this Memorial Day, we also turn our attention to those brave veterans who are still with us.  Today, we are a […]

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May 9, 2008

HIGH ENERGY COSTS ARE HURTING AMERICANS

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As news reports of rising energy prices grab headlines, Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to fill up their cars at the gas station and pay the cost of cooling […]

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Apr 28, 2008

CONGRESS NEEDS TO ENSURE EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

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On a daily basis, American women in the workforce are being denied equal pay for equal work simply because of their gender. Even worse, one of the remedies available to […]

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Apr 18, 2008

WE NEED TO IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS FOR VETERANS

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Congress passed the original GI Bill in 1944 to help veterans returning home from World War II adjust to civilian life through education and training.   But the legislation has […]

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Apr 4, 2008

MARYLAND HAS THE RIGHT TO SET AUTO EMISSIONS STANDARDS

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The connection between global warming and greenhouse gas emissions is one that scientists clearly understand and they are concerned   Maryland and 19 other states also understand the growing threat […]

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Mar 20, 2008

WE NEED TO DO MORE TO HELP THOSE FACING FORECLOSURE

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American families are hurting as our nation faces a growing crisis in the housing and credit markets.   The economic news continues to worsen as we hear reports about the […]

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Mar 5, 2008

CELEBRATING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF WOMEN

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We honor the contributions of women in our society throughout March during Women’s History Month.  Started in 1978 as a weeklong celebration coinciding with International Women’s Day, it has grown […]

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Feb 13, 2008

STIMULUS PACKAGE WILL PROVIDE RELIEF

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Families across Maryland are hurting and that is why I am extremely pleased that Congress and the White House came together in a bipartisan way to pass an economic stimulus […]

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Feb 8, 2008

NEW CIVIL RIGHTS BILL WOULD STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS OF AMERICANS' CIVIL RIGHTS

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February is Black History Month, a time when our nation celebrates and honors the achievements of African Americans.   It also is a time when we rededicate ourselves to the […]

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Jan 25, 2008

RACIAL PROFILING HAS NO PLACE IN OUR SOCIETY

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The use of racial profiling by law enforcement officials has become epidemic in some neighborhoods. While the vast majority of police officers discharge their duties with professionalism and without bias, […]

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Jan 4, 2008

THE U.S. HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE WORLD IN REDUCING GLOBAL WARMING

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Global warming is real and it is affecting the Earth.  Earlier this year, I traveled with my Senate colleagues to Greenland where we saw dramatic evidence of retreating glaciers and […]

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Dec 10, 2007

THE RECORD OF THIS CONGRESS

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The 2006 Elections were a clear indication that most Americans wanted a change.   They wanted a change in direction in Iraq, and a change in many of our nation’s […]

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Nov 28, 2007

HEAD START BILL GETS STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

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We often hear people say that our “children are our future,” but Congress recently acted on that sentiment and passed a five-year reauthorization of the Head Start program that will […]

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Nov 13, 2007

SMALL BUSINESSES NEED GREATER ACCESS TO FEDERAL CONTRACTS

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Small business owners in Maryland are in a unique position. Because of our close proximity to the Nation’s Capital, many of them should have better opportunities for federal contracts.    […]

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Oct 26, 2007

FAMILIES OF FIRST RESPONDERS OFTEN FACE DIFFICULTY GETTING BENEFITS THEY ARE ENTITLED TO RECEIVE

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Four years ago, Congress did the right thing for the families of first responders who die in the line of duty from a stroke or heart attack.   Unfortunately, the […]

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Oct 9, 2007

HOW WE CAN ENSURE UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS

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We are the richest nation in the world, yet today more than 47 million Americans – 9 million of them children — have no health care coverage.   The number […]

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Sep 20, 2007

ON 50th ANNIVERSARY OF 1957 CIVIL RIGHT BILL TOO MANY BARRIERS TO VOTING STILL EXIST

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Fifty years ago this year Congress passed the first major civil rights bill since Reconstruction.   It set an important precedent by establishing the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as […]

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Sep 7, 2007

WE NEED TO MAKE PREVENTING AND CURING SICKLE CELL DISEASE A NATIONAL PRIORITY

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In recent years, a lot of attention has focused on a few debilitating diseases that affect millions of Americans.  Coordinated public and private efforts — including targeted biomedical research, awareness campaigns, […]

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Aug 14, 2007

The CHIP Program is Critical to Meeting the Health Needs of Low-Income Children

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The United States is the richest nation in the world and because of that we have the resources to provide all Americans with access to quality health care, particularly children. […]

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Jul 25, 2007

HOW WE CAN MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE

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For decades, the United States has always been committed to ensuring that qualified students could go to college, regardless of family income.   Student aid programs have made it possible […]

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Jul 11, 2007

SENATE-PASSED ENERGY BILL BRINGS US CLOSER TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

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The U.S. Senate recently passed an energy package that included my goal of achieving U.S. independence from foreign energy by mandating that we get the vast majority of our energy […]

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Jul 2, 2007

WE NEED TO INCREASE MONEY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT - NOT REDUCE IT

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One of the most important funding sources for local and state law enforcement is the Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, often referred to as the Byrne/JAG grant program. […]

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Jun 5, 2007

WE NEED TO GET OUR TOP TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS THAT NEED THEM THE MOST

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Good teachers are the key to a successful education system.   That is because teachers who are well trained and highly qualified can help children who are having trouble learning […]

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May 23, 2007

WE NEED TO DO MORE TO STOP HATE CRIMES

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We've all read the news accounts about the African-American family who finds a burning cross on their lawn, the gay man who was tortured and killed because of his sexual […]

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May 9, 2007

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PROMOTE ENERGY-EFFICIENCY WHEN BUILDING NEW FACILITIES

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I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't support energy conservation. From the cars we drive to the buildings in which we live and work, Marylanders want to save energy […]

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Apr 19, 2007

A CHILD'S DEATH HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE

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Most Marylanders have heard about the tragic death of Deamonte Driver, age 12, from a brain infection caused by an abscessed tooth. For months, his mother tried to get dental […]

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Apr 2, 2007

LISTENING TO THE CONCERNS OF INJURED SOLDIERS

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Americans have listened to news reports about the deteriorating conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center with shock and horror. I share their deep concern, and I am determined that changes […]

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Mar 20, 2007

THE STAR SPANGLED TRAIL WOULD HELP COMMEMORATE THE WAR OF 1812

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The War of 1812 was a pivotal event in our nation's early history, an event that many historians often refer to as our "Second War of Independence." In 1814, the […]

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Mar 19, 2007

PREVENTING DECAY, PREVENTING TRAGEDY

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Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died last month from an abscessed tooth. The Prince George's County boy's passing is an astonishing reminder that our country is far from a land of equal […]

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Mar 8, 2007

MUCH STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE TO RESTORE NEW ORLEANS

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In August 2005, all of us watched the human tragedy and suffering and environmental catastrophe that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For several days after the hurricane struck, […]

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Feb 22, 2007

GLOBAL WARMING IS A THREAT TO MARYLAND

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For the sake of our national security and our economy, America needs an energy policy that makes us much less dependent on foreign sources of energy and weans us off […]

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Feb 12, 2007

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS A TIME TO RECOMMIT OUR NATION TO ENSURING EQUALITY FOR ALL AMERICANS

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February is Black History Month and it is a time in which all Americans should reflect on the struggle for civil rights that millions of our citizens have endured. It […]

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Feb 1, 2007

THE STATE OF OUR UNION NEEDS REALISTIC SOLUTIONS

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President Bush recently made his annual State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Overall, the President did a good job of identifying the problems facing our […]

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