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January 20, 2022

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members Support Expansion of Patuxent Research Refuge

Lawmakers urge OMB to support interagency transfer of more than 100 acres to better protect headwaters of Patuxent and Anacostia rivers, improve public access WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Jamie B. Raskin today urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to allow the proposed transfer of a 105-acre parcel of land currently owned by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to the U.S. Fish and Wil… Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Cardin, Van Hollen Praise Judiciary Committee Approval of Judge Julie Rubin for Maryland U.S. District Court Seat

Senators recommended Judge Rubin to President Joe Biden WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today praised the Judiciary Committee's bipartisan approval of Judge Julie Rubin to serve as U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Maryland. "We are pleased that today the Judiciary Committee favorably recommended Judge Julie Rubin," the senators said. "Judge Rubin brings tremendous experience to the federal bench having served as a Baltimore City Circuit Jud… Continue Reading


January 20, 2022

Cardin Says Need for Voter Protections and Rules Reform to Improve the Senate Are Still Vital

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after the Senate failed to move forward the "Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act." "I am bitterly disappointed that the Senate failed to pass critical voting rights legislation, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. Congress has a moral obligation to act to protect the right of all Americans to vote in a free and fair election in 2022 and always. This fundamental right to vote must be protected by the U.S. Congress, Department of… Continue Reading

Ben In The News

September 05, 2021

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

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 a chain of food distribution businesses. His success was one of the factors helping Cardin enter the world of politics at the age of 24, where he ultimately rose to become an influential member of the US Senate. He is now in his third term representing Maryland, and the ranking member of the small business and entrepreneur… Continue Reading


July 12, 2021

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

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 the delegation to meet with Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison at City Hall in response to the "unacceptable" level of violence in the city. "Our strong desire is to help you bring down the violence in Baltimore. We know it's not an easy situation. The current level … Continue Reading


July 02, 2021

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

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 unusual approach to a long-standing problem, Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland told The Baltimore Sun this week that he wants to direct money to Pennsylvania farmers to help them curb damaging runoff that flows from the Susquehanna River into the Chesapeake Bay. Cardin's $2.2 million request… Continue Reading