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April 22, 2019

Cardin, Collins Introduce Legislation to Support Volunteer Firefighters & First Responders

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA), bipartisan legislation to enhance communities' ability to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. "Local communities depend on the public service of volunteer firefighters to stay safe and secure. These modest changes will… Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $2 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development in Western Maryland

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $2 million in grant awards to Western Maryland to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg and Hagerstown. Fredrick also received more than $1.5 million through the Housing Opp… Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $350,000 for Salisbury to Expand Affordable Housing and Community Development

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $349,401 awarded to Salisbury to support affordable housing and community development on the Eastern Shore. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. In addition, the State of Maryland received over $15 million in grants for smaller jurisdictions across the state. These federal f… Continue Reading

Ben In The News

May 08, 2018

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

(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 America's international credibility. Mr. Trump has now set the international community on a slippery slope, imperiling the national security interests of the United States and our allies, particularly Israel. I voted against the Iran nuclear deal three years ago because I felt it left certain long-term questions abou… Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

Democrats Grapple With Calling On Trump To Resign

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. Some Democrats say that Trump should resign over the allegations numerous women have levied against him. Several of those women told their stories again this week as part of a growing movement to hold powerful men accountable for their actions. "These allegati… Continue Reading


December 05, 2017

Lawmakers Slam Tillerson for Botched State Department Redesign

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 his management of the department. The latest salvo came on Tuesday, when Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent Tillerson's deputy, John Sullivan, a sharp letter expressing "significant concerns" over Tillerson's plans to redesign the State Department and urging Tillerson and his deputy to lift the dep… Continue Reading