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June 21, 2018

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Sends Letter to Department of Labor in Support of Baltimore City Schools Teachers Facing Deportation

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have written a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta urging prompt consideration of the Baltimore City Public School System's (City Schools) Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) audit. Without a timely resolution by the Department of Labor, 25 longtime City Schools teachers are at risk of deportation. "Without a decision made on the … Continue Reading


June 21, 2018

Forty Senators Push Senate Appropriations Leaders to Reject Dangerous Environmental Riders

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall (D-NM) today led 40 Senators in urging the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to keep destructive anti-environmental provisions - or "riders" - out of this year's appropriations bills. Republicans have frequently attempted to slip environmental riders into spending bills in recent years, leading to gridlock in the annual appropriations process and risking the health and safety of the American … Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

Cardin Introduces World Refugee Day Resolution, Urges U.S., Global Community to Prioritize Resettlement, Stabilization Efforts

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with 18 colleagues introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday acknowledging the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children forced to flee their homes because of persecution or conflict. June 20 is World Refugee Day. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has released startling new statistics showing that 68.5 million people were displaced in the world - "the worst displacement cr… 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