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February 14, 2019

Cardin Responds to Passage of Appropriations Package and Probable Emergency Declaration

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called today's vote by the Senate on an appropriations compromise package positive for Maryland, our country and federal workers. The legislation, which passed the Senate 83-16, next will be voted on by the House of Representatives. Senator Cardin also responded to Senator Mitch McConnell's announcement that President Trump would sign the bill and simultaneously issue an emergency declaration for the southern border. "There is no such thing as a 'good' government… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Protect Federal Worker Security Clearances From Shutdown Repercussions

As the deadline looms to avoid yet another federal government shutdown, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced legislation that would protect federal employees and contractors from losing their security clearances due to financial reasons, such as poor credit scores, that are attributable to a lapse in federal appropriations. This would be applicable to the recent 35-day shutdown or any future occurrences. Using the Rule XIV process, the bill, Protecting Employees Security Clearances Act… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Medicare at 50 Act

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in introducing the Medicare at 50 Act to give people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. Millions of Americans who are approaching retirement or are being forced to retire early due to layoffs or mandatory retirement face increasing health care needs and rising costs. "Medicare is a highly efficient and cost-effective program, … 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