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May 14, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $22.9 Million to Upgrade Airports Statewide

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D. and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $22,857,386 in federal funding to expand and renovate airports across Maryland. "Maryland's airports are essential hubs for our economy, tourism and public safety," the lawmakers said. "This new federal funding will upgrade airport facilities and runways, create and maintain jobs and ensure that day-to-day operations continue to run safely and effectively as b… Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Cardin, Wicker Reintroduce Bill to Fight Interpol Abuse

Helsinki Commission Chairman Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Ranking Member Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and today reintroduced the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention (TRAP) Act to counter the politically-motivated abuse of INTERPOL by authoritarian regimes. The bill would establish U.S. priorities for responding to INTERPOL abuse and promoting reform within INTERPOL, improve the U.S. response to fraudulent use of INTERPOL mechanisms, and protect the U.S. justice system from INTER… Continue Reading


May 12, 2021

Cardin, Menendez and Wyden Condemn Attacks on Civilians in Israel, Renounce Terrorism, Urge Leaders to Take actions to De-escalate

In response to the escalating cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in Jerusalem that has led to Hamas firing rockets indiscriminately into Israel, including several toward Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) condemned attacks on civilians, and called for renewed efforts toward a lasting peace. Cardin is Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, Menendez is Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Wyden is Chair… Continue Reading

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March 24, 2020

Democratic senator asks Pompeo to stop saying 'Wuhan virus'

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 virus" to refer to COVID-19. "I am obliged to point out that referring to this global pandemic by anything other than its appropriate, medical names is unhelpful at best, and at worst risks inflaming stereotypes, fear, and xenophobia in the face of a health crisis," Cardin wrote in a Tuesda… Continue Reading


December 27, 2019

Why Small Business Saturday is important to Maryland

Small-business owners support every facet of our communities, from our schools and Little League teams to our houses of worship and community organizations - reinvesting their profits back into the community at much higher rates than large companies. According to a 2018 study, an estimated two out of every three dollars spent with a small business stays in the community, and every dollar spent with a small business generates 50 cents in additional local business activity.… Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Communities need alternatives to driving

As Congress looks to define how best to invest in our nation's infrastructure, we should start by acknowledging two undeniable realities: Investing in all types of infrastructure is critical for ensuring economic growth today and prosperity for generations of Americans in the future. Secondly, transportation is one of the leading contributors to the growing air pollution from vehicles and engines and runoff from roads, highways and bridges to surface water that present formidable threats to our health, well-being and security.… Continue Reading