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August 12, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Push for Census Deadline Extension to Ensure Full and Accurate Count

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in sending a bipartisan letter calling for the extension of the statutory deadlines for the delivery of apportionment data and redistricting files following the 2020 Census. The Senators urged House and Senate leaders to include the extension in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package. "Extending the deadlines for the delivery of these files in the next COVID-19 relief … Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $3.5 Million for Public Transit in Harford County

Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Andy Harris and Dutch Ruppersberger (all Md.) announced the award of $3,437,370 for the Maryland Department of Transportation on behalf of Harford County. Funds were awarded through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and will allow Harford County to replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses - improving service reliability and helping to maintain an updated bus fleet. "Many of Maryland's workers rely on s… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $1.2 Million to Improve Howard County Bus System

Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $1,239,024 to upgrade Howard County's bus fleet and bus stop announcement system. "This new federal investment will help upgrade Howard County's public transportation network by improving bus service and reliability," the lawmakers said. "We will continue working to expand and modernize public transit throughout Maryland." Funding comes from the Depart… 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