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June 19, 2019

Cardin Statement on Juneteenth 2019

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement commemorating June 19, 2019 as Juneteenth. This year's Juneteenth marks the 154th anniversary of the date on which Army General Gordon Granger, in Galveston, Texas, freed the last remaining slaves- two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. "Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom but also a celebration of the spirit. On this important day, we take the time to recognize and honor the hardship and the dignity of the men, women, an… Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

Senators Cardin, Gardner with Reps. Thompson and Wittman Seek Authority for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Recover Funds for Damage to Refuges

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator Cory Gardner, a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation to enhance the ability of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect and restore resources found on National Wildlife Refuges, National Fish Hatcheries and other Service lands, should injury or harm occur. Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Calif.-05) and Congressman R… Continue Reading


June 19, 2019

Committee Unanimously Passes Bill Authored by Cardin, Collins to Protect America’s Scenic Byways

- Today, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously passed the Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to protect and promote America's scenic roadways. The bill now awaits full consideration by the full Senate. Senators Cardin and Collins' and legislation, which was introduced in February, would restart the dormant designation process for the National Scenic Byways Program, a voluntary, co… 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