Remembering Senator Tydings

Date: 10/10/2018
Delivered October 10, 2018

Let's Advance WRDA.

Date: 10/10/2018
My floor speech delivered on October 9, 2018.

I'm a no on Kavanaugh. Here's why.

Date: 10/05/2018
Delivered on October 4, 2018.

Freedom of the Press - Floor Speech

Date: 07/31/2018
July 26, 2018.

Net Neutrality Floor Speech

Date: 05/16/2018
From the day of the CRA vote to save net neutrality.

National Walkout Day Speech

Date: 04/25/2018
March 14, 2018

#ProtectTPS Floor Speech

Date: 02/14/2018

Defending Our Democracy.

Date: 02/09/2018

Live with Wolf Blitzer

Date: 02/08/2018
On the budget, Dreamers, and Pres. Trump's "treasonous" remarks.

One Year Into the Trump Administration...

Date: 01/25/2018
My floor speech delivered on January 25, 2018.


Date: 01/22/2018

Live on CNN with Wolf Blitzer

Date: 01/19/2018
Just days ago there was a bipartisan agreement with broad support that would have ensured we avoid a shutdown. Let's honor it, and get this budget deal done.

Floor Speech on My New Russia Report

Date: 01/11/2018
Never before in American history has so clear a national security threat been so clearly ignored by a U.S. president. Without a strong U.S. response, elections here and abroad will remain vulnerable to the Kremlin's aggressive and sophisticated influence operations.

Dreamers Senate Floor Speech

Date: 12/21/2017

Opposing Republicans' Irresponsible Tax Bill

Date: 12/19/2017
This bill was designed to fulfill a campaign promise, not to help our economy or the people we were sent here to represent.

Let's talk openly about Republicans' tax bill.

Date: 11/30/2017
And who it would, and wouldn't, serve.

Opening Remarks at Today's Foreign Relations Hearing

Date: 11/14/2017
November 14, 2017


Date: 11/13/2017
Talking tax reform in the Senate Finance Committee today. Republicans' proposal will have real ramifications for middle income families.

Live on CNN: War Authorization

Date: 10/31/2017
Speaking with Poppy Harlow about one of the single-most important topics the Senate can consider: under what circumstances, and by what authority, do we send men and women into war?

Health Care Hikes in Maryland: Explained

Date: 10/26/2017
The President must stop sabotaging health care subsidies. Lives are at stake.

The Violence in Burma is a Genocide

Date: 10/26/2017
October 26, 2017

On Gun Safety, Actions Speak Louder.

Date: 10/26/2017
The speech I gave on the Senate floor on October 26, 2017.

Don't Let the Fox Guard the Hen House

Date: 10/25/2017
My plea at today's Environment & Public Works Hearing.

Graham-Cassidy Would Gut Health Care for Millions

Date: 09/25/2017
It eliminates protections for people with pre-existing conditions; allows insurance companies to impose annual and lifetime caps on coverage; and guts Medicaid top to bottom. This bill doesn't reform health care -- it guts it.

Reversing DACA Will Needlessly Tear Apart Hundreds of Thousands of Lives

Date: 09/06/2017
It's time for Congress to step up and pass legislation implementing DACA and protecting DREAMers.

My View on Our Role in Afghanistan

Date: 08/21/2017
I speak with Fox News Sunday about the U.S.'s role in Afghanistan and President Trump's plans for our troops.

FBI Headquarters Hearing - Exchange with GSA's Michael Gelber

Date: 08/02/2017
The GSA admits they could move faster on the HQ process if they wanted.

Senate Healthcare Bill Reaction

Date: 06/22/2017
This is a shameful day for the United States Senate.

Cardin Urges Pres. Trump to Keep US in Paris Climate Agreement

Date: 05/24/2017
We have a responsibility to act and the President needs to be at the table. America needs to be at the table. It’s in our environmental interest. It’s in our economic interest. It’s in our security interests.

POTUS Sharing Classified Info with Russia Cannot Continue

Date: 05/16/2017
Carelessly sharing highly classified intelligence - without serious thought and consultation with our intelligence community - puts our national security at risk. It's incredible that President Trump does not realize this.

Floor Speech on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

Date: 05/10/2017
If ever there were any doubts we need a special prosecutor and an independent commission to carry out the Trump/Russia investigation, those doubts are now gone. The President firing the person leading an investigation into him raises serious and disturbing questions.

Take Action on Syria

Date: 04/05/2017

Assad is a War Criminal

Date: 04/05/2017

Tuesday's Atrocity in Syria

Date: 04/05/2017


Date: 03/22/2017
#INeedERA because currently, the Constitution doesn't directly protect against gender discrimination. And it should.

A Two-State Solution

Date: 02/16/2017
There is only one path to peace in the Middle East, and that is through a two-state solution wherein both Israelis and Palestinians can live side-by-side together.

There is no safe level of lead exposure. The EPA Administrator should know that.

Date: 01/18/2017
Questioning EPA nominee Scott Pruitt on lead toxicity, and deeply disappointed he couldn't give a clearer, more informed answer - this was an easy question.

Announcing Bipartisan Bill to Impose Russian Sanctions

Date: 01/10/2017
This is about protecting our sovereign right to self-determine our own leaders. This is about protecting our democracy - not our politics. Very proud to have a number of my Republican colleagues on board.

Defending the Affordable Care Act on the Senate Floor 1-5-17

Date: 01/06/2017
The Affordable Care Act made it illegal to discriminate against people with preexisting health conditions. It has ensured being a woman is not considered a "preexisting condition" wherein they must pay more than men for the same coverage. It has expanded Medicare coverage for senior citizens. It's given more than 400,000 Marylanders insurance when they had none before. It requires improvement. Not repeal.

My Tribute to Senator Boxer

Date: 12/07/2016
On her bittersweet retirement.

My Farewell Tribute to Senator Barbara Mikulski

Date: 12/07/2016
Senator Barb has been one of the greatest, most effective public servants Maryland has ever seen.

Emoluments Clause Resolution - Floor Speech 11-29-2016

Date: 11/29/2016
My reasoning and justification for introducing a resolution calling on President-Elect Trump to abide by the Constitution and establish a blind trust for his business dealings. No President, of either party, is above the Constitution.

Cardin on CNN's New Day

Date: 11/01/2016
Discussing FBI Director Comey, Emails

Dr. Hayden Deserves a Vote

Date: 07/07/2016

Cardin: Orlando Was a Terror Attack and a Hate Crime

Date: 06/22/2016
The movie ‘Groundhog Day’ eventually ends when its main character finally takes a different path after taking a look at his life and the way he has mistreated others around him. Following the mass shooting in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub, Congress is locked in its own version of ‘Groundhog Day,’ with the Republican Leadership not yet ready to break the cycle of callous disregard for the victims of gun violence.

Cardin: Congress Must Act on the Zika Virus

Date: 05/25/2016
Underfunding our Zika response efforts will only hurt us in the long run.

Senators Cardin and Casey Urge Senate GOP To Hold Votes on Judges

Date: 05/10/2016

We need nine justices on the Supreme Court and we need a fully functioning judiciary in Maryland and across the nation.

Senators Cardin and Casey Urge Senate GOP To Hold Votes on Judges

Date: 05/10/2016
We need nine justices on the Supreme Court and we need a fully functioning judiciary in Maryland and across the nation.

Justice Deferred: Cardin Calls for Votes to Clear Backlog of Federal Judges

Date: 04/26/2016
Paula Xinis of Maryland, is just one of 20 judicial nominees now pending on the Senate executive calendar after she was nominated more than a year ago by the President. Ms. Xinis, like many of these nominees, is not being denied a vote because there are questions about her abilities to sit on a federal bench. Rather, Ms. Xinis and the other nominees on the executive calendar are being denied a vote because of who is in the White House.

Review of Resources, Priorities and Programs in the FY 2017 State Department Budget Request

Date: 04/26/2016
Cardin questions Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Tom Malinowski.

Navigating Business Tax Reform

Date: 04/26/2016
Cardin opening remarks at 4/26 SFC hearing.

Cardin Repels Attempt to Defund Appalachian Regional Commission

Date: 04/22/2016
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Thursday rallied bipartisan support to vote down an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2028) that would have defunded a number of federal programs in Western Maryland. Amendment #3803 would have eliminated funding for several regional commissions including Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with residents of Appalachia to create self-sustaining economic development and improve quality of life.

Dems Introduce “True LEADership Act” to Remove Lead from Pipes & Fix Water Infrastructure

Date: 04/20/2016
eforms included in the True LEADership Act include: Increasing investments in our water infrastructure, particularly through a new grant program specifically designed for projects that reduce lead in tap water Establishing a mandatory, nationwide requirement for states to report elevated levels of lead in children Establishing mandatory testing and notification of lead in water systems Key reforms to HUD authorities and a new tax credit for homeowners to remove lead A new grant program for schools to aid children with the effects of lead poisoning Accelerates development of new water technologies This new legislation, through a combination of loans, grants and tax credits, would inject over $70 billion over the next 10 years into water infrastructure and lead relief programs. For every public dollar we invest in upgrading our water infrastructure, our GDP grows by more than $6. Original co-sponsors of the True LEADership Act include U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawai’i), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Gary Peters (D-Mich.).

Cardin Introduces the True LEADership Act

Date: 04/20/2016
Reforms included in the True LEADership Act include: Increasing investments in our water infrastructure, particularly through a new grant program specifically designed for projects that reduce lead in tap water Establishing a mandatory, nationwide requirement for states to report elevated levels of lead in children Establishing mandatory testing and notification of lead in water systems Key reforms to HUD authorities and a new tax credit for homeowners to remove lead A new grant program for schools to aid children with the effects of lead poisoning Accelerates development of new water technologies This new legislation, through a combination of loans, grants and tax credits, would inject over $70 billion over the next 10 years into water infrastructure and lead relief programs. For every public dollar we invest in upgrading our water infrastructure, our GDP grows by more than $6.

Paycheck Fairness Act

Date: 04/12/2016
Today – April 12th – marks “?#?EqualPayDay?,” symbolizing how far into 2016 women must work to bridge the pay gap between what they earned in 2015 and what men earned in 2015 for doing the same work. It is totally absurd that it takes women an additional three and one-half months in 2016 to earn as much as men did last year. That is why I am a proud co-sponsor of U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski ?#?PaycheckFairness? Act.

Senate Republicans Confusing Obstruction with Leadership Threatens to Undermine Judicial Branch

Date: 03/10/2016
I am disappointed by Senate Republicans’ refusal to do their jobs and hold hearings on a potential Supreme Court nominee. Unfortunately, I am not surprised that Republicans in the Senate are confusing obstruction with leadership. Long before the decision to issue a blanket denial to meet with or hold a hearing on a potential Supreme Court nominee, the Senate Republicans were honing their obstructionist skills by refusing to hold routine votes on non-controversial lower court judges.

Cardin: Senate Republicans Confusing Obstruction with Leadership Threatens to Undermine Judicial Branch

Date: 03/10/2016

I am disappointed by Senate Republicans’ refusal to do their jobs and hold hearings on a potential Supreme Court nominee. Unfortunately, I am not surprised that Republicans in the Senate are confusing obstruction with leadership. Long before the decision to issue a blanket denial to meet with or hold a hearing on a potential Supreme Court nominee, the Senate Republicans were honing their obstructionist skills by refusing to hold routine votes on non-controversial lower court judges.

National Children’s Dental Health Month 2016

Date: 02/26/2016
Since 1981, National Children’s Dental Health Month has given us an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of children’s dental health, recognize the significant strides we have made and the work that remains to be done, and renew our commitment to ensuring all children in our country have access to affordable and comprehensive dental services

Senate GOP: Do Your Job

Date: 02/25/2016
Though some Republicans seem to have forgotten, the American people elected President Obama, twice. I find it disgraceful that my Republican colleagues are vowing to obstruct a #SCOTUS nomination before the nominee has even been named. The #GOP is essentially trying limit the president to a three year term.


Date: 02/12/2016
The immeasurable role African Americans have had in making the United States the strong nation it is today cannot be fully recognized in one short month. However, one fact remains clear: Black history is American history. This February, we highlight the titans of African-American history: Marylanders Harriet Tubman and Thurgood Marshall, icons including Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Dorothy Height, and contemporary heroes like John Lewis and Mae Jemison. We also celebrate the countless men and women whose names will never grace the history books, those who fought each day for freedom and equality, those who pushed the limits of innovation and those who endured and overcame hardships over the centuries.

The U.S. Speaks with One Voice Against Belligerent Threats, Dangerous Actions by North Korea

Date: 02/10/2016
There are no easy answers when it comes to a regime like North Korea. However, if we speak with one voice?—?Congress, the Executive Branch and the international community we maximize the likelihood of success, which is nothing less than a Korean Peninsula that is at peace.

Responding to the Flint Water Crisis

Date: 02/03/2016
“…I support this amendment, which would direct $400 million in matching federal funds to the city of Flint, MI, and forgive the city’s previous Revolving Fund loans, $400 million is about 1/3 of what we are currently appropriating every year for Drinking Water infrastructure for the entire country. And so I ask my colleagues, if it costs $400 million to fix the pipes in Flint, MI, are we going to come to an agreement that we need a substantial increase in the amount of funds appropriated for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving funds to help all of our American cities?”

The Stream Protection Rule

Date: 02/03/2016

Responding to the Flint Water Crisis

Date: 02/03/2016

“…I support this amendment, which would direct $400 million in matching federal funds to the city of Flint, MI, and forgive the city’s previous Revolving Fund loans, $400 million is about 1/3 of what we are currently appropriating every year for Drinking Water infrastructure for the entire country. And so I ask my colleagues, if it costs $400 million to fix the pipes in Flint, MI, are we going to come to an agreement that we need a substantial increase in the amount of funds appropriated for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving funds to help all of our American cities?”

Embracing Politics of Fear is No Way to Increase National Security

Date: 01/27/2016
Refugees are the most rigorously screened group of people entering the United States. The average time for this vetting process is 18-24 months. This Republican scheme is nothing more than an attempt to effectively bar all refugees from Iraq and Syria from entering the country. Effectively shutting down our refugee program and turning away those fleeing violence plays into the hands of ISIS and create another recruiting tool for terrorists. This is not who we are as a nation. Embracing fear, ignoring reality and attempting to score political points is no way to make our country safer. Let’s work together on constructive ideas that can truly make a difference and not simply shut down a system that is working.

Cardin Delivers Floor Speech in Support of COP 21

Date: 12/11/2015
Whether we're talking about our own individual states, and I could talk about the people on Smith Island as they see their island disappearing or the health of the Chesapeake Bay, or my colleagues in the western part of this country could talk about the wildfires, the impact of climate change is happening now.

Syrian Refugees Coming to the United States

Date: 11/17/2015
As elected officials, the safety of all Americans is our highest priority. The United States should be doing everything in our power to know who we allow into this country – refugees, business people or tourists. I wish that prior to making public statements that run contrary to federal and state authority, governors who are trying to shut the doors to their states from refugees including Maryland’s governor, would have reached out to federal officials for details on the stringent security screenings required for refugee resettlement anywhere in the United States. I take very strongly the responsibility to make sure these security screenings prevent terrorists from entering our country.

Baltimore and Beyond: Discriminatory Profiling and Law Enforcement Reform

Date: 11/04/2015
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (both D-Md.), will host a congressional briefing focusing on the use of discriminatory profiling by law enforcement as well as other ways to restore trust between communities and law enforcement. As the criminal trials begin in Baltimore for the case of Freddie Gray, systematic police reform is necessary not only in Baltimore, but nationwide. Senator Cardin has introduced the End Racial Profiling Act, the BALTIMORE Act, and Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act. Attorney General Frosh has promulgated guidance prohibiting discriminatory profiling by law enforcement in Maryland. A panel of experts from the civil and human rights community, law enforcement, and academia will review the recent federal and state guidance on this issue and explore ways to end discriminatory profiling by law enforcement and make additional reforms to strengthen and improve relations between police departments and the communities they serve.

Protecting Clean Water: Opposing S.1140

Date: 11/03/2015
The EPA’s final clean water rule restores some long overdue regulatory certainty to the Clean Water Act. The rule, however, has experienced numerous, unconscionable attacks since the EPA began implementing it. These attacks already pose threats to our environment, economy, and public health. If these attacks prove successful, protecting our citizens from the dangers of water pollution will become far more difficult.

Cardin Calls for Confirmation of State Department, USAID Nominees

Date: 10/29/2015
Yesterday, I delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the unacceptable delay to confirm President Obama’s nominees to serve as U.S. Ambassadors and at other key State Department and USAID posts, including 20 USAID Foreign Service Officers.

Debt Ceiling

Date: 10/21/2015
Our tasks here in Congress are straightforward. -First, we need to raise the debt ceiling so we can continue to pay our bills and maintain the full faith and credit of the U.S. government. -Second, we need to keep the Federal Government open for business and keep federal workers on the job. -Third, we need to negotiate a comprehensive budget deal to replace the sequester – a budget that maintains critical federal investments while spreading the burden of deficit reduction in a fair way and holding federal workers and their families harmless after subjecting them to so much hardship over the past several months and years. -Fourth, we need to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and our surface transportation programs. -Fifth, we need to return to regular order around here and stop this insane fiscal brinksmanship.

Celebrating the 43rd Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

Date: 10/21/2015
The American people expect and deserve safe water for consumption, recreation, and community health. For more than 40 years, the Clean Water Act has helped to protect water resources throughout our nation. Before CWA became law, pollution in our rivers and streams was largely left unchecked, impacting not only our health, but our economy. Now some in Congress are attempting to derail the environmental and economic progress that Clean Water Act has made possible. I won't allow it.

Cardin Introduces The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015

Date: 10/01/2015
Previously, U.S. policy toward Iran was so effective because of the congressional unity that brought Democrats and Republicans together on this issue. We as Democratic opponents and supporters of the Iran agreement are taking the first step forward to chart a new course that borrows from past practice. We must all stand firmly in our determination to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. We must agree to counter Iranian support for terrorism and confront Iranian violations of international human rights obligations. We must rally together to accomplish these objectives.

Senators Introduce Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015

Date: 10/01/2015
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), introduced the Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015, legislation that builds upon the bipartisan commitment to oversight outlined in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that passed the U.S. Senate 98 to 1. Cosponsors of the legislation include Democratic senators who both supported and opposed the Iran agreement, but are united in working to strengthen U.S. policy toward Iran and to clarify aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that is set to take effect.

Democrats Push to Keep Federal Workers on the Job Despite Threats of a Shutdown

Date: 09/17/2015
S. 2035, the Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2015, requires that all federal workers furloughed as a result of any lapse in appropriations that may begin as soon as October 1st will receive their pay retroactively as soon as is practicable. The legislation was placed directly on the Legislative Calendar under Rule XIV of the Standing Rules of the Senate. Portions of the federal government would need to cease operations should the Republican majority should the Republican majority refuse to compromise with [Democrats and] the administration on a spending bill, or even a Continuing Resolution, before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1.

Cardin Addresses NAACP Rally for Justice

Date: 09/17/2015
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the End Racial Profiling Act, discussed the need to continue to fight for justice, civil rights, voting rights and equal economic opportunity at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) America’s Journey for Justice rally at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

Congress Must Come Together After Iran Deal Vote

Date: 09/10/2015
Today I went to the floor to talk about what happens after the ?#?IranDeal? vote is over and whatever votes take place next week with the deadline being next Thursday. "When the votes are over, I hope that U.S. Senate Democrats and Republicans, proponents and opponents of the plan will work out congressional involvement working with President Obama."

Senate Foreign Relations Review of the 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

Date: 08/06/2015
The Honorable Sarah Sewall Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights U.S. Department of State Washington , DC

Cardin Says Transportation Bill Is Greatly Flawed and Needs to be Improved

Date: 07/30/2015
The transportation bill approved by the Senate is greatly flawed and needs to be improved. We need a long-term authorization bill to give our states and municipalities the predictability they need to plan and invest in our local communities across the country. I voted for this bill solely to keep the process moving forward. I implore my colleagues in the House of Representatives to take up this bill and make it better. Or they can take up their own long-term bill and let us convene a conference committee to reconcile the differences. We’ve been talking since the last short-term extension -- and the extension before that -- about the need to pass a long-term transportation bill. Let’s finally make the hard decisions and make the constructive compromises to get it done. More -

Planned Parent Hood 7 25

Date: 07/30/2015
I urge my colleagues to recognize the history of discrimination against women in our healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act has helped address many issues, but there is still more to be done. Planned Parenthood has been a leader in providing women with not just contraception, but with lifesaving preventive screenings and primary care. We should be focused on ensuring all women have access to quality healthcare- not attacking an organization that does exactly that.

Medicare/Medicaid 50th Anniversary

Date: 07/30/2015
Today, we mark the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, which then- President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed into law on July 30, 1965.


Date: 06/25/2015
“Building And Lifting Trust In order to Multiply Opportunities and Racial Equality” (BALTIMORE). I spoke on the floor of the United States Senate about the ?#?BALTIMORE? Act, legislation I recently introduced to address many of the core issues that have led to an erosion of trust among communities and law enforcement. Republicans and Democrats have helped write this bill and I hope it makes an impact in Baltimore and beyond.

National Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

Date: 06/22/2015
This June, in honor of National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, let us resolve to give those suffering, as well as their families, caregivers and researchers the support they need. Now is the time to band together and ensure that we don’t waste a single opportunity to fight back against such a merciless disease.

Energizing the Rebirth of Baltimore

Date: 05/06/2015
I went to the floor today to discuss how to move forward in ?#?Baltimore?. It's not enough just to restore order and rebuild structures. We also have to restore opportunity and rebuild trust. ?#?OneBaltimore?

Government Works For America- NIH

Date: 05/04/2015

Cardin defends federal workers.

Cardin Discusses Unrest in Baltimore on U.S. Senate Floor

Date: 05/04/2015

Baltimore is known for its people, its friendliness and the real pride of our strong neighborhoods. The city’s spirit was shaken badly during yesterday’s events, as we saw violence escalate to unthinkable levels. What happened to Freddie Gray is something that needs to be investigated fully. In Baltimore and beyond, we want justice. All of us want justice.

The Small Brew Act

Date: 04/16/2015
The Small BREW Act of 2015 would reduce the federal excise tax on every one of America’s small craft brewers. Under current federal law, brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually pay $7 per barrel in federal excise taxes on the first 60,000 barrels they brew, and $18 per barrel on every additional barrel (one barrel = 31 gallons). Under the Small BREW Act, the rate would be $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels. For production between 60,001 and 2 million barrels, the rate would be $16.00 per barrel. Then, the rate would be $18.00 per barrel. Breweries with annual production of 6 million or fewer barrels would qualify for these new tax rates.

Cardin Budget Amendments

Date: 03/26/2015
Cardin amendments to the FY 2016 Budget.

Hear The Maryland Crunch!

Date: 03/25/2015
I hope Marylanders across our State can “Hear the Maryland Crunch!” of students eating a healthy school breakfast. Thanks to the leadership of Maryland Hunger Solutions, the “Hear the Maryland Crunch!” campaign offers all Marylanders the opportunity to become more aware of the daily struggle of our food insecure children and stand together in support of school breakfast. I wish to continue to highlight this critical issue facing our children. Maryland has the highest median income in the nation; yet even in Maryland, one in five children is food insecure. These children lack consistent access to adequate food resources, yet I am happy to announce we are making strides to ensure our children are fed and ready to learn. Approximately 262,000 students in Maryland participate in the 100 percent federally funded National School Lunch program and receive either free or reduce price lunches. These students know that when they come to school, they are able to receive a nutritious school lunch.

Loretta Lynch Deserves A Vote

Date: 03/19/2015

Let’s do the right thing and take up this nomination. Senators can vote up or down, but let’s take a vote.

Examining the President’s budget request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Date: 03/04/2015
“Oversight Hearing: Examining the President’s budget request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” The purpose of the hearing is to examine the policies and programs of EPA in the President’s budget request for 2016. We as Americans take for granted the ability to turn on the tap and have access to clean, safe water. But America suffers from hundreds of water main breaks a day, mainly due to the problems associated with a water infrastructure system put in place decades ago that demands upgrades and repairs.

National Children's Dental Health Month 2015

Date: 02/11/2015
Dentistry is not expensive, neglect is

Cardin: Pass a Clean Homeland Security Funding Bill

Date: 02/10/2015
Given the terrorist threat we face both at home and abroad, it is irresponsible to continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with short-term budgets and bring them to the edge of an agency shutdown. We should not force hardworking federal workers to stand in the crossfire between Congress and the President. Providing the resources that our federal, state and local law enforcement officers need to carry out their vital around-the-clock mission should not be caught up in the partisan political disagreements. We need a clean appropriation bill for the Department of Homeland Security. We face a dangerous world today. In light of recent terrorist attacks throughout Europe, Asia, North America and the ongoing threat of ISIS I urge my colleagues to bring a clean funding bill to the floor.

House-Senate Joint Hearing on the Clean Water Rule

Date: 02/04/2015
Sixty percent of streams and millions of acres of wetlands across the country aren’t clearly protected from pollution and destruction. One in three Americans get their drinking water from these streams that are vulnerable. To have clean water downstream in the rivers and lakes in our neighborhoods we need healthy headwaters upstream. That is why the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed to strengthen protections for the clean water that is vital to all Americans.

Don’t Play Games with Homeland Security Funding

Date: 01/29/2015
The GOP should work to pass a clean Homeland Security appropriations bill and not play politics with our national security.

Cardin: East Coast Drilling Not Worth the Risk

Date: 01/27/2015
I joined joined by Senators Cory Booker, Edward J. Markey, and Robert Menendez for a press conference to oppose the reported plan by the Obama administration to open up areas of the Atlantic Coast to off shore oil drilling. The reported plan will offer areas as close as 3 miles offshore from the borders of Maryland to Florida for offshore oil drilling, even as the United States is breaking records for oil and gas production. Simply put, it is not worth the risk.

Cardin Proposes Clean Water Amendment to Keystone XL

Date: 01/27/2015
I'm offering a simple, commonsense, amendment to #KeystoneXL. Read it, let me know what you think. I hope you'll agree that it is a reasonable provision to protect #cleanwater, #publichealth and private property rights. I hope that the #GOP will do the democratic thing and allow a simple yes/no vote on it. Check it out-

Cardin Reacts to 2015 State of the Union Address

Date: 01/20/2015

President Obama is right to focus on making the economy work for working families.

Cardin Calls Omnibus Spending Bill that Avoids Government Shutdown Necessary but Imperfect

Date: 01/12/2015

I was relieved that the Senate was able to finally overcome procedural roadblocks to pass a $1.014 trillion funding package that avoids a government shutdown, invests in America, and sets priorities, especially in the areas of medical research, defense, education, national security and human rights, transportation infrastructure and rural communities, among many others. I was dismayed at many of the anti-environment, anti-immigrant and anti-consumer policy riders that were forced into the bill.

Saying No to Keystone XL

Date: 01/12/2015

Expanding Keystone XL is a bad deal for our environment, the American people, and will do little to boost our economy.

Cardin Welcomes Home Alan Gross

Date: 12/18/2014
I was proud to welcome Alan Gross home to Maryland today and to talk with him about his ordeal.

Removing the Hold on Harriet Tubman

Date: 12/12/2014
Harriet Tubman was an iconic figure our nation’s history, for whom liberty and freedom were not just ideas. I was proud to partner with Dr. Harris to properly honor the legacy of her life’s work and contributions while protecting Marylanders’ rights. More than 100 years after her death, Harriet Tubman will become the first African-American woman and first individual woman to have a National Historical Park named in her honor, if a single Senator removes his hold on this legislation. ***Update*** The official designation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park has been approved as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Millennium Development Goals

Date: 12/10/2014

Cardin Renews Call for Congressional Action to Ban Racial Profiling by All Levels of Law Enforcement

Date: 12/09/2014

I welcome the updated DOJ guidance for federal law enforcement agencies that prohibits, for the first time, profiling based on new categories such as national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, and sexual orientation, but the Attorney General should have gone further.

Combatting ISIL: The Need for New Authorization

Date: 09/17/2014

I see that you have got to be very careful that we do not allow authorization to exist that could be used for a long and costly involvement of the United States.

Ferguson and Beyond: Profiling in America

Date: 09/16/2014

Discriminatory profiling is un-American. It has no place in modern law enforcement and no place within the values of our country

ERA Hearing

Date: 09/12/2014

Test Event

Date: 09/11/2014

End Racial Profiling

Date: 09/11/2014
Racial profiling is simply wrong. It doesn’t work, it wastes valuable resources and diminishes the willingness of targeted communities from trusting and working with police when the need is real.

Student Loan ReFi Helps Americans

Date: 09/10/2014
We need to be doing everything in our power to make education more affordable. The Federal government should not be making a profit off student loans. By allowing students to drown in debt, we risk their future and we are shortchanging the future of our national and regional economies by pricing certain Americans out of the college market.

Cardin, Senators, SBA Administrator Call For Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Date: 08/06/2014

About 90 percent of the Ex-Im Bank’s transactions involve small businesses. The Senators were joined by Bobby Patton, CEO of Patton Electronics Company in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Patton Electronics has used Ex-Im Bank services to sell telecommunications products to new markets overseas.

The “Ex-Im Bank” is a financing tool that helps American companies sell their products or services to foreign customers.  The Ex-Im Bank’s charter is set to expire Sept. 30, and unless Congress acts, it will be forced to end its assistance to American companies. In 2013, the Ex-Im Bank supported $37 billion in export sales and 205,000 jobs.
The Export-Import Bank is self-supported through interest payments and fees, turning a profit for the U.S. taxpayer. In 2013, the bank transferred $1 billion to the U.S. Treasury.

Humanitarian Response Needed for a Humanitarian Crisis

Date: 08/06/2014

America must live up to our humanitarian responsibilities on the Southern Border.

Cardin Tackles Anti-Semitism, Racism and Discrimination in OSCE Region

Date: 07/22/2014
Following an escalation of anti-Semitic hate crimes a decade ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) intensified efforts to combat prejudice and discrimination throughout Eurasia and North America. The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an independent agency of the Federal Government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing comprehensive security through promotion of human rights, democracy, and economic, environmental and military cooperation in 57 countries. The Commission consists of nine members from the U.S. Senate, nine from the House of Representatives, and one member each from the Departments of State, Defense, and Commerce.

Capitol Hill Briefing: Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights

Date: 07/21/2014

Capitol Hill Briefing: Bipartisan Panel on Restoring Voting Rights

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Introductory Remarks:

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
Democrat, Maryland

U.S. Senator Rand Paul
Republican, Kentucky

Millions of Americans have lost the right to vote — and their political voice — because of a criminal conviction in their past. Now, there is growing bipartisan support on Capitol Hill to restore voting rights to citizens who are working, paying taxes, and raising families in our communities. Senators Ben Cardin and Rand Paul — two key national leaders who have introduced bills to restore voting rights (S.2235 and S.2550) — will join a panel of experts from the faith, law enforcement, and civil rights communities, as well as impacted persons, to discuss the current state of voting rights restoration and explore ways to bring more Americans back into our democracy.

Event hosted by American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice.

Protecting Our Environment Should Not be a Partisan Issue

Date: 06/25/2014
It is troubling that some members of Congress object to any and all actions the EPA takes to ensure we have a clean and safe environment.

Taking a Stand For Clean Water and the Chesapeake Bay

Date: 06/25/2014
As a friend of the Chesapeake Bay, I support EPA's proposed rule to establish the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act.

Obstruction of Diplomatic Nominees Hurts American Interests

Date: 06/18/2014

From environmental issues to maritime security, to the nuclear threat of North Korea, and to challenges to human and civil society, the Asia-Pacific region, like so many other parts of the world, needs the leadership of the United States. This leadership begins with our day-to-day diplomatic engagement by our Ambassadors. It's absolutely unacceptable that the United States of America cannot get our own diplomats to the field because of Republican obstructionism.

American Students Need Degrees Not Debt

Date: 06/11/2014
The fact that the United States Government is making money off of these already overburdened students is shameful. The federal government is earning an estimated $66 billion in profits from student loans originated between 2007 and 2012. This was never congressional intent, and it makes absolutely no sense.

The Affordable Care Act is Working For Americans

Date: 06/05/2014

Since the law's enactment, millions of Americans have benefited from increased consumer protections, free preventive services, and greater access to care, including more than five million Americans who have enrolled in insurance plans through the ACA's marketplaces.

Cardin Joins Bipartisan Call To Confirm Sylvia Burwell To Head HHS

Date: 06/05/2014

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and member of The Healthcare Subcommittee welcomed the swift senate confirmation of Office of Management and Budget (O.M.B) director Sylvia M. Burwell to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (H.H.S).

A Strong WRDA Bill Helps Maryland Succeed

Date: 05/22/2014

Clean water means good jobs and better health for Marylanders.

Cardin Urges Colleagues to Pass the Expire Act

Date: 05/20/2014
Millions Americans are counting on Congress to stop playing games and pass the Expire Act.

Cardin Pushes for National Blue Alert To Help Protect Law Enforcement

Date: 05/14/2014
The National Blue Alert Act would create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have seriously injured or killed #police officers. The nationwide alert system would be used to disseminate critical information about the suspect to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media- much in the same way Amber Alert does.

Senator Blocks Cardin- Leahy Law Enforcement Acts

Date: 05/14/2014
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma blocked 2 pieces of legislation written to protect law enforcement. The first piece of legislation was authored by Senator Cardin. The National Blue Alert Act would have created a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have seriously injured or killed police officers. The nationwide alert system would be used to disseminate critical information about the suspect to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media- much in the same way Amber Alert does. The second piece of legislation authored by Senator Leahy would have reauthorized a federal grant program that helped state and local law enforcement agencies afford life saving bullet proof vests.

McConnell Lends Bipartisan Support To Blue Alert Act

Date: 05/14/2014
The National Blue Alert Act would create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have seriously injured or killed police officers. The nationwide alert system would be used to disseminate critical information about the suspect to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media- much in the same way Amber Alert does. Senator Cardin introduced the National Blue Alert Act int he Senate

Americans Need a Progressive Consumption Tax

Date: 05/13/2014

A broad-based progressive consumption tax would raise revenue by taxing goods and services, rather than income.

The Affordable Care Act is Working for Women

Date: 05/13/2014
Being a woman is no longer a preexisting condition thanks to the ACA.

Cardin Greets Pussy Riot Members At U.S Capitol

Date: 05/06/2014

Senator Cardin and members of the Russian Punk Protest Group Pussy Riot hold a press conference.

Hazel and Chuang Principled Leadership on The Federal Bench

Date: 05/01/2014
George Hazel and Theo Chuang are two Marylanders who will make outstanding federal judges and serve our state and our nation well.

Americans Deserve a Fair Shot, Not a Filibuster

Date: 04/30/2014

"A person who works full-time at the federal minimum wage for an entire year will earn $15,080. There is not a single State in our Nation in which a minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rent, working a standard 40-hour work week, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. It's time to put an end to all of this. It's time to give every American a fair shot. It's time to restore the American Dream. Let's start by voting today to raise the minimum wage." *** Hours after delivering this floor speech, Senate Republicans filibustered the measure.

7 Million and Counting

Date: 04/15/2014

Pay Check Fairness: An American Value

Date: 04/09/2014

Equal pay for equal work isn't just a women's issue- Its a matter of basic fairness that concerns all Americans. I stand with U.S. Senate Democrats in supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act. I hope our friends on the other side of the aisle will join us in giving everyone a fair shot at success.

Cardin Urges Permanent Repeal of SGR

Date: 04/01/2014
The current way that we reimburse physicians under Medicare is broken. We have had 16 temporary patches to the SGR system that have cost us $153 billion - more than the cost of a permanent fix. It has created uncertainty for the medical community and uncertainty for patients as to whether they think that their doctor will be there to treat them for their illnesses. We have to fix this problem. It expired today, March 31, so we had to take action. But with all the progress made and hard work to find a bipartisan, long-term solution to this problem, it is incredibly disappointing to have yet another 'kick-the-can' moment for SGR.

Equal Rights Amendment

Date: 03/27/2014

THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT Unfinished Business for the Constitution


Date: 03/27/2014
"Mr. President, I rise today to speak about the tragic death of a fellow Marylander, Master-At-Arms Second Class Mark Mayo. His heroic sacrifice is the truest display of the U.S. Navy's Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. The United States Navy confirmed yesterday that Petty Officer Mayo put himself in harm's way to save his shipmate. On behalf of a grateful Nation and my fellow Senators, I offer my sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and shipmates of Petty Officer Mayo."

Senator Cardin Stands With Ukraine

Date: 03/27/2014
Remarks by Senator Cardin a day before the full Senate passage of a package of loan guarantees for the new Ukraine government and economic sanctions on those responsible for the invasion of Crimea. For more:

University of Maryland: Serving Those Who Serve Us

Date: 03/19/2014
University of Maryland leads the way in educating our military.

Up for Climate: The Facts are Clear

Date: 03/12/2014

"The facts are clear. The science indicates that what we do here on earth is affecting the liveability of our planet and we can do something about it."

Up for Climate A Cleaner Planet and a Brighter Future

Date: 03/12/2014

“We can leave our children and grandchildren a cleaner planet and a better future. That's what's at stake here, and that's why we've taken this time.”

Confirm Sarah Bloom Raskin As Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Date: 03/12/2014
"We need people in the Administration like Sarah Bloom Raskin. Her background, her education, and her job training all serve to make her particularly well-suited to be Deputy Secretary. I, for one, am thankful to Sarah and her family that she is willing to serve in this extremely challenging position."

Global Magnitsky: Leading The Way On Human Rights

Date: 03/04/2014

 The Global Human Rights Accountability Act (Global Magnitsky) serves as encouragement for champions of democracy, promoters of civil rights, and advocates of free speech across the globe.

Cardin Mourns The Passing of Marylander Willard Hackerman

Date: 02/11/2014
Maryland has lost a true friend in Willard Hackerman. I send my deepest condolences to both the Hackerman family and his extended Whiting-Turner family; both of whom he loved deeply.

Status Report on the American Dream

Date: 02/05/2014

We Americans pride ourselves on living in the land of opportunity.  Well, the fact is, the United States of America is a land of opportunity, but not the land of opportunity.  We need to acknowledge that fact so we can get to work making the United States of America the land of opportunity.

Cardin, Donovan Visit Cherry Hill Homes

Date: 02/05/2014

Cardin views highlights the of the energy efficiency updates being implemented as part of the Obama Administration's Better Buildings Challenge.

Judge Wilkins: A Distinguished Lifelong Record Of Public Service

Date: 01/14/2014
Full transcript.

America Must Seek Peace in South Sudan

Date: 01/09/2014

The people of South Sudan deserve to understand the true meaning of safety and security; of peace and prosperity. The United States stands with the people of South Sudan through this difficult time. We must pledge to continue to support those who seek peace, democracy, human rights, and justice for all citizens of the world's newest nation.

Ben on Unemployment Insurance and the Legislative Forecast for 2014

Date: 01/08/2014
Ben sits down with Adam May to discuss the importance of unemployment insurance and his projections for 2014 in Congress.

Cardin Welcome first 7000-series railcars to WMATA FLeet

Date: 01/08/2014
Today, a new era of safety, comfort and convenience arrived at Metro as the first 7000-series train pulled into Greenbelt Station. The newest addition to the rail fleet will fulfill a critical National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation by replacing the oldest cars in the fleet, while also adding train capacity. The cars will be tested on the system over the next several months, and Metro will send data back to the Kawasaki production facility in Lincoln, Neb. to finalize the railcar design process. Full-scale production of the new cars is expected to begin in mid-2014. "This is all about safety. Metro has a recognized responsibility to keep its riders and its employees as safe as possible. The arrival of new 7000-series cars, made possible by dedicated funding from the federal government and local jurisdictions, translates into greater safety and expanded service for our communities, especially the federal government which relies on Metro daily and in times of crisis," said Senator Cardin, who, as a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, pushed forward the authorization needed to provide Metro with consistent, annual funding that would give Metro the ability to make such major capital investments.

Ryan-Murray Budget: A Return To Regular Order

Date: 12/18/2013

Senator Cardin discusses the Ryan-Murray Budget part 1/2

Ryan-Murray Budget: Congress Still Has Work To Do

Date: 12/18/2013

Senator Cardin discusses the Ryan-Murray Budget part 2/2

Defending Our Federal Workforce

Date: 12/18/2013

No other group of predominantly middle class Americans has contributed to deficit reduction the way federal workers have

Confirm Judge Wilkins To Be U.S. Circuit Judge On The D.C. Circuit

Date: 11/18/2013

...despite not a single Republican voicing opposition to Judge Wilkins—he was the latest victim of a filibuster.

ENDA, Showing Leadership on Civil Rights At Home and Abroad

Date: 11/05/2013

Maryland is one of only 21 states that prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Cost of Brinksmanship

Date: 11/05/2013

America cannot afford to govern crisis to crisis.

We Should Have Government Open

Date: 10/17/2013
The house republicans have tried to hold all of us hostage. It's not going to work. We talk about negotiating. We have tried on numerous occasions to get to a Conference on the budget, only to find objections from the Republicans. We're not going to yield to extreme measures. We should have government open, and then we should be negotiating the issues that are important. I take this time to

Fighting for Federal Workers During the Government Shutdown

Date: 10/03/2013

Furloughed federal workers from EPA & NWS join Ben to discuss the federal shutdown.

Preventing the Future Use of Chemical Weapons

Date: 09/11/2013

The evidence presented to our committee, which has been backed by numerous sources, makes it clear that President Assad has perpetrated grave crimes against humanity.

Holding Assad Responsible for His Criminal Actions

Date: 09/10/2013

 The international community cannot stand by and allow the cowardly murder of innocent men, women, and children to go unchallenged.

Cardin Calls for a Tailored Mission in Syria

Date: 09/03/2013
Senator Cardin voices support for a tailored military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

Enviroment and Public Works Hearing on TSCA

Date: 07/31/2013
The Toxic Substances Control Act was signed into law 37 years ago. Unlike the Clean Water Act, which last October celebrated its 40th anniversary, and The Clean Air Act which last year we celebrated the 20th anniversary of George H.W. Bush's landmark amendments to that bedrock environmental and public health statute, we don't celebrate TSCA (Tos-Ka). That's because TSCA, quite simply, has not worked. It does not provide adequate public health safeguards nor does it establish a predictable and workable regulatory framework for industry. I want to urge the chairman, my colleagues in both parties on the committee, and our distinguished expert witnesses who are here today to testify on this issue to use the opportunity the Chemical Safety Improvement Act present to finally pass meaningful Toxic Chemical Safety law reform. I think we all need to realize that further compromise on this legislation is necessary for us to report a bi-partisan TSCA reform bill, but that we need to use the framework that the C.S.I.A. provides to get us there.

Congress Must Come Together To Move America Forward

Date: 07/25/2013
Gridlock has never solved a single problem or created a single job. It is well past time for Congress to work together to fix our problems and advance our shared interests.

Sequestration Hurts Maryland And Virginia

Date: 07/25/2013
Senators Cardin and Warner talk about the damaging impacts of sequestration on Maryland and Virginia.

Cardin Made in Maryland Tour

Date: 07/18/2013

We're highlighting the diverse products being produced in our great state and we are celebrating the hardworking Marylanders.

End Gridlock

Date: 07/18/2013

Let's end the gridlock holding Perez back and the gridlock that's holding the Nation back.

Confirm Tom Perez

Date: 07/17/2013
Tom Perez is a decent and hardworking public servant. I have known Tom for years, from his time as head of the Montgomery County Council to his current position as Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He has always been a champion for justice and the public good his entire career at the federal, state and local levels of government. At this critical time for our fragile economy, it is unfortunate that some have chosen to twist this fine record into something other than protecting workers in Maryland and nationwide from discrimination, especially unlawful activities in the workplace.

Congress Must Act to Keep Student Loans Affordable

Date: 07/10/2013

We must stop this increase in student loan interest rates from taking effect while we work out a long-term solution to protect our students and our nation's future

Cardin-Lugar Transparency Still Leads Global Effort

Date: 07/10/2013

The Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013 directs the President to establish goals, performance, and evaluation guidelines for US foreign assistance programs, country assistance plans, and international and multilateral assistance programs. It builds upon previous efforts by including specific measurement guidelines from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

Senator Ben Cardin at the USAID Small Business Conference

Date: 07/01/2013
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and continue to be key to our economic recovery. By continuing the strong partnership between small businesses and USAID, we can contribute to the global economy while creating new jobs and strengthening our economy here at home.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Can Be Improved

Date: 06/25/2013

We can substantially improve Immigration Reform through commonsense, balanced actions.

Cardin Supports Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Date: 06/13/2013

First and foremost, we need an immigration system that is fair.

The Human Face Of Immigration Reform

Date: 06/13/2013

I want to put a human face on these facts and statistics, so I am going to share two stories of individuals who came in contact with our office.

Sex Trafficking and Exploitation in America: Child Welfare's Role in Prevention and Intervention

Date: 06/12/2013

No victim of human trafficking should ever be defined by that experience. By empowering victims and caring for them, we can help them move beyond the past, and embrace a more hopeful future.

Remembering Our Friend Frank Lautenberg

Date: 06/12/2013
Frank Lautenberg lived the American Dream. The child of immigrant parents, he built a successful business from the ground up and gave back to his community through public service. He has left a legacy of hard work and the determination to improve the lives of millions of Americans, including veterans like himself, children, women and families in New Jersey and across the country. I cherished my friendship with Frank and know just how much he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Bonnie and his family that he loved dearly, and the people of New Jersey who he represented with pride.

Asia Rebalanced

Date: 06/12/2013
The United States and China are well poised to work together on global climate change and environmental issues...; to promote positive progress on North Korea denuclearization; and to ensure robust implementation of sanctions against Iran.

Cardin Urges Colleagues to Return To Normal Order, End Sequester, Work Together

Date: 05/16/2013
The American people deserve a Congress that is willing to sit down and compromise. We have to have regular order in order to pass a budget, end the sequester, and get our financial house in order. I urge my Republican friends to stop blocking our request to move to budget conference. Lets' look at mandatory spending, let's work together to bring down costs in a sensible way-- but more than anything lets make the decisions Americans expect us to make, together,

Cardin, Maryland Business Leaders Call For A Vote By The Full Senate On The Nomination Of Tom Perez

Date: 05/16/2013
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)held a conference call with media to discuss the nomination of fellow Marylander Tom Perez. Senator Cardin was joined by Maryland business leaders who discussed their positive experiences working with Perez. Senator Cardin has been critical of the recent Republican pattern of obstructing President Obama's nominations, including Tom Perez.

Defending Clean Water

Date: 05/14/2013
Moments ago the Senate rejected an amendment that would have seriously and critically weakened standing provisions of the Clean Water Act that protect our access to clean water. This was a win for the Chesapeake Bay and the people of Maryland. Pollution doesn't stop at state borderers-- we need to act responsibility and legislate responsibly on the local, state and federal levels to ensure our sustained physical and economic health.

Opening of the Duldalk Veteran Center

Date: 05/14/2013
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Dundalk Veteran Center. The center will provide a broad range of services including counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans to help with readjustment to civilian life.

EPA Hearing

Date: 05/09/2013
Not a single Republican showed up for today's EPA markup. This kind of obstruction is not how the Senate should function. Gina McCarthy is well qualified and the American people deserve to have their Senators at least show up to take part in the democratic process.

Gene M. Kirchner

Date: 05/09/2013
Gene M. Kirchnera Baltimore County volunteer firefighter who died in the line of duty. Gene was laid to rest this past Sunday and the entire Baltimore community is mourning the death of this kind, gentle young man who laid down his life in an attempt to save another's life. Gene was posthumously awarded the Fire Department's Medal of Honor because he embodied what we as a nation come to look for in our first responders -- courage, bravery and dedication to duty.

Equal Rights Should Not Have a Deadline

Date: 05/09/2013
Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today introduced a joint resolution to remove the deadline for the states' ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The Cardin-Kirk joint resolution would give states another chance by removing the deadline set by Congress for ratification of the ERA. The Constitution contains no time limits for ratification of constitutional amendments, and the 27th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting immediate Congressional pay raises was ratified after 203 years. Congressman Rob Andrews (D-NJ) is introducing a companion bill in the House of Representatives.

Leveling The Playing Field For Small Businesses

Date: 04/25/2013

The Marketplace Fairness Act , co-sponsored by Senator Cardin, would close a current tax loophole that requires brick-and-mortar retailers to collect sales taxes from customers who make purchases in their stores, but allows many online and catalog retailers to avoid collecting the same taxes since, under current law, residents are expected to remit the sales taxes directly to the state. If enacted, the new law would give states the option to collect sales and use-tax revenues from out-of-state sellers through a new, simplified tax system.

How to End Sequestration

Date: 04/25/2013

Maryland -- and every state across the country -- cannot afford this irrational, meat-ax approach to deficit reduction. Now is the time to get serious about coming together- working across party and ideological lines to end the sequester in FY '13, and FY14.

Cardin Thanks the Magnitsky Family For Their Courage

Date: 04/18/2013

The United States has always been a world leader in promoting human rights.

Recognizing the The Weinberg Foundation

Date: 04/16/2013
The Weinberg Foundation is one of the largest private charitable foundations in the United States. The Weinberg Foundation provides approximately $100 million each year to nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, primarily in the U.S. and Israel. Since 1990, the Foundation has made grants totaling $1.6 billion dollars -- that's billion, with a "b". We are thankful for the work they have done in Baltimore and around the world.

Seeking A Responsible Budget

Date: 03/21/2013
The Senate Democratic budget is built on the bipartisan Simpson Bowles recommendations. It protects our most vulnerable citizens while still making rational and effective cuts.

The Trajectory of Democracy: Why Hungary Matters

Date: 03/19/2013

Witnesses: Kim Lane-Princeton University; Sylvna Habdank-Kolaczkowska-Freedom House; Paul Shapiro-U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Cardin Fights For Federal Workers

Date: 03/14/2013

Federal workers and their families have made great sacrifices. It is disappointing to see a lack of bipartisan work to avoid placing an undue burden on our federal workers, and the important missions their agencies serve.  

Prioritizing Children's Dental Care

Date: 03/07/2013

I will pursue every route available to make certain that children can receive the affordable oral health benefits that Congress intended

Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl Champs!

Date: 02/14/2013
I would like to thank every member of the entire Ravens organization for their hard work and dedication to the fans. I am proud to be from Baltimore and I am proud to be a Ravens fan. Super Bowl aside, this was a truly memorable season. Amidst the euphoria, however, there is a bittersweet feeling because next season will be the first time in almost 20 years that we will not see Ray Lewis in black and purple. It's certainly the end of an era for one of the greatest players in the history of the game, and we wish him all the best because that's what he gave to the Ravens for 17 years.

Cardin Urges Passage of the Violence Against Women Act

Date: 02/08/2013

VAWA has a proven track record of protecting women from domestic violence, and it is hard to understand opposition to legislation with the goal of curbing domestic violence. Saving women's lives should not be a partisan issue. The statistics of domestic violence are alarming. Yet domestic violence remains one of the most underreported crimes in the country. These victims need to know they have our support, including access to justice, help with housing, medical care, and economic opportunity.

Cardin Previews Senator Kerry Secretary of State Nomination Vote

Date: 01/30/2013

"John Kerry has dedicated his life to public service in the finest manner"

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded the swift confirmation of Senator John Kerry to be U.S. Secretary of State.

Making the Senate Work

Date: 01/25/2013
I strongly supported this bipartisan effort to change the rules of the Senate, but I do believe in majority rule. I think rules changes should be done in a bipartisan manner but after a full debate that decisions should be made by a majority of the Senators elected to the Senate.

Cardin Priorities for the 113th Congress

Date: 01/04/2013

U.S Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was sworn into the U.S. Senate for a new, six-year term beginning with the 113th Congress.  At a reception for his friends and supporters, the Senator said that his top priorities in the new term include creating high-tech jobs, investing in clean energy, restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, passing comprehensive immigration reform and advancing human and civil rights issues.

Cardin Statement On Newtown Shooting

Date: 12/18/2012

"There is no need for assault weapons to be held by the public. In my view, there is no legitimate reason for a civilian to possess a military-style weapon or to have large capacity ammunition clips. Congress should also examine whether we can strengthen our background check system for gun buyers, along with criminal penalties for those who illegally purchase or transfer guns.We need to take a look at safety locks for children. We need to look at those who make multiple purchases. We need to look at the gun show purchases. I think we should examine all those to see whether we can make our communities safer, without infringing upon the legitimate right of individuals to possess guns, sportsmen to be able to use guns for hunting. I think all that, obviously, will be protected. But we can do a much better job of protecting public safety. "- Ben Cardin

Disaster Assistance Supplemental For Hurricane Sandy

Date: 12/18/2012

"The next step should be the passage of the supplemental appropriations bill. I have heard many of my colleagues come to the floor who represent States that are directly affected. I have listened as my colleagues around the Nation have talked about disasters in their communities, and we have always come together as a nation. I know we are in the last days of this legislative session. I just urge my colleagues to let us move this bill forward now. Let's get it done so the Federal Government can be there to help the communities that have been affected by this storm. It is the right thing to do, and I hope my colleagues will"- Ben Cardin

Taking Action Against Those Who Violate Human Rights

Date: 12/06/2012

This landmark legislation, passed in conjunction with Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Russia, sets a precedent for future trade and other bilateral agreements by prohibiting gross violators of human rights in Russia from traveling to the U.S and from using our financial system. This legislation serves as encouragement for champions of democracy, promoters of civil rights, and advocates of free speech across the globe that America stands firmly on their side.

The Sergei Magnitsky Rule Of Law

Date: 12/06/2012

“Today is yet another milestone in the search for justice for Sergei Magnitsky, and others like him who stand up against corruption and abuse of power. With this vote, we are setting a precedent for future trade agreements that tells the world that gross violators of human rights cannot escape the consequences of their actions even when their home country fails to act. Human rights cannot and should not be open to compromise,”

Senator Cardin Urges Support for CPRD

Date: 11/28/2012
The world watches what the U.S. does and ratifying the CRPD represents an unparalleled opportunity to protect the rights of all people with disabilities, and protecting our own citizens when they are on foreign soil. When we considered the CRPD in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we added language that explicitly reiterates that the treaty would not require changes to existing U.S. law. Ratifying the CRPD is a strong act of diplomacy and symbol of America's continued commitment to equal justice for all.

Ben at Red Cross

Date: 11/01/2012
On October 31, the day after Hurricane Sandy had left the area, Senator Cardin visited the American Red Cross Maryland/Delaware Headquarters in Baltimore. He thanked volunteers for their service and helped load supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy. "Our region and our nation owe so much to the American Red Cross because they provide often critical assistance to Americans in times of real catastrophe or crises."

Cardin Attends Groundbreaking of the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Operation Building

Date: 09/11/2012
"Patuxent River Naval Air Station is a national asset that is of tremendous importance to our nation's security," stated Senator Cardin. "The dedication of the new communication engineering facility and the groundbreaking for the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations Building will enhance our intelligence capabilities and also provide invaluable resources for the Maryland National Guard." The Special Communications Engineering Facility will provide additional workspace for the Special Communications Requirements (SCR) group to accommodate expanding communications work for both Department of Defense and other government agencies. It is the second SCR facility built at Webster Field and includes secure space, which will benefit the unit in better serving its customers. Congressman Hoyer, working with Senators Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, secured $11.043 million in funding for the new facility, and secured $5.1 million for the first facility in 2004.

Ben Cardin Attends Living Shorelines Event In Annapolis

Date: 09/11/2012
Cardin proud to announce more than $800,000 for the creation of "living shorelines," an innovative technique designed to protect shorelines from erosion while also improving Bay habitat and water quality


Date: 09/11/2012
$9.2 million was awarded through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund via the Small Watershed Grants Program and the Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants Program, both of which are administered by NFWF. "All of us have a part to play in helping restore the Bay and the Chesapeake Stewardship Fund makes it possible for local communities to get involved in projects that will improve small watersheds in the Bay," said Senator Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee. "The wetland and forest restoration projects help protect shorelines from erosion, control pollution and restore habitat. The Chesapeake Bay is better today than it was a decade ago thanks to the work and dedication of individuals and communities that have worked on projects like these."

Senator Cardin Speaks to Students at the Westphalia Training Center

Date: 08/15/2012
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) held a Roundtable discussion about jobs with students, faculty and employers at the Westphalia Training Center. The Westphalia Training Center is operated by the Prince George's Community College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education division and provides 500 students with hands-on training for jobs in the community. "The right job training is the key to getting a job in this economy, and I commend the Westphalia Training Center for understanding what employers are looking for in their workers and for providing students with the training they need to succeed," said Senator Cardin during his visit. "It also is important that we continually assess and reevaluate what our students need and what businesses are looking for in their employees." The Center provides training in construction trade areas including residential, industrial and commercial construction; building maintenance engineer training; carpentry; electricity; residential wiring; heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC/R) certification; locksmithing; plumbing; and welding training. It also offers arborist and landscaping classes, as well as hair braiding instruction.

Cardin Lugar Floor Speech

Date: 08/07/2012

I joined with Indiana Senator Richard Lugar in introducing a bipartisan amendment that requires all foreign and domestic companies to include in their annual reports to the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) how much money they pay each government around the world for access to its oil, gas and minerals.

We normally think that countries with lots of oil, gas and minerals are wealthy and have the resources to provide for their citizens.  What many don’t know is that roughly 60 developing countries are rich in natural resources, yet home to more than two-thirds of the world’s poorest people.  Despite billions of dollars a year in oil, gas or mineral revenue, these countries rank among the worst when it comes to economic growth, authoritarian governance, poverty and political instability. 

Creating a reporting requirement with the SEC is a simple step we can take to help ensure that oil revenues are used wisely.  I’m proud that the United States has taken the lead on creating a global standard for transparency, but it is important that other countries follow suit.  We are working with other countries that have major stock exchanges, like the United Kingdom, to encourage them to take similar action.   

 Transparency will help us keep markets stable, enhance energy security, and most importantly, helps alleviate poverty by ensuring that the blessings of natural resources do not turn into a curse. 

Cardin Lugar Floor Speech

Date: 08/06/2012
Senator Cardin urges the SEC to act on the Cardin Lugar Amendment.


Date: 07/17/2012
Senator Ben Cardin (D- MD) urges his fellow Senators to pass the Disclose Act.

Helping America's Economy with the Small Business Tax Cut Act

Date: 07/12/2012
Senator Cardin's floor speech the Small Business Tax Cut Bill.

Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act

Date: 06/05/2012
Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate floor about the importance of Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Date: 05/24/2012

Ben at a press conference on the Paycheck Fairness Act & the fight to ensure equal pay for equal work. 

Small Business Week

Date: 05/22/2012

Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate floor during Small Business Week 2012. He talks about the importance of continuing programs & implementing policy that maintains small businesses as the growth engine for America. 5/22/12

Working Together on a Responsible Budget

Date: 05/17/2012

Senator Cardin calls for a bipartisan, responsible budget plan that reduces our deficit, supports programs key to job creation & economic growth, respects the dignity of our seniors and helps secure our children's future.

Affordable Care Act 2 Yr Anniversary

Date: 05/15/2012

Ben speaks at the Celebration of the 2nd Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act w/Allegany Co NAACP, MD Department of Aging (Lawlah), and Western MD Central Labor Council

Stop Loan Rate Hike Act

Date: 05/09/2012

Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate floor about the importance of preventing Stafford loan interest rates from doubling, and shares stories about Marylanders who are depending on action to stop the increase from happening.

Bike to School Day

Date: 05/09/2012

Senator Cardin releases data showing overwhelming support among Americans for maintaining or increasing funding for sidewalks, bike lanes and bike paths. He is working to ensure funding for bike lanes & paths is included in a federal transportation bill.

Ben Announces Grant to Protect and Restore Rivers

Date: 04/17/2012

Ben at Frostburg State University announcing a $300,000 grant to help protect and restore rivers in the Potomac Highlands region. The funding will help initiate a comprehensive environmental restoration effort that will create jobs and help restore the Potomac watershed.

Cardin Testifies on Racial Profiling

Date: 04/17/2012

Senator Cardin testifies at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Ending Racial Profiling in America." He has introduced the Ending Racial Profilng Act, which would eliminate racial profiling through changing the policies and procedures underlying the practice.

Pass MAP 21

Date: 04/11/2012

Ben at a WMATA training & operations center in Hyattsville urges House passage of the Senate multiyear transportation bill, which would fund vital WMATA safety projects & support 1.9 million across the country. 4/10/12

The Menendez Bill: A Credible Path to Affordable Energy

Date: 03/29/2012

Ben speaks on the Senate floor about the need to pass the Menendez bill that would end taxpayer handouts to Big Oil, who are making record profits thanks to climbing gas prices.

Floor Speech on Trayvon Martin

Date: 03/28/2012
Ben on the Senate floor, talking about Trayvon Martin and the need to end racial profiling by law enforcement.

On Trayvon Martin

Date: 03/27/2012

Ben speaks at a press conference and the Trayvon Martin case and the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), S. 1670, which would protect minority communities by prohibiting the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officials.

Ben on the Equal Rights Amendment

Date: 03/23/2012

Ben introducing a joint resolution to remove the deadline for the states' ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. 3/23/12

Bicentennial Coin Unveiling

Date: 03/06/2012

Ben unveils commemorative coins that will go on sale to fund the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem. Ben sponsored the legislation that created the coins.

At Frederick Airport

Date: 03/03/2012

Ben meets with officials at Frederick Municipal Airport to discuss their priorities. He talks about how FAA Reauthorization will help flying become safer, faster, and more cost-efficient.

Ben at NTEU Rally

Date: 02/29/2012

Ben vows to stand with federal workers at a National Treasury Employees Union rally on Capitol Hill. 2/29/12

Ben at Prince George's Hospital Center

Date: 02/28/2012

Ben speaks with SEIU members about health care reform, workers rights and the importance or children's during a visit to Prince George's Hospital Center. 2/24/12

Justice for Sergei Magnitsky

Date: 02/17/2012

U.S. Senators Cardin (D-MD), Wicker (R-MS) and Shaheen (D-MI) speak out about the growing issue of human rights violations in Russia, typified by the case of Sergei Matnitsky. They urge Senators to cosponsor the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which would impose sanctions on persons responsible for the detention, abuse, or death of Sergei Magnitsky and help promote democracy and the rule of law in Russia.

Rebuilding America: Surface Transportation Reauthorization

Date: 02/09/2012

Ben speaks on the senate floor about the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill, which will rebuild America's roads and bridges, modernize our transit systems, and create or save millions of high-paying jobs.

Ben Introduces CAPP Act

Date: 02/07/2012

Ben visits the headquarters of the Americorps' "Civic Works" program to unveil the Creating American Prosperity Through Preservation Act (CAPP). CAPP will help ensure that historic properties are restored and made useful once again, while creating jobs that will stimulate greater economic activity.

Honoring the Legacy of Harriet Tubman

Date: 02/02/2012

February is Black History Month, a time to honor the important contributions made throughout our nation's history by African Americans. This year,Ben pays special tribute to Harriet Ross Tubman, a Marylander who was a leader of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.

Ben on MSNBC's Daily Rundown

Date: 01/25/2012
Ben talks with MSNBC's Chuck Todd about the 2012 State of the Union Address and President Obama's strong vision to rebuild America. 1/25/12

Payroll Tax Conference Committee Innaugural Meeting

Date: 01/24/2012

Senator Cardin at the Payroll Tax Conference Committee's innaugural meeting. He stresses the need to extend the payroll tax cut in order to put more money into the hands of hard-working Americans so that we can create jobs & grow our economy. 1/24/12.

Visit to CW Brooks

Date: 01/23/2012

Ben holds a forum for residents of C. W. Brooks Senior Housing to talk about the budget problems facing our nation and their likely effect on issues of concern to seniors, particularly Medicare and Social Security. The C. W. Brooks facility is a new 60-unit, mid-rise affordable housing development for seniors, which was constructed in part with $10 million in federal stimulus funding. 1/13/12


Date: 01/20/2012

Ben congratulates The Baltimore County Fire Department on receiving almost $2 million in federal grant money to purchase state-of-the-art lifesaving equipment for victims of cardiac arrest. The money pays for 60 machines that serve as electrocardiogram monitors, defibrilators and pacemakers—one for every career and volunteer medic unit in the county as well as each Emergency Medical Services district supervisor.

Congressional Badge of Bravery Award

Date: 01/20/2012

Senator Ben Cardin presents Montgomery County Police Officer Edward E. Paden Jr., with the Congressional Badge of Bravery Award. The award was created by Congress in 2008 to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have distinguished themselves for exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty.

Frederick Workforce Services Center Roundtable

Date: 01/19/2012

Senator Cardin holds a roundtable discussion with job seekers and employers at the Frederick Workforce Services Center. The Frederick Workforce Services Center is a one-stop career center that links businesses looking for employees with residents seeking employment or career opportunities. January 2012

Standing Up For Our Federal Workforce

Date: 12/16/2011

Senator Cardin stands up for federal workers, who work tirelessly on behalf of the American people and have already made disproportionate sacrifices to help reduce the deficit.

State of Human Rights and Rule of Law in Russia

Date: 12/14/2011

Senator Cardin takes part in a hearing on human rights and the rule of law in Russia. He questions the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, Dr. Phil Gordon.

Standing Strong Against Anti-Environmental Riders

Date: 12/13/2011

Senator Cardin joined Senator EPW Committee members Barbara Boxer, Frank Lautenberg and Tom Carper to speak out against GOP attempts to undermine Americans' right to pure water to drink and healthy air to breathe.

Creating Thousands of Jobs Through Renewable Energy

Date: 12/13/2011

Senator Cardin on the Senate floor discusses the necessity of extending renewable energy tax credits in order to create jobs, protect the environment and strengthen national security.

Extending Unemployment Insurance: The Right Thing To Do

Date: 12/07/2011

Senator Cardin on the floor urging his colleagues to extend unemployment insurance for millions of American families. Additionally for every $1 we put in the economy for unemployment benefits, we get back $1.61.

Free Alan Gross

Date: 12/02/2011

Senator Cardin calls for the immediate and unconditional humanitarian release of Marylander Alan Gross from Cuban prison, where he has been held for two years.

Ben on Politics Nation

Date: 12/01/2011

Ben tells MSNBC's Al Sharpton about the importance of cutting the payroll tax cut in order to give a helping hand to America's economy and middle class families. 11/30/11

It Gets Better - Maryland

Date: 11/17/2011

Senator Cardin and other Maryland political leaders speak about bullying.

Protecting Marylanders From Air Pollution

Date: 11/15/2011
Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate floor in favor of cross-state air pollution standards

Honoring Our Veterans

Date: 11/15/2011
Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate floor about Veteran's Day

Ben at Cheltenham Cemetery

Date: 11/15/2011

Ben announces $1.7M for improvements to the Cheltenham Cemetery on Veterans Day of 2011

Ben Visits Woodlawn

Date: 11/15/2011

Ben celebrates the first major business expansion in the new Federal Center at Woodlawn Enterprise Zone in Balt

Boosting Veterans Jobs and Small Business

Date: 11/10/2011

Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate Floor about creating jobs for return veterans.

Advancing Plans that Create Jobs

Date: 11/02/2011
Ben urges the Super Committee to advance an agenda that will create jobs and offer a comprehensive and balanced approach to deficit reduction. 11/1/11

Health Care Jobs Expo

Date: 11/01/2011

Ben holds a health care jobs expo on the Eastern Shore to help Marylanders benefit from

Hotels for Heroes

Date: 11/01/2011

Senator Cardin joins Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger announcing legislation that would help wounded military men & women and their families.

Ben at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge

Date: 11/01/2011

Ben announces Blackwater's 825 expansion that will protect and preserve wildlife and create jobs on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Remembering Tenth Anniversary of Anthrax Attacks

Date: 10/19/2011
Ben on the Senate floor about the Tenth Anniversary of the September 2001 anthrax attacks, honoring the memories of Thomas L. Morris Jr. and Joseph P. Corzine Jr., who gave the ultimate sacrifice after being exposed to infected Senate mail while they worked in the Brentwood Post Office in Washington, DC. 10/19/11

Getting America Back to Work

Date: 10/14/2011

Senator Cardin takes to the Senate floor, urging Congress to pass job-creating legislation after Republicans block a bill that would've created millions of new jobs.

Ben on MSNBC's PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton

Date: 10/13/2011

Ben talks the economy and his efforts to advance job-creating legislation in spite of GOP obstructionism.

Ben Honored for Work Fighting Oral Health Disparities

Date: 09/22/2011

Ben accepts an award from Oral Health America and the Dental Trade Alliance for his legislative efforts to fight oral health disparities, including his provision creating a guaranteed dental benefit in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and his law elevating the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities to an Institute. 9/21/11

Supporting Israel at the U.N. General Assembly

Date: 09/21/2011

Senator Cardin urges America to stand by Israel and to oppose unilateral actions at the U.N. that bypass direct negotiations and jeopardize prospects for peace in the Middle East. Senate Floor speech, 9/20/11

Ben Unveils Job-Creating Legislation

Date: 09/20/2011

Ben unveils bipartisan legislation at Kalkreuth Roofing in Frederick, Maryland that will help the struggling construction industry, create up to 40,000 new jobs nationwide, and increase energy efficiency. 9/19/11

Hurricane Irene and Fema Disaster Recovery Assistance

Date: 09/15/2011

Ben takes to the Senate floor to discuss the urgency of replenishing FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, which assists Americans who've been adversely impacted by disaster.

Harriet on the Hill

Date: 09/14/2011

Senator Cardin speaks about his efforts to build Harriet Tubman National Park in Maryland with her descendants and advocates during Harriet on the Hill Day, 9/14/11

Ending Racial Profiling

Date: 09/14/2011

Senator Cardin at a press conference with the ACLU and Rights Working Group on the End Racial Profiling Act that he plans on introducing in the Senate during Fall of 2011. 9/14/2011

Ending Racial Profiling

Date: 09/14/2011
Senator Cardin at a press conference with the ACLU and Rights Working Group on the End Racial Profiling Act that he plans on introducing in the Senate during Fall of 2011. 9/14/2011

Town Hall in Catonsville

Date: 08/31/2011

CSPAN coverage of Senator Cardin holding a town hall meeting at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, MD. He addresses seniors' questions and concerns about the the economy, healthcare, our deficit and other issues.

Ben on general permits for Maryland aquaculture

Date: 08/19/2011

Ben praises the streamlining of the permitting process for oyster aquaculture in Maryland.

Ben at Kool Smiles

Date: 08/18/2011

Ben visited Kool Smiles' clinic in District Heights to visit parents and children and thank Kool Smiles for their work in ensuring that Maryland children have access to dental care.

Talking to Federal Workers

Date: 08/09/2011

Ben talks to federal workers at the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, MD about the debt ceiling agreement, thanking them for sacrifices they have already made to reduce our deficit and reassuring them about protections against a further erosion of their compensation.

Ben on the Debt Ceiling Agreement

Date: 08/09/2011

Ben reassures seniors of the Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans that the budget deal has protections for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Raising the Debt Ceiling to Avoid Default

Date: 08/02/2011

Senator Cardin on the debt-ceiling vote in the Senate.

Cardin Update on the Debt Ceiling

Date: 07/30/2011

Senator Cardin updates Marylanders on the latest news on the debt ceiling crisis.

FAA Reauthorization

Date: 07/27/2011

Senator Cardin speaks on the floor of the Senate about the failure of Congress to pass an FAA reauthorization bill.

Cardin Talks Debt Crisis on MSNBC

Date: 07/26/2011

Senator Ben Cardin talks about the debt ceiling in an interview on MSNBC.

Working Together On a Budget Solution

Date: 07/26/2011

Senator Cardin on the importance of working together on a bipartisan plan to raise the debt ceiling and get our deficits under control.

The Urgency of Raising the Debt Ceiling

Date: 07/20/2011

As August 2nd approaches, Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate floor about why it is so important to uphold the U.S.'s debt obligations, and the GOP's reckless cut, cap and balance proposals that would jeopardize our economy.

Fighting for Pell Grants

Date: 07/19/2011

Senator Cardin joins Sen Mikulski, students and eight university presidents from institutions with significant minority populations to highlight the importance of Pell Grants the nation's economic prosperity.

Catostrophic Consequences of Default

Date: 07/14/2011

Senator Cardin on the devastating consequences for our economy and the American people that would result from a failure to raise the debt ceiling in the United States.

America's Responsibility to Pay Its Bills

Date: 07/14/2011

Senator Cardin joined Senators Schumer, Begich and Coons to explain why the American people and our economy are depending on the debt ceiling to be raised, and the devastating consequences of failing to do so.

Standing Up for Federal Workers

Date: 07/13/2011

Cardin stands up for federal workers, who work tirelessly on behalf of the American people and have made huge sacrifices to help reduce the deficit.

Closing Wasteful Special-Interest Loopholes

Date: 07/13/2011

Senator Cardin on how a credible plan to reduce the deficit should not just focus on cutting--it must also end wasteful special interest tax loopholes that cost taxpayers billions.

The Conrad Budget: A Responsible Blueprint for Our Future

Date: 07/13/2011

Cardin on why the Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad's (D-ND) budget plan is right for America, and more effective in reducing our deficit than Paul Ryan's plan.

Our Responsibility to Raise the Debt Ceiling

Date: 07/13/2011

As budget talks continue, Senator Cardin takes to the Senate floor to explain why raising the debt ceiling is a legal and moral imparative. 7/12/11.

A Budget Plan That's Fair for All Americans

Date: 07/06/2011
Senator Cardin speaks about the Senate Budget Committee's budget plan that would reduce the deficit even more than the Bowles-Simpson Commission's plan, invest in America's future to create more jobs, and not disproportionately burden working families and our most vulnerable citizens.

Repeal Of Ethanol Subsidies Should Be Included In Debt Limit Agreement

Date: 06/29/2011

Senator Cardin to Minority Leader Mitch McConell: Any credible budget agreement should eliminate wasteful subsidies for ethanol that cost taxpayers $2 billion each year and hurt our economy.

Reaffirming Support for Direct Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Date: 06/29/2011

Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate floor about unanimous passage of his resolution reaffirming U.S. commitment to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Protecting Our Waters

Date: 06/27/2011

Senator Cardin joins Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in announcing the Urban Waters Initiative in Baltimore. 6/24/11.

Authorizing Limited US Role in Libya

Date: 06/22/2011

Senator Cardin on why he sponsored a war powers resolution in support of limited U.S. action in Libya to protect civilians. The resolution would prohibit use of ground troops in Libya.

Health Care: The Importance of Prevention

Date: 06/21/2011

Senator Cardin kicks off "Health and Fitness" week with seniors at Riderwood Village in Silver Spring, MD. He talks about the importance of exercise, nutrition and other preventative measures in staying healthy and bringing down health care costs, and how the Affordable Care Act promotes prevention & wellness.

Fighting for Medicare & Medicaid

Date: 06/21/2011
Senator Cardin kicks off "Health and Fitness" week with seniors at Riderwood Village in Silver Spring, MD. He vows to protect Medicare as a guaranteed benefit for seniors, in spite of GOP attempts to voucherize the program. He also pledges to protect Medicaid from becoming a block-grant program.

Rally for Community Living: Defending Medicare and Medicaid

Date: 06/09/2011
Senator Cardin stands up for Americans with disabilities at the Rally for Community Living in DC. 6/8/2011

Cardin talks Medicare on MSNBC

Date: 06/07/2011

Ben tells Al Sharpton why eliminating Medicare is off the table in bipartisan budget negotiations, and shares his commitment to lowering healthcare costs, rather than simply shifting them to seniors.

Democratic Leadership Kept Medicare Solvent

Date: 06/07/2011

Senator Cardin speaks to seniors at the Clark Senior Center in La Plata, MD about how Democrats kept Medicare solvent by reducing the cost of health care, not by simply shifting costs to seniors.

Protecting Women & Seniors: Maintaining Medicare As A Guaranteed Benefit

Date: 05/24/2011

Senator Cardin on the importance of Medicare for women & seniors.

Baltimore Faith-based Summit

Date: 05/23/2011

Senator Cardin meets with over 100 religious leaders in Baltimore to discuss job opportunities and economic empowerment. Josh DuBois of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership also participated.

On Judge Liu's Nomination to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Date: 05/19/2011
Senator Cardin praises 9th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Goodwin Liu's intellect, fidelity to the law and commitment to equal justice.

Oil Company Subsidies

Date: 05/17/2011

Ben Cardin is interviewed on MSNBC about his effort to end oil company subsidies.

Ending Wasteful Taxpayer Subsidies to Big Oil

Date: 05/17/2011
Senator Cardin calls on Congress to stop $4 billion taxpayer subsidies to Big Oil, who are making record profits in light of sky high gas prices.

Cardin Delivers 2011 Pitt Commencement Speech

Date: 05/13/2011
Senator Cardin delivers the 2011 commencement speech at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh.

Human Rights in Syria

Date: 05/11/2011

Senator Cardin speaks at a press conference about a resolution condemning the violence in Syria and calling for more sanctions.

Protecting America's Waters

Date: 05/06/2011
Ben praises the Obama Administration's commitment to keeping our waters safe.

Cardin on Osama Bin Laden's Death

Date: 05/03/2011

Senator Cardin praises the brave servicemembers and intelligence officers who carried out the mission to kill the 9/11 mastermind, Osama bin Laden

Baltimore City Small Business Committee Forum

Date: 05/03/2011

Senator Cardin leads a forum on federal programs that could help small business.

Safety and Security of Federal Courthouses

Date: 05/03/2011

Senator Cardin chairs a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing at the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Building and United States Courthouse to highlight the need to improve safety and security at all federal courthouses.

courthouse 3

Date: 05/03/2011

BRAC Press Conference

Date: 04/19/2011

Senator Cardin speaks at the National Institutes of Health about how the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) in helping bring jobs to Maryland.

Health Care Career Expo

Date: 04/19/2011

Senator Cardin leads a health care career fair.

Fighting for Women's Health

Date: 04/15/2011
Senator Cardin speaks out on the floor against GOP bills that would defund healthcare reform implementation, and block women's access to vital health care services like mammograms and cancer screenings

Tea Party Budget Undermines American Values

Date: 04/13/2011

Senator Cardin on GOP Congressman Paul Ryan's budget plan, and how it does not provide a credible path to address America's deficit.

A Budget That Speaks to America's Values

Date: 04/13/2011

Senator Cardin on critical programs and funding that were maintained in the 2011 budget compromise.

Averting a Devastating Government Shutdown

Date: 04/08/2011

Senator Cardin urges Democrats and Republicans to work together to avert a government shutdown, and lays out the consequences for failing to do so.

Ben on PBS NewsHour

Date: 04/01/2011
Senator Cardin discusses ongoing budget negotiations on the PBS News Hour w/ Jim Lehrer. 3/31/11

Protecting the Clean Air Act

Date: 03/31/2011
Ben speaks on the Senate Floor about the pivotal role that the Clean Air Act plays in safeguarding public health and our environment, and about the EPA's critical role in enforcing the Act.

Blue Alert Act Announcement

Date: 03/29/2011

Senator Cardin announces the National Blue Alert Act at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.


Date: 03/29/2011
In an MSNBC interview, Senator Cardin speaks about the air strikes in Libya.

National Blue Alert Act

Date: 03/29/2011
Senator Cardin speaks out in favor a bill to create a national Blue Alert system to hunt criminals who attack police officers

Health Care Reform is Addressing Minority Disparities

Date: 03/23/2011
Senator Cardin on how the Affordable Care Act is helping to erase minority health disparities, one year after the law's enactment.

Health Care Reform Benefits: Tax Payers

Date: 03/22/2011
Cardin on how historic health care reform reduces the US budget debt, helps extend medicare solvency and alleviates tax payer concerns. The Affordable Care Act celebrates its one year anniversary on March 23, 2011.

Health Care Reform Protects Patients

Date: 03/22/2011
Cardin talks on the Senate floor about the important patient protections enacted by the Affordable Care Act, which celebrates its one-year anniversary on March 23rd, 2011.

Health Care Reform Benefits: Seniors, Small Businesses and Families

Date: 03/22/2011
Cardin commemorates the anniversary of the historic Affordable Care Act on the Senate floor, touting all of the new benefits and cost-savings for consumers that the law provides.

Cardin Advocates for Religious Tolerance in America

Date: 03/15/2011
Senator Cardin speaks out against Rep. Peter King's House Homeland Security Committee "Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community" hearings. He calls for engaging the Muslim community, rather than demonizing Muslims in the United States and abroad.

Senator Cardin Praises Head Start

Date: 03/11/2011

Senator Cardin Praises Head Start

Responsible Tax Reform Can Reduce Our Deficit

Date: 03/10/2011
Senator Cardin on the role that tax reform can play in balancing the budget.

Coming Together to Tackle the Budget Deficit

Date: 03/09/2011

Coming Together to Tackle the Budget Deficit

House Budget jeopardizes Maryland's environment and economy

Date: 03/08/2011
Senator Cardin speaks on the floor on the Senate about how the House's budget proposal will hurt Maryland.

Senator Cardin Stands Up For Workers' Rights

Date: 03/03/2011
Senator Cardin fires up the crowd at a rally for the National Treasury Employees Union outside the Capitol.

Why The Health Care Reform Law Is Vital For Small Businesses

Date: 02/28/2011
Senator Cardin addresses small business owners in Prince George's County

Cardin Addresses Prince George's Co Small Business Owners

Date: 02/28/2011
Cardin speaks to small business owners in Prince George's County about how to get more government contracts to small businesses.

Repealing Health Care Law Would Harm Seniors

Date: 02/28/2011
Senator Cardin speaks in Towson, MD about how House propsed budget cuts would take away important health care benefits for seniors.

Senator Cardin at River Hill High School

Date: 02/16/2011

Senator Cardin speaks to the Future Business Leaders of America at a high school in Howard County about volunteerism.

Egyptian Revolution

Date: 02/11/2011

TSA Collective Bargaining

Date: 02/08/2011

A Tribute to Senator Mikulski

Date: 01/05/2011
Senator Cardin speaks on the floor of the Senate congratulating Senator Mikulski on becoming the longest serving woman in Senate history

START Treaty

Date: 12/17/2010

Unemployment Benefits

Date: 12/03/2010

Senator Cardin Visits Fort McHenry

Date: 09/30/2010
Senator Cardin speaks at Fort McHenry about two commemorative coins honoring the war of 1812.

Helping Small Businesses Now

Date: 09/15/2010

Senator Cardin on the Need to Contain Iran

Date: 07/22/2010

Senator Cardin speaks on the Senate floor about Iran's threat to global peace.

Equality for ALL Americans

Date: 06/30/2010

Hamas, an obstacle to peace

Date: 06/23/2010

Metro Safety

Date: 06/21/2010

Protecting American Consumers from Big Oil

Date: 06/10/2010
Senator Cardin speaks out against the Murkowski Amendment to roll back the Clean Air Act.

Funding Metro Safety

Date: 05/21/2010

Need for Wall Street Reform

Date: 05/10/2010

Wall Street Reform

Date: 04/29/2010

Offshore Drilling (FULL)

Date: 04/29/2010

Offshore Drilling

Date: 04/28/2010

Israel’s 62nd anniversary

Date: 04/21/2010

Small Business Jobs

Date: 03/17/2010

Helping Americans in Need

Date: 03/02/2010


Date: 03/01/2010
Senator Cardin urges all Marylanders to be counted in the 2010 Census.


Date: 02/23/2010

Creating American Jobs

Date: 02/23/2010

Senator Mathias

Date: 02/01/2010
Senator Cardin speaks in memorial of Senator Mathias

Small Business Jobs Bill

Date: 01/29/2010

Minority Health Amendment

Date: 12/23/2009

Patient Bill of Rights

Date: 12/23/2009

The Senate Health Bill

Date: 11/19/2009

Why We Need Health Reform

Date: 11/10/2009

Health Care Reform

Date: 10/13/2009

Clean Drinking Water

Date: 09/24/2009

Climate Change Bill

Date: 09/17/2009

Senator Edward Kennedy

Date: 09/11/2009

Sotomayor Rally

Date: 09/11/2009

Health Care Reform

Date: 07/30/2009

Hate Crimes Legislation

Date: 07/16/2009

Sotomayor Hearing

Date: 07/16/2009

Soldiers’ Mental Health

Date: 06/30/2009

Iranian Elections

Date: 06/17/2009

Newspaper Revitalization Act Hearing

Date: 06/12/2009
Senator Cardin testifies in a hearing on the Newspaper Revitalization Act.

President Obama's First 100 Days

Date: 04/30/2009
Senator Cardin describes the accomplishments of President Obama's first 100 days and the challenges to come.

FY10 Budget Passes

Date: 04/30/2009
Senator Cardin pushes for passage of President Obama's budget resolution.

Newspaper Revitalization Act

Date: 03/24/2009
Senator Cardin introduces a bill to allow newspapers to file as non-profits.

Endangered Species Act

Date: 03/05/2009
Senator Cardin speaks about the need to protect the Endangered Species Act.

DC Voting Rights Act

Date: 03/05/2009

Stimulus Floor Speech

Date: 02/17/2009

Economic Stimulus Bill

Date: 02/10/2009

Economic Stimulus Plan

Date: 02/05/2009

Senate Passes SCHIP

Date: 02/02/2009

Inauguration Day

Date: 12/12/2008
Senator Cardin talks about how to participate in the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama

December 2008 Constituent Q & A: Housing and Foreclosures

Date: 12/12/2008
Senator Cardin answers questions on the mortgage meltdown

December 2008 Constituent Q & A: The Economy

Date: 12/12/2008
Senator Cardin answers questions on the economy

Gas Price Legislation

Date: 12/02/2008

Iraq Hearings

Date: 12/02/2008

Warrantless Wiretaps

Date: 12/02/2008

Tackling the Housing Crisis

Date: 12/02/2008

U.S. Economy

Date: 12/02/2008

Iraq Hearings

Date: 02/02/2008


Perez Deserves An Up or Down Vote

Date: 05/09/2013

Senator Cardin was joined by Maryland business leaders who discussed their positive experiences working with Perez. Senator Cardin has been critical of the recent Republican pattern of obstructing President Obama’s nominations, including Tom Perez.

Cardin Supporting Individual Disaster Relief For Those Affected By Hurricane Sandy

Date: 11/21/2012

"I am pleased that the President has taken this first step in providing important public disaster relief for 17 Maryland counties and Baltimore City. The request for individual disaster relief is still pending and I will continue to work with the Governor and local officials to help ensure greater assistance for individuals and families affected by Hurricane Sandy.”

ACA Video

Date: 06/28/2012


Creating Nationwide Blue Alert System

Date: 03/28/2011

Ben introduces bill to create nationwide Blue Alert System for slain law enforcement officials.

On the President’s SOTU

Date: 01/25/2011

Ben’s reaction to President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union Address

On Justice Kagan

Date: 05/14/2010

Ben recaps his meeting with then-SCOTUS nominee Elena Kagan.

Small Business: An Engine for Job Creation

Date: 02/22/2010

Ben on the HIRE Act that provided tax relief to businesses hiring previously unemployed workers.

Red Dress Sunday: Highlighting Heart Health

Date: 02/05/2010

Ben praises Red Dress Sunday-a day when attention is focused on heart disease, particularly among African-American women in churches throughout Baltimore and Maryland.

Helping American Farmers

Date: 05/14/2008

Ben on the Farm Bill, which provides Maryland farmers with the resources they need stay economically viable while helping to improve the water quality of the Bay.