Ben In The News

March 24, 2020

Democratic senator asks Pompeo to stop saying 'Wuhan virus'

by Alexander Bolton

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other State Department officials to stop using the term "Wuhan virus" or "Chinese virus" to refer to COVID-19. "I am obliged to point out that referring to this global pandemic by anything other than its appropriate, medical names is unhelpful at best, and at worst risks inflaming stereotypes, fear, and xenophobia in the face of a health crisis," Cardin wrote in a Tuesda… Continue Reading

December 27, 2019

Why Small Business Saturday is important to Maryland

by Sen. Ben Cardin

This week, after spending time with their families and loved ones, more than 165 million Americans are expected to participate in the busiest shopping weekend of the year as we kick off the holiday shopping season. Forecasters estimate that Americans will spend more than $730 billion during the holiday season - roughly 20 percent of the total retail spending projected this year. Shoppers this weekend will no doubt take advantage of the deals available on Black Friday and Cyber Monday,… Continue Reading

November 19, 2019

Communities need alternatives to driving

by Sen. Ben Cardin

Investing in infrastructure has been a priority for Democrats, Republicans and Independents. We all agree we need to get it done sooner rather than later when the need will be more urgent and the remedies more expensive. As Congress looks to define how best to invest in our nation's infrastructure, we should start by acknowledging two undeniable realities: Investing in all types of infrastructure is critical for ensuring economic growth today and prosperity for generations of Americans in the f… Continue Reading

September 22, 2019

Ben Cardin: We must support the Kirwan Commission recommendations

by Ben Cardin

As Maryland's nearly 900,000 public school students have started the school year and parents have begun to attend Back-to-School nights, many have met new teachers - not only new to their class, but new to the school system as a whole. Forty-seven percent of Maryland teachers have been leaving the profession before their third year of teaching, creating a legacy of less experienced teachers in front of the classroom and a higher burden of recruitment and training expenses across the sta… Continue Reading

September 20, 2019

Guest Column: Cardin Explains the impact of Climate Change on Maryland Jobs

by Sen. Ben Cardin

Our climate is changing. We have seen an increase in the frequency and severity of violent storms, multi-year-long droughts in the heartland and the American West, recurring severe heat waves, wildfires and sea level rise. In Maryland-where 70% of the population lives in coastal areas-we are already seeing the impact on our communities. Damaging and unpredictable storms have brought historic flash floods to Montgomery and Prince George's Counties this summer, stranding commuters and destroying v… Continue Reading

August 15, 2019

Empowering Minority Entrepreneurs

by Sen. Ben Cardin

In 1977, former Congressman Parren Mitchell fought to pass an amendment to a $4 billion federal public works program requiring city and state recipients to set aside 10 percent of the funds for minority-owned businesses. Congressman Mitchell would go on to call the amendment his "proudest congressional accomplishment." Congressman Mitchell understood that any plan to shrink the wealth gap in America must include entrepreneurship, and that the federal government has an important role to play in … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

It’s time to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment

by Ben Cardin and Lisa Murkowski

Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, represents Alaska in the Senate. Ben Cardin, a Democrat, represents Maryland in the Senate. Men and women should be treated equally under the law. It seems pretty basic, right? As we approach the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, it comes as a shock to so many that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee women the same rights and protections as men. We come from different ends of the political spectrum, but we agree that this needs to change. Women compose … Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

I voted against the Iran nuclear deal. Withdrawing from it is a mistake.

by Ben Cardin

WASHINGTON (JTA) - President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran nuclear deal, is bad policy and calls into question America's international credibility. Mr. Trump has now set the international community on a slippery slope, imperiling the national security interests of the United States and our allies, particularly Israel. I voted against the Iran nuclear deal three years ago because I felt it left certain long-term que… Continue Reading

December 12, 2017

Democrats Grapple With Calling On Trump To Resign

by Igor Bobic

Democrats are grappling with how best to tackle the allegations of sexual harassment against President Donald Trump now that they have pushed Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who was also accused of sexual misconduct, from their midst. Some Democrats say that Trump should resign over the allegations numerous women have levied against him. Several of those women told their stories again this week as part of a growing movement to hold powerful men accountable for their actions. "These allegati… Continue Reading

December 05, 2017

Lawmakers Slam Tillerson for Botched State Department Redesign

by Robbie Gramer

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fends off rumors he could be out of a job within weeks, he is also facing growing criticism from diplomats and lawmakers in both parties over his management of the department. The latest salvo came on Tuesday, when Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) sent Tillerson's deputy, John Sullivan, a sharp letter expressing "significant concerns" over Tillerson's plans to redesign the State Department and urging Tillerson and his deputy to lift the dep… Continue Reading

November 20, 2017

Ben Cardin: The Full Transcript

by Susan Glasser

Glasser: This is Susan Glasser, and welcome back this week to The Global POLITICO. I'm delighted to have as our guest Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland. He's the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, which means he's right in the middle of everything that we want to talk about at The Global POLITICO. Senator Cardin, so I guess the inescapable subject in many ways, of course, is Russia these days, when it comes to foreign policy, and especially the Trump administration. First of all,… Continue Reading

November 19, 2017

A Conversation with Ben Cardin

by Josh Kurtz

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) always seems to find himself in the thick of major policy battles. A week ago, in his capacity as ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he led a delegation of five Democratic senators to the U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany. They were part of a large delegation of American politicians and business leaders who are still committed to the emissions reduction goals of the 2015 Paris accord - even though the Trump administration is trying to withdr… Continue Reading

November 18, 2017

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin: Let's rethink president's ability to use nuclear weapons

by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

At my town halls and meetings across Maryland, people are increasingly asking me, "Is President Trump really going to start a nuclear war with North Korea? Can he do that? Are there any checks upon the president to prevent him from starting a nuclear war?" The American people's fears on this issue are understandably fueled by the dangerous way President Donald Trump has spoken about nuclear weapons and the ongoing crisis with North Korea. For example, in August, President Trump said "North Kor… Continue Reading

November 18, 2017

'Me too' movement renews Equal Rights Amendment push

by Nicole Gaudiano

WASHINGTON - Equal Rights Amendment advocates think this could be their moment. As women increasingly come forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment, advocates are seeing the "me too" movement as an opportunity to renew their push for Constitutional protections against sexual discrimination. "If you ever feel like you don't think that we need to have some changes, I'm going to just say two words to you: Harvey Weinstein," Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said Friday, naming the Hollyw… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen propose path to residency for temporarily protected immigrants

by John Fritze

Three Democratic senators -- including Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen -- introduced legislation Thursday to allow certain immigrants with temporary legal status in the United States to apply for residency. Maryland has the sixth-highest number of residents benefiting from Temporary Protected Status in the country -- about 23,000 -- according to the Center for Migration Studies. The vast majority of those individuals in the state are from El Salvador. The 27-year-old program shi… Continue Reading

November 01, 2017

Cardin: Russia's election meddling is 'an act of war'

by Louis Nelson

Russian efforts to interfere in last year's presidential election amount to "an act of war," Sen. Ben Cardin said Wednesday, and to question otherwise plays right into Russia's hands. "You're falling into Russia's trap. Russia is spending money in this country to convince us that this is nothing more than what's been done since the beginning of time," the Maryland Democrat said Wednesday at an event hosted by the National Democratic Institute. "It's a conscientious effort to say 'we all do this… Continue Reading

October 12, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin On The Iran Deal And Trump

by Steve Inskeep

*Audio at link Steve Inskeep talks with Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, who voted against the Iran nuclear deal, but now worries about the consequence if President Trump decertifies Iran's compliance with the agreement. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: So says President Trump, and now he faces a legal deadline - has until Sunday to certify t… Continue Reading

September 29, 2017

McCain, Cardin urge Trump to get tough with Moscow

by Elana Schor

Two senior senators are urging President Donald Trump to fully use the new authority to punish Russia that lawmakers overwhelmingly granted him last month. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote to Trump on the eve of a key deadline in the Russia sanctions bill, which won lopsided bipartisan support in Congress and forced the president to get tougher on Moscow over its election meddling. That legislation requires the administration to identify by Friday individuals linked to R… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Sen. Cardin: Trump's Words Making NKorea Matter Worse

by Sandy Fitzgerald

President Donald Trump's language about North Korea has made an extremely dangerous situation even worse, Sen. Ben Cardin, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Tuesday. "We have got to find a common interest," the Maryland lawmaker told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "China is the country that can change the equation in North Korea's calculation." China does have a different agenda than the United States, he stressed, and "wants to make sure there's a commun… Continue Reading

August 22, 2017

Sen. Ben Cardin: Don’t send more U.S. troops

by Ben Cardin

After 16 years of America's longest war, the U.S. continues to have significant national security interests in Afghanistan. As we have seen, instability and the terrorism it breeds in this region directly impacts our national security. Our ultimate goal in Afghanistan should be a just, durable peace and political resolution of the conflicts plaguing the country for so long. President Trump's speech Monday was short on details and did little to emphasize the importance of diplomacy. Our strateg… Continue Reading

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