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September 25, 2020

Senators reprimand Metro after scathing audit

by Justin George

Maryland and Virginia's four senators reprimanded Metro on Thursday, citing the release of a scathing audit earlier this month that detailed long-standing and unaddressed problems that have resurfaced within the transit agency's rail control center. Maryland U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both Democrats, and Virginia's Democratic Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine, said they had met virtually with Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld this week and were debriefed on the results o… Continue Reading

September 15, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on Postmaster General to Immediately Reverse Operational Changes

Maryland U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-Pa.), and Committee on Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and more than two dozen of their Senate Colleagues wrote to Postmaster General Louis D… Continue Reading

September 11, 2020

Cardin announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for the Port of Baltimore

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume today announced $10 million in federal funding for the Maryland Port Administration to improve infrastructure at the Port of Baltimore. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation FY20 Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program. It will be used to enhance critical flood mitigation systems at the Dundalk Marine Terminal by constructing… Continue Reading

August 21, 2020

Sen. Cardin: Congress must prioritize small businesses in next Covid-19 relief bill

by Carley Milligan

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin said Friday that the best thing the federal government can to do help small businesses get back on their feet is to "get this virus under control." With the country in its fifth month of the pandemic, and cases and deaths continuing to rise, that goal still feels a long way off. In the interim, Cardin said he and others in Congress are focused on passing the next round of economic and financial aid for state and local governments, educational institutions, nonprofits, busin… Continue Reading

August 11, 2020


by Brian Gallion

Maryland's U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined a bipartisan coalition of their Senate colleagues Thursday in calling for $15.5 billion to be allocated for research at the Bethesda-based National Institutes of Health in the next federal COVID-19 relief package. The pandemic has led to a $10 billion loss in biomedical research across the country, according to a congressional testimony from Dr. Francis Collins, the NIH's director. And the senators said that 476,000 U.S. jobs and "an … Continue Reading

August 07, 2020

Rep. Trone, Senators Cardin, Van Hollen secure $1 million to combat opioid crisis

by Katie Rhee

Congressman David Trone alongside Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced that the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center will receive $1 million dollars in funding to aid their mission to combat the opioid crisis in the region. The Western Maryland Area Health Education Center serves Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett counties, and portions of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and works to improve access and quality of care. Congressman Trone also highlighted that the… Continue Reading

July 31, 2020


by Bryan Gallion

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, both Maryland Democrats, are cosponsoring a resolution that was introduced in the Senate last week to declare racism a national public health emergency. The legislation acknowledges the role that race plays in health disparities as the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately affects communities of color, according to a Wednesday statement from the senators. "Racial health disparities were a pervasive problem before COVID-19 hit and they have been … Continue Reading

July 23, 2020

Cardin Continues to Press for Increased Federal Investment in Minority-Owned Businesses

U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today continued to press for increased federal investment in minority-owned businesses during a hearing titled, "Capital Access for Minority Small Businesses: COVID-19 Resources for an Equitable and Sustainable Recovery." "We must invest in the programs that we know work, such as the Minority Business Development Agency, which is the only federal agency dedicated to supporting minority-owned busines… Continue Reading

July 16, 2020

Maryland leaders announce funding to help Eastern Shore's economy during COVID-19

by Kelly Broderick

On Thursday, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. announced more than $500,000 in funding to help the Eastern Shore's local economy respond to and recover from COVID-19. "COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into local development plans throughout Maryland. This investment will help the Eastern Shore's businesses and communities respond to the pandemic - because when our local economies thrive, Maryland thrives," said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Approp… Continue Reading

July 01, 2020


by Alex Argiris

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) successfully pushed the Senate on Tuesday to extend the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8. Cardin, who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Small Business Committee, asked for unanimous approval to continue the popular program just hours before the deadline for small businesses to apply for the loan. Out of the $660 billion appropriated for the program, about $130 billion is still available to eligible businesses. The program has consistently received bipa… Continue Reading

June 25, 2020

Unsanitized: Sen. Ben Cardin on Boosting Small Business Support

by David Dayen

First ResponseFirst-time unemployment claims held steady last week at around 1.5 million, three months after the beginning of the crisis. Over 31 million Americans are still receiving some form of unemployment with just a month to go until the expanded $600/week boost ends. The Census Household Pulse Survey shows large expected losses in income coming, along with high food and housing insecurity. More worryingly, small business revenue is showing signs of taking a step back in June, and that's b… Continue Reading

June 19, 2020

Sens. Schumer, Menendez, Cardin issue joint statement cautioning Israel against annexation

by Jacob Kornbluh

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) are joining growing opposition to Israeli plans to unilaterally annex portions of the West Bank. "As strong and dedicated supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship, we are compelled to express opposition to the proposed unilateral annexation of territory in the West Bank," the senior Democratic senators said in a joint statement to Jewish Insider. The senators note that direct negotiations between … Continue Reading

April 23, 2020

Trump’s cuts to WHO funding: irresponsible, irrational, and simply wrong

by Ben Cardin

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that an infectious disease outbreak in one corner of the world can, in a world closely linked by international travel and interconnected economies, quickly become a threat to everyone. In the last 100 days, countries around the globe have worked at unprecedented speeds to try to protect their citizens and stop the spread of this cruel virus. But until the last country controls its piece of the pandemic, American lives will continue to be at risk. UN Secretary … Continue Reading

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

February 13, 2020

America's entrepreneurs, small business can count on the census to build success: Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin

by Ben Cardin

Census Day on April 1, will mark the beginning of our nation's decennial population survey, which will determine Congressional representation and the allocation of more than $1.5 trillion in annual federal funding to programs that keep Americans safe, train workers and provide families with housing and food assistance. The census also plays a lesser-known role in American society: it provides American entrepreneurs with free, high-quality information that allows them to gauge markets, assess co… 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

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