Ben In The News

July 14, 2016

Senate confirms Baltimore's Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Senate has confirmed Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Carla Hayden as the first woman and first African-American librarian of Congress. President Barack Obama nominated Hayden in February, but the full Senate delayed taking a vote. The president called Hayden's milestones on gender and race "long overdue." Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski took to the Senate floor Wednesday to urge senators to confirm Hayden. The vote was 74-18. Read the senators' letter to the p… Continue Reading

July 13, 2016

The South China Sea Is the Reason the United States Must Ratify UNCLOS

by Ben Cardin

The July 12 ruling by a tribunal of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in the case brought by the Philippines firmly rejected China's expansive claims in the South China Sea. The court declared that the nine-dash line, the foundation for China's historical claims in the region, had no legal basis. The tribunal also determined that none of the land features in the Spratlys, a group of contested reefs and atolls, meet the global standard for island entitlements, and therefore… Continue Reading

July 11, 2016

Ben Cardin Discusses NATO with VOA (Video)

Senator Ben Cardin speaks to Milena Djurdjic of VOA's Serbian Service about Montenegro's accession to NATO, Serbia, NATO and Russian policies after Brexit. They spoke on July 7, 2016.… Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

Cardin 'Disappointed' In Britain Referendum Vote

Sen. Ben Cardin said he isn't pleased with Great Britain's referendum vote to exit the European Union, but he expressed hope it doesn't hurt America's relationship with Britain or the EU. Cardin, the junior Maryland senator and ranking member on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, told C4 Friday he was in London earlier this month and spoke with counterparts there. The government, with the exception of some members in Prime Minister David Cameron's cabinet, was officially against a so-called … Continue Reading

June 16, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski weigh in on Senate guns filibuster

by John Fritze

Maryland's senators -- both Democrats -- also spoke on the floor in an effort to give Murphy some relief. "I noticed that in the Orlando tragedy, one of the weapons that was used was an assault weapon, a military style weapon," said Sen. Ben Cardin. "I must tell you that in my observations in Maryland, I don't know too many people who need to have that type of weapon in order to do hunting in my state or to keep themselves safe." In the days following the Orlando shooting, Democrats have press… Continue Reading

June 14, 2016

Like "a death in the family:" Officials, community groups react to Orlando shooting

by Cody Boteler

In the wake of the shooting that left 49 victims dead and over 50 others injured, responses from officials and community groups in Maryland continue to offer condolences and support.… Continue Reading

June 08, 2016

Time for a human rights dialogue with India

by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

India has a proud tradition of democracy and civil disobedience, a profound strength that lies in the diversity of its people. I believe that the same can be said about the United States. But if we are being honest, these two largest democracies in the world have a way to go in perfecting our respective unions to ensure that the rights of all are protected and celebrated. I look forward to discussing this with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he visits the Congress today - a conversation betwee… Continue Reading

May 25, 2016

Baltimore Change Makers: Leaders of A Beautiful Struggle, By Example

by Donna Owens

Our "Baltimore: Change Makers" series will introduce you to some of the individuals who are engaging youth, seeking to improve their neighborhoods block by block, and demanding that their voices be heard in corridors of power. Each one different, but determined in their own unique way to change the paradigm in the city, pushing to help rebuild it one day, one person at a time. BALTIMORE, Md. - The eyes of the nation and world were once again on Baltimore as the `State of Maryland v. Edward Nero… Continue Reading

May 24, 2016

Ben Cardin convenes panel to learn the latest threats from Zika

by Meredith Cohn

The cost of medical care and lost productively from Zika infections in six southern U.S. states could exceed $2 billion, and that's if only 2 percent of the region's population becomes infected, according to economic modeling done recently at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The financial - and human toll - would be far higher if more people were infected in those states or beyond, a scenario public health officials described as inevitable Monday during a panel of close to three… Continue Reading

May 17, 2016

Essential water infrastructure

by Ben Cardin

Infrastructure is a technical-sounding word that describes so much that matters in our daily lives. It may sound like something that happens somewhere else, but infrastructure includes our homes and the pipes that bring water to our faucets; the roads, trains, buses and bike or pedestrian paths that take us where we need to go; the electricity that fuels our daily lives and our gadget addictions; the transit system that allows goods to move from one place to another and transactions to move at t… Continue Reading

May 12, 2016

Mikulski, Cardin ask FEMA to 'fix' Ocean City flood plain maps

by John Fritze

Maryland Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin called Wednesday for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to adjust its flood plain maps for Ocean City, arguing that residents there are unnecessarily facing high insurance costs. The two Democrats said in a letter to the agency on Wednesday that FEMA incorrectly deviated from flood maps established by the Army Corps of Engineers late last year. Being on the wrong side of a flood line can significantly increase the cost of insurance. Mikuls… Continue Reading

May 03, 2016

Cardin: Clean water effort must continue in face of opponents

by E.B. Furgurson III

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin hosted a roundtable discussion on water quality in Annapolis Monday to highlight progress on some legislation moving through Congress and successful battles against efforts to dilute environmental progress. Cardin noted the Water Resources Development Act, making its way through Congress, includes an increase in oyster recovery funds from $60 million to $100 million. It also includes parts of a previous Cardin bill to improve the investment in water infrastructure with $70 … Continue Reading

April 26, 2016

The Daily 202: Down-ballot women hope to ride the Hillary Clinton train in today’s Acela Primary

by James Hohmann

Amal Clooney met with Ben Cardin:… Continue Reading

April 25, 2016

EPA Budget Cuts Lung Cancer Program, Ups Climate Change Funding

by Nicholas Ballasy

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle criticized the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed budget for cutting clean water funding and eliminating a lung cancer prevention program. The Obama's administration's $8.3 billion EPA FY2017 budget request increases climate change-related funding to $235 million, which includes money for its Clean Power Plan. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-Okla.) argued the administration should be putting that money into exi… Continue Reading

April 04, 2016

Caught between White House and its critics, lawmaker pledges to renew Iran sanctions

by Ron Kampeas

TA - The top Democrat handling foreign relations in the Senate says he will endeavor to get Congress to reauthorize Iran sanctions before year's end, a key goal of pro-Israel activists. "There's general agreement we have to extend the sanctions against Iran, and we need to do it before they expire at the end of this year, " Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told JTA on Thursday. Last month Cardin toured Israel, Saudi Arabia and Qatar,… Continue Reading

April 03, 2016

Lawmakers target lead contamination in drinking water

by Laura Ungar,

A spate of legislation in Congress aims to increase testing for lead in drinking water in cities, schools and day cares across the country amid evidence that excessive amounts of the notorious toxin have shown up in tap tests of almost 2,000 water systems that supply drinking water to millions of people. A bill introduced this week by Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J., would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require schools that receive federal funding for safe water programs to test for lead mo… Continue Reading

March 31, 2016

Westernport awarded $2.2M for new water system

by Greg Larry

March 14, 2016

Will The U.S. Ever Get Rid Of Its Lead Pipes?

by Arthur Delaney

WASHINGTON -- Even after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, reminded Americans that millions of homes across the country receive drinking water from dangerous lead pipes, there hasn't been much effort to dig up the pipes nationwide. Why? "The reason is they're out of sight, out of mind," Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told The Huffington Post. Listen to a recording of his comments on "So That Happened," the HuffPost Politics podcast. "People don't know that they're there," Cardin continued. "If pe… Continue Reading

February 05, 2016

Sen. Ben Cardin, HCC students talk college affordability

by Lisa Philip

Thirteen Howard Community College students had the chance to talk college affordability with Sen. Ben Cardin Friday morning at their Columbia campus. Students discussed their struggles to pay for and complete their degrees while juggling obligations such as parenthood and work. They also asked about financing options for diverse segments of the population like adult learners and veterans. "I'm a working mom, and my oldest child will graduate high school in 2020," student Beth Evans said at the… Continue Reading

February 02, 2016

With Iran nuclear deal in place, key senators look to slap new sanctions on country

by Karoun Demirjian

Just weeks after the Iran nuclear deal took effect, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is taking fresh aim at Tehran with stepped-up sanctions to punish the Islamic Republic for aggressive non-nuclear activities. Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and at least one other senator are crafting new measures to address everything from Iran's recent ballistic missile tests to the country's human rights violations to a reauthorization of the soon-expiring Iran Sanctions Act (ISA). The measures, which a… Continue Reading

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