Ben In The News

January 03, 2012

DECEPTIVE VOTER PRACTICES CANNOT BE TOLERATED

Voter suppression and intimidation are still very much alive in our nation. From misleading and fraudulent information about elections to voter intimidation and robocalls designed to suppress the vote, deceptive voting practices are often aimed at depriving minority communities of their voice in our democracy. The U.S. Constitution guarantees and protects the right of every American citizen to vote, and we have a duty to protect and ensure that right. Unfortunately, we have seen a resu… Continue Reading


December 01, 2011

OUR FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS CONTINUES

by Senator Ben Cardin

On this December 1, 2011, we celebrate the 23rd anniversary of World AIDS Day. I say celebrate, because we have accomplished so much in the fight against this terrible disease, particularly in the last decade. However, much more remains to be done, and I stand committed to overcoming this disease, which has killed millions worldwide. As one who has consistently cared about human dignity and human rights, I am pleased that the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has an establ… Continue Reading


November 14, 2011

SUPERCOMMITTEE CAN SUCCEED

by Senator Ben Cardin


November 14, 2011

A MESSAGE TO THE BUDGET SUPER COMMITTEE

by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

On November 23, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction - also known as the "Super Committee" -- will issue its recommendations on how to deal with our nation's economic problems. As the Committee members work on a plan, I have two recommendations for its members: focus on job creation and develop a balanced approach that will result in real deficit reduction. President Obama has proposed a jobs initiative that I believe is the right approach. He has focused on rebuilding our nation'… Continue Reading


November 07, 2011

COMMEMORATING VETERANS DAY BY CREATING NEW “HOTELS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM FOR OUR TROOPS & THEIR FAMILIES

November 11th is Veterans Day -- a time in which we as a nation pause to give thanks to the brave men and women of our military, and their families, for all they have sacrificed for our nation. Our military families face enormous challenges, not just emotionally, but financially, and I want to lessen that burden. To accomplish that goal, I recently teamed up with Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger to make it easier for military families to be with their loved ones as they recover from i… Continue Reading


October 03, 2011

HOW WE CAN CREATE JOBS AND HELP OUR NATION’S STRUGGLING CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

by Senator Ben Cardin

The Great Recession has taken a serious toll on our economy. With employment stalled in the nine percent range, consumer demand down and businesses hesitant to hire, Americans are truly concerned about how we will resuscitate our ailing economy. There is only one way to do that and it's by creating more jobs. Jobs must be our primary focus right now and I have introduced legislation that will help create up to 40,000 new jobs nationwide in the construction and manufacturing industries -- in… Continue Reading


September 20, 2011

AMERICANS HAVE A RIGHT TO THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY EARNINGS STATEMENTS

by Senator Ben Cardin

Since 1999, millions of Americans have received annual, detailed earnings statements from the Social Security Administration about their Social Security benefits. These annual earnings statements are an invaluable tool that helps millions of Americans plan for their retirement. In March, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that he would suspend the production and mailing of these statements in an effort to save money. The decision to stop providing America… Continue Reading


September 01, 2011

TEN YEARS LATER: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 FOREVER CHANGED OUR NATION

by Senator Ben Cardin

Tuesday, September 11, 2001, was a stunningly beautiful fall morning that belied the horror and tragedy that would befall our country. It was on that morning that we suffered an unprecedented attack that forever changed our nation. Congress has designated September 11th as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance and there will be a Moment of Remembrance at 1 p.m. in which first responders, houses of worship, towns and others will ring bells and sound sirens. As we come togeth… Continue Reading


August 08, 2011

ACCOUNTABILITY FOR SERGEI MAGNITSKY’S KILLERS

by Senator Ben Cardin

The case of Sergei Magnitsky has come to symbolize the rampant and often violent corruption plaguing the Russian state. Sergei, a 37-year-old tax lawyer, husband and father working for an American firm in Moscow, blew the whistle on the largest known tax fraud in Russian history. For that he was arrested in 2008 by those he accused, and he was imprisoned under torturous conditions for nearly a year. He was denied medical care and beaten by prison guards; he died alone in November 2009 in … Continue Reading


August 03, 2011

DEBT CEILING AGREEMENT AVOIDED DEFAULT AND PROTECTED SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE/MEDICAID AND FEDERAL WORKERS

by Senator Ben Cardin

The recent budget crisis was very harmful to our nation. It put into question our nation's financial stability and threatened the economic security of millions of Americans. We were forced into such a situation by a few Republican lawmakers who held our economy hostage, playing a dangerous game with the full faith and credit of the United States. The American people were clearly disgusted by the inability of members of Congress to compromise and come to an agreement. In calls, e-mails, Faceb… Continue Reading


July 28, 2011

SHOULD THE UNITED STATES ABOLISH THE EPA? NO.

The federal government has scores of departments, agencies, and programs. But there is only one whose sole mission is to protect human health and the environment: the Environmental Protection Agency. For the past 40 years, the EPA has compiled a remarkable record of success, giving Americans clean air to breathe, pure water to drink, and lands safe from toxic wastes. When the EPA was formed, smokestacks fouled the air with dangerous pollutants. Today, the EPA uses the Clean Air Act to roll back… Continue Reading


July 25, 2011

COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS PROVIDE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE, QUALITY CARE

by Senator Ben Cardin

For many Americans, the month of August represents the last days of summer before vacation season ends and children go back to school. But the second week of the month also marks an important commemoration: National Health Center Week. For more than 45 years, federally qualified health centers have provided affordable, high quality, cost-effective health care to millions of Americans who would otherwise go without essential services. They also provide enormous economic benefits to communities… Continue Reading


June 27, 2011

BONO'S ONE CAMPAIGN WORKS

by Senator Ben Cardin

I was surprised to read the June 20 op-ed by Matt Patterson "U2: Great music in the service of a dubious charity," which contained misinformation about ONE, the anti-poverty, advocacy group cofounded by U2 lead singer Bono, with whom I have worked closely on critical development initiatives for the world's poor. Rather than Mr. Patterson's suggestion that ONE is somehow a failed charity, they are, in fact, a global advocacy organization fighting poverty in Africa by moving government offi… Continue Reading


June 16, 2011

IT'S TIME TO SHIFT STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN

by Senator Ben Cardin

This week, I joined with 26 of my Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to shift our policy in Afghanistan and to begin an "accelerated" transition to Afghan security forces. While the President has said he would begin to reduce some U.S. troops in July, I believe he should use the July date as an opportunity to begin a "sizable and sustained" drawdown of troops that will lead toward the removal of all regular combat troops from the country. Our objectives in Afghanistan have largel… Continue Reading


June 07, 2011

REDUCING ENERGY COSTS BY DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY POLICY

by Senator Ben Cardin

This spring, Americans struggled with high gasoline prices and unpredictable energy costs as gas at the pump soared to more than $4 a gallon. While these high gas prices have recently receded somewhat, no one should be lulled into a false sense of security that future energy prices will permanently stabilize at substantially lower prices. Today's energy prices are pegged to an extremely volatile, unpredictable world oil market. At the same time, the Big 5 oil companies continue to make huge p… Continue Reading


May 31, 2011

THE SENATE’S REJECTION OF RYAN BUDGET PLAN IS A VICTORY FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES

by Senator Ben Cardin

The defeat of the Ryan budget in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 57-to-40 last week was a victory for America's seniors and a clear message that Americans will not tolerate dismantling of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), which passed the House of Representatives in April, would have jeopardized the health of seniors by reinstating the Medicare Part D coverage gap, and eliminating Medicare as we know it. The Ryan plan would have turned Medica… Continue Reading


May 09, 2011

WE CANNOT ALLOW MEDICARE & MEDICAID TO BE DISMANTLED

by Senator Ben Cardin

We can -- and we must -- develop a credible deficit reduction plan that is comprehensive and considers all options. A credible budget plan, however, does not hurt the weakest, most vulnerable Americans. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has passed a budget plan developed by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin that I believe does just that by turning Medicare into a voucher program and Medicaid into a block grant program to the states. Congressman Ryan also has called for redu… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

PARTNERING TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP STORMWATER POLLUTION

by Senator Ben Cardin

Cooperation is a term used far too rarely in governance today. Thanks to a newly enacted law that I authored, however, that term now perfectly describes the newly clarified collaborative relationship between federal, state, county, and local governments in cleaning up stormwater pollution that emanates from their respective properties. Stormwater runoff is the largest source sector for many imperiled bodies of water across the country and poses a grave threat to our environment and public … Continue Reading


April 20, 2011

LIBYA: THE RESOURCE CURSE STRIKES AGAIN

by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

The civil war in Libya, and the consequent spike in world oil prices, has cast a bright light on three important truths about global energy: first, Europe and the United States are increasingly dependent on oil imports from unstable regions; second, in many oil-rich countries, corruption and mismanagement of petroleum revenues can leave the population impoverished, as is so evident in the pictures from Libya; and third, oil revenues can embolden despots and lead to instability, which direc… Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

A CELEBRATION: EARTH DAY 2011

by Senator Ben Cardin

Earth Day was established in 1970 by the late U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a way to encourage awareness and appreciation of our planet, including its fragile nature and vulnerability. What started as a one-day celebration has now grown into a movement. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 145 countries by more than 500 million people. In 41 years, Earth Day has helped to focus world attention on the need to protect our planet from forces that threaten its survival. In our nation, … Continue Reading

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