Press Releases & Statements

July 17, 2019

Cardin Says Designating Burmese Military Leaders As Human Rights Violators Must Be Followed Up with Stronger Actions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to State Department publicly designating senior Burmese military officials as responsible for gross human rights violations, including in extrajudicial killings in Burma's northern Rakhine State, during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya. "This marks an important step in holding accountable those responsible for the atrocities carried out against the … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Brunei For Barbaric Laws

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) that condemns the government of Brunei for recently imposing laws that include, among other troubling things, death by stoning for adultery and homosexual relations. Their resolution also calls for the repeal of these barbaric laws and visa bans for anyone involved in their … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Increase SBA Lending to Entrepreneurs in Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced the Small-Dollar and Veterans Loans Enhancement Act-legislation to increase lending to underserved borrowers by eliminating or reducing fees on Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) small-dollar loans of $150,000 or less, the majority of which finance women-, minority- and veteran-owned and rural small businesses. "The 7(a) Loan Program helps small businesses access capit… Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Presents Congressional Badge of Bravery Awards to Capitol Police Officers

WASHINGTON - Standing in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin (All D-Md.) on Tuesday presented the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Award to U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner of Gwynn Oaks, Md. and Special Agent David Bailey of Silver Spring, Md. The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved the commendation for Special Agents Griner and Bailey, … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Maryland Delegation Hears from Union Leaders about the Trump Administration’s Ongoing Attacks on Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone on Tuesday hosted key leaders of federal unions to discuss the Trump administration's ongoing campaign against civil servants and federal workers. Participants included American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President J. David Cox, Sr.; International Federation of Professional &am… Continue Reading

July 15, 2019

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Secretary Pompeo to Push for Release of Saudi Women's Rights Activitists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) and U.S. Representatives Lois Frankel (D-Fl.) and Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) today led a bicameral group in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo through a bipartisan letter to press the Saudi government, both publicly and privately, to respect the fundamental human rights and freedoms of all Saudi citizens, and to immediately release the women's rights activists. Saudi Arabia's ongoing human rights abuses, particularly against women,… Continue Reading

July 15, 2019

Cardin, Democratic Senators Warn of Climate Change Related Data Suppression within USGS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Cardin, Hirono, and Democratic colleagues addressed a letter last week to Dr. James Reilly, the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to express their concern over recent reports that USGS will only utilize climate models that project the effects of climate change through 2040. USGS has historically used models that projected the anticipated impact of climate change through the end of the century. The Senators called into question USGS's decision to limit the… Continue Reading

July 13, 2019

Cardin, Trone and Van Hollen Announce Approval of Maryland’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Application for Luke Mill Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Representative David Trone, and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced Maryland's Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) application for Verso was approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. The trio submitted a letter supporting Maryland's application on May 13th. The bipartisan letter expresses the strongest support for the application that the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) sent on behalf of the workers at Luke… Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Cardin Wants Assurances President Trump’s Citizenship Hunt Will Be Separate from Decennial Census Data

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's executive order on collecting citizenship data. "The Supreme Court has made it clear: no citizenship question for the 2020 Census. Questionnaires are being printed now. But that isn't stopping President Trump from continuing to push this issue and find another way for his administration to skirt the rule of law and keep stoking fear among our immigrant communities. "The Constitution set… Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cardin Responds to President Trump’s Attempts to Redefine Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) spoke from the floor of the Senate Thursday to address the newly created Commission on Unalienable Rights. Mr. President, America's strength is in our values. In that vein, I rise today to talk about human rights and America's historical role as a defender of universal human rights for all peoples. I have been a member of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe for many years. It is also known as the Helsinki Commission. The Helsin… Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $6.6 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development Throughout Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $6.6 million in grant awards to Maryland cities and counties to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated more than $5.3 million through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $160 thousand through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, $1.3 million… Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cardin Statement on Possible ICE Raids in Baltimore and Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement in response to reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will conduct large-scale raids beginning this weekend in Baltimore and other cities nationwide. "The federal government cannot be in… Continue Reading

July 10, 2019

As Trump Administration Goes to Court to Destroy Health Care Protections, Cardin and Senate Democrats Advocate Health Care Bill of Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined colleagues in introducing a new resolution in support of a health care bill of rights, in response to yesterday's oral arguments in the Texas v. United States lawsuit. The Trump administration is pushing the court to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act - a decision that would rip health care away from an estimated 20 million or more Americans. A decision undoing the ACA would also eliminate the patient protections established by the law, … Continue Reading

July 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1 Million for Hagerstown Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $1 million in federal funding for the Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) through the Department of Transportation (DOT). The grant will be used for terminal expansion and land acquisition. This follows an $875,000 grant from the same federal source in September of 2017 to help the airport manage adverse weather conditions. "Federal support for Hagerstown Regional Airport has been a tremendous asset for Wester… Continue Reading

July 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $90,000 for Bay Bridge Airport Environmental Study

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $90,000 in federal funding for the Bay Bridge Airport (W29) through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will be used to study the environmental impacts of planned future improvements to the airport. "Small airports are key to the function and growth of local businesses. The Bay Bridge Airport serves as a hub of commerce all across the region. Funding for this study is critical to the futu… Continue Reading

July 03, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More than $1.5 Million for STEM Programs at Morgan State University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $1.5 million in federal grant funding over three years for Morgan State University through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This award funds the implementation of an evidence-based, experiment-focused teaching model in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs that will train Morgan State University faculty in innovative ways to engage undergraduate STEM students. "STE… Continue Reading

July 02, 2019

Cardin Statement on Independence Day 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement commemorating Independence Day 2019. "On Thursday, July 4, 2019, we will mark the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. This day allows us all to join together as a community to proudly celebrate our shared history and values. To create a 'more perfect union' as our founders endeavored, we must remember that this is a day about no one person. Rather, it is a day about our nation coming together as a whol… Continue Reading

June 28, 2019

Maryland Senators Announce New Legislation to Support Programs that Provide Summer Jobs for Young People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced the introduction of new legislation that would authorize $100 million in additional annual funding for youth summer jobs programs like Baltimore's YouthWorks. The Youth Summer Jobs and Public Service Act (S. 2036) would direct five years of federal funding to communities with high concentrations of low-income youth to support the expansion and development of summer employment programs that provide meaningful… Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Resolution Honoring Slain Marylander Alex Villamayor, Calling for Justice and Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have introduced a resolution honoring the life of Alex Villamayor, a young American citizen born in Maryland who was tragically murdered four years ago in Paraguay. The resolution calls for justice and accountability in his worrisome case, where his death was initially covered up and the FBI was prevented from properly investigating his death. "Alex Villamayor was a smart, compassionate young Marylander whose life and tre… Continue Reading

June 27, 2019

Approaching First Anniversary of Mass Shooting at Capital Gazette, Maryland Senators Renew Call for Gun Safety Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today reflected on the first anniversary of the deadliest newsroom shooting in American history and called upon their Republican colleagues in the Senate to enact commonsense gun safety measures immediately. "One year ago at the Capital Gazette, five innocent people died while supporting a publication that has long held an unwavering commitment to preserving the freedom of speech in our community. We will remember their liv… Continue Reading

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