Press Releases & Statements

March 20, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million for Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) have announced more than $1 million in affordable housing grants for Baltimore City and the region, including: $322,500 for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.; $227,500 for the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center; and $572,000 for AHC Inc.. Funded through NeighborWorks America, the grants will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable ho… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Terrorist Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, expressed deep condolences and called for tolerance and respect for all in the wake of the terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead: "We mourn the loss of 49 innocent worshipers who were tragically killed by terrorists driven by Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia.… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Resolution to Elevate U.S. Efforts to End Violence Against Children

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) John Boozman (R-Ark.) and introduced a bipartisan resolution that calls for a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to end violence against children globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one billion children worldwide are exposed to physical, sexual and mental violence in their communities, which includes being subjected to abuse, maltreatment, exploitation and more. Research shows exposure to violence negatively impa… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Jobs Act to Help Workers Access Training for In-Demand Career Fields

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act (S. 839), a bill that would help students access training for the 7.3 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part due to a shortage of qualified workers. The JOBS Act would close this "skills-gap" by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills t… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Cardin Says Congress Had No Choice But to Vote to End the President’s Unlawful National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke from the Senate floor prior to Senate approval of a resolution terminating the president's national emergency declaration for the southern border. The resolution was approved by a 59-41 bipartisan majority. Excerpts of his remarks follow. "I rise in strong opposition to President Trump's so-called 'emergency declaration' of a crisis and invasion at our southern border, and attempt to misapprop… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Cardin, Klobuchar, Van Hollen Call for Mandatory Transparency for Foreign Stakes in Election Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) have introduced legislation to bring greater transparency to America's election systems in an effort to protect our country from foreign interference, as occurred in the 2016 presidential election. The "Election Systems Integrity Act," would require disclosure of foreign ownership of election service providers. "The threats to our election systems fr… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $700,000 ARC Grant to Complete Funding for Cumberland Wastewater Station

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (All D-Md.) have announced $700,000 in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Allegany County for upgrades to the North Branch Sewage Pumping Station outside of Cumberland, Maryland. This grant supplements existing funding for the project including $1,092,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program and $118,000 from Allegany County. The pump station's effi… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cardin Commemorates International Women’s Day with Remarks on the Floor of the U.S. Senate

Today I rise to commemorate International Women's Day, which occurred this past Friday, March 8, 2019. On this day each year, we recognize and celebrate women's incredible achievements and double down on our commitment to advance gender equality and women's empowerment, both at home and abroad. The theme of International Women's Day this year is "Think equal, build smart, innovate for change," which highlights the importance of finding new ways to advance gender equality, especially by utilizi… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cardin Says America’s Support for Saudis in Yemen Must Finally End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the full Senate, once again, approved a Senate Joint Resolution that would end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi- and UAE-led intervention in Yemen. "U.S. support for what has become an immense humanitarian crisis in Yemen finally must come to an end. America's strength is in our values and we must act when those values are being compromi… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Former Maryland Governor Harry R. Hughes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement upon the death of former Governor of Maryland Harry R. Hughes, who served as Maryland's chief executive from 1979 to 1987 and passed away today at age 92. "Governor Hughes led Maryland with honesty, consistency, integrity and compassion. He understood that many of the most important functions of government were not those that drew the biggest headlines, and he would not shy from taking on intricately complex issues li… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Cardin, Foreign Relations Committee Democrats Unveil Legislation to Thwart Trump Admin Efforts to Twist Climate Change Science and Eliminate its Utility for National Security Planning

WASHINGTON - In response to President Donald Trump's recent efforts to undermine the prudent use of climate change data and forecasting in national security planning and analysis, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 10 other Democrats, including all of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, introduced legislation to ensure that misguided political ideology on climate change does not compromise the quality of U.S. intelligence and national security strategies. The introduction of The Cl… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Women's History Month and the Equal Rights Amendment

Mr. CARDIN. Madam President, this month we celebrate the storied history of incredible women in our country. We recognize the sacrifices made and the battles fought to ensure a future where our daughters and granddaughters are born into a world of equality and limitless opportunity. Throughout Women's History Month, we mark the historic strides women have taken to advance our culture, our sciences, our States, and our Nation. As we recognize these achievements, we must also assess and advoca… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Cardin, Blunt Lead Bipartisan Effort To Spur Economic Growth in Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (Md.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.) introduced the bipartisan New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019. The measure would promote investments in underserved communities by permanently authorizing a 39 percent federal tax credit for businesses or economic development projects in areas with poverty rates of at least 20 percent, or median incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median. "In Maryland, the New Markets Tax Credit has been deployed across our s… Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Cardin: Trump Budget Will Cost Small Businesses

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's FY 2020 Budget, which could cost small businesses millions in additional loan fees owed to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and reduce critical business counseling: "While President Trump's budget is light on details, his proposed cuts to the SBA should be enough to strike fear in the small business communit… Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Cardin Calls President Trump’s Budget Delusional and DOA

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called President Trump's latest budget document 'dead on arrival' with Congress, particularly citing the deep cuts to key health care programs. "The largest budget put forward by a U.S. president is one of the most fiscally irresponsible budgets I have seen in my time in Congress. In addition to burdening future generations with record-breaking debt, the cuts President Trump proposes to Medicare and Medicaid are dangerous to public health, and will co… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin Introduces Bill to Provide Pathways to Debt-Free Undergraduate Education for Future Public Servants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced legislation that will create new opportunities for students who commit to future public service careers to receive debt-free undergraduate education. Cardin's bill, S. 686, the Strengthening American Communities Act, expands the ways in which public servants can finance their undergraduate educations. Rather than taking out student loans to pay for their degrees, the act establishes the Natio… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin, Capito Introduce 5-Year Measure to Authorize Long-term Funding Increase for the Chesapeake Bay Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Thursday announced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the foundational regional partnership supporting the Chesapeake Bay's health and restoration: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program. Building on previous Cardin-Capito efforts, the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act (S. 701) would provide $90 million in FY2020, with a $500,000 increase each year for the five years authorized… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Senate Floor Speech on Gun Safety

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I urge the Senate to take up legislation to require universal and complete background checks for individuals seeking to purchase a gun. I am pleased that the House recently passed this legislation, and it is well past time for the Senate to act. Rarely has a month gone by without a mass shooting, and many communities are ravaged daily by gun violence that does not make the news headlines. Individuals have used firearms to take countless innocent lives in concerts, … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin, Leahy, Torres, McGovern Introduce Bill to Protect the Rule of Law in Guatemala

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have introduced the Guatemala Rule of Law Accountability Act to authorize Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against Guatemalan officials who have engaged in corruption, obstructed justice, misused U.S.-provided equipment, disobeyed Guatemalan Constitutional Court rulings, and interfered with the work of the U.S. government. In Guatemala, th… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Democrats in Calling on Chairman Graham to Hold Hearings on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined a group of Democrats in signing a letter to U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday calling on him to hold hearings on universal background checks legislation, which is supported by 97% of Americans. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. The Senate counterpart bill, the Background Check Expansion Act, is cur… Continue Reading

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