Press Releases & Statements

January 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Protect Federal Workers from Losing Their Homes, Falling Behind on Paying Bills During Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) in introducing the Federal Employee Civil Relief Act. The new legislation would protect federal workers and their families from foreclosures, evictions, and loan defaults during a government shutdown. "Federal workers - those on the job without pay and this locked out of their jobs - are dedicated public servants who simply want to do thei… Continue Reading


January 10, 2019

Cardin Bill to Protect Federal and Other Government Workers Hurt During Shutdowns Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - Twenty days into the federal government shutdown, the Senate has passed by unanimous consent a bill sponsored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and three dozen senators to ensure federal and other government workers who have been impacted by the current federal government shutdown will receive their back pay. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act stipulates that all employee… Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Ask IRS for Details on How They Will Fulfill Plan to Issue Taxpayer Refunds with 88 Percent of Staff Currently Furloughed

WASHINGTON - Nineteen days into the federal government shutdown, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) are seeking details from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Charles Rettig on the announcement earlier this week that the tax filing season and processing of refunds would be on-schedule at the end of January. Currently, approximately 88 percent of IRS employees have been locked out of their jobs, freezing core preparations and trainings for the upcoming tax season. The … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Cardin-Boozman Bill Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - The Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act, legislation introduced in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) that seeks to eliminate global gender-related barriers and empower female entrepreneurs around the world, was signed into law today. "Investing in women creates a positive cycle of change that can lift women, families, communities and entire countries out of poverty," said Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Small Business … Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Team Maryland Announces $10.6 Million in Federal Funding to Assess Needs of Maryland’s Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), John P. Sarbanes (MD-3), Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-1), Anthony Brown (MD-4), Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and David Trone (MD-6) announced today that Maryland has been awarded $10.6 million through the Preschool Development Grants Birth through Five program to conduct a statewide, comprehensive birth through age five needs assessment… Continue Reading


January 09, 2019

Cardin Responds to President Trump’s Address to the Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's address from the Oval Office last night, during which the president attempted - and failed - to justify his closing the federal government: "President Trump's address to the nation last night was an exercise in fearmongering. By its end, only one thing was made clear: his petulant demand for a border wall is a policy in search of a crisis. The president is trying to manufacture an emerge… Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine to Colleagues: Voting on House Bills to End Shutdown Should be First Order of Business

WASHINGTON - Last night, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to their Democratic colleagues urging them to refuse to conduct business as usual on the floor of the Senate this week. They argue that the first vote we take this year should be to end the government shutdown. "We write to urge you to join us in voting against the motion to proceed on Tuesday evening because the Senate should vote on the House-passed Appr… Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Cardin Seeks to Expand Medicare to Include Dental Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, has introduced legislation (S. 22) that creates a dental benefit under Medicare Part B. Currently, Medicare does not pay for routine oral health care like checkups, cleanings and x-rays, restorative procedures, or dentures. Such care could help lower incidents of tooth loss and gum disease in older Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one in five … Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Cardin, Smith, Colleagues Plan to Introduce Legislation to Ensure Low-Wage Federal Contract Employees Receive Back Pay

WASHINGTON -Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.), along with their colleagues Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), in pledging to stand up for low-wage federal contract workers by announcing plans to introduce legislation to secure back pay for the contractor employees who have gone without pay during the government shutdown. Each day, thousands of contractor employees provide critical services t… Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Cardin, Collins Bill to Protect Federal and Other Government Workers Hurt During Shutdowns Introduced for 116th Congress

WASHINGTON - Thirteen days into a government shutdown, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and 28 Senate colleagues have re-introduced legislation that would protect federal and other government workers from the repercussions of this and future lapses in federal appropriations. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which the Senate passed by unanimous consent prior to Christmas in the 115th Congress, would guarantee that furloughed federal employees will be pai… Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Cardin Starts Off New Congress with Legislation to Expand Competition and Reduce the Cost of Health Care Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, on the first legislative day of the 116th Congress Thursday, introduced new legislation to make health coverage more affordable and maintain high for American consumers. The bill, Keeping Health Insurance Affordable Act, would establish a public health insurance plan to be offered on health insurance exchanges nationwide alongside private plans; increase eligibility for premium assistance tax c… Continue Reading


December 23, 2018

Cardin Provisions to Lower Sewer Bills, Expand Green Infrastructure Heads to President for Signature

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, praised final passage of companion legislation to legislation he authored in the Senate with Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) that would provide local governments more tools to deal with stormwater and infrastructure challenges. The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act first cleared the Senate in October and w… Continue Reading


December 23, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Lead Passage of Measure to Ensure that Federal Workers Will Be Paid Following Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have successfully led a bipartisan effort to guarantee that federal workers will be paid retroactively following the partial government shutdown that began at midnight Friday. By unanimous consent, the senators gained Senate passage of the Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act (S. 861), which replaces a discretionary decision with a guarantee that furloughed federal employees will be paid retroactively, stipulates that all emp… Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act Heads to President for Signature after Final House, Senate Passage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-2), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY-14), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, lauded final passage Wednesday of bipartisan legislation that will strengthen America’s global leadership in preventing mitigating and responding to genocides and human rights atrocities wherever they may occur. The… Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Congress Sends Cardin, Boozman Bill to Strengthen Women's Economic Empowerment to President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Congress approved the Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act, legislation that seeks to eliminate global gender-related barriers and empower female entrepreneurs around the world. The bill heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John Boozman (R-AR). "Investing in women creates a positive cycle of change that can lift women, families, communities and entire countries out of po… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Cardin Votes to Avoid a Partial Shutdown, Vows to Continue Fight for Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement about the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) to fund portions of the federal government through February 8, 2019. "Continuing resolutions should not be the norm in the federal appropriations process. It is a good thing for the American people and especially federal workers that we are on track to avoid a partial shutdown of … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Cardin Praises New Agreement Providing New, Legal Pathways for Cuban Baseball Players

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offered the following statement in response to an announcement from Major League Baseball which will permit Cuban players with a safe and legal path to play for U.S. ball clubs: "I welcome the announcement from Major League Baseball. For far too long, Cuban ball players who wish to join U.S. clubs have had to risk making dangerous journeys or indebting themselves to human traffickers. This… Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Cardin, Portman Introduce Sweeping Reforms to Strengthen Americans’ Retirement Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced the Retirement Security & Savings Act, a broad set of reforms designed to help Americans save more for retirement and increase access to 401(k)s and other retirement plans. The measure includes more than 50 provisions to increase savings in 401(k)s and IRAs, help improve coverage in the small employer market and among part-time workers, reduce barriers to lifetime income retirement options, and allow empl… Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

Cardin Praises Bipartisan Passage of the First Step Act by 87-12 Vote, Says It Must Be the Start of Criminal Justice Reform Efforts, Not the End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a cosponsor of the First Step Act, offered the following remarks during Senate floor debate and passage of the criminal justice reform legislation on Tuesday night: "I'm very pleased that the Senate passed the First Step Act tonight, with strong support from both parties. My colleagues on both sides of the aisle understand that our criminal justice system is badly broken and in need of repair, and just as the name suggests, passage of tonight's bill… Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $4.1 Million for Lead Hazard Reduction in Baltimore

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $4.1 million in federal funding to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in Baltimore City housing units. The funding, awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will allow the City to address lead hazards in 250 housing units, providing safer homes for low-income families. Baltimore City will also use the funding to perform healthy homes assessments to identify lead and o… Continue Reading

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