Press Releases & Statements

November 15, 2018

Cardin Calls Magnitsky Sanctions on Saudis Implicated in Khashoggi Murder Important But Short of Full Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued sanctions against 17 individuals implicated in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi: "Today's response by the Trump Administration to a bipartisan request from the Senate for a thoro… Continue Reading

November 14, 2018

Cardin Statement on His Vote to Protect the Chesapeake Bay from Dangerous Invasive Species

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following remarks for the Congressional Record Wednesday on his vote against S. 140, The Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2018, to protect the Chesapeake Bay and keep passengers safe from harm. Senator Cardin is a strong supporter of the U.S. Coast Guard, its operations at Curtis Bay and the incredible work it does keeping Americans safe on the Chesapeake Bay and across the nation. Senator Cardin: "I rise to express my opp… Continue Reading

November 13, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $150,000 for Hagerstown Community College

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $150,000 in federal funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Hagerstown Community College Energy and Trades Training Center. This funding will allow the College to purchase workforce training equipment and technology for the newly-constructed Center, which will in turn provide hands-on experience for students enrolled in the Alternative Energy Technology and Industrial and Engineerin… Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Cardin Calls on President Trump to Follow the Law and Withdraw His Latest Anti-Immigration Policy

BALTIMORE - 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, issued the following statement on President Trump's latest attempts to bypass the law when it comes to immigration policy. "The President should stop trying to demonize refugees and immigrants fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries. Congress, not the President, has the authority to ena… Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Cardin Commemorates the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

BALTIMORE - On the 80th anniversary of the deadly Kristallnacht, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, called on leaders across the U.S. and around the world to condemn hate speech and the violence that it spurs. "Kristallnacht or 'the Night of Broken Glass' is a painful reminder of what can happen when hate is allowed to flourish. On November 9 and 10, 1938, authorities in Germany, Austria, and what is now the Cz… Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Cardin Thanks Service Members, Families on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement commemorating Veterans Day 2018: "This Sunday marks the centennial of one of the most significant moments in U.S. history: the end of the Great War, World War I. The measure of death and destruction wrought by the Great War proved that modern innovations had forever changed the scale and danger of international conflict. World War I gave birth to prominent military installations in Maryland, like Fort Meade and Aberdeen… Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

Cardin Calls Sessions’ Firing a Transparent Step Toward Limiting the Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to President Trump firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "The only transparency to be found in the Trump White House is in the president's disdain for the Mueller investigation into the 2016 election. After multiple guilty pleas and convictions among the president's campaign advisers, he is relentless in his campaign to find any way possible to limit the scope of the ongoing investigation. I did not suppo… Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

Cardin, Senate Democrats to Secretary Azar: End Efforts to Redefine Sex to Exclude Transgender Persons

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined his Senate Democrat colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding that the Department end any effort to redefine sex to exclude transgender and gender nonconforming people. "The redefinition of sex reported in The New York Times would have devastating consequences for millions of people who do not recognize themselves as the sex assigned to them at birth or who are gender non… Continue Reading

November 01, 2018

Senators to FBI: Provide Documents on President Trump’s Possible Involvement in FBI Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), have sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray to request information regarding the extent to which President Trump and the White House were involved in the abrupt decision to reverse course on plans for the FBI headquarters project, and whether that involvement was appropriate. T… Continue Reading

October 31, 2018

Cardin, Wicker Announce New Legislation to Assist People Struggling with Rising Water Bills

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Wednesday announced legislation he has introduced with Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that would establish new pilot programs to assist low-income families afford their rising water bills. The bipartisan bill, the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2018 (S. 3564), would establish 32 programs nationwide for low-income residents to receive aid in paying their drinking water bills, and an equal number (32) of programs designed to assist … Continue Reading

October 29, 2018

Cardin Condemns Deadly Attack Against Worshippers at Pittsburgh Synagogue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, expressed deep condolences and called for a return to American values in the wake of a series of fatal shootings in the United States. "I join the nation in mourning the terrible loss of life at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. This murderous rampage that targeted Pittsburgh's Jewish community while they were practicing their fa… Continue Reading

October 26, 2018

Maryland Congressional Team Announces $2.5 Million Grant to Fight Heroin and Other Illegal Opioids Statewide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, John K. Delaney and Jamie Raskin (All D-Md.) have announced that the Maryland State Police will receive a grant of $2,544,800 through the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to support law enforcement agencies in combating the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, hero… Continue Reading

October 24, 2018

Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge WMATA to Maintain Riders’ Advisory Council

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) sent a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors Chairman Jack Evans, opposing their proposal to terminate the Riders' Advisory Council. Tomorrow, after previous assurances by the WMATA Board Chairman that the Council would continue to operate, the Board plans to vote on whether to eliminate the Council and instea… Continue Reading

October 24, 2018

Cardin Statement on Discovered Explosive Devices

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the discovery of explosive devices in packages addressed to public officials, media and others. "One of the strengths of America is the rule of law and our ability to non-violently engage in debate and political discourse. Terrorizing public figures, the public or anyone in this country through such violent means is unacceptable under any circumstance. I thank the law enforcement agencies that are working to keep ev… Continue Reading

October 23, 2018

Cardin on Hand as Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Oval Office to watch as the America's Water Infrastructure Act was signed into law. The new law will repair aging drinking water, wastewater and irrigation systems; deepen nationally significant ports and maintain the navigability of inland waterways across the country; and provide better protection from dangerous floodwaters. "This is a win for Maryland and our country. At a time when Congress is s… Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Oppose EPA Methane Standards Roll Back

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, this week joined 20 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the public comment period for the proposed rule to weaken methane standards and to provide adequate justification for modifying the national standards. In 2016, the EPA adopted the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for methane … Continue Reading

October 18, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Join Effort to Give Workers a Greater Voice at Public Companies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) are joining 11 of their Senate colleagues in calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to use its upcoming Staff Roundtable to consider implementing reforms that will promote worker engagement, drive long-term growth and investment, and give workers a greater voice in public companies by allowing workers to be elected as company board members. In the letter, the Senators note research has shown that company boa… Continue Reading

October 17, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on DeVos to Release More Information about the Department of Education’s Failure to Faithfully Implement the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) on Tuesday joined a bicameral group of more than 150 Democrats in calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to explain and rectify the Department of Education's failed implementation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. "Without swift action, millions of dedicated teachers, first responders, service members and other public servants will face substantial harm due to preventable failures on the part of … Continue Reading

October 11, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Praise Judiciary Committee’s Approval of District of Maryland Nominee Stephanie Gallagher

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's 20-1 vote to approve Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. If confirmed, Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat previously held by Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., who announced his retirement effective February 2016. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts previously declared this Maryland seat as a j… Continue Reading

October 11, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Vote to Lower Healthcare Costs, Protect Americans with Preexisting Conditions

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) voted in support of Senator Tammy Baldwin's (D-Wis.) resolution to overturn the Trump Administration's expansion of junk insurance plans. Unfortunately, every Senate Republican except one opposed the resolution, voting to roll back protections for working families. Under these junk plans, insurers can deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions and refuse to provide essential health services required unde… Continue Reading

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