Press Releases & Statements

November 14, 2019

Cardin Legislation Would Accelerate Development of Quieter Airplanes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced legislation this week, the Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act (S. 2837) that would make it a priority of the U.S. Government, through the National Aeronautics & Space Administration's (NASA), to boost research into electric aircraft technology. Such authority would transform America's aviation industry to develop airplanes that produce less greenhouse gas pollution and less noise, keeping domestic aviation companies competitive with the int… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Cardin, Senate Democrats Introduce House-Passed Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and all 47 Democratic senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. "One in four women will experience domestic viol… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $40,000 to Assist Low-Income Families in Kent County with Home Repair

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $40,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income residents in Kent County. The recipient nonprofit corporation, Rebuilding Together Kent County MD, Inc., will offer low-income homeowners grants and/or low-interest loans to fund critical home improvement projects. This money will a… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces $250,000 for Prevention of Youth Substance Misuse in Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $250,000 for two Drug Free Community Coalitions in Baltimore, Md. to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance misuse. The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, as part of the South East Baltimore Drug-Free Coalition and Morgan State University, as part of the Get SMART West Baltimore Dr… Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Almost $60,000 to Assist Low-Income Families in Anne Arundel with Home Repair

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $59,784 in federal funding for Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County (RTAAC) - a nonprofit organization that repairs homes for low-income residents in need. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Housing Preservation Grants program, will be used by RTAAC to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low- and very-low-income residents in Anne Arundel County… Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Cardin Commemorates Veterans Day 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Finance and Environment & Public Works committees, made the following remarks in advance of Veterans Day 2019. "I honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans and their families every day. As we approach this day, the 101st Veterans Day, I pay a special tribute to the men and women who have worn a uniform in defense of o… Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3.1 Million for Affordable Housing Developments Statewide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announce the award of $3.1 million for affordable housing developments around Maryland from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta), one of 11 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Through this investment, Maryland community developers will partner with local FHLBank Atlanta member financial institutions to build or repair over 600 affordable housing units for families, seniors, and individuals… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Senate Passes Cardin, Rubio Resolution Recognizing National Veteran’s Small Business Week

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution from U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, designating November 4 - 8, 2019 as "National Veteran's Small Business Week." The Cardin-Rubio resolution honors America's veterans and their continued service to our communities and economy through entrepreneurship. It also highlights the veteran-specific entrepreneurial resources … Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Cardin, Portman Introduce Hospice Care Improvement Act to Address Lack of Transparency in Hospice Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced new legislation - the Hospice Care Improvement Act - to address the lack of safety protocols and transparency in hospices across the country. Following the release of reports (found here and here) in July from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighting specific instances of patient harm in hospices and a lack of transparency to highlight potent… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce Nearly $85,000 for Garrett County Low Income Housing Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $85,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low and very-low income residents in Garrett County. The nonprofit corporation Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. will offer low income homeowners grants and/or low interest loans to fund critical hom… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Brown Announce $125,000 for Prevention of Youth Substance Misuse in Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) today announced $125,000 for Prince George's County, Md. to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance misuse. This funding for nonprofit corporation Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute, Inc. was awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Drug Free Communities Program (DFC… Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), lead Senate sponsor of a resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, issued the following statement on the building momentum for ERA ratification by the states. "We will ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The question is no longer if, but when. Today, we celebrate Virginians who are one step closer to making their state the 38th state, the final state needed, to complete ratification. Most Americans are su… Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Resolution Congratulating Nationals on World Series Unanimously Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution introduced by US Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), and Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) officially congratulating the Washington Nationals on winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. "The Washington Nationals worked hard, played with heart and had fun while they were at it. What a great example for us all," said the four Senators. "Congratulations to all the players, coach… Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Hold Private Prisons Accountable for Treatment of Federal Inmates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) unveiled legislation Tuesday that will hold private prisons that receive federal funds to the same transparency standards as federal prisons. After welcoming an expert panel hosted by Open the Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Senator Cardin officially introduced S. 2773, the Private Prison Information Act (PPIA), which would mandate private prisons with federal inmat… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Cardin, Collins Introduce Bill to Promote Girls’ Leadership and Political Participation Around the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Girls Leadership, Engagement, and Advocacy in Development (LEAD) Act of 2019, legislation to promote girls' leadership and participation in civic and political processes through U.S. foreign assistance. "I am proud to support this bipartisan legislation, which seeks to strengthen girls' participation in democracy, human rights, and governance," said Senator Cardin. "The Girls LEAD Act shines a spotlight … Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Senate Passes Cardin, Rubio Resolution Recognizing National Women’s Small Business Month

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution from U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member and Chairman and of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, recognizing the month of October as "National Women's Small Business Month." The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has also been celebrating female entrepreneurship this month. The Rubio-Cardin resolution highlights the vital contributions of women entrepreneurs and women… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Cardin, Cramer, Rosen, Rubio and Blumenthal Applaud Adoption of Holocaust Education Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), applauded the inclusion of their amendment (S.AMDT 1159) to support Holocaust education programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in the Senate-passed spending bill (H.R. 3055) that provides funding for the Museum. Their amendment would require the Museum to submit a report on their collection and usage of historical documentation, such… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Prioritize Children’s Health and Keep Promise to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) and two dozen Democratic senators sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar denouncing his delay in addressing the growing epidemic of youth tobacco use. The senators urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its promised compliance policy and clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarette products, including mint and menthol flavors. In the past year, e-cigarette use has incre… Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Advance Maryland Priorities in Senate-Passed Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen lauded Senate passage Thursday of the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations for Agriculture & the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Commerce, Justice & Science; Interior and Environment; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The package, which provides funding for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program and safe drinking water, funding for Mallows Bay, the first designated National Marine Sanctuary in 20 years, WMATA/Metro and th… Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cardin and Young Introduce Resolution Honoring Sikh Community

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) today introduced the first Senate resolution honoring Sikh Americans. The resolution works to further diversity and afford all Americans the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared experiences of Sikhs. "Sikh Americans have been a proud part of the American story for generations and they continue to enrich our nation and the communities in which they live," said Senator Cardin. … Continue Reading

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