Press Releases & Statements

July 26, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen Praise Biden Nominee Erek Barron for U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today praised President Joe Biden's nomination of Delegate Erek Barron to be the new U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. If confirmed by the Senate, Delegate Barron (District 24, Prince George County) would be the first Black U.S. Attorney in Maryland's history. "Maryland needs a U.S. Attorney with integrity and independence, as well as the strength and experience to tackle the unacceptably high level of violent cri… Continue Reading


July 26, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen Submit Appropriations Requests Supporting Local Workforce Training, Health Care, and Education Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have released their requests for Congressionally Directed Spending for projects under the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for Fiscal Year 2022. The senators' requests will help strengthen local health care infrastructure, expand educational and economic opportunities, provide diverse resources for those struggling with addiction issues and solidify Maryland's posit… Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

Cardin on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package: We Must Be Bold and Deliver for the Future of Our Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the bipartisan infrastructure package. "I am disappointed that we could not move forward on the debate of a bipartisan infrastructure package, but I am encouraged that work is continuing so that we will be in a position to review and consider this legislation in the week to come. The final details will be critical. We mu… Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

Cardin, Marshall Lead Senate Effort to End Cyclical Violence and Protect Crime Victims

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) have introduced legislation to expand hospital-based violence intervention services and prevention programs for survivors of violent crimes. The Bipartisan Solution to Cyclical Violence Act (S. 2422) will help establish and expand such programs nationwide and ensure health and trauma professionals are delivering the care that survivors need in the aftermath of violence. Similar legislation, led by Congressman Dutch Ruppers… Continue Reading


July 22, 2021

Cardin, Young Introduce Bill to Repeal Outdated Federal Excise Tax on Heavy Trucks and Trailers

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Modern, Clean, and Safe Trucks Act of 2021. The bipartisan bill would repeal the federal excise tax (FET) on heavy trucks and trailers, which was established over 100 years ago to support efforts to pay for World War I. Today, the 12 percent FET is the highest percentage excise tax levied on any product and at the same time it is an unpredictable and minimal source of revenue for the Highway Trust Fund. … Continue Reading


July 20, 2021

Bipartisan, Bicameral Members of Congress Commend Federal Efforts to Reform Organ Donation System, Urge Acceleration of Rule’s Impact

WASHINGTON - A coalition of congressional leaders from the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform today commended the Biden Administration for finalizing a rule to reform the organ procurement system in the United States, and encouraged the administration to explore additional ways to accelerate the accountability of organ procurement organizations (OPOs). The letter, sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra and Centers for Medicare &… Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1.2 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Local Fire and EMS Departments Across Baltimore and Central Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $1,201,379 in American Rescue Plan funding to support fire and emergency rescue departments across the Baltimore region. "Maryland's fire and rescue teams risk their lives every single day to protect our communities - and worked overtime to deliver life-saving care during the COVID-19 pandemic," t… Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin, Trone Announce American Rescue Plan Funding for More Than 60 Fire and EMS Departments in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (D-Md.) today announced $1,381,911 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments across Western Maryland. "Despite increased challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency and first responders across Maryland continued to deliver life-saving care to those who needed it most," the lawmakers said. "This new federal funding from the American Rescue Plan will ensure … Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Montgomery and Prince George’s County Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $375,000 in American Rescue Plan Funding to Support Fire and EMS Departments in COVID-19 Recovery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $378,753 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments across Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. "The health and safety of our first responders must remain a top priority. This new federal award will ensure our firefighters and emergency volunteers have the proper funding and equipment they need to respond to emerge… Continue Reading


July 19, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce American Rescue Plan Funding for More Than 50 Fire and EMS Departments in Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $1,037,955 in American Rescue Plan funding for fire and emergency rescue departments in Southern Maryland and along the Eastern Shore. "Our volunteer firefighters and first responders often risk their lives to serve and protect our communities and have worked around the clock during the COVID-19 pandemic," the lawmakers said. "This new federal funding will provide our fire and r… Continue Reading


July 16, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce New Bill to Keep National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) today announced plans to introduce S.2367, the Frederick Jobs and Historic Preservation Training Center Land Authority Act, which would allow the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick to acquire new land in order to establish a new training center and workshop. This land will allow the agency to expand its local operations and better achieve its mission nationwide. … Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $3 Million to Boost Maternal and Child Health Access Across the State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $2,987,679 in federal funding to bolster maternal and child health care services. This funding comes from Congress through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will help the Maryland Department of Health's Maternal and Child Health Bureau expand access to high-quality c… Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Senate Small Business Committee Republicans Playing Politics with American Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Republicans today boycotted a vote on the nomination of Dilawar Syed to be Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The boycott prevented the Committee from achieving the quorum needed to proceed with a vote on the nomination. The SBA Deputy Administrator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency, including helping to usher billions of dollars in desperately needed economic … Continue Reading


July 15, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce Over $500,000 to Improve Wastewater Infrastructure in Queen Anne’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Andy Harris (all Md.) today announced $513,000 in federal funding to finish the construction of the Sudlersville Wastewater Treatment Plant in Queen Anne's County. "Upgrading our water infrastructure, particularly our local wastewater treatment facility serving Sudlersville and Barclay, will have a lasting impact on the health and safety of our communities," said Senator Cardin, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public… Continue Reading


July 14, 2021

Senators, House Members Release GAO Report Detailing Key Causes of Military Rollover Accidents

Report, requested by lawmakers, includes nine recommendations to mitigate and prevent fatal training accidents WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (All-D-Md.), as well as Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.-12) and Chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee John Garamendi (D-Calif.-3) announced Wednesday the results of a new report from the U.S… Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen Submit Requests for Maryland Transportation Infrastructure, Clean Water and Public Safety Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced Tuesday their Congressionally Directed Spending Requests (Community Spending) for three appropriations bills: (1) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations; (2) Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations; and (3) Homeland Security Appropriations. Together, these proposed federal investments will strengthen economic development and public safety through multimodal transpor… Continue Reading


July 13, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $575,000 to Upgrade Wastewater Infrastructure in Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $575,000 in federal funding to upgrade the Grantsville sewer system in Garrett County. "Upgrading our water and wastewater infrastructure, particularly our local sewer systems like Grantsville's, will have a lasting impact on the health and safety of our communities," said Senator Cardin, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation Infrastructure… Continue Reading


July 12, 2021

Cardin, Colleagues Urge State Department to Address Religious Freedom Violations in Algeria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting that the U.S. Department of State take action against coordinated and discriminatory treatment toward members of religious minority groups in Algeria, including Protestant Christians and the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. The senators urged the Algerian government to comply with its international and con… Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen Submit Requests Supporting Local Economic Development and Workforce Training Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) released their requests for Congressionally Directed Spending for projects under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee for Fiscal Year 2022. The Senators' requests will help strengthen local economic development and support workforce training programs. Senator Cardin is Chair of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Senator Van Hollen serves as the Chair of the Financia… Continue Reading


July 09, 2021

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Bipartisan Call for Improvements to VA Home Guaranty Program, Pushes Administration to Help Veterans and Military Families Purchase Homes

WASHINGTON - After hearing concerns from veterans across the state, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help more veterans and military families purchase homes by providing additional flexibilities for the VA Home Loan Guaranty Program. They are joined by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (… Continue Reading

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