Press Releases & Statements

September 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on Hispanic Heritage Month 2020, celebrated September 15 - October 15. "Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize the culture and contributions of Latinos in the story of America. Since the founding of this nation, Latinos have helped to shape the social, cultural, and economic fabric that weaves together the world we know today. More than 500,000 Latinos live in Maryland -- as entrepreneurs, students, co… Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement upon the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was both an inspiration and a trailblazer in every possible sense of the words. After breaking through the countless barriers thrown in her path, she re-defined what it meant to be a both a thoughtful jurist and a dedicated public servant. "From graduating first in her undergraduate class at Cornell Universit… Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen to DHS IG: Investigate Whistleblower Complaint of Forced Hysterectomies at ICE Facility

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and 40 Senate colleagues today called on the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general to expeditiously investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Ga. "Forced sterilizations infringe on reproductive rights and autonomy," the senators wrote. "To understand whether such violations may have been committed against immigrants in our federal … Continue Reading


September 18, 2020

Cardin, Graham, Menendez and Young Lead Bipartisan Senate Resolution Congratulating Israel, UAE, and Bahrain On Historic Abraham Accords

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) today introduced a bipartisan resolution congratulating the governments and people of Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Bahrain on the recently signed Abraham Accords. The resolution: Congratulates the Governments and people of Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Bahrain on reaching these historic agreements. Encourages other A… Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen and Brown Urge Trump To Work With Congress To Provide Emergency Rental Assistance, Protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) along with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, led 28 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to enact legislation that provides the emergency assistance and protections renters need to stay in their homes. Millions of children and youth are at risk of being evicted fr… Continue Reading


September 17, 2020

Cardin, Young, Levin, Chabot, Engel Lead Congressional Support for Free and Fair Elections for Burma

Bipartisan congressional resolution condemns any action to limit civil society participation in the election WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have joined with Congressmen Andy Levin (D-Mich.-09) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio-01), both members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.-16), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in introducing a bicameral, bipartisa… Continue Reading


September 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $14.7 Million for Fire Departments in Washington, Frederick, and Garrett Counties

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $14,760,223.60 in federal funding for Washington, Frederick, and Garrett County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Awards were allocated as follows: $8,080,776 to the Washington County Board of Commissioners to hire 33 fu… Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

As 9th Circuit Court Deals Blow To Many TPS Recipients, Cardin, Van Hollen, Feinstein Urge Leadership to Include Employment Protections for TPS Recipients in Next Relief Package

131,000 TPS Recipients Are Serving on the Front Lines of the COVID-19 Response, Including More Than 6,600 in Maryland WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) urged Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to include employment protections for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients in the next coronavirus relief package. Following today's ruling by the 9th Circuit Court allowing the Tr… Continue Reading


September 14, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces $1.5 Million for Nanotechnology Training and Research at the University of Maryland, College Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone today announced $1.5 million in federal funding to expand nanotechnology research and training at the University of Maryland, College Park. Funding comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. It will advance the work of the NIST Nanoscale Sc… Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $480,000 for Firefighter Training Across Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $486,745.22 in federal funding for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) to train thousands of firefighters across the state. "MFRI offers top-notch training to help Maryland's fire, EMS, and rescue personnel succeed in their life-saving missions. With th… Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Call for Answers on Administration's Implementation of the Payroll Tax Deferral for Federal Employees, Service Members

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined over 20 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Russell Vought urging them to make the payroll tax deferral outlined by President Trump last month optional for federal employees and service members. In their letter the Senators also push for answers on how the Administration plans to implement this deferral. "We urge you to let federal workers and uni… Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Cardin, Boozman Identify Global Crisis in Education Due to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) have introduced legislation (S. 4548) that would help identify the scope of one of the most significant secondary impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic: education loss. School closures stemming from this global health crisis have affected over 1 billion students around the world and, according to a recent study by Save the Children, about 10 million students are in danger of permanently dropping out of school due to rising povert… Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces $10 Million in Federal Funding for the Port of Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume today announced $10 million in federal funding for the Maryland Port Administration to improve infrastructure at the Port of Baltimore. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation FY20 Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program. It will be used to enhance critical flood mitigation systems at the Dundalk Marine Terminal by co… Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cardin Statement on the 19th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, can never be forgotten. The senseless loss of almost 3,000 American lives, including 400 who ran toward danger to help others, was a tragedy that still torments the soul of our country. It always will, and it always should. Because as unthinkable and horrific as 9/11 was, we found ways to learn from it. The 9/11 attacks illustrated for America the destructive power of hate. We learned that just as it brought down jets and buildings, hate can bring … Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million in Emergency Federal Funding to Support MedStar Health’s COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone today announced $20,776,025 in emergency federal funding to help MedStar Health respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is authorized under Section 403 of the Stafford Act. "The dedicated doc… Continue Reading


September 10, 2020

Cardin Statement on Senate GOP’s Partisan COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement after voting against Senate Republicans' partisan COVID-19 relief bill, which failed to pass the Senate: "The best action Congress can take to help small businesses is to provide state and local governments, health providers, and first responders with the resources they need to get COVID-19 under control. Unfortunately, the bill Senate Republicans br… Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Maryland Delegation Calls for Federal Emergency Declaration In Wake of Tropical Storm Isaias

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, is urging President Donald Trump to approve the State of Maryland's request for a declaration of a "major disaster" following Tropical Storm Isaias. The lawmakers also requested that the federal government cover a larger share of th… Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Cardin, Menendez Call on Treasury Department to Announce New Magnitsky Act Designations

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act and Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin calling on the Trump administration to immediately release a robust and credible set of Magnitsky Act designations for 2019. Citing the longstanding expectation that Treasury announce each year's Magnitsky Act designations by December, the… Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Cardin Statement In Support Of American Military Personnel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) entered the following statement into the record in support of U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth's (D-Ill.) unanimous consent request condemning President Trump's recent comments regarding fallen military personnel. "Mr. President, today I join my colleagues to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, and Gold Star families; and to commemorate the men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our … Continue Reading


September 08, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $2.6 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Violence Against Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $2,602,583 in federal funding to combat violence against women. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) to provide legal assistance to victims, raise awareness to reduce dating violence through campus programs, and provide resources for survivors and their families… Continue Reading

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