Press Releases & Statements

August 19, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Announce $898,750 to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have announced $898,750 in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore, Maryland. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will go to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City for lead-based paint risk assessments, inspections, abatement, interim controls, and clearance examinations. "No paren… Continue Reading


August 16, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, and Sarbanes Announce More than $1 Million for Maryland Disaster Resiliency Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $1 million in federal funding for two disaster resiliency research projects in Maryland through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). These projects are two of twelve awarded nationwide to inform more resilient building designs, codes, and standards by improving our understanding of how earthquakes, wind and fire affect structures. The… Continue Reading


August 16, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Almost $1 Million to Boost STEM at UMD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $996,074 in federal funding to boost Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education at the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park. The funding, provided through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Research on Learning, will create a year-long intensive training program for 40 scholars and ultimately expand STEM education research and broaden partici… Continue Reading


August 15, 2019

Cardin Statement on Israel Barring Congresswomen from Visiting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement: "I disagree adamantly with Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in regards to our policy toward the State of Israel and the BDS movement that seeks to marginalize a strong ally of the… Continue Reading


August 15, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Presses Governor Hogan to Ensure All Eligible Marylanders Can Vote in 2020

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-MD) sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan requesting information regarding the State of Maryland's efforts to address problems that occurred during the 2018 elections. The letter also pressed Hogan to work with the Maryland State Board of Elections and other state and fe… Continue Reading


August 15, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $15,000 for Nonprofit Professional Development in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $15,000 in federal funding for the United Way of Washington County (UWWC) for its Nonprofit Professional Development Opportunities project. These funds, provided through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), will be used for conducting eight training sessions over a two-year period for approximately 200 nonprofit professionals in Western Maryland. The objective of the training progra… Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Press Army for Answers on Shutdown at Frederick Research Lab, Lack of Notification

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, along with Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (All D-Md.) are demanding answers from the U.S. Army about the recent cease and desist order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Md. The lawmakers have requested detailed information about USAMRIID's specific deficiencies and how long the Army has been aware of them. The A… Continue Reading


August 12, 2019

Cardin Condemns the Administration’s Proposal to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement condemning the Department of Interior's proposal to weaken key provisions of the Endangered Species Act, announced today. "The new regulations finalized today that weaken vital sections of the Endangered Species Act serve as yet another example of the Trump Administration ignoring the interests of Marylanders. In the Fish and Wildlife Service's most recen… Continue Reading


August 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $2.8 Million for Coastal Management Program in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) have announced $2.8 million in federal funding to help administer Maryland's federally approved coastal management program. This funding was provided through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Coastal Zone Management Program to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This investment will create jobs and provide continued assistance on everything from coastal hazards and recurrent flo… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $23.8 Million in 2019 Preparedness Funding for Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) hailed the recent award of more than $23.8 million in fiscal year 2019 federal preparedness grants for Maryland. Preparedness grants are allocated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to state, local, tribal and territorial governments as well as non-government entities. Rather than reacting to a specific disaster, they support citizens and first responders in preparing… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Trone, Van Hollen Announce More Than $100,000 in New USDA Investments in Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $105,775 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for two projects in Allegany County. Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland, MD, received more than $61,000 in federal funding in order to expand rural learning programs that provide educational instruction and job training for adult students. Allegany College will use the funding for technology upgrades in three classro… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $130,000 in USDA Rural Business Development Grants for the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $130,000 in federal funds for jurisdictions on Maryland's Eastern Shore through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant (RDBG) Program. Grants are as follows: $30,000 to Kent County for the development of job training programs to equip adult students with marketable fiber optics and cyber security skills. The County will contribute an additional $17,… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $500,000 for Eastern Shore Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $488,000 in federal funds for two airports on Maryland's Eastern Shore through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Both grants fund phases of tree obstruction removal projects. Ocean City Municipal Airport (OXB) will receive more than $173,500 to acquire land for that purpose, while Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport (CGE) will receive more than $315… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Raskin Announce $2.7 Million for UMD/NIST Center for Neutron Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) have announced $2.7 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland (UMD) / National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Joint Program for the Advancement of Neutron Scattering. This program brings together researchers and scientists from UMD and NCNR in order to operate and develop neutron scattering instrumentation and techniques, as well … Continue Reading


August 08, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce Nearly $10 Million for BWI Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced $9.94 million in federal funds for the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These funds will be used to reconstruct a portion of Taxiway Z which has reached the end of its useful life. "BWI is a huge asset to our state and our nation. So much of our region's… Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown, and Raskin Announce $296,041 for Partnership to Train STEM Educators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $296,041 in funding for a collaborative project between the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park, Montgomery College, and Prince George's Community College from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The joint project aims to encourage students to consider a career as a STEM teacher, increase awareness of STEM teach… Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Letter to EPA: Reverse Course and Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Now

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senate colleagues in calling on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children and known to cause serious harm to human health. The letter comes in response to a recent EPA decision to reject a petition to ban chlorpyrifos. Several states and public health groups petitioned for the removal of the chemical from the marketplace, but the EPA announced on July 18… Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Cardin Statement on the 54th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in commemoration of the 54th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing Voting Rights Act of 1965. "Fifty four years ago, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law. This landmark legislation is one of the crowning achievements of the Civil Rights Movement and for our American democracy, outlawing the discriminatory barriers to the polls and holding states accountable for the obstacles imposed on citi… Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Cardin Calls for Inclusion of Bipartisan Iran Amendment in Final NDAA to Stop Unconstitutional War

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, along with a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers called on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many of the signers of today's letter are members of key House and Senate defense and forei… Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.1 Million for Canton Railroad Company

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $1.1 million in federal funding for the Canton Railroad Company from the Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will go towards the Canton Railroad Company's Switch Replacement Project which will benefit the surrounding communities by bringing about safer and more reliable freight rail service. The… Continue Reading

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