Press Releases & Statements

December 06, 2019

Cardin Convenes Roundtable Discussion with Montgomery County Women Business Leaders

ROCKVILLE - Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI), the Maryland Women's Business Center (MWBC) and Montgomery County women business leaders for a roundtable discussion about the issues women business owners face as they operate and grow their businesses. "I take great pride in Maryland's distinction as the state with the highest concentration of women-owned businesses in the country," … Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.56 Million for University System of Maryland Sea Grant Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced the award of $1,564,898 for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Sea Grant Program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) funds scientific research related to the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastal resources with practical applications benefitting Maryland industries, economies, and conservation groups. "The futures of Marylan… Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $38.4 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $38.4 million in federal funding for the implementation of several key water infrastructure projects in Maryland. The funding, allocated through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), will go towards Maryland's Intended Use Plan - a $297 million plan, approved by the EPA, which aims to upgrade wastewater treatment plants and stormwater control measures throug… Continue Reading


December 05, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Lauds Funding for Howard Street Tunnel Project

WASHINGTON - Following a Maryland congressional delegation meeting with Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete K. Rahn, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone released the following joint statement in response to the news that Maryland officials and CSX have identified additional funding to expand the Howard Street Tunnel. "We are pleased to hear that the State of Maryland a… Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Cardin Calls New SNAP Rule a Heartless Attack on Vulnerable Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, denounced the Trump Administration's final rule announced Wednesday that changes the conditions under which states apply for waivers of the work requirement for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This new rule would disproportionally affect part-time workers and seasonal holiday employees with unreliable hours. An estimated 30,000 Marylanders could be affected. "Congress has repeate… Continue Reading


December 03, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Over $2.3 Million in Head Start Funding for Maryland Rural Development Corporation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $2,369,024 in federal funding for Head Start projects at the Maryland Rural Development Corporation. The funding was awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. The Maryland Rural Development Corporation provides Head Start services to families in Caroline, Cecil, and Harford Counties. "We know that the quality of education a child receives in their… Continue Reading


November 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Announce More than $310,000 for Housing Vouchers in Howard County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today applauded the recent award of $311,523 to the Howard County Housing Commission through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher program. These vouchers will help individuals with disabilities obtain market-rate housing in the county. "Housing vouchers are an essential tool in our effort to make housing more affordable for all… Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin Announce more than $265,000 for Housing Vouchers in Carroll County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today applauded the recent award of more than $265,000 to the Carroll County Department of Housing & Community Development through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher program. These vouchers will help individuals and families obtain market-rate housing in the county. "An affordable and safe place to call home is one of the clearest pathways to sta… Continue Reading


November 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce nearly $450,000 for Housing Vouchers in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today applauded the recent award of $447,975 for Western Maryland Public Housing Authorities through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher program. The Housing Authority of Washington County will receive $97,328 while the Frederick Housing Authority will receive $350,647. These vouchers will help individuals with disabilities obtain market-rate housing in… Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Cardin Joins Senate Dems To Urge HUD To Reject Proposed Changes To The Fair Housing Act’s Disparate Impact Standard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and forty-four senators to send a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, urging him to reject changes proposed in the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) August 19, 2019 Proposed Rulemaking: HUD's Implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Disparate Impact Standard (the Proposed Rule… Continue Reading


November 25, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $477,000 for Local Police Departments for DNA Processing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $477,000 in federal funding for the Baltimore County Police Department and the Baltimore City Police Crime Laboratory to process DNA samples. The Baltimore County Police Department will receive $225,000 and the Baltimore City Police Crime Laboratory will receive $252,000. The funding, awarded through the Department of Justice's DNA Capacity Enhancement and Ba… Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce over $98,000 for Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced more than $98,000 in federal funding for the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Inc. to replace outdated rescue equipment, including the "jaws of life," spreaders, cutters, rams, jacks, and stabilizers. These tools are used for rescuing people from entrapment in vehicle crashes and other wreckage. The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Ag… Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Cardin Announces New Cosponsors to Bipartisan ERA Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced Friday the addition of 16 cosponsors for the bipartisan resolution to remove the deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment (S. Res. 6). Thirty-seven states, of the 38 needed, have already ratified the amendment, which was first proposed in 1972. Earlier this month, the House Judiciary Committee marked up and reported favorably companion legislation, H.J. Res. 79. The full House could consider the resolution as early as December. "There should… Continue Reading


November 22, 2019

Cardin: GAO Says Failure to Prepare for Climate Change Impacts Will Cost Taxpayers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, announced Friday the results of a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) outlining how unprepared the federal government is for climate change and extreme weather events. In a study requested by Senator Cardin, GAO lays out what small investments in resilience have been made to date, but laments the vast financial exposur… Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Cardin: Glad We Fully Funded the Fast-Approaching Census But Yet Another Continuing Resolution is No Substitute for Regular Appropriations Bills

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Senate passage of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020 that funds the federal government until December 20 and provides full-year funding for the 2020 Decennial Census. "For the second time in as many months, Congress averted a government shutdown at the last minute. On the upside, we were … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Cardin and Democratic Colleagues Call Out Trump Admin Efforts to Promote Junk Plan Coverage Under Questionable Legal Authority

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and 22 Senators in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), requesting that the agencies answer for the Trump administration's efforts to promote junk plans to the American public during the Open Enrollment period for health insurance coverage. The Senators draw attention… Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce nearly $14 Million for Bus System Improvements Statewide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $13,866,000 for the improvement and modernization of bus systems throughout Maryland from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). This federal funding will support the replacement, rehabilitation, purch… Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Cardin Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bicameral Refugee Protection Act of 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin joined Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif-19), in introducing the Refugee Protection Act of 2019. Building upon previous versions of the Refugee Protection Act introduced by Senators Leahy and Lofgren, the Refugee Protection Act of 2019 is a comprehensive blueprint for restoring and reinvigorating U.S. refugee and asylum systems in response to the Trump administration's attem… Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce more than $1 Million for Eastern Shore Bus Upgrades

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced the award of nearly $1.1 million to the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) for Eastern Shore bus system improvements from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will support the replacement of vehicles. The Shore Transit Project (Tri-County Council) will receive $850,000 and… Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.65 Million for New Towson Circulator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all-Md.) today announced the award of more than $1.65 million for Baltimore County to fund the Towson Circulator with a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5339). Part of a nearly $14 million statewide investment, this federal funding will support the purchase of new buses and infrastructure for the Towson Circ… Continue Reading

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