Press Releases & Statements

April 07, 2020

Cardin, Democratic Senators Urge Trump Administration to Get Emergency Funding for Hospitals out The Door Quickly

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) alongside Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J, Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) are urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to immediately provide hospitals, nursing homes, community health centers, hospice providers, and other essential community health providers with the financial support necessary to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus … Continue Reading


April 07, 2020

Cardin, Schumer, Shaheen, and Small Business Committee Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Reserve a Portion of Paycheck Protection Program Funding for Underserved Borrowers

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senate Democratic leaders today sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin urging the Trump administration officials to take steps to ensure that the most vulnerable small businesses have access to the important financial resources authorized by the Coronavirus Aide, Relief, and Economic Securit… Continue Reading


April 06, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $6.4 Million in Federal Funding to Support State Health Care System As It Responds to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $6.4 million support Maryland's health care system as it responds to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding comes through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C… Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Send Bipartisan Letter to HHS and CMS on Protecting Medicare Recipients During COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in writing to Secretary Azar and Administrator Verma encouraging both HHS and CMS to consider solutions to protect Medicare beneficiaries from high-risk settings and ensure safe access to care as we continue to work to combat COVID-19. Cardin is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, while Van Hollen is a member of the Appropriations Committee. "As we seek additional options for pr… Continue Reading


April 03, 2020

Cardin Statement on Launch of Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) launched the Paycheck Protection Program, which was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act): "I am deeply troubled by reports of financial institutions turning away small businesses that desperately need capital through the Paycheck Protection Program. The small busi… Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Renew Push to Ensure All Students Can Continue Education Online During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today wrote to House and Senate leadership requesting robust funding for all K-12 students to have adequate home internet connectivity if their schools close due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Senators expressed their disappointment with the lack of such funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that r… Continue Reading


April 02, 2020

Maryland Delegation Pushes FEMA for Urgent Medical Supplies Needed for Statewide Fight Against COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Team Maryland, 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, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, continue to fight for essential resources needed in Maryland to protect the health and safety of Marylanders. The latest time-sensitive request for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) comes as COVID-19 cases are on the r… Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Call for Social Security Recipients to Get CARES Act Direct Cash Assistance Without Having to File Tax Return

WASHINGTON - While the CARES Act, signed into law last week, ensured that the Treasury Department had the authority to send automatic direct cash assistance to Social Security beneficiaries regardless of whether they file taxes, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released contradictory guidance earlier this week stating that Social Security beneficiaries would need to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and … Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Cardin Calls on Hungary’s Orban to Sunset His Emergency Powers

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Senate Member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) released the following statement on the latest undemocratic actions in Hungary. "This week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has sought to exploit the world's focus on a global pandemic to further entrench his own political position. The passage of a law that grants to him the ri… Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Cardin, Senate Democrats to Pompeo: Contribute At Least $500 Million to United Nations’ Covid-19 Efforts

WASHINGTON-In response to the United Nations' $2 billion emergency appeal last week to help fight COVID-19, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D- Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday joined 16 Senate Democratic colleagues in urging the State Department to join the international community in funding international humanitarian assistance and protect the more than 70 million displaced people globally. Specifically, the senators urged United States Secretary of State M… Continue Reading


April 01, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on FCC to Evaluate How Net Neutrality Repeal Negatively Impacts Public Safety, Universal Access, and Broadband Competition

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Ranking Member Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and 22 other Senators wrote a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) demanding that it consider how repealing net neutrality could negatively impact public safety, universal access, and broadband competition. In October 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the … Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Cardin Says Continuing Trump Rollback of Emissions Standards will Harm Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, called the Trump administration's latest rollback of auto emission standards an unnecessary assault on public health. The second part of the rule, finalized jointly today by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will require fuel economy standards to be raised by just 1.5% per year, rather than the 5%… Continue Reading


March 31, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces more than $48 Million to Support Counties and Cities in Responding to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $48,404,965 to support counties and cities in Maryland in their response to the economic and housing impacts of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These awards come through the CARES Act, which was signed into law last we… Continue Reading


March 30, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone, and Raskin Applaud CDC Approval of USAMRIID’s Return to Full Operational Capacity

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen David Trone and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today applauded the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) decision to approve the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick to return to full operational capacity. This clearance will allow USAMRIID to resume conducting their full scope of research on infectious diseases during this crucial time. "The capabilities of USAMRI… Continue Reading


March 28, 2020

Maryland Delegation Delivers Full Federal Funding for Maryland National Guard During COVID-19 Deployment

"During this national emergency, the federal government must bring all its resources to bear to combat COVID-19, and must offer the maximum possible protections and benefits to those putting themselves in harm's way to keep Marylanders safe." 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, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, an… Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Maryland Delegation Helps Secure Major Disaster Declaration, Unlocking Additional Federal Resources to Fight COVID-19

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, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, announced quick approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of a major disaster declaration for the State of Maryland related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Such approval is necessary to assure Maryland's eligibility… Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces $1.2 million in Federal Funding for Maryland Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $1,194,822 in federal funding through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help community health centers (CHCs) throughout Maryland respond to the growing health demands posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. "Every… Continue Reading


March 26, 2020

Cardin Praises Latest COVID-19 Stimulus Package

"We are trying to make sure that we preserve our economy, that we preserve workers and their families and their abilities to pay their bills." "We need to get the information out to the small businesses, to the workers, and to all businesses. We are here to help keep them open, to keep the paychecks flowing, to keep our economy moving." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and a senior member of the Senate Fin… Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Cardin, Bipartisan Senate Task Force Secure $377 Billion for Small Businesses

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today issued a statement on the $2 trillion economic stimulus agreed to by Congressional leaders. The stimulus package includes $377 billion in funding to support small businesses secured by Cardin, Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Aging Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ranki… Continue Reading


March 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Asks President Trump to Fast-Track Approval of Statewide Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, is urging President Donald Trump to swiftly approve Governor Larry Hogan's request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland as a result of the impacts of the novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). Team Maryland has been wor… Continue Reading

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