Press Releases & Statements

April 16, 2020

Cardin Renews Call for Increasing Funds for COVID-19 Economic Relief Programs

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 the following statement on the need for immediate, additional funding for disaster assistance for small businesses, as well as state and local governments. "Small businesses in every community across America are hurting. We all know this and want to help them now. The way we do that is by, first, getting more money to the state and… Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces more than $45 Million for Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund

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, today announced $45,657,990 for the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund through the U.S. Department of Education. Provided through the CARES Act, the $3 billion allocated nationally through this fund is intended to support school di… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Cardin Calls Trump Cuts to WHO Funding Irresponsible and Irrational

"As thousands of Americans die because of COVID-19, the president must take some responsibility for his own actions and let the medical experts in the United States and around the globe do their job." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the United States would curtail funding to the World Health Organization (WHO). "Deflecting blame is no… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $107 Million in COVID-19 Economic Relief for State Airports

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, today announced the award of $107,731,472 for Maryland airports through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This funding includes $87,643,261 for Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Federal Delegation Offers Support, Assistance to Maryland Department of Labor to Ensure Marylanders Receive Critically Needed Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON - Today, 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, sent a letter to Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson to offer support and assistance in ensuring Marylanders are able to receive unemployment benefits that are critically needed by many at this time. As noted in their letter… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $170 Million in Federal Funding for Maryland Higher Education

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 $170,544,958 in federal funding for Maryland's institutes of higher education under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Of this total, 50 percent of the funds are available first to provide direct assistance to stude… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Democratic Colleagues Press Trump Administration to Ensure Workers Receive Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today joined 32 Democratic Senate colleagues in pressing the Department of Labor to ensure workers Congress intended to be covered by the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program receive the benefits they deserve. "[P]arts of the guidance appear narrow or ambiguous, which could make states think they need to exclude workers who Congress clearly intended to receive unemployment compensation through the Pandemic Unemployment Ass… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Maryland Delegation Calls for NOAA to Expedite Distribution of Relief Funds for U.S. Fisheries

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, have written to Wilber Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and Chris Oliver, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), urging coordination with states to quickly allocate assistance and inclusion of… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Cardin, Senators to Pompeo: Use Your Office to Publicly Push For Release of Americans and Political Prisoners Detained Abroad To Protect Them from COVID-19

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-.Md.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined 17 senators in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to strongly press foreign governments to immediately release U.S. citizens and political prisoners detained abroad in order to protect them from COVID-19. In a letter to Secretary Pompeo, the senators noted that these individuals housed in jails, prisons and other detention facilities are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Administration for Information on Distribution of Critical Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined all members of the Senate Democratic Caucus in raising serious concerns about the Trump Administration's reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Although the President has declared a national emergency and mobilized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help distribute supplies, FEMA is currently relying on private companies to distribute … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $3.8 Million in Federal Funding for Maryland Public Health Emergency Response

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 the award of $3,808,516 for the Maryland Public Health Crisis Response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Contr… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Senator Cardin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

WASHINGTON - As Senate Democrats fight to ensure help gets to small businesses that are struggling during the coronavirus crisis, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member on the Senate Small Business Committee, delivers this week's Weekly Democratic Address. In the address, Senator Cardin explains that a bipartisan Senate Task Force created the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as part of the CARES Act to provide zero-fee forgivable loans to small businesses that keep their employees … Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $742 Million for Hospitals and Health Care Providers to Support COVID-19 Response

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, today announced the award of $742,225,306 for Maryland hospitals and health care providers through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF). Created through the CARES Act, th… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Press President Trump to Waive FEMA Cost-Sharing Requirements to Help States Handle COVID-19 Outbreak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to swiftly approve a National Governors Association request from Governors Hogan of Maryland and Cuomo of New York to waive all cost-sharing requirements for assistance under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration and Major Disaster Declarations. Team Maryland … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Ensure Transit Workers Receive Essential Protective Equipment, Updated Safety Guidelines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined 20 Senate colleagues in urging the Trump Administration to ensure that transit agencies can acquire personal protective equipment for their frontline workers. In a letter to Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) K. Jane Williams, the Senators cited the story of Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove, who passed away from Coronavirus after he expressed his concern about the disease and telling the story about a passen… Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Call on State to Provide Full Race, Ethnicity, and Zip Code Data on COVID-19 Patients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan urging him to release complete COVID-19 demographic data on race and ethnicity, broken down by zip code. In their letter, the Members emphasize that the demographic data released today, showing COVID-19's disproportionate impact on black Marylanders, only furt… Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Cardin Calls for Comprehensive Funding for COVID-19 Economic Relief Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Finance, spoke on the Senate floor today to call for comprehensive funding for COVID-19 economic relief programs. While Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Trump Administration proposed additional appropriations solely for the Paycheck Protection Program created by the CARES Act, Cardin and Senate Democrats a… Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Outline Five Principles of Health & Economic Security to Guide Future Coronavirus Relief Packages

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined eight Senate colleagues today in releasing a set of five principles to guide future coronavirus relief and stimulus packages to protect workers and communities. In a letter to Senate leadership, the Senators recognized that choices being made during this response will shape society and policymaking for years, if not decades, to come and without consideration, policymakers risk exacerbating interrelated crises of income and wealth inequality, ra… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Call on FEMA to Immediately Provide More Medical Supplies to National Capital Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown, David Trone, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today wrote to FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor urging the Administration to increase the federal government's allotment of emergency medical supplies and equipment to the National Capital Region. The bipartisan letter was also signed by U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), Congress… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces more than $15.6 Million in Federal Funding for 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 $15,635,030 to support Maryland's community health centers in responding to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding comes through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administ… Continue Reading

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