Press Releases & Statements

June 05, 2019

Cardin Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. "Later today, I will be leaving with many other Senators on an official trip to Normandy, France to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, also known as "Operation Overlord." I consider it a high honor to be part of a Congressional delegation commemorating one of the most important days in the history of human … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Feinstein, Kaine Urge Senate to Pass Protections for TPS Recipients and Dreamers

WASHINGTON - Following House passage of the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide important protections to Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are calling on the Senate to follow suit. The Senators have introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would allow qualified TPS and Deferred Enforced D… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin Statement on Tiananmen Square 30 Years Later

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 30th anniversary of the Chinese crackdown on dissidents in Tiananmen Square. "The human tragedy that took place 30 years ago in Tiananmen Square went against the fundamental human rights that all people are entitled to across the globe: freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of religion. The violent crackdown on dissidents will forever be … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Confirmation of Andrew Saul to be the Next Social Security Commissioner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has oversight responsibility for the Social Security Administration (SSA), released the following remarks in advance of the Senate confirmation vote for Andrew M. Saul to be Commissioner of Social Security for the term expiring on January 19, 2025. "Later today, the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Andrew Saul to be the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The Senate Finance Commi… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.24 Million for University System of Maryland Sea Grant Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $1.24 million in federal funding 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) projects have produced significant results that aid fishers, businesses, policy makers, and conservation volunteers in Maryland and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed region. While Presid… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Senate Ratification of the 19th Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and lead sponsor of S. J. Res. 6 that would immediately reopen consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), issued the following statement on the centenary anniversary of Senate ratification of women's suffrage. "On this day, 100 years ago, the United States Senate finally ratified what would be the 19th amendment to the Constitution, sending it to the states for ratification. The amendment, which prohibited th… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Call on CDC to Review Guidelines for Adenovirus Outbreaks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) have written to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Robert R. Redfield, urging an evaluation of current CDC guidelines for adenovirus outbreaks. The request comes after an outbreak last year on the University of Maryland, College Park campus that sickened more than 40 students. The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents has recently said it will b… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Maryland Delegation Members Issue Statement Following Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and David Trone, yesterday received a classified briefing from senior employees of the National Security Agency regarding the recent cyberattack on Baltimore. They issued the following statement: "We are all concerned about the reported leak of cyber tools and the potential for serious damage to American cities a… Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Applauds the City’s Selection for the National Public Safety Partnership Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) applauded the selection of Baltimore for the National Public Safety Partnership program. This Federal program provides cities and states with support to address violent crime. Baltimore's congressional delegation has urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to select Baltimore and questioned the agency's motives behind excluding the City in the … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Laud Movement in Designating Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.), applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Friday for reaching an agreement with the State of Maryland and publishing in the Federal Register the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Final Management Plan (FMP) for the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. It has been nearly four years since NOAA announced its intent to design… Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Cardin, Blunt Team Up to Fight for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have announced legislation designed to increase access to services for chronic kidney disease patients. The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (S.1676) builds on previous legislation from the lawmakers by enhancing care through new technologies; improving access to treatment and specialists for underserved areas; guaranteeing access to Medigap policies to all ESRD beneficiaries, regardless of age; a… Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Bipartisan STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Reaches 21 Senate Cosponsors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), today announced major growth in support for the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act (S. 1531) with 21 senators already cosponsoring the legislation less than two weeks after its introduction. A section-by-section analysis of the bill can be found here. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-… Continue Reading


May 28, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Trone Statement on Call with Verso Leadership About Closing of Luke Mill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) released the below statement following their call on Friday with Verso Interim CEO Les Lederer. The three have previously held meetings with the Mayor of Luke and the Allegany County Executive just days after the plant announced its closing: "On Friday, we had a candid and pointed discussion with Verso's leadership about the closing of the paper mill in Luke and next steps to support the co… Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Cardin Commemorates Memorial Day 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day 2019, which falls on Monday, May 27. The full remarks entered into the Congressional Record may be downloaded here. "On this Memorial Day, I join the nation in recognizing the brave men and women in uniform who sacrificed everything for our country. Because of their incredible courage, we are able to speak, write, worship, vote an… Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Cardin Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. "Each year during the month of May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month calls us to celebrate and reflect on the rich history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These communities draw from an incredibly diverse range of cultures, languages, and religions that all come together to make the Unite… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Cardin, Rubio Reintroduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) today reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act, a bipartisan bill to impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing's illegitimate activities to aggressively assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions. Co-sponsored by 14 Senators, this legislation is timely given ongoing efforts by the United States to conduct freedom of navigat… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Requests FBI Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) thanking them for their work on the City of Baltimore ransomware attack and requesting a briefing on the attack once operations conclude. They went on to highlight questions regarding the attack, including: The identity of the individuals or groups responsible and the methods used in the… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Cardin, Senate and House Democrats Introduce Federal Legislation to Guarantee Equal Access to Abortion

WASHINGTON - Following the recent passage of restrictive anti-choice state laws in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) with Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (CA-27), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), and Lois Frankel (FL-21) joined leading women's health advocates to announce introduction of the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA), bicameral federal legislation to guarantee equal access to abortion, everywhere. The WHPA … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Introduce New Legislation Reforming WMATA Safety and Renewing Federal Funding Commitment to Metro

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) introduced new legislation to renew the federal funding commitment to Metro, provide critical safety reforms, and strengthen oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Recognizing that the Metro system is integral to the functioning of the federal government, for the last decade Congress has allocated $150 million annually to Metro fo… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Senators Introduce Bill to Bar USDA Research Agencies from Leaving National Capital Region

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.),Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Agriculture Research Integrity Act, which would bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from reorganizing and moving the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) out of the National Capital Region. Experts agree tha… Continue Reading

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