Press Releases & Statements

June 09, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $200,000 in Federal Funding for Allegany County Makerspace

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of $200,000 for the Western Maryland Works (WMW) Allegany County Makerspace from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). In September, Van Hollen, Cardin, and Trone announced the initial $395,000 award to create the WMW Allegany County Makerspace. These new funds will allow the Board of Commissioners of Allegany County and the Allegany College of Maryland to equip and … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Cardin, Bicameral Democrats Call for Nationwide Police Overhaul

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act and lead sponsor of the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (S. 2355) and Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 3063), called on Republicans to join Democrats in finally passing comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation. "Before they first put on a badge, police officers take an oath to uphold the law. Most do so with the best intentions and carry out their duties with a willingne… Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Cardin Joins Bicameral Warning Against Trump Administration Resuming Explosive Nuclear Testing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today joined a bicameral group of 80 other colleagues in urging Donald Trump not to resume explosive nuclear testing after a 28-year hiatus. This letter comes in response to reports indicating the administration is considering taking this step. In a letter to Donald Trump, the legislators wrote, "We are deeply concerned by recent reports that you are considering a resumption of explosive nuclear testing, something the U.S. has not done since 1992. W… Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $35 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Marylanders Experiencing Homelessness

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 $34,985,870 in COVID-19 relief through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG-CV) for jurisdictions in Maryland. These funds will be used to address the impact of COVID-19 amon… Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Cardin Calls for Attorney General Barr to Resign

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement: "It is time for Attorney General William Barr to resign. For the last year and a half, he has taken every opportunity to prove that he is serving as the personal attorney and strongman for the president of the United States rather than the people's lawyer, which is the real role of the United States Attorney General. Rather than defend the rule of law, William Barr has bent it in every direction possible to match Presid… Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Cardin Praises the House Introduction of Legislation Providing Incentives to Minimize Incidents of Misconduct, and Enhance Accountability for Police Departments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised the introduction of the George Floyd Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA), in the House today. Senator Cardin is the lead Senate sponsor. The bill is designed to address the issue of police accountability and build trust between police departments and the communities they serve. The House bill was introduced by Representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas-18), House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.-10), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.-5… Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce $1.6 Million to Support University of Maryland Eastern Shore's Center of Excellence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Andy Harris (all Md.) announced $1.6 million in federal funding to support the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) Center of Excellence for International Engagement and Development (CEIED). CEIED aims to meet the challenges of globalization through skills training at home and abroad, international trade and development, and research and education. "A strong and diverse agricultural and food science workforce is… Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Cardin Calls for Legislation to End Systemic Racism in Policing and the Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, delivered the following statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday calling for Congress to take up meaningful legislation to reform policing nationwide, including ending racial profiling in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. His remarks come in the wake of ongoing protests a… Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Calls for Comprehensive Review of State’s June 2 Primary Elections

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), issued the following statement today after Maryland's June 2 primary election, held amid the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against police brutality and racial inequality: "The primary election in Maryland on Tuesday was … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Members of Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce More Than $600,000 to Expand Telehealth Services in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $618,628 to expand telehealth services for residents in Montgomery County and Prince George's County. Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will be delivered to CCI Health and Wellness Services in Silver Spring to ensure the continuation of high-quality primary, p… Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Demand Details, Cost of Staging Active Duty Troops in National Capital Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today wrote a letter demanding answers from Defense Secretary Mark Esper about this week's haphazard decision-making around the transfer of 1,600 active duty troops to the National Capital Region. The Senators begin, "Earlier this week, the country watched in horror as U.S. military personnel and federal law enforcement were ordered to shut down peaceful protests in our nation's capital. As tear gas and rubber bullets were… Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge DeVos to Rescind Harmful Title IX Rule and Focus on Student Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), joined 34 Democratic senators in slamming Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' final Title IX rule, which will weaken protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault. In a letter to Secretary DeVos, the senators stressed that it was inappropriate to ask schools to implement this new rule within 100 days amid the COVID-19 crisis and urged her to rescind the rule and focus on school safety-whether the threat is … Continue Reading


June 04, 2020

Cardin Says China Continues Authoritarian Tactics 31 Years After Tiananmen Square Massacre

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in commemoration of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, which took place June 4, 1989. "It was a grim day for democracy 31 years ago when the People's Liberation Army ruthlessly suppressed peaceful protests at Tiananmen Square, taking the lives of innocent people nobly fighting for freedom and fairness. A generation of leaders was silenced because… Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Cardin Commemorates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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, delivered the following statement in recognition of the to recognize the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), observed on May 17, 2020: "Mr. President, today I rise to mark the start of LGBT Pr… Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Cardin Statement on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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, delivered the following statement in recognition of the to recognize the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), observed on May 17, 2020: "Mr. President, today I rise to mark the start of LGBT Pr… Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Install Statue of Justice Thurgood Marshall in U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) today introduced legislation, S.3863, to replace the statue of Roger Brooke Taney, author of the infamous Dred Scott decision that ruled that African-Americans were not U.S. citizens and that Congress could not prohibit slavery, with a bust of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the nation's highest court. "Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is an inspiration, a person who pr… Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Cardin Exchanges Ideas on Public Health, Economic Recovery with Rural Tourism and Business Development Leaders

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, recently concluded a series of conversations with leaders from rural localities across Maryland about the ways in which Maryland can best achieve its public health and economic recovery goals. Cardin and the local tourism and economic development officials discussed a wide range of concerns related to COVID-19 cl… Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Brown Announce $4.1 Million for Zero-Emission Metrobuses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced $4,162,472 for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for the expansion of its zero-emission bus fleet. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2020 Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No). These funds, which are the first WMATA has received through this competitive program, will support the purchase of two electric buses and relate… Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $3 Million for Zero-Emission Buses

WASHINGTON - Members of the Baltimore congressional delegation including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $2,949,750 for the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) to expand Baltimore's fleet of zero-emission buses. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) FY 2020 Low- or No-Emission Vehicle Program (Low-No). It will advance t… Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Welcome SBA & Treasury’s PPP Set-Aside for CDFIs

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) today released the following statements after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Treasury Department announced a $10 billion set-aside of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). "This announcement, though long overdue, is a welcome step in the right direction. In the weeks since the … Continue Reading

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