Press Releases & Statements

June 27, 2017

Cardin: We Need More Protection for Our Water Not Less

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's announcement that they intend to gut the Clean Water Act: "Every community in America needs clean, safe water every day for every resident and President Trump's repeal of the Clean Water Rule puts that in serious jeopardy. The move is blatantly partisan and can best be described as shortsighted, and dangerous. Repealing … Continue Reading

June 27, 2017

Bicameral, Bipartisan Effort of Lawmakers from Maryland, Virginia and Delaware Seeks to Preserve Successful Chesapeake Gateways Partnership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Representative John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03), a member of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, and Representative Rob Wittman (R-Va.-01), a senior member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, have introduced legislation in both the Senate (S. 1430) and the House of Representatives (H.R. 3063) to reauthorize the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails program run by the Natio… Continue Reading

June 27, 2017

Cardin, Crapo Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Fish Habitat and Related Jobs

WASHINGTON - Bipartisan legislation to engage stakeholders like commercial fisherman, anglers, outfitters and other sportsmen industries to make lasting improvements to the health and sustainability of our nation's fish habitats has been introduced by Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). Their legislation, S.1436 The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA) would leverage public-private partnerships and authorize $7.2 million annually for fish habitat restoration and protecti… Continue Reading

June 26, 2017

Cardin Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the Supreme Court ruled to allow part of President Trump's travel ban to move forward while also announcing it will take up the full case in October: "I am hopeful the Supreme Court will ultimately act with clarity that we will not allow religious tests as to who can come to America. That is the question that must be answered, because the selectio… Continue Reading

June 23, 2017

Cardin, McCain, Markey, Gardner, Colleagues Welcome Korean President, Reaffirm Strategic Bilateral Relationship In Senate Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues yesterday to introduce a Senate resolution welcoming the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, on his official visit to the United States next week and celebrating the U.S.-South Korean relationship. "South Korea is one of the United States' most important allies in the world, with our two countries sharing a number of security… Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Senators Cardin and Van Hollen Urge Senate Appropriators to Decrease Funding for President Trump’s Deportation Force

WASHINGTON - In a newly released letter, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee (both D-Md.), joined Senate Democrats in urging Senate Appropriators to decrease funding for President Trump's deportation force and detention beds as part of the FY18 budget, and that no funds be authorized for a costly and unnecessary border wall. "As your Committee considers the Department of Homeland… Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Cardin Expresses Deep Concern Over the Details of the Senate Republican Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care spoke on the floor of the United States Senate on Thursday to respond to the so-called discussion draft legislation released by Senate Republicans after secret negotiations among a select male-only group. Excerpts of Senator Cardin's remarks can be found below. Video of his comments can be downloaded here or watched here. "This is a shameful moment for the United States Senate. The Senate, w… Continue Reading

June 22, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill To Address Former Sexual Orientation Discrimination By State Departmen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced legislationThursday to correct the injustice perpetrated against approximately 1,000 people who were fired by the State Department in the 1950s and 60s because of their perceived sexual orientation. In what came to be known as the Lavender Scare, according to the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, employees were forced out on the ostensible grounds that their real or perceived sexual orientation rendered them vulnerable to b… Continue Reading

June 21, 2017

Cardin Criticizes Indictment Of Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the indictment of Angolan Journalist Rafael Marques de Morais for "outrage to a body of sovereignty and injury against public authority," under the Law on Crimes against the State Security: "I had the honor of meeting Rafael Marques de Morais earlier this month here in Washington, where the National Endowment for Democracy honored him with its … Continue Reading

June 21, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $648,953 Grant for Harford Community College

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Harford Community College $648,953 to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. "STEM skills are integral in today's economy. This investment in Harford Community College's students will help ensure that our growing workforce has the knowledge and competency to compete," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Com… Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Cardin Urges House To Immediately Consider, Pass Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on reports that the House of Representatives is delaying consideration and passage of bipartisan legislation to sanction Iran and Russia. The Senate passed the bill last week 98-2: "The overwhelming bipartisan resolve in the Senate for strong sanctions against Russia should carry over to the House. I'm deeply alarmed that the Republican House leadershi… Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Recognize World Refugee Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a resolution in the Senate Tuesday recognizing June 20, 2017 as World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 65 million people displaced across the globe - the highest level in recorded human history. The resolution states that World Refugee Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the courage, strength and determina… Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Cardin Remarks at AUMF Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening statement Tuesday at a Committee hearing entitled, "Reviewing Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force": "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I totally concur in your comments about the actions last week. I think it was the United States Senate, guided by this committee that did exactly what we needed to do in regards to the appropriate role of Congres… Continue Reading

June 20, 2017

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Administration To Press Egyptian President On Human Rights, Anti-NGO Law

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) Marco Rubio (R-FL), Todd Young (R-IN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) urged President Trump to press Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on the worsening human rights situation and restrictions on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Egypt. "A strong U.S.-Egypt relationship is important to advancing American interes… Continue Reading

June 19, 2017

Cardin Mourns Passing Of Otto Warmbier After North Korean Detention, Calls For Accountability

June 19, 2017

Cardin Statement on Juneteenth 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement recognizing Monday, June 19, 2017 as Juneteenth. This year, Juneteenth commemorates the 152nd anniversary of the date on which slavery legally ended in the United States. "Though President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the final emancipation of African American slaves was not reached until the end of the Civil War two years later. It was only then that Major General Gordon Granger declared from a… Continue Reading

June 16, 2017

Cardin Reacts to Trump’s Reversal of U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday in reaction to President Trump's reversal of U.S. policy toward Cuba: "As President Trump is abandoning American values around the globe, it is far from credible for the Administration to suggest its policy towards Cuba is driven by human rights concerns. Just last month, the President's budget proposed zeroing out funding for longstanding programs that… Continue Reading

June 16, 2017

Cardin Statement on LGBT Pride 2017

WASHINGTON - In recognition of Baltimore Pride 2017, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement recognizing June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. "Pride. Equality. Freedom. These values are at the core of Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and families in Maryland and across the United States. Every American deserves the same freedoms, the same opportun… Continue Reading

June 15, 2017

Cardin Praises Senate-Passed Russia, Iran Sanctions Bill

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation Thursday to sanction Russia and Iran for their destabilizing activities worldwide. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote much of the comprehensive package and worked as a chief negotiator to help his colleagues reach bipartisan consensus on the path to final passage today. "Iran and Russia need to see more than rhetoric from the United States. The action the Senate has taken tod… Continue Reading

June 15, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $97,662 for Farm to School Programs in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant of $97,662 to the Maryland Department of Agriculture through its Farm to School Program, designed to increase the amount of local foods served in schools. "Every child has a right to healthy meals, and this grant represents a federal investment both in them and in our local farmers," said Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Environment and Pub… Continue Reading

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