Press Releases & Statements

July 30, 2015

Cardin Says Transportation Bill Is Greatly Flawed and Needs to be Improved

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), called on the House of Representatives to delay its summer recess to work on an improved six-year transportation bill. Prior to today's vote, he spoke from the floor of the U.S. Senate on the need for long-term authorization. Video is available here. "The transportation bill approved by the Senate is greatly flawed and needs to be improved. We need a long-term authorizati… Continue Reading

July 29, 2015

Senators Cardin and Kirk Introduce the Nepal Recovery Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Mark Kirk introduced the Nepal Recovery Act, legislation to support Nepal after two massive earthquakes that killed more than 8,700 people struck in late April and again in early May. "The United States has a long and proud history of helping nations in need that are striving to recover from horrifying tragedies caused by natural disasters," said Senator Cardin. "Our words of sy… Continue Reading

July 29, 2015

Cardin Legislation, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Approved by Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, passed the committee unanimously today by voice vote. The bill would ensure human rights abusers and corrupt officials are denied entry into the United States and barred from using our financial institutions. The legislation would expand the Russia-specific sanctions in the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountabil… Continue Reading

July 29, 2015

Senators Cardin and Corker Request Briefing on State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report in Letter to Secretary Kerry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote Secretary of State John Kerry to request a briefing on the Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which was released on Monday. In their letter, Senators Cardin and Corker write: "The State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is an essential global tool for ensuring continued progres… Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine, Introduce Legislation To Improve Metro Safety

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senators from Maryland and Virginia - U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) - have introduced an amendment to the transportation bill being considered by the Senate to establish minimum safety standards for the operations of the nation's aging transit systems and improve the way the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board is appointed. While Congress has granted the Federal Transit Administ… Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

Cardin, Enzi, Doggett, Young Laud Senate Passage of NOTICE Act Ensuring Seniors Know Their Hospital Status Before Bills Arrive

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), both members of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, welcomed news that the House version of their legislation, S. 1349, Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act, passed the Senate and will now go to President Obama for signature. The NOTICE ACT is designed to save seniors the sticker shock that comes after they are discharged from the hospital and realize that Medicare will not… Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Cardin, Southern Maryland Farmers Discuss the Future of Agriculture in the Region

WALDORF, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined local farmers, members of the Charles County Farm Bureau, Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission (SMADC) and the Maryland Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee for a lunch and roundtable discussion at Middleton Cedar Hill Farm. The event, organized by Maryland State Senator and farmer Thomas "Mac" Middleton, featured an open dialogue about ways to promote local foods and the next generation of farmers and the small business… Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings Announce More Than $815,000 In Federal Funds To Treat Drug Addiction In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene $815,745 in federal funds per year, for up to three years (depending on the availability of funds). The grant will support medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for 271 patients with high-risk prescription drug or opioid addiction per … Continue Reading

July 24, 2015

Cardin, Local Students Paint Rain Barrels at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore to Help the Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today join leaders of the growing non-profit organization Barrels by the Bay, middle school students participating in The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's summer camp and Zoo Conservation Club members for a unique conservation project. Together, they decorated rain barrels that will be placed throughout the city to help reduce the surges of stormwater runoff and flooding that are so harmful to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Part of the first round painted by… Continue Reading

July 22, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce U.S. District Court For District Of Maryland Nominee Paula Xinis At Senate Judicial Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today at a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced Paula Xinis to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. If confirmed, Ms. Xinis will occupy the seat formerly held by Judge Deborah Chasanow who took senior status in October 2014. "When Senator Mikulski and I seek out Marylanders to recommend for federal judgeships, we look for the best nonpartisan nominees with the hig… Continue Reading

July 22, 2015

Cardin Meets with Nigerian President Buhari

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), released the following statement after meeting Wednesday with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. "The United States has high hopes for our relationship with Nigeria, which is an important partner in our counterterrorism and regional development efforts. We look forward to increasing collaboration as Nigeria takes steps to ensure civil and human rights for all Nigerians, expand eco… Continue Reading

July 22, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $4.2 Million In Federal Funding To Give Students The Tools They Need To Succeed In Higher Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a total of $4,281,717 in grants to 15 institutes of higher education across Maryland to provide first generation college students of modest means with the tools and services they need to succeed. The grants were awarded through the Student Support Services (SSS) Program. "No student should be priced out of a quality higher education that will allow them… Continue Reading

July 22, 2015

Cardin Marks Progress on the 5th Anniversary of Dodd-Frank, Calls for More Action in Implementing Key Provision

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement marking the 5th anniversary of the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Senator Cardin co-authored the Cardin-Lugar extractive industries provision in Section 1504. The provision was designed to add stability to markets through greater information and predictability and help prote… Continue Reading

July 22, 2015

Cardin Reflects on Importance of Environmental Stewardship with Clergy, Conservationists

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week joined a broad cross-section of representatives from Maryland's faith and environmental communities at the Cathedral of the Incarnation for a discussion on how the local community of interfaith conservationists is working toward common goals, including protecting clean air and water, with an eye toward global change. Senator Cardin also heard remarks from Jodi Rose, the executive director of the non-profit Interfaith Partners for the Chesap… Continue Reading

July 21, 2015

Cardin Explores Ways to Promote Educational Excellence with Local School Superintendents and State Officials

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) hosted a roundtable discussion with county public school superintendents from across Maryland and state education officials just days after the Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA), which reauthorized federal elementary and secondary education programs and funding for the first time in more than a decade. Senator Cardin, the superintendents and state leaders discussed the implications of provisions within the ECAA that are of particular im… Continue Reading

July 21, 2015

Cardin Lauds Timely Consideration of Tax Extenders Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised the bipartisan work of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday as he joined with his colleagues to pass a package of expired or expiring tax provisions, known as "tax extenders," designed to provide certainty and better results for American taxpayers, families and businesses. The extenders bill considered by the Committee encourages economic growth and development, innovation, and job creation. It includes a number of specific provisions authored… Continue Reading

July 20, 2015

MADE in MD: Cardin Discusses Pompeian’s Century of Success in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today toured the headquarters and discussed trade and tax issues with the leaders of Pompeian, Inc., whose olive oils, vinegars, cooking wines and other products are trusted staples in kitchen cabinets across America. After establishing a headquarters in Baltimore in 1906, the company became America's first national brand of imported extra virgin oliv… Continue Reading

July 20, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on the U.S. Embassy Opening in Havana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. "Today, for the first time since 1961, the United States is opening the doors of a U.S. Embassy in Havana. As is the case across the world, our embassy in Cuba will embody the values and principles of the United States and strengthen our ability to advance our national interests, engage the Cuban people, and advo… Continue Reading

July 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Laud $9 Million in Federal Funding to Construct Living Shorelines, Increase Resiliency to Storms on Smith Island

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbra A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has awarded $9 million in funding to build 20,950 feet of living shorelines at Fog Point in the Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge on Smith Island, Md. "The Chesapeake Bay is Maryland's greatest natural treasure. In order to preserve the bay and all it contributes to the region, we must employ a multitude of techniques, including the creation of more livin… Continue Reading

July 17, 2015

Cardin Statement on Baltimore’s 34th Annual Artscape Festival

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement recognizing the national significance of Artscape. Artscape is the largest free arts festival in America and is held Baltimore's Bolton Hill and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods. "From Edgar Allen Poe, to Billie Holiday, to John Waters and beyond, Baltimore has always played a leading role on the national stage in pushing the envelope of art in America. This week, Baltimore will build on th… Continue Reading

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