Press Releases & Statements

April 23, 2015

Cardin Lauds Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) proudly cast a vote today to confirm Loretta Lynch. The vote, 56-43, was a welcome rebuttal to the unconscionable fact that she waited 166 days after her nomination for consideration by the full Senate. "The Senate finally has done right by Ms. Lynch, the hardworking employees of the Justice Department and the American people by confirming her as the nation's chief law enforcement officer and top defender of American's constitutional rights. As we… Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Death of Marylander Warren Weinstein

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the deaths of Marylander Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto. Weinstein was kidnapped by al-Qaeda while serving as a contractor in Pakistan for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Dr. Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto. Their legacies of altruism, com… Continue Reading


April 23, 2015

Cardin Sends TPA to Full Senate with Expectation of Improvements Ahead to Better Protect Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Trade Promotion Authority voted out of the Senate Finance Committee late Wednesday evening: "Trade presents an opportunity to advance American values and, if structured properly, truly can help create more good paying jobs here at home. American producers, manufacturers, and farmers are the most productive i… Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Cardin, Conyers Reintroduce Federal Ban on Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) have introduced legislation in both the Senate and House that would prohibit discriminatory racial profiling by law enforcement at all levels, nationwide. The End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1056/H.R. 1933) is designed to enforce the constitutional right to equal protection of the laws by eliminating racial profiling through changing the policies and procedures underlying the practi… Continue Reading


April 22, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski and East Coast Senators Introduce Bill to Prevent Atlantic Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON - On Earth Day and the week of the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (Both D-NJ), Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren (Both D-Mass.), Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse (both D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced the Clean Ocean and Safe Tourism (COAST) Anti-Drilling Act. The legislation prohibits the U.S. Department of … Continue Reading


April 21, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Call On Justice Department To Open Federal Criminal And Civil Rights Investigations Into Death Of Baltimore Resident Freddie Gray

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Representatives Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open federal criminal and civil rights investigations into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray. Mr. Gray, 25, died this past Sunday, a week after he was injured while in Baltimore Police custody. "Freddie Gray's family and the reside… Continue Reading


April 21, 2015

Cardin Introduces Resolution Honoring Rachel Carson

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced a resolution honoring the life of Rachel Carson, who was instrumental in the early days of grassroots environmental protection. She helped spark the movement to regulate pesticides that were found to be harmful to ecosystems across the country. "Carson, a federal employee, Johns Hopkins graduate, resident of Silver Spring, Md., and writer for the Baltimore Sun, is considere… Continue Reading


April 20, 2015

Cardin Statement on Humanitarian Disaster off the Libyan Coast and in the Mediterranean Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the unfolding humanitarian disaster transpiring off the Libyan coast and in the Mediterranean Sea. "It is profoundly heart wrenching to view the anguished images of innocent refugees and migrants, men and women, old and young, who embarked on a desperate journey bound for a more hopeful future, but which ended in death on the Mediterranean Sea over the… Continue Reading


April 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Join Alan And Judy Gross For Corned Beef Sandwiches At Baltimore’s Famous Attman’s Deli Four Months After Alan’s Release From Imprisonment In Cuba

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today were joined by Marylanders Alan Gross and his wife Judy Gross as well as leaders from the Baltimore Jewish Council and The Associated for a casual lunch at Baltimore's famous Attman's Delicatessen on Lombard Street. Together they discussed Alan's reunion with family and friends and caught up on all t… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Cardin Statement Observing Yom HaShoah

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, and author of the Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act or the ''RUSH Act," released the following statement observing Yom HaShoah or Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day: "It has been almost a full lifetime since the end… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Cardin Statement on Senate Vote to Replace the SGR System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, issued the following statement after Senate approval 92-8 of a permanent repeal of the Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR): "No more will we be kicking the can down the road with another temporary 'fix' to the SGR rate. Finally, through bipartisan action, we have brought certainty and peace of mind to patients who have been caught in a seemingly endless loop of patches while… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on the President’s Decision to Remove Cuba from the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the administration's proposed rescission of Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism: "President Obama's notification to Congress for removing Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the result of a months-long technical review, is an important step forward in our efforts to forge a more constructive relationship with Cuba," said Senator Cardi… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on Committee Passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the Corker-Menendez-Kaine Iran Nuclear Review Act by a vote of 19-0. "I want to thank Senator Corker for his patience and willingness to work with me in good faith to ensure that the provisions of the Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act of 2015 are consistent with the negotiating objectives of the P5+1 frame… Continue Reading


April 13, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $150,000 In Federal Funds To Bring High-Speed Reliable Internet Access To Schools In Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded the Allegany County Board of Education $150,000 for the John Humbird and Cash Valley Elementary Schools Fiber Extension project. "Ensuring Allegany County students have all the tools they need to learn is critically important to a strong Maryland," said Senator Cardin, who recently introduced bipartisan l… Continue Reading


April 13, 2015

MADE in MD: Cardin, Sarbanes, Cummings Dish with Small Businesses in Maryland’s Local Foods Movement

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today led a roundtable discussion with Congressmen John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder (D-All), prominent conservation organizations and Maryland small business owners committed to community-driven agriculture, which centers on the production of local foods for local consumers, on ways that all levels of government can promote their efforts. Hosted by acclaimed chef Spike Gjerde at Woodberry Kitchen, a resta… Continue Reading


April 13, 2015

Cardin Statement on Removing Cuba from the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the continuing normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States: "The State Department's recommendation to remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the result of a months-long technical review, is an important step forward in our efforts to forge a more fruitful relationship with Cuba," said Senator Cardin. "Following the Cuban governmen… Continue Reading


April 03, 2015

Cardin Leads Effort to Create Jobs, Preserve Historic Sites

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is urging Senate appropriators to support economic development, job creation and the preservation of our national heritage. In a letter addressed to Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cardin and 21 other senators called for the appropriation of $89.1 million, as recommended in the Presi… Continue Reading


April 03, 2015

Cardin Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Howard County Women’s Organizations

COLUMBIA, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) participated in a roundtable discussion this week with Howard County women's organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Howard County, on wide-ranging issues like human trafficking, the environment, campaign finance reform, voter disenfranchisement and the minimum wage. The Equal Rights Amendment also was central to the conversation with the more than 40 members of the community in attendance. "We've done so much in terms of making … Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Cardin Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the just announced P5+1 Plan of Action regarding Iran's nuclear program: "The United States - executive branch and Congress - are unified in our goal to ensure that Iran is blocked from ever having a nuclear weapon. The best outcome is a strong diplomatic one. This framework and the ultimate agreement cannot be based on trust; there is no trust wh… Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Cardin Named Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since he joined the Senate in January 2007, issued the following statement: "I am humbled that Democratic Leader Reid has asked me to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at this time. It is clear to all of us that the pressing national security challenges facing our nation require having active and effective leadership in our engagement with Senator Corker and the Wh… Continue Reading

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