Press Releases & Statements

April 22, 2016

Cardin Marks the Start of Passover

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the beginning of Passover. "Passover is a holiday marked by gratitude for one's own situation, and charity for those less fortunate. This weekend, Jewish families across Maryland, the United States, and the world will gather around the table to teach their children the story of the Exodus. This tradition reflects the importance of teaching future generati… Continue Reading

April 22, 2016

Cardin, Delaney Lead 145 Colleagues in Letter to President Obama on Signing of Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Representative John K. Delaney (Md.-06), and 145 of their Democratic colleagues from the Senate and House sent a letter to President Obama today in strong support of the United States signing the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry will … Continue Reading

April 22, 2016

Earth Day: Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds to Transform Baltimore City Vacant Lots into Urban Gardens

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbra A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $22,000 in funding from the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program to the Parks and People Foundation in Baltimore to help educate residents about safe ways to create urban gardens on vacant properties throughout the city. "This investment in improving quality of life for Baltimoreans living near currently vacant lots will pay out-sized divid… Continue Reading

April 21, 2016

Cardin Introduces Enoch Pratt Free Library CEO Dr. Carla Hayden to Senate Rules Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced Dr. Carla Hayden, President Obama's nominee to serve as the next Librarian of Congress, before the Senate Rules Committee. Dr. Hayden currently serves as the CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. As CEO of Enoch Pratt, Dr. Hayden increased community outreach by founding a program to assist local students with homework and college preparation. Dr. Hayden also made the decision to keep all branches of the library system open as safe have… Continue Reading

April 21, 2016

Honoring John Ulmschneider

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the tragic death of a Marylander. John E. Ulmschneider of the Prince George's Fire/EMS Department was killed in the line of duty, on Friday, April 15, 2016. John Ulmschneider is survived by his wife and daughter. He was known to his friends and colleagues as "Skillet", a nickname he received after sustaining an injury in high school. It was while he was attending Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Maryland, that John decided to dedica… Continue Reading

April 21, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $545,504 Federal Grant To Support Chesapeake Shipbuilding Jobs On Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has been awarded a $545,504 Maritime Administration grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to purchase equipment and make improvements to the shipyard's vessel assembly building. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fought to put funds in the federal checkbook for DOT and the Maritime Administration's Small Shipyard Grant P… Continue Reading

April 20, 2016

Cardin Introduces Marylander, U.S. District Court Nominee to Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (2007-2010), today introduced before the Senate Judiciary Committee Magistrate Judge Stephanie Agli Gallagher, President Obama's nominee to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, which is located in Baltimore. Today's nomination hearing was only the second held by the Republican-control… Continue Reading

April 20, 2016

Cardin Priorities Advance in Energy Policy Modernization Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today applauded the inclusion in S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act, of several measures that address long-term priorities in the realm of fish and wildlife conservation and historic resource preservation. Passed by a vote of 85-12, the measure represents the first broad Senate action on energy policy and related issues in nearly a decade. It invests in research and innov… Continue Reading

April 20, 2016

Cardin: Few Are People More Deserving of Being Featured on the Redesigned $20 Bill than Marylander Harriet Tubman

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the legislation that created the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, issued the following statement on the Treasury Department's decision to include Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill. "I can think of few people more deserving to be featured on the redesigned $20 bill than Harriet Tubman. A Marylander from the Eastern Shore, a conductor on the Underground Railroad with a 100 percent success rate, a … Continue Reading

April 20, 2016

Senate Democrats Introduce “True LEADership Act” to Remove Lead from Pipes and Invest More in America’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today introduced the Testing, Removal and Updated Evaluations of Lead Everywhere in America for Dramatic Enhancements that Restore Safety to Homes, Infrastructure and Pipes Act of 2016, or True LEADership Act (S.2821), a comprehensive plan that recommits the federal government to a critical role in water infrastructure investment, lead remediation and the strong drinking water protections provided by the Environmental Protect… Continue Reading

April 20, 2016

Cardin Marks One Year since the Death of Freddie Gray

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the BALTIMORE ACT, The Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act and the End Racial Profiling Act, issued the following recognizing the first anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray. "The death of Freddie Gray was a national tragedy deserving of a national conversation. A year after the death of Freddie Gray, the glare of television cameras covering the ensuing unrest has faded in Baltimore but the hurt and the continuing effort to heal … Continue Reading

April 19, 2016

Cardin Mourns Loss of Life, Welcomes U.S. Assistance in Japan Dual-Earthquakes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after a pair of major earthquakes struck the southern region of Kyushu in Japan late last week: "The people of Japan's Kyushu region have experienced tragic loss and great hardship over the past few days after a series of earthquakes left dozens dead and thousands of people injured or impacted, and I offer them my deepest condolences. I am pleased the United States i… Continue Reading

April 19, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following after the Senate voted to approve legislation to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "For our economy and for the American people, investing in our country's physical infrastructure is one of the most important things that we can do beyond ensuring the safety and security of our nation. The bipartisan reautho… Continue Reading

April 19, 2016

Sean Bartlett Joins SFRC Democratic Staff As Communications Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that Sean Bartlett has joined the Democratic staff for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Communications Director. In this role, he will serve as senior press advisor to the senator on all aspects of foreign affairs. "Sean has a strong background in communications and we are fortunate to have him join our staff. The United States must continue to take a leading role on many … Continue Reading

April 18, 2016

Cardin Offers Condolences to Ecuadoran People Following Earthquake

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after a major earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday: "It is with a heavy heart that I join the international community in expressing my condolences to the families of the more than 350 victims who lost their lives as a result of the earthquake that struck Ecuador," said Cardin. "I commend the resiliency of the Ecuadorian people, as well as the remarkable ef… Continue Reading

April 14, 2016

Cardin Highlights State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices as an Important Tool for Holding Human Rights Violators Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's release of the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: "The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, released on April 13 by the State Department, are critical for assessing progress on human rights globally, and for holding governments accountable for their human rights abuses," said Senator Cardin. "I am de… Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine Convene Metro Oversight Meeting To Address Ongoing Safety Concerns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) today convened an oversight meeting on safety of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) system with Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. Senator Mikulski last month called for the meeting in light of Metro's shut down of its entire rail transit system over safety concerns following a fire at tracks outside the McPherson Square station. "Metro riders have… Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Cardin Deepens Appreciation for Oyster Culture with Maryland Shellfish Growers

CALVERT COUNTY, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, recently met with oyster farmers and toured Morgan State University's innovative Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL), where a reinvigorated oyster hatchery could help fuel the expansion of Maryland's promising oyster aquaculture industry. "Maryland's oyster aquaculture industry holds great promise for providing delicious oysters, good job… Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Cardin “Why Nine?” Roundtable at University of Baltimore School of Law Spotlights Importance of Fully Functioning U.S. Supreme Court

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently hosted a panel that brought together University of Baltimore School of Law students and faculty with public interest law organizations in a discussion on the importance of a fully functional Supreme Court and the responsibilities of the Senate and president in regards to the court's operations. "The consideration of Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland is not a matter for the next president and the next Congress - it is a matter … Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Cardin Convenes Stakeholders from All Parts of Maryland for Strategy Session on Epidemic of Heroin and Opioid Addiction

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, and Congressman John Sarbanes (Md.-03) recently gathered Maryland community leaders, medical professionals, social workers, law enforcement and members of the non-profit community for a strategy session on combating the national epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction. About 100 participants gathered at the Anne Arundel County Medical center to exchange ideas on how to reverse the uptick in… Continue Reading

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