Press Releases & Statements

May 28, 2020

Cardin, Risch, Murphy Introduce Comprehensive Global Health Bill to Prevent Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) last week introduced the Global Health Security and Diplomacy Act (GHSDA) to better detect, deter, and contain infectious disease outbreaks overseas before they become global pandemics. "We must prioritize global health security the way we would any other national security threat," said Cardi… Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1 Million to Help Johns Hopkins Expand Telehealth Capabilities for COVID-19 Patients

BALTIMORE - 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 that Johns Hopkins Health Systems (JHHS) will receive $1 million from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a remote intensive care unit and invest in telehealth equipment to care for COVID-19 patients. This federal funding will allow JHHS to deploy telehealth techn… Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce Coast Guard Station-Oxford Will Remain Open

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Andy Harris were notified Tuesday that the Coast Guard will not close down the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford. The news comes almost one month after the lawmakers wrote to Coast Guard leadership in defense of the installation. "The U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford, the only Coast Guard site on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, is critical for the region's safety and security. We are pleased to see that the Coast Guard leade… Continue Reading


May 27, 2020

Cardin, Hoyer, Brown, Van Hollen Praise Honorary Promotion for Murdered Bowie State ROTC Student Richard Collins III

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony Brown today praised the Army's decision to recognize bravery "in the face of evil" as demonstrated by Bowie State ROTC student and Second Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III, who was killed two days after his commissioning in 2017. The lawmakers were notified Wednesday of the Secretary of the Army's decision to grant him an honorary promotion to First Lieutenant. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has c… Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $350,000 to Support Eastern Shore Workers Displaced by COVID-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the award of a $356,909 Employment Recovery Dislocated Workforce Grant (DWG) to the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board (USWIB) through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The USWIB will use these federal funds to support self-employed and gig-economy workers whose employment has been interrupted due to the pandemic. Approximately 170 beneficiaries will receive financial support either for apprenticeship/skills-… Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

National Capital Region Delegation Strongly Opposes Trump Plans For July Fourth Military Parade In D.C. During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Members of Congress representing the National Capital Region today wrote to the Secretaries of Defense and the Interior to state their strong opposition to President Trump's plans to hold a second military parade in Washington D.C. on July 4th. Despite public health and social distancing precautions in the nation's capital, which has seen one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, the Trump Administration is reportedly "continuing to plan" the event. The letter was signed … Continue Reading


May 26, 2020

Cardin Calls for Federal Civil Rights Investigation in Killing of George Floyd

BALTIMORE - 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, released the following statement on the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis. "Whether a knee in the back, a chokehold or a rough ride, it is completely unacceptable that another African American, whose hands are cuffed behind their back by police, should fail to … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cardin Lauds Committee Passage of Resolution In Support of US-Colombia Partnership

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Co-Chair of the Atlantic Council's Colombia Task Force and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), praised bipartisan action Thursday by the committee encouraging the government of Colombia to pursue peace and regional stability. The resolution "reaffirms the unwavering support of the Government and people of the United States for the people of Colombia in their pursuit of peace and stabilization of territories previously in… Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cardin, Senate Finance & HELP Committee Democrats Release Plan to Expand Health Care Coverage & Affordability During COVID-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, joined his colleagues to release a Senate Democratic plan to expand health care coverage and affordability during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a white paper, the senators outline a series of common sense legislative priorities that the Senate should take up immediately, including legislation introduced by Senator Cardin earlier this month, which temporarily eliminates the repayment burden of excess advanc… Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on ICE to Answer Critical Questions on Plans to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) are calling on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to answer critical questions on its plans to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among detainees currently being held in Howard and Worchester Counties. "In Maryland, we have received troubling reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees are at grave risk," wrote the senators. "Half of the ICE detainees tested nationwide thus far are positive … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Cardin Commemorates Memorial Day 2020

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) made the following remarks on the occasion of Memorial Day, May 25, 2020. "This Memorial Day, I will join the nation in commemorating the men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our democracy. "Every one of us is programmed from birth to run away from danger. It is in our nature to be self-preservationist. And yet, since the earliest days of this country, we have been blessed by selfless men and women who instead ran towar… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Condemn China's Authoritarian Grip on Hong Kong

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Foreign Relations' Subcommittee that oversees human rights and democracy, and authors of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (P.L. 116-76) issued the following statements as Chinese lawmakers are expected to propose a national security law in Hong Kong: "China's plan to circumvent Hong Kong's independent legal system with a far reaching, oppressive national … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Approve Resolution Lauding State Department Professionals for their Efforts to Bring Home Americans Stranded Abroad During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin joined members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in approving a bipartisan resolution to commend the State Department professionals for their dedication repatriating United States citizens and legal permanent residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Resolution now moves on to the Floor for consideration by the full Senate. The State Department's Repatriation Task Force, along with U.S. embassy staff around the globe and in collaboration with the … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Applaud Approval of Senate Bipartisan Resolution Calling for the Release of Cuban Activist Jose Daniel Ferrer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today applauded the approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of S. Res.454, a resolution calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy activist Jose Daniel Ferrer, who was imprisoned on October 1, 2019 and arbitrarily convicted on April 3, 2020 to a sentence of four years and six months. The resolution also commends Mr. … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Introduce World Press Freedom Protection and Reciprocity Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), Ranking Member and Chairman, respectfully, of the Senate Foreign Relations' Subcommittee that oversees human rights and democracy, introduced the World Press Freedom Protection and Reciprocity Act, which seeks to protect and promote worldwide press freedom and enhance reciprocity for U.S. news and media outlets. U.S. Representatives Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) and Chris Smith (R-N.J.) are introducing companion legislation in the Hou… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Nearly $366,000 for COVID-19 Research at University of Maryland, College Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced three additional Rapid Research Response (RAPID) awards for the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) to conduct research related to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Projects include: $187,871 for a project to accelerate… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin, Scott Praise Senate Passage of Resolution Marking National Minority Health Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) applaud the passage of the resolution recognizing April as Minority Health Month. As in previous years, the Senators introduce this resolution to raise awareness of the disparities in health care and health outcomes faced by minority populations including American Indians, Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic places an urgency on … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Open Skies Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Trump administration's announcement on the Open Skies Treaty. "Today the Department of State announced that the United States will announce its withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty due to concerns over Russian violations of the agreement and restrictions on U.S./allied observation flights. Thirty-four nations are parties to Open Skies, including near… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on Ratcliffe Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of Rep. John Ratcliffe. "I strongly opposed the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe to serve as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and voted against his confirmation. The Cabinet-level DNI position was created by Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to provide unified oversight and guidance of our 17 different intelligence agenci… Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day 2020

WASHINGTON - Following World Press Freedom Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) made the following remarks: "Today I rise to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, which was this past Sunday, and to celebrate the brave journalists all over the world who safeguard the values of truth, democracy, transparency, and justice through their work. Every year, we set aside this day to reaffirm our commitment to the free press. This year, however, is a little bit different. This year, we are in the mid… Continue Reading

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