Press Releases & Statements

January 03, 2019

Cardin, Collins Bill to Protect Federal and Other Government Workers Hurt During Shutdowns Introduced for 116th Congress

WASHINGTON - Thirteen days into a government shutdown, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and 28 Senate colleagues have re-introduced legislation that would protect federal and other government workers from the repercussions of this and future lapses in federal appropriations. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which the Senate passed by unanimous consent prior to Christmas in the 115th Congress, would guarantee that furloughed federal employees will be pai… Continue Reading


January 03, 2019

Cardin Starts Off New Congress with Legislation to Expand Competition and Reduce the Cost of Health Care Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, on the first legislative day of the 116th Congress Thursday, introduced new legislation to make health coverage more affordable and maintain high for American consumers. The bill, Keeping Health Insurance Affordable Act, would establish a public health insurance plan to be offered on health insurance exchanges nationwide alongside private plans; increase eligibility for premium assistance tax c… Continue Reading


December 31, 2018

Senators Urge Trump To Reverse Course, Raise Pay For Federal Employees

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him in the strongest possible terms to back off a planned pay freeze for civilian federal employees in 2019. "We write to urge you in the strongest possible terms to reverse your decision to freeze pay rates for non-military federal workers in 2019. After months of indecisiveness and mix… Continue Reading


December 23, 2018

Cardin Provisions to Lower Sewer Bills, Expand Green Infrastructure Heads to President for Signature

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, praised final passage of companion legislation to legislation he authored in the Senate with Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) that would provide local governments more tools to deal with stormwater and infrastructure challenges. The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act first cleared the Senate in October and w… Continue Reading


December 23, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Lead Passage of Measure to Ensure that Federal Workers Will Be Paid Following Trump Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have successfully led a bipartisan effort to guarantee that federal workers will be paid retroactively following the partial government shutdown that began at midnight Friday. By unanimous consent, the senators gained Senate passage of the Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act (S. 861), which replaces a discretionary decision with a guarantee that furloughed federal employees will be paid retroactively, stipulates that all emp… Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act Heads to President for Signature after Final House, Senate Passage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-2), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman Joe Crowley (D-NY-14), Chairman of the Democratic Caucus, lauded final passage Wednesday of bipartisan legislation that will strengthen America's global leadership in preventing mitigating and responding to genocides and human rights atrocities wherever they may occur. The… Continue Reading


December 21, 2018

Congress Sends Cardin, Boozman Bill to Strengthen Women's Economic Empowerment to President's Desk

WASHINGTON - Congress approved the Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act, legislation that seeks to eliminate global gender-related barriers and empower female entrepreneurs around the world. The bill heads to the president's desk to be signed into law. The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John Boozman (R-AR). "Investing in women creates a positive cycle of change that can lift women, families, communities and entire countries out of po… Continue Reading


December 20, 2018

Cardin Votes to Avoid a Partial Shutdown, Vows to Continue Fight for Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement about the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) to fund portions of the federal government through February 8, 2019. "Continuing resolutions should not be the norm in the federal appropriations process. It is a good thing for the American people and especially federal workers that we are on track to avoid a partial shutdown of … Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Cardin Praises New Agreement Providing New, Legal Pathways for Cuban Baseball Players

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offered the following statement in response to an announcement from Major League Baseball which will permit Cuban players with a safe and legal path to play for U.S. ball clubs: "I welcome the announcement from Major League Baseball. For far too long, Cuban ball players who wish to join U.S. clubs have had to risk making dangerous journeys or indebting themselves to human traffickers. This… Continue Reading


December 19, 2018

Cardin, Portman Introduce Sweeping Reforms to Strengthen Americans’ Retirement Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced the Retirement Security & Savings Act, a broad set of reforms designed to help Americans save more for retirement and increase access to 401(k)s and other retirement plans. The measure includes more than 50 provisions to increase savings in 401(k)s and IRAs, help improve coverage in the small employer market and among part-time workers, reduce barriers to lifetime income retirement options, and allow empl… Continue Reading


December 18, 2018

Cardin Praises Bipartisan Passage of the First Step Act by 87-12 Vote, Says It Must Be the Start of Criminal Justice Reform Efforts, Not the End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a cosponsor of the First Step Act, offered the following remarks during Senate floor debate and passage of the criminal justice reform legislation on Tuesday night: "I'm very pleased that the Senate passed the First Step Act tonight, with strong support from both parties. My colleagues on both sides of the aisle understand that our criminal justice system is badly broken and in need of repair, and just as the name suggests, passage of tonight's bill… Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $4.1 Million for Lead Hazard Reduction in Baltimore

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $4.1 million in federal funding to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in Baltimore City housing units. The funding, awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will allow the City to address lead hazards in 250 housing units, providing safer homes for low-income families. Baltimore City will also use the funding to perform healthy homes assessments to identify lead and o… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Saying America’s Strength is in Our Values, Cardin Says US-Saudi Relationship Can Endure but Must Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the full Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 54, which would end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi- and UAE-led intervention in Yemen. The Senate also approved a strong rebuke to Saudi Crown Prince Muhamad bin Salman, identifying him as responsible in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "America's strength is in o… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Maryland Federal Delegation Receives $91 Million Commitment from CSX for Howard Street Tunnel Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy P. Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin, met Thursday at the U.S. Capitol with CSX CEO Jim Foote to discuss a path forward on replacing the Howard Street Tunnel, which has widely been described as "ancient." The meeting comes almost exactly one year after Foote met with the Maryland delegation to revie… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Senate Passes Cardin, Young Bipartisan Bill to Bolster U.S. Leadership in Genocide and Atrocity Prevention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded Senate passage by unanimous consent Wednesday of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S. 1158) bipartisan legislation to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Senator Cardin Defends Press Freedom, Applaud's TIME Magazine's "People of the Year" Choice

Remarks as delivered on the Senate floor tonight: "I rise today to commend Time Magazine for their selection of their 'Person of the Year' as 'The Guardians and the War on Truth.' I say it is related because Jamal Khashoggi is one of the figures on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the Guardians. "In making their selection, Time Magazine wrote: 'For taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speak… Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Cardin on Senate Passage of Resolution to Overturn Trump Dark Money Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, called the passage of a resolution of disapproval that would overturn a Treasury ruling that hides the identities of large donors from U.S. tax authorities, "a positive step that will restore some semblance of transparency in the flood of outside money in elections." The rule change that the Senate voted to overturn would have opened the door to anonymous "dark money" donations and would have significantly ha… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Cardin Lauds Passage of Farm Bill Supporting Maryland Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the overwhelmingly bipartisan 87-13 approval Tuesday of the Conference Report for the Farm Bill. The key conservation title in the amended H.R. 2 triples the amount of funding for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) while streamlining program participation requirements with a "focus on increasing producer access, improving conservation outcomes, and simplif… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Cardin, Democratic Senators Raise Alarm Over Human Rights in Cameroon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising deep concerns about violations of human rights, the breakdown in the rule of law, and elections fraud in Cameroon. In addition to Senator Cardin, the letter was also signed by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Kamala Harri… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $6.5 Million in Federal Funding for Port of Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, John P. Sarbanes, Andy P. Harris, M.D., John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $6,554,575 in federal funding for the Maryland Port Authority. The grant will be used to construct a second berth capable of serving ultra large container ships and cargo, as part of the Port of B… Continue Reading

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