Press Releases & Statements

December 18, 2015

Cardin Highlights Successes on Energy and Environment in Omnibus Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today highlighted success in the areas of energy and the environment in the Omnibus legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016. While expressing strong reservations about certain aspects of the emerging legislation, Senator Cardin called the government funding bill an "overall positive for the nation." "This bill will provide stability in operations at federal agencies and improve investments in our federal workers, important … Continue Reading

December 17, 2015

Twenty-One Democratic Senators Express Profound Concern over Second Iranian Ballistic Missile Test in Letter to President Obama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Gary Peters (D-MI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Martin Heinr… Continue Reading

December 17, 2015

Cardin Finds Good and Bad in the Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called the just-released Omnibus legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016 an "overall positive for our nation, our environment and public health." Senator Cardin released the following statement, citing key successes of the bill, as well as areas of strong concern, while he continues to review the details of this comprehensive package. "The federal government should not shut down again because of partisan wrangling. The Amer… Continue Reading

December 17, 2015

Cardin Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of President Obama’s Engagement Policy With Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of President Obama's engagement policy with Cuba. "One year ago today, President Obama set forth a new course for U.S. policy towards Cuba grounded firmly in the belief that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests and support the Cuban people. With Alan Gross now home and the American flag once ag… Continue Reading

December 16, 2015

Cardin Statement on Mistrial in Freddie Gray Case

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the declared mistrial in the criminal case of Officer William Porter. "The death of Freddie Gray was a tragedy that fueled a national conversation about the need for equal justice and expanded opportunities in the African-American community. We cannot bring Freddie Gray back to his family, but we as a community can work together to repair and rebuild the trust between our police and the neighborhoods they are sworn … Continue Reading

December 15, 2015

Cardin Statement On Adoption Of The IAEA Board Of Governors Resolution On Iran’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following the adoption of the IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran's nuclear program. "The Resolution adopted today by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors to close its investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran's nuclear program leaves us with more questions than it does answers. What we do know is that Iran, throug… Continue Reading

December 14, 2015

Senate Passes Cardin Measure to Clarify Pension Rules for Clergy and Other Religious Institutions

WASHINGTON - The Church Plan Clarification Act of 2015 (S. 2308), authored by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), was approved by the Senate late last week. The bill, which clarifies the application of certain tax and retirement laws and regulations to the unique structures of church pension plans, heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. Companion legislation (H.R. 4085) has previously been introduced. "Retirement security should not be based on faith when you dedicate your wor… Continue Reading

December 12, 2015

Cardin Praises Climate Change Agreement

BALTIMORE - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the agreement announced today at the COP 21 negotiations in Paris. "U.S. leadership played a critical role in bringing the international community together to this moment and for this purpose," said Senator Cardin. "We will ensure that progress prevails, that momentum continues and that commitments are respected. Th… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Cardin Statement on SEC Proposed Rule for Oil and Mining Industries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announcement of a proposed rule that would require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to the U.S. federal government or foreign governments for the purpose of commercially developing oil, natural gas or minerals. Senator Cardin, along with former SFRC Ranking Member Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), authore… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Cardin on Eastern Shore to Co-Host Grants Workshop for Non-profit Organizations

WYE MILLS, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chesapeake Charities and the Maryland Governor's Grants Office today co-hosted a workshop at Chesapeake College that brought together a wide array of federal and state agencies with non-profit organizations to exchange ideas on crafting successful grant applications. "Now more than ever, our state and nation rely on the good work and generosity of our non-profit organizations. Our workshop gave mission-driven organizations the chance to hear … Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Cardin Delivers Floor Speech in Support of COP 21

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, yesterday took to the floor of the United States Senate to support efforts underway at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) to avert the most disastrous impacts of climate change. Last weekend, Senator Cardin led of delegation of nine other U.S. Senators attending the COP 21 climate negotiations in Par… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding to Enhance Appalachian Regional Commission’s Effectiveness in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) has received a $50,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The funds will be used to support staffing for projects undertaken by the Maryland Department of Planning ARC Program Manager in Washington, Garrett and Allegany Counties. "By connecting the resources of the federal government with impactful programs and development strategies on … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Release of Azerbaijani Rights Activist Leyla Yunus from Prison

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus from prison: "Although I welcome today's release of Leyla Yunus from her unjust imprisonment in Azerbaijan, the fabricated charges against her remain in place. All charges against Arif and Leyla Yunus should be unconditionally dismissed. I strongly urge that she be provided the best medical care as her health … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin, Cummings Introduce Legislation to Protect State and Local Witnesses from Violence and Intimidation

Washington - Today, Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (both D-MD) introduced the Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2015, legislation that directs the U.S. Attorney General to award competitive grants to state and local governments to establish and maintain short-term witness protection programs in cases involving homicides, violent felonies, serious drug offenses, gang related crimes or organized crime. "Our criminal justice system is not working effective… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin, Heller Offer No-Cost Bipartisan Plan to Expedite Home-Based Therapy Services for Medicare Patients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) have joined together on a no-cost, bipartisan bill to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive timely access to essential home health therapy services. The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2015 (S. 2364) would allow occupational therapists to perform the initial home health assessment in cases in which occupational therapy is ordered by the physician, along with speech language pathology and/or physical therapy servi… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin Lauds Senate Passage of Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted with an overwhelming bipartisan majority to approve S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was first enacted by Congress 50 years ago, and replaces the 13-year-old No Child Left Behind Act. The vote was 85-12. "Education is the great equalizer and it is incredibly important that all Maryland public schools a… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin Statement On Efforts By Montenegro To Join Nato

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the recent announcement by NATO extending an invitation for Montenegro to join the Alliance. "I welcome the recent announcement that NATO will extend an invitation to the country of Montenegro. I strongly support this invitation and look forward to welcoming Montenegro into the Alliance at the Warsaw summit in July 2016. Last month's horrific attacks in Paris wer… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Ten U.S. Senators Arrive in Paris to Attend COP 21 Climate Talks

PARIS - Ten U.S. Senators arrived in Paris on Friday to attend the COP 21 climate talks that are now underway. The Senate delegation, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), will attend the Paris talks and participate in a series of events and bilateral meetings with world leaders in support of achieving solutions to the challenges of climate change. "On climate change, we are approaching a now or never moment. U.S. leadership has played a critical role in bringing us to this time in hi… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Cardin Votes for Surface Transportation Bill Citing Benefits of Infrastructure Investments, but Highlights Major Flaws in Funding Mechanisms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that has oversight responsibility for major portions of surface transportation programs funded by the federal government, praised the conferees for reaching an agreement on a five-year transportation bill but issued a stern warning about the flaws in the final accord. Senator Cardin's full statement on adoption of the Conference Report to H.R. 22, "Fixing America's Surface Transport… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

The Fast Act Conference Report

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to speak about the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the Conference Report we will be considering shortly to accompany the surface transportation reauthorization bill, which is called the "Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). First, I am pleased to see that this bill provides five years of funding for our Nation's transportation infrastructure. That is the kind of long-range certainty our state and local officials and the private sector ne… Continue Reading

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