Press Releases & Statements

July 29, 2014

Cardin Announces Federal Support for Montgomery County Program to Help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has announced that the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) has earned $300,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for their program to provide technical training to veteran-owned businesses seeking federal procurement opportunities. Last month at a hearing of the Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Cardin pressed SBA officials to find a way to… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin Statement On United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution On Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement in response to the recent actions by the United Nations Human Rights Council: "I am deeply concerned by the recent resolution adopted by the special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding the ongoing conflict between Hamas and the State of Israel. The resolution makes no mention of the ter… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin Credits ACA for Extending the Solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittees on Health Care and Social Security, lauded the Medicare Trustees' announcement that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped extend the solvency of the Medicare Part A Trust Fund an additional 13 years to 2030. Prior to passage of the ACA, the Part A Trust Fund, which covers hospital payments, was expected to be insolvent by 2017. "The Affordable Care Act is doing exactly what it was inten… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Edwards, Baker Applaud Selection Of Two Prince George’s County Sites For Short-List Of New FBI Headquarters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer and Donna F. Edwards as well as Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III (all D-Md.) today applauded the inclusion of two proposed sites, Greenbelt and Landover, in Prince George's County, Maryland, on the General Services Administration's (GSA) short-list of eligible sites to serve as the future home of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "We applaud the inclusi… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin Hopeful for Progress at VA with Confirmation of Secretary McDonald

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Robert McDonald to head the Veterans Administration. "I am proud to have joined the overwhelming majority of the Senate in confirming Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs and its more than 340,000 employees. As a veteran, Mr. McDonald comprehends the unique difficulties facing veterans and military retirees, and as a business leader, he has demonstrated the o… Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Statement By Senators Cardin, Mccain, Shaheen And Risch Expressing Disappointment That Charges Filed Against Former Georgian President Saakashvili

Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), John McCain (R-AZ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Jim Risch (R-ID) today released the following statement expressing disappointment regarding the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia filing criminal charges against former President Mikheil Saakashvili and numerous senior leaders of the previous government: "We are extremely disappointed and concerned that the Chief Prosecutor of Georgia has filed criminal charges against former President Mikheil S… Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Senate Confirmation Of Pamela Harris For Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded the Senate's confirmation of Pamela Harris of Potomac, Maryland to fill the vacancy on the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Ms. Harris to President Obama for this position on the federal bench. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Ms. Harris, who is currently a visiting professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and a senior advisor to its Supre… Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Fortieth Anniversary

Mr. President, this past Friday, July 25, marked the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). In 1974, Congress enacted legislation with the signature of President Nixon that established LSC with bipartisan support. LSC is a private, nonprofit corporation, funded by Congress, with the mission to ensure equal access to justice under law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it. LSC distributes almost all of its an… Continue Reading


July 28, 2014

On the nomination of Pamela Harris

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, shortly we will have the opportunity to vote on a cloture motion on Pamela Harris for confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which includes Maryland. I urge my colleagues not only to support the cloture motion but to support her confirmation as a judge in the Fourth Circuit. Senator Mikulski and I have a process--and I thank the senior Senator from Maryland for that process--we use in screening recommendations to the President for judgesh… Continue Reading


July 25, 2014

On the nomination of Pamela Harris

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, shortly we will have the opportunity to vote on a cloture motion on Pamela Harris for confirmation to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which includes Maryland. I urge my colleagues not only to support the cloture motion but to support her confirmation as a judge in the Fourth Circuit. Senator Mikulski and I have a process--and I thank the senior Senator from Maryland for that process--we use in screening recommendations to the President for judgesh… Continue Reading


July 24, 2014

Cardin Defends Israel’s Right to Defend Its Citizens at the Highest Levels

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), continues to work across partisan lines to defend Israel's right of self-defense. In two letters, one to President Barack Obama with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and another to United National Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Senator Cardin… Continue Reading


July 24, 2014

Cardin-McCain Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Clears Committee Hurdle

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, hailed committee passage today of their Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which would bar human rights abusers from anywhere in the world entry into the United States and prohibit them from using our financial institutions. The bill, S. 1933, would expand the Russia-specific sanctions in the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Public Law 112… Continue Reading


July 23, 2014

Cardin, Graham, Schumer: Any Ceasefire In Gaza Must Remove Threat To Israel Posed By Hamas Rockets And Tunnels

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) today wrote to President Obama about the negotiation of a cease-fire agreement in Israel. "Any cease fire should create a situation in which Israeli citizens no longer face the threat of brazen terrorist attacks," said the senators. "Israeli citizens have faced over 1800 rocket launches from Hamas since June. While Iron Dome has saved countless lives, over five million Is… Continue Reading


July 22, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Senate Passage of Resolution Honoring Life Of Marylander Mattie Stepanek

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded Senate passage of a resolution they introduced honoring the life and legacy of Marylander Mattie Stepanek. Mattie passed away 10 years ago from a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy and would have been 24-years-old on Thursday, July 17, 2014. He was a New York Times bestselling author and recipient of the Children's Hope Medal of Honor. "Mattie was a young Marylander who was an inspiration to all of us.… Continue Reading


July 22, 2014

Cardin Praises Foreign Relations Committee Action on Disabilities Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, today praised the SFRC recommendation of ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). "We should be proud, as Americans, of our Nation's leadership in making it easier for people with disabilities to participate fully in society, to have equal access to educational, economic, and social opp… Continue Reading


July 22, 2014

Cardin, Paul Unite for Discussion of How Best to Restore Voting Rights for Millions of Americans

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) today hosted a briefing on solutions to end the disenfranchisement of individuals with past criminal convictions. The Senators were joined by an expert panel of witnesses who spoke of the national and local importance of restoring voting rights to millions of Americans who are currently out of prison but not fully able to claim a stake in their community due to a weak patch work of state laws. "Senator Paul and I don't … Continue Reading


July 21, 2014

Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Rand Paul to Host Bipartisan Briefing on Voting Rights Restoration

On TUESDAY, July 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 p.m , U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will host a discussion on solutions to end the disenfranchisement of individuals with past criminal convictions. Senator Cardin has introduced S. 2235, the Democracy Restoration Act, which would restore Federal voting rights to all individuals when released from incarceration. Senator Paul has introduced S. 2550, the Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act, which would restore Federal voting rights of … Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Cardin, Helsinki Commission call for investigation, accountability for terrorist act in Ukraine separatist region

(Washington, DC)-In response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 in territory controlled by separatists in Ukraine, members of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) today called for unfettered access to the crash site for international investigators in order to establish responsibility for the killings and to hold those parties accountable. "The downing of Malaysian Air flight 17 is an unspeakable tragedy. It did not have to happen and those re… Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Cardin “Made In Maryland” Jobs Tour Visits Vorbeck Materials

Jessup, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured Vorbeck Materials as part of his Made in Maryland Jobs Tour. Located in Jessup, Vorbeck is an industry leader in graphene nanotechnology and cutting edge energy storage solutions. "Vorbeck Materials is at the forefront of turning science fiction into a reality while creating quality jobs for Marylanders. Through innovation and a strong commitment to their employees, Vorbeck is a p… Continue Reading


July 18, 2014

Cardin Opposes Seismic Testing Off Mid-Atlantic Coast

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Record of Decision allowing for the testing of seismic airgun testing in the mid-Atlantic and south-Atlantic coasts: "I have consistently opposed the use of seismic airgun testing to explore for oil and natural gas drilling. I have joined with other Atlantic Coast Senators … Continue Reading

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