Press Releases & Statements

June 24, 2015

Cardin Welcomes Committee Passage of Bipartisan, Six-Year Transportation Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today welcomed the committee's passage of a comprehensive, bipartisan transportation bill that provides approximately $275 billion for transportation infrastructure projects over the next six years. While acknowledging that much work remains in order for the measure to gain its final passage, Senator Cardin pointed to the bill's overall incre… Continue Reading

June 23, 2015

Senators Cardin and Cornyn Introduce Legislation Establishing an Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senate Majority Whip introduced legislation today establishing an Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator, a newly established position designated to properly coordinate a unified government response to hostage situations and work to secure the release of all hostages held by terrorist groups. In addition to directing the federal government's response, t… Continue Reading

June 23, 2015

Cardin, Boozman & Tester Introduce Legislation Seeking to Improve Rural Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced the Water Supply Cost Savings Act, legislation that would provide cost-effective solutions to improve access to high quality drinking water in rural communities. "Wherever you live, all Americans deserve access to safe and clean drinking water. Having modern and reliable water infrastructure protects public health, conserves natural resources, saves energy and creates jobs," said Cardi… Continue Reading

June 23, 2015

Cardin Calls for Investigation, Action to Address Mortgage Industry Housing Discrimination in Minority Communities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with a group of 13 senators have written a letter to federal housing, finance, and consumer protection regulators, calling for an investigation into potential violations of the Fair Housing Act by banks and lenders neglecting the maintenance of foreclosed homes in minority communities in favor of predominantly white communities. The letter asks the regulators to take appropriate actions to put a stop to any unequal treatment. In their letter… Continue Reading

June 23, 2015

Cardin Again Votes No on TPA Cloture

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the latest cloture vote on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): "With today's vote, the Republican leadership put worker protections at great risk, so I was unable to vote to move forward this legislation. "I have said from the outset of this debate that I believe it is important for Congress to pass TPA. Five hun… Continue Reading

June 23, 2015

Cardin Applauds Proposal to Cut Emissions by Medium and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued the following response after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a joint proposal to establish the next phase of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles: "Maryland is a leader in protecting clean air, sad… Continue Reading

June 23, 2015

Cardin Upbeat about Baltimore’s Recovery at Town Hall Meeting with City Business Leaders

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined members of the Carroll-Camden Business Association and Financial Executives International for a town hall meeting on a wide variety of issues, many of which were focused on the ongoing recovery of the city's business community following the recent civil unrest. Senator Cardin spoke in detail on the broad package of civil rights and law enforcement reforms, known as the "BALTIMORE Act," that he and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski introduced in … Continue Reading

June 23, 2015

Cardin Statement on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin released the following statement on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's announcement that he is battling cancer: "Those of us who have worked with Governor Larry Hogan know he is a fighter. I know the governor also enjoys the love of an amazing family. The Hogan family will be in my thoughts and prayers as they navigate this difficult time together. Governor Hogan should know that he has an entire state supporting him in his battle against this terrible disea… Continue Reading

June 19, 2015

Cardin Statement on Denial of FEMA Aid After Baltimore Unrest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied Governor Larry Hogan's request for a declaration of a major disaster for Baltimore following the unrest stemming from the death of Freddie Gray. In May, Senator Cardin and Team Maryland sent a letter to President Obama supporting Gov. Hogan's request. "We have seen the White House and many cabinet agencies reach out to Baltimore to help with the recovery efforts in t… Continue Reading

June 19, 2015

Cardin Statement on National Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, spoke recently on the floor of the United States Senate on the importance of National Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month. "Alzheimer's is a horrible disease that takes a high physical, financial, and emotional toll on the individuals diagnosed, as well as their loved ones. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Yet of the top ten fatal illnesses it is the only dis… Continue Reading

June 19, 2015

Cardin Statement Juneteenth 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement recognizing Friday, June 19, 2015 as Juneteenth. This year, Juneteenth commemorates the 150th anniversary of the date on which slavery legally came to an end in the United States. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of S.Res. 201, which was approved unanimously by the Senate and recognizes the significance of this sesquicentennial. "150 years ago today, from a balcony in Galveston, Texas, Major General Gordon Granger annou… Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement: "Words are inadequate to express the heartache of yet another mass shooting. Gun violence regularly takes far too many victims in Baltimore and other cities across the country, but to have a place of worship violated in such a hateful way is inexplicable. My prayers are with the Mother Emanuel AME Church, its congregants and the people of Charleston, South Carolina, at this difficult time. I appreciate the Department… Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Legislative Package to Restore Community Trust in Baltimore and Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) have announced the introduction of legislation designed to address many of the core issues that have led to an erosion of trust among communities and law enforcement. S. 1610, officially named the "BALTIMORE Act," would help communities nationwide by "Building And Lifting Trust In order to Multiply Opportunities and Racial Equality" (BALTIMORE). "It's finally time that we took comprehensive steps to restore hope and trus… Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Cardin Statement on Ramadan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee issued the following statement on the occasion of Ramadan. "Ramadan is marked by a period of fasting and self-reflection, a time defined by prayer, service, and charity. These are universal values, embraced by communities of all faiths and religions. Families across Maryland, throughout the United States, and around the world are now gathering daily to observe this holy month. Throughout this … Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Senators Cardin, Rubio Introduce World Refugee Day Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues have introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing World Refugee Day on June 20th. The resolution reaffirms the bipartisan commitment of the United States Senate to promote the safety, health, and well-being of the mi… Continue Reading

June 18, 2015

Senators Cardin, Flake, Coons and Isakson Introduce Legislation to Increase the Reach and Impact of the Millennium Challenge Corporation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, Senate Foreign Relations Committee members U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have introduced the Millennium Compacts for Regional Economic Integration Act (The M-CORE Act), legislation that enables the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to address regional … Continue Reading

June 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Grants for Water Infrastructure Projects in Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) have announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) has awarded a total of $4.739 million in grants and loans to Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties for water and waste-disposal projects and pre-development planning purposes. "All Marylanders deserve clean, safe water. Modern and reliable water infrastructure protects public health, supports job creation and improved the state of the Chesapeake… Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Cardin Introduces Measure to Streamline Competitive Service Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with a bipartisan group of senate colleagues, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), today introduced legislation to allow federal agencies to streamline their hiring process, cutting duplicative services and saving taxpayer money. The Competitive Service Act would allow federal agencies to review and select job candidates from other federal agencies' "best qualified list" of applicants, c… Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

MADE in MD: Cardin Spotlights Route 1 Revitalization at Mobern Lighting

JESSUP, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Friday toured Mobern Lighting, a designer and manufacturer of energy efficient lighting solutions that has doubled its workforce and sales in the last three years, before being joined by Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and small business leaders for a roundtable discussion on local economic development. The visit to Mobern Lighting was the latest stop of Senator Cardin's "Made in MD" jobs tour that highlights the diversity of Maryland pro… Continue Reading

June 16, 2015

Cardin Discusses Business Community Priorities with Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce

EDGEWATER, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship and member of the Senate Finance Committee, recently joined the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues affecting the region's business community. Senator Cardin's opening remarks covered a wide range of topics, including the importance of protecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay and providing maximum consistency, clarity and fairnes… Continue Reading

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