Press Releases & Statements

January 07, 2015

Cardin Signs on as Original Cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after becoming an original cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would entirely repeal the inequitable Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ensure that all legally married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law. Senator Cardin also was a cosponsor of similar legislation in the 113th and 112th Congresses. "By striking down Section… Continue Reading


December 30, 2014

U.S. Helsinki Commission Chair Welcomes Additions to Magnitsky List

WASHINGTON-Following Monday's addition of four Russian individuals to the Magnitsky List by the Obama Administration, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, issued the following statement: "I welcome the announcement made by the Obama Administration that it has added four additional individuals to the visa ban and asset freeze lists mandated under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. I applaud the work of the U.S. Depa… Continue Reading


December 27, 2014

Helsinki Commission Condemns Raid On Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Bureau In Baku

WASHINGTON-Following yesterday's raid by authorities in Azerbaijan on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Baku bureau, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, issued the following statement: "The free and independent press in Azerbaijan remains under attack by the very authorities who should be most committed to its protection. Yesterday's raid on RFE/RL's Baku bureau continues the recent and deeply disturbing trend of the governmen… Continue Reading


December 27, 2014

Helsinki Commission Condemns Raid On Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Bureau In Baku

WASHINGTON-Following yesterday's raid by authorities in Azerbaijan on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Baku bureau, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, issued the following statement: "The free and independent press in Azerbaijan remains under attack by the very authorities who should be most committed to its protection. Yesterday's raid on RFE/RL's Baku bureau continues the recent and deeply disturbing trend of the governmen… Continue Reading


December 22, 2014

Cardin Statement on the Execution-Style Killing of Two NYPD Officers

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement condemning an attack over the weekend that killed two New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers. "I join the millions of Americans sickened and grieving after this weekend's senseless murder of two members of the NYPD. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line daily to defend the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. The attack on Officers Ramos and Liu was a heinous attack on two brave public servants an… Continue Reading


December 18, 2014

Cardin Applauds Hopper as New Director of the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the announcement Thursday by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell that Abigail Ross Hopper has been named the new director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Hopper currently serves as Director of the Maryland Energy Administration. "I fully expect Abby Hopper to bring the same pragmatism and reliance on good science with her to the Bureau of Ocean Energ… Continue Reading


December 18, 2014

Cardin Welcomes Caret as New University of Maryland System Chancellor

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to Robert Caret being named the new Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). "As an alum of the University System of Maryland, I can think of few others better suited for this position. Bob was the first in his family to attend college and truly understands the value of higher education. He has had a long and distinguished career in higher education administration, and I am glad he will con… Continue Reading


December 18, 2014

Cardin Outlines Small Business Priorities for the 114th Congress

Cardin Outlines Small Business Priorities for the 114th Congress WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), has been named the top Democrat of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship for the 114th Congress. "Small businesses create jobs. They are the backbone of the American economy. It's why I will be privileged to provide a voice for small businesses as the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in January," said Senator Car… Continue Reading


December 18, 2014

Cardin Statement on USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following in response to the announcement that USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah would be departing the agency. "I would like to thank Dr. Rajiv Shah for his dedicated service to the United States of America. His exemplary tenure started by coordinating the U.S. response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti and ends with a USAID better prepared to meet the challenges of the futu… Continue Reading


December 17, 2014

Cardin Welcomes Home Alan Gross

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Marylander Alan Gross from his wrongful imprisonment in Cuba. Senator Cardin greeted Alan Gross upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. "On this first day of Hanukah, which celebrates great miracles, I was proud to welcome Alan Gross home to Maryland today and to talk with him about his ordeal. This is a wonderful, and long ove… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Cardin: Omnibus Supports Maryland’s Veterans and Military Operations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today discussed how the recently passed $1.014 trillion funding package avoids a government shutdown and advances several priorities related to military operations and veterans throughout Maryland. "We have an obligation to support the men and women of our Armed Forces with the resources they need while on active duty, in the reserves and when they return to civilian life. Passing a fiscally responsibly budget that invests in America and sets pri… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Cardin Condemns Taliban Attack on the Army Public School in Pakistan

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and a Senior Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement following a terrorist attack at The Army Public School in Pakistan that killed more than 140 people, including 132 children. "I join the international community in condemning the terrorist attack on The Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. The targeting of innocents, in this case students and teachers, is be… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Cardin: Omnibus Spending Bill Benefits Maryland Transportation Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, today highlighted some of the key provisions in the $1.014 trillion funding package passed by Congress that avoids a government shutdown and advances transportation improvements in Maryland and across the nation. "Efficient and dependable transportation infrastructure means quality jobs for Maryland today and in the future, along with improv… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Cardin: Omnibus Spending Bill Benefits Public Health in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance subcommittee on health care, highlighted some of the key provisions in the $1.014 trillion funding package passed by Congress that avoids a government shutdown and advances public health initiatives in Maryland and across the nation. "Americans expect Congress to do its job and pass fiscally responsibly spending measures that invest in America and set priorities, providing maximum stability to federal agencies, prog… Continue Reading


December 16, 2014

Cardin: Omnibus Spending Bill Benefits Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today highlighted how the $1.1 trillion funding package passed by the Congress to fund federal government operations through Sept. 30, 2015 and avoided a government shutdown advances several key priorities for Western Maryland. "The American people are tired of lurching from government crisis to government crisis. While this spending bill is far from perfect, I am pleased at how it funds many of the programs and initiatives important to Western Ma… Continue Reading


December 15, 2014

Floor Speech on Racial Profiling

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, this week I received several requests from international advocate groups to speak out against the injustice that is taking place in other countries with regard to their judicial system. It is not unusual to get a request in the United States to speak out on those matters. Journalists are in prison solely because they were doing investigative journalism, human rights activists are in prison just because they felt it was necessary to speak out about the injustice in … Continue Reading


December 12, 2014

Cardin Introduces a Comprehensive, Progressive, Pro-Growth Approach to Tax Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced groundbreaking legislation that would eliminate income tax liability for most Americans and reduce corporate income tax rate to one of the lowest among industrialized nations. Cardin's bill, S. 3005, the Progressive Consumption Tax Act (PCTA), changes the way the federal government raises revenue. Rather than taxing income, the Progressive Consumption Tax (PCT) generates reasonable revenue by t… Continue Reading


December 11, 2014

SFRC Approves Cardin Sunset of Over-Used 2001 Authorization of Force, Clearing the Way for Future Congressional Oversight of the Fight Against ISIL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised his colleagues for thoughtful action on a resolution that would authorize the limited use of the United States Armed Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Senator Cardin authored a provision included in the committee-passed resolution that will terminate the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) three years after the date of the enactment of… Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Cardin Recognizes International Human Rights Day

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and a Senior Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement recognizing Human Rights Day, which celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights by the UN General Assembly on December 10, 1948. "Across the world, everyday, brave men and women work to protect and advance human rights. Some wear uniforms, some are part of non-governmental organizations,… Continue Reading


December 10, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Team Maryland In Announcing $15 Million In Federal Funding To Provide High-Quality Preschool Programs In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced the State of Maryland has been awarded $15 million through the Department of Education's Preschool Development Grant program to provide high-quality preschool programs in 18 school districts across Maryland. "We never get do-overs when it comes to o… Continue Reading

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