Press Releases & Statements

March 06, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Bipartisan Senate Coalition Introduce Resolution Recognizing International Women’s Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) together with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a bipartisan coalition of Senators today announced that they have introduced a resolution to recognize March 8, 2015 as International Women's Day (IWD) and commemorate the achievements of women around the world. "International Women's Day reminds us to celebrate the contributions women make around the world and here at home," Senator Mikulski said. "Every day, women f… Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

Cardin Calls DOJ Report on Ferguson Police Deeply Troubling and Cause to Ban Racial Profiling By All Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of legislation that would ban racial profiling by all law enforcement, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Justice (DOJ) report that the policies and practices of the Ferguson, Mo., police department "reflect and exacerbate existing racial bias." The investigation was launched following the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American teen killed by a Ferguson police officer. "DOJ's review of the Ferguson… Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

Cardin: Time to Move Past Keystone

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted not to override President Obama's veto of S.1, a bill that would have circumvented the regulatory process and forced the approval of an extension of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline: "For the entirety of this Congress, the Republican-controlled Senate has been focused on end running the normal regulatory process so that a Canadian oil company could export dirty oil through our heartland. I… Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

Cardin, Graham Introduce Bill to Create a National Blue Alert System to Protect the Public and Help Apprehend Criminals Who Harm or Threaten Law Enforcement Officers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced legislation (S. 665) that will create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers or who have made an imminent or credible threat to the cause serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer. Blue Alerts also could be issued when a suspect is wanted in connection with a law enforcement officer who has gone missing in connection with his or her of… Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

Rafael Ramos And Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act

Mr. President, I rise today to introduce the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015. Every day, more than 900,000 Federal, State and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe. Unfortunately these officers can become targets for criminals and those seeking to evade our justice system, and we must make sure our officers have all the tools they need to protect themselves and each other. Each year thousands… Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

50th Anniversary Of “Bloody Sunday”

Mr. President, next week the nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," when we commemorate the series of marches of non-violent civil rights protestors from Selma to Montgomery, the Alabama state capitol. They were marching for the right to vote, which had been guaranteed by the adoption of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1870. The first section of the amendment reads: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the… Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Promote Water Research And Train Scientists

The Water Resources Research Institutes collectively constitute the country's single largest training program for water scientists, technicians, and engineers. WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, have introduced a bill (S. 653) to reauthorize federal grant funding for water resources research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin … Continue Reading


March 04, 2015

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Coalition To Spur Investment, Create Jobs In Rural, Urban Communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently introduced the bipartisan New Market Tax Credit Extension Act of 2015, along with U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.).The legislation would make the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program permanent, provide an annual allocation of credits indexed to inflation, and exempt NMTC investments from the Alternative Minimum Tax. U.S. Representatives Pat Tiberi (Ohio) and Richard Neal (Mass.) also re… Continue Reading


March 03, 2015

Cardin Welcomes Passage of Clean DHS Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement after the House of Representatives finally voted 257-167 to pass a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September: "Over the past several weeks a bipartisan chorus of voices has been calling for Congress to ignore brinksmanship and pass a clean funding package for the Department of Homeland Security. Last Friday, I was glad to see the Senate pass a clean bill. Today, I welcome the Ho… Continue Reading


March 03, 2015

Sens. Cardin, Brown, Wicker, And Collins Introduce Bill To Remove Barriers To Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screenings For Medicare Beneficiaries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced legislation that would remove barriers to life-saving colorectal cancer screenings and treatment. The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act would revise a Medicare policy that currently charges seniors for colonoscopies when a polyp is removed even though cancer screenings are promoted as a free service under Medicare. The bill would eliminate cost-… Continue Reading


March 03, 2015

Cardin, Delaney Fight for Federal Support for Allegany County

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (MD) and Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) have urged the federal government to restore Allegany County's rural designation, which will maintain local eligibility for federal rural health care funding. The Cardin-Delaney letter was sent to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In their letter, Rep. Delaney and Senator Cardin informed Sec. Burwell that Allegany County is a largely rural community and that access to… Continue Reading


March 02, 2015

Cardin Discusses International Human Rights at University of Baltimore School of Law Symposium

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior Democratic Senator on the U.S. Helsinki Commission, joined with a bipartisan group of more than 15 senators in calling for strong action after the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov Friday in Moscow. The senators introduced a resolution laying out the known facts not only relating to Nemtsov's work on behalf of freedom and human rights but to the violent deaths suffer… Continue Reading


March 02, 2015

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Resolution Honoring Nemtsov, Calling for Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior Democratic Senator on the U.S. Helsinki Commission, joined with a bipartisan group of more than 15 senators in calling for strong action after the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov Friday in Moscow. The senators introduced a resolution laying out the known facts not only relating to Nemtsov's work on behalf of freedom and human rights but to the violent deaths suffer… Continue Reading


March 02, 2015

Cardin Punctuates Month-long Commemoration of Black History in Speech at Reginald F. Lewis Museum

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today capped a month-long commemoration of African-American history in wide-ranging remarks to visitors to the Verizon Black History Month Open House at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Senator Cardin urged the audience to continue pushing for an immediate end to racial profiling by law enforcement; underscored the need for strong funding for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; and recounted the emotions that accompanied meet… Continue Reading


March 02, 2015

Cardin Statement on Mikulski Retirement

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding Senator Barbara A. Mikulski: "Barbara Mikulski is family. Her retirement from the Senate is more than a loss of a colleague and team captain, but a loss of a close friend and mentor. She's going to leave an incredible void. I will miss her Baltimore gusto, her strong counsel and her populist insight. It has been a privilege to fight by Barbara Mikulski's side on behalf of the people of Maryland for the last e… Continue Reading


March 02, 2015

Cardin and Portman Introduce Bill to Deter Countries from Participating in Anti-Israel Movement

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced the introduction of the United States-Israel Trade Enhancement Act of 2015, legislation to combat the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Over the past several years, a growing contingency of countries have sought to isolate and delegitimize Israel through BDS. This legislation leverages ongoing trade negotiations to discourage prospective U.S. trade partners from engaging in e… Continue Reading


February 27, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Bill to Make Thurgood Marshall’s Elementary School a National Historic Site

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today introduced the Thurgood Marshall's Elementary School Study Act (S. 610) to honor the legacy of civil rights champion, Supreme Court Justice and Baltimorean Thurgood Marshall. The legislation would recognize his alma matter, Public School 103 in West Baltimore, as a National Historic Site. "Thurgood Marshall was not always known as a civil rights champion and gifted legal mind, he was once a student liv… Continue Reading


February 27, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Improvements to Veterans Choice Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) were joined by 40 colleagues in writing to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald with serious concerns about the implementation of the Veterans Choice Card program. Veterans living in Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore in particular have seen no change in their care options since the program was implemented. The Veterans Choice Card program was established by Congress last year in response to the nation… Continue Reading


February 27, 2015

Cardin Condemns Killing of Boris Nemtsov

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior Democratic Senator on the U.S. Helsinki Commission, issued the following condemnation of the assassination of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. Senator Cardin hosted Mr. Nemstov numerous times in Washington before the U.S. Helsinki Commission. "Boris Nemtsov was the definition of courage. I was honored to know him and bear witness to his defense of his be… Continue Reading


February 27, 2015

Cardin Calls on House to Stop Playing Games with Federal Workers Lives and America’s Homeland Security

WASHINGTON - Just hours before the Department of Homeland Security will run out of funds for the current fiscal year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called on the Speaker to step up and finally bring a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the House floor for a vote. The Senate passed a bill by a strong bipartisan vote of 68 to 31 earlier today. "Speaker Boehner should act quickly tonight to pass a clean DHS funding bill that will keep hardworking federal workers … Continue Reading

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