Press Releases & Statements

December 09, 2014

Cardin Statement on Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Islamic State

Congress and the Obama Administration are in agreement that we have to act, in coordination with the international community, to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) after questioning Secretary of State John Kerry at a hearing of the full Senate Fore… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Cardin Statement on the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture

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 Senate Intelligence Committee's review of the CIA's detention and interrogation program: "The United States has a solemn obligation to protect human rights both abroad and at home, as we honor our Constitution and international commitments. Shortly after taking office, President Obama thankfu… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Van Hollen to Serve with Cardin as Co-Chair of Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change

WASHINGTON - Last year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Representative Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), joined forces to develop the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change. The Task Force has organized policy discussions, held public events and released white papers outlining policy options for the Executive Branch. Now, with Representative Waxman retiring at the end of this Congress, the Bicameral Task Force leadership announced today that Representative… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Cardin Lauds Compensation for Holocaust Victims Transported by National Society of French Railways

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 expressing support for the establishment of a fund to compensate victims and surviving family members transported by The National Society of French Railways (SNCF) during the Holocaust. "In March, one of those who survived the war-time deportations, Leo Bretholz of Maryland, passed away. Leo escaped from a train tr… Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Cardin Renews Call for Congressional Action to Ban Racial Profiling by All Levels of Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), took to the Senate floor today to urge his colleagues to pass legislation ending racial profiling by all law enforcement agencies in the United States. "I'm a strong supporter of our independent Judicial Branch and the grand jury system, but I understand the frustration felt by so many Americans. After the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City, which were heaped on top of incidents in Florida, California, and elsewhere around the … Continue Reading


December 08, 2014

New Motter Avenue Bridge And Travel Lanes Bring Congestion Relief To Busy Us 15 Interchange In Frederick

Commuters, local businesses, Fort Detrick employees and bicyclists and pedestrians all have reason to celebrate as crews finalize the $21.3 million Motter Avenue bridge replacement over US 15 and traffic safety project in Frederick. The project was built through a Federal, State, County and City partnership, with all levels of government providing funding to advance the gridlock-reducing project. To celebrate this partnership, and the end of major construction, Maryland Transportation Secretar… Continue Reading


December 08, 2014

U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Deeply Concerned By Arrest And Detention Of Journalist Khadija Ismayilova

WASHINGTON-Following Friday's arrest and pre-trial detention of Khadija Ismayilova, investigative journalist and contributor to RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, by authorities in Azerbaijan, U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Ben Cardin (MD) issued the following statement: "I am deeply concerned about the detention of Ms. Ismayilova, who has been the target of unrelenting persecution by the government of Azerbaijan because of her efforts to expose corruption within the country, as well as h… Continue Reading


December 05, 2014

Helsinki Commission Chairman Urges Russia To Cease Blatant Violations Of OSCE Principles

WASHINGTON-On the conclusion of the December 4-5 OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel, Switzerland, U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Senator Ben Cardin (MD) issued the following statement: "The OSCE Ministerial this year has been exceptional. I welcome the fact that an overwhelming majority of OSCE countries condemned the unlawful occupation of Crimea, defended the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and called for Russia to end its support for violence in eastern Ukraine. Russia's… Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce Almost $43,000 In Federal Funding To Foster Job Creation In Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $42,780 federal grant to Allegany Community College, also called the Allegany College of Maryland (ACM), for the ACM Automotive Technology Workforce Development. The program will serve 25 businesses and enroll 25 students and 15 workers in the first year. "To maintain our position as the world's strongest econo… Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Cardin, Portman Unite to Remove Bad Actors from CMS Bidding Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced legislation to protect seniors and those who rely on durable medical equipment, prosthetic and orthotic devices, and supplies from predatory business practices. The Portman-Cardin Medicare Competitive Bidding Improvement Act (MCBIA) would ensure a fair competitive bidding program by disallowing intentional low-ball bidding for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Ser… Continue Reading


December 04, 2014

Cardin, Portman Unite to Remove Bad Actors from CMS Bidding Process

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced legislation to protect seniors and those who rely on durable medical equipment, prosthetic and orthotic devices, and supplies from predatory business practices. The Portman-Cardin Medicare Competitive Bidding Improvement Act (MCBIA) would ensure a fair competitive bidding program by disallowing intentional low-ball bidding for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Ser… Continue Reading


December 03, 2014

Cardin, Harris Join Forces To Honor Maryland Icon Harriet Tubman

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and U.S. Representative Andy Harris (R-Md.-01) lauded action in the House of Representatives today that sets the stage for votes in both the House and Senate to establish Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Parks in Maryland and New York. Senator Cardin and Dr. Harris worked together to ensure that the park designation appropriately honors the life and work of Harriet Tubman while ensuring important protections for local property o… Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

Cardin Statement on “Super Pollutants Act of 2014”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on S.2911, the "Super Pollutants Act of 2014," which was considered at an EPW committee hearing today. "Climate change is real, and it is a threat whose magnitude is impossible to overstate. The Super Pollutants Act of 2014 is a rare example of bipartisan action to address some of the most intense greenhouse gases, like black carbon, methane and hydro… Continue Reading


December 02, 2014

Cardin Hearing Highlights Local Water Utility Innovation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, called for bipartisan support to determine the best ways the federal government can support local and state water infrastructure systems. His remarks came while chairing a subcommittee hearing entitled, "Innovation and the Utilities of the Future: How Local Water Treatment Facilities are Leading the Way to Better Manage Wastewater and Water Supplies." "Every single person … Continue Reading


December 01, 2014

Cardin Calls for the Release of Marylander Held in Cuba

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement expressing disappointment surrounding the continued imprisonment of Marylander Alan Gross by the Cuban government. "As Mr. Gross nears five years of unjust incarceration in Cuba, I continue to call on the administration to do all in their power to secure his release. I am disappointed that efforts to release Mr. Gross, particularly on humanitarian grounds, hav… Continue Reading


November 26, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $400,000 To Establish New Telemedicine Health Centers On The Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) has awarded $390,115 to Crisfield Clinic, LLC, to establish new telemedicine health centers in six rural schools in Somerset County. The new telemedicine health centers in schools across the county will help connect kids and families in rural communities with quality health care. "No matter where you live, parents deserve the peace of … Continue Reading


November 25, 2014

Cardin Expresses Concerns about Extension of Talks with Iran

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the announced extension of P5+1 Iran negotiations: "The only successful outcome is where Iran is no longer a nuclear threat, where Iran has dismantled its nuclear infrastructure, limited its nuclear research and submitted to verifiable inspections without notice. This result is best achieved through diplomacy. "A year ago, Congress gave the administra… Continue Reading


November 25, 2014

Cardin Statement on the Grand Jury Decision in the Michael Brown Shooting Case

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case. "Ferguson, Missouri, will forever be marked by the needless death of Michael Brown. Let's turn this incident into the spark that launches a change in attitudes and actions rather than a point where violence begets more violence. I join with the Brown family in calling for peaceful protests in the aftermath of the grand jury's decision. … Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Together with Local Community, Honor Legacy of Sparrows Point Workers and Continue Fight for Jobs in Baltimore County

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today were joined by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Sparrows Point Terminal executive leadership as well as former Sparrows Point workers and their families to honor the legacy of the Sparrows Point community and continue their fight to support jobs in Baltimore County. "For several generations, the workers at the Sparrows Point mills and shipyard built… Continue Reading


November 24, 2014

Cardin Urges Marylanders to Participate in “Small Business Saturday”

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, is urging consumers to shop at local, independently owned businesses on the 5th annual "Small Business Saturday" - the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Senator Cardin recently cosponsored a resolution (S. Res. 548), which designated November 29, 2014 as "Small Business Saturday". "Small Business Saturday gives Americans the chance to support small, independently own… Continue Reading

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