Press Releases & Statements

October 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Bill To Increase Access To Prenatal And Maternity Care In Advance Of Health Care Open Enrollment Period Beginning This Sunday

WASHINGTON - In advance of the Health Insurance Marketplace's open enrollment period starting next week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), with 21 of their Senate colleagues, introduced legislation Thursday that would increase access to prenatal and maternity care. The Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act (Healthy MOM Act) would create a special enrollment period (SEP) so pregnant individuals can enroll in or change their healthcare plans once they become pre… Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

Cardin Calls on Senate to Ratify United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Reacts to Ruling by International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in support of today's unanimous finding by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a case brought by the Philippines against China regarding its claims in the South China Sea. Senator Cardin also repeated his call for the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). "I welcome today's unanimous finding by the I… Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine, Carper, Bipartisan Senators in Letter Call on Department of Labor to Speed Up the Prevailing Wage Certification Process for Businesses that Rely on H-2B Seasonal Workers and Support Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) together with 20 other bipartisan Senators today announced that in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor (DOL) Tom Perez they have called on the agency to speed up the certification process for seafood businesses relying on seasonal workers here on H-2B visas. The Senators have requested that DOL get to the bottom of the agency's lengthy delays in the processin… Continue Reading

October 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $3 Million In Federal Funds To Fight Crime In Communities Across Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that $2,910,366 in federal grant funding has been awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to municipalities across Maryland through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) program. These funds will be used to support public safety activities and reduce violent crime as well as crimes against victims and children throughout Maryland. "Law enforcement officers across Maryland put their lives … Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Cardin Calls for Confirmation of State Department, USAID Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the unacceptable delay to confirm President Obama's nominees to serve as U.S. Ambassadors and at other key State Department and USAID posts, including 20 USAID Foreign Service Officers. The remarks, as prepared for delivery, appear below. "I have to express my disappointment at the slow pace of consideration of the 16 nominations t… Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Cardin Opposes Cybersecurity Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after Senate passage of S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). While praising his colleagues for finally making some progress on a complicated issue that needs Congressional action and oversight, he voted against the measure for the reasons outlined below. "We live in a digital world and we need to arm ourselves with the right tools to fend off continuing and relentless attacks from foreign governm… Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

Cardin Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Workforce at National Institute of Standards and Technology

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Monday joined employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for a wide-ranging town hall meeting. The open forum explored topics of particular concern to federal employees and contractors, as well as issues related to Senator Cardin's membership on the Senate committees on Environment and Public Works, Foreign Relations, Finance, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "I'm proud to continue working on behalf of th… Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Announce $10 Million In Federal Funds For Major Transportation Infrastructure Improvements At Port Of Baltimore Supporting Maryland Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced $10,000,000 in federal funding for the Southeast Baltimore Port Industry Freight Corridor Plan, making critical transportation infrastructure improvements to the Broening Highway Corridor that will create jobs and enhance the economic security of the Port of Baltimore and surrounding business community. The proj… Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Cardin, Maryland Delegation Announce HUD Withdraws Plan To Slash Eligibility For Housing Grants In Baltimore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Cardin (D-Md.) today led a delegation including Senator Ben Mikulski, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announcing that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will rescind its plan to reduce rent subsidy levels for residents eligible for the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson region. The proposed change in policy from HUD, part of the agencies' ann… Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Cardin Statement on Poll Showing Overwhelming Support for Ending Racial Profiling in America

BALTIMORE - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of The End Racial Profiling Act, S. 1056/H.R. 1933 and the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA), S. 2168, issued the following in response to a poll released by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights that finds strong national support for commonsense police reforms including a nationwide ban on racial profiling. "The overwhelming majority of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers are upstanding public … Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Call on Social Security Administration to Implement the Supreme Court’s Marriage Decisions, not Penalize Previously-Married Same Sex Couples

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) and 119 of their congressional colleagues today sent a letter to Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to make sure that the Supreme Court's landmark marriage decisions are implemented and that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is treating all marriages equally. The letter urges SSA not to penalize married same-sex couples who received Supplemental Security Inco… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $64 Million in Federal Energy Assistance Funding for Low-Income Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that $64,818,928 in federal energy assistance funds will be available to Maryland families struggling to pay their heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In fiscal year 2014, Maryland LIHEAP provided 117,748 households with LIHEAP financial assistance. "LIHEAP is an indispensable lifeline for the most vulnerable among us. Seniors facing economic hardships… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Cardin Celebrates Opening of Alice Ferguson Foundation’s State-of-the-Art Environmental Education Center

ACCOKEEK, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined students, National Park Service leadership, fellow elected officials and the Alice Ferguson Foundation's board, staff, supporters and alumni to celebrate the opening of an innovative new environmental education center that will allow the foundation to expand significantly the hands-on learning initiatives offered on the 330-acre Hard Bargain Farm. "The Alice Ferguson Foundation's 'Hard Bargain Farm' has provided an incredible ba… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Cardin Leads Gun Violence Discussion in Prince George’s County

LARGO, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today hosted a roundtable discussion with a diverse collection of law enforcement and community representatives on ways to stem the increased gun violence harming our communities in Maryland and beyond. Featuring Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, the conversation included public policy advocates, law enforcement, elected officials, clergy, and mental and medical health professionals. It addressed the potential causes and solut… Continue Reading

October 22, 2015

Cardin Renews Call to Fully Fund Embassy Security Priorities at High Risk, High Threat Posts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, renewed his repeated requests for Congress to fully fund embassy security priorities at high risk, high threat posts to prevent future attacks against U.S. facilities overseas. "After three years of posturing, grandstanding, and conspiracy theories, we are no closer to fully funding our embassy security priorities to prevent a future Benghazi-style attack from ever happening again," said Se… Continue Reading

October 22, 2015

Cardin Statement on Hogan Administration’s Transportation Plans in Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued the following statement in response to Governor Larry Hogan's (R-Md.) announcement of his updated transportation priorities for Baltimore City. "Governor Hogan's decision to help Baltimore's bus system run more efficiently is welcome news for the people who live, work and play in the city. While I welcome his suggestions to streamline bus service, his announcement is… Continue Reading

October 21, 2015

Eleven Democratic Senators Express Profound Concern over Iranian Ballistic Missile Test in Letter to Secretary Kerry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) expressed profound concern in a letter to Secretary Kerry about the October 11th Iranian ballistic missile test. In the letter, the Senators write: "We are… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the "Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015," legislation to establish guidelines for measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for foreign aid programs and to increase transparency by codifying and increasing the amount of information posted online. Companion legislation is also being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Ted Poe (… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Cardin, Community Leaders in Baltimore Seek Solutions for Ending the Gun Violence in Baltimore and Nationwide

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) hosted a roundtable discussion at Coppin State University Monday on ways to heal the many communities, in Baltimore and beyond, that have been impacted by gun violence. The conversation brought together community leaders, including the Center for Urban Families; public policy advocates, including the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins University; clergy, including Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway of Union Baptist Church; mental and medical health pr… Continue Reading

October 16, 2015

Cardin Hears Calls for Continued Federal Investment in High-Quality Medical Services at Family Healthcare of Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today toured Family Healthcare of Hagerstown, a private, non-profit community health center, before exchanging ideas with staff and leadership about what the federal government can do to help ensure that more patients can receive the quality care they need. "Today, I heard loud and clear that the Affordable Care Act is working, but the federal government still has more to … Continue Reading

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