Press Releases & Statements

June 12, 2014

On World Day Against Child Labor, Cardin Urges Largest Tobacco Companies to Prohibit Child Labor in the Supply Chain

Letter follows the release of a national report showing children experience sudden, serious health ailments while working in tobacco fields, curing barns WASHINGTON, D.C.-Seventeen U.S. Senators led by Ben Cardin (MD) Tom Harkin (D-IA) today sent a letter to the ten largest tobacco companies urging them to prohibit child labor in their supply chain. The letter comes on the heels of a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report found that nearly three-quarters of the child tobacco workers … Continue Reading


June 12, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Van Hollen Statement on FERC’s Decision to Deny Request to Extend Comment Period on Cove Point Environmental Assessment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) voiced disappointment after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied their request to extend the public comment period on the environmental assessment (EA) on Dominion's proposed natural gas liquefaction facility at Cove Point: "We are extremely disappointed by FERC's denial of our simple request for an additional 30 days f… Continue Reading


June 12, 2014

Cardin Calls The Veterans Care Act A Step Toward Restoring Trust In The VA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) spoke from the Senate floor on Wednesday to thank his colleagues on behalf of Maryland's 470,000 veterans for making veterans' health care a priority by passing H.R. 3230/S.2450, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. Senator Cardin lauded the work of Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Senator John McCain for developing this bipartisan agreement and "demonstrating to the Nation th… Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Cardin, Collins Lead Bipartisan Group Of 88 Senators With Concerns About Palestinian Unity Government

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led a bipartisan supermajority of 88 Senators in sending a letter to President Barack Obama expressing strong reservations about U.S. relations with the newly formed Palestinian unity government. "The recent formation of a Palestinian Authority unity government supported by Hamas, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization that has never publicly accepted the Quartet principles, represents a serious setback to efforts… Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

The Veterans Care Act

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today on behalf of the 470,000 Maryland veterans in order to thank my colleagues for making veterans' health care a priority by passing S. 2450, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. I specifically applaud the Chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee - Senator Sanders - and Senator John McCain for developing this bipartisan agreement and demonstrating to the Nation that the Congress can work together to m… Continue Reading


June 11, 2014

Cardin Seeks To Curb Costly Stormwater Runoff Damage To Roads And Waterways

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, has introduced legislation to better control the harmful volumes of polluted stormwater generated from our nation's federal aid highways. Highway stormwater is a growing threat to water quality, aquatic ecosystems and the fish and wildlife that depend on the health of these ecosystems. The force of excessive stormwater flows and volumes from highways presents grea… Continue Reading


June 09, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $1 Million In Federal Grant Funding To Improve Infrastructure And Efficiency At Eastern Shore Airports

Easton/Newnam Field Airport and Cambridge-Dorchester Airport awarded federal funds WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Talbot and Dorchester Counties have been awarded $1,429,026 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for infrastructure upgrades at the Easton/Newnam Field Airport and an environmental study at the Cambridge-Dorchester Airport. "Ensuring safety and … Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Cardin Brings Together Federal And State Officials With Maryland Farmers With Details Of New Funding For Helping The Chesapeake Bay And Maryland Farmers

Cockeysville, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller, and Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance visited a local Baltimore County farm Friday and met with national and state conservation partners for a kickoff of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Card… Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

Cardin Hails Senate Confirmation of Sylvia Burwell to Lead Health and Human Services and Continue Progress of the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and its Health Care Subcommittee, welcomed the overwhelmlng confirmation Thursday of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Sylvia M. Burwell to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Shortly before the vote, Senator Cardin joined a bipartisan group of senators in supporting Burwell and urged her swift confirmation. Video of his remarks can be found here. He used the opportunity a… Continue Reading


June 06, 2014

The 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion by Allied Forces. On June 6, 1944, a date known ever since as D-Day, a mighty armada crossed a narrow strip of sea from England to Normandy, France and broke the Nazi grip on Western Europe. The day before - June 5, 1944 - a fleet of 3,000 landing craft, 500 naval vessels, and 2,500 miscellaneous ships left English ports bound for Normandy, France. The amphibious landing was the largest effor… Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Cardin Urges President Obama to Declassify Bergdahl Details, Seeks Answers About Marylanders Held Prisoner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged President Barack Obama to move swiftly to declassify as much information on the details of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release as possible. He also asked for an update on efforts being undertaken to secure the freedom of Marylanders Warren Weinstein and Alan Gross. "I was pleased to hear that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was coming home after being held captive by the Taliban for mor… Continue Reading


June 05, 2014

Dozens Of Higher Education Institutions, Organizations Endorse Legislation Introduced By Sen. Warren And Senate Colleagues To Refinance Student Loan Debt To Give All Americans A Fair Shot To Afford College

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and his colleagues in the Senate have received dozens of endorsements through petitions and letters in support of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act introduced on May 6, 2014, which would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. Student loan debt is the second highest form of consumer debt, now at a staggering $1.2 trillion, and it is weighing on the eco… Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Cardin Statement On The Twenty Fifth Anniversary Of Tiananmen Square Crackdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, issued the following statement to recognize the twenty-fifth anniversary of the crackdown on dissidents in Tiananmen Square. "June 4 marks a painful history for many within China and around the world. The images of Tiananmen Square on that day, 25 years ago, are seared into our memory. We hope the tragedy of the events can be the foundation for an accounting … Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Funding For State Of The Art Water Taxi in Baltimore Inner Harbor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the City of Baltimore Department of Transportation has received an $854,130 grant from the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to fund the Charm City Circulator Harbor Connector water taxi service. This grant will allow for the continued operation of the state-of-the-art, all-electric water taxi and high-powered smart charging infrastructure. "Prioritizing public transit is good for… Continue Reading


June 03, 2014

Cardin Visits Southern Maryland for Solutions to Maryland’s Foreclosure Crisis Maryland currently has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation

Waldorf, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, convened a gathering of local housing officials, REALTORS and others working to assist Marylanders before and during the foreclosure process. Maryland weathered the national foreclosure crisis by giving homeowners more time to develop strategies to keep their homes, but we currently have the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation, according to RealtyTrac. "Losing your home is heartbreaking. When … Continue Reading


June 02, 2014

Cardin Lauds Strong But Flexible Carbon Pollution Rules As Positive For Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife and a co-chair of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change, applauded the proposed limits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on carbon pollution from power plants - major contributor global climate change. The proposed rules would reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants by 30 percent, using 2005 as the emi… Continue Reading


June 02, 2014

Cardin Calls For Changes To How Americans Pay For A College Education

LaPlata, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, hosted a roundtable with students, faculty and administrators at the College of Southern Maryland Monday, to discuss the growing cost of higher education. Student loan debt has ballooned to roughly $1 trillion, a sum larger than the amount of credit card debt held by Americans. At the same time, prices at public four-year institutions have risen more rapidly from 2012-13 than over either of the two precedin… Continue Reading


May 30, 2014

Cardin Statement On VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), released the following statement regarding the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki: "I have been deeply disturbed by the accusations and reports regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs leadership and their failure to care for our ill and injured veterans. Like President Obama, I find these issues with the VA completely unacceptable. I am committed to meeting the obligations made to those who have sacrificed for ou… Continue Reading


May 30, 2014

Cardin “Cool Roofs” Bill Would Create Jobs By Eliminating Barriers To Energy Efficient Retrofits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committees on Finance and Environment & Public Works, announced that he has introduced the ''Energy-Efficient Cool Roofs Act," S. 2388, which would boost job creation in the construction industry and significantly increase the energy efficiency of buildings throughout the U.S., lowering energy costs and saving money that could be better invested in local communities. Cardin's bill shortens the depreciation schedule for the … Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

Cardin Statement On Dr. Maya Angelou

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the death of poet, actress and activist Maya Angelou: "Maya Angelou's words were powerful. She chose each one carefully and with purpose. Her life was not an easy one, but she understood that the lessons she shared with the world were important. Her stories were filled with spirit and resonance. Maya Angelou will be profoundly missed, but she will continue to be a presence, influencing generations with her word… Continue Reading

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