Press Releases & Statements

May 22, 2015

Cardin Votes For Significant Reforms To Government Surveillance Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on Senate votes related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the USA PATRIOT Act: "I voted for the USA FREEDOM Act. Our Constitution and the Fourth Amendment prohibit the government from having the authority to broadly search or seize the papers or effects of innocent Americans without good cause and court approval. The 2nd Circuit recently held that NSA's bulk collection program was not authori… Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Cardin: Trade Authority Includes Enforceable Protections for Workers, Good Governance, Environment and Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). "American producers, manufacturers and farmers are the most productive in the world. They can out-compete global competitors if there is a level playing field. Trade, if structured properly, can help create more good paying jobs for Americans. "I believe that … Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Cardin Statement on Retirement of WBAL-TV 11 Anchor Rod Daniels

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement upon the final nightly news broadcast of WBAL-TV 11 anchorman Rod Daniels, whose three decades on the airwaves distinguished him as the longest continually serving nightly news anchor in the Baltimore market. "Rod Daniels has served the Greater Baltimore area as a trusted voice on WBAL-TV 11 for more than 30 years, and his steady and colorful reporting remained consistent and creative throughout. On the occasion … Continue Reading

May 22, 2015

Cardin Statement on Memorial Day 2015

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day 2015, which is Monday, May 25. "One of America's greatest strengths is our unique diversity. On this Memorial Day, Americans of vastly different backgrounds unite to honor those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom. Throughout our history, from the War of 1812 to our ongoing military engagements abroad, men and women have fought and died so Americans could freely follow differe… Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Cardin Continues to Protest Cutting off Debate and Amendments on the Trade Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after his third vote against cloture related to consideration of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). "I believe that it's important for Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority. Five hundred and thirty-five members of Congress cannot negotiate with our trading partners and enter into an agreement, so we have to dele… Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Grants For Water Infrastructure Projects In Worcester And Dorchester Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) has awarded a total of $4.334 million in grants and loans to Worcester and Dorchester Counties for water and waste disposal projects and pre-development planning purposes. "Investing in our water infrastructure is the right thing to do. For each public dollar we put into water infrastructure, we see an increase in private long-term GDP … Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Cardin, Casey Urge USDA to Increase Support for Farmers as They Strive to Meet Anti-Pollution Goals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) have written to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encouraging more federal support for farmers' efforts to prevent pollution into the Susquehanna River Basin and Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In their letter, the senators are seeking a greater commitment of technical and financial resources to help farmers meet anti-pollution goals. The recent Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint revealed that overall progress to reduce pollu… Continue Reading

May 21, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Washington, DC - Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. "The Saudi-initiated five-day humanitarian pause was a welcome development, but there is evidence that the Houthi movement did not respect the ceasefire and continued to take aggressive actions inside Yemen," said Senator Cardin. "A political dialogue amongst all parties is required to solve this crisis. I call on Houth… Continue Reading

May 20, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings Meet With Key Baltimore City And Obama Administration Officials To Discuss Short- And Long-Term Issues Facing Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, and Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (all D-Md.) today met with Valerie Jarrett and other key Obama Administration, officials as well as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City officials to discuss ways the Administration can continue to serve as an active partner in supporting local priorities, including jobs, economic growth, education, housing and law-enforcement. "I thank President Obama for making Balt… Continue Reading

May 19, 2015

Cardin Bill Creating a National Blue Alert System Signed into Law by President Obama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined President Barack Obama at the White House as the president signed into law S. 665, The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, which Senator Cardin authored. Patterned after the highly effective Amber Alert System, the legislation creates a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have threatened, injured or killed law enforcement officers. The legislation is named for New York City Police Departmen… Continue Reading

May 19, 2015

Cardin-Backed Amendment Protecting Religious Freedom Added to Trade Promotion Authority By Full Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised passage by the full Senate Monday of an amendment to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would promote international religious freedom. The amendment, sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) and cosponsored by Senator Cardin, who also serves as Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for S… Continue Reading

May 18, 2015

Cardin, Enzi Introduce NOTICE Act to Ensure Seniors Know Their Hospital Status Long Before the Bills Arrive

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Mike Enzi (R-R-Wyo.), both members of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, announced that they have introduced S. 1349, Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act. The legislation is designed to save seniors under Medicare Part A the sticker shock that comes after they are discharged from the hospital and realize that Medicare will not cover the cost of post-acute care in a skilled nursing facility, s… Continue Reading

May 15, 2015

Cardin Presents Congressional Gold Medal to Former Tuskegee Airman William A. Colbert, Jr.

CUMBERLAND, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today presented a Congressional Gold Medal to former Tuskegee Airman William A. Colbert, Jr., whose poor health had prevented his attendance at an awards ceremony in 2007 when the 300 other famed "Red Tails" were duly recognized for their service. "William Colbert, a Maryland native, is receiving this rare distinction for serving his country in the first African-American combat unit of the Army Air Corps, breaking through barriers without a… Continue Reading

May 15, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $900,000 Federal Grant to Support Clean Water and Boating in Maryland

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a grant in the amount of $900,450 to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) under the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grant program. The grant will fund Maryland DNR's plans to install 10 new pumpout stations, replace or upgrade 30 pumpout stations, and purchase one new pumpout vessel. "The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure, central to our iden… Continue Reading

May 15, 2015

Cardin is Energized by Visit to Washington County Solar Array

Williamsport, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today toured the Washington County solar array with County Commissioners, County energy officials and private sector partners from EPG Solar. The Washington County Government eventually to aims have all the electricity consumed by county government be 100 percent green energy. "Washington County is leading our state, and quickly becoming a national model for the use of r… Continue Reading

May 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on House Passage of Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the House passage of the Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act of 2015. "The Senate and House, Democrats and Republicans have spoken with one voice in demanding a review of any accord with Iran that suspends Congressional sanctions on its nuclear weapons program. Congress has a vital oversight role to play if a final agreement is reached and to ensure Iran… Continue Reading

May 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on Marylander and Midshipman Killed in Amtrak Derailment

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), member of the United States Naval Academy Board Of Visitors issued the following after news that the derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 on Tuesday night had claimed the life of Marylander Bob Gildersleeve Jr. and Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class Justin Zemser: "Tuesday night's derailment of Amtrak Regional Train 188 was national tragedy. The loss of Mr. Gildersleeve and Midshipman Justin Zemser further underscores the costly huma… Continue Reading

May 14, 2015

Cardin Remains Concerned about Piecemeal Approach to Trade Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following a series of votes Thursday related to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). "I remain committed to a holistic approach to achieving reasonable and fair trade policies. I am pleased that Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) are linked. But I believe that all four of the trade b… Continue Reading

May 14, 2015

Cardin, Hatch Introduce Bill to Make Religious Worker Visa Program Permanent

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), today introduced S. 1339 to make the Special Immigrant Non-Minister Religious Worker Program permanent. The program allows religious organizations in the United States to fill critical religious worker positions, for which there are no qualified candidates in the United States, with candidates from abroad. "Religious workers play a critical role in everything from uplifting the most vulnerable among us to helping our first … Continue Reading

May 13, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit. "The Middle East is confronted by tremendous challenges and at this critical juncture, the partnership between the United States and the Gulf Cooperation Council is vital. The death and devastation caused by ISIL in Syria and Iraq, the unrest enveloping the region from Yemen to Libya, and the continued concern… Continue Reading

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