Press Releases & Statements

May 27, 2014

Senators Of The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Praise USDA For Recognizing The Bay As A Critical Conservation Area

WASHINGTON - DELMARVA Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.), Tom Carper and Chris Coons (Both D-Del.), and Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) lauded the announcement today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that the Chesapeake Bay Watershed has been officially designated as one of eight Critical Conservation Areas that is eligible for set-aside funding as part of the consolidated Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The RCPP, whic… Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

Cardin Statement On Ukrainian Presidential Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Commission, issued the following statement on the May 25 early presidential elections in Ukraine. A photo follows the statement. "Sunday's vote was a day of destiny for Ukraine and a turning point in the nation's effort to overcome Russia's interference in Ukraine's democratic development. It also offers Ukraine a chance to turn a corner on a crippling … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Cardin, Kirk Lead Senate in Honoring the Contributions of Holocaust Survivors During Jewish American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced passage by the Senate of a bipartisan resolution (S. Res. 458 ) recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month and honoring Holocaust survivors for their contributions to the United States of America. The resolution, which was cosponsored by Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Senators Urge A Return To Democratic Rule In Thailand Following Military Coup

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) issued the following statement on the military coup in Thailand. Senator Cardin is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Senator Menendez is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Leahy is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related programs. "We are deeply disappointed by the c… Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Cardin Honors America’s Veterans And Those Who Have Supported Our National Defense For Memorial Day 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in advance of Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. "On this Memorial Day, we recognize our veterans who have sacrificed in the service of this great country. After a long winter, Americans are finally enjoying the outdoors and spending precious time with their loved ones. We must always remember that we enjoy these freedoms because the members of the United States Military remain diligent, ready and willing to serve. … Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

Cardin, Schatz Introduce Bill To Give Federal Workers A Raise

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Brian introduced legislation in the Senate with U.S. Senator Schatz (D-Hawai'i), to provide a pay increase for federal employees who lost over a billion dollars in salary and benefits due to sequestration and a three-year pay freeze from January 2011 to December 2013. The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act would provide a 3.3 percent pay raise to federal workers in calendar year 2015. "The knowledge, expertise, skill, and commitment … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Senators Introduce Legislation to Repeal 2002 Resolution Authorizing Use of Military Force Against Iraq

Senators Introduce Legislation to Repeal 2002 Resolution Authorizing Use of Military Force Against Iraq Washington, D.C. - U.S. Sens. Robert Ben Cardin (D-MD), Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), , and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced legislation today repealing the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq that passed in 2002. The legislation was introduced following a hearing yesterday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the AUMFs for Iraq and Afghanistan. … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Cardin Statement Regarding The Health Care Administration Problems At The Department Of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), released the following statement regarding the health care administration problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): "I am deeply disturbed by the accusations regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs leadership and failure to care of our ill and injured veterans. From disability claims processing delays to excessive appointment wait times, our veterans deserve better. I am committed to meeting the obligations made to those who… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Cardin Responds To Russian, Chinese Veto of U.N Security Council Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), issued the following statement in response to the veto today by Russia and China of a U.N. Security Council resolution that referred the Syrian crisis to the International Criminal Court for investigation of possible war crimes. The conflict has resulted in the death of over 140,000 people in Syria… Continue Reading


May 20, 2014

Senators introduce bill to clamp down on ‘inversions’ tax loophole

WASHINGTON - A group of 14 senators today introduced legislation to tighten rules on corporate tax avoidance through "inversion," the practice of reincorporating offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. The Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014 is designed to prevent the loss of billions of dollars in revenue through a flood of inversions, a loss that would add either to the deficit or to the tax burden of American taxpayers. The bill would effectively impose a two-year moratorium on inversions, th… Continue Reading


May 20, 2014

Cardin Responds to Expanded Magnitsky List

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Finance committees, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act and the Global Human Rights Accountability Act (S. 1933), made the following statement regarding the latest release of names to be added to the list of individuals held accountable for gross human rights violations under the law. "The addition of 12 names to the Magnitsk… Continue Reading


May 20, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce More Than $11 Million In Federal Grant Funding For Bwi Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced the Maryland Department of Transportation (DoT) and Maryland Aviation Administration have been awarded a $11,034,038 grant from the U.S. DoT for runway safety enhancements and upgrades at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "Continued federal investment in BWI Marshall reflects our commitment to maintaining safety in the air and on the grou… Continue Reading


May 19, 2014

Members of Team Maryland "Green Light" MD 355 Intersection Improvement Project and Other 2014 Statewide BRAC Transportation Solutions

BETHESDA, Md. (May 19, 2014) - Today, Senator Ben Cardin was joined by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, County Executive Ike Leggett, Deputy Transportation Secretary Wilson H. Parran, and other state, military and local officials to give the "green light" on a $13.8 million construction project to enhance traffic safety along MD 355 (Rockville Pike) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. … Continue Reading


May 19, 2014

Cardin Wants Students To Be Able To Refinance Loans For Lower Rates, Easing Debt Load

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, visited Bowie State University last week to talk with BSU President Mickey L. Burnim about the growing crisis in college affordability and ways the federal government could work with higher education institutions to ease the burden for students. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of the Bank on Students Emergency Refinancing Act (S. 2292), which would allow those who currently hold student loan debt to refinance i… Continue Reading


May 16, 2014

Cardin Calls On MOCO Small Businesses For Guidance On Federal Role In Promoting Growth Opportunities

Rockville, Md. - As part of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, met with Montgomery County small business leaders Friday for a roundtable discussion on the current economic climate for small businesses. As these small companies seek a fair shot at customers and contracts, particularly in the wake of sequestration, Senator Cardin is seeking feedback on how the federal government can be a better partner… Continue Reading


May 15, 2014

Cardin Praises WRDA Conference Report For Protection Of Maryland Jobs And Environment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee and a member of the Conference Committee for the Water Resources Development Act, praised the bipartisan conference report for its attention to maintaining and creating quality jobs, protecting the environment and promoting public health. "Clean water means good jobs and better health for Marylanders. The Conference Report on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is a win for Maryland wi… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

During National Police Week, Cardin Renews Call For National Blue Alert

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement during National Police Week. He plans to give full remarks from the floor of the U.S. Senate later this week. "This week, we commemorate National Police Week and those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while keeping the public and our communities safe. Some might take for granted more than 900,000 brave federal, state and local law enforcement officers who dedicate their lives to protecting o… Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $1,000,000 In Federal Funding To Improve Safety, Efficiency At Hagerstown Airport

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md) today announced that Washington County has been awarded a $1,000,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin the process of rehabilitating and improving taxiways at the Hagerstown Regional Airport. "This federal grant ensures that the Hagerstown Regional Airport can continue to serve travelers from Washington County and the surrounding area as a safely, rel… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Van Hollen, Sarbanes and Delaney, Send Letter to Pfizer CEO Supporting Maryland Jobs

WASHINGTON - Six members of the Maryland Congressional delegation have written to Pfizer CEO Ian Read concerning the company's potential acquisition of AstraZeneca, which employs over 3,000 in Maryland. The letter was signed by Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3) and Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). The text of the letter is… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Obama Nomination of Pamela Harris for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Senators Recommended Ms. Harris to President Obama for Federal Bench WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised President Obama's nomination of Pamela A. Harris of Potomac, Maryland, to fill the vacancy created on the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals when Judge Andre Davis took senior status. The Fourth Circuit is a federal court located in Richmond, Virginia, with appellate jurisdiction over district courts in five states, including Mary… Continue Reading

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