Press Releases & Statements

May 13, 2015

Cardin Statement on Marylanders and Midshipman Killed in Amtrak Derailment

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement upon confirmation that the derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 claimed the life of Bob Gildersleeve Jr. of Elkridge and Abid Giladi of Rockville, as well as Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class Justin Zemser. "Tuesday night's derailment of Amtrak Regional Train 188 was a national tragedy. My prayers go … Continue Reading

May 13, 2015

Cardin, Van Hollen, Delaney Welcome Frederick County Chamber of Commerce to United States Capitol

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, along with U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney (all D-Md.) spoke to members of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce about federal issues impacting economic growth in Frederick County. Cardin, Van Hollen and Delaney discussed the importance of continued investment in transportation infrastructure in the area. Frederick is one of the fastest growing cities in Maryland. To continue that trend the members highlighted the importance of upgr… Continue Reading

May 13, 2015

Cardin Bill Creating a National Blue Alert System Passed by Congress, Heads to the White House

WASHINGTON - Just days into National Police Week 2015, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded action by the House of Representatives that will send his legislation, S. 665, The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, to the President for signature. Patterned after the highly effective Amber Alert system, once enacted, there finally will be a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured, killed or made credible threats against law enforcement offic… Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Cardin Votes No on Incomplete 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 voting against cloture on the motion to proceed to H. R. 1314, the legislative vehicle for Trade Promotion Authority Act (TPA). "Free trade can be good for the United States, but only if it is done right -- leveling the playing field for all workers; protecting workers' rights, human rights, and the environme… Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Delaney Announce $200,000 To Improve Access To Health Care In Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and, Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland has been awarded $200,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rural Health Care Services Outreach program, which expands health care delivery in rural areas. "Whatever your zip code, all Americans should have access to quality affordable health care," said Senator Cardin, a member of the S… Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Cardin Statement on Passage of Senate Resolution to Free Americans Held in Iran

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on Monday's vote in the Senate on S.Con.Res.16, authored by Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), which calls for the release of four Americans held in Iran. "The message sent by the Senate to Iran is direct, unequivocal, and necessary: Release the Americans unjustly detained without delay," said Senator Cardin. "These individuals pose no national security threat to … Continue Reading

May 12, 2015

Cardin Statement Recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. "We recognize the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and celebrate the many contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) to the U.S," said Senator Cardin. "The AAPI community draws from a variety of distinct cultures, each of which has enriched American society and chal… Continue Reading

May 11, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings Praise Small Business Administration Physical Disaster Declaration For Baltimore, Call For Swift Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (all D-Md.) today praised the U.S. Small Business Administration's approval of a physical disaster declaration for the City of Baltimore, and called for swift action. Their letter follows: May 12, 2015 The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet Administrator US Small Business Administrat… Continue Reading

May 11, 2015

International Migratory Bird Day

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY MAY 9, 2015 Mr. CARDIN. Today, I rise to speak in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Every Spring, water fowl like Canvasback Ducks, Northern Pintails and Golden Eyes, raptors like Sharp Shinned Hawks, Broad Winged Hawks and Kestrels, warblers, buntings, and of course orioles like Maryland's state bird, the Baltimore Oriole, return North for the Summer to breed, raise hatchlings, and brighten the United State's wildlife spectrum during the months … Continue Reading

May 11, 2015

Senators Cardin, Brown and Booker Urge President Obama to Expand Job Opportunities for People with Records and Reduce Recidivism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today led a group of 25 of their Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to expand job opportunities and reduce recidivism by taking executive action and requiring federal contractors and federal agencies to "ban the box" on job applications. Reforming hiring practices has widespread support from both public and private institutions. Sixteen states and more than 100 cities and counties have already … Continue Reading

May 08, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Delaney Announce $700,000 For North Branch Industrial Park Access Road Improvements In Cumberland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $700,000 in federal funding to Allegany County for access road improvements for three sections of access roads serving the North Branch Industrial Park in Cumberland in Allegany County. The grant will be used to make improvements for approximately 1.6 miles of roadways including Mexico Farms Road, SE, … Continue Reading

May 08, 2015

Cardin Welcomes Department of Justice “Pattern or Practice” Investigation of the Baltimore Police Department

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today welcomed the announcement from Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division will open a federal "pattern or practice" investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The announcement comes a day after Senator Cardin and other members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the DOJ supporting Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's request for this investigation. "After … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Delaney, Edwards, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Van Hollen Write Attorney General Lynch in Support of “Pattern or Practice” Investigation of the Baltimore Police Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Representatives Elijah Cummings, John Delaney, Donna F. Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) have sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch supporting the request made this week by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to have the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division open a federal "pattern or practice" investigation of the Baltimore Police Depart… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

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

"We have sent a clear message today that on this most vital national security issue - keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons -- the Senate can find common ground and speak with one voice. We have been able to reach a reasonable compromise that embraces Democratic and Republican viewpoints. Such bipartisanship has eluded the Senate of late, but I give great credit to Chairman Corker who kept us focused on the ultimate goal. This legislation makes no judgment on the substance of an agreement … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Cardin Discusses Ways to Energize the Rebirth of Baltimore on the Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) took to the floor of the United States Senate Wednesday to discuss ways to rebuild and reenergize Baltimore and other cities across America. VIDEO "The death of Freddie Gray and the events of the last few weeks have been heartbreaking. I thank my colleagues who have contacted Senator Mikulski and me offering their help and willingness to work together to deal with the issues that have been raised in Baltimore and other cities, around the country. … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

In advance of Mother’s Day, Cardin and Menendez Put Forward Two-Track Approach to Ratification of an Equal Rights Amendment for All Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced joint resolutions that would rejuvenate efforts to ratify an equal rights amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Senator Cardin's resolution, would remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment that has already been ratified by 35 states. Senator Menendez's resolution would begin the process anew, giving all states a fresh opportunity to voice their support for women's equality. Both re… Continue Reading

May 06, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Lead Congressional Honors for Warren Weinstein and Urge Greater Support for Families of American Citizens Held Hostage Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman John Delaney have introduced resolutions with Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (All D-Md.) to honor the memory of Dr. Warren Weinstein, a Marylander who died while being held hostage by al-Qaeda in Pakistan. His death, caused by an American strike on an al-Qaeda target, was a personal loss for Cardin, Mikulski and Delaney, who all worked tirelessly to bring their constituent back to his family in Rockville. The Cardin-Mikulski resolution (S. Re… Continue Reading

May 04, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Host Roundtable on Community Unity at Greater Baltimore Urban League

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) today led a group of clergy, business and community leaders in a roundtable discussion on Senator Cardin's End Racial Profiling Act of 2015, federal legislation that would prohibit discriminatory racial profiling nationwide by all levels of law enforcement, and other ways to better address the needs of Baltimore's urban communities. The elected officials and faith, community and business leader… Continue Reading

May 01, 2015

Cardin Statement on Charges Filed Against Baltimore City Police Officers in the Death of Freddie Gray

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby that charges would be filed against six Baltimore City Police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray: "The eyes of the nation have been focused on Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray. Today's announcement that criminal charges will be filed against six Baltimore City Police officers involved in his death underscores … Continue Reading

May 01, 2015

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day 2015

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a press statement recognizing World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2015 and a Congressional Record statement, both of which appear below. "On World Press Freedom Day 2015 we celebrate the value of freedom of press and the critical role it serves in creating a free and open society. In its highest forms, the press does not simply inform, but brings attention to atrocities around the world, … Continue Reading

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