Press Releases & Statements

February 05, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski and Full Senate Democratic Caucus Urge President Obama To Take Robust & Aggressive Actions To Address The Spread Of The Zika Virus & Ensure The Disease Is Contained To Prevent Outbreaks In The United States

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Barbara A. Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the full Senate Democratic Caucus today released a new letter to President Obama urging a coordinated interagency response plan to address the spread of the Zika virus both at home and abroad. The letter, signed by all 46 Senate Democrats, calls for the President to take a number of new actions, including taking the Zika v… Continue Reading


February 04, 2016

Cardin Statement On Strengthening The European Union

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement for the record on Strengthening the European Union. The statement addresses the challenges confronting the European Union today, including the refugee and migrant crisis, the effects of the Greece crisis on the Eurozone, the threat of domestic terrorism and foreign fighters, the rise of nationalism, Russian aggression, and the United Kingdom's upcoming referendum o… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Cardin Lauds President Obama for Opening a National Dialogue with American Muslims at Baltimore Mosque

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised President Barack Obama for his visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque to celebrate the positive contributions Muslim Americans continue to make across our nation. Senator Cardin visited the Masjid Bait-us-Samad mosque in Baltimore County on Monday for a similar conversation on shared community concerns, particularly in the face of recent increases in anti-Muslim rhetoric and … Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Corker, Cardin Introduce Resolution Urging Robust International Assistance for Syrian Humanitarian Relief

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Thursday's international donor conference on the crisis in Syria, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution urging the nations of the world to join the United States, the United Kingdom, Kuwait, Germany and Norway in fulfilling their United Nations pledges for financial assistance to support humanitarian relief resulting from the conflict in Syria. "T… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Stabenow / Peters Amendment to S. 2012

I rise today in support of the Stabenow / Peters Amendment on the crisis going on in Flint, MI. I support this Amendment, but I hope we do not lose sight of the big picture: that this is happening in cities and towns all across America. - In Michigan, it's not only Flint, but parts of Grand Rapids, Jackson, Detroit, Saginaw, Muskegon, Holland and several other cities, all have seen high blood lead levels in their children. - Sebring, OH just this week closed schools for 3 days… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Cardin Roundtable with Maryland Muslim Community Leaders Strengthens Dialogue, Understanding, Unity

ROSEDALE, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday joined members of the Maryland Muslim community at Masjid Bait-us-Samad mosque for a conversation about strategies for overcoming challenges to building cultural awareness and community unity. "Our communities thrive when residents have respect and empathy for everyone around them, and those qualities are built through ongoing conversations," said Senator Cardin. "Lately, the… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Cardin Urges President Obama, OMB to Right-Size Funding Requests for Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has written to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, urging a substantial increase in the President's FY17 Budget for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs). The SRFs are the primary source of federal funding for all states to maintain, repair and replace their aging water infrastructure… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Cardin, Casey, Van Hollen, and Scott Urge Administration to Support Chesapeake Bay Conservation Programs

WASHINGTON - Today Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Bob Casey (D-PA) and Congressmen Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) urged the Obama Administration to strongly support agricultural conservation programs to ensure a clean Chesapeake Bay in its FY 2017 budget. To increase the economic benefits from the lands and waters throughout the Bay's watershed, states are working to achieve the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, but progress is in jeopardy if programs are not sufficiently fun… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Cardin, Bipartisan Team of Senators Introduce Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services, Improve Health Outcomes, and Reduce Costs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services through Medicare, improve care outcomes, make it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers, and help cut costs for patients and pr… Continue Reading


February 02, 2016

Cardin Welcomes the Latest Additions to Magnitsky List

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration submitted to Congress its third annual report of U.S. Government actions to implement the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, adding additional individuals for sanctions. "As the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability law, I welcome the Administration's decision to sanction five individuals … Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Cardin, Schatz, Whitehouse, and Colleagues Urge EPA To Take Further Action On Climate Change And Cut Methane Emissions

WASHINGTON - In a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and 18 other senators are urging the agency to expand its regulation of methane emissions. As a part of the president's Climate Action Plan, the EPA has begun to address industrial sources of methane, but not all sources of the gas are current… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Cardin Delivers Statement On Legislation To Help Obtain Observer Status For Taiwan In Interpol


January 28, 2016

Cardin Delivers Statement On The Nepal Recovery Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following statement regarding S. 1882 the Nepal Recovery Act, which will work to support the sustainable recovery and rebuilding of Nepal following the recent, devastating earthquakes near Kathmandu. Senator Cardin introduced the bill with Senator Kirk as an original cosponsor on July 29, 2015. The legislation passed unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Janu… Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Cardin Continues Focus on Retirement Security for All Americans, Lauds Presidential Spotlight

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and a champion for retirement security in both the Senate and House of Representatives, lauded President Barack Obama's effort to spotlight the need to ensure that more Americans have the ability to save for retirement. Senator Cardin issued the following statement in response to the president's plans to include detailed plans on retirement security in his upcoming FY2017 budget. "Encouraging retirement sa… Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

"Thanks to the efforts of the international community and many Holocaust survivors, the world is a much different place than it was seventy years ago when the scourge of Nazism sought to wipe peoples from the earth. For survivors and their families, the crimes and horrors Holocaust is not simply part of history, it is a set of deeply personal experiences that require an immense amount of strength to overcome on a daily basis. "The United States and our allies have made great strides in chang… Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Cardin Statement On Danish Parliament Approving Seizure Of Refugee Assets By Police

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding a recently enacted Danish law that authorizes police to search asylum seekers entering the country and confiscate any non-essential items that do not have any sentimental value to the owner valued at more than 10, 000 kroner, which is equivalent to just under $1,500. "In the seven years leading up to World War II, Denmark took in nearly 7,500… Continue Reading


January 22, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Edwards, Baker Applaud Administration Plan To Fully Fund Construction Of New Consolidated FBI Headquarters In President’s Fy17 Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, Representatives Steny H. Hoyer and Donna F. Edwards together with Prince George's County Executive Rusher L. Baker, III (all D-Md.) today applauded the Administration's next steps for a new, fully consolidated headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "This newly proposed appropriation toward a new, fully consolidated FBI headquarters is a significant development that underscores the administration's commitment … Continue Reading


January 21, 2016

Democratic Senators and Leading Researchers Push for Funding Gun Violence Research at CDC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) today led a group of Democratic Senators and renowned national researchers in calling for immediate funding of a gun violence research agenda at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A 1996 Republican appropriations rider prohibits federal funds from being used to advocate or promote gun control, which some have misconstrued as a ban on funding scientific research into the causes of gun violence. The au… Continue Reading


January 21, 2016

Cardin: Embracing Politics of Fear is No Way to Increase National Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on Wednesday's procedural vote against "the SAFE Act" (H.R. 4038), which disguises a de facto ban on U.S. acceptance of refugees in a new screening process that is unrealistic and unworkable. "The safety of our country, our national security, is my top priority as a U.S. Senator. Congress has a knack for introducing legislation that falls well short of aspira… Continue Reading


January 20, 2016

American Safe Act, H.R. 4038

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I take this time as a Senator from Maryland, as well as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to talk about the bill we voted on earlier today--on the motion to proceed to the so-called SAFE Act dealing with Syrian refugees. I like to call it the fear act because I think it really is an act that is misguided. I will start by saying that the world looks to the United States, and when there are tough problems, they look to our leadership. Th… Continue Reading

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