Press Releases & Statements

February 18, 2015

Cardin Introduces Bill to Cut Polluted Stormwater that Rushes Off Buildings, Roads, Parking Lots into Rivers, Streams, Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today announced the introduction of the Highway Runoff Management Act, S. 518, a federal measure to reduce the pollution and erosion damage caused by untreated stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. "We have got to do more to control the unabated flow of pollution into our waterways, along with the erosion that follows surges of stormwater. This bill address these problems head-on, and better places the financial responsibility for the soluti… Continue Reading

February 18, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Seek to Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), have signed on as original cosponsors of legislation that would ensure continued health care coverage to more than 135,000 children in Maryland. Senators Mikulski and Cardin joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in introducing legislation to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. If Congress fails to act, federal funding for CHIP will end on September 30, 2015, leaving millions children and p… Continue Reading

February 13, 2015

Senate Passes Cardin, Wicker Resolution Calling On Russia To Release Illegally Held Ukrainian Fighter Pilot Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) lauded Senate passage Thursday of a resolution (S. Res. 52) recognizing the plight of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and has been held illegally in a Russian prison since July 2014. The resolution, cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), expresses solidarity with the Ukrainian people while condemning… Continue Reading

February 13, 2015

Cardin, Murphy Introduce Legislation to Sunset 13-Year-Old War Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have introduced legislation (S. 526) that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was passed by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin and Murphy have set out a three-year timeline that would allow Congress and the next President to review what is being accomplished, have appropriate consulta… Continue Reading

February 13, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Reintroduce Bill to Advance Preservation of Baltimore’s Historic President Street Station

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that they have reintroduced legislation intended to spur the preservation of Baltimore's historic President Street Station by exploring the prospect of transferring it to the National Park Service (NPS). An architectural gem, the President Street Station was completed in 1850 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. It was built by the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore R… Continue Reading

February 13, 2015

Cardin Responds to New Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded to President Barack Obama's request for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with the following statement: "There is no question that ISIL is a barbaric and terrorist organization. These extremists are a threat to the United States, our interests, and our allies in the region. I support President Obama's… Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Cardin Statement on Carter Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded the Senate's confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense. "I was pleased that the Senate quickly confirmed Ash Carter in a strongly bipartisan vote. He is the right person to spearhead our national security at this crucial time and has demonstrated his strong commitment to serving our men and women in uniform, as well as their families." "Last week, I met w… Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Cardin Denounces House Passage of Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works and Foreign Relations committees, decried passage today of S. 1, a bill that overrides the regulatory process and approves an extension of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. "Political theater and false promises should never supersede the rule of law and good science. That is exactly what happened today when the House passed legislation approving the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline. At a … Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Cardin Underscores Importance of Black History Month in Tributes to Harriet Ross Tubman’s Legacy

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today met with the leaders and congregants of AME Zion Church, whose membership included both Harriet Ross Tubman and Frederick Douglass, to discuss the significance of the creation of the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Auburn, N.Y. "Harriet Ross Tubman is nothing short of an American icon and hero. To deliver a new National Historical Park in her honor, one which includes beautif… Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Cardin Announces Committee Assignments for 114th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced a final list of Senate committees, subcommittees, and working groups on which he will be serving for the 114th Congress. He will use these positions to continue to get things done on behalf of the people of Maryland: working to keep the public safe, expanding economic opportunity and security, protecting the Chesapeake Bay and our precious natural resources, and maintaining American leadership in the world on human rights and good governance… Continue Reading

February 10, 2015

Floor Statement On Homeland Security Appropriations For FY‘15

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise to urge the Senate to take up a clean Homeland Security appropriations bill and pass it without further delay. I know we have had several votes on the floor on proceeding to the bill, but I would urge the leadership to make it clear that we stand on record for a clean Homeland Security appropriations bill. We have an obligation to protect the American people. Given the terrorist threat we face both at home and abroad, it is irresponsible to continue to fund … Continue Reading

February 09, 2015

FAIR SHOT: Cardin Discusses College Affordability with Students, Faculty at CCBC Dundalk

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today led a roundtable discussion at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk (CCBC Dundalk) on college affordability and President Obama's recent proposal to make community college tuition-free for responsible students. "All Americans deserve a fair shot at success - particularly our students, who are trying to create better futures for themselves," said Senator Cardin. "When you hear from students how hard they and their families are wo… Continue Reading

February 07, 2015

Cardin, Harris Joined by Federal, State and Local Officials to Celebrate New Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, U.S. Representative Andy Harris, Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, senior officials from the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as descendants of Harriet Ross Tubman, gathered Saturday at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center in Cambridge to celebrate the creation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park. The park will trace Tubman's early life on the Eastern Shore, where she wa… Continue Reading

February 06, 2015

Cardin, Coats Introduce Bill to Help Charities

WASHINGTON- Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) have introduced the NOTICE Act (S.400), legislation that would require the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to notify nonprofit organizations in a timely manner before their tax-exempt status is automatically revoked. The bill also allows the IRS to retroactively reinstate tax-exempt status if the nonprofit did not receive this notice and subsequently files an information return. Under current federal law, charities and other nonprofi… Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Cardin, Cummings and Edwards Unite to Urge Colleagues to Support Clean Water Provisions at Joint Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7) and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD4) all participated today in a joint hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee. During the bicameral hearing, the three Maryland lawmakers highlighted the importance of the "Waters of the U.S." rule to a healthy Chesapeake Bay. They all had an opportunity to ask question of Environmental Protection… Continue Reading

February 04, 2015

Cardin, Collins Lead Senate Support for the Growing American Craft Beer Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), have teamed up to reintroduce their bill, S. 375, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act or Small BREW Act that will stimulate regional economies nationwide with a reduction in the excise tax on each barrel of beer brewed by small brewers. The bill also changes the threshold definition of a small brewer to better reflect modern production. The Small BREW Act of 2015 would reduce the federal excise tax… Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Cardin Calls for Increased Military Assistance to Ukraine

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with Dick Durbin (D-IL), Rob Portman (R-OH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John McCain (R-AZ), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today urged President Obama and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to rapidly increase military assistance to Ukraine to defend its so… Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Cardin Calls for a Clean DHS Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called on the Republican leadership in the Senate and House to take up and allow a vote on a clean appropriations bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He issued the following statement: "We have an obligation to protect the American people. Given the terrorist threat we face both at home at abroad, it is irresponsible to continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security with short-term budgets or bring them to the edge of an … Continue Reading

February 03, 2015

Cardin Lauds Senate Passage of Clay Hunt Veterans Suicide Prevention Act

WASHINGTON - On behalf of Maryland's roughly 422,000 veterans, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded Senate passage Monday of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. The Clay Hunt SAV Act was among the first bills Senator Cardin cosponsored in the 114th Congress. "We have an obligation to support our military men and women on the battlefield and on the home front from both the physical and mental threats to their survival and future success. Our veterans deserve the b… Continue Reading

February 02, 2015

Cardin Lauds POTUS Effort to Eliminate Sequestration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015 - Sept. 30, 2016): "Sequestration never should have become law; it has hurt our local and national economies. I appreciate the effort by President Obama to eliminate these mindless across-the-board cuts that could do more damage in 2016. "While I am still reviewing all the details, it i… Continue Reading

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