Press Releases & Statements

May 12, 2014

Senators Express Concerns over Maritime Dispute in South China Sea, Call Chinese Actions “Troubling”

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators called recent actions by Chinese ships in the South China Sea "deeply troubling," and urged their colleagues to pass a senate resolution reaffirming support of the U.S. government for freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region and for the peaceful diplomatic resolution of outstanding territorial and maritime disputes. The statement was issued by the co-sponsors of Senate Resolution 412, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), M… Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

Cardin Highlights Women’s Health At Pre-Mother’s Day Visit To Baltimore Health Center

BALTIMORE - In the lead up to Mother's Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, met with health professionals at Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore to talk about the benefits women and their families have gained from the Affordable Care Act. The roundtable also covered the expanding role federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have in health care delivery. Chase Brexton, a federally qualified health center, recently added a state-of-th… Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

Cardin Rallies National Dental Association

Washington -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) marked National Dental Association Day on Capitol Hill Thursday by addressing dental professionals and policy makers on the importance of oral health care as part of comprehensive health care coverage. Senator Cardin worked to ensure passage of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that required states to include pediatric oral health care as part of the Essential Benefits package. The Affordable Care Act allows dental benefits coverage to be mad… Continue Reading


May 08, 2014

Senator Cardin Announces Service Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), today announced that eight Marylanders he nominated for the U.S. Service Academies have accepted appointments for the 2014-2015 academic year. The five U.S. service academies - the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy - recruit top-notch young American men and women of good character who will gain an excellent education while deepening their d… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Frederick County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Junior Fire Company has been awarded $24,995 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "When we are running away from danger, our first responders are running toward it," said Senator Cardin. "When the Junior Fire Company goes out on a call; they should have the right equipme… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Mikulski, Cardin Announce Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Cecil County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun has been awarded $42,062 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "When the worst happens it is crucial that our first responders have the latest in life saving skills and technology," said Senator Cardin. "I applaud the Department of Home… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Nearly $10 Million In Rural Development Funding For Water And Wastewater Disposal Projects In Rural Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $5,226,000 in federal grants and $4,670,000 in loans through the USDA Rural Development Water and Wastewater Disposal Program will be used to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in four Maryland towns and one senior community. This funding was made available through the 2014 Farm Bill, which both Senators Cardin and Mikulski supported. Senator Cardin is Chairman of the Environment and Public Works … Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Senators Express Shock, Concern in Letter to Nigerian President Regarding Kidnapping of Schoolgirls

Washington-U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md) Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), Robert Menendez (D-Nj), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-De) wrote a letter to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan expressing deep concern for the welfare of the women and girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The Senators encourage the Nigerian government to engage with international partners to address the root causes of unrest in the country. The letter appears below: Dear President Jonathan, We w… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Cardin Welcomes Members of Pussy Riot to U.S. Capitol to Spotlight Deteriorating Human Rights in Russia

WASHINGTON - On the second anniversary of the Russian Government's crackdown on Bolotnaya Square protests in Moscow, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, met at the U.S. Capitol with Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria [Masha] Alyokhina of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot. The women, who have experienced firsthand the harsh and political nature of Russia's judicial system, are visiting Washington t… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

Cardin Urges International Cooperation in Seeking Return of Kidnapped School Girls in Nigeria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and member of the Subcommittee on African Affairs, released the following statement regarding the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian school girls: "It is unconscionable that more than 200 young women attempting to gain an education have been kidnapped by the extremist terrorist group Boko Haram. Even more disturbing is the fact that they intend to sell these girls into slavery and forced… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

Senators Express Shock, Concern in Letter to Nigerian President Regarding Kidnapping of Schoolgirls

Washington-U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md) Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), Robert Menendez (D-Nj), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-De) wrote a letter to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan expressing deep concern for the welfare of the women and girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The Senators encourage the Nigerian government to engage with international partners to address the root causes of unrest in the country. The letter appears below: Dear President Jonathan, We w… Continue Reading


May 02, 2014

U.S. Helsinki Commission cites deterioration of media freedom across the OSCE region

WASHINGTON-In advance of World Press Freedom Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (NJ), Co-Chairman of the Commission, addressed the deterioration of media freedom in Ukraine, and the continued presence of criminal defamation: On the situation in Ukraine, Chairman Cardin stated: "I am deeply concerned by the rapidly degenerating state of media freedom precipitated by … Continue Reading


May 02, 2014

Cardin “Made In Maryland” Jobs Tour Pulls Back The Curtain On Western Maryland Manufacturing

Cumberland, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured HunterDouglas Window Fashions as part of his Made in Maryland Jobs Tour. Located in Cumberland, HunterDouglas manufactures high end, custom window fashions. They are the fourth largest employer in Cumberland with 860 employees. "A true highlight of my Made in Maryland Job Tour, I wanted to visit HunterDouglas to learn what Washington could do to help not only make local manuf… Continue Reading


May 01, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Senate Confirmation Of Hazel And Chuang For Maryland District Court Seats

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded the Senate's confirmation of George Jarrod Hazel and Theodore David Chuang to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, located in Greenbelt. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Hazel and Chuang to President Obama for these positions on the federal bench (VIDEO). The Senate confirmed the nominations of Hazel, who currently serves as the Chief D… Continue Reading


May 01, 2014

Cardin Condemns Assad’s Continuing War Crimes And Failure To Meet Chemical Weapons Deadline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, condemned the Assad regime's attack, yesterday, on a school in the city of Aleppo that killed as many as 47 people, mainly children. The students were preparing an art exhibition to depict the horrors of Syria's civil war when the Syrian jet struck. UNICEF has reported that Syria is among the most dangerous places on Earth to be a child, pointing… Continue Reading


May 01, 2014

Senate Passes Cardin-Schatz-Menendez Resolution Recognizing Minority Health Awareness Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) praised Senate passage of a resolution promoting the importance of minority health and efforts to end health disparities. S. Res. 428, which recognized April as Minority Health Awareness Month, passed by unanimous consent. A companion resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Al Green (D-Texas). "Inequalities in health status and health care exact an enormous human and… Continue Reading


May 01, 2014

Nominations Of George Hazel And Theodore Chuang

Mr. CARDIN. I rise in support of the nominations of George Hazel and Theodore Chuang to be U.S. district judges for the District of Maryland. Let me say from the beginning that I am very proud of the manner in which Senator Mikulski, the senior Senator from Maryland, and I have established a process to review and make recommendations to the President for the vacancies in the U.S. District of Maryland. We have used a process that we think works. It gets us the most qualified individuals, … Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Combating Global Hunger

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President., today I would like to discuss global hunger. From April 28 to May 2, people across the United States and across the globe are participating in the "Live Below the Line" campaign to raise awareness for global hunger and to show support for the critical programs that seek to alleviate hunger. Participants in the "Live Below the Line" campaign, including many of my constituents in Maryland, are subsisting on $1.50 a day to demonstrate the challenges faced by millions … Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Cardin, Wicker Lead Colleagues in Urging Action to Free OSCE Observers Held in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chairman and Senate Ranking Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), and Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), have written to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to take action to secure the release of observers being held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The… Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

Senate Passes Cardin, Grassley Resolution Prioritizing Civics Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) lauded unanimous approval of their Senate Resolution (S. Res. 427) that calls for increased prioritization of civics education in American public schools. The Cardin-Grassley resolution affirms that civic education is essential to the well-being of the constitutional government of the United States. It recognizes that comprehensive and formal instruction in civics and government would provide students a basis for und… Continue Reading

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