Press Releases & Statements

April 30, 2014

Cardin Urges Republicans To Put American Workers Before Politics And Raise The Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed his outrage today that Republicans have again blocked debate on a provision to increase the federal minimum wage. "Americans deserve a fair shot at making ends meet and supporting their family, not yet another procedural filibuster. I am disappointed that we were blocked from even debating a measure that would help our economy and 28 million hard-working Americans making the minimum wage," said … Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

Cardin Statement On SCOTUS Decision Upholding Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, responded with the following remarks to the Supreme Court of the United States decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to protect states from air pollution that crosses state lines. "I applaud the strong decision by the Supreme Court that reaffirms the EPA's role in protecting our children from cross-state air pollution. It doesn't take a sc… Continue Reading


April 28, 2014

Cardin Statement in Honor of Yom HaShoah

"On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, I join people from all nations and all faiths in remembering the six million Jews and others who had their lives and families torn apart in the Shoah. We honor the memory of those humanity lost and cherish the lives of the survivors. In the United States, Israel and across the world, Holocaust Survivors still bear the physical and mental scars, proof of the barbarism some are capable of. Survivors are a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the pow… Continue Reading


April 24, 2014

Cardin, Bipartisan Coalition Urge SEC to Implement Conflict Minerals Rule After it is Upheld by District Court

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to the Security and Exchange Commission Chair, Mary Jo White, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and a group of other Member of Congress urged the financial oversight agency to implement the rule requiring due diligence and reporting requirements on the sourcing of conflict minerals in the May 31, 2014 report. "This SEC rule was drafted in a balanced and thoughtful way that followed Congressional intent in trying to provide greater transparency in the us… Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

Cardin condemns attacks, threats against minorities in Ukraine

(Washington, DC) In response to incidents in Ukraine targeting minority communities, Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, made the following statement: "I am deeply disturbed by the recent attacks and threats against minority groups in eastern Ukraine, including Jews, Roma and Crimean Tatars. The Joint Statement on Ukraine signed on April 17 by the EU, the United States, Russia and Ukraine calls on all sides to refrain from any violence, … Continue Reading


April 21, 2014

In Advance Of Earth Day, Cardin Says U.S. Must Take Reasonable Steps To Combat Climate Change

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following remarks in advance of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. "As we celebrate Earth Week, more than four decades after the first Earth Day in 1970, one of the most important lessons we can pass along to our children and grandchildren is that as global citizens we must work to protect and improve the livability and environmental health of our planet. Actions… Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Call On FAA To Honor Commitment To Baltimore Air Traffic Control Students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that they have called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to honor its commitment to active students and recent graduates of Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) preparing to be part of FAA's Air Traffic Controller workforce. Recent changes made under the FAA's A Plan For The Future could disqualify highly-trained recent graduates that have invested their time and money for future care… Continue Reading


April 15, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce $15 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 $15,000,000 grant from the U.S. DOT to increase aircraft traffic flow at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "Maryland jobs and billions in revenue for our state depend on maintaining BWI Marshall as a safe, dependable and efficient hub … Continue Reading


April 15, 2014

Cardin, Colleagues Ask Kerry To Urge NATO, OSCE To End All Defense Contracts With Russia

Washington, DC- In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, - joined by 10 of his colleagues - asked the State Department to urge NATO member countries and participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to end all defense contracts with Russia in response to the country's illegal annexation of Crimea and violation of Uk… Continue Reading


April 14, 2014

Cardin Assures Maryland’s Ukrainian Community that Putin will Pay for Aggression in Ukraine

Baltimore, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), convened members of Maryland's Ukrainian community for a roundtable discussion to share the latest information on the U.S. and international response to the crisis in Ukraine, including the continued hostility by Russia. "Ukraine is an incredibly important country and Ukrainian Americans are ri… Continue Reading


April 14, 2014

Cardin Says Workforce Training and Predictability of Federal Budgets Critical to the Success of Maryland Cyber Businesses and Job Growth

Annapolis Junction - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Finance Committees, hosted members of the Fort Meade Alliance and other small and larger Maryland businesses engaged in supporting national and economic security activities for an open discussion about cyber-related workforce development, opportunities for government contracting, and public-private partnerships. Maryland is the national epicenter for America's leading private and public cybersecurity employer… Continue Reading


April 14, 2014

Cardin Statement on Tragic Shooting in Kansas

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement regarding the tragic violence in Johnson County, Kansas: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the tragic shooting in Kansas," said U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission. "The hate that motivated this act of violence flies in the face of everything we believe as Americans. We have made so much progress against prejudice and intolerance in this nation, but this senseless killing illustrates… Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Accountability For War Crimes In Syria

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. Last month marked the three year anniversary since the brutal conflict began. According to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2139, which was unanimously accepted in February of this year, the conflict has resulted in the death of over 140,000 people in Syria, including at least 10,000 children. UNICEF reports that Syria is among the most dangerous places on Earth to be a child, pointing to high child casua… Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Senate Passes Cardin, Rubio, Menendez, Corker Resolution Urging Greater Freedom of Press in China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Subcommittee Ranking Member Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) lauded passage of their Senate Resolution (S. Res. 361) that urges the People's Republic of China to take meaningful steps to improve freedom of expression in China as fitting of a responsible international stakeholder. … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Cardin, Wicker Name Ambassador David Killion To Lead U.S. Helsinki Commission Staff

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have announced the joint appointment of David T. Killion as the Senate Staff Director for the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission). A diplomat familiar with navigating multilateral international organizations, Killion is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He previously served as a Senior Professional Staff M… Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Democracy Restoration Act

Mr. President, today I am pleased to introduce the Democracy Restoration Act, known as the DRA. I want to thank Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy and Senators Durbin, Whitehouse, Booker, Harkin, and Sanders as original co-sponsors of this legislation. As the late Senator Kennedy often said, civil rights is the ``unfinished business'' of America. The Democracy Restoration Act would restore voting rights in federal elections to approximately 5.8 million citizens who have been relea… Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

Cardin Leads Reintroduction Of Bill To Create Nationwide Standard For Restoring Voting Rights For Americans Released From Prison

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill, S. 2235, the Democracy Restoration Act that would reduce recidivism rates by restoring voting rights to individuals after they have served their time and have been released from incarceration. Studies indicate that former prisoners who have voting rights restored are less likely to reoffend, and that disenfranchisement hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into their community. Original cosponsors of S. 2235 include … Continue Reading


April 09, 2014

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Maritime Security Resolution for the Asia-Pacific Region

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a resolution today 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. Senate Resolution 412 was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Risch (R-ID), and John McCain (R-AZ) - all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In recent … Continue Reading


April 08, 2014

Paycheck Fairness

Mr. CARDIN. I thank Senator Shaheen for her leadership on these issues and so many other issues in the Senate. I listened to the Senator's comments and I fully concur in the information the Senator has brought forward, that paycheck fairness is not just a matter of fairness for women, it is a matter of fairness for our country. Not only will women benefit, our economy will benefit and our country will benefit by making sure that equal pay for equal work is what happens in our country. I thank th… Continue Reading


April 07, 2014

Cardin Urges House to Help Our Economy and Americans in Need by Finally Passing an Extension of Emergency Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today urged the leadership of the House of Representatives to take up and pass the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act approved by the Senate Monday. The measure will temporarily restore benefits for long-term unemployed Americans that expired last December. "Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits is the right thing to do. We never should have let the program expire at the end … Continue Reading

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