Press Releases & Statements

May 20, 2020

Senators Introduce Legislation to Expand & Improve Public Service Loan Forgiveness amid Covid-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined ten Senate colleagues to introduce the Strengthening Loan Forgiveness for Public Servants During the COVID-19 Crisis Act, legislation that would provide student debt relief to public health workers, police officers, and others who dedicate their careers to public service. Many of these public servants have been playing a central role in helping communities across the country respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "No individual willing to serve th… Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Maryland and Virginia Senators Announce $877 Million for WMATA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) today announced that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will receive $876,806,108 in federal transit funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "We were proud to fight for this additional support for Metro and other local transit systems as part of the CARES Act. Public transit is a critical service that must co… Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce More Than $343,000 for Cumberland Wastewater Station

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal grant of $343,500 to Allegany County for updates to the North Branch Pump Station outside of Cumberland, Maryland. The efficient and functional operations of this pump station are critical to the local residents and industrial users it serves. These funds will be used for modernization of equipment which has not undergone an… Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration to Provide Relief for Seafood Industry

Fixes Include Protecting Workers and Addressing Labor Shortages with the H-2B Visa Program WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) and Congressman Robert Wittman (R-Va.) have sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, urging him to help Maryland and Virginia's seafood industries resolve current labor shortages by issuing or re-allocating additi… Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $25 Million to Help Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities Live Independently

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced the award of $25,212,690 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for the continuation of the Money Follows the Person (RCMFTP) demonstration program. By making home a… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $162,000 for COVID-19 Research at Johns Hopkins University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced a $162,283 Rapid Research Response (RAPID) award for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to conduct research into the replication process of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This research will advance efforts to design effective therapies while guarding against the possibility of drug resistance … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Labor Department to Speed up Unemployment Disbursements and Address System Shortfalls

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today joined colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to speed up Unemployment Insurance (UI) disbursements and to work to address system shortfalls that have contributed to the delays in workers getting their benefits. In a letter sent to DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia, the senators expressed serious concern regarding the significant delays in the processing of UI claims that are preventing workers from receivin… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Cardin Leads Call for Future COVID-19 Response Legislation to Protect Access to Dental Care for All Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, led colleagues in a letter to Senate leadership asking that any future COVID-19 response legislation includes strong measures to maintain dental coverage for Americans who have lost their employer-based benefits and to ensure access to pediatric and adult dental coverage through the Medicaid program. Joining Cardin in sending the letter were U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Entire Democratic Caucus in New Amicus Brief To Protect Americans’ Health Care & Slam Republican Efforts To Rip Coverage From Millions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined the entire Senate Democratic caucus today in filing an amicus brief in the case of California v. Texas (formerly Texas v. Azar), the case brought by several Republican Attorneys General and the Trump Administration, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court and represents a direct threat to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health care coverage for hundreds of millions of Americans. Senate Democrats argue t… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $205 Million to Expand Statewide Testing Capacity

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced that Maryland will receive $205,723,600 to expand COVID-19 testing capacity statewide. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Car… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cardin Urges Expansion of Mental and Behavioral Health Services to Combat Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today underscored the importance of mental and behavioral health care to as a key part of the effort to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a recent conversation with leading healthcare providers from across Maryland, the senator spotlighted the need for expanded access to mental and behavioral health services, along with the need for strengthened internet connectivity… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cardin, Portman Lead Bipartisan Senate Call for Pompeo to Defend Israel Against Politically Motivated Investigations by the International Criminal Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and a supermajority of the Senate are urging Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to use America's influence to curtail the politically driven investigations by the International Criminal Court against our ally Israel. In a letter Wednesday, the senators wrote: "By accepting Palestinian territorial claims over the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, the Prosecutor is making a political judgment that biases any subsequent inve… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cardin Urges Expansion of Mental and Behavioral Health Services to Combat Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today underscored the importance of mental and behavioral health care to as a key part of the effort to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a recent conversation with leading healthcare providers from across Maryland, the senator spotlighted the need for expanded access to mental and behavioral health services, along with the need for strengthened internet connectivity… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Cardin, Young Lead Effort to Continue Humanitarian Lifeline for Yemeni Civilians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), with colleagues Chris Coons (D-Del.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) are asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development John Barsa to provide details of USAID's humanitarian aid to Yemen. The conflict in Yemen fuels regional instability and threatens U.S. national security. On March 27, the Trump administration announced it was … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Cardin, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Ensure All Students Have Access to Internet During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), joined Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and 43 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in introducing the Emergency Educational Connections Act, legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill is the Senate companion to legislation recently introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), but makes one important … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $4.1 Million in COVID-19 Relief for State Fishing Industry

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced the award of $4,125,118 for Maryland's fishing industry through the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Last month, the delegation wrote to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur R… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Lead Effort to Ensure Maximum Financial Assistance for Those Enrolled in ACA Exchange Plans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), have introduced legislation that would enable individuals collecting enhanced federal unemployment compensation to receive maximum financial assistance when enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plans. The bill also temporarily eliminates the repayment burden of excess advance premium tax credits. For thos… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $4.2 Million to Reduce Crime and Improve Public Safety in Baltimore City

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $4,258,843 in new federal support for the Baltimore City Police Department through the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Operation Relentless Pursuit (ORP). This federal initiative, announced in December of 2019, aims to increase federal law enforcement r… Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues Push to Expand Delivery for SNAP Recipients During Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined bipartisan colleagues in a letter calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately work to ensure SNAP participants can receive home food delivery and curbside pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter to USDA, the Senators wrote, "The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented rise in unemployment and a subsequent increase in demand for food assistance. At the same time, social distancing guidelines a… Continue Reading


May 11, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Urge State Department, USAID Protect GLobal LGBTQI Population During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bicameral group of colleagues in calling on the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to take urgent action to protect the global LGBTQI population and other vulnerable communities that are being persecuted and discriminated against during the coronavirus pandemic. Many governments are using the public health emergency as an excuse to further marginalize… Continue Reading

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