Press Releases & Statements

March 07, 2019

Cardin Introduces Bill to Provide Pathways to Debt-Free Undergraduate Education for Future Public Servants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced legislation that will create new opportunities for students who commit to future public service careers to receive debt-free undergraduate education. Cardin's bill, S. 686, the Strengthening American Communities Act, expands the ways in which public servants can finance their undergraduate educations. Rather than taking out student loans to pay for their degrees, the act establishes the Natio… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin, Capito Introduce 5-Year Measure to Authorize Long-term Funding Increase for the Chesapeake Bay Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Thursday announced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the foundational regional partnership supporting the Chesapeake Bay's health and restoration: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program. Building on previous Cardin-Capito efforts, the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act (S. 701) would provide $90 million in FY2020, with a $500,000 increase each year for the five years authorized… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Call on DHS to Grant Sufficient H-2B Visas to Meet Maryland Businesses’ Needs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to use her existing authority to grant additional H-2B visas in order to meet the needs of American small businesses. The Senators write, "We have spoken numerous times in the past regarding the unpredictability of the guest worker visa system and the need for reform that meets the needs of American businesses and provides the necessary pro… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Senate Floor Speech on Gun Safety

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I urge the Senate to take up legislation to require universal and complete background checks for individuals seeking to purchase a gun. I am pleased that the House recently passed this legislation, and it is well past time for the Senate to act. Rarely has a month gone by without a mass shooting, and many communities are ravaged daily by gun violence that does not make the news headlines. Individuals have used firearms to take countless innocent lives in concerts, … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin, Leahy, Torres, McGovern Introduce Bill to Protect the Rule of Law in Guatemala

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have introduced the Guatemala Rule of Law Accountability Act to authorize Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against Guatemalan officials who have engaged in corruption, obstructed justice, misused U.S.-provided equipment, disobeyed Guatemalan Constitutional Court rulings, and interfered with the work of the U.S. government. In Guatemala, th… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Democrats in Calling on Chairman Graham to Hold Hearings on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined a group of Democrats in signing a letter to U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday calling on him to hold hearings on universal background checks legislation, which is supported by 97% of Americans. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. The Senate counterpart bill, the Background Check Expansion Act, is cur… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cardin, Brown, Wicker, Collins Reintroduce Bipartisan Fix to Make Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screenings More Accessible to Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced legislation to protect seniors from out-of-pocket costs for preventive colonoscopies. Currently, Medicare charges seniors for colonoscopies when a polyp is removed during the procedure even though colorectal cancer screenings are promoted as a free service under Medicare. The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act would make a long-overdue fix to… Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $100,000 Investment in Garrett College IT Infrastructure

WASHINGTON ­­- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (MD-08) today announced a $50,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Garrett College. The federal funding, coupled with $50,000 in local funding, will provide $100,000 to further upgrade internet connectivity for the campus. The project will support mobile learning, research and information exchange for 5,700 students and 500 community members annually. "ARC has been a reliable … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Maryland, Virginia Senators Press OMB on Implementation of Federal Pay Raise

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to request a timeline for the implementation of the 1.9 percent pay increase for federal employees that the Senators worked to pass into law earlier this year. While the pay increase was signed into law on February 15, the President has yet to sign an Executive Order to implement the increas… Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3 Million for Affordable Housing in Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $3 million in federal funding for the development of affordable housing and community facilities in low-income communities in Baltimore, Maryland. This grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and will support financing for the preservation, rehabilitation, development, or purchase of affordable housing for low-income communities; … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Cardin Floor Statement on the Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to Head to EPA and the Need to Act on Climate Change

As we are considering the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency, I think we should pause a moment to recognize this administration's record on the environment--or should I say the missed opportunities--and what this administration has done in moving America in the wrong direction on environmental protection. This administration's record in dealing with the greatest challenge we have--global climate change--is deplorable. I had the opportunity to lead a delegation of … Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Urge WMATA To Prioritize Safety In Maintenance Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) wrote a letter to the WMATA Board of Directors in support of maintaining Metrorail's current overnight safety maintenance schedule, to ensure that critical safety work is completed as soon as possible and to prevent more daytime single-tracking. Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner and Kaine, agree with oversight officials that riders' safety should be the top priority… Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement following the Senate vote on S. 311, which he called an orchestrated attack on women's health. "The Supreme Court made clear that women in this country have a constitutional right to autonomy over their health and well-being. It has always been illegal to kill or harm a newborn infant, and this bill had nothing to do with that. Instead, this bill would have subjected medical professionals to unprecedented criminal lia… Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Democratic Leaders to Pompeo: Continue Funding the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Washington-Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Representative Albio Sires, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; and Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to maintain robust funding for the Inter-American Commission on Human Ri… Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Cardin, Group Of 9 Senators To Reintroduce Voter Empowerment Act To Help Protect The Voting Rights Of People Across The Country And Ensure All Americans Have Equal Access To The Ballot

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today announced the reintroduction of the Voter Empowerment Act. This legislation would help protect the voting rights of people across the country by ensuring equal access to the ballot for every eligible voter, modernizing voter registra… Continue Reading


February 26, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Talks Public Education with Kirwan Commission Chairman

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin convened members of Maryland's congressional delegation on Tuesday to meet with Dr. William E. "Brit" Kirwan, Chairman of the Maryland Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission). Participants included Senators Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Congressman C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, Congressman John P. Sarbanes and Congressman David Trone (All D-Md.). The members spoke in d… Continue Reading


February 22, 2019

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Russia Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019. The comprehensive legislation seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in … Continue Reading


February 20, 2019

Cardin Leads Reintroduction of Bill to Improve Diversity in U.S. National Security Workforce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), recently introduced legislation to strengthen employee diversity in the U.S. national security workforce through enhanced hiring, retention, and growth practices. The National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act of 2019 (S. 497) would codify that a di… Continue Reading


February 19, 2019

Cardin, Cornyn and Jones Join Forces to Protect Military Spouses Who Are Teachers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) together have introduced legislation that will eliminate a barrier for teachers in military families to earn loan forgiveness for their years of public service. S. 532, the Preserving Teacher Loan Forgiveness for Military Spouses Act, would ensure that military spouses teaching in our hardest-to-serve school districts do not lose eligibility for the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program should they fol… Continue Reading


February 14, 2019

Cardin Responds to Passage of Appropriations Package and Probable Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called today's vote by the Senate on an appropriations compromise package positive for Maryland, our country and federal workers. The legislation, which passed the Senate 83-16, next will be voted on by the House of Representatives. Senator Cardin also responded to Senator Mitch McConnell's announcement that President Trump would sign the bill and simultaneously issue an emergency declaration for the southern border. "There is no such thing as a 'goo… Continue Reading

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