Press Releases & Statements

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

January 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Urge President Obama to Help Workers Get Paid Fairly for Overtime Hours

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) today wrote to President Barack Obama reiterating their support for updating overtime rules to ensure more Maryland workers are paid fairly for overtime hours. In the letter, along with two dozen of their Senate colleagues, urged the administration to raise the overtime threshold for salaried workers to $56,680 a year to strengthen overtime protections for millions more middle-class workers. "Too many Americans are wo… Continue Reading

January 29, 2015

Cardin Calls His Vote Against the Keystone XL Pipeline a Vote for Public Health and Environmental Safety

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 would override the regulatory process and approve an extension of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. S. 1 was deemed the highest priority by the new Republican Senate majority. "We should never allow politics to supersede the rule of law, science and the health and safety of our communities. This bill is about giving … Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Cardin, McCain Reintroduce Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), have introduced their bill, S. 284 the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act that would ensure human rights abusers and corrupt officials are denied entry into the United States and barred from using our financial institutions. The legislation would expand the Russia-specific sanctions in the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Public Law 112-208) to apply globally, and would make significant acts of… Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Cardin Denounces Senate Vote Against Clean Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, expressed his amazement Wednesday as the Republican-controlled Senate said no to protecting the water supply of communities that would be in the vicinity of the Keystone XL pipeline. Senator Cardin's amendment #75 to S. 1 would have provided communities that rely on drinking water from a source that may be affected by a bitumen leak or spill from the Keystone XL pipeline an analysis of the… Continue Reading

January 28, 2015

Cardin Joins Atlantic Coast Colleagues in Denouncing Off-Shore Drilling Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, was joined at a press conference by East Coast Senators opposing the reported plan by the Obama administration to open up areas of the Atlantic Coast to offshore oil drilling. "As we've seen, time and time again, oil spills do not respect state boundaries. We are still trying to clean up after the BP oil spill. Everyone from Maryland watermen to small business owners are put at risk b… Continue Reading

January 27, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Kirk Introduce Resolution Commemorating The 70th Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Auschwitz

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today announced introduction of their bipartisan resolution commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, which is on January 27. "The crimes perpetrated by the Nazis at Auschwitz and other camps across Europe were some of the worst human rights violations the world has ever seen. This resolution honors the memories of those who perished among the nearly unimaginable horrors of… Continue Reading

January 27, 2015

Cardin Marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in the memory of all those who perished during the Holocaust: "On this day in 1945, the Nazi Concentration Camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. The world could no longer deny the enormity of the horrors committed in such a small place. As survivors told their stories, journalists snapped photos, and human rights violators confessed to crimes across Europe, it … Continue Reading

January 27, 2015

Senate Democrats Write President Obama on Iran Negotiations

Washington, DC - Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and 9 other Senate Democrats sent the following letter to President Obama regarding Iran nuclear negotiations. The letter was signed by United States Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). The letter can be fou… Continue Reading

January 26, 2015

Cardin Statement on Amendments to Keystone XL Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to uphold his promise to return the Senate to 'regular order' and allow reasonable debate of Democratic amendments to a bill that would authorize the Keystone XL northern leg. "It is disappointing that just over three weeks onto the new Congress, the new leader has lapsed to setting arbitrary deadlines to cut off even the most token of debate o… Continue Reading

January 22, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision of Roe v. Wade. "Empowering women is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our country. Core to this is the constitutional right women have to make their own choices about their own health and well-being. I have always supported the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which codified this essential right to privacy. We must allow wom… Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Cardin Seeks to Roll Back the Dangers of Citizens United

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) marked the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission by calling on his colleagues to take steps to rein in nearly unlimited campaign contributions from special interests and corporations. "Citizens United was one of the worst decisions handed down by the Supreme Court in recent memory and will only corrode the integrity of our democracy the longer it is on the books," said Senator Cardin. "Ne… Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Cardin Urges Colleagues to Heed President Obama’s Call to Combat Climate Change, Expand Clean Energy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised President Obama for sharing the facts about climate change with the country during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. "I agree, Mr. President, it does not take a scientist to know that something dangerous is happening to our climate when we've just experienced 14 or the 15 warmest years on record," said Senator Cardin. "President Obama is absolutely corr… Continue Reading

January 21, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Additional $6.2 Million In Federal Energy Assistance Funding For Low-Income Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Maryland will receive an additional $6.2 million in federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help families with modest incomes stay warm this winter. This brings Maryland's total to $68.3 million in federal funds and is made possible through the recently-passed Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 law. "We cannot leave th… Continue Reading

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