Press Releases & Statements

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

January 21, 2015

Cardin Says Congress Should Work With the President to Ensure Hard-Working American Families Are a Priority During Our Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON - In response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement. Video is available here. Senator Cardin's guest for the President's speech was Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh (R). "President Obama is right to be concerned that our economic recovery is not reaching all working- and middle-income families. I agree with him that while America's economy has been showing signs of strength, too many familie… Continue Reading

January 16, 2015

Cardin Reflections on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015

BALTIMORE, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is commemorated on Monday, January 19, 2015: "A true patriot, symbolic of the highest ideals of American and human virtue, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has rightfully been honored with a federal holiday for the last 25 years. Dr. King was famous for having a dream, but what made him remarkable was his drive towards making his dream into a reality, for which he ul… Continue Reading

January 16, 2015

Cardin, Cummings, Sarbanes Join Agricultural Leaders, Conservationists in Applauding First Grants to Chesapeake Bay Watershed from New Farm Bill Program

WOODSTOCK, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.), U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller, Maryland Agriculture Secretary "Buddy" Hance and prominent conservation organizations today assembled at the Howard County Conservancy to celebrate the inaugural round of Chesapeake Bay conservation funding administered under a new Farm Bill program. Speaking at the Gudelsky Environmental E… Continue Reading

January 15, 2015

Team Maryland Urges Support for Red and Purple Line Projects

Team Maryland Urges Support for Red and Purple Line Projects "The entire Baltimore and Greater Washington area Congressional Delegations have fought hard to ensure that federal funds are available to support the Red and Purple Lines." Washington, D.C. (Jan. 15, 2015)-Today, Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Chris Van Hollen, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, and John K. Delaney (all D-MD) joine… Continue Reading

January 15, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $62,000 for Telehealth Program in Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $62,000 federal grant to the Garrett County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) to fund a telehealth program that will improve the community's access to specialty medical services. The new telehealth units will help connect seniors, kids and families in Western Maryland with quality specialized health care in t… Continue Reading

January 14, 2015

Cardin Hails the Start of New Farm Bill Funding to Help Maryland Farmers Improve the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE, Md. -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, lauded the announcement today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack of new conservation grants to support the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed region. In total, Secretary Vilsack announced funding for 115 high-impact projects nationwide that will receive more than $370 million in Federal funding as part of the new USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). … Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Cardin, Schatz Introduce Legislation to Give Federal Workers a Well-Deserved Raise

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) today introduced legislation to provide a 3.8 percent pay raise to federal workers in calendar year 2016. Federal employees have lost over a billion dollars in salary and benefits due to sequestration and a three-year pay freeze from January 2011 to December 2013. "We have continued to place an increasing burden on federal workers, who now represent the lowest percentage of the total American workforce in the thre… Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Cardin Issues Statement on Washington Metro Passenger Fatality, Hospitalizations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released the following statement on Monday's fatal Metro incident, the latest safety failure of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). "I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Monday's electrical systems malfunction on the Yellow Line that killed one passenger and hospitalized more than 80 others. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those affected by the tragedy. A daily commute or tourist visit to our Nation… Continue Reading

January 13, 2015

Cardin, Portman, Larson and Tiberi Unite to Remove Bad Actors from CMS Bidding Process

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, and Reps John Larson (D-CT-01), and Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12), both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, have introduced joint legislation to protect seniors and those who rely on durable medical equipment, prosthetic and orthotic devices, and supplies from predatory business practices. The Medicare Competitive Bidding Improvement Act (MCBIA), S.148, would ensure … Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Cardin Statement on Senator Barbara Boxer’s Retirement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after the announcement that Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, would not seek reelection in 2016: "I am proud to call Barbara Boxer a good friend and colleague. She has dedicated her career to serving the people of California and she has never been afraid to stand up and fight for what is right. … Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Cardin, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Help Protect Consumers from Fraudulent Tax Preparers

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin, (D-Md.), and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member, Ron (Wyden, D-Ore.), today unveiled legislation that provides the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) explicit authority to regulate paid tax return preparers. With nearly half of all Americans turning to others to prepare their tax filings each year, this bill requires that preparers demonstrate competency in preparing tax returns, claims for refund and related documents. "Ou… Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Cardin Meets with Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) met Thursday with current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch, nominee for Attorney General. "As America's top lawyer, the Attorney General plays a pivotal role in finding the appropriate balance between protecting the safety and security of our nation and protecting the civil rights of our citizens. I was impressed with Ms. Lynch's background and legal expertise. I look forward to following her confirmatio… Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Cardin Statement on Terrorism Risk Insurance Renewal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA): "The renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) is crucial for businesses across Maryland and our nation. Congress is acting to prevent disruptions that could have exposed these businesses to unpredictable premium increases and created a major obstacle for obtaining new project financing. The damag… Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Cosponsor Bipartisan Senate Resolution Thanking Pope Francis for His Role in the Release of Marylander Alan Gross, Improved Relations with Cuba

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), along with Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced a resolution commending Pope Francis for his leadership in helping to secure the release of Alan Gross, and for working with the governments of the United States and Cuba to achieve a more positive relationship. "I join with people of all faiths in praising Pope Francis… Continue Reading

January 08, 2015

Cardin Supports Federal Investigation of Bombing of NAACP Office

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), released the following statement in support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) joining the investigation of an explosive device that detonated outside an office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Colorado Springs. "I am relieved that no one was injured in what has been determined to have been a deliberate attempt to detonate explos… Continue Reading

January 07, 2015

Cardin Condemns Attack on French Satirical Magazine

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that has killed at least 12, including two police officers. "I condemn in the strongest possible terms the heinous attack on Charlie Hebdo. Violent attempts to silence free speech and expression are not only reprehensible, but are an affront to the democratic principles France and… Continue Reading

January 07, 2015

Cardin Signs on as Original Cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after becoming an original cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), would entirely repeal the inequitable Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ensure that all legally married, same-sex couples are treated equally under federal law. Senator Cardin also was a cosponsor of similar legislation in the 113th and 112th Congresses. "By striking down Section… Continue Reading

December 30, 2014

U.S. Helsinki Commission Chair Welcomes Additions to Magnitsky List

WASHINGTON-Following Monday's addition of four Russian individuals to the Magnitsky List by the Obama Administration, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, issued the following statement: "I welcome the announcement made by the Obama Administration that it has added four additional individuals to the visa ban and asset freeze lists mandated under the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. I applaud the work of the U.S. Depa… Continue Reading

December 27, 2014

Helsinki Commission Condemns Raid On Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Bureau In Baku

WASHINGTON-Following yesterday's raid by authorities in Azerbaijan on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's (RFE/RL) Baku bureau, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, issued the following statement: "The free and independent press in Azerbaijan remains under attack by the very authorities who should be most committed to its protection. Yesterday's raid on RFE/RL's Baku bureau continues the recent and deeply disturbing trend of the governmen… Continue Reading

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