Press Releases & Statements

May 20, 2014

Cardin Responds to Expanded Magnitsky List

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Finance committees, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act and the Global Human Rights Accountability Act (S. 1933), made the following statement regarding the latest release of names to be added to the list of individuals held accountable for gross human rights violations under the law. "The addition of 12 names to the Magnitsk… Continue Reading


May 20, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce More Than $11 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 $11,034,038 grant from the U.S. DoT for runway safety enhancements and upgrades at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "Continued federal investment in BWI Marshall reflects our commitment to maintaining safety in the air and on the grou… Continue Reading


May 19, 2014

Members of Team Maryland "Green Light" MD 355 Intersection Improvement Project and Other 2014 Statewide BRAC Transportation Solutions

BETHESDA, Md. (May 19, 2014) - Today, Senator Ben Cardin was joined by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, County Executive Ike Leggett, Deputy Transportation Secretary Wilson H. Parran, and other state, military and local officials to give the "green light" on a $13.8 million construction project to enhance traffic safety along MD 355 (Rockville Pike) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. … Continue Reading


May 19, 2014

Cardin Wants Students To Be Able To Refinance Loans For Lower Rates, Easing Debt Load

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, visited Bowie State University last week to talk with BSU President Mickey L. Burnim about the growing crisis in college affordability and ways the federal government could work with higher education institutions to ease the burden for students. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of the Bank on Students Emergency Refinancing Act (S. 2292), which would allow those who currently hold student loan debt to refinance i… Continue Reading


May 16, 2014

Cardin Calls On MOCO Small Businesses For Guidance On Federal Role In Promoting Growth Opportunities

Rockville, Md. - As part of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, met with Montgomery County small business leaders Friday for a roundtable discussion on the current economic climate for small businesses. As these small companies seek a fair shot at customers and contracts, particularly in the wake of sequestration, Senator Cardin is seeking feedback on how the federal government can be a better partner… Continue Reading


May 15, 2014

Cardin Praises WRDA Conference Report For Protection Of Maryland Jobs And Environment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee and a member of the Conference Committee for the Water Resources Development Act, praised the bipartisan conference report for its attention to maintaining and creating quality jobs, protecting the environment and promoting public health. "Clean water means good jobs and better health for Marylanders. The Conference Report on the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) is a win for Maryland wi… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

During National Police Week, Cardin Renews Call For National Blue Alert

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement during National Police Week. He plans to give full remarks from the floor of the U.S. Senate later this week. "This week, we commemorate National Police Week and those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice while keeping the public and our communities safe. Some might take for granted more than 900,000 brave federal, state and local law enforcement officers who dedicate their lives to protecting o… Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $1,000,000 In Federal Funding To Improve Safety, Efficiency At Hagerstown Airport

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md) today announced that Washington County has been awarded a $1,000,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin the process of rehabilitating and improving taxiways at the Hagerstown Regional Airport. "This federal grant ensures that the Hagerstown Regional Airport can continue to serve travelers from Washington County and the surrounding area as a safely, rel… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Van Hollen, Sarbanes and Delaney, Send Letter to Pfizer CEO Supporting Maryland Jobs

WASHINGTON - Six members of the Maryland Congressional delegation have written to Pfizer CEO Ian Read concerning the company's potential acquisition of AstraZeneca, which employs over 3,000 in Maryland. The letter was signed by Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3) and Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6). The text of the letter is… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Obama Nomination of Pamela Harris for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals

Senators Recommended Ms. Harris to President Obama for Federal Bench WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised President Obama's nomination of Pamela A. Harris of Potomac, Maryland, to fill the vacancy created on the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals when Judge Andre Davis took senior status. The Fourth Circuit is a federal court located in Richmond, Virginia, with appellate jurisdiction over district courts in five states, including Mary… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

Senators Express Concerns over Maritime Dispute in South China Sea, Call Chinese Actions “Troubling”

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of senators called recent actions by Chinese ships in the South China Sea "deeply troubling," and urged their colleagues to pass a senate resolution 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. The statement was issued by the co-sponsors of Senate Resolution 412, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), M… Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

Cardin Highlights Women’s Health At Pre-Mother’s Day Visit To Baltimore Health Center

BALTIMORE - In the lead up to Mother's Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, met with health professionals at Chase Brexton Health Care in Baltimore to talk about the benefits women and their families have gained from the Affordable Care Act. The roundtable also covered the expanding role federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have in health care delivery. Chase Brexton, a federally qualified health center, recently added a state-of-th… Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

Cardin Rallies National Dental Association

Washington -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) marked National Dental Association Day on Capitol Hill Thursday by addressing dental professionals and policy makers on the importance of oral health care as part of comprehensive health care coverage. Senator Cardin worked to ensure passage of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act that required states to include pediatric oral health care as part of the Essential Benefits package. The Affordable Care Act allows dental benefits coverage to be mad… Continue Reading


May 08, 2014

Senator Cardin Announces Service Academy Appointments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), today announced that eight Marylanders he nominated for the U.S. Service Academies have accepted appointments for the 2014-2015 academic year. The five U.S. service academies - the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy - recruit top-notch young American men and women of good character who will gain an excellent education while deepening their d… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Frederick County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Junior Fire Company has been awarded $24,995 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "When we are running away from danger, our first responders are running toward it," said Senator Cardin. "When the Junior Fire Company goes out on a call; they should have the right equipme… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Mikulski, Cardin Announce Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Cecil County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun has been awarded $42,062 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "When the worst happens it is crucial that our first responders have the latest in life saving skills and technology," said Senator Cardin. "I applaud the Department of Home… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Nearly $10 Million In Rural Development Funding For Water And Wastewater Disposal Projects In Rural Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $5,226,000 in federal grants and $4,670,000 in loans through the USDA Rural Development Water and Wastewater Disposal Program will be used to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in four Maryland towns and one senior community. This funding was made available through the 2014 Farm Bill, which both Senators Cardin and Mikulski supported. Senator Cardin is Chairman of the Environment and Public Works … Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Senators Express Shock, Concern in Letter to Nigerian President Regarding Kidnapping of Schoolgirls

Washington-U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md) Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), Robert Menendez (D-Nj), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-De) wrote a letter to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan expressing deep concern for the welfare of the women and girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The Senators encourage the Nigerian government to engage with international partners to address the root causes of unrest in the country. The letter appears below: Dear President Jonathan, We w… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

Cardin Welcomes Members of Pussy Riot to U.S. Capitol to Spotlight Deteriorating Human Rights in Russia

WASHINGTON - On the second anniversary of the Russian Government's crackdown on Bolotnaya Square protests in Moscow, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, met at the U.S. Capitol with Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria [Masha] Alyokhina of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot. The women, who have experienced firsthand the harsh and political nature of Russia's judicial system, are visiting Washington t… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

Cardin Urges International Cooperation in Seeking Return of Kidnapped School Girls in Nigeria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and member of the Subcommittee on African Affairs, released the following statement regarding the kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian school girls: "It is unconscionable that more than 200 young women attempting to gain an education have been kidnapped by the extremist terrorist group Boko Haram. Even more disturbing is the fact that they intend to sell these girls into slavery and forced… Continue Reading

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