Press Releases & Statements

August 27, 2015

Cardin: Prince George’s County Housing Market Showing Signs of Recovery

LARGO, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, today held a roundtable discussion on housing and home ownership issues in Prince George's County and nationwide. Senator Cardin was joined in the discussion, which focused largely on the ongoing foreclosure crisis, by community leaders and members of state and county government. The conversation followed up on a December 2014 roundtable discussion in Upper Marlboro that included Julian Castro, Secretary o… Continue Reading

August 25, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Sarbanes Announce More Than $3.6 Million To Help Eliminate Hazardous Lead From Baltimore Homes

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.), today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $3,365,733 million in Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration grant program funding and $325,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funding to the City of Baltimore. With this grant, the City will be able to address lead hazards in 230 housing units for low- and very low-income fam… Continue Reading

August 21, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $17,500 For Morgan State University Transportation Jobs Fellowship Program

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Morgan State University has been awarded $17,500 in federal grant funding to prepare students for transportation jobs. Federal funding is supported through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP). Morgan State University will use this grant funding to provide fellowships toward the pursuit of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree… Continue Reading

August 20, 2015

Cardin: Decision to Kill the Red Line Project Bad for Baltimore

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), released the following statement regarding Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's official notification to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that he is cancelling the Red Line mass transit project in Baltimore City. "Governor Hogan has promised to help Baltimore become a stronger city, but today he decided to officially pass on a prime opportunity to do just that. The gove… Continue Reading

August 19, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement Regarding the Ongoing Conflict in South Sudan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the ongoing conflict in South Sudan. "While I welcome the signing of a peace agreement by the Sudanese People Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO), I am concerned by the government of South Sudan's delay in signing the accord. The human cost of this war has been beyond measure -- tens of thousands have been killed and the level of brutality has been un… Continue Reading

August 18, 2015

Cardin Leads Effort to Bring Added Economic Transparency to Offshore Drilling Operations

WASHINGTON - In the wake of the decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil off the coast of Alaska, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 11 fellow senators are calling on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to require increased transparency from companies engaged in offshore drilling in American waters. The dozen senators have asked the SEC to require these companies to disclose to the public and investors the inherent real and potential threats offshore drilling poses to … Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Team Maryland In Announcing Federal Funding To Combat Heroin Trafficking In Washington / Baltimore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that $2.5 million in federal funding has been awarded to the Washington/Baltimore region together with regional partners to combat heroin and fentanyl drug trafficking through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program. The Was… Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Team Maryland Announce More Than $80 Million In Federal Dollars To Protect Maryland, National Capital Region From Terrorism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced $80,619,955 in emergency preparedness grants for Maryland from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The grants, awarded by the DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will help Maryland prepare for and respond to emergencie… Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Legend Julian Bond

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of Julian Bond: "Julian Bond embodied the best ideals of the American spirit. Mr. Bond dedicated his life to promoting equality and justice for all Americans. "As a member of the Georgia state legislature, Southern Poverty Law Center and Chairman of the NAACP, headquartered in Baltimore, Julian Bond helped change America for the better. "Julian Bond inspired me in public service and in the defen… Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $2.7 Million In Federal Funding for Community Health Centers In Baltimore City, Frederick and Montgomery Counties

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $2,723,663 in funding through the Affordable Care Act to five new community health centers in Maryland. Community health centers provide comprehensive, high quality primary and preventive care to Americans in rural and urban communities, who otherwise may face hurdles in accessing basic health care services. These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for an estima… Continue Reading

August 14, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine Call On Metro Board To Hold Emergency Safety Meeting Following Most Recent Derailment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), together with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.), today called on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Board of Directors to convene an emergency safety meeting following revelations that Metro neglected to fix an identified safety problem. Metro, once again, put service over safety and maintenance, leading to the derailment of a train near the Smithsonian station last week. While th… Continue Reading

August 14, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on Secretary of State John Kerry’s Visit to Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Cuba and the raising of the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. "Today marks a significant milestone in the restoration of the U.S. - Cuban relationship that is long overdue. As the top U.S. diplomat, it is appropriate and meaningful that Secretary of State John Kerry is in Havana today for this momentous occas… Continue Reading

August 13, 2015

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Presses Maryland Governor Larry Hogan on Funding for City’s Transit System

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, and Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan pressing him to detail how much money his administration is willing to invest in Baltimore's transit system. The letter comes three days after a Monday, August 10th meeting hosted by Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn on the Governor's decision to cancel the Red Line project, which Cummings, Mi… Continue Reading

August 13, 2015

Senators Express Concern in Letter to Secretary Kerry Regarding Treatment of Dominican-born Individuals of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), wrote Secretary of State John Kerry today regarding the treatment of Dominican-born individuals of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. In their letter, the Senators write: "As you know, in 2013, the Dominican Republic's C… Continue Reading

August 13, 2015

Cardin Statement On Leyla and Arif Yunus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following in response to today's sentencing of civil society activists in Azerbaijan. Senator Cardin has been an outspoken critic of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society. Most recently, he called on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to halt human rights abuses, respect the freedom of the press, and allow the reopening of Radio Free Europe. "I am deeply distur… Continue Reading

August 12, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce More Than $4.1 Million In Federal Grant Funding To Improve Infrastructure And Efficiency At The Frederick Municipal Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the City of Frederick has been awarded a $4,137,300 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the removal of obstructions at the Frederick Municipal Airport. "The smooth functioning of operations at Frederick Municipal Airport is critically important to travel and commerce in Western Maryland and … Continue Reading

August 11, 2015

Senators Urge President Obama to Raise Human Rights Concerns during upcoming September Visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and John Cornyn (R-TX) wrote President Obama ahead of his September visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the United States. In the lette… Continue Reading

August 06, 2015

50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

Mr. President, I rise today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which we will celebrate today, August 6. I want to spend a few minutes talking about Freedom Summer, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the civil rights challenges we still face today, and how Senators can work together to make this a more perfect union and guarantee equal justice under the law to all Americans, as promised by our Constitution. On January 23, 1… Continue Reading

August 06, 2015

Combatting Human Trafficking

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss one of the great moral challenges of our time - human trafficking. The term human trafficking involves crimes of forced labor, sexual exploitation, debt bondage, forced marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children. Trafficking in persons destroys people and corrodes communities. It distorts labor markets and undermines stability and the rule of law. It is fueled by greed, violence, and corruption. There are at least 21 million vi… Continue Reading

August 05, 2015

Cardin, Boozman Call for Wall of Remembrance to be Added to Korean War Memorial on National Mall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) today have introduced legislation that would authorize a Wall of Remembrance to be added to the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This addition to the current memorial, to be built without the use of public funds, would recognize individual members of the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives in theater during the Korean War, as well as the number of service members who were wounded in ac… Continue Reading

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