Press Releases & Statements

January 29, 2014

Cardin, Collins Lead Senate Effort To Protect Advanced Biofuel Incentives That Move Beyond Corn-Based Ethanol

WASHINGTON - Writing in support of advanced biofuel incentives that move beyond corn-based ethanol, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and eight of their senate colleagues have urged Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to reconsider proposed reductions to the volume obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard. "We are concerned that reducing the RVOs for advanced biofuels production is the wrong approach. … If the final rule were to … Continue Reading


January 28, 2014

Cardin Calls For Congress To Work With The President To Restore The Promise Of The American Dream

WASHINGTON - In response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) offered the following remarks on a few key topics. Audio and video are available at the links below. Senator Cardin's guest for the President's speech was Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels. Johns Hopkins is one of the many world-class universities across Maryland. "Unfortunately, the American Dream is becoming a fantasy. If you work hard and play by the rules, you … Continue Reading


January 28, 2014

Cardin Joins Amicus Brief to Defend the Rights of Women in SCOTUS Case

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 18 of his colleagues filed an amicus brief in support of the government's position in the case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which is currently pending before the Supreme Court of the United States. The brief provides an authoritative account of the legislative history and intent underlying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senators urge the Supreme Court to reverse the Te… Continue Reading


January 28, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Judiciary Committee’s Approval Of Nominees Hazel And Chuang For Maryland District Court Seats

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to approve George Jarrod Hazel and Theodore David Chuang to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, located in Greenbelt. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Hazel and Chuang to President Obama for these positions on the federal bench. The nominations of Hazel, who currently serves as the Chief Deputy Stat… Continue Reading


January 24, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Urge Greater Federal Focus on Affordable Rental Housing

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to strengthen our economy and increase the supply of affordable rental housing across the country, Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) joined Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and 30 other Senators in sending a letter to Mel Watt, the Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), urging him to end the suspension of contributions to the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) and the Capital Magnet Fund (CMF) within all applicable laws, rules, and reg… Continue Reading


January 16, 2014

Cardin, McCain Introduce Global Human Rights Accountability Act

"Visiting the United States and having access to our financial system, including U.S. dollars, are privileges that should not be extended to those who violate basic human rights and the rule of law." WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have introduced the Global Human Rights Accountability Act, legislation that would ensure human rights abusers from anywhere in the world are denied entry into the Unit… Continue Reading


January 15, 2014

Cardin Welcomes Nomination of Small Business Administrator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, released the following statement on the nomination of Maria Contreras-Sweet to be the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration: "Small businesses create jobs. Across Maryland, small business owners rely on the SBA, which has been in need of leadership for too long. As a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, I look forward to holding a timely and open heari… Continue Reading


January 14, 2014

Cardin Disappointed Senate Republicans Continue to Block Extension of Emergency Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today criticized Senate Republicans for their continuing opposition to extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits during this time of high unemployment. The modest benefits provided by unemployment insurance kept 2.5 million Americans, including 600,000 children, out of poverty last year. "Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits is the right thing to do. We never should have let it … Continue Reading


January 14, 2014

Statement On Judge Robert Wilkins To Be United States Circuit Judge For The District Of Columbia Circuit

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise in strong support of the nomination of Judge Robert L. Wilkins to be a circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. I was pleased to introduce Judge Wilkins to the Judiciary Committee in September and the committee favorably reported his nomination in October. He was filibustered in November, and I am pleased we are reconsidering his nomination today. Judge Wilkins currently serves as a Federal District Judge in the U.S. … Continue Reading


January 13, 2014

Cardin Applauds Senate Confirmation Of Judge Robert Wilkins To The D.C. Court Of Appeals

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD lauded the confirmation of Judge Robert L. Wilkins to fill a long-vacant seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In 2010 Judge Wilkins was unanimously confirmed to sit as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in November Wilkins fell victim to a Republican filibuster. "I had the pleasure of introducing Judge Robert L. Wilkins to the Judiciary Committee some months ago. Tonight I am pleas… Continue Reading


January 11, 2014

Cardin Statement on the Death of Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon

BALTIMORE, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ariel Sharon and the people of Israel at this very difficult time. For eight years, they have stood vigil as a great general fought the greatest battle of his life. His legacy shall always be an unwavering dedication to the security of the Jewi… Continue Reading


January 10, 2014

Cardin Welcomes the Nomination of Dr. Deborah L. Birx of Maryland to be Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed President Barack Obama's nomination of Dr. Deborah L. Birx to be the Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally. "Maryland is home to the very best medical researchers in the world, so I am pleased that President Obama has nominated long-time Potomac resident Dr. Deborah Birx to such an essential post in the Department o… Continue Reading


January 09, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Innovative Readiness Training Program To Benefit Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and The Army Reserve will hold an Innovative Readiness Training Program (IRT) medical training event in partnership with the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, Inc. (HRDC) and the Allegany County Health Department. The event will take place over a two week period during which military medical pro… Continue Reading


January 09, 2014

Cardin Mikulski Call For Renewed Action From White House To Free Marylander Warren Weinstein Kidnapped By Terrorists In Pakistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) in a letter to President Obama called for renewed action to help free Marylander Warren Weinstein who was kidnapped by terrorists from his residence in Pakistan. The 72-year-old resident of Rockville was taken hostage in August of 2011. "In a video released on December 26, 2013, Mr. Weinstein states that he feels 'totally abandoned and forgotten' by his country. Mr. Weinstein's wife, Mrs. Elaine Weinstein, is concern… Continue Reading


January 08, 2014

Cardin welcomes first 7000-series railcars

Today, a new era of safety, comfort and convenience arrived at Metro as the first 7000-series train pulled into Greenbelt Station. The newest addition to the rail fleet will fulfill a critical National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation by replacing the oldest cars in the fleet, while also adding train capacity. Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles was joined by Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Governor Martin O'Malley, Mayor Vincent Gray and other officials … Continue Reading


January 06, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Congratulate Maryland For Winning A Federal Performance Bonus To Help Cover Costs Of Providing More Maryland Kids With Health Coverage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised Maryland's dedication and innovation in improving access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that led to winning a $43.4 million "performance bonus" from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in fiscal year 2013 to cover the costs of providing more Maryland kids with health coverage. "Keeping all of our kids healthy is a priority. Congratulations to all those who ha… Continue Reading


December 20, 2013

Cardin Statement on the Release of Mikhail Khordorkovsky

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement: "Freeing political prisoners is always a good thing and necessary step. Releasing Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others brings Russia closer to where it should be as a modern European state. It is too early to tell if this could lead to broader reform. For now, I share the joyful anticipation of those who may get to gre… Continue Reading


December 20, 2013

Cardin Says Bipartisan Defense Authorization Bill Will Improve The Quality Of Life For Two Million Men And Women Of Our All-Volunteer Force And Their Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today praised the Senate for its work on a bipartisan defense authorization bill in the midst of much gridlock on other issues. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 was approved by the Senate Thursday evening. "I commend my colleagues for coming together before the end of the year to ensure that the men and women who so honorably defend our nation have the tools and the support they need to carry out their mission. Maryland … Continue Reading


December 19, 2013

Cardin Sponsors Bill To Keep Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, and 25 of his colleagues today introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act, bipartisan legislation proposing prospective sanctions on Iran should the regime violate the interim Joint Plan of Action agreed to in Geneva or should Iran fail to reach a final agreement. The legislation is consistent with President Obama's commitments that no new sanctions would go into effect as long as Iran is i… Continue Reading


December 19, 2013

Senate Majority Calls On OPM To Allow Rollovers For Health FSA Accounts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and his National Capital Region colleagues Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.), led a majority of the Senate this week, including all 53 Democrats and 2 Independents, in a letter to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kathleen Archuleta urging her to allow the federal workforce to take advantage of the new Treasury/IRS rule allowing a $500 rollover of unused health Flexible Savings Account (FSA) funds… Continue Reading

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