Press Releases & Statements

December 04, 2014

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced legislation to protect seniors and those who rely on durable medical equipment, prosthetic and orthotic devices, and supplies from predatory business practices. The Portman-Cardin Medicare Competitive Bidding Improvement Act (MCBIA) would ensure a fair competitive bidding program by disallowing intentional low-ball bidding for Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Ser… Continue Reading

December 03, 2014

Cardin, Harris Join Forces To Honor Maryland Icon Harriet Tubman

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and U.S. Representative Andy Harris (R-Md.-01) lauded action in the House of Representatives today that sets the stage for votes in both the House and Senate to establish Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Parks in Maryland and New York. Senator Cardin and Dr. Harris worked together to ensure that the park designation appropriately honors the life and work of Harriet Tubman while ensuring important protections for local property o… Continue Reading

December 02, 2014

Cardin Statement on “Super Pollutants Act of 2014”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on S.2911, the "Super Pollutants Act of 2014," which was considered at an EPW committee hearing today. "Climate change is real, and it is a threat whose magnitude is impossible to overstate. The Super Pollutants Act of 2014 is a rare example of bipartisan action to address some of the most intense greenhouse gases, like black carbon, methane and hydro… Continue Reading

December 02, 2014

Cardin Hearing Highlights Local Water Utility Innovation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, called for bipartisan support to determine the best ways the federal government can support local and state water infrastructure systems. His remarks came while chairing a subcommittee hearing entitled, "Innovation and the Utilities of the Future: How Local Water Treatment Facilities are Leading the Way to Better Manage Wastewater and Water Supplies." "Every single person … Continue Reading

December 01, 2014

Cardin Calls for the Release of Marylander Held in Cuba

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement expressing disappointment surrounding the continued imprisonment of Marylander Alan Gross by the Cuban government. "As Mr. Gross nears five years of unjust incarceration in Cuba, I continue to call on the administration to do all in their power to secure his release. I am disappointed that efforts to release Mr. Gross, particularly on humanitarian grounds, hav… Continue Reading

November 26, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $400,000 To Establish New Telemedicine Health Centers On The Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) has awarded $390,115 to Crisfield Clinic, LLC, to establish new telemedicine health centers in six rural schools in Somerset County. The new telemedicine health centers in schools across the county will help connect kids and families in rural communities with quality health care. "No matter where you live, parents deserve the peace of … Continue Reading

November 25, 2014

Cardin Expresses Concerns about Extension of Talks with Iran

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the announced extension of P5+1 Iran negotiations: "The only successful outcome is where Iran is no longer a nuclear threat, where Iran has dismantled its nuclear infrastructure, limited its nuclear research and submitted to verifiable inspections without notice. This result is best achieved through diplomacy. "A year ago, Congress gave the administra… Continue Reading

November 25, 2014

Cardin Statement on the Grand Jury Decision in the Michael Brown Shooting Case

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case. "Ferguson, Missouri, will forever be marked by the needless death of Michael Brown. Let's turn this incident into the spark that launches a change in attitudes and actions rather than a point where violence begets more violence. I join with the Brown family in calling for peaceful protests in the aftermath of the grand jury's decision. … Continue Reading

November 24, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Together with Local Community, Honor Legacy of Sparrows Point Workers and Continue Fight for Jobs in Baltimore County

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today were joined by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Sparrows Point Terminal executive leadership as well as former Sparrows Point workers and their families to honor the legacy of the Sparrows Point community and continue their fight to support jobs in Baltimore County. "For several generations, the workers at the Sparrows Point mills and shipyard built… Continue Reading

November 24, 2014

Cardin Urges Marylanders to Participate in “Small Business Saturday”

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, is urging consumers to shop at local, independently owned businesses on the 5th annual "Small Business Saturday" - the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Senator Cardin recently cosponsored a resolution (S. Res. 548), which designated November 29, 2014 as "Small Business Saturday". "Small Business Saturday gives Americans the chance to support small, independently own… Continue Reading

November 24, 2014

Cardin: Congress Must Fix the Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issues the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that "it will not be finalizing 2014 applicable percentage standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program before the end of 2014": "The EPA continues to be faced with having to administer what amounts to an unworkable statute when it comes to Renewable Fuel Standard. … Continue Reading

November 20, 2014

Cardin on Immigration Reform: The House of Representatives Should Vote on the Senate-Passed Comprehensive Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's speech to the nation on steps his administration will be taking on immigration. "Comprehensive immigration reform is long overdue. No matter what side of this debate you are on, most of us agree that America's immigration system is badly broken. What we need is a balanced immigration system that is fair. Border prote… Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Cardin Disappointed the Senate was Blocked from Considering Reforms to the Flawed FISA Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement after the Senate was blocked Tuesday from beginning debate on the USA Freedom Act, which reforms FISA: "I am disappointed that Senate Republicans filibustered legislation that would have made critical reforms to our nation's surveillance laws by protecting our nation against terrorist attacks while safeguarding civil liberties. The USA FREEDOM Act would have ended the bulk collection program of the National Security A… Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Cardin Condemns Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the terror attack in Jerusalem that killed three Americans and one Briton: "The senseless targeting of innocent civilians has to be stopped; it is unacceptable under any circumstances. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured in the Jerusalem attack, as well as the people of Israel, who have endured far too many of these… Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Cardin Lauds Passage of Mikulski Child Care Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised Senate passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). He offered the following remarks to congratulate his fellow Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, S. 1086's lead sponsor, on the passage of this bipartisan legislation: "I'm proud that we were able to come together to reauthorize a successful program that will increase the safety of our children and make significant improvements to our current child care programs. Senator M… Continue Reading

November 18, 2014

Cardin Votes Against Extending the Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works and Foreign Relations committees, issued the following statement Tuesday after the vote against a measure to authorize an extension of the Keystone XL pipeline. "We should never allow politics to override the rule of law, science and the health and safety of our communities. This debate was about giving a competitive advantage for the shipping of the world's dirtiest oil from Canada through the U… Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Cardin Discusses College Affordability at Anne Arundel Community College

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today visited Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) for a roundtable discussion on the increasing cost of higher education nationwide. Senator Cardin spoke with students, College President Dawn Lindsay and financial aid officers about the financial hardships faced by students at AACC. Americans of all ages hold a combined $1 trillion in student loans, a sum greater than that of credit card debt. "There are very few families in America who can af… Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Persistent Anti-Semitism In OSCE Region Threatens Security And Stability, Says U.S. Helsinki Commission

WASHINGTON-Ten years after the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) adopted the Berlin Declaration on Anti-Semitism, which outlined concrete measures to fight anti-Semitism in the OSCE region, leaders from the United States joined their counterparts from other OSCE participating States at an anniversary conference to discuss challenges posed by contemporary anti-Semitism. High-level government representatives and political leaders at last week's event in Berlin highligh… Continue Reading

November 17, 2014

Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act Of 2014

Mr. President, I rise in support of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization bill, S. 1086, which is now pending before the Senate. I urge my colleagues to pass this legislation, which would send it to the President for his signature. I want to congratulate my colleagues, Senator Mikulski for her leadership on this bill, and Senator Harkin, Senator Alexander, and Senator Burr. This reauthorization has truly been a bipartisan effort and illustrative of the Senate HELP … Continue Reading

November 14, 2014

Cardin Applauds Labor Rights Initiative in Myanmar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the launch of the Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar by The Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the United States of America, Japan, Denmark and the International Labour Organization (ILO): "Good governance, labor rights, and successful trade relations are inextricably linked. The United States sets the … Continue Reading

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