Press Releases & Statements

August 05, 2013

Nomination Of Tom Perez – Secretary Of Labor Floor Statement Of Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I have listened very carefully to my friend from Iowa, and I couldn't disagree with him more. I know he has very strong views about the nomination of Tom Perez, but let me go through the record. I wish to spend a little bit of time speaking first about Tom Perez. I know him very well. We have served together in government in Maryland. He served on the county council of Montgomery County. I will mention that he was the first Latino to serve on the county council of… Continue Reading


August 02, 2013

Cardin, Crapo And King Team Up To Force CBO To Fully Count The Cost Savings Of Preventive Healthcare

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Angus King (I-ME) have joined together to introduce legislation that would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to more accurately reflect the cost-savings of preventive healthcare, including screenings. The Preventive Health Savings Act of 2013 (S. 1422) would also allow the Chairman or Ranking Member of the House or Senate Budget Committee, or the health committees-HELP, Finance, Ways and Means, or Energy and Comme… Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Cardin And Cummings Introduce Legislation To Better Protect State And Local Witnesses From Violence And Intimidation

Washington, D.C. (August 1, 2013) -- Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (both D-MD) introduced the Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2013, legislation that directs the Attorney General to make competitive grants to state and local governments to establish and maintain short-term witness protection programs in cases involving homicides, violent felonies, serious drug offenses, gang related crimes, or organized crime. "Our criminal justice syst… Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Cardin Calls Russia’s Decision To Protect Snowden Troubling

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Russia's decision to grant hacker Edward Snowden temporary asylum. Senator Cardin supports the U.S. request to have Snowden, a Maryland resident, extradited to stand trial. "I am deeply troubled by Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. Had a Russian citizen hacked into computers to gain sensitive national security information, ther… Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Mikulski, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce More Than $11 Million In Federal Grant Funding For BWI Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Ben Cardin and Senators 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 $11,309,730 grant from the U.S. DoT for runway safety enhancements and upgrades at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "This grant ensures that BWI Marshall continues to be a safe, dependable, and efficient hub for domestic and internat… Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Cardin Calls Peaceful Cambodian Election “Promising” But Urges Reform

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, issued the following statement on the elections held earlier this week in Cambodia. Despite irregularities, the elections are considered the most peaceful parliamentary elections in over 20 years for the country. Preliminary results kept Prime Minister Hun Sen in power by a narrow margin, but there were significant gains for the opposition. The opposition, ho… Continue Reading


August 01, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce HUD Approval Of $8.6 Million Federal Community Development Block Grant Recovery Plan For Lower Shore Recovering From Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, (both D-Md.) today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved Maryland's recovery plan to use $8.6 million in federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help Lower Shore communities struggling to recover from Super-Storm Sandy. These funds were included in the Super-Storm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bil… Continue Reading


July 30, 2013

Cardin Says Momentum Is Building For Legislation To End Racial Profiling By Law Enforcement

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and leading civil rights groups to urge their colleagues in the Senate and House to come together and pass the End Racial Profiling Act. Senator Cardin is the author of S. 1038, the Senate version of the bill, which has 16 cosponsors including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Assistant Majority Leader/Judiciary Committee Member Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (… Continue Reading


July 29, 2013

Cardin, Hoyer Host Healthcare Providers On Progress Of Affordable Care Act And Upcoming Exchanges

Waldorf, MD - Days after rates were announced for Maryland's health exchange, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer (both D-MD) hosted healthcare providers and health partners from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties for a discussion about healthcare reform and the upcoming Maryland Health Exchanges. Health care exchanges that begin in January 2014 are a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act. Participants in the roundtable will be on the front lines of navigating the Maryland… Continue Reading


July 26, 2013

Cardin Brings “Made In Maryland” Jobs Tour To Montgomery County With Visit To The Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

Dickerson, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured the state-of-the-art facilities at the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard today. The visit was the first stop in Montgomery County for his 'Made in Maryland' tour of companies that are making innovative products and reinvesting in our communities to help grow Maryland's economy. Following the tour, Senator Cardin was joined by local businesses, including other Maryland wineries, catering… Continue Reading


July 26, 2013

Cardin Submits Proposals For A Fairer And More Progressive Tax Code

Washington, DC - As part of the blank-slate process established by the Finance Committee leadership, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has submitted his ideas on how to best reform the U.S. Tax Code. His priorities include enhanced progressivity, encouraging savings, promoting job-creating energy sector investments, and other proposals that would invest in our current and future economy. "It is time we embraced a balanced approach to our budget. This … Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Welcomes New Co-Chairs

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change welcomed two new House co-chairs - Rep. Bobby L. Rush and Rep. Earl Blumenauer - and the transition of Sen. Ed Markey to his new capacity as a Senate co-chair. "Senator Markey was an invaluable leader on climate change in the House and he brings a unique combination of expertise and drive to our efforts in the Senate. With the addition of Congressmen Rush and Blumenauer, the Bicameral Task Force is in its strongest position… Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

Cardin Troubled By Deteriorating Security And Humanitarian Crisis In South Sudan

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa, and Senate Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement on the recent political crisis, violence and escalating humanitarian emergency in South Sudan: "I am deeply troubled by recent reports on the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the Jonglei State in South Sudan. Reports indicate that there are over 100,000 internally displac… Continue Reading


July 25, 2013

Cardin Calls Student Loan “Compromise” A Short-Term Answer To A Long-Term Problem

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, made the following remarks after Senate passage of H.R. 1911, the Student Loan Act. Senator Cardin voted against the bill, considering the current 6.8 percent fixed interest rate to be better for Maryland students than the terms included in the bill. "The federal government should not be making a profit off student loans. College is already too expensive. It is short-sighted to do anything that woul… Continue Reading


July 23, 2013

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Nomination Hearing for EAP Region

Today we are pleased to welcome nominees for Ambassadors to three Asia- Pacific countries: Mr. John Berry, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Australia; Mr. Dan Clune, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to Laos; and Mr. Joseph Yun, of Oregon, to be Ambassador to Malaysia. We also welcome your friends and families, and understand that the families of our diplomats around the world make tremendous sacrifices every day for our country. So, I want to thank and congratulate them-and all of you- for agreein… Continue Reading


July 19, 2013

Cardin’s “Made In Maryland” Tour Visits Heavy Seas Brewery Where Jobs Are On Tap For Baltimore

Baltimore, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured the Heavy Seas Brewery in Baltimore, MD, today as part of his 'Made in Maryland' tour of companies that are supporting quality jobs for Marylanders. Senator Cardin's history with Heavy Seas goes back to its first days as Clipper City Brewing Company, helping founder Hugh Sisson tap some of the first barrels in 1996. During his visit Friday, Senator Cardin used the opportunity to d… Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Cardin Praises Confirmation Of Gina McCarthy As The New Administrator Of The Environmental Protection Agency

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Gina McCarthy to succeed Lisa Jackson as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. "As a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I look forward to working with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy as she works to make our country healthi… Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Cardin Lauds Confirmation Of Marylander Tom Perez As U.S. Labor Secretary

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) praised the Senate confirmation of Thomas "Tom" Perez today. Perez is a former Secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, and a former advisor to Senator Edward Kennedy. He has been serving in the Obama Administration as Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He also previously was President of the Montgomery County Council. "Tom Perez is a decent and hardworking public… Continue Reading


July 18, 2013

Cardin, McCain Respond To Navalny Verdict

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, along with Senator John McCain (R-AZ), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and sponsors of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, responded swiftly to news that a Russian court has sentenced activist, blogger and opposition candidate for mayor of Moscow, Alexei Navalny to five years in prison. "Today's political conviction of Alexei Navalny continues … Continue Reading


July 17, 2013

Cardin Impressed With Samantha Power Experience And Support For U.S. Leadership On Human Rights

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called President Obama's choice of Samantha Power to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations a positive choice for our nation and principled American leadership around the world. If confirmed, Ms. Powers would succeed Ambassador Susan Rice, who now serves as the President's National Security Advisor. In advance of today's committee hearing, Senator Cardin met with Samantha Powe… Continue Reading

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