Press Releases & Statements

November 19, 2013

Floor Speech On Nomination Of Robert Leon Wilkins To Be United States Circuit Judge For The District Of Columbia Circuit

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the Senate will proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins to be United States Circuit Judge. The assistant legislative clerk read the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District Of Columbia Circuit. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the time until 5:30 p.m. will be equally divided and controlled in the usual form… Continue Reading


November 14, 2013

Cardin Hails SFRC Passage Of New Transparency Measures For U.S. Foreign Aid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised committee passage of his bill, S. 1271, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013. Introduced with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), this legislation requires regular evaluations of foreign assistance programs to be made publicly available to the American people. "Foreign aid makes up approximately one percent of the federal budget but this small investment has the power t… Continue Reading


November 13, 2013

Cardin, Wicker Lead Senate In Commemoration Of 75th Anniversary Of Kristallnacht

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) lauded Senate approval by unanimous consent of a resolution (S. Res. 290) commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. These pogroms took place November 9 and 10 across Jewish neighborhoods in Germany, German-occupied Austria, and German-occupied Czechoslovakia. "Kristallnacht was a crucial turning point in the Holocaust - moving from a policy of removing Jews from Germany and German o… Continue Reading


November 12, 2013

Senators Urge USTR To Safeguard Tobacco Control Measures And Protect Public Health In Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Heidi Heitkamp (D-SD), Edward Markey (D-MA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Al Franken (D-MN), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman to express their concerns regarding the USTR's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement Tobacco Proposal, which does not current… Continue Reading


November 12, 2013

Cardin Offers Condolences, Support For The Victims Of Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines: "I am deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of life, injuries and devastation sustained from Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in the Philippines this weekend. The extent of the damage and loss of life is almost unimaginable, with 9.7 million people affected and reports of deaths ra… Continue Reading


November 08, 2013

Honoring Our Heroes On Veterans Day

On Veterans Day, we thank the millions of brave men and women who have served in the Armed Forces and risked their lives for our nation. We honor them for their valor, their dedication, and the many sacrifices they have made in order to protect all of us. Each citizen should strive to follow our veterans' example of selflessness and service. We are exceedingly grateful to those who have served, those who are serving, and their family and friends who support them daily. Our military families … Continue Reading


November 08, 2013

Veterans’ Day

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, as Veterans' Day 2013 approaches next Monday, I ask that in honoring the brave men and women who have served our Nation, we in Congress honor them in ways that are meaningful and help them return to civilian life after they have served. A mere thank-you is little comfort to a veteran who cannot find meaningful employment, who is striving to provide for his or her family, or who is dealing with post-traumatic stress. President Woodrow Wilson established this holid… Continue Reading


November 07, 2013

Cardin Statement On Senate Passage Of ENDA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), released the following statement after the Senate voted 64-32 today to approve the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). The bill, S. 815 would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of ENDA and has been in previous Congressional sessions. ENDA would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on his or her sexual orientation. Current fede… Continue Reading


November 07, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $1.7 Million To Build Four New Community Health Centers In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced Maryland received $1,711,246 in grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support four new community health centers Maryland. These funds will help care for more than 17,000 additional Marylanders by establishing new health center service delivery sites in Baltimore, West River, Derwood and Oakland. "Community health centers are the backbone to providing quality health care… Continue Reading


November 06, 2013

Cardin Calls The Fundamentals Of Obamacare Strong Despite Website Issues

WASHINGTON - At a hearing to review implementation of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to assure the American people that they will be able to sign up for affordable, quality private health insurance through the federal exchanges in a timely manner through the website, by phone or in person. He also urged her to make it easier for individuals to learn about the subsid… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

Cardin Says U.S. Should Support Persons With Disabilities Worldwide

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, called today for Senate ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The United States has already established strong support for the rights of people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act and ratification of the CRPD would provide an opportunity to advance these values worldwide.… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT OF 2013--MOTION TO PROCEED

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, the legislation that is currently pending before this body, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, S. 815, provides a historic opportunity for us to advance civil rights in this country and end employment discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders, the LGBT community. The United States has shown international leadership against discrimination, promoting better understanding and tolerance around the globe. That has made the security of count… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

Cardin, Inhofe Introduce Bill To Extend Veterans Advisory Committee On Education

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), this week introduced the bipartisan Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education Improvement Act of 2013 (S. 1643). The bill would reauthorize the Veterans' Advisory Committee on Education for two years and extend the committee's composition and reach to include veterans from post-9/11 operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "A true marker of our nation's worth is… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

Cardin Appointed To Senate-House Conference Committee On Water Resources Bill

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has been appointed to serve as a Senate Conferee to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). Senator Cardin serves as Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water Subcommittee and is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. "Clean water and safe waterways mean good jobs for Marylanders and Americans nationwide. The Water Resources Development Act… Continue Reading


November 05, 2013

CARDIN STATEMENT ON ENDA CLOTURE VOTE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), released the following statement after the Senate voted 61-30 to proceed to S. 815, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of ENDA and has been in previous Congressional sessions. ENDA would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or refuse to promote an employee based on his or her sexual orientation. Current federal law … Continue Reading


November 01, 2013

Cardin, Enzi: flexible spending accounts rule change puts more money back in workers’ pockets

Washington, D.C. - Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are an important benefit for all workers. They allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for out-of-pocket health care expenditures, including dental and vision services. However, workers' unspent funds from their FSAs would normally revert to the employers at the end of the plan year. That is why Senators Ben Cardin and Mike Enzi, members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced legislation in May that would allow employees who u… Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

2014 Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people who desire careers in the USAID Foreign Service. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, these Fellowships prepare students to enter exciting and rewarding careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Program encourages the involvement of m… Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $4 Million In Grants For Habitat Restoration On The Patapsco River And Harris Creek

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded more than $4 million in federal grants to two habitat restoration projects in Maryland. American Rivers received $3.83 million dollars to remove Bloede Dam, and for an engineering design to remove the Daniels Dam on the Patapsco River. Restore America's Estuaries, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and t… Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Senate Colleagues Urge Congressional Negotiators To Reject Cuts To Food Stamps For Millions Of Children, Seniors, Food Insecure Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), along with 37 of their Senate colleagues, ahead of the first public meeting of the Senate and House 2013 Farm Bill conference committee members on Wednesday, sent a letter urging the conferees to fight against harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senators also urged the negotiators to reject all eligibility changes that would prevent millions of children, seniors, and families facing … Continue Reading


October 28, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Brown Announce $19 Million In Federal Community Development Block Grant Funding To Support Lower Shore Recovering From Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski and Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will award $19 million in federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to Maryland communities hardest-hit by Super-Storm Sandy. These funds follow a previous award of $8.6 million in CDBG funding included in the Super-Storm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill passed by the Senate in J… Continue Reading

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