Press Releases & Statements

March 05, 2014

World Wildlife Day

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, in commemoration of World Wildlife Day on March 3, I rise to bring attention to the catastrophic effects of wildlife trafficking on global and economic security and the urgent need to crush this demand for these illegal products. Conserving natural resources is a priority for me, particularly as Chair of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee; it's a priority for my state of Maryland; and it's a priority for this Administration. But the responsibility of protecting … Continue Reading

March 04, 2014

Cardin Looks Beyond President Obama’s Budget Blueprint For A Long-Term Framework

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement in response to the release of President Barack Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2015: "President Obama's budget outline is a helpful tool to fill in the details of the budget agreed to by the Congress last year. Overall, I share the President's commitment to investing in America and working to ensure our economy is working for all Americans. While I am still reviewin… Continue Reading

February 28, 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Members Urge President Obama to Assist Peaceful, Democratic Transition in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Edward Markey, D-Mass., John McCain, R-Ariz., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, expressed support for U.S. assistance in Ukraine and warned of Russian intervention that undermines Ukrai… Continue Reading

February 25, 2014

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Letter On Accountability For Human Rights Violations In South Sudan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has penned a letter to President Obama calling for accountability for human rights violations in South Sudan and stressing the importance of American leadership in ending the crisis. He was joined on the bipartisan letter by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.). Since violent c… Continue Reading

February 25, 2014

Cardin, Rubio, Menendez and Corker Urge Greater Freedom of the Press in China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, also Subcommittee Ranking Member Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 361) that urges the People's Republic of China to take meaningful steps to improve freedom of expression in China as fitting of a responsible international stakeholder. O… Continue Reading

February 25, 2014

Recognizing the significance of Black History Month and honoring the contributions of the segregated 231st Transportation Truck Battalion which existed within the Maryland National Guard

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating and honoring the contributions of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion as part of Black History Month. The 231st was a segregated unit of African American servicemembers that existed within the Maryland National Guard and that served our country with distinction during the Korean War. African American citizens have made significant contributions in the United States Armed Forces and have played a cri… Continue Reading

February 19, 2014

Chairman Cardin, Co-Chairman Smith Call for Immediate Imposition of Targeted Sanctions on Ukraine

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Sen. Ben Cardin (MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Co-Chairman Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement: "We've all been shocked by the images and news from Kyiv. This violence is the result of a regime which has repeatedly displayed contempt for its people, who want nothing more than to be afforded the dignity which is their right as ci… Continue Reading

February 12, 2014

Cardin Says Congress Is Upholding Our Nation’s Commitment To Our Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded Senate passage today of a measure that will restore cuts to the Cost of Living Adjustment for military retirees that were made in the recent omnibus appropriations. The restoration applies to current retirees and active duty military that began their service prior to January 1, 2014. "A true marker of our Nation's worth is our willingness to serve those who have served us. As we continue to wind down our military engagements, after a decade… Continue Reading

February 12, 2014

Cardin Celebrates 105 Years of Activism by the NAACP

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today congratulated the Baltimore-headquartered National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on the anniversary of their founding. "I am so proud to have an organization as venerable as the NAACP call Baltimore home. Today, in 1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People began its crusade for civil rights. One hundred and five years later, the NAACP continues to build on a rich and noble tradition of p… Continue Reading

February 12, 2014

Statement On The Sochi Olympics

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, as we speak, the 22nd Winter Olympics are well underway in Sochi, Russia. Let me first congratulate the organizers on a fantastic opening ceremony. It really was something to see the depth and breadth of Russia's rich history and culture on display for the entire world to admire. The Olympics put a powerful spotlight on Russia-a spotlight Russia's president has so vigorously sought. But just as this attention is educating the world about Russia's invaluabl… Continue Reading

February 11, 2014

Cardin Mourns The Passing of Marylander Willard Hackerman

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement expressing his respect and admiration for the late Willard Hackerman who passed away earlier today at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore: "Maryland has lost a true friend in Willard Hackerman. I send my deepest condolences to both the Hackerman family and his extended Whiting-Turner family; both of whom he loved deeply. Willard was a man of quiet strength who professionally and philanthropically enriche… Continue Reading

February 07, 2014

Cardin “Made In Maryland” Tour Illuminates Growth Of Manufacturing In Maryland

Glen Burnie, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured the Chesapeake Bay Candle Company in Glen Burnie today as part of his "Made in Maryland" tour of companies that are supporting quality jobs for Marylanders. The Chesapeake Bay Candle Company was founded in 1994 by husband and wife David Wang and Mei Xu, in their basement. After years of hard work, Chesapeake Bay Candle went on to establish partnerships with America's most renown… Continue Reading

February 06, 2014

Cardin Applauds Swift Confirmation Of Max Baucus As the U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded the swift confirmation of Senator Max Baucus to be the U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China with the following statement: "As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, I congratulate Max Baucus on his confirmation as the U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. With over three decades of dedicated service to this country, there's no one who understands the United States'… Continue Reading

February 06, 2014

Cardin Bill To Protect The Baltimore Oriole And Other Migratory Birds Clears Senate Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, called today an important milestone for the protection of Neotropical migratory birds like the Baltimore Oriole. The Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) approved a bill that would reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, authored by Senator Cardin, which promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protect… Continue Reading

February 06, 2014

EPW Committee Approves Cardin Bill To Renew Chesapeake Gateway Grant Program

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised has introduced legislation to reauthorize the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails program run by the National Park Service. Senator Cardin's bill continues a successful program that helps visitors appreciate the far-reaching role the Chesapeake Bay has had in our region's culture and history while boosting our tourism economy. "The Chesapeake Bay is the economic, hi… Continue Reading

February 06, 2014

Cardin Praises CVS Caremark For Plans To Remove Tobacco Products From Its Stores

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today lauded CVS Caremark, which has 171 stores in Maryland, for announcing that it would end sales of cigarettes and tobacco products later this year. "CVS Caremark is doing the right thing for their customers by adhering to its core mission by putting good health first. The company understands that keeping people healthy by promoting wellness and encouraging prevention is a solid business decision that will also save lives. I encourage other re… Continue Reading

February 04, 2014

Cardin Spotlights Public Right-To-Know About Threats To Safe Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife led a hearing today to examine the circumstances that contributed to the chemical spill and water contamination in Central West Virginia. The hearing included testimony that reviewed what measures might be necessary to ensure that drinking water sources throughout the country are safe and protected from hazards. "Americans have a right to expect that water coming from… Continue Reading

February 04, 2014

Cardin Hails Passage Of Farm Bill To Support A Healthy Chesapeake Bay

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised final passage of the Conference Report on the Farm Bill for its benefits to Maryland's farmers and the continuation of a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The legislation, which passed with bipartisan support 68-32, now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature. "The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure that we all have responsibility to protect and restore. I worked hard to en… Continue Reading

January 30, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Additional $8.3 Million In Federal Energy Assistance Funding For Low-Income Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Maryland low-income families will receive an additional $8.3 million in federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Marylanders stay warm this winter. This brings Maryland's total to $68.5 million in federal funds and is made possible through the recently-passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. "This is good news for Maryland families wh… Continue Reading

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

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