Press Releases & Statements

May 06, 2014

Senators Express Shock, Concern in Letter to Nigerian President Regarding Kidnapping of Schoolgirls

Washington-U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md) Barbara Boxer (D-Ca), Robert Menendez (D-Nj), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Chris Coons (D-De) wrote a letter to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan expressing deep concern for the welfare of the women and girls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram. The Senators encourage the Nigerian government to engage with international partners to address the root causes of unrest in the country. The letter appears below: Dear President Jonathan, We w… Continue Reading

May 02, 2014

U.S. Helsinki Commission cites deterioration of media freedom across the OSCE region

WASHINGTON-In advance of World Press Freedom Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (NJ), Co-Chairman of the Commission, addressed the deterioration of media freedom in Ukraine, and the continued presence of criminal defamation: On the situation in Ukraine, Chairman Cardin stated: "I am deeply concerned by the rapidly degenerating state of media freedom precipitated by … Continue Reading

May 02, 2014

Cardin “Made In Maryland” Jobs Tour Pulls Back The Curtain On Western Maryland Manufacturing

Cumberland, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured HunterDouglas Window Fashions as part of his Made in Maryland Jobs Tour. Located in Cumberland, HunterDouglas manufactures high end, custom window fashions. They are the fourth largest employer in Cumberland with 860 employees. "A true highlight of my Made in Maryland Job Tour, I wanted to visit HunterDouglas to learn what Washington could do to help not only make local manuf… Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Senate Confirmation Of Hazel And Chuang For Maryland District Court Seats

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded the Senate's confirmation of 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 (VIDEO). The Senate confirmed the nominations of Hazel, who currently serves as the Chief D… Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Cardin Condemns Assad’s Continuing War Crimes And Failure To Meet Chemical Weapons Deadline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, condemned the Assad regime's attack, yesterday, on a school in the city of Aleppo that killed as many as 47 people, mainly children. The students were preparing an art exhibition to depict the horrors of Syria's civil war when the Syrian jet struck. UNICEF has reported that Syria is among the most dangerous places on Earth to be a child, pointing… Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Senate Passes Cardin-Schatz-Menendez Resolution Recognizing Minority Health Awareness Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) praised Senate passage of a resolution promoting the importance of minority health and efforts to end health disparities. S. Res. 428, which recognized April as Minority Health Awareness Month, passed by unanimous consent. A companion resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Al Green (D-Texas). "Inequalities in health status and health care exact an enormous human and… Continue Reading

May 01, 2014

Nominations Of George Hazel And Theodore Chuang

Mr. CARDIN. I rise in support of the nominations of George Hazel and Theodore Chuang to be U.S. district judges for the District of Maryland. Let me say from the beginning that I am very proud of the manner in which Senator Mikulski, the senior Senator from Maryland, and I have established a process to review and make recommendations to the President for the vacancies in the U.S. District of Maryland. We have used a process that we think works. It gets us the most qualified individuals, … Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Combating Global Hunger

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President., today I would like to discuss global hunger. From April 28 to May 2, people across the United States and across the globe are participating in the "Live Below the Line" campaign to raise awareness for global hunger and to show support for the critical programs that seek to alleviate hunger. Participants in the "Live Below the Line" campaign, including many of my constituents in Maryland, are subsisting on $1.50 a day to demonstrate the challenges faced by millions … Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Cardin, Wicker Lead Colleagues in Urging Action to Free OSCE Observers Held in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chairman and Senate Ranking Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, along with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), and Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), have written to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to take action to secure the release of observers being held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The… Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Senate Passes Cardin, Grassley Resolution Prioritizing Civics Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) lauded unanimous approval of their Senate Resolution (S. Res. 427) that calls for increased prioritization of civics education in American public schools. The Cardin-Grassley resolution affirms that civic education is essential to the well-being of the constitutional government of the United States. It recognizes that comprehensive and formal instruction in civics and government would provide students a basis for und… Continue Reading

April 30, 2014

Cardin Urges Republicans To Put American Workers Before Politics And Raise The Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed his outrage today that Republicans have again blocked debate on a provision to increase the federal minimum wage. "Americans deserve a fair shot at making ends meet and supporting their family, not yet another procedural filibuster. I am disappointed that we were blocked from even debating a measure that would help our economy and 28 million hard-working Americans making the minimum wage," said … Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Cardin Statement On SCOTUS Decision Upholding Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, responded with the following remarks to the Supreme Court of the United States decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to protect states from air pollution that crosses state lines. "I applaud the strong decision by the Supreme Court that reaffirms the EPA's role in protecting our children from cross-state air pollution. It doesn't take a sc… Continue Reading

April 28, 2014

Cardin Statement in Honor of Yom HaShoah

"On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, I join people from all nations and all faiths in remembering the six million Jews and others who had their lives and families torn apart in the Shoah. We honor the memory of those humanity lost and cherish the lives of the survivors. In the United States, Israel and across the world, Holocaust Survivors still bear the physical and mental scars, proof of the barbarism some are capable of. Survivors are a testament to the strength of the human spirit and the pow… Continue Reading

April 24, 2014

Cardin, Bipartisan Coalition Urge SEC to Implement Conflict Minerals Rule After it is Upheld by District Court

Washington, D.C. - In a letter to the Security and Exchange Commission Chair, Mary Jo White, Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and a group of other Member of Congress urged the financial oversight agency to implement the rule requiring due diligence and reporting requirements on the sourcing of conflict minerals in the May 31, 2014 report. "This SEC rule was drafted in a balanced and thoughtful way that followed Congressional intent in trying to provide greater transparency in the us… Continue Reading

April 22, 2014

Cardin condemns attacks, threats against minorities in Ukraine

(Washington, DC) In response to incidents in Ukraine targeting minority communities, Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, made the following statement: "I am deeply disturbed by the recent attacks and threats against minority groups in eastern Ukraine, including Jews, Roma and Crimean Tatars. The Joint Statement on Ukraine signed on April 17 by the EU, the United States, Russia and Ukraine calls on all sides to refrain from any violence, … Continue Reading

April 21, 2014

In Advance Of Earth Day, Cardin Says U.S. Must Take Reasonable Steps To Combat Climate Change

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following remarks in advance of Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. "As we celebrate Earth Week, more than four decades after the first Earth Day in 1970, one of the most important lessons we can pass along to our children and grandchildren is that as global citizens we must work to protect and improve the livability and environmental health of our planet. Actions… Continue Reading

April 18, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Call On FAA To Honor Commitment To Baltimore Air Traffic Control Students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that they have called on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to honor its commitment to active students and recent graduates of Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) preparing to be part of FAA's Air Traffic Controller workforce. Recent changes made under the FAA's A Plan For The Future could disqualify highly-trained recent graduates that have invested their time and money for future care… Continue Reading

April 15, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce $15 Million In Federal Grant Funding For BWI Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and 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 $15,000,000 grant from the U.S. DOT to increase aircraft traffic flow at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "Maryland jobs and billions in revenue for our state depend on maintaining BWI Marshall as a safe, dependable and efficient hub … Continue Reading

April 15, 2014

Cardin, Colleagues Ask Kerry To Urge NATO, OSCE To End All Defense Contracts With Russia

Washington, DC- In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, - joined by 10 of his colleagues - asked the State Department to urge NATO member countries and participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to end all defense contracts with Russia in response to the country's illegal annexation of Crimea and violation of Uk… Continue Reading

April 14, 2014

Cardin Assures Maryland’s Ukrainian Community that Putin will Pay for Aggression in Ukraine

Baltimore, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), convened members of Maryland's Ukrainian community for a roundtable discussion to share the latest information on the U.S. and international response to the crisis in Ukraine, including the continued hostility by Russia. "Ukraine is an incredibly important country and Ukrainian Americans are ri… Continue Reading

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