Press Releases & Statements

May 11, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Additional $16 Million in COVID-19 Community Development Block Grant Funding

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $16,105,784 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for the state of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). This flexible funding source will allow the state of Maryland to … Continue Reading


May 10, 2020

Cardin, Booker Release Plan to Prevent Underserved & Underbanked Small Businesses from Falling Further Behind During the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today released a proposal to prevent underserved and underbanked business owners, including minorities, women, and those in rural areas, from falling further behind during and after the COVID-19 economic crisis. Cardin and Booker's proposal comes days after the Small Business Administration (SBA) Inspector General issued a report that found that SBA… Continue Reading


May 09, 2020

In New Letter to SBA Administrator, Cardin, Schumer, And Shaheen Call On SBA To Reverse Policy That Limits Economic Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) Loans To $150K And Demand SBA Open Up Program To Non-Farm Applicants

WASHINGTON - In new letter to Small Business Association (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) say the SBA's severe mismanagement of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program-a program intended to quickly deliver needed capital to businesses-has made it harder to serve struggling small businesses looking to SB… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Cardin Statement on Arrests in the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery

"It has been heartbreaking to see yet another family gripped by tragedy as result of racial profiling in America." BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement after the arrest of two white men in the death of Ahmaud Arbery. "Arresting Ahmaud Arbery's killers is the right thing to do. What's wrong is that i… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $7 Million for Community Health Centers to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced $6,975,492 for eighteen community health centers in Maryland through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Cardin, Senate Democrats Urge Treasury and IRS to Deliver Dependent Stimulus Payments As Soon As Possible

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, joined colleagues in asking key questions about aggressive deadlines and delayed delivery related to the $500 Economic Impact Payment per dependent. For example, recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, Social Security, Railroad Retirement, or Social Security Disability Insurance have received little notice of the requirements necessary to receive the $500 Economic Im… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Cardin Says Dropping Charges Against Flynn Damages U.S. Credibility and the Rule of Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice dropping criminal charges against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pled guilty in 2017 to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Almost exactly three years ago, I expressed alarm that the president of the United States would have asked the director of the FBI to drop the case against forme… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Cardin, Foreign Relations Democrats Unveil Comprehensive COVID-19 International Response and Recovery Act

WASHINGTON - As the Senate reconvenes despite the continued spread of coronavirus, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats in introducing comprehensive legislation to provide an additional $9 billion in funding to help support international efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 International Response and Recovery Act (CIRRA) is aimed at compelling the Trump Administration to constructively engage with other countries, international orga… Continue Reading


May 08, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $1.5 Million in Telehealth Grants for State Health Care Providers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $1,532,697 in competitive awards for Maryland health care providers through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth program. This program was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help health care providers meet the increased needs for teleh… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers Introduces Legislation to Counter Human Rights Abuses Worldwide Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Representatives James P. McGovern (MA-02), Ann Wagner (MO-02), and Tom Malinowski (NJ-07) announced they will introduce the Protecting Human Rights During Pandemic Act, legislation requiring the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to take steps, through diplomacy and development assistance, to pre… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Cardin Statement on Vote to Override Trump Veto of Iran War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement on his vote to override President Trump's veto of an Iran War Powers Resolution, which would provide an important check on presidential authority. "Today, I was proud to join my colleagues in an important vote to override President Trump's veto of an Iran War Powers Resolution. The Constitution is clear that only Congress has the power to commit our troop… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Tell Trump Administration: Stop Playing Politics with the U.S. Postal Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined colleagues in urging Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to reject politically motivated conditions on financial relief for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which is a critical lifeline for many Americans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The senators also expressed their strong opposition to the use of coronavirus as a pretext to pursue privatization of USPS, which is widely unpopular with the American pe… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce More Than $110,000 for COVID-19 Research at University of Maryland, College Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $110,399 in federal funding to the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant program for research into the social consequences of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Funded through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this project will assess how state and local governments'… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $17 Million in AmeriCorps Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) announced that Maryland received an award of $17,133,477 in state and national AmeriCorps funding. The award comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps, and will place more than 1,200 AmeriCorps volunteer… Continue Reading


May 07, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $500,000 for Morgan State University Historical Preservation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $500,000 for Morgan State University's work to preserve its University Memorial Chapel Window through the National Parks Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Nationwide, NPS will allocate $7.7 million in competitive grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for the preservation of historic structures. "Mor… Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Cardin Continues Push for Increased Transparency in Federal Small Business Relief Programs

WASHINGTON - On the heels of his attempt to pass legislation that would provide additional transparency and accountability of the federal government's COVID-19 small business relief efforts yesterday, this morning, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined POLITICO's Morning Money Virtual Briefing to discuss the need for increased transparency from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the need for increased testing capacity to … Continue Reading


May 06, 2020

Cardin Statement on Legislation Providing Major Updates to Ports, Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, today released the following statement upon the committee's markup of S. 3591, America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2020, and S. 3590, the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020. "The legislation commonly known as WRDA is hugely important for Marylanders - and the health of our economy and our environment. It matters greatly to the Port of Balt… Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Attorney General Barr to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Federal Correctional Facilities

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone, wrote to Attorney General Barr urging him to take action to stop the spread of COVID-19 in federal correctional facilities in order to protect incarcerated individuals, federal employees, and the surrounding communities. "We urge you to direct the B… Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $46 Million in Additional Funding for Maryland Colleges, Including $44 Million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, David Trone, and Kweisi Mfume, today announced $46,702,104 for Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), and colleges serving large populations of low-income students through the U.S. Department of Edu… Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Cardin Connects on COVID-19 with Eastern Shore Elected, Education and Manufacturing Leaders

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin recently hosted a series of virtual conversations with Eastern Shore elected, education and manufacturing leaders about the regional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Including municipal officials, county schools superintendents, corporate executives and college and university presidents, the conversations aimed to identify critical community and business needs that could potentially be addressed at the federal level. "The COVID-19 pandemic is stressing Maryl… Continue Reading

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