Press Releases & Statements

July 26, 2019

Cardin Statement on the 29th Anniversary of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), commemorated the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Then-U.S. Representative Cardin voted for the ADA in 1990. "We should be proud, as Americans, of our Nation's leadership in making it easier for people with disabilities to participate fully in society, and to have equal access to educational, economic, and social opportunities for self-fulfillment and advancement. On this day, we celebrate the 29th … Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Following Visit To Inspect Southern Border Facilities, Senate Democrats Demand Trump Administration Immediately Address Issues Including The Mistreatment Of Children And Families And Lax Health And Safety Standards

In New Letter to Heads of DHS And CBP, Senate Democrats Demand Answers and Briefing, No Later Than August 10th, on Trump Administration's Plans For Improving Treatment of Children And Families Letter Follows Trip To McAllen, Texas To Investigate, Inspect, And Evaluate Conditions At Several Southern Border Facilities Senate Democrats To DHS Officials: We Have A Responsibility To Ensure That All Women, Men, And Children In The Custody Of The United States Government Are Treated Humanely WAS… Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Lead Full Democratic Caucus in Urging Social Security Administrator to Respect Employees and Their Unions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) Tuesday led a letter signed by all 47 members of the Democratic caucus, urging Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul to uphold the commitments he made at his confirmation hearing to work transparently and cooperatively when it comes to SSA employees and unions. The letter comes in the wake of repeated one-sided actions by SSA against employees of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)… Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Cardin Applauds Senate Finance Passage of the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement following committee passage Thursday of The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. "One-third of patients say they're skipping prescription medicine because of the cost, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study. These prices hit especially hard for seniors and families living on a fixed income. No one should have to forgo life-saving medication becau… Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes Announce More Than $600,000 to Launch Chesapeake Regional Digital Health Exchange

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures (JHTV) division has been awarded more than $633,500 through the competitive i6 Challenge of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will be used to create the Chesapeake Regional Digital Health Exchange (CReDHx), a strategic economic dev… Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cardin, Carper Bill Would Boost Technologies Converting Wasted Heat to Electricity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced legislation today advancing technology that reduces harmful emissions and conserves energy by converting wasted industrial heat to clean, usable electricity. The Waste Heat to Power Investment Tax Credit Act would provide a 10 percent investment tax credit on waste heat to power projects that begin construction before January 1, 2027. The bill enjoys widespread support from United Steelworkers International, … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cardin Introduces Bipartisan Reform to Rebuild Stronger Roads and Bridges Following Severe Weather Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today introduced legislation to help states rebuild stronger roads, highways and bridges as they recover from natural disasters, such as a severe storm, flood or hurricane. The Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program provides federal funding to states to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other disasters. Incorporating resiliency improvements into emergency … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cardin, Murkowski Lead Briefing on Removing the Deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today hosted a panel of bipartisan experts outlining why Congress should remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA has been ratified by 37 states, leaving it one state from ratification. Cardin and Murkowski are the lead sponsors of S.J. Res. 6, a bipartisan resolution that would remove the deadline placed on the 1972 ERA and allow for its ratification once the 38th state votes to … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Senate Passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement following the Senate passage of S.546 - Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act, which he cosponsored. "Taking care of the health needs of survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack and the first responders who ran toward danger to save lives, is about moral responsibility. The horrendous tragedy, nearly 18 years ago, left an imprint on the American consciousness and s… Continue Reading


July 23, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Release Letter Opposing New Commission Set to ‘Redefine’ Human Rights

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlining their opposition to the Trump Administration's establishment of a new Commission on Unalienable Rights. Described as a new body to advise the Secretary of State on human rights in U.S. foreign policy, the Trump Administration's new commission will seek … Continue Reading


July 22, 2019

Maryland Delegation Announces $125 Million Federal Investment in Howard Street Tunnel

Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2019) -- Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone, announced $125 million in federal funding for the Howard Street Tunnel, which comes on top of the $91 million commitment that the Maryland Delegation worked to secure from CSX, the company that owns the tunnel. The Howard Street Tunnel project, which is aimed at improv… Continue Reading


July 19, 2019

Cardin, Cramer, Rosen Call for Strengthening Health Services for Holocaust Survivors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) have introduced legislation that would prioritize health care and nutrition services for Holocaust survivors, increasing the likelihood they could continue to live in their own homes rather than be forced into nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The bill, S. 2179, the Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare for Holocaust Survivors Act or the "TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act" would incorpora… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Cardin, Rubio Urge DOJ to Help Hold Accountable Masterminds of the 1994 Bombing of the AMIA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (D-Fla.) today, on the 25th Anniversary of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, urged Attorney General William Barr to help hold accountable the masterminds of the 1994 bombing. While INTERPOL published red notices for six senior Iranian officials, the Argentine authorities determined these individuals were responsible for the attack, INTERPOL member state… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Prevent Unnecessary Private Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) today introduced the Know Before You Owe Private Education Loan Act of 2019 to prevent unnecessary private student loan debt and improve transparency. According to the Federal Reserve, total student loan debt in America is now $1.5 trillion. While federal student debt often gets the most attention, the growth of private student loan d… Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Cardin, Boozman Call for Reauthorization of Water Research Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, have introduced the Water Resources Research Amendments Act (WRRA/S. 2164), a bill to reauthorize federal grant funding for water resources research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each state and territory has a water institute located at a land grant or other university designated by… Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Cardin Says Designating Burmese Military Leaders As Human Rights Violators Must Be Followed Up with Stronger Actions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to State Department publicly designating senior Burmese military officials as responsible for gross human rights violations, including in extrajudicial killings in Burma's northern Rakhine State, during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya. "This marks an important step in holding accountable those responsible for the atrocities carried out against the … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Brunei For Barbaric Laws

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) that condemns the government of Brunei for recently imposing laws that include, among other troubling things, death by stoning for adultery and homosexual relations. Their resolution also calls for the repeal of these barbaric laws and visa bans for anyone involved in their … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Increase SBA Lending to Entrepreneurs in Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced the Small-Dollar and Veterans Loans Enhancement Act-legislation to increase lending to underserved borrowers by eliminating or reducing fees on Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) small-dollar loans of $150,000 or less, the majority of which finance women-, minority- and veteran-owned and rural small businesses. "The 7(a) Loan Program helps small businesses access capit… Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Presents Congressional Badge of Bravery Awards to Capitol Police Officers

WASHINGTON - Standing in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin (All D-Md.) on Tuesday presented the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Award to U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner of Gwynn Oaks, Md. and Special Agent David Bailey of Silver Spring, Md. The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved the commendation for Special Agents Griner and Bailey, … Continue Reading


July 17, 2019

Maryland Delegation Hears from Union Leaders about the Trump Administration’s Ongoing Attacks on Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone on Tuesday hosted key leaders of federal unions to discuss the Trump administration's ongoing campaign against civil servants and federal workers. Participants included American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President J. David Cox, Sr.; International Federation of Professional &am… Continue Reading

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