Press Releases & Statements

February 26, 2015

Cardin: FCC Is Correct in Upholding the Open Internet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) new ruling to classify broadband Internet as a "telecommunications service" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The FCC's ruling upholds the principles of network neutrality which will preserve and protect the open Internet as a place for innovation and free expression. "The FCC was right to ensure that Americans can access a free and open Internet. Imposing so called 'fast lanes'… Continue Reading

February 26, 2015

Senators Urge Small Business Administration To Expedite Implementation Of Women’s Small Business Procurement Parity Act

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Angus King (I-ME), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are urging the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to expedite regulations to implement provisions of the Women's Small Business Procurement Parity Act that were included in the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In a letter yesterday to SBA Administrator Maria Con… Continue Reading

February 25, 2015

Senator Ben Cardin, Representative Hank Johnson Introduce ‘International Decade of People of African Descent’ Resolutions

WASHINGTON - In commemoration of Black History Month, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Representative Hank Johnson (D-Ga.4) have introduced resolutions calling on Congress to designate January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2024, as the "International Decade of People of African Descent." Senator Cardin introduced S.Con. Res. 5 in the Senate. Representative Johnson, along with members of the Congressional Black Caucus including Representatives John Lewis, Alcee Hastings; Charles B. Rangel; John Con… Continue Reading

February 25, 2015

Cardin, Collins Call for a Permanent End to Caps on Therapy Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have re-introduced S. 539, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, which would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclerosis and arthritis. The full bill tex… Continue Reading

February 24, 2015

Cardin Statement on Keystone XL Veto

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement after President Barack Obama vetoed S. 1, a bill that would have overridden the regulatory process and forced the approval of an extension of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline: "I applaud President Obama for appealing to logic and vetoing the expansion Keystone XL pipeline. He was right to place the regulatory process over expediting big profit… Continue Reading

February 24, 2015

Cardin Leads Group of 14 Senators Introducing Legislation to Protect DHS Employees from a Targeted Republican Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and colleagues Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Tom Kaine and Mark Warner (Both D-Va.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced legislation, the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act of 2015 (S.554), that would gua… Continue Reading

February 24, 2015

Cardin Urges Colleagues to Reject Brinkmanship, Pass Clean DHS Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called on the Senate leadership to finally bring a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the floor for a vote after the Senate, predictably, failed to approve cloture for a fourth time on H.R 240, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act of 2015. Congress has five days to fund DHS or force most of the agency to carry out their mission on behalf of the American public without pay. "Four times, the S… Continue Reading

February 23, 2015

Cardin Discusses Groundbreaking Tax Reform Proposal with Maryland Business Leaders

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today discussed his recently introduced tax reform package, which centers on a progressive consumption tax, with leaders of the Maryland business community. While speaking at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce with representatives from a wide cross-section of business interests, including private companies, utilities, academic institutions and healthcare providers, Senator Cardin explained the details of his proposal, which would represent a comprehensive o… Continue Reading

February 19, 2015

Cardin Seeks Protections for the Baltimore Oriole and other Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced legislation (S. 520) to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, which would help sustain healthy populations of migratory birds that face threats to their health and habitats. The bill promotes international cooperation for long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring and habitat protection for more than 350 species of neotropical migr… Continue Reading

February 18, 2015

Cardin Introduces Bill to Cut Polluted Stormwater that Rushes Off Buildings, Roads, Parking Lots into Rivers, Streams, Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today announced the introduction of the Highway Runoff Management Act, S. 518, a federal measure to reduce the pollution and erosion damage caused by untreated stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces. "We have got to do more to control the unabated flow of pollution into our waterways, along with the erosion that follows surges of stormwater. This bill address these problems head-on, and better places the financial responsibility for the soluti… Continue Reading

February 18, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Seek to Extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), have signed on as original cosponsors of legislation that would ensure continued health care coverage to more than 135,000 children in Maryland. Senators Mikulski and Cardin joined Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in introducing legislation to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through 2019. If Congress fails to act, federal funding for CHIP will end on September 30, 2015, leaving millions children and p… Continue Reading

February 13, 2015

Senate Passes Cardin, Wicker Resolution Calling On Russia To Release Illegally Held Ukrainian Fighter Pilot Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) lauded Senate passage Thursday of a resolution (S. Res. 52) recognizing the plight of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine and has been held illegally in a Russian prison since July 2014. The resolution, cosponsored by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), expresses solidarity with the Ukrainian people while condemning… Continue Reading

February 13, 2015

Cardin, Murphy Introduce Legislation to Sunset 13-Year-Old War Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have introduced legislation (S. 526) that would sunset the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) that was passed by Congress in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Cardin and Murphy have set out a three-year timeline that would allow Congress and the next President to review what is being accomplished, have appropriate consulta… Continue Reading

February 13, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Reintroduce Bill to Advance Preservation of Baltimore’s Historic President Street Station

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that they have reintroduced legislation intended to spur the preservation of Baltimore's historic President Street Station by exploring the prospect of transferring it to the National Park Service (NPS). An architectural gem, the President Street Station was completed in 1850 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. It was built by the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore R… Continue Reading

February 13, 2015

Cardin Responds to New Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against ISIL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded to President Barack Obama's request for a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with the following statement: "There is no question that ISIL is a barbaric and terrorist organization. These extremists are a threat to the United States, our interests, and our allies in the region. I support President Obama's… Continue Reading

February 12, 2015

Cardin Statement on Carter Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded the Senate's confirmation of Dr. Ashton Carter to be the next Secretary of Defense. "I was pleased that the Senate quickly confirmed Ash Carter in a strongly bipartisan vote. He is the right person to spearhead our national security at this crucial time and has demonstrated his strong commitment to serving our men and women in uniform, as well as their families." "Last week, I met w… Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Cardin Denounces House Passage of Keystone XL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works and Foreign Relations committees, decried passage today of S. 1, a bill that overrides the regulatory process and approves an extension of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline. "Political theater and false promises should never supersede the rule of law and good science. That is exactly what happened today when the House passed legislation approving the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline. At a … Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Cardin Underscores Importance of Black History Month in Tributes to Harriet Ross Tubman’s Legacy

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today met with the leaders and congregants of AME Zion Church, whose membership included both Harriet Ross Tubman and Frederick Douglass, to discuss the significance of the creation of the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Auburn, N.Y. "Harriet Ross Tubman is nothing short of an American icon and hero. To deliver a new National Historical Park in her honor, one which includes beautif… Continue Reading

February 11, 2015

Cardin Announces Committee Assignments for 114th Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced a final list of Senate committees, subcommittees, and working groups on which he will be serving for the 114th Congress. He will use these positions to continue to get things done on behalf of the people of Maryland: working to keep the public safe, expanding economic opportunity and security, protecting the Chesapeake Bay and our precious natural resources, and maintaining American leadership in the world on human rights and good governance… Continue Reading

February 10, 2015

Floor Statement On Homeland Security Appropriations For FY‘15

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise to urge the Senate to take up a clean Homeland Security appropriations bill and pass it without further delay. I know we have had several votes on the floor on proceeding to the bill, but I would urge the leadership to make it clear that we stand on record for a clean Homeland Security appropriations bill. We have an obligation to protect the American people. Given the terrorist threat we face both at home and abroad, it is irresponsible to continue to fund … Continue Reading

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