Press Releases & Statements

May 11, 2015

International Migratory Bird Day

INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY MAY 9, 2015 Mr. CARDIN. Today, I rise to speak in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. Every Spring, water fowl like Canvasback Ducks, Northern Pintails and Golden Eyes, raptors like Sharp Shinned Hawks, Broad Winged Hawks and Kestrels, warblers, buntings, and of course orioles like Maryland's state bird, the Baltimore Oriole, return North for the Summer to breed, raise hatchlings, and brighten the United State's wildlife spectrum during the months … Continue Reading

May 11, 2015

Senators Cardin, Brown and Booker Urge President Obama to Expand Job Opportunities for People with Records and Reduce Recidivism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) today led a group of 25 of their Senate colleagues in urging President Obama to expand job opportunities and reduce recidivism by taking executive action and requiring federal contractors and federal agencies to "ban the box" on job applications. Reforming hiring practices has widespread support from both public and private institutions. Sixteen states and more than 100 cities and counties have already … Continue Reading

May 08, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Delaney Announce $700,000 For North Branch Industrial Park Access Road Improvements In Cumberland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $700,000 in federal funding to Allegany County for access road improvements for three sections of access roads serving the North Branch Industrial Park in Cumberland in Allegany County. The grant will be used to make improvements for approximately 1.6 miles of roadways including Mexico Farms Road, SE, … Continue Reading

May 08, 2015

Cardin Welcomes Department of Justice “Pattern or Practice” Investigation of the Baltimore Police Department

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today welcomed the announcement from Attorney General Loretta Lynch that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division will open a federal "pattern or practice" investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). The announcement comes a day after Senator Cardin and other members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the DOJ supporting Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's request for this investigation. "After … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Delaney, Edwards, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Van Hollen Write Attorney General Lynch in Support of “Pattern or Practice” Investigation of the Baltimore Police Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Representatives Elijah Cummings, John Delaney, Donna F. Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) have sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch supporting the request made this week by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to have the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division open a federal "pattern or practice" investigation of the Baltimore Police Depart… Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act of 2015

"We have sent a clear message today that on this most vital national security issue - keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons -- the Senate can find common ground and speak with one voice. We have been able to reach a reasonable compromise that embraces Democratic and Republican viewpoints. Such bipartisanship has eluded the Senate of late, but I give great credit to Chairman Corker who kept us focused on the ultimate goal. This legislation makes no judgment on the substance of an agreement … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

Cardin Discusses Ways to Energize the Rebirth of Baltimore on the Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) took to the floor of the United States Senate Wednesday to discuss ways to rebuild and reenergize Baltimore and other cities across America. VIDEO "The death of Freddie Gray and the events of the last few weeks have been heartbreaking. I thank my colleagues who have contacted Senator Mikulski and me offering their help and willingness to work together to deal with the issues that have been raised in Baltimore and other cities, around the country. … Continue Reading

May 07, 2015

In advance of Mother’s Day, Cardin and Menendez Put Forward Two-Track Approach to Ratification of an Equal Rights Amendment for All Women

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced joint resolutions that would rejuvenate efforts to ratify an equal rights amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Senator Cardin's resolution, would remove the deadline for states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment that has already been ratified by 35 states. Senator Menendez's resolution would begin the process anew, giving all states a fresh opportunity to voice their support for women's equality. Both re… Continue Reading

May 06, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Lead Congressional Honors for Warren Weinstein and Urge Greater Support for Families of American Citizens Held Hostage Abroad

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman John Delaney have introduced resolutions with Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (All D-Md.) to honor the memory of Dr. Warren Weinstein, a Marylander who died while being held hostage by al-Qaeda in Pakistan. His death, caused by an American strike on an al-Qaeda target, was a personal loss for Cardin, Mikulski and Delaney, who all worked tirelessly to bring their constituent back to his family in Rockville. The Cardin-Mikulski resolution (S. Re… Continue Reading

May 04, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Host Roundtable on Community Unity at Greater Baltimore Urban League

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) today led a group of clergy, business and community leaders in a roundtable discussion on Senator Cardin's End Racial Profiling Act of 2015, federal legislation that would prohibit discriminatory racial profiling nationwide by all levels of law enforcement, and other ways to better address the needs of Baltimore's urban communities. The elected officials and faith, community and business leader… Continue Reading

May 01, 2015

Cardin Statement on Charges Filed Against Baltimore City Police Officers in the Death of Freddie Gray

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement regarding the announcement by Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby that charges would be filed against six Baltimore City Police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray: "The eyes of the nation have been focused on Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray. Today's announcement that criminal charges will be filed against six Baltimore City Police officers involved in his death underscores … Continue Reading

May 01, 2015

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day 2015

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a press statement recognizing World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2015 and a Congressional Record statement, both of which appear below. "On World Press Freedom Day 2015 we celebrate the value of freedom of press and the critical role it serves in creating a free and open society. In its highest forms, the press does not simply inform, but brings attention to atrocities around the world, … Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Cardin Statement on National Minority Health Month April 2015

Care Subcommittee, issued the following statement commemorating April as National Minority Health Month. "America is made stronger when each and every one of us is able to reach their highest potential. Part of what the federal government can and has done to help Americans give back to this great country is ensure that everyone has access to quality and affordable health care. Unfortunately, in the land where 'all men are created equal', one's race and ethnic background has too often been an… Continue Reading

April 30, 2015

Cardin Calls TSCA and So-Called ‘Secret Science Review’ Bill Dangerous for the Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), called on Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) to continue working in a bipartisan fashion to improve the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and to set aside plans to move forward on divisive legislation that ignores scientific best practices and weakens important protections. Sen. Cardin believes more improvements are needed to S. 697 before the Senate reports the bill and S. 544 has alr… Continue Reading

April 28, 2015

Cardin Leads Battle Against Colorectal Cancer through “SCREEN Act” Provisions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance Health Care Subcommittee, recently introduced a measure to help prevent colorectal cancer, which has become the second leading cause of U.S. cancer deaths. Senator Cardin's legislation, S. 1079, the Supporting Colorectal Examination and Education Now Act of 2015, promotes access to colorectal cancer screening. Known as the "SCREEN Act," the measure includes several important improvements on existing policy.… Continue Reading

April 28, 2015

Cardin, Corker Introduce Resolution on the Significance of US-Japan Relationship in Advance of Prime Minister Abe’s Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, yesterday introduced a bipartisan resolution (S.Res.152) on the significance of the United States' relationship with Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Washington this week for a state visit where he will address a joint meeting of Congress on Wednesday. "The visit of Prime Minister Abe provides us wi… Continue Reading

April 28, 2015

Cardin Visits Sites of Deadly Anti-Semitic Attacks in Paris and Copenhagen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with local leaders and government officials in Paris and Copenhagen this weekend as follow up to the violent attacks that took place in both cities earlier this year - the siege at a Kosher Market following the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the shooting at a free speech event at Copenhagen's main synagogue. Senator Cardin's engagement included conversations with Jewish, Muslim, African descen… Continue Reading

April 27, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Current Situation in Baltimore

> Baltimore, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Released the following statement in response to the latest activity in Baltimore: > > "We need to restore peace to our beloved Baltimore. I am fully committed to seeking justice for the death of Freddie Gray and support the efforts of thousands of Baltimoreans who have participated in non-violent protests and raised their voices in his memory. We need to know the full circumstances of his death and hold accountable those culpable. But… Continue Reading

April 25, 2015

Cardin Statement on Earthquake in Nepal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the destruction caused by the severe earthquake in Nepal earlier today. "I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the people of Nepal and South Asia over the tragic loss of life and terrible destruction caused by the earthquake this morning. The United States is already engaged with emergency response operations, however, Nepal will need the support… Continue Reading

April 25, 2015

Cardin Statement on World Malaria Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing World Malaria Day on April 25, 2015. He is a cosponsor of a Senate Resolution on World Malaria Day with Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) that underscores the importance of reducing malaria prevalence and deaths to improve overall child and maternal health, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. "In 2015, no child should die of prevent… Continue Reading

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