Press Releases & Statements

May 05, 2020

Cardin, Shaheen, Schumer Move to Pass Legislation to Increase Transparency & Accountability of COVID-19 Small Business Relief Efforts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Small Business Committee, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today sought unanimous consent to pass legislation to provide additional transparency and accountability of the federal government's COVID-19 small business relief efforts. In additional to Cardin, Shaheen and Schumer, the measure is cosponsored by Democrat… Continue Reading


May 05, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Lead Bipartisan Call for Hazard Pay, Increased Safety Measures for Federal Employees and Contractors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined colleagues in writing a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas, urging them to take immediate steps to support federal employees and contractors during the COVID-19 crisis. The Senators' letter emphasizes several actions that the Administration should take now to support these crucial public … Continue Reading


May 04, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Call for $26 Billion in Next Coronavirus Relief Package to Support Research Workforce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 31 of their Senate colleagues in advocating for protections for the U.S. scientific research community during the coronavirus pandemic. Although coronavirus-related research is a current federal government priority, most other research has slowed or stopped due to closures of campuses and laboratories. The people who comprise the research workforce - graduate students, postdocs, principal investigators, and technical … Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Cardin, Trone Connect with Western Maryland Public Health, Economic Development Officials

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin recently hosted conversations with Congressman David Trone (MD-06) and public health and economic development leaders from Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties on local impacts from and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cardin and participants discussed a range of concerns and potential ways the federal government can usher additional resources to help Maryland confront COVID-19 and fully re-open. "Western Maryland's leaders underscored the n… Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Congressional Delegation Announces Approval of New Federal Funding for Maryland’s Mental Health Services in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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 and David Trone, announced the approval of new federal resources for the state of Maryland through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP). This is one of the forms of federal assistance that Maryland… Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Discusses Status of COVID-19 Testing with State Health and Emergency Management Leaders

WASHINGTON - Members of the 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, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today discussed with Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall, Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services Fran Phillips and Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Russell Strickland the status of Maryland's ability to test… Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Oppose Proposed Closure of Coast Guard Station-Oxford on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Andy Harris are urging the Coast Guard not to shutter the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oxford, which is the only Coast Guard Station on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The lawmakers have written to Coast Guard Rear Admiral Matthew Sibley to oppose the closure as part of a public comment period. Following earlier pressure, the USCG announced that the public comment period on potential action, which was originally to close on April 1… Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $9 Million in COVID-19 Housing Relief

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 and David Trone, today announced $9,043,232 in COVID-19 relief for tenant-based housing voucher recipients in Maryland through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (C… Continue Reading


April 30, 2020

Cardin, Portman Urge SBA Not to Penalize Small Business Owners with Previous Criminal Records During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee, and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza urging the SBA to allow small business owners with criminal records to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Currently, PPP, which provides forgivable loans to small businesses that keep their employees on payroll during the COVID-19 c… Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces New COVID-19 Emergency Nutrition Assistance For Students Missing Free or Reduced-Price Lunches at School Due to COVID-19 Closures

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 and David Trone, today announced approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) of Maryland's plan to provide new Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) assistance to all Maryland children who would receive free or reduced-price lunches if not for school closures. The Maryl… Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Cardin, Senate Democrats Announce Legislation to Federalize Medical Supply Chain, Increase National Production and Create an Equitable and Transparent Process for Delivery of Necessary Supplies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined forty-five Senate Democratic colleagues in announcing legislation that lays out a framework for an effective COVID-19 response by federalizing and adding critical oversight and transparency to the supply chain for critical medical supplies and equipment. The Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act requires the president to utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act to mobilize a federal response to the pandemi… Continue Reading


April 29, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Urge the CFPB to Reinstate Vital HMDA Data Collection

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined colleagues in sending a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathy Kraninger urging her to reverse her decisions to suspend the quarterly reporting of information under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) during the COVID-19 pandemic and halt reporting of all HMDA data for lenders. Eliminating these reporting requirements could allow discrimination in mortgage lending to go unchecked during a time when consumers are… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Cardin, Democratic Colleagues Call on DHS Inspector General to Review ICE Detention Facility COVID-19 Policies and Practices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined 25 Democratic colleagues in calling for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) to conduct a full assessment, including site inspections, of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities nationwide to evaluate whether the facilities' operations, management, standards, and conditions have adapted to address the threat of COVID-19 to both the staff and detainees. In addition to Cardin, the letter was si… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Welcome Expansion of Federal Second Chance Pell Experiment to Maryland HBCUs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) welcomed the selection of two of Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Bowie State University (BSU) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), to participate in the Second Chance Pell Experiment by the U.S. Department of Education. This experiment, established under the Obama administration, allows eligible incarcerated Americans to receive Pell Grants to fun… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Cardin Works to Protect Symptomatic Patients Who Test Negative for COVID-19 from Sky-High Medical Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has written to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar urging him to protect uninsured individuals from exorbitant medical bills related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In a letter Friday, Senator Cardin pressed Azar to extend the prudent layperson standard to uninsured individuals who seek emergency medical care for possible symptoms of COVID-19, but then test negative for the disease, and encouraged HHS to instead create a coronavirus … Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Cardin, Senate Democratic Leaders Urge Senate Republicans to Make Oversight of COVID-19 Relief Efforts a Priority

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Assistant Democratic Leader Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), today sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), urging Leader McConnell to make COVID-19 related matters and oversight of all COVID-r… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Announce $200,000 for Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced $200,000 in federal funding to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant program to support the management and development of the COVID-19 online interactive dashboard hosted by the JHU Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). The dashboard may be viewed here. Awarded thro… Continue Reading


April 28, 2020

Cardin Welcomes Mfume Back to Team Maryland

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior senator and head of the Maryland federal delegation, released the following statement on the unofficial results of the special election to fill the seat vacated with the death of Elijah Cummings. (MD-07). Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume were both elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in 1986. "Team Maryland is proud to welcome back Congressman Kweisi Mfume. At this critical time for our country, our state, our city and every n… Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Call on DeVos to Reverse Course and Allow DACA Students to Access Emergency Financial Aid Secured in CARES Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined colleagues in calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to access emergency financial aid grant funding secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "DACA recipients came to this country as children and make extraordinary contributions to our communities and our economy," wrote the senators to Secretary DeVos. "Dur… Continue Reading


April 24, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $664,000 to Help Anne Arundel Medical Center Expand Telehealth Capabilities and Fight COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced that Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) will receive $664,606 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to invest in video telehealth services as part of AAMC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will allow AAMC to deploy telehealth technology to diagnose and trea… Continue Reading

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