Press Releases & Statements

June 25, 2013

Cardin Responds To Supreme Court Decision Harming Voting Rights

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) responded to the Supreme Court decision today in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, invalidating the coverage formula that determines which jurisdictions are subject to the preclearance provisions of the Act. The Court majority has passed the issue back to Congress. "Congress must act quickly to reverse today's erroneous decision by the Supreme Court which overturned several important precedents in a… Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Bicameral Climate Change Task Force Applauds President Obama's Action Plan to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded President Obama's plans to address climate change by limiting carbon pollution from existing and new power plants, developing new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, and setting new efficiency targets for appliances and buildings. The plan also provides financial assistance for carbon capture and storage projects and sets a new goal for the deployment of renewable energy on public lands. Fi… Continue Reading

June 24, 2013

Cardin Brings ‘Made In Maryland’ Tour To Volvo Group Trucks, The Largest Employer In Washington County

Hagerstown, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, toured the Volvo Group Trucks factory in Hagerstown today as part of his 'Made in Maryland' tour of companies that are supporting quality jobs for Marylanders. Volvo employs 1,400 at Hagerstown plant and is the largest private employer in Washington County. Most employees are members of the United Auto Workers (UAW). Mack Truck, which is now a part of the Volvo Group, has been producing heavy truck engine… Continue Reading

June 24, 2013

Cardin Tastes Some Of The Best Of ‘Made In Maryland’ Craft Beer At Flying Dog In Frederick

Frederick, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD today as part of his 'Made in Maryland' tour of companies that are supporting quality jobs for Marylanders. Senator Cardin used the opportunity to discuss his legislation, the Small BREW Act (S. 917) which is designed to support the growth of small and independent breweries. Maryland is home to 29 craft brewers, with at least 24 more in the … Continue Reading

June 21, 2013

Cardin Voices Support For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, DC - As the U.S. Senate began debate this week on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) spoke on the floor to outline his goals for comprehensive immigration reform. Video of his remarks can be downloaded here or watched here. Over the last few months, Senator Cardin has held roundtable discussions with Marylanders around the state to solicit their ideas and concerns about immigration reform. "We are a… Continue Reading

June 21, 2013

Cardin, Carper Highlight Water Quality Improvements In The Chesapeake Bay

SNOW HILL, MD - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) today joined the Secretary of Agriculture from Maryland and Delaware, representatives from The Environmental Protection Agency and local farmers to highlight water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay. These improvements are the result of partnerships forged over a decade ago between agriculture, environment and government to make changes to agriculture industry practices. In the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2012 State o… Continue Reading

June 19, 2013

Statement On Juneteenth 2013

Today, we celebrate the 148th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest national celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth -- or June 19th -- is the day in 1865 when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas. While we have closed the door on this painful chapter of our nation's history, we cannot allow ourselves to forget. We owe it to those who endured the brutal institution of slavery - including 100,00… Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

El Senador Cardin Lidera Carta Pidiendo Rendición De Cuentas Sobre Violaciones A Derechos Humanos En Honduras

Washington, DC - Senador estadounidense Ben Cardin (D-MD), miembro de alto rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y 20 de sus colegas senadores hoy enviaron una carta al Secretario de Estado John Kerry instándole a trabajar para apoyar los derechos humanos en Honduras y unas elecciones libres, justas y pacíficas en este país en noviembre. Teniendo en cuenta "las denuncias de violencia e impunidad vinculadas a entidades del Estado en Honduras," la carta… Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Cardin Leads Senate Call For Accountability In Honduras For Human Rights Violations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and 20 of his Senate colleagues, today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to work to support human rights in Honduras and free, fair and peaceful elections there this November. Given the "reported violence and impunity linked to state entities in Honduras," the letter questions the State Department's decision to certify that the government is implementing policies to… Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Cardin Helps Commemorate 10 Years Of PEPFAR

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the continuing effort by the United States to combat AIDS in Africa and every corner of the world that AIDS touches. He joined Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday for a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). "Ten years ago, AIDS threatened the very foundation of societies in Africa- creating millions of orphans, stal… Continue Reading

June 17, 2013

Cardin Tours Baltimore Regional Va Office; Receives Update On Processing Disability Claims

In January, Baltimore VA office was ranked the slowest processing center in nation BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today received a tour and briefing by Veterans Affairs (VA) officials on the progress that has been made since January in reducing the disability claims backlog in the Baltimore Regional VA office. In January, Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski demanded that the VA institute an immediate action plan to address the more than 20,000 pending c… Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I take this time to speak in strong support of the immigration bill currently on the floor of the Senate. First and foremost, we need an immigration system that is fair. We are a nation of immigrants. My grandparents came to this country seeking a new life for their family. Our story is similar to the story of millions of other families in this country. Immigration is very important for our country. It is important for our economy. We need highly skilled worker… Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

Cardin Calls For Peaceful End To Asia-Pacific Maritime Disputes

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, earlier this week joined with SFRC Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Marco Rubio (R-FL), in introducing a resolution (S. Res. 167) "reaffirming the strong support of the United States for the peaceful resolution of territorial, sovereignty, and jurisdictional disputes in the Asia-Pacific maritime dom… Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Arc Grant To Complete Construction Of Access Road To Mt. Aetna Technology Park

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Washington County $1,020,275 to construct an access road extension to the Mt. Aetna Technology Park. The grant will be used to add a .14 mile section of roadway connecting Yale Drive, as part of the project to extend Yale Drive from its current terminus to Scholar Drive on the campus of Hagerstown Community College (HCC). "The Mt. Aetna Technolo… Continue Reading

June 12, 2013

Cardin Jobs Bill Would Simplify Restoration Of Historic Properties, Spur Economic Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 1141) that would create jobs across the nation by encouraging the restoration of historic buildings into useful economic properties. Projects that receive Historic Tax Credits under the Creating American Prosperity Through Preservation (CAPP) Act help revitalize communities, encourage private investment and create safer, more secure neighborhoods. The bill is being cosponsored by Sen… Continue Reading

June 10, 2013

Cardin Hails Passage Of Farm Conservation Programs To Restore The Health Of The Chesapeake Bay

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today lauded the 2013 Farm Bill (S. 954) for its benefits to Maryland's farmers and the continuation of a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The bill passed with bipartisan support 66-27. In addition to the safety net this farm bill provides for farmers who grow our nation's food, it also supports low-income families who have difficulty putting food on the table. "Overall, the 2013 Farm Bill is importa… Continue Reading

June 07, 2013

Cardin Holds Roundtable Discussion On Immigration Reform

COLUMBIA, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a roundtable discussion on immigration reform with community leaders to discuss the importance of enacting a workable framework for comprehensive reform. The U.S. Senate is scheduled next week to begin consideration of the Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Act, S. 744, historic legislation with bipartisan support that would strengthen border security, create a fair legalization program, and create a workable system to … Continue Reading

June 06, 2013

Cardin, Boozman Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Obama Administration To Continue U.S. Leadership Fighting Global Malnutrition

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John Boozman (R-AR), have taken the lead on sending a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging his Administration to make a strong commitment to tackling malnutrition at the June 8, 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit. "Too many children in the U.S. and around the world go to bed without knowing where or when their next meal may come. Nutrition is vital to cognitive development and individual' productivity within societies and the U.S. mu… Continue Reading

June 05, 2013

Cardin Urges President Obama To Engage Chinese President Xi Jinping In A Constructive And Honest Dialogue During Upcoming Summit

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) has written to President Barack Obama in advance of the President's meetings June 7-8 in California with President Xi Jinping of China. Senator Cardin visited Beijing, as well as Seoul and Tokyo, during the Memorial Day work period for his first trip to Asia as Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific. "I am pleased to see that you and President Xi have comm… Continue Reading

June 05, 2013

Bicameral Climate Change Task Force Calls on President Obama to Address Climate Change in Upcoming Meeting with Chinese President Xi

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change sent a letter to President Obama urging him to discuss joint action to address climate change with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the upcoming summit in California. The letter focuses on the opportunity for the United States and China to reach agreement to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are extremely potent heat-trapping gases. In the letter the members write, "Together, the United St… Continue Reading

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