Press Releases & Statements

March 26, 2012

CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE TO CALL FOR END TO RACIAL PROFILING

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a press conference in Baltimore to call for an end to racial profiling, which threatens African-American men and members of other minority communities. In October 2011, Senator Cardin introduced legislation, the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), S. 1670, which would protect minority communities by prohibiting the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officials. Senator Cardin's bill also would prohibit state and local law enforcement… Continue Reading


March 23, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES NEW MARYLAND HEALTH CARE REFORM WEBSITE

ANNAPOLIS - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today lauded the launching of HealthReform.Maryland.gov, a new website designed to provide information about what health care reform means to Maryland residents and small businesses. Today also marks the 2nd Anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). "Thanks to health care reform, all Marylanders will have access to affordable, quality health insurance," said Senator Cardin. "Our focus now must be on ensuring that Marylanders h… Continue Reading


March 23, 2012

CARDIN, CUMMINGS JOIN LT. GOV BROWN TO ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF FIRST MD ORAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and other health care and government officials at the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry to announce the launch of the "Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids" awareness campaign. The campaign seeks to help children access dental care and promote awareness for critical stages of pediatric oral health care, which is critical to a child's overall health. Senator Cardin, whose… Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

CARDIN CALLS FOR INVESTMENT IN NATION’S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE ON WORLD WATER DAY

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today called for the revitalization of our nation's public water systems on World Water Day. The Senator's remarks coincided with the release of a report by Corporate Accountability International entitled "Public Water Works!" The report found there is strong bipartisan support by Americans to invest in the nation's public water systems. "Our nation's water systems provide a critical public health function and are essential to life, economic developm… Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

CARDIN APPLAUDS ALLEGIANT AIR’S DECISION TO OFFER FLIGHTS BETWEEN HAGERSTOWN AND ORLANDO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today released the following statement on the announcement that Allegiant Air will be returning to Hagerstown Regional Airport and provide service between Hagerstown, MD and Orlando, FL. "The announcement that Allegiant Air will return to Hagerstown Regional Airport is a win-win for the residents of Western Maryland and it's a sound business decision for Allegiant Air," said Senator Cardin. "Hagerstown Airport is an economic hub for the entire Tri-Co… Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

CARDIN INTRODUCES JOINT RESOLUTION TO REMOVE TIMELINE FOR EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT RATIFICATION

Ben on the Equal Rights Amendment Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a joint resolution to remove the deadline for the states' ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) are cosponsoring the bill. Representative Tammy Baldwin has introduced similar le… Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

CARDIN RELEASES HHS REPORT SHOWING THAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS HELPED MILLIONS OF MARYLANDERS

WASHINGTON - On the eve of the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) , U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today released a report prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) showing the benefits to Marylanders since the law was signed. "Access to health care should be a right for all Americans," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Finance Committee. "As we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the law, millions of Marylanders have already benefited from i… Continue Reading


March 22, 2012

CARDIN VOTES FOR FINAL PASSAGE OF BILL TO MAKE CONGRESSIONAL INSIDER TRADING ILLEGAL

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised final Senate passage of Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act (STOCK Act), S. 2038. In November, Senator Cardin co-sponsored an initial version of the legislation, which prohibits federal lawmakers and their staff from trading stocks based on nonpublic information they have obtained in the course of their congressional work as a means for making a private profit. President Obama has said he will sign the bill. The legislation th… Continue Reading


March 21, 2012

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL THAT WOULD FORCE EMERGENCY ACTION TO CUT GAS PRICES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined a group of senators today to introduce a bill by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to make federal regulators invoke emergency powers to rein in speculators responsible for rapidly-rising gasoline prices. The legislation would set a 14-day deadline for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to implement rules to stop excessive speculation by Wall Street traders in oil futures markets. Cardin joined Sen. Sanders and cosponsors Sens. Richard B… Continue Reading


March 20, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES DOJ FOR INVESTIGATING THE SHOOTING DEATH OF AN UNARMED FLORIDA TEENAGER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today expressed full support for the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the avoidable shooting death of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. An unarmed Martin, 17, was shot in Sanford, FL on his way home from a convenience store by a neighborhood watch volunteer. "I am pleased that the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice will join with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating the tragic, avoidable shooting death … Continue Reading


March 20, 2012

CARDIN, LT. GOVERNOR BROWN, MHIP LAUNCH MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO CONNECT UNINSURED MARYLANDERS TO FEDERAL INSURANCE OPTIONS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown kicked off the 2nd Anniversary Week of the Affordable Care Act by joining leadership from the Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP), Congressman John Sarbanes, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, health care representatives, community members and state and local officials to announce the launch of a new marketing campaign designed to boost awareness of the federal insurance options offered by the Maryland Health Insurance Plan, … Continue Reading


March 19, 2012

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON THE MURDERS AT A JEWISH SCHOOL IN TOULOUSE, FRANCE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Senate Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in the wake of the tragic murder of students and a teacher outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. Senator Cardin, has spoken out against the growing anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim violence in France and other European nations. "I want to express my heartfelt sympathies to the families and members of the Jewish communit… Continue Reading


March 16, 2012

CARDIN, RUPPERSBERGER ANNOUNCE FIRST HOTEL PARTNERS IN MILITARY PROGRAM, URGE OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (both D-MD) today announced that three major hotel corporations have agreed to participate in a new national program that will allow American citizens to donate their hotel reward points to wounded warriors and their families. Marriott International was the first hotel company to agree to participate in the program, followed by the Wyndham Hotel Group and AmericInn. Event participants called on the rest of the lodg… Continue Reading


March 16, 2012

CARDIN SAYS HHS RULE WILL STRENGTHEN CHILDREN’S DENTAL COVERAGE OFFERED IN HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today lauded the forceful consumer protections for stand-alone dental plans that will be offered in health insurance exchanges, which will be available for individuals and small businesses as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) starting January 1, 2014. The ACA requires states to include pediatric oral health care as part of the Essential Benefits package, and permits that coverage to be made available through either comprehensive health plans or st… Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

CARDIN SUCCESSFULLY CHAMPIONS AMENDMENTS TO MAINTAIN FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR THE APPALACHIAN DEVELOPMENT HIGHWAY SYSTEM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of MAP-21, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization bill. Senator Cardin championed three separate provisions in the bill designed specifically to aid the completion of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) and assure federal support for access roads in Appalachian counties such as Maryland's Garrett, Allegany, and Washington. MAP-21 consolidates many federal highway programs to give states more flexibility … Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

CARDIN LAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF TRANSPORTATION BILL AS BOOST TO JOB CREATION NATIONWIDE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, praised Senate passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century surface transportation bill. "We need to get more Americans back to work. The Senate took a step in the right direction today by voting to reauthorize federal highway and transit programs that will save and create nearly two million jobs a year across the country while maintaining or improving the roa… Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

COMMEMORATING THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM

President Theodore Roosevelt established Pelican Island in Florida as the first national wildlife refuge on March 14, 1903. He was responding not only to an urgent need to conserve our vulnerable natural resources, but also to the passionate advocacy of Americans who understood that our nation's strength lies in the conservation of our wild lands and unique species. Over the course of his presidency, Roosevelt established 53 wildlife refuges, from Key West's mangrove islands and s… Continue Reading


March 13, 2012

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION IN NEW FUNDINGTO ASSIST LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WITH BAY CLEANUP

PHILADELPHIA -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced a new $4 million EPA-funded initiative providing financial and technical assistance to local governments to reduce water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. "This critical program will enable local governments to design and implement projects that will achieve measurable goals in restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed," said Senator … Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

CARDIN SAYS U.S. FOREIGN ASSISTANCE MUST ADVANCE WOMEN’S RIGHTS ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, spoke on the Senate floor honoring International Women's Day. He stressed that U.S. international assistance policy should address and remove barriers between women, rights and economic empowerment. His full statement can be found here. "Empowering women is one of the most critical tools in our tool box to fight poverty and injustice. Int… Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2012

Mr. President, let me thank Senator Murray for her comments and let me concur in her objection observations. What we've seen on women's health care issues here in this body. Some are trying to turn back the progress we have made. I was listening to my colleague talk about the ultra sounds. Well, Virginia just enacted an ultra sound bill this week. We talk about big government, government mandating ultra sound for pregnant women. This is outrageous and something that on International Women's Day,… Continue Reading

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