Press Releases & Statements

March 12, 2014

Cardin Applauds Senate Confirmation of Marylander Sarah Bloom Raskin as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee applauded the confirmation of Sarah Bloom Raskin of Maryland to become the next Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. "I am proud to have a fellow Marylander among the financial leaders that are guiding our economy towards future growth and stability. Sarah Bloom Raskin's impressive résumé and reverence for public service make her particularly well-suited to be at the upper ranks of America's fis… Continue Reading

March 12, 2014

Taking A Principled Stand On Venezuela

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, today I would like to express my strong support for S.Res. 265, a resolution I co-sponsored deploring the violent repression of peaceful demonstrators in Venezuela, calling for full accountability for human rights violations taking place in Venezuela, and supporting the right of the Venezuelan people to the free and peaceful exercise of representative democracy. Since February 4, 2014 the Venezuelan people have taken to the streets on a daily basis to express frus… Continue Reading

March 10, 2014

Cardin Mourns The Passing of Holocaust Survivor and Activist Leo Bretholz

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement expressing his deepest respects for the late Leo Bretholz who passed Saturday at his home in Pikesville. Bretholz was a Holocaust survivor and resistance fighter who turned his story into the memoir Leap Into Darkness. In 1947 Bretholz emigrated to Baltimore, entered the publishing business and shared his story with audiences worldwide. At the time of his death Bretholz was advocating for reparations for Holocaust surv… Continue Reading

March 10, 2014

Cardin Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Asking Pentagon to Help Identify, Bring Home Remains of Sailors Killed at Pearl Harbor for Burial

WASHINGTON- U.S Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with 14 Senate colleagues are seeking the assistance of the Department of Defense in an effort to have the bodies of 21 men who lost their lives during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 exhumed so that they can either be brought home for burial in their community, or be buried in a marked grave in Hawaii. Two of the U.S.S Oklahoma families seeking assistance from the Department of Defense are from Maryland. The families of John Lindsley and A… Continue Reading

March 07, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Resolution Honoring International Women’s Day

WASHINGTON - In advance of International Women's Day on March 8, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), along with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and a bipartisan coalition of Senators introduced a resolution Thursday commemorating the 103rd International Women's Day. Other cosponsors include: Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein (Both D-Calif.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), … Continue Reading

March 05, 2014

Cardin, Crapo Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Protect Fish Habitats And Related Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Senator Michael Crapo (R-Idaho) have introduced a bill to leverage public-private partnerships and engage stakeholders like commercial fisherman, anglers, outfitters and other angling and sportsmen industries to make lasting improvements to the health and sustainability of our nation's fish habitats. Their legislation, The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA) authorizes $7.2 million… Continue Reading

March 05, 2014

World Wildlife Day

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, in commemoration of World Wildlife Day on March 3, I rise to bring attention to the catastrophic effects of wildlife trafficking on global and economic security and the urgent need to crush this demand for these illegal products. Conserving natural resources is a priority for me, particularly as Chair of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee; it's a priority for my state of Maryland; and it's a priority for this Administration. But the responsibility of protecting … Continue Reading

March 04, 2014

Cardin Looks Beyond President Obama’s Budget Blueprint For A Long-Term Framework

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement in response to the release of President Barack Obama's budget plan for fiscal year 2015: "President Obama's budget outline is a helpful tool to fill in the details of the budget agreed to by the Congress last year. Overall, I share the President's commitment to investing in America and working to ensure our economy is working for all Americans. While I am still reviewin… Continue Reading

February 28, 2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Members Urge President Obama to Assist Peaceful, Democratic Transition in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - In a letter to President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Edward Markey, D-Mass., John McCain, R-Ariz., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, expressed support for U.S. assistance in Ukraine and warned of Russian intervention that undermines Ukrai… Continue Reading

February 25, 2014

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Letter On Accountability For Human Rights Violations In South Sudan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has penned a letter to President Obama calling for accountability for human rights violations in South Sudan and stressing the importance of American leadership in ending the crisis. He was joined on the bipartisan letter by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.). Since violent c… Continue Reading

February 25, 2014

Cardin, Rubio, Menendez and Corker Urge Greater Freedom of the Press in China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, also Subcommittee Ranking Member Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) have introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 361) that urges the People's Republic of China to take meaningful steps to improve freedom of expression in China as fitting of a responsible international stakeholder. O… Continue Reading

February 25, 2014

Recognizing the significance of Black History Month and honoring the contributions of the segregated 231st Transportation Truck Battalion which existed within the Maryland National Guard

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating and honoring the contributions of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion as part of Black History Month. The 231st was a segregated unit of African American servicemembers that existed within the Maryland National Guard and that served our country with distinction during the Korean War. African American citizens have made significant contributions in the United States Armed Forces and have played a cri… Continue Reading

February 19, 2014

Chairman Cardin, Co-Chairman Smith Call for Immediate Imposition of Targeted Sanctions on Ukraine

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Helsinki Commission Chairman Sen. Ben Cardin (MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Co-Chairman Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-04), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today issued the following statement: "We've all been shocked by the images and news from Kyiv. This violence is the result of a regime which has repeatedly displayed contempt for its people, who want nothing more than to be afforded the dignity which is their right as ci… Continue Reading

February 12, 2014

Cardin Says Congress Is Upholding Our Nation’s Commitment To Our Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded Senate passage today of a measure that will restore cuts to the Cost of Living Adjustment for military retirees that were made in the recent omnibus appropriations. The restoration applies to current retirees and active duty military that began their service prior to January 1, 2014. "A true marker of our Nation's worth is our willingness to serve those who have served us. As we continue to wind down our military engagements, after a decade… Continue Reading

February 12, 2014

Cardin Celebrates 105 Years of Activism by the NAACP

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today congratulated the Baltimore-headquartered National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on the anniversary of their founding. "I am so proud to have an organization as venerable as the NAACP call Baltimore home. Today, in 1909 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People began its crusade for civil rights. One hundred and five years later, the NAACP continues to build on a rich and noble tradition of p… Continue Reading

February 12, 2014

Statement On The Sochi Olympics

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, as we speak, the 22nd Winter Olympics are well underway in Sochi, Russia. Let me first congratulate the organizers on a fantastic opening ceremony. It really was something to see the depth and breadth of Russia's rich history and culture on display for the entire world to admire. The Olympics put a powerful spotlight on Russia-a spotlight Russia's president has so vigorously sought. But just as this attention is educating the world about Russia's invaluabl… Continue Reading

February 11, 2014

Cardin Mourns The Passing of Marylander Willard Hackerman

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement expressing his respect and admiration for the late Willard Hackerman who passed away earlier today at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore: "Maryland has lost a true friend in Willard Hackerman. I send my deepest condolences to both the Hackerman family and his extended Whiting-Turner family; both of whom he loved deeply. Willard was a man of quiet strength who professionally and philanthropically enriche… Continue Reading

February 07, 2014

Cardin “Made In Maryland” Tour Illuminates Growth Of Manufacturing In Maryland

Glen Burnie, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured the Chesapeake Bay Candle Company in Glen Burnie today as part of his "Made in Maryland" tour of companies that are supporting quality jobs for Marylanders. The Chesapeake Bay Candle Company was founded in 1994 by husband and wife David Wang and Mei Xu, in their basement. After years of hard work, Chesapeake Bay Candle went on to establish partnerships with America's most renown… Continue Reading

February 06, 2014

Cardin Applauds Swift Confirmation Of Max Baucus As the U.S. Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded the swift confirmation of Senator Max Baucus to be the U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China with the following statement: "As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, I congratulate Max Baucus on his confirmation as the U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China. With over three decades of dedicated service to this country, there's no one who understands the United States'… Continue Reading

February 06, 2014

Cardin Bill To Protect The Baltimore Oriole And Other Migratory Birds Clears Senate Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, called today an important milestone for the protection of Neotropical migratory birds like the Baltimore Oriole. The Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) approved a bill that would reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, authored by Senator Cardin, which promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protect… Continue Reading

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