Press Releases & Statements

September 25, 2018

Cardin, Senators Introduce Bill to Enhance Maternal Health Coverage Under Medicaid, Improve Health Outcomes for New Moms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) today introduced a bill to reduce the United States' rising maternal mortality rates, improve maternal and infant health outcomes, and close the disparities that continue to put mothers and children of color at risk. The bill, the Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services (M… Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $26,000 in Funding for Water Infrastructure in Federalsburg

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $26,000 in federal funding for water infrastructure planning in Federalsburg, Md. Two $13,000 grants - both of which come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program - will fund the preliminary engineering and environmental impact reports for two projects: the replacement of the city's aging water main, and the replacement of existing water meter infrastructure. The reports will … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.7 Million Grant for St. Mary’s Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $1,772,227 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for St. Mary's County Regional Airport in Leonardtown, Md. These funds will be used to extend existing runways and remove obstructions that will allow for greater passenger and cargo capacity. "St. Mary's Regional Airport is an important hub for connecting communities and businesses throughout Southern Maryland," said Senator Cardin, senior member of the … Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Cosponsor Legislation to Permanently Extend and Increase Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined a group of 22 Senators in cosponsoring legislation to permanently extend and increase mandatory funding levels for minority-serving institutions, including Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Strengthening Minority-Serving Institutions Act will increase mandatory funding levels from $255 million to $300 million for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions of higher education. A ma… Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call For DOJ To Investigate FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) yesterday joined with Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, leading a group of senators in requesting that the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice investigate a decision by the General Services Administration (GSA), made at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to rescind a long-studied proposal for consolidation of the FBI Headqu… Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Senators Cardin, Stabenow and Paul Urge the Administration to Take Action to Improve Medicare Coverage of Oral and Dental Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), as well as 25 of their colleagues, called on the Department of Health and Human Services to take action to improve Medicare coverage of medically necessary oral and dental treatment. Providing seniors traditional Medicare coverage for medically necessary oral and dental care will improve oral health and overall wellness as well as potentially reduce costs to the Medicare program. "Unfortunately, many… Continue Reading


September 20, 2018

Cardin Statement on Mass Shooting in Aberdeen, Maryland

Aberdeen, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after visiting with Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler for an update on the shooting that occurred earlier today. "Horrific. My heart is heavy as we are faced with the reality that a mass shooting again has left families, friends and one of our local communities in mourning. Regretfully, loved ones went to work today, like every other day, but will not be coming home t… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Cardin, Senators Condemn Democratic Backsliding in Uganda

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released the following statement on the current situation in Uganda. "As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we are gravely concerned about the continued deterioration of democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms in Uganda. The actions of the Government of Uganda towards its critics-protesters, opposition supporters, and parliamentarian… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $56,152 to the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company in Baltimore County will receive $56,152 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This funding will allow the Company to upgrade its diesel exhaust extraction system, which is used to capture and remove harmful carcinogenic diesel exhaust from fire and emergency response vehicles in station engine bays. Earlier this year, the Senators secured $2 mil… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $182,381 Grant to the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department in Carroll County will receive $182,381 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This funding will allow the Department to purchase 22 sets of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and 50 additional face masks to replace units that are beyond their useful lifespan and no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards. Earlier this y… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Senate Committee Passes Cardin Bill to Protect the Baltimore Oriole and other Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON - A bill sponsored by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, to help sustain populations of migratory birds like the Baltimore oriole that face threats to their health and habitats, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Act (S. 1537), promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for more than 3… Continue Reading


September 18, 2018

Cardin: Trump Administration’s New Refugee Cap Cruel, Makes U.S. Weaker

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced a further reduction in the number of refugees that will be admitted and resettled in the U.S.: "The president can't get his wall built on the southern border because it is bad policy and impractical technology, but he'll stop at nothing to build metaphorical walls around our country, decimating our moral leadership and… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Senate Passes Cardin Measures to Fight Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded Senate passage today of a package of bills to tackle the opioid epidemic facing the country. Included in the package are Cardin provisions that would expand the use of telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use, bundle payments for medication-assisted treatment under Medicare, study the expansion of successful peer support services and study how we can bring together housing-related services with substance-abuse programs to fight the p… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Maryland Delegation Decries EPA’s Decision to Deny Maryland’s Request to Reduce Harmful Emissions from Upwind States

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin, released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its denial of Maryland's Clean Air Act 126(b) petition to reduce harmful emissions from power plants in upwind states. Maryland's full Congressional delegation had urged the EPA to reconside… Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings Announce $29.5 million for University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Promise Heights Initiative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, have announced a five-year, $29.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant for University of Maryland, Baltimore's Promise Heights program to continue its efforts to strengthen the financial, physical and emotional health of children and families in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights. With the matching contributions of state and local governments and community partners, th… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Cardin, Collins Introduce Resolution to Recognize Direct Support Professionals in Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced a resolution recognizing the incredible work and dedication of direct support professionals. The resolution was introduced as part of the September 9-15 celebration of the daily contributions made by those who provide invaluable health services to the chronically ill, seniors and those living with a disability. With the help of direct support professionals, these individuals can perform daily activities tha… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Tour Frostburg Fire Department, Announce over $3 Million in Funding for Allegany County First Responders

WASHINGTON - On Saturday, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen toured the Frostburg Fire Department. They met with local department personnel and announced more than $3 million in funding to Allegany County from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funding will bolster emergency preparedness, provide new high-quality equipment and tools, and enhance efforts to provide adequate staffing throughout departments in the county. Specifically,… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cardin Congratulates Baltimore’s Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen on Appointment to Head Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement: "It is with equal parts sadness and pride that I congratulate Dr. Leana Wen on being named the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. As Baltimore City's Health Commissioner, Dr. Wen championed the important principle that health care is a human right, made access to care more affordable, and fought the Trump Administration's actions to restrict access to reprodu… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Baltimore’s Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $400,000 for National Aquarium Education Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes, Elijah Cummings and C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), have announced $432,627 in federal funding over three years for What Lies in the Harbor, an environmental education program sponsored by a partnership between Baltimore's National Aquarium and Baltimore City Public Schools. The program will provide the opportunity for all City Schools 6th graders to visit the National Aquarium and… Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Cardin Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. "September 11 will forever be embedded into the American consciousness. On 9/11/01, America was attacked, but Americans also came together to show our strength and resilience in such a way that had not been seen for more than a generation. On this day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 innocent souls lost at the W… Continue Reading

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