Press Releases & Statements

February 13, 2020

Cardin Statement on the War Powers Resolution

View Senator Cardin's full floor speech HERE WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and cosponsor or S. J. Res. 68, spoke from the floor of the Senate this week in support of the resolution offered by Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.). The measure passed the Senate Thursday with a bipartisan vote of 55-45. Excerpts from Senator Cardin's floor speech on the resolution are below. "Unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or a … Continue Reading

February 11, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation to Achieve Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S. by No Later Than 2050

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) introduced the Clean Economy Act with Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) and 30 of their colleagues. This legislation would put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. "As the climate crisis, which threatens the health and well-being of my constituents in Maryland and Americans across the nation, becomes increasingly apparent, people are rightfully demanding action fro… Continue Reading

February 11, 2020

Cardin, Senate Democrats Request Action on Energy Tax Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today joined Democratic colleagues in requesting Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, take action on languishing energy tax policy priorities. The senators write, "Despite numerous opportunities, including in the recent tax extenders package, the Finance Committee has failed to take action on the dozens of energy tax proposals pending before it. It is critical that the Committee move to address these… Continue Reading

February 06, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Demand Railroad Agency Finalize Updates To Northeast Commuter Network

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a group of fifteen senators from all eight states along the Northeast Corridor in urging the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to finalize and approve plans to immediately advance the Hudson Tunnel Project, a critical element of the Gateway Project. The Gateway Project refers to a set of transportation infrastructure improvements on the bustling Northeast Corridor rail network, including the construction of a new rail tunnel beneath … Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Senate Articles of Impeachment Verdict

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted on the abuse of power and on the obstruction of Congress articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. "The actions by the Senate today and throughout this trial reflect as poorly on the Senate itself as on the president. The failure of the Senate to conduct a fair trial has tainted this final verdict and has upset the balance… Continue Reading

February 05, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Seek Answers on Funding for Maryland Army Installations

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen as well as Congressmen David Trone, Dutch Ruppersberger, Jamie Raskin, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) raised concerns in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper regarding funding for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick and the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) at Aberdeen Proving Ground. On Thursday of last week, the members were infor… Continue Reading

February 04, 2020

Cardin Response to the State of the Union

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Environment & Public Works, and Finance committees, responded to the president's State of the Union address to the nation. "Time and again, I have tried to give this president the benefit of the doubt, but he continues to live in a world painted by his own hyperbole and the misguided understanding that if he repeats somethin… Continue Reading

February 03, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Impeachment of President Donald Trump

Read Senator Cardin's remarks as entered into the Congressional Record WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement: "The Senate has failed in its constitutional responsibility to try the president of the United States fairly, based on the impeachment charges the House of Representatives sent to us. The Constitution is very clear that the House of Representatives - not the President - gets to dec… Continue Reading

January 30, 2020

Cardin Says Block Granting of Medicaid is a Reckless Attack on Vulnerable Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, released the following statement on the announcement that the Trump Administration plans to limit Medicaid spending by converting its funding into block grants. "This guidance represents the latest, most egregious move in the Trump Administration's campaign to slash social safety nets and jeopardize the health of our most vulnerable communities. Turning Medicaid into a limited block grant will… Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

Following Cardin, Murphy, Cruz Pressure, Nicaragua Releases 91 Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), all members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday announced that Nicaragua released 91 political prisoners following their public pressure on the Ortega government. In December, Murphy along with Cruz and Cardin, led seven senators in demanding more information on the United States' Nicaragua policy from U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo, U.S. Treasury Department Secre… Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

Cardin, Democratic Senators Urge SecState Pompeo to Press New Guatemalan Government to Improve Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, and Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are calling on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to prioritize human rights protections with the newly elected Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. In a letter, the senators are asking the Secretary to use his interactions and the diplomatic force of the Department of… Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

Cardin: If the Senate Impeachment Trial Does Not Look Like a Real Judicial Trial, Is it Valid?

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will question the constitutional validity of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, if it includes no witnesses or new evidence submitted for review. Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution gives the Senate the "sole Power to try all Impeachments." Supreme Court Justice Byron White, in a concurring opinion in Nixon v. United States (1993), found that the Framers of the U.S. Constitution clearly intended that "the Senate should c… Continue Reading

January 28, 2020

Cardin, Murkowski Applaud Virginia’s Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) released the following statement following Virginia's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). "With Virginia's historic ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, the state officially becomes the 38th and final state required to make the ERA part of the U.S. Constitution. This decades-long effort is now one step closer to victory and proving that there is no time limit on equality. "We urge the Archivist to … Continue Reading

January 28, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Trump So-Called Peace Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the Middle East "plan" released by the White House today. "Since its founding in 1948, Israel and the United States have had a special bond between our people that has transcended any individual leaders or partisan politics. The strongest democracy in the region, Israel has been a stalwart security partner with the U.S., as well as an economic,… Continue Reading

January 27, 2020

Cardin Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and Ranking Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following statement on International Holocaust Commemoration Day which also commemorates the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. "On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we come together to solemnly remember the horrors of th… Continue Reading

January 23, 2020

Cardin Says New Water Rule Will Degrade Water Quality and Poses a Public Health Danger

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, responded to the announcement today of a new water rule by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James. The new replacement rule will gut Obama-era regulations that define the waters of the United States (WOTUS) -- the rivers, streams and wetlands that fed into the drinking water supply of 1 in 3 Am… Continue Reading

January 23, 2020

Cardin, Rosen, Lankford, Menendez, Cramer Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Commemorating 75th Anniversary of Liberation of Auschwitz by Allied Forces

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, joined his colleagues Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) announced the introduction of S.Res. 481, a bipar… Continue Reading

January 17, 2020

Cardin: Martin Luther King Jr. Led a Movement Guided by Peace and Compassion that Challenged the Forces of Hate and Intolerance

BALTIMORE - To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement. "On January 20, we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his prolific fight for freedom and equality. At the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement, he called upon the nation and its leaders to codify legal a… Continue Reading

January 16, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Slam NLRB Proposal to Strip Students Employed by Private Universities of Workplace Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and 12 Democratic senators, to condemn the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) proposal to deny students employed by their private colleges and universities their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). In a letter sent yesterday, the senators urged the NLRB to withdraw the proposed rule which would strip … Continue Reading

January 15, 2020

Before Final Senate Vote, Cardin, Wyden, Carper Call on Trump Administration to Pledge Cooperation with Congressional Oversight of USMCA Environmental Provisions

WASHINGTON - In advance of Senate approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA), U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) have written to United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging robust implementation and enforcement of the environmental provisions included in the agreement. Senator Cardin is a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works, Senate Finance and Senate Foreign Relations committees. Senator Wyden is Ranki… Continue Reading

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