Press Releases & Statements

December 11, 2013

Cardin Lauds Affordable Care Act Investments in Maryland’s Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today highlighted how federal investments in Community Health Centers in Maryland, provided under the Affordable Care Act, are helping deliver higher-quality health care to 292,000 Marylanders. Already, community health centers in Maryland have received nearly $60 million in Affordable Care Act funding to expand capacity in our state. "Federal investment in health centers is a game changer. Greater access to primary and preventive services reduce… Continue Reading

December 10, 2013

International Human Rights Day

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today in recognition of International Human Rights Day. Sixty-five years ago, on December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which serves as a foundation for human rights initiatives internationally, and is an enduring guide for human rights advocates around the globe. On this annual celebration of International Human Rights Day we all mourn with heavy hearts the loss of Nelson Mandela, a man … Continue Reading

December 10, 2013

Cardin Applauds Obama Administration Initiative To Support Aging Holocaust Survivors In The U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded the announcement by Vice President Joe Biden that the Obama Administration will take steps to help Holocaust survivors living in the United States access needed services, such as health care and nutritional services, without having to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The Holocaust Survivor Assistance Initiative announced today complements bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Cardin and Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) - S.… Continue Reading

December 09, 2013

Cardin Urges Majority Leader Reid To Leave Feds Alone In Budget Deal To End Sequestration

WASHINGTON - Saying clearly that "federal workers have sacrificed enough," U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urging him to abide by budget agreements made last year that "federal workers would not serve as a 'piggybank' again, especially for shorter term budget deals." Senator Cardin, who has been tasked by Majority Leader Reid to keep the Democratic Caucus apprised of matters concerning the federal workforce, was specific in his request… Continue Reading

December 06, 2013

Cardin, Boxer, Casey, Leahy, Shaheen, Blumenthal And Ayotte Urge President Hamid Karzai To Protect Women In The Afghan National Police

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today sent a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai urging him to take immediate action to protect women within the Afghan National Police (ANP). "We are deeply concerned by recent reports of endemic sexual violence and harassment of Afghan policewomen by their male counterparts," the Senators wrote. "These b… Continue Reading

December 06, 2013

Cardin Statement On Nelson Mandela

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of its Subcommittee on African Affairs, and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela: "Humanity has lost one of its greatest leaders with the passing of Nelson Mandela. My prayers go out to his family and all the people of South Africa. He was a personal hero of mine, and of those… Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Cardin Lauds New Protections For Adults With Pre-Existing Conditions That Begin January 1

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released figures highlighting the more than 2.5 million consumers in Maryland with pre-existing conditions who, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will be protected from discrimination by insurance companies based on their health status. Beginning January 1, 2014, because of the health care law, insurance companies will be prohibited from denying health coverage for the up to 129 million Americans - including up to 2,543,000 1 in Maryland - w… Continue Reading

November 25, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $3 Million Federal Grant to Support Effective Life Skills through CASA de Maryland

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today congratulated CASA de Maryland for being awarded a $3 million through the Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). The grant will be used to fund the Learning Together Project, a multi-tier, multigenerational program designed to give immigrant families the tools they need in order to navigate themselves and their children through the American educational system. "I am proud that the Departmen… Continue Reading

November 22, 2013

Portman, Cardin Urge Treasury Sec. Lew to Fix A Regulatory Flaw that Threatens the Retirement Security of American Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew expressing concern with a regulation that could unintentionally weaken the retirement security of many American workers. This flaw undermines and runs counter to the original intent of the Treasury regulation-strengthening retirement security. Fortunately, Secretary Lew has the power to prevent the unintended consequences of this regulation without new legislatio… Continue Reading

November 21, 2013

Cardin Calls Rules Change A Necessary Step To Fulfilling The Senate’s Constitutional Responsibilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement following votes in the Senate regarding cloture votes on nominations: "The Senate is supposed to be the world's greatest deliberative body. We are supposed to be able to debate issues but then come together to find a compromise that moves our country forward. The Senate is broken. Our rules of consensus and comity have been abused. Respecting the Senate's Constitutional duty of Advise and Consent with respect to … Continue Reading

November 20, 2013

Cardin, Menendez, Colleagues Call on Administration to Grant Temporary Protected Status to Filipinos in Wake of Devastating Typhoon

Washington, DC - Following the devastation and humanitarian disaster suffered by the Philippines as a result of Typhoon Haiyan, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the SFRC, were joined by colleagues in calling on President Obama's administration to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Filipino nationals currently residing in the United States and to consider additional avenues of relief for… Continue Reading

November 20, 2013

Healthcare Professionals Donate 1.5 Million Hotel Reward Points to Wounded Warriors

(Washington, DC) -Members of a nonprofit organization representing federal health professionals have donated more than 1.5 million hotel reward points to a program that helps defray the travel costs of wounded warriors. "Hotels for Heroes," which was created by bipartisan legislation passed by Congress, enables patriotic Americans to donate their hotel reward points to troops receiving care through the military health system as well as their families. Sustaining Members of AMSUS, The Society of… Continue Reading

November 20, 2013

Cardin Welcomes Sarah Bloom Raskin To The Senate At Her Conformation To Be Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee was honored today to introduce Sarah Bloom Raskin to his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee. Bloom Raskin has been nominated by President Obama to become the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury. "I am pleased to say that this is not the first time I have introduced Sarah in connection with her nomination to an important position in public service. In 2010, I spoke at Sarah's nomination hearing… Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

The Sesquicentennial Of The Gettysburg Address

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, 150 years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln gave one of the greatest speeches not just in U.S. history, but in human history. In under three minutes and using just 10 sentences, President Lincoln spanned the past, present, and future of the American experiment and spoke to the aspirations, rights, and responsibilities not just of Americans, but of humankind. It's astounding for us to realize that President Lincoln was invited to the dedication of the Nation's … Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Urge HHS Secretary Sebelius to Expand Access to ACA Health Plans and Tax Credits “By All Available Means”

WASHINGTON - Detailing the existing authority available under the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) have urged Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to immediately expand and publicize alternate methods for eligible Americans to enroll in health plans. The Senators expressed their concern that while is improving daily, the delays may cause many uninsured Americans to stop trying to shop for affordable plans. … Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

Cardin Pushes for NIH Medical Research Funding that Saves Lives, Creates Jobs and Boosts Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined 34 of his colleagues in a letter to budget negotiators, urging robust federal funding for medical research. The bipartisan letter cites the critical role that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) plays in making lifesaving medical discoveries and increasing economic activity across the nation. In the legislation that ended the federal government shutdown, Congressional budget negotiators, were tasked with reaching a compromise by mid-D… Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

Cardin Visits Kohls.Com Distribution Center As They Gear Up For The Holiday Shopping Season

Edgewood, MD - Less than two weeks before Black Friday and the start of the heaviest shopping season of the year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin visited the Kohl's E-Commerce Distribution Center in Edgewood, the largest of their four fulfillment centers across the country. During his visit Monday, Senator Cardin toured the 1 million-square-foot LEED Gold-certified facility and greeted employees. The facility employs 1,500 workers year round, and another 1,500 during the holiday season when they operate… Continue Reading

November 19, 2013

Floor Speech On Nomination Of Robert Leon Wilkins To Be United States Circuit Judge For The District Of Columbia Circuit

The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the Senate will proceed to executive session to consider the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins to be United States Circuit Judge. The assistant legislative clerk read the nomination of Robert Leon Wilkins, of the District of Columbia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the District Of Columbia Circuit. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Under the previous order, the time until 5:30 p.m. will be equally divided and controlled in the usual form… Continue Reading

November 14, 2013

Cardin Hails SFRC Passage Of New Transparency Measures For U.S. Foreign Aid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised committee passage of his bill, S. 1271, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013. Introduced with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), this legislation requires regular evaluations of foreign assistance programs to be made publicly available to the American people. "Foreign aid makes up approximately one percent of the federal budget but this small investment has the power t… Continue Reading

November 13, 2013

Cardin, Wicker Lead Senate In Commemoration Of 75th Anniversary Of Kristallnacht

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) lauded Senate approval by unanimous consent of a resolution (S. Res. 290) commemorating the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass. These pogroms took place November 9 and 10 across Jewish neighborhoods in Germany, German-occupied Austria, and German-occupied Czechoslovakia. "Kristallnacht was a crucial turning point in the Holocaust - moving from a policy of removing Jews from Germany and German o… Continue Reading

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