Press Releases & Statements

April 15, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce $15 Million In Federal Grant Funding For BWI Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced the Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) and Maryland Aviation Administration have been awarded a $15,000,000 grant from the U.S. DOT to increase aircraft traffic flow at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "Maryland jobs and billions in revenue for our state depend on maintaining BWI Marshall as a safe, dependable and efficient hub … Continue Reading

April 15, 2014

Cardin, Colleagues Ask Kerry To Urge NATO, OSCE To End All Defense Contracts With Russia

Washington, DC- In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, - joined by 10 of his colleagues - asked the State Department to urge NATO member countries and participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to end all defense contracts with Russia in response to the country's illegal annexation of Crimea and violation of Uk… Continue Reading

April 14, 2014

Cardin Assures Maryland’s Ukrainian Community that Putin will Pay for Aggression in Ukraine

Baltimore, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), convened members of Maryland's Ukrainian community for a roundtable discussion to share the latest information on the U.S. and international response to the crisis in Ukraine, including the continued hostility by Russia. "Ukraine is an incredibly important country and Ukrainian Americans are ri… Continue Reading

April 14, 2014

Cardin Says Workforce Training and Predictability of Federal Budgets Critical to the Success of Maryland Cyber Businesses and Job Growth

Annapolis Junction - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Finance Committees, hosted members of the Fort Meade Alliance and other small and larger Maryland businesses engaged in supporting national and economic security activities for an open discussion about cyber-related workforce development, opportunities for government contracting, and public-private partnerships. Maryland is the national epicenter for America's leading private and public cybersecurity employer… Continue Reading

April 14, 2014

Cardin Statement on Tragic Shooting in Kansas

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement regarding the tragic violence in Johnson County, Kansas: "I was deeply saddened to hear about the tragic shooting in Kansas," said U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission. "The hate that motivated this act of violence flies in the face of everything we believe as Americans. We have made so much progress against prejudice and intolerance in this nation, but this senseless killing illustrates… Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Accountability For War Crimes In Syria

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. Last month marked the three year anniversary since the brutal conflict began. According to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2139, which was unanimously accepted in February of this year, the conflict has resulted in the death of over 140,000 people in Syria, including at least 10,000 children. UNICEF reports that Syria is among the most dangerous places on Earth to be a child, pointing to high child casua… Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Senate Passes Cardin, Rubio, Menendez, Corker Resolution Urging Greater Freedom of Press in China

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Subcommittee Ranking Member Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) lauded passage of their 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. … Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Cardin, Wicker Name Ambassador David Killion To Lead U.S. Helsinki Commission Staff

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have announced the joint appointment of David T. Killion as the Senate Staff Director for the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission). A diplomat familiar with navigating multilateral international organizations, Killion is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). He previously served as a Senior Professional Staff M… Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Democracy Restoration Act

Mr. President, today I am pleased to introduce the Democracy Restoration Act, known as the DRA. I want to thank Judiciary Committee Chairman Leahy and Senators Durbin, Whitehouse, Booker, Harkin, and Sanders as original co-sponsors of this legislation. As the late Senator Kennedy often said, civil rights is the ``unfinished business'' of America. The Democracy Restoration Act would restore voting rights in federal elections to approximately 5.8 million citizens who have been relea… Continue Reading

April 10, 2014

Cardin Leads Reintroduction Of Bill To Create Nationwide Standard For Restoring Voting Rights For Americans Released From Prison

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill, S. 2235, the Democracy Restoration Act that would reduce recidivism rates by restoring voting rights to individuals after they have served their time and have been released from incarceration. Studies indicate that former prisoners who have voting rights restored are less likely to reoffend, and that disenfranchisement hinders their rehabilitation and reintegration into their community. Original cosponsors of S. 2235 include … Continue Reading

April 09, 2014

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Maritime Security Resolution for the Asia-Pacific Region

Washington, D.C. - A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a resolution today reaffirming support of the U.S. government for freedom of navigation in the Asia-Pacific region and for the peaceful diplomatic resolution of outstanding territorial and maritime disputes. Senate Resolution 412 was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), James Risch (R-ID), and John McCain (R-AZ) - all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In recent … Continue Reading

April 08, 2014

Paycheck Fairness

Mr. CARDIN. I thank Senator Shaheen for her leadership on these issues and so many other issues in the Senate. I listened to the Senator's comments and I fully concur in the information the Senator has brought forward, that paycheck fairness is not just a matter of fairness for women, it is a matter of fairness for our country. Not only will women benefit, our economy will benefit and our country will benefit by making sure that equal pay for equal work is what happens in our country. I thank th… Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

Cardin Urges House to Help Our Economy and Americans in Need by Finally Passing an Extension of Emergency Unemployment Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today urged the leadership of the House of Representatives to take up and pass the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act approved by the Senate Monday. The measure will temporarily restore benefits for long-term unemployed Americans that expired last December. "Extending Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits is the right thing to do. We never should have let the program expire at the end … Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Laud Announcement Of $7 Million In Competitive Funding To Prince George’s Students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today lauded the announcement from President Obama that the Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $7 million in funding to help prepare students in Prince George's County for success in post-secondary education and in a competitive workforce. Announced from Bladensburg High School, the grant was awarded through DOL's Youth CareerConnect Program. "Investing in our students and connecting them early with future careers … Continue Reading

April 07, 2014

Cardin Kicks Off How-To Workshop For Maryland Nonprofits

CATONSVILLE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), welcomed Maryland's nonprofit community to a free workshop designed to help groups understand how to access federal and state grant resources. The event, cosponsored by the Governor's Grants Office and the Maryland Association of Nonprofits, was hosted by the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville Campus. The workshop also featured representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Heal… Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Cardin Votes To Extend Important Tax Provisions To Spur Investment, Job Creation And Help For American Workers And Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised the bipartisan work of the Senate Finance Committee Thursday as he joined with his colleagues to pass a package of tax extensions designed to provide certainty and better results for American taxpayers, families and businesses. The Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act encourages economic growth and development, innovation, and job creation. It includes a number of specific provisions authored by Senator Cardin to … Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act Of 2014

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act of 2014, legislation establishing a Syria-specific standard of reporting and accountability for crimes against humanity. The bill would require the U.S. State Department to report to relevant congressional committees on war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria. This would include an account of war … Continue Reading

April 03, 2014

Cardin, Crapo Bill To Protect Fish Habitats And Related Jobs Clears Committee Hurdle

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) lauded the voice vote approval today in the Environment and Public Works Committee of The National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA) authorizes $7.2 million annually for fish habitat restoration and protection projects that are supported by regional Fish Habitat Partnerships. The bill leverages public-private partnerships and engage stakeholders like commercia… Continue Reading

April 02, 2014

Cardin Lauds the Confirmation of Marylander Dr. Deborah L. Birx to Lead U.S. Global HIV/AIDS Office

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, welcomed the confirmation of Dr. Deborah L. Birx of Potomac, Maryland, to be the Ambassador at Large and Coordinator of United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally. Senator Cardin had the honor of introducing Dr. Birx at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in March. "Dr. Deborah Birx is a distinguished retroviral expert with extensive… Continue Reading

April 01, 2014

Cardin, Feinstein, Schatz Legislation Will Boost American Jobs By Promoting Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), have introduced legislation (S. 2189, the Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act) that will boost energy efficiency in government, in industry, and in commercial and residential buildings which account for more than 40 percent of energy consumption in the United States. A recent McKinsey study concluded that maximizing energy efficiency for homes and commercial buildings could help reduce… Continue Reading

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