Press Releases & Statements

June 11, 2019

Cardin, Durbin, Leahy, Brown, Senators Introduce Resolution Expressing Support for Free, Fair, Transparent Elections in Guatemala

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Guatemala's elections on Sunday, June 16, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today introduced a resolution expressing support for free, fair, and transparent elections in Guatemala. The resolution also expresses concern over efforts to undermine United Nations anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala and opposition to President Donald Trump … Continue Reading


June 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Raise Concerns about Immigration Backlogs

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli to ask a series of detailed questions about the ongoing delays being faced by people in Maryland and across the country. "The processing delays, particularly as it pertains to family-based immigration petitions and employment authorization documents, are alarming and impose an undue burden on applicants, their families, and commu… Continue Reading


June 10, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $5.5 Million for Easton Airport Runway Extension

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $5.55 million in federal funding for the Easton Airport (Easton/Newman Field) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the first phase, including land acquisition, of a project to shift and extend one of the airport's runways to meet demand. Funding will be administered through Talbot County, which has been working toward this extension … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Cardin Statement on LGBT Pride Month 2019

WASHINGTON - 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, issued the following statement recognizing June 2019 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Marylanders have more places to celebrate Pride Month this year than ever before. Events include: Capital Pride Parade (DC) June 8 Montgomery County Pride Month Kickoff June 10 … Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3.9 Million for the St. Mary’s Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $3.9 million in federal funding for the St. Mary's County Regional Airport from the Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will go towards extending one of the airport's runways and helping the airport meet other operational needs. "The St. Mary's County Regional Airport is an important gateway to commerce and tourism in Southern Maryland and around the Chesapeake Bay," said Senator Cardin, Ranking M… Continue Reading


June 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $5 Million for the Greater Cumberland Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $5 million in federal funding for the Greater Cumberland Airport from the Department of Transportation (DOT). This funding will go towards repairing and maintaining the structural integrity of the airports' runways and helping the airport meet other operational needs. "This federal investment in Allegany County will benefit the many businesses and residents who depend on our regional airports," said Senator C… Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Cardin, Young Move Forward Legislation to Expedite Home-Based Therapy Services for Medicare

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have introduced a budget-neutral measure that would provide Medicare beneficiaries more timely access to needed therapies. The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2019 (S. 1725) breaks down barriers for seniors by allowing occupational therapists to perform the initial home health assessment in cases in which occupational therapy is ordered by the physician, along with speech language pathology and/or physical therapy serv… Continue Reading


June 06, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce Over $637,000 National Science Foundation Grant to Frederick Community College STEM Scholars

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and U.S. Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.), announced $637,097 in funding over five years from the National Science Foundation to the Frederick Community Scholars STEM program. The program will start in the fall of 2020 and will offer students who demonstrate academic talent and financial need, including students from underrepresented groups, the resources and support needed to pursue a degree in STEM disciplines and a succe… Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $2.3 Million for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $2.3 million from the Department of Justice's Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Emmitsburg, MD. The NFFF will use this funding to support a variety of projects that impact firefighters and fire departments across the country, from counseling and training to database improvement and survivor services. Additionally, these funds support the… Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Cardin Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. "Later today, I will be leaving with many other Senators on an official trip to Normandy, France to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, also known as "Operation Overlord." I consider it a high honor to be part of a Congressional delegation commemorating one of the most important days in the history of human … Continue Reading


June 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Feinstein, Kaine Urge Senate to Pass Protections for TPS Recipients and Dreamers

WASHINGTON - Following House passage of the American Dream and Promise Act, which would provide important protections to Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are calling on the Senate to follow suit. The Senators have introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act, which would allow qualified TPS and Deferred Enforced D… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin Statement on Tiananmen Square 30 Years Later

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 30th anniversary of the Chinese crackdown on dissidents in Tiananmen Square. "The human tragedy that took place 30 years ago in Tiananmen Square went against the fundamental human rights that all people are entitled to across the globe: freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of religion. The violent crackdown on dissidents will forever be … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Confirmation of Andrew Saul to be the Next Social Security Commissioner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has oversight responsibility for the Social Security Administration (SSA), released the following remarks in advance of the Senate confirmation vote for Andrew M. Saul to be Commissioner of Social Security for the term expiring on January 19, 2025. "Later today, the Senate will vote on the confirmation of Andrew Saul to be the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The Senate Finance Commi… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.24 Million for University System of Maryland Sea Grant Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $1.24 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Sea Grant Program through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) projects have produced significant results that aid fishers, businesses, policy makers, and conservation volunteers in Maryland and throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed region. While Presid… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Senate Ratification of the 19th Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee and lead sponsor of S. J. Res. 6 that would immediately reopen consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), issued the following statement on the centenary anniversary of Senate ratification of women's suffrage. "On this day, 100 years ago, the United States Senate finally ratified what would be the 19th amendment to the Constitution, sending it to the states for ratification. The amendment, which prohibited th… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Call on CDC to Review Guidelines for Adenovirus Outbreaks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) have written to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Robert R. Redfield, urging an evaluation of current CDC guidelines for adenovirus outbreaks. The request comes after an outbreak last year on the University of Maryland, College Park campus that sickened more than 40 students. The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents has recently said it will b… Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Maryland Delegation Members Issue Statement Following Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and David Trone, yesterday received a classified briefing from senior employees of the National Security Agency regarding the recent cyberattack on Baltimore. They issued the following statement: "We are all concerned about the reported leak of cyber tools and the potential for serious damage to American cities a… Continue Reading


June 03, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Applauds the City’s Selection for the National Public Safety Partnership Program

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) applauded the selection of Baltimore for the National Public Safety Partnership program. This Federal program provides cities and states with support to address violent crime. Baltimore's congressional delegation has urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to select Baltimore and questioned the agency's motives behind excluding the City in the … Continue Reading


May 31, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Laud Movement in Designating Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.), applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Friday for reaching an agreement with the State of Maryland and publishing in the Federal Register the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Final Management Plan (FMP) for the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary. It has been nearly four years since NOAA announced its intent to design… Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Cardin, Blunt Team Up to Fight for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have announced legislation designed to increase access to services for chronic kidney disease patients. The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (S.1676) builds on previous legislation from the lawmakers by enhancing care through new technologies; improving access to treatment and specialists for underserved areas; guaranteeing access to Medigap policies to all ESRD beneficiaries, regardless of age; a… Continue Reading

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