Press Releases & Statements

May 01, 2019

Cardin Lauds Election of Maryland’s First Female and First African-American Speaker of the House of Delegates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates (1979-1986), congratulated Adrienne A. Jones after she was elected by her fellow delegates to serve as Maryland Speaker. "This is an exciting day for all of Maryland as we mark the election of Adrienne Jones - a true public servant - as Speaker of the House of Delegates. Having served for more than a decade as Speaker Pro Tem and chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee, she will be a strong successor to Mik… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Discussion with Census Bureau Leadership Focuses on Lack of Readiness for 2020 Tally, Chilling Effect of Including Question on Citizenship

WASHINGTON - The members of Maryland's congressional delegation yesterday hosted a discussion with U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham and other experts to explore Maryland's readiness for the 2020 count. "It is easy to overlook the importance of the census, but doing so will badly shortchange Maryland," said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. "Our congressional delegation took the opportunity to directly engage the U.S. Census Bureau's leaders on whether we will see an accurate count in every… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Address Past and Future Discrimination against LGBTI Diplomats

WASHINGTON - Forty-six years after President Eisenhower signed an executive order that set the Lavender Scare in motion on April 1953, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and his colleagues have reintroduced the Lavender Offense Victim Exoneration Act, or LOVE Act, to recognize the shameful purge of at least 1,000 LGBTI people from the State Department during the 1950s and 1960s; and to protect today's State Department employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Cardin first in… Continue Reading


May 01, 2019

Cardin, Delmarva Senators Call to Expand Chesapeake Bay Public Access

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to reauthorize the highly successful Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails program run by the National Park Service. For more than 20 years, the Chesapeake Bay Gatewa… Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cardin Statement on Closure of Paper Mill in Luke, Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, issued the following statement upon news of the planned closure of the Verso paper mill in Luke, Md. "I am deeply saddened by the news that 675 hard-working local residents arrived to work today only to find out that their positions will be eliminated almost immediately. They deserved better, having built their lives and their community around working at the mill, and having … Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cardin Statement on House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement for the record of today's House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), the first of its kind in 36 years. Senators Cardin and Murkowski (R-Alaska) are lead Senate sponsors of legislation to immediately reopen consideration of the amendment. "Let me begin by thanking the committee and subcommittee for holding a hearing on this important matter, and allowing me to submit this statement for t… Continue Reading


April 30, 2019

Cardin Calls On Polish Authorities To Counter Rising Anti-Semitism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, issued the following statement in response to an escalation of anti-Semitic manifestations in Poland over Passover and Easter weekend: "I was disheartened to learn that Passover greetings from U.S. Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher were met with significant anti-semitic commentary on soci… Continue Reading


April 29, 2019

Cardin Statement on Richard Lugar

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the passing of his former colleague, Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). "Richard Lugar was a public servant, a statesman and a friend. He reached across the aisle to get things done on behalf of the American people and to embolden America's leadership around the world. For more than three decades in the Senate, he worked to make peace more of a reality. I was p… Continue Reading


April 29, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Fatal Shooting at Chabad of Poway

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, expressed his condolences Monday after the weekend shooting at a synagogue near San Diego, Calif. The fatal tragedy came exactly six months after the horrific shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa. "I join the civilized world in mourning today for the Chabad of Poway and Lori Gilbert-Kaye, who was the latest victim of gun violence in a house of … Continue Reading


April 29, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings Announce More than $1 Million in FEMA Funding for Baltimore County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) have announced more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for road repairs in Catonsville, Maryland. This funding represents the most recent portion of federal relief for the flash floods which devastated Howard County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City in May of 2018. The grant will go through the Maryland Emergency … Continue Reading


April 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen to EPA: Change Course and Extend Methylene Chloride Protections to Workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and more than a dozen of their Senate colleagues, sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant EPA Administrator Alexandra Dunn decrying the agency's March decision to exclude commercial applications from a ban on the use of methylene chloride, a lethal and likely carcinogenic chemical found i… Continue Reading


April 25, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Raise Concerns about Potential Patent Infringement by Pharmaceutical Company Gilead Science and High Price of Its HIV-Prevention Drug, Truvada

WASHINGTON - A group of seven U.S. Senators including Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today raised concerns about reports that pharmaceutical company Gilead Science is marketing an HIV-prevention drug that infringes upon patents owned by the United States Government and selling it at a price that makes the drug unaffordable for many Americans. The Senators asked the Department of Health and Human Services to detail what steps have been taken to make sure that government-held patents… Continue Reading


April 22, 2019

Cardin, Collins Introduce Legislation to Support Volunteer Firefighters & First Responders

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, introduced the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA), bipartisan legislation to enhance communities' ability to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. "Local communities depend on the public service of volunteer firefighters to stay safe and secure. These … Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $4 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced nearly $4 million in grant awards to Western Maryland to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated $2.4 million combined through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for Cumberland, Frederick, Gaithersburg and Hagerstown. Fredrick also received more than $1.5 milli… Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $350,000 for Salisbury to Expand Affordable Housing and Community Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $349,401 awarded to Salisbury to support affordable housing and community development on the Eastern Shore. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. In addition, the State of Maryland received over $15 million in grants for smaller jurisdictions across the state. Th… Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $14 Million for Affordable Housing, Emergency Housing and Community Development in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $14 million in grant awards to Montgomery and Prince George's County to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds for Montgomery County, Prince George's County and the City of Bowie (CDBG) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, The Emergency Solutions … Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More than $45 Million for Affordable Housing, Emergency Housing and Community Development in Baltimore City and the Greater Baltimore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $45 million in combined grant awards to Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Harford County to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds for the region through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)… Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $2 Million for Affordable Housing, Emergency Housing and Community Development in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $2 million in grant awards to Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds for the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and the… Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $17 Million in Funding for Maryland AmeriCorps

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $17 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps. "The AmeriCorps program brings together federal, state, and local partners to strengthen our communities and address our greatest challenges," said Senator Cardin. "I'm pleased to congratulate the staff and volunteers on their 25th anniversary and look for… Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Cardin Urges All Americans to Read the Mueller Report

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following response to the public release of a redacted version of the Special Counsel's Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference In the 2016 Presidential Election. "I encourage all Americans to read the Mueller report and draw their own conclusions. The report lays out in stark detail Russia's attacks on our country before and during our 2016 presidential election. I… Continue Reading

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