Press Releases & Statements

September 07, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on FAA to Support Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport Effort to Retain Piedmont Airlines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use its Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to help the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) expand its runway to attract greater options for local residents, businesses and visitors. The AIP was created for the purpose of funding airport projects like runway extensions that improve the safety, security, capacity and environmental concerns at airports nati… Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Cardin: I will vote against the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement at the conclusion of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Senator Cardin was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the hearings of both Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. "What I have witnessed over the last few days has been a struggle between Republican efforts to ram through a S… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Cardin, Rubio, Gallagher, Panetta In Introducing Senate-House Resolutions To Support Renaming NATO HQ After Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) along with U.S. Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) Thursday introduced Senate and House resolutions to support renaming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) headquarters after the late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Joining the group were U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Todd Young (R-IN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Cardin Cosponsors Legislation to Overturn the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today announced he will cosponsor legislation to overturn the Trump administration's expansion of "junk insurance" plans. The legislation needs the support of 30 Senators to force a vote, and as of today, 44 Senators have cosponsored the resolution of disapproval of the Trump administration's final junk insurance plan rule. "Junk insurance plans are exempt from covering essential services, like prescription drugs, emergency room visits, maternity car… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Maryland Democratic Delegation Presses CSX for Update on Howard Street Tunnel

WASHINGTON - The Maryland Democratic Congressional Delegation has sent a letter to CSX Corporation President and CEO James Foote requesting an update on the status of the Howard Street Tunnel Project. The project, which has been under discussion for years, would expand the tunnel, allowing for increased shipment to and from the Port of Baltimore, a regional economic hub. The letter was written and sent by Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummin… Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

Cardin Reacts to Guatemalan President’s Effort to End UN Initiative Investigating Corruption

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and a Senate leader on anti-corruption efforts, released the following statement in reaction to President Jimmy Morales' recent announcement that he would not renew the mandate of the UN body created by agreement with the Guatemalan state to investigate and corruption in Guatemala, commonly known by its Spanish acronym CICIG: "President Morales' refusal to renew th… Continue Reading


August 30, 2018

Cardin Calls President Trump’s Cancellation of Federal Civilian Cost-of-Living Adjustment Retribution for Court Ruling Against His Anti-Worker Executive Orders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration cancelling a scheduled cost-of-living adjustment for federal civilian workers that was set to go into effect for 2019. "Zero. This seems to be how much respect President Trump has for federal workers. Days after a judge nullified most of President Trump's illegal executive orders targeting the collective rights of federal workers, he retaliates by erasing what was to be a meager… Continue Reading


August 30, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Senators in Urging DeVos to Abandon Proposal to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Arm Teachers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined a group of 44 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos condemning her reported plans to allow states and school districts use federal funds to purchase firearms and firearm trainings for teachers and other school staff. The grants Secretary DeVos is considering using were created in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and are intended to keep students saf… Continue Reading


August 29, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Amicus Brief Challenging the FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined 27 U.S. Senators and 76 members of the House of Representatives in filing an Amicus Brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) December 2017 decision to eliminate net neutrality rules. The FCC's decision repealed the 2015 Open Internet rules, which categorized broadband internet access as a telecommunications service and prohibited Internet Service Provid… Continue Reading


August 29, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen and Whitehouse Call for EPW Hearings on Inspector General Report Showing GSA Misled Congress about the Cost of and President’s Involvement in FBI Headquarters Procurement

WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), are urging the committee's chairman and ranking member to convene a hearing on the just-released report from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General's office, Review of GSA's Revised Plan for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters Consolidation Project. The IG report outlines how GSA and FBI offic… Continue Reading


August 27, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Administration to Relocate FBI Headquarters Following GSA IG Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, repeated their call for the General Service Administration (GSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to finally scrap ill-conceived plans to renovate the crumbling Hoover Building and renew activity toward a secure, fully consolidated campus headquarters elsewhere in the National Capital Region. The urging comes on the heels of a report from the GSA In… Continue Reading


August 25, 2018

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Saturday on the death of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.): "This is an incredibly sad day. John McCain was an honorable public servant who sacrificed greatly to serve his country in uniform and as a lawmaker proudly representing the people of Arizona. His death is a great loss for this country, his state and, above all, his family and friends. My deepest sympathies and condolences are with Cindy, their children, and … Continue Reading


August 24, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, EPW Democrats Press Judiciary Chairman Grassley for Kavanaugh Documents on Environmental Matters

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) democrats in writing a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to request that all records under control of the Judiciary Committee, and all records that have not yet been produced pertaining to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's involvement in matters related to the environment during his time at the White House, be turned over to the EPW Committee for proper revi… Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Senate Approves Cardin Provision to Develop a Roadmap for Greater Investment in Support of Energetics at Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called the 2019 Defense Appropriations bill passed by the Senate Thursday "an investment in Maryland and the R&D we do better than anyone else for America's military." Senator Cardin: "I was pleased that the Senate approved my amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would direct the Department of Defense (DOD) to evaluate the Navy, Air Force, and Army's investment for energetics research, like what is being done at and in support of the… Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Cardin: Senate-passed Appropriations Will Help Marylanders with Boost to NIH, Substantial Funding for Fighting Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on Senate passage of 2019 Appropriations bills for Defense and Labor-Health and Human Services. "We are making progress in prioritizing funding for programs that are making a real difference in the lives of Marylanders. I'm especially proud that we are increasing funding for the Bethesda-based National Institutes of Health ($2B increase to $39B) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities ($9.… Continue Reading


August 23, 2018

Thirty-eight (38) Senate Farm Bill Supporters Unite to Keep Anti-Environment Policy Riders Out of the Conference Report

WASHINGTON - As bicameral conferees work to reconcile Senate- and House-passed versions of the Farm Bill, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, led 36 colleagues in a letter urging conferees to oppose controversial anti-environment policy riders. The current Farm Bill expires on October 1. "The Senate Farm Bill is the product … Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Cardin Joins SFRC Democrats in Advising Sec. Pompeo Against Lowering Refugee Cap

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to decimate the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and undermine a critical U.S. foreign policy tool. In advance of a Presidential Determination that could reduce the already historically low level of refugee admissions, the Senators sent a letter urging the Secretary to support policies that uphold our nation's history as a b… Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $245,000 in Funding for Garrett County First Responders

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded significant federal funding to the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department in Oakland, Maryland and the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company in McHenry, Maryland to purchase new equipment. The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $161,334 to purchase 30 sets of new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to replace units that are beyond … Continue Reading


August 22, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $95,143 for the Showell Volunteer Fire Department in Worcester County

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $95,143 grant to the Showell Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) in Worcester County. SVFD will use the funding to purchase 37 sets of turn out gear to replace gear that is beyond its useful lifespan and no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards. "Our first responders deserve safe, updated equipment capable of protec… Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Senate Rules Committee to Mandate Transparency in Foreign Ownership of Companies Running U.S. Election Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) are calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee to sponsor an amendment protecting American election systems from unknown foreign ownership. In response to the revelation that a Russian oligarch has become the largest investor in a fund tied to the company that hosts Maryland's election systems, including voter registration and election results websites, Maryland's senators have been working close… Continue Reading

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