Press Releases & Statements

July 10, 2013

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Bill To Increase Transparency Of Foreign Aid

Washington, DC - US Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013, a bill that requires regular evaluations of foreign assistance programs to be made publicly available to the American people. Companion legislation is also being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA). "Thanks to the generosity of the American people, our foreign aid dollars have sa… Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin On The District Court Ruling On The Cardin –Lugar, Section 1504 Transparency Law

Mr. President, I take this time to speak on the floor of the United States Senate to express my disappointment in last week's District Court decision on the Cardin-Lugar SEC rule. An amendment offered by Senator Lugar and I on the Dodd-Frank legislation imposed certain transparencies on extractive industries. It was a pretty simple provision-it said that those companies that are registered with the SEC that are involved in the extraction of minerals would be required to disclose on a project-by-… Continue Reading

July 10, 2013

Statement From Senators Cardin And Rubio On The Opening Of The Fifth Us-China Strategic And Economic Dialogue

Washington, DC - US Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the opening of the Fifth US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington: "We welcome the Chinese delegates to the Fifth Strategic and Economic Dialogue to Washington. The relationship between the United States and China will affect the l… Continue Reading

July 08, 2013

Members Of Team Maryland Announce Nearly $650 Million To Improve Transportation In Prince George’s County

SUITLAND, MD (July 8, 2013) - Governor Martin O'Malley today was joined by key federal, state and county officials in announcing nearly $650 million in transportation investments for Prince George's County that will create jobs, reduce traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety. The projects announced today were made possible with funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which allows Maryland to activate long-term strategies to invest in Maryland's tr… Continue Reading

July 02, 2013

Cardin Statement On Cardin-Lugar Transparency Ruling

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), one of the authors of the Cardin-Lugar transparency provisions in Dodd-Frank, responded to the District Court ruling that instructed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to redraft rules for the law's implementation. Senator Cardin was among the senators who filed an amicus curiae in support of the SEC. "I am disappointed with the District Court ruling. The U.S. has been at the forefront of the transparency fight and this decision will de… Continue Reading

July 02, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Funding for YouthBuild Job Training Program In Baltimore City

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will receive a grant of $1,050,160 for its YouthBuild Program from The U.S Department of Labor. The YouthBuild program is a workforce and community development program that serves youth ages 16-24. The target population for YouthBuild is high school dropouts who may be youth aging out of foster care, youth with disabilities, adjudicated youth or other at-risk… Continue Reading

June 28, 2013

Celebrating LGBT Pride Month

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, LGBT, Pride Month. This June we recognize the efforts of millions of Americans who have fought to extend liberty and justice to all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Members of the LGBT community have helped this country become a leader in so many fields. And today I also rise in celebration as a result of yesterday's decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States. … Continue Reading

June 27, 2013

Senate Democrats Seek To Keep Student Loans Affordable

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to protect taxpayers and prevent the interest rate on need-based student loans from doubling on millions of Americans, 35 Senate Democrats, including U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a fully paid for bill to lock in the rate at 3.4 percent for one year. The Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013 (S. 1238) will secure the low interest rate for an additional year as Congress works on a long-term and sustainable approach for the federal s… Continue Reading

June 27, 2013

Cardin Calls Immigration Reform A Long-Overdue Fix For Our Broken System

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) called Senate passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) an important step in the effort to return balance and fairness to the U.S. immigration system, and essential to our economic growth and security. He urges the House to work in a bipartisan manner to pass the bill and send comprehensive immigration reform to the President to sign into law. Senator Cardin looks forward to future debates on c… Continue Reading

June 26, 2013

Floor Speech On Immigration Reform

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, yesterday was good news. It was good news for the eventual passage of S. 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill. It is good news the Senate is on the verge of being able to pass this legislation because 11 million people who live in the shadows will now have hope they will be able to stay in America, work in America, and one day become citizens of this great country. But the real winners of immigration reform are the American people and our govern… Continue Reading

June 26, 2013

Cardin Praises Supreme Court Ruling On Marriage Equality

"Loving families across our great nation have been made whole today, as the Supreme Court upheld the core principle that all persons must be treated equally under the law. By striking down as unconstitutional the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that limited federal marriage benefits to opposite sex couples, the Supreme Court has affirmed that there is no place for discrimination in America based on sexual orientation. Government should not interfere in the ability of men and wome… Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Upgrade Sewage Infrastructure In Talbot County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced a $5,975,000 loan from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program to the town of Easton to upgrade its existing septage treatment facility to meet the permit requirements and re-establish a grease treatment facility. "This grant is a step in the right direction and what we need to be doing as a nation-- investing in modernizing and updating our country's aging water infrastructure. … Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Cardin Responds To Supreme Court Decision Harming Voting Rights

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) responded to the Supreme Court decision today in Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, invalidating the coverage formula that determines which jurisdictions are subject to the preclearance provisions of the Act. The Court majority has passed the issue back to Congress. "Congress must act quickly to reverse today's erroneous decision by the Supreme Court which overturned several important precedents in a… Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Bicameral Climate Change Task Force Applauds President Obama's Action Plan to Address Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded President Obama's plans to address climate change by limiting carbon pollution from existing and new power plants, developing new fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks, and setting new efficiency targets for appliances and buildings. The plan also provides financial assistance for carbon capture and storage projects and sets a new goal for the deployment of renewable energy on public lands. Fi… Continue Reading

June 24, 2013

Cardin Brings ‘Made In Maryland’ Tour To Volvo Group Trucks, The Largest Employer In Washington County

Hagerstown, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, toured the Volvo Group Trucks factory in Hagerstown today as part of his 'Made in Maryland' tour of companies that are supporting quality jobs for Marylanders. Volvo employs 1,400 at Hagerstown plant and is the largest private employer in Washington County. Most employees are members of the United Auto Workers (UAW). Mack Truck, which is now a part of the Volvo Group, has been producing heavy truck engine… Continue Reading

June 24, 2013

Cardin Tastes Some Of The Best Of ‘Made In Maryland’ Craft Beer At Flying Dog In Frederick

Frederick, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business committees, toured the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD today as part of his 'Made in Maryland' tour of companies that are supporting quality jobs for Marylanders. Senator Cardin used the opportunity to discuss his legislation, the Small BREW Act (S. 917) which is designed to support the growth of small and independent breweries. Maryland is home to 29 craft brewers, with at least 24 more in the … Continue Reading

June 21, 2013

Cardin Voices Support For Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Washington, DC - As the U.S. Senate began debate this week on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) spoke on the floor to outline his goals for comprehensive immigration reform. Video of his remarks can be downloaded here or watched here. Over the last few months, Senator Cardin has held roundtable discussions with Marylanders around the state to solicit their ideas and concerns about immigration reform. "We are a… Continue Reading

June 21, 2013

Cardin, Carper Highlight Water Quality Improvements In The Chesapeake Bay

SNOW HILL, MD - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Tom Carper (D-DE) today joined the Secretary of Agriculture from Maryland and Delaware, representatives from The Environmental Protection Agency and local farmers to highlight water quality improvements in the Chesapeake Bay. These improvements are the result of partnerships forged over a decade ago between agriculture, environment and government to make changes to agriculture industry practices. In the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 2012 State o… Continue Reading

June 19, 2013

Statement On Juneteenth 2013

Today, we celebrate the 148th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest national celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth -- or June 19th -- is the day in 1865 when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas. While we have closed the door on this painful chapter of our nation's history, we cannot allow ourselves to forget. We owe it to those who endured the brutal institution of slavery - including 100,00… Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

El Senador Cardin Lidera Carta Pidiendo Rendición De Cuentas Sobre Violaciones A Derechos Humanos En Honduras

Washington, DC - Senador estadounidense Ben Cardin (D-MD), miembro de alto rango del Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, y 20 de sus colegas senadores hoy enviaron una carta al Secretario de Estado John Kerry instándole a trabajar para apoyar los derechos humanos en Honduras y unas elecciones libres, justas y pacíficas en este país en noviembre. Teniendo en cuenta "las denuncias de violencia e impunidad vinculadas a entidades del Estado en Honduras," la carta… Continue Reading

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