Press Releases & Statements

June 18, 2013

Cardin Leads Senate Call For Accountability In Honduras For Human Rights Violations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and 20 of his Senate colleagues, today sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to work to support human rights in Honduras and free, fair and peaceful elections there this November. Given the "reported violence and impunity linked to state entities in Honduras," the letter questions the State Department's decision to certify that the government is implementing policies to… Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Cardin Helps Commemorate 10 Years Of PEPFAR

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the continuing effort by the United States to combat AIDS in Africa and every corner of the world that AIDS touches. He joined Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday for a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). "Ten years ago, AIDS threatened the very foundation of societies in Africa- creating millions of orphans, stal… Continue Reading

June 17, 2013

Cardin Tours Baltimore Regional Va Office; Receives Update On Processing Disability Claims

In January, Baltimore VA office was ranked the slowest processing center in nation BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today received a tour and briefing by Veterans Affairs (VA) officials on the progress that has been made since January in reducing the disability claims backlog in the Baltimore Regional VA office. In January, Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski demanded that the VA institute an immediate action plan to address the more than 20,000 pending c… Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, And Immigration Modernization Act

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I take this time to speak in strong support of the immigration bill currently on the floor of the Senate. First and foremost, we need an immigration system that is fair. We are a nation of immigrants. My grandparents came to this country seeking a new life for their family. Our story is similar to the story of millions of other families in this country. Immigration is very important for our country. It is important for our economy. We need highly skilled worker… Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

Cardin Calls For Peaceful End To Asia-Pacific Maritime Disputes

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, earlier this week joined with SFRC Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Marco Rubio (R-FL), in introducing a resolution (S. Res. 167) "reaffirming the strong support of the United States for the peaceful resolution of territorial, sovereignty, and jurisdictional disputes in the Asia-Pacific maritime dom… Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Arc Grant To Complete Construction Of Access Road To Mt. Aetna Technology Park

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Washington County $1,020,275 to construct an access road extension to the Mt. Aetna Technology Park. The grant will be used to add a .14 mile section of roadway connecting Yale Drive, as part of the project to extend Yale Drive from its current terminus to Scholar Drive on the campus of Hagerstown Community College (HCC). "The Mt. Aetna Technolo… Continue Reading

June 12, 2013

Cardin Jobs Bill Would Simplify Restoration Of Historic Properties, Spur Economic Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 1141) that would create jobs across the nation by encouraging the restoration of historic buildings into useful economic properties. Projects that receive Historic Tax Credits under the Creating American Prosperity Through Preservation (CAPP) Act help revitalize communities, encourage private investment and create safer, more secure neighborhoods. The bill is being cosponsored by Sen… Continue Reading

June 10, 2013

Cardin Hails Passage Of Farm Conservation Programs To Restore The Health Of The Chesapeake Bay

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today lauded the 2013 Farm Bill (S. 954) for its benefits to Maryland's farmers and the continuation of a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The bill passed with bipartisan support 66-27. In addition to the safety net this farm bill provides for farmers who grow our nation's food, it also supports low-income families who have difficulty putting food on the table. "Overall, the 2013 Farm Bill is importa… Continue Reading

June 07, 2013

Cardin Holds Roundtable Discussion On Immigration Reform

COLUMBIA, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a roundtable discussion on immigration reform with community leaders to discuss the importance of enacting a workable framework for comprehensive reform. The U.S. Senate is scheduled next week to begin consideration of the Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Act, S. 744, historic legislation with bipartisan support that would strengthen border security, create a fair legalization program, and create a workable system to … Continue Reading

June 06, 2013

Cardin, Boozman Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Obama Administration To Continue U.S. Leadership Fighting Global Malnutrition

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John Boozman (R-AR), have taken the lead on sending a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging his Administration to make a strong commitment to tackling malnutrition at the June 8, 2013 Nutrition for Growth Summit. "Too many children in the U.S. and around the world go to bed without knowing where or when their next meal may come. Nutrition is vital to cognitive development and individual' productivity within societies and the U.S. mu… Continue Reading

June 05, 2013

Cardin Urges President Obama To Engage Chinese President Xi Jinping In A Constructive And Honest Dialogue During Upcoming Summit

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) has written to President Barack Obama in advance of the President's meetings June 7-8 in California with President Xi Jinping of China. Senator Cardin visited Beijing, as well as Seoul and Tokyo, during the Memorial Day work period for his first trip to Asia as Chairman of the SFRC Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific. "I am pleased to see that you and President Xi have comm… Continue Reading

June 05, 2013

Bicameral Climate Change Task Force Calls on President Obama to Address Climate Change in Upcoming Meeting with Chinese President Xi

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Co-Chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change sent a letter to President Obama urging him to discuss joint action to address climate change with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the upcoming summit in California. The letter focuses on the opportunity for the United States and China to reach agreement to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are extremely potent heat-trapping gases. In the letter the members write, "Together, the United St… Continue Reading

June 05, 2013

OMB Delays Undermining Administration’s Agenda on Environment, Energy, and Public Health

Washington, DC - With Congress gridlocked on a host of issues, President Obama has pledged to take action in its stead, particularly on issues related to energy and the environment. Unfortunately, according to a letter sent last night by a group of Senate and House Democrats, the President's own Budget office is delaying the implementation of a host of rules and regulations on everything from clean water to worker safety. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sheldon Whi… Continue Reading

June 03, 2013

Cardin Statement On The Passing Of Senator Frank Lautenberg

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement on the passing of his colleague and friend, Senator Frank Lautenberg: "Frank Lautenberg lived the American Dream. The child of immigrant parents, he built a successful business from the ground up and gave back to his community through public service. He has left a legacy of hard work and the determination to improve the lives of millions of Americans, including veterans like himself, children, women and families i… Continue Reading

May 31, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce Federal Funding For Fire Prevention & Safety Campaign In Montgomery County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services has been awarded $26,160 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants, a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG). The award will be used to initiate an educational campaign on fire prevention and safety in the county. … Continue Reading

May 30, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $1 Million In Federal Funds For National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), headquartered in Emmitsburg, Md., has been awarded a $998,500 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) to continue its online learning and distance education program, Everyone Goes Home. Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit has developed and expanded programs to incre… Continue Reading

May 29, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $1.24 Million In Federal Grants To Provide Homes For Homeless Veterans In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $1.24 million in federal grants through U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide permanent homes for homeless veterans in Maryland. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will receive $744,586, Housing Opportunity Commission of Montgomery County will receive $196,835 and Housing Authority of Prince George's County will receive $301,182. "The men and women who have served in our… Continue Reading

May 27, 2013

Unwavering Support for those Wounded in Battle

MEMORIAL DAY - May 27, 2013 As Memorial Day 2013 approaches, as our fellow Americans are making plans to have cook-outs, enjoy the outdoors, and spend precious time with their loved ones, I believe we should remember that the reason we are able to enjoy these moments is because of the military service members who have given "the last full measure of devotion" in the service of our great Nation. From the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, brave young men and women have alw… Continue Reading

May 24, 2013


MEMORIAL DAY - May 27, 2013 STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN Memorial Day is the day we pay tribute to America's fallen heroes -- the men and women who have shown extraordinary courage and valor and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We are forever indebted to them and to their families. From the American Revolution to our nation's most recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, American men and women have answered the call to defend our nation. We can never fully repay … Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Floor Statement On Bill Introduction Of End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) Of 2013

Mr. President, today I rise to introduce legislation in the Senate that would prohibit the use of racial profiling by Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies. This legislation is entitled the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) of 2013. I thank my colleagues who have joined me as original co-sponsors of this legislation, including Senators Durbin, Blumenthal, Coons, Harkin, Menendez, Stabenow, Levin, Mikulski, Warren, Boxer, Gillibrand, Lautenberg, and Hirono. Last year, the n… Continue Reading

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