Press Releases & Statements

August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $500,000 for Eastern Shore Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $488,000 in federal funds for two airports on Maryland's Eastern Shore through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Both grants fund phases of tree obstruction removal projects. Ocean City Municipal Airport (OXB) will receive more than $173,500 to acquire land for that purpose, while Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport (CGE) will receive more than $315… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Raskin Announce $2.7 Million for UMD/NIST Center for Neutron Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) have announced $2.7 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland (UMD) / National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Joint Program for the Advancement of Neutron Scattering. This program brings together researchers and scientists from UMD and NCNR in order to operate and develop neutron scattering instrumentation and techniques, as well … Continue Reading


August 08, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce Nearly $10 Million for BWI Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced $9.94 million in federal funds for the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These funds will be used to reconstruct a portion of Taxiway Z which has reached the end of its useful life. "BWI is a huge asset to our state and our nation. So much of our region's… Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown, and Raskin Announce $296,041 for Partnership to Train STEM Educators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $296,041 in funding for a collaborative project between the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park, Montgomery College, and Prince George's Community College from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The joint project aims to encourage students to consider a career as a STEM teacher, increase awareness of STEM teach… Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Letter to EPA: Reverse Course and Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Now

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senate colleagues in calling on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children and known to cause serious harm to human health. The letter comes in response to a recent EPA decision to reject a petition to ban chlorpyrifos. Several states and public health groups petitioned for the removal of the chemical from the marketplace, but the EPA announced on July 18… Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Cardin Statement on the 54th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in commemoration of the 54th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing Voting Rights Act of 1965. "Fifty four years ago, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law. This landmark legislation is one of the crowning achievements of the Civil Rights Movement and for our American democracy, outlawing the discriminatory barriers to the polls and holding states accountable for the obstacles imposed on citi… Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Cardin Calls for Inclusion of Bipartisan Iran Amendment in Final NDAA to Stop Unconstitutional War

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, along with a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers called on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many of the signers of today's letter are members of key House and Senate defense and forei… Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.1 Million for Canton Railroad Company

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $1.1 million in federal funding for the Canton Railroad Company from the Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will go towards the Canton Railroad Company's Switch Replacement Project which will benefit the surrounding communities by bringing about safer and more reliable freight rail service. The… Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.9 Million for Community College of Baltimore County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $1.9 million in federal funding for Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) from the U.S. Department of Labor's Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant program. This funding will go towards the training of CCBC students in healthcare-related apprenticeship programs in conjunction w… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin Urges Governor to Fulfill Commitment to Include Bike and Pedestrian Lanes on New Bridge over Potomac River

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today urged Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to honor the state's original commitment to include a protected lane for bicycle and foot traffic when rebuilding the Gov. Harry W. Nice/Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton Bridge, which provides an important Potomac River crossing in Charles County. In a letter sent to Gov. Hogan today, Senator Cardin applauds the state's planned inve… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin Hails Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded passage of the two-year Bipartisan Budget Agreement as a reasonable agreement that brings much-needed predictability to our economy. Cardin's floor speech on the budget, delivered after the 67-28 vote, can be seen at this link. The text is below. "First, I want to compliment the leadership on being able to come together on a budget agreement. This was a good day for the United States Senate, a good day for Congress, and a good day for the Ame… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin, Civil Rights Leadership Groups Call for Passage of the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act, Legislation to End Profiling By Law Enforcement Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) hosted key civil rights organizations Wednesday for a briefing on the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2019 (S. 2355). Cardin also introduced legislation that would ban discriminatory profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement nationwide. The bill is designed to promote best practices in community-based law enforcement with the goal of strengthening enforcement of the constitutional right to equal protection under the law. In addit… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Senate And House Democrats Unveil Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined Senate and House Democrats in signing onto a Congressional Review Act Resolution that would roll back the 1332 waiver rule, another Trump Administration effort to sabotage Americans' health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. The rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans th… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin, All Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people. The full text of the amendment is available HERE. … Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Cardin, Young Condemn Violence in Cameroon, Urge Cameroonian Government to Respect Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), with Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Ma.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Or.) introduced S. Res. 292, a resolution that calls on the Government of Cameroon and armed separatist groups to respect the human rights of all Cameroonian citizens, to end all violence, and to pursue an inclusive dialogue to resolve the conflict in the North… Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Senate And House Democrats Unveil Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans

Senate And House Democrats Unveil Resolution To Undo Trump Administration 1332 Waiver Rule, Which Would Erode Pre-Existing Condition Protections For Millions Of Americans And Would Allow Providers To Offer Junk Plans That Cost More And Cover Less Under The Congressional Review Act, Senate Democrats Can Force A Majority-Threshold Vote On This New Resolution Within 60 Legislative Days of July 15 Senate And House Democrats To Trump Administration: Stop Your Health Care Sabotage, Stop Your Attack… Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Cardin, Portman Move to Protect Retirement Security for American Workers

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced the Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2019 (RSPA)-legislation to protect the retirement security of American workers in closed defined benefit plans. The bill amends and modernizes the pension nondiscrimination rules that apply to these single-employer pension plans to protect over 450,000 older, longer-serving workers from having their benefits frozen by th… Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Renew Call for FCC to Protect Community Television Channels

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week joined 15 of his colleagues urging the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to protect public, educational, or governmental (PEG) stations as it proposes changes to the rules governing agreements between Local Franchising Authorities and cable operators. Currently, towns and cities across the country are permitted to require as part of cable franchise agreements that cable operators meet demonstrated community needs by providing in-kind co… Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Cardin Statement on the 54th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of the 54th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing Medicaid and Medicare into law. "As we celebrate the 54th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, let us also celebrate our continued commitment to the fight to provide affordable, quality health care to all Americans. "On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security… Continue Reading


July 29, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Call on Kazakh President to Release Political Prisoner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues today in addressing a letter to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan to convey their concerns about the detention of businessman Iskander Yerimbetov. Mr. Yerimbetov was arbitrarily detained on politically motivated charges with limited access to his family and lawyers since November 2017. Reports indicate that he has been subje… Continue Reading

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