Press Releases & Statements

December 20, 2019

Senate Passes Cardin, Young Legislation That Makes Fighting Global Corruption a National Security Priority

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), lauded unanimous Senate passage Thursday of their legislation, S. 1309, the Combatting Global Corruption Act. First introduced in May, the bipartisan bill would raise the profile of efforts to fight international corruption, making it an American national security priority, encouraging greater transparency in U.S. foreign and security assistance, and publicizing anti-corruption efforts and results worldwide. "Corruption is a… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Full Maryland Delegation Calls on MDOT to Provide Public More Details on Highway Expansion Plans, Integration of Transit

WASHINGTON - Maryland's full Congressional delegation is calling on the incoming Maryland Secretary of Transportation to provide the public with more details on widening I-270, widening the Beltway, and replacing the American Legion Bridge, "all of which are of great significance to our region with long-lasting effects." In a letter to Gregory Slater, current head of the Maryland Highway Administration, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Never Again: Cardin Says Spending Package Elevates Holocaust Education, Supports Holocaust Survivors and Expands Program to Protect Synagogues and Houses of Worship from Terrorism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly lauded key provisions in the final FY 2020 omnibus appropriations package that support Holocaust education, Holocaust survivors, and the security of houses of worship. "Holocaust… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Cardin Cheers Full-Year Appropriations Bills; Jeers Disappointing Energy Tax Extenders

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the omnibus spending packages for Fiscal Year 2020. "There is no such thing as a good government shutdown, so it is a great relief for Maryland, federal workers and the entire nation that Congress has now passed full-year spending bills for Fiscal Year 2020. I supported these bills today not beca… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Cardin Says Government Funding Bill Makes Critical Investments in Small Businesses

WASHINGTON-Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued a statement after the Senate passed a government funding bill that appropriates $998 million for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), including $177 million for disaster assistance funding. "As the global marketplace becomes more complex, small businesses, with their narrow margins and small workforce, need more support, not less," Ranking Member Cardin said. "I am please… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $1.5 Million for Frostburg Gateway

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the allocation of $1,500,000 for the City of Frostburg through the Appalachian Regional Commission. These funds will be used for the construction of the Frostburg Gateway, a circular roundabout which will replace a five-way intersection and improve connections between Interstate 68, Frostburg State University, and the city center. The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) wil… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Cardin Calls for New Police Training to Improve Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has re-introduced the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA), S.3063, which aims to address the issue of police accountability and build trust between police departments and the communities they serve. This legislation provides incentives for local police organizations to voluntarily adopt performance-based standards to ensure that incidents of misconduct will be reduced through appropriate management, training and oversight protocols. It als… Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Cardin Responds to Appeals Court Decision on Individual Mandate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, issued the following rebuke of the federal appeals court decision on the Obamacare individual mandate. "Republicans want to destroy our health care system rather than fix it. Today they are closer to achieving their mission. The Trump administration has repeatedly refused to defend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which helped tens of millions of Americans to obtain more afforda… Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown Announce more than $425,000 for Veterans’ Housing in Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown today announced the award of $426,720 for Prince George's County Public Housing Agency through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This grant will p… Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces nearly $750,000 for Veterans’ Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes today announced the award of $748,976 for Baltimore's Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program. The HUD-VASH program combines rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Baltimore Cit… Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Cardin, Crapo Bill To Protect Fish Habitat Advances In Senate

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill that seeks to empower local and regional stakeholders in fish habitat restoration and conservation passed out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) yesterday. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) introduced S. 754, the National Fish Habitat Conservation Act (NFHCA) in March. "When our wildlife thrives, so do our ecosystems and our local economies," said Senator Cardin, a senior member of EPW. "Aquatic habitats are a li… Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Cardin Praises NDAA Support for Military Families and Federal Workforce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Environment & Public Works and Finance committees, as well as Ranking Member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following remarks after the Senate approved the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report. The bill authorizes more than $738 billion in spending plus an additional $5.3 billion for emergency disaster recovery. "It is a solemn duty t… Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Historic Funding for Chesapeake Bay Program in Funding Deal

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that they have secured a total of $85 million in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program within the final FY 2020 omnibus appropriations package. This funding, an increase of $12 million from last year, is the largest amount the Bay Program has ever received. In addition to these funds, the Senators are also announcing the passage of several Bay priorities out of the key Environment and Public Work… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Team Maryland Announces $120 Million for the Maryland Purple Line

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (D-Md.) today announced the award of $120,000,000 for Maryland's Purple Line project through the U.S. Department of Transportation Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants. Administered through the Maryland Department of Transportation, this award provides significant funding for a project that the lawmakers have long championed. In 2017, the lawm… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces Over $4.6 Million in Federal Funding for Safety Initiatives

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced $4,608,210 in new federal funding to boost safety initiatives in Baltimore City and County. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Justice, includes: $396,922 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Baltimore Handle With Care Pilot Program through the Community Policing Development Program. $199,995 to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Badges f… Continue Reading


December 16, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce $3.3 Million for BWI Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced $3,393,750 in new 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 rehabilitate a taxiway lighting system that will enhance safety during low visibility conditions and to reconstruct pavement on a second taxiway. These fu… Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues, Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Calling for the Immediate Release of Leading Cuban Democracy Activist José Daniel Ferrer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, joined chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy and human rights activist José Daniel Fer… Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Over $4 Million for Eastern Shore Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $4,078,526 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for two airports on the Eastern Shore. The Crisfield Municipal Airport in Somerset County (W41) will receive $670,074 to remove obstructions from the field. The Salisbury Regional Airport (SBY) in Wicomico County will receive $3,408,452 to rehabilitate the taxiway and lighting, as well as the apron. "Crisfield and Salisbury local airpo… Continue Reading


December 13, 2019

Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Resolution Calling for Immediate Release of Leading Cuban Democracy Activist José Daniel Ferrer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined colleagues in introducing a bipartisan Senate resolution calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy and human rights activist José Daniel Ferrer and other members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU). The resolution also commends efforts by Mr. Ferrer and UNPACU to promote democratic principles and fundamental freedoms in Cuba. He was joined in this effort by Senators Bob Menendez (… Continue Reading


December 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Over $550,000 in Federal Funding for Safety and Legal Support Programs on the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $550,415 in federal funding to boost safety and legal support programs on the Eastern Shore. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Justice, includes: $14,233 for Cecil County through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. $11,835 for the City of Cambridge through the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program. $24,347 for the City of Salisbury through the Edward Byrne… Continue Reading

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