Press Releases & Statements

March 19, 2020

Senate Small Business Committee Democrats Release Relief Proposal to Help Small Businesses Address Public Health-Related Challenges from Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTIN - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Democrats today released a new relief proposal to help small businesses address public health-related challenges from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said: "Our nation is facing a grave public health threat that requires us to take unprecedented steps that will have vast consequences for our economy, especially our small businesses. They are already under an unimagi… Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Small Business Administration Approves Federal Disaster Assistance for Maryland

WASHINGTON - In response to a letter sent earlier today from the Maryland congressional delegation to the Small Business Administration (SBA) urging approval of the state's request for a disaster declaration from the SBA related to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the request was approved. The delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Rask… Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

SFRC Dems Raise Alarm in New Letter to Sec. Pompeo amid Surge in Reports of Americans Stranded Abroad by Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrats in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising serious concerns about Americans struggling to return home after being stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Requesting the Secretary immediately update Congress and step up efforts to assist Americans stuck in pandemic-affected countries, the Senators' letter follows a substantial increase… Continue Reading


March 18, 2020

Cardin, National Capital Region Members of Congress Call on President Trump to Prioritize Testing Locations Locally

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and lawmakers from across the National Capital Region have written to President Donald Trump urging that that the region be prioritized for early locations of federally-supported COVID-19 testing sites. The joint letter reinforces the regional cooperation shown by Governors Larry Hogan and Ralph Northam and Mayor Muriel Bowser asking for federal testing. In addition to Cardin, the letter to the president was signed by U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), M… Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge President to Use Existing DPA Authority to Address Shortages of Medical Equipment Needed to Treat and Prevent Spread of COVID-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and 23 additional Senate colleagues, in urging the president to use his existing authority to help address widespread shortages of medical equipment, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter sent to President Trump the senators pushed the president to invoke the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), which authorizes the president to… Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $10.2 Million in Federal Funding for Maryland Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone today announced $10.2 million in federal funding for Maryland's response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "This funding represents our collective commitment to responding with strength a… Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Warner, Kaine Urge Financial Regulators to Take Measures to Protect Hospitality and Tourism Industry Workers During Coronavirus Outbreak

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) as well as Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent a letter to the financial regulators asking them to take action to mitigate the adverse impacts of the coronavirus on workers in the hospitality and tourism industry. The letter was sent to Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Joseph Otting, Comptroller of the Currency; Jelena McWilliams, Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Ma… Continue Reading


March 13, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Brown Press Social Security Administration on Telework Policies

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) along with Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) urged Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Andrew Saul to expand telework availability at SSA and provide clear communication to their employees on these policies. In December of last year, the Senators wrote to SSA conveying their concerns about SSA's decision to end telework for nearly 12,000 employees. This year, SSA made further cuts to telework in other divisions, an… Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Cardin, Democratic Senators Call on SEC to Rewrite Disclosure Rule for Oil, Gas and Mining Sector

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and co-author of the Cardin-Lugar Energy Security Through Transparency provision (Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act), led a group of 10 senators in writing to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton regarding the latest draft rule to enforce the 1504 reporting provisions for the oil, gas and mining industry. Section 1504 requires extractive compa… Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Cardin Resolution Condemns Iran’s Violent Crackdown on Protestors, Supports Rights of the People of Iran to Determine Their Future

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today introduced a resolution, S. Res. 539, that decries the Iranian government's recent violent crackdown on protestors ? in which hundreds were killed and thousands arrested ? and supports the rights of the people of Iran to determine their own future. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) are original co-sponsors of the measure. The new legi… Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Cardin Van Hollen, Colleagues Request the IRS Extend Tax-Filing Deadline for Individual Taxpayers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md,), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined a group of Senate colleagues in urging Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig to extend the April 15, 2020 tax-filing deadline to provide taxpayers greater flexibility amid challenges caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Currently, there are more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus in 38 states, with 35 deaths… Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hirono Introduce Bill to Expand Telework Opportunities for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), introduced S. 3428, the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act - legislation that requires federal agencies to expand teleworking after years of attacks by the Trump Administration. Expanding telework options for federal employees is particularly urgent as the growing coronavirus epidemic places greater strain on federal workers. "Thanks to years of implementation in the federal government, we … Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Cardin, Thune, Smith, Kuster Introduce Legislation to Increase Telehealth Services in Nursing Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), members of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Reps. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.) and Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) today introduced companion versions of the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2020, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to facilitate greater use of telehealth in skilled nursing facilities. "Greater use of telehealth in skilled nursing facilities will benefit patients and doctors, reducing expensive… Continue Reading


March 11, 2020

Cardin, Senate Dems Call On President Trump to Invoke Stafford Act, Consider Disaster Declarations and Utilize FEMA’s Disaster Relief Funds to Aid State & Local Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined 35 Democratic senators to today to send a letter to President Trump urging him to immediately consider any disaster declarations so states can utilize the $42.6 billion currently available in the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) in their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. The Senators wrote that as the number of confirmed cases increases across the United States, the Trump administration must employ a whole-of-gover… Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Klobuchar Reintroduce Legislation to Bring Harriet Tubman Statue to U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - In recognition of Harriet Tubman Day, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are announcing the reintroduction of their legislation to honor Harriet Tubman with a statue in the United States Capitol. "Harriet Tubman is an iconic figure in our nation's history, for whom liberty and freedom were not just ideas. Her legacy is an essential part of the story of America's evolution from a slave-holding nation into one that recognizes the im… Continue Reading


March 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Receives Coronavirus Update from Maryland Health Secretary

WASHINGTON - Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, heard from Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall and Deputy Secretary, Public Health Services Frances B. Phillips, R.N., Tuesday for an update on Maryland's readiness and response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The discussion, which too… Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Cardin Commemorates the 55th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the March 7, 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama which culminated in the violent attacks against protesters known as "Bloody Sunday". "Fifty-five years ago, Bloody Sunday marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Hundreds of peaceful demonstrators marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama demanding full civil and voting rights for Black Americans only to be met … Continue Reading


March 06, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Talks Public Education with Maryland’s HBCU Presidents

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin convened members of Maryland's congressional delegation, including Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, Congressman John P. Sarbanes and Congressman David Trone (All D-Md.) on Wednesday to meet with the presidents of Maryland's four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Participating in the roundtable were Morgan State University President Dr. David Wilson, Bowie State University President Dr. Aminta Breaux, University of Mary… Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $500,000 in Federal Funding to Support State-Level Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone today announced $500,000 in federal funding to support Maryland's response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These resources will help public health officials in Maryland monitor and as… Continue Reading


March 05, 2020

Cardin Statement on Passage of Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised Senate passage Thursday of the bicameral, bipartisan supplemental appropriations package to address the public health emergency of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The package far exceeds the anemic response from the White House and reasserts America's ability to counter this virus at home and globally. The supplemental funding from Congress includes direct support for states and local governments, a boost in research for the Maryland-based … Continue Reading

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