Press Releases & Statements

October 10, 2018

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Senator Joe Tydings

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday in remembrance of Senator Joe Tydings: "Mr. President, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about a man whose lifelong commitment to progressive causes has had an enormous positive impact on Maryland, and on the United States: former United States Senator from Maryland, Joseph D. Tydings. Joe Tydings died on Monday, at the age of 90, after heroically battling cancer. … Continue Reading

October 10, 2018

Senate Passes Cardin Provisions in Major Bipartisan Water and Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today lauded the importance to Maryland communities of new legislation passed by the Senate that will enable much-needed improvements to our nation's water infrastructure and fund critical Chesapeake Bay restoration projects. The "America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018" will repair aging drinking water, wastewater and irrigation systems; deepen nationally significant ports … Continue Reading

October 06, 2018

Cardin Statement on Judge Kavanaugh’s Confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding today's confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court: "Today is a difficult day for our country. For those of us who believe Judge Kavanaugh lacks the impartiality and judicial temperament to serve on our nation's highest court - and who fear how his opinions will shape the future of reproductive rights, health care, and other key issues - it is easy and understanda… Continue Reading

October 05, 2018

Cardin Urges Colleagues to Vote No on Kavanaugh on U.S. Senate Floor

Remarks as delivered on October 4, 2018: "Mr. President, I have read the FBI report. I listened to the Judiciary Committee hearings, including the second hearing with Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. I reviewed Judge Kavanaugh's opinions as a judge and his public record during his tenure in the White House. "Based on his record, I cannot support his nomination for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States. I reached this conclusion before Dr. Ford's allegations were m… Continue Reading

October 04, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, Delaney Announce Essential Air Service Extension for Hagerstown Regional Airport, Senate Passes Five-Year Reauthorization for EAS Grant Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressman John K. Delaney (All D-Md.) announced Thursday that Hagerstown Regional Airport, Richard A. Henson Field (HGR) has received an extension of its Essential Air Service (EAS) funding through March 2019. The EAS Program, funded through the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT), provides critical air service that connects rural and remote areas to major hubs, helping to grow area businesses and support economic growth. In … Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Say FAA Reauthorization Will Boost Maryland Airports and Protect Passengers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today lauded Senate passage of a bipartisan, five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that will now go to the president for his signature. In addition to stabilizing grant funding for airport improvements and passenger safety and right-to-know measures, the legislation includes provisions put forward by both Cardin and Van Hollen to mitigate the noise levels from incoming and outgoing flights at… Continue Reading

October 03, 2018

Cardin, Rubio to Pompeo: U.S. Must Lead on Syria Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday regarding the U.S. role in post-war Syria, highlighting the legislation they wrote to help America lead in seeking accountability from Bashar al-Assad and other perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, co-authored by Senators Cardin and Rubio and passed by … Continue Reading

October 02, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $50,000 for Garrett Trails

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $50,000 in grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for Garrett Trails, which manages the recreational trail network in Garrett County, Md. The funds will be used to conduct a Trail Feasibility Study of the Casselman River Railroad project, which will assess the viability of bridging a gap between several miles of trail that would connect users of the Great Allegheny Passage trail to the 15… Continue Reading

October 02, 2018

Cardin asks McMahon for Explanation, Information Following Removal of SBA Spanish-language Website

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, wrote to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon Tuesday requesting an explanation and information regarding the removal of the SBA's Spanish-language website. Senator Cardin notes in the letter that there are more than 4 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States, contributing more than $700 billion annually to the economy. The … Continue Reading

September 28, 2018

Cardin Statement on Judiciary Committee Testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding Thursday's Judiciary Committee hearing. "I listened carefully as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the allegations of sexual assault she has levied against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I found her to be both deeply compelling and credible. Dr. Ford was sincere, open and forthcoming in her accounting. "Likewise, I listened carefully to Judge Kavanaugh. He had a rig… Continue Reading

September 27, 2018

Cardin Leads Colleagues in Urging Greater U.S. Leadership to Combat Guatemalan Corruption, Support CICIG

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and an anti-corruption champion in the Senate, led nearly two dozen of his bicameral colleagues Thursday in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the president of Guatemala's efforts to shut down the internationally-supported anti-corruption investigative body in that country. The International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, commonly known… Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $22,000 in Funding for Water Infrastructure in North East, Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $22,000 in federal funding for water infrastructure predevelopment planning in North East, Maryland. The grant - which comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program - will fund engineering and environmental reports to evaluate options to safely and efficiently upgrade the town's storm water drainage system. Aging storm water systems have made North East especially vulnerable … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

Cardin, Senators Introduce Bill to Enhance Maternal Health Coverage Under Medicaid, Improve Health Outcomes for New Moms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) today introduced a bill to reduce the United States' rising maternal mortality rates, improve maternal and infant health outcomes, and close the disparities that continue to put mothers and children of color at risk. The bill, the Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services (M… Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $26,000 in Funding for Water Infrastructure in Federalsburg

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $26,000 in federal funding for water infrastructure planning in Federalsburg, Md. Two $13,000 grants - both of which come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development program - will fund the preliminary engineering and environmental impact reports for two projects: the replacement of the city's aging water main, and the replacement of existing water meter infrastructure. The reports will … Continue Reading

September 25, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.7 Million Grant for St. Mary’s Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $1,772,227 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for St. Mary's County Regional Airport in Leonardtown, Md. These funds will be used to extend existing runways and remove obstructions that will allow for greater passenger and cargo capacity. "St. Mary's Regional Airport is an important hub for connecting communities and businesses throughout Southern Maryland," said Senator Cardin, senior member of the … Continue Reading

September 21, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Cosponsor Legislation to Permanently Extend and Increase Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined a group of 22 Senators in cosponsoring legislation to permanently extend and increase mandatory funding levels for minority-serving institutions, including Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The Strengthening Minority-Serving Institutions Act will increase mandatory funding levels from $255 million to $300 million for HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions of higher education. A ma… Continue Reading

September 21, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call For DOJ To Investigate FBI Headquarters Consolidation Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) yesterday joined with Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, leading a group of senators in requesting that the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice investigate a decision by the General Services Administration (GSA), made at the request of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to rescind a long-studied proposal for consolidation of the FBI Headqu… Continue Reading

September 21, 2018

Senators Cardin, Stabenow and Paul Urge the Administration to Take Action to Improve Medicare Coverage of Oral and Dental Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), as well as 25 of their colleagues, called on the Department of Health and Human Services to take action to improve Medicare coverage of medically necessary oral and dental treatment. Providing seniors traditional Medicare coverage for medically necessary oral and dental care will improve oral health and overall wellness as well as potentially reduce costs to the Medicare program. "Unfortunately, many… Continue Reading

September 20, 2018

Cardin Statement on Mass Shooting in Aberdeen, Maryland

Aberdeen, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after visiting with Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler for an update on the shooting that occurred earlier today. "Horrific. My heart is heavy as we are faced with the reality that a mass shooting again has left families, friends and one of our local communities in mourning. Regretfully, loved ones went to work today, like every other day, but will not be coming home t… Continue Reading

September 18, 2018

Cardin, Senators Condemn Democratic Backsliding in Uganda

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released the following statement on the current situation in Uganda. "As members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, we are gravely concerned about the continued deterioration of democracy, human rights, and fundamental freedoms in Uganda. The actions of the Government of Uganda towards its critics-protesters, opposition supporters, and parliamentarian… Continue Reading

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