Press Releases & Statements

March 24, 2020

Cardin Tells Pompeo to Stop Using Term “Wuhan Virus”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, is urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to stop the official use of the term "Wuhan Virus." The Department of State and the Secretary have repeatedly used the term, which has stoked xenophobic fear in the United States and globally. "The tone… Continue Reading

March 24, 2020

Cardin to Pompeo: Americans Stranded Overseas Feel Abandoned by the U.S. Government; Help Them Now.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has written to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on behalf of Marylanders who are still stranded overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to come home. "The United States Congress has appropriated funding to the Department of State with these kinds of crises in mind. Moreover, in addition to arranging charter flights, the Department of State has the authority to partner with the Depart… Continue Reading

March 24, 2020

Maryland Delegation Urges FEMA to Quickly Accept State Request for Field Medical Stations in Baltimore

"While Maryland is quickly moving to stand up additional sites in existing facilities, hospitals and clinics, the gap in available beds will still exist and requires immediate federal assistance." WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including 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 B. Raskin and David Trone, has written to the Federal Emergency Management … Continue Reading

March 23, 2020

Cardin Says Strengthening the ACA Is More Crucial Than Ever

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted on March 23, 2010. "Ten years ago, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law, reinforcing the truth that quality health care is a human right for all. In those 10 years, coverage for preexisting conditions, the Medicaid expansion, and essential health benefits have helped close gaps in health d… Continue Reading

March 23, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Bipartisan Call for FEMA to Help Individuals, States Handle COVID-19 Outbreak

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) are urging President Trump to exercise authorities used in the wake of natural disasters to provide direct emergency assistance to individuals and families and waive local cost sharing in order to pump more federal resources into states and communities responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. "Now, as the entire nation faces the challenges of a global pandemic, we are asking that your administration unlock the full… Continue Reading

March 22, 2020

Cardin, Senate Democrats Demand Answers from President Trump on Testing and Equipment Shortages

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined every member of the Senate Democratic Caucus in a letter to President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence demanding answers about supplies and equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) critical to addressing the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The senators asked the president and vice president to confirm any relevant supply and equipment shortages in the SNS, to outline their strategy to close any such shortag… Continue Reading

March 21, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Urge Trump to Introduce UN Security Council Resolution to Fight Spread of Coronavirus, Prevent Future Pandemics

WASHINGTON - To fight the global spread of the novel coronavirus and prevent future outbreaks, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined colleagues in calling on President Donald Trump to introduce a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution that declares pandemics a clear threat to international peace and security and call for action on the resolution as soon as the Security Council reconvenes. The Senators add that a Security Council Resol… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Cardin, Wyden Introduce Bill to Rescue Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced legislation to rescue small businesses from the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the Trump administration's failure to ensure widespread testing. The Save America's Main Street Act would provide immediate cash flow through a tax rebate, help bu… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Cardin Response to Proposed COVID-19 Stimulus Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee (SBC) and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement on the third COVID-19-related package being considered by the Senate. "Our first priority is to do everything possible to keep Marylanders and everyone in this country safe. This is a public health emergency and addressing the health issues, including but not limited to increasing test… Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen and Colleagues Press Coronavirus Task Force on Situation in Nursing Homes and Preparedness for Seniors, People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) announced that they, along with more than 30 Democratic colleagues, pressed the Coronavirus Task Force on their preparedness and response plans for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The Senators sent three letters to the Trump Administration regarding the safety of people living in nursing homes, the ability of seniors living in the community to maintain critical services including delivered meals and home care, and … Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Swift Approval of Federal Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses Hurt by COVID-19

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation sent a joint letter Thursday to Jovita Carranza, head of 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. "Given the various protective measures being put in place by the state, numerous businesses are reporting substantive impacts on their business operations, which is creating an immediate adverse impact on small busine… Continue Reading

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

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