Press Releases & Statements

September 08, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Express Outrage at Report of Ongoing, Toxic Workplace Culture at Metrorail

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) issued the following joint response to The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Safety Audit of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This was the first audit of the safety commission since it was established in 2017, two years after the death of Carol Glover in a smoke-filled Yellow Line train. "We are appalled and disappointed by the audit… Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Cardin Statement on Labor Day 2020

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in celebration of Labor Day, which is Monday, September 7, 2020. "Labor Day is our annual opportunity to recognize the value, worth, and dignity of all workers. We reflect on their contributions to the strength and prosperity of our nation. "Over the past six months since stay-at-home orders first went into effect, our new public conception of "essential workers" has forced us to reckon with the way that we value dif… Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hassan Call for Updated Energy Efficiency Standards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and seven Democratic colleagues wrote to Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette today in raising concerns over the Department of Energy's (DOE) failure to update key national energy efficiency standards for consumer and commercial appliances. The DOE has yet to review 26 of the energy efficiency standards, despite the mandate of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. "Energy efficient a… Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $50 Million in Federal Funding for Statewide Response to Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - The Maryland Congressional Delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, Kweisi Mfume and David Trone, announced $50,751,132 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Health to support statewide efforts to combat the opioid crisis. "For individuals living with opioid addiction and substance use disorders, the COVID-19 pandemic has … Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $250,000 in Federal Funding for Housing Assistance Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), today announced $250,054 in federal funding for housing assistance programs across the state. "This new federal funding comes during an incredibly important time as Marylanders continue to grapple with the severe economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," the lawmakers said. "Every family d… Continue Reading


September 04, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $3.9 Million To Support Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts And Strengthen State Environmental Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today announced $3,941,087.76 in federal funds to support projects throughout Maryland to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and enhance environmental infrastructure. "The Chesapeake Bay Watershed is a national environmental treasure and the driving force behind Maryland's econom… Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Cardin, Peters, Schumer, Klobuchar, Carper & 20 Senate Democrats Press Postmaster General DeJoy on Delivery Delays that Harm Small Businesses

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ben Cardin (D-Md.), U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy pressing for answers on how recent United States Postal Service (USPS) delays have harmed small businesses. USPS is the "carrier of … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce Nearly $650,000 for Fire Departments Throughout Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the award of $646,666 to the Barton Hose Company No 1, Inc. in Allegany County. Together with last week's award to Baltimore Pike Volunteer Fire, a total of $1,435,757 will go toward the purchase of 192 sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units for 13 stations across Allegany County. SCBAs provide firefighters with fresh oxygen and prevent them from breathing harmful carcino… Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Cardin Statement on MTA Cuts in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to a proposal from the Maryland Transportation Authority (MTA) to cut bus service in Baltimore by 20 percent, along with significant cuts to MARC train and Commuter Bus service. "When Gov. Hogan walked away from hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for the Red Line, he promised to invest mo… Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Push for DOD to Reconsider Changes to Military Base Clinics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin joined by Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) today urged House and Senate Armed Services Committee leaders to include a provision within the final defense authorization bill to require the Department of Defense (DOD) to closely examine recently proposed changes to military medical treatment facilities (MTF… Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Applaud More than $5.5 Million in Federal Funding for St. Mary’s County Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $5,560,023 in federal funds to St. Mary's County Regional Airport in Leonardtown, Md. for the extension and reconstruction of the airport runway. The funding is awarded through the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "Local airports provide a critica… Continue Reading


September 02, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen and Trone Applaud More Than $4.1 Million in Federal Funding for Greater Cumberland Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (D-Md.) today applaud the award of $4,122,800.00 in federal funding for the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport in Cumberland, Maryland. This award is disbursed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and appropriated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This new funding will go towards rehabilitating the airport's runway, protecti… Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Cardin and Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge School Nutrition Program Extension for 2020-2021 School Year

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) and 27 colleagues are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fully extend school meal waivers through the end of the 2020-2021 school year so that schools have the flexibility to fully serve students whether or not they are attending school in person. The senators initially made this request in July, and the USDA recently announced that it will agree to extend some of the school meal waivers. The USDA exten… Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Inhofe Lead Colleagues in Bipartisan Push to Expand Aviation Workforce Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today led a bipartisan group of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging them to fully implement two aviation workforce grant programs authorized in the 2018 FAA Reauthorization bill that invest in and expand the development of the next generation of aircraft pilots and maintenance technicians. … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Applaud $4.5 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) applauded the award of $4,589,064 in federal funds to the Maryland Department of Labor as part of a pilot program to combat the opioid crisis through job training and recovery services. "This pilot program will help improve long-term economic and public health outcomes for communities a… Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces More Than $904,000 in Federal Funding for Baltimore Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) today announced $904,545.45 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Baltimore, Md. through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant - COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S) program. The funding will help purchase new personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies for Baltimore City firefighters a… Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $3.4 Million in Funding for Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (All D-Md.) Friday announced $3.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance to support Maryland small businesses and entrepreneurs h… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $400,000 for Owings Mills Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today announced $390,910 in federal funding for Owings Mills' Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "Every minute counts in an emergency. This funding will help ensure that our fire departments have the staff… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $500,000 for Calvert County Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $493,500 in federal funding for Calvert County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "Every minute counts in an emergency. This funding will help ensure that our fire departments have the staffing levels necessary to protect Maryland families … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Release Statements on USCIS Decision to Reverse Course, Cancel Furloughs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) released the following statements in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) decision to cancel its previously announced employee furloughs. In early July, the Senators wrote a letter to USCIS urging the Agency to reconsider the planned furloughs and to eliminate the harmful policies that have undermined its budget, threatened employees' livelihoods, and hurt U.S. immigration services at lar… Continue Reading

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