Press Releases & Statements

November 20, 2019

Cardin, Rubio, Risch, Menendez Praise House Passage Of Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) praised the House passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838), sending the bill directly to President Trump's desk for signature. The amended bipartisan bill unanimously passed the Senate last night. "For 24 consecutive weeks, the people of Hong Kong have been asking for their democracy,… Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge MDTA to Support Nice Bridge Protected Bike/Pedestrian Lane

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) sent a letter to Maryland Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Pete Rahn, urging the Board's support of a bike/pedestrian path in the contract for the proposed replacement of the Nice Bridge. The MDTA Board plans to vote on this proposal at tomorrow's meeting. The Senators write, "The Nice Bridge is vital to the economy of Charles County, Southern … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Cardin Calls on MLB to Scrap Its New Minor League Scheme

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and lifelong Orioles fan, issued the following statement in response to Major League Baseball's (MLB) new plan for its minor league affiliates. "I am opposed to this new scheme for minor league baseball. Frederick has had a professional baseball team since 1989. Salisbury first hosted a team in 1922, and Hagerstown's professional baseball history predates the original Baltimore Orioles, going back to 1896. Ea… Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Cardin, Casey, Van Hollen Call on USDA to Target Unspent Funds Toward Helping Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Reduce Runoff Pollution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) have written to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue urging him to use his authority to transfer unspent funds to conservation programs that will help agricultural producers and landowners voluntarily improve their farms and private forests by reducing runoff pollution. The senators are asking that previously non-expended funds from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) be directe… Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Cardin, Rubio, Risch, Menendez Praise Senate Passage of Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) praised the Senate passage of their Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1838). The amended bipartisan bill was unanimously reported by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in September. "Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives have now demonstrated bipartisan solidarity with the peo… Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Cardin Calls for Action on Gun Safety Legislation Following Mass Shooting at Saugus High School

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) entered the following statement into the Congressional Record today calling for action on gun safety legislation following the recent mass shooting in Santa Clarita, California, where two Saugus High School students were killed. "Mr. President, I implore the Senate to take up legislation addressing America's gun violence epidemic. We must pass legislation requiring universal and completed background checks for individuals seeking to purchase a gun, … Continue Reading


November 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.1 Million for Anti-Heroin Task Force in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced more than $1,100,000 in federal funding for the Maryland State Police to combat the illegal manufacturing and distribution of heroin and other opioids. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) program, will be used to conduct investigations and other activities related to the unlawful distribution of heroin and prescription opioids. "We must not allow o… Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces $2.5 Million for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced $2,550,000 for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, based in Baltimore, Md. The funding, awarded though the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative, will go towards the Foundation's Badges for Baseball program - a nationwide youth mentorship program in which at-risk youth are paired with law enforcement, public saf… Continue Reading


November 18, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, EPW Democrats Announce GAO Report: Climate Change Poses Real Threat To Our Nation’s Superfund Sites

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, joined EPW ranking member Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) to announce a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that concludes our nation's Superfund sites are woefully underprepared to withstand the worsening impacts of climate change, putting human health and the environment at risk, including multiple sites in Maryland. Threatened sites in Maryland are:… Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Cardin Presents Angels In Adoption Award to Marylander Charlotte Elder

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has nominated Charlotte Elder, of Baltimore, Maryland, as one of this year's Congressional Angels in Adoption Award. Elder enthusiastically opened her heart and her home to 40 foster children in the past 7 years and has welcomed three wonderful children into her permanent family. Elder has taken up advocacy for children of all backgrounds, passionately fighting for the rights and protections of children with special needs and immigrant children. "Peo… Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Nearly $60,000 to Assist Low-Income Families in Charles County with Home Repair

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $60,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income residents in Charles County. Charles County will offer qualifying homeowners grants and/or low interest loans to fund critical home improvement projects. This money will also help to ensure that residents … Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Cardin Legislation Would Accelerate Development of Quieter Airplanes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced legislation this week, the Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act (S. 2837) that would make it a priority of the U.S. Government, through the National Aeronautics & Space Administration's (NASA), to boost research into electric aircraft technology. Such authority would transform America's aviation industry to develop airplanes that produce less greenhouse gas pollution and less noise, keeping domestic aviation companies competitive with the int… Continue Reading


November 14, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $11,000 for Hurlock to Purchase New Police Vehicle

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $11,450 in federal funding for the Town of Hurlock to help purchase a new police vehicle. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loans and Grants program, will be provided to the Hurlock Police Department to help cover the cost of replacing an outdated vehicle. "Ensuring that police departments have adequate tools to carry out thei… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Cardin, Senate Democrats Introduce House-Passed Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON- Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and all 47 Democratic senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill, which would reauthorize VAWA through 2024, preserves advancements made in previous reauthorizations and includes a number of additional improvements to the current law. "One in four women will experience domestic viol… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $40,000 to Assist Low-Income Families in Kent County with Home Repair

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $40,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low-income residents in Kent County. The recipient nonprofit corporation, Rebuilding Together Kent County MD, Inc., will offer low-income homeowners grants and/or low-interest loans to fund critical home improvement projects. This money will a… Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces $250,000 for Prevention of Youth Substance Misuse in Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $250,000 for two Drug Free Community Coalitions in Baltimore, Md. to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance misuse. The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, as part of the South East Baltimore Drug-Free Coalition and Morgan State University, as part of the Get SMART West Baltimore Dr… Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Almost $60,000 to Assist Low-Income Families in Anne Arundel with Home Repair

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $59,784 in federal funding for Rebuilding Together Anne Arundel County (RTAAC) - a nonprofit organization that repairs homes for low-income residents in need. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Housing Preservation Grants program, will be used by RTAAC to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low- and very-low-income residents in Anne Arundel County… Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Cardin Commemorates Veterans Day 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Finance and Environment & Public Works committees, made the following remarks in advance of Veterans Day 2019. "I honor the service and sacrifices of our veterans and their families every day. As we approach this day, the 101st Veterans Day, I pay a special tribute to the men and women who have worn a uniform in defense of o… Continue Reading


November 08, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3.1 Million for Affordable Housing Developments Statewide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announce the award of $3.1 million for affordable housing developments around Maryland from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta), one of 11 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Through this investment, Maryland community developers will partner with local FHLBank Atlanta member financial institutions to build or repair over 600 affordable housing units for families, seniors, and individuals… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Senate Passes Cardin, Rubio Resolution Recognizing National Veteran’s Small Business Week

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution from U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, designating November 4 - 8, 2019 as "National Veteran's Small Business Week." The Cardin-Rubio resolution honors America's veterans and their continued service to our communities and economy through entrepreneurship. It also highlights the veteran-specific entrepreneurial resources … Continue Reading

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