Press Releases & Statements

March 04, 2020

Cardin, Barrasso Lead Senate Recognition of US-Australian Firefighting Cooperation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced a bipartisan resolution Wednesday lauding the more than 100 years of firefighting cooperation and security assistance between the United States and Australia. The Senate resolution comes the same week the last brushfires were extinguished in New South Wales, the worst hit jurisdiction of the 2019-2020 Australian brush fire season. Over the course of a grueling and destructive 240 days, more than 300 American fire… Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats to Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 37 Democratic Senators in demanding that Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar take immediate action to address the many ways the Trump Administration's health care sabotage has undermined our preparedness for and ability to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the senators asked Secretary Azar to commit to making any potential coronavirus vaccine affordable to all, stop pro… Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Maryland Congressional Team Announces nearly $1.2 Million for Bowie State University to Support Diverse STEM Teacher Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-MD) today announced $1,194,815 for Bowie State University to help to build the diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teacher workforce in Prince George's County. Awarded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, this federal funding will be administered over the next five years in partnership with Prince Geo… Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Urge Azerbaijani President To Respect Press Freedom

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, regarding the political targeting of journalists in the country. Specifically, the Senators highlighted the case of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was imprisoned in 2014 on false charges and conditionally released in 2016. Senators Cardin and Rubio serve as Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subc… Continue Reading


March 03, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Expressing Support for the People of Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere joined his colleagues to introduce a Senate resolution (S. Res 525) shortly after the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA), expressing continued support for the people of Nicaragua as they fight to restore democracy. U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), C… Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Senate Dems to Introduce Bill to Reverse & Restore Military Funding After President Trump Repeatedly Raids Defense Department for His Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), have joined 31 Senate Democratic colleagues to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020. The bill would reverse and restore the Department of Defense's (DoD) recent short sighted and dangerous transfer of $3.8 billion to be used to build part of President Donald Trump's ineffective border wall. The bill also reduces DoD's transfer authority so that DoD cannot turn around and try to divert additional funding f… Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Ask FDA about Potential Drug Shortages Related to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter Friday to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn questioning the FDA's plans to address potential drug shortages due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or Novel Human Coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Many manufacturers in China are the primary producers of ingredients found in hundreds of common generic dru… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Unveil Senate Resolution Calling for Russia to Release Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), on the fifth anniversary of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemstov's assassination, announced a resolution condemning Russia's practice of politically motivated imprisonment and calling for the release of political prisoners in Russia. The resolution also urges the Trump Administration to use the tools provided by Congress to impose sanctions against Russian officials responsible for human rights abuses. "The brazen assass… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cardin Statement on Appointment of Erin Collins as National Taxpayer Advocate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today issued the following statement on the appointment of Erin Collins to be National Taxpayer Advocate: "The National Taxpayer Advocate is one of the most important positions within the administration-from helping guide tax policy so that it benefits taxpayers, to advocating on behalf of taxpayers within the IRS. … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Call on Trump Admin. to Withdraw Proposal That Would Ignore Climate, Economic, Environmental Impacts of Federal Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), and colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to withdraw its rewrite of a bedrock environmental law. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) ensures that major federal infrastructure projects undergo review for impacts on the environment and climate. In January, the Administration proposed new rules that would limit the range of projects that require su… Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge DHS to Provide Immediate Relief for Maryland Seafood Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) have joined with bipartisan colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the additional H-2B visas needed to support local seafood businesses in Maryland and states like Virginia, Alaska and North Carolina. The letter, also signed by Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.), Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (Both R-Alaska) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), urges the DHS to quickly authoriz… Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Cardin Calls Black History Month a Reminder of the Need to Guarantee the Right to Vote Regardless of Race

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement to commemorate Black History Month 2020. "Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, yet for much of our nation's history, black men and women were denied this right and, once recognized, faced brutal obstacles to exercise it. Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize the legacy of the men and women in Maryland and the US, who marched and organized to lay the groundwork for progress during the Civil Rights Mo… Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner Urge Administration Officials To Release Additional H-2B Visas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) released the following statement today regarding a bipartisan call the Senators participated in last night with the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf: "The release of additional H-2B visas to allow our local businesses to hire seasonal workers is of vital and urgent importance to Maryland and Virginia's seafood industries. Last night, on a call with the Department of… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Hoyer Announce nearly $5 Million in Renewed Funding to Combat Homelessness in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced the award of $4,878,428 for 25 projects to counter homelessness through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. These funds will be used throughout Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties. This competitive grant program awards nonprofits, state a… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce nearly $30 Million in Renewed Funding to Combat Homelessness in Central Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced the recent award of $29,859,429 for 83 projects to counter homelessness in central Maryland through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. These projects are spread throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Carroll, and Anne Arundel Counties… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce nearly $2 Million in Renewed Funding to Combat Homelessness in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of $1,935,715 for 17 projects to counter homelessness in Western Maryland through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. These funds will be used throughout Allegany, Garrett, Washington, and Frederick Counties. This competitive grant program awards nonprofits, state and local governments and their agents for initiatives… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce more than $13 Million in Renewed Funding to Combat Homelessness in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of $13,187,737 for 32 projects to counter homelessness in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. This competitive grant program awards nonprofits, state and local governments and their agents for initiatives… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Young Introduce Bill to Ensure Lifesaving Organs Reach Patients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have announced bipartisan legislation to help prevent lifesaving organs from getting lost in transport. The Lost Opportunities to Supply Transplantable Organs (LOST Organs) Act would require the U.S. organ donation system, managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), to better track organs and publicly report when logistics errors result in a lost, damaged or delayed organ. A recent inve… Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Murray, Democrats Push Departments of Education and Labor to Withdraw Rules Allowing for Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), joined his Democratic senate colleagues on two letters urging the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia to withdraw proposed rules that would expand federally funded discrimination against members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women. Both rules would eliminate crucial protections that would leave eligible people at risk of losing access to vital taxpayer services-from college readiness programs at the Department of Educati… Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Cardin joins Senate Democrats to Urge Secretary Azar to Halt Rule Expanding Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, joined 22 Democratic senators in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, urging him to withdraw a proposed rule that would expand federally funded discrimination against members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, the non-religious, and religious minorities. The rule would eliminate protections that are vital to ensuring all eligible people-regardless of sex, sexual or… Continue Reading

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