Press Releases & Statements

November 02, 2018

Cardin, Senate Democrats to Secretary Azar: End Efforts to Redefine Sex to Exclude Transgender Persons

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined his Senate Democrat colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding that the Department end any effort to redefine sex to exclude transgender and gender nonconforming people. "The redefinition of sex reported in The New York Times would have devastating consequences for millions of people who do not recognize themselves as the sex assigned to them at birth or who are gender non… Continue Reading


November 01, 2018

Senators to FBI: Provide Documents on President Trump’s Possible Involvement in FBI Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), have sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray to request information regarding the extent to which President Trump and the White House were involved in the abrupt decision to reverse course on plans for the FBI headquarters project, and whether that involvement was appropriate. T… Continue Reading


October 31, 2018

Cardin, Wicker Announce New Legislation to Assist People Struggling with Rising Water Bills

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Wednesday announced legislation he has introduced with Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that would establish new pilot programs to assist low-income families afford their rising water bills. The bipartisan bill, the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2018 (S. 3564), would establish 32 programs nationwide for low-income residents to receive aid in paying their drinking water bills, and an equal number (32) of programs designed to assist … Continue Reading


October 29, 2018

Cardin Condemns Deadly Attack Against Worshippers at Pittsburgh Synagogue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, expressed deep condolences and called for a return to American values in the wake of a series of fatal shootings in the United States. "I join the nation in mourning the terrible loss of life at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. This murderous rampage that targeted Pittsburgh's Jewish community while they were practicing their fa… Continue Reading


October 26, 2018

Maryland Congressional Team Announces $2.5 Million Grant to Fight Heroin and Other Illegal Opioids Statewide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, John K. Delaney and Jamie Raskin (All D-Md.) have announced that the Maryland State Police will receive a grant of $2,544,800 through the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to support law enforcement agencies in combating the illegal manufacturing and distribution of methamphetamine, hero… Continue Reading


October 24, 2018

Maryland, Virginia Senators Urge WMATA to Maintain Riders’ Advisory Council

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) sent a letter to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors Chairman Jack Evans, opposing their proposal to terminate the Riders' Advisory Council. Tomorrow, after previous assurances by the WMATA Board Chairman that the Council would continue to operate, the Board plans to vote on whether to eliminate the Council and instea… Continue Reading


October 24, 2018

Cardin Statement on Discovered Explosive Devices

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the discovery of explosive devices in packages addressed to public officials, media and others. "One of the strengths of America is the rule of law and our ability to non-violently engage in debate and political discourse. Terrorizing public figures, the public or anyone in this country through such violent means is unacceptable under any circumstance. I thank the law enforcement agencies that are working to keep ev… Continue Reading


October 23, 2018

Cardin on Hand as Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Oval Office to watch as the America's Water Infrastructure Act was signed into law. The new law will repair aging drinking water, wastewater and irrigation systems; deepen nationally significant ports and maintain the navigability of inland waterways across the country; and provide better protection from dangerous floodwaters. "This is a win for Maryland and our country. At a time when Congress is s… Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Oppose EPA Methane Standards Roll Back

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, this week joined 20 of their Senate colleagues in sending a letter urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the public comment period for the proposed rule to weaken methane standards and to provide adequate justification for modifying the national standards. In 2016, the EPA adopted the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for methane … Continue Reading


October 18, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Join Effort to Give Workers a Greater Voice at Public Companies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) are joining 11 of their Senate colleagues in calling on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to use its upcoming Staff Roundtable to consider implementing reforms that will promote worker engagement, drive long-term growth and investment, and give workers a greater voice in public companies by allowing workers to be elected as company board members. In the letter, the Senators note research has shown that company boa… Continue Reading


October 17, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on DeVos to Release More Information about the Department of Education’s Failure to Faithfully Implement the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) on Tuesday joined a bicameral group of more than 150 Democrats in calling on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to explain and rectify the Department of Education's failed implementation of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. "Without swift action, millions of dedicated teachers, first responders, service members and other public servants will face substantial harm due to preventable failures on the part of … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, Collins Introduce Protect Our Elections Act

Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Protect Our Elections Act, which would prohibit foreign adversaries from owning and controlling the companies supporting American elections. Our intelligence chiefs have made it clear that hostile foreign actors continue to work to disrupt our democratic process by any means possible. In Maryland, for example, the FBI announced in July that a Russian oligarch with close ties to Vladimir P… Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Praise Judiciary Committee’s Approval of District of Maryland Nominee Stephanie Gallagher

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's 20-1 vote to approve Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. If confirmed, Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat previously held by Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., who announced his retirement effective February 2016. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts previously declared this Maryland seat as a j… Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Vote to Lower Healthcare Costs, Protect Americans with Preexisting Conditions

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) voted in support of Senator Tammy Baldwin's (D-Wis.) resolution to overturn the Trump Administration's expansion of junk insurance plans. Unfortunately, every Senate Republican except one opposed the resolution, voting to roll back protections for working families. Under these junk plans, insurers can deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions and refuse to provide essential health services required unde… Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cardin Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, And Global Women's Issues, issued the following statement in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. "This month, I join the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and the invaluable contributions of the Latino community to our count… Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cardin, Colleagues Press Administration on LGBTQ Diplomatic Discrimination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined 19 of his colleagues in calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to amend a new Department policy that will halt the provision of diplomatic visas for unmarried, same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and employees posted to the United States or at U.S.-based international organizations. "To bar LGBTQ diplomats from bringing their partners to the United States is to condone the discriminatory policies of many countries around the w… Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cardin, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Ensure Affordable Student Loans for Every Borrower

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined Senate Democrats in introducing the Affordable Loans for Any Student Act of 2018, comprehensive legislation that would ensure affordable, simple income-based repayment plans for any federal student loan borrowers. Cardin was joined on the legislation by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). The ave… Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Cardin, Klobuchar, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Mandate Transparency for Election Security Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar, Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee (D-Minn.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) have introduced legislation to bring greater transparency to America's election systems in an effort to protect our country from foreign interference, as occurred in the 2016 presidential election. The "Election Systems Integrity Act," (S. 3572) would require disclosure of foreign ownership of election service providers. This summer, it was revealed t… Continue Reading


October 10, 2018

Cardin, Author of the Global Magnitsky Act, Joins Corker, Menendez, Graham, Leahy in Sending Letter Triggering Global Magnitsky Investigation Into Disappearance of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, in sending a letter to President Donald Trump triggering an investigation regarding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi,… Continue Reading


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

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