Press Releases & Statements

May 29, 2019

Cardin, Blunt Team Up to Fight for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have announced legislation designed to increase access to services for chronic kidney disease patients. The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (S.1676) builds on previous legislation from the lawmakers by enhancing care through new technologies; improving access to treatment and specialists for underserved areas; guaranteeing access to Medigap policies to all ESRD beneficiaries, regardless of age; a… Continue Reading


May 29, 2019

Bipartisan STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act Reaches 21 Senate Cosponsors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), today announced major growth in support for the STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act (S. 1531) with 21 senators already cosponsoring the legislation less than two weeks after its introduction. A section-by-section analysis of the bill can be found here. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-… Continue Reading


May 28, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Trone Statement on Call with Verso Leadership About Closing of Luke Mill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) released the below statement following their call on Friday with Verso Interim CEO Les Lederer. The three have previously held meetings with the Mayor of Luke and the Allegany County Executive just days after the plant announced its closing: "On Friday, we had a candid and pointed discussion with Verso's leadership about the closing of the paper mill in Luke and next steps to support the co… Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Cardin Commemorates Memorial Day 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day 2019, which falls on Monday, May 27. The full remarks entered into the Congressional Record may be downloaded here. "On this Memorial Day, I join the nation in recognizing the brave men and women in uniform who sacrificed everything for our country. Because of their incredible courage, we are able to speak, write, worship, vote an… Continue Reading


May 24, 2019

Cardin Statement on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. "Each year during the month of May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month calls us to celebrate and reflect on the rich history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These communities draw from an incredibly diverse range of cultures, languages, and religions that all come together to make the Unite… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Cardin, Rubio Reintroduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression in South China Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) today reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act, a bipartisan bill to impose sanctions against Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing's illegitimate activities to aggressively assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions. Co-sponsored by 14 Senators, this legislation is timely given ongoing efforts by the United States to conduct freedom of navigat… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Requests FBI Briefing on Baltimore Ransomware Attack

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) wrote to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) thanking them for their work on the City of Baltimore ransomware attack and requesting a briefing on the attack once operations conclude. They went on to highlight questions regarding the attack, including: The identity of the individuals or groups responsible and the methods used in the… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Cardin, Senate and House Democrats Introduce Federal Legislation to Guarantee Equal Access to Abortion

WASHINGTON - Following the recent passage of restrictive anti-choice state laws in Alabama, Georgia and Missouri, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) with Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (CA-27), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), and Lois Frankel (FL-21) joined leading women's health advocates to announce introduction of the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA), bicameral federal legislation to guarantee equal access to abortion, everywhere. The WHPA … Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Introduce New Legislation Reforming WMATA Safety and Renewing Federal Funding Commitment to Metro

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) introduced new legislation to renew the federal funding commitment to Metro, provide critical safety reforms, and strengthen oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Recognizing that the Metro system is integral to the functioning of the federal government, for the last decade Congress has allocated $150 million annually to Metro fo… Continue Reading


May 23, 2019

Senators Introduce Bill to Bar USDA Research Agencies from Leaving National Capital Region

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.),Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Agriculture Research Integrity Act, which would bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from reorganizing and moving the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) out of the National Capital Region. Experts agree tha… Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $787,520 for Glendale Access Road in Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $787,520 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Glendale Access Road project in Garrett County, Md. These funds will be used for intersection and roadway improvements on Glendale Road and will ultimately improve access to the Deep Creek Lake area - supporting local tourism and job creation. "Investing in safe and convenient roads throughout Garrett County will make sure that… Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Cardin Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Medicaid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, delivered the following floor statement today concerning President Trump's proposed cuts to Medicaid. "We recognize the importance of moving forward and advancing healthcare for all Americans. That is why we are taking this time to express our real concern about President Trump's proposal, his budget proposals, which would cut Medicaid by $1.5 trillion, the effort to repeal the Medicaid expans… Continue Reading


May 22, 2019

Senators Continue Bipartisan Fight for Victims of Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced S. 1563, The Janey Ensminger Act of 2019, to ensure individuals with diseases scientifically linked to toxic chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina receive proper medical care from the Veterans Administration (VA). The bill is named for Janey Ensminger, daughter of Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, who was born at Camp Lejeune and died as a… Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Maryland and West Virginia Members Push for Meeting with Verso CEO before Luke Mill Operations Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Last night, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Congressmen David Trone (D-Md.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va) wrote to Verso's Interim CEO Leslie Lederer asking him to meet with the delegation before Luke paper mill operations cease on May 31, 2019. The members expressed their deep concern about the future of the mill, its workers, and the entire community. "Our constituents deserve to know what Ver… Continue Reading


May 21, 2019

Cardin Leads Call for EPW to Prioritize Climate and Resiliency Investments in Surface Transportation Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, is leading a majority of the Senate Democratic caucus in urging EPW's bipartisan leadership to prioritize climate and resiliency investments in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization. Joining Cardin on a letter to the EPW chairman and ranking member are 40 colleagues who, collectively, are calling for "meaningful steps to address the … Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Newly Introduced Cardin-Portman Retirement Bill Receives Widespread Praise

WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and introduced new legislation - the Retirement Security & Savings Act - which received widespread praise from key stakeholders that support bipartisan reforms to help Americans save more for retirement. Here's what key stakeholders are saying about the new Portman-Cardin retirement security legislation: "For many years, retirement policy legislation has enjoyed a tradition of bipartisanship, and Senators… Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Momentum Gains for STOP Surprise Medical Billing Act as Senators Join Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R-R.I.), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), today signed on as cosponsors to the STOP Surprise Medical Billing Act, bringing the total cosponsors of the legislation to 14 senators. They join U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and She… Continue Reading


May 20, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Request Answers About White House Proposal to Place Presidential Appointee in Charge of Federal Workforce Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) joined Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) today in writing to Acting Director Russell T. Vought to express grave concern over a new Trump Administration proposal that would, among other things, effectively end Congress' ability to provide advice and consent over the individual responsible for establishing federal workforce policy and regulations. As part of a White House proposal sent to congressional leaders … Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Cardin Says Russia Continues to Impede Human Rights

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to address the continuously abusive nature of the Russian government impeding on the human rights of its people and the people across the globe. From interference in democratic processes around the globe to its malign influence in Syria, to its continued aggression against Ukraine, Mr. Putin's regime must be held accountable for its crimes. As we all know, Vladimir Putin has been openly and willfully attacking democratic institutions and processes to cor… Continue Reading


May 16, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Latest Trump Immigration Plan

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 for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement in response to the immigration proposal announced by President Trump Thursday. "I fundamentally disagree with President Trump on his immigration policies, because I think he's trying to restrict the abi… Continue Reading

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