Press Releases & Statements

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

May 16, 2019

Cardin Responds to the Latest Magnitsky Act Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, released the following statement in response to the announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department that five individuals and one entity have been added to the Magnitsky Act list. "I welcome today's updates to the Magnitsky List. It has been nearly a decade since Sergei Magnitsky's death and many of those responsible for his pers… Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Over $12 Million for Western Maryland Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $12,030,000 in federal funding for the Hagerstown Regional Airport and the Garrett County Airport through the Department of Transportation (DOT). The grants will be used to fund repairs and improvements to the airports' runways, including the construction of taxiway extensions. The Hagerstown Regional Airport will receive $5,400,000, and the Garrett County Airport will receive $6,630,000. "Small airports are … Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More than $1.5 Million in Awards for Research at Maryland HBCUs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the award of more than $1.5 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research at two of Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Morgan State University will receive close to $1.25 million for a project aimed at broadening opportunities for African-American students to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, entitled "PERSIST - Pat… Continue Reading

May 14, 2019

Cardin, Portman Introduce Sweeping Reforms to Strengthen Americans’ Retirement Security

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the Retirement Security & Savings Act (S. 1431), a broad set of reforms designed to strengthen Americans' retirement security by addressing four major opportunities in the existing retirement system: (1) allowing people who have saved too little to set more aside for their retirement; (2) helping small businesses offer 401(k)s and other retirement plans; (3) expanding access to retirement savings plans f… Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings Announce Legislation To Promote Educational Opportunities For Americans With Criminal Records

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) in the Senate and U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) in the House to announce the introduction of two bills to expand access to education for Americans with criminals records, whether they are in prison or applying to go back to school with a criminal record. "There isn't a single member of Congress who hasn't received a second chance at one point or another. Others who… Continue Reading

May 08, 2019

Democratic, Republican and Independent Lawmakers Want to Change the Way Preventive Care Cost-Savings Are Calculated

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) have joined with Congresswoman Diana DeGette (Colo.-01) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (Texas-26) to introduce the Preventive Health Savings Act of 2019, which would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to more accurately reflect the cost-savings of preventive health care, including screenings. The legislation also would allow the Chairman or Ranking Member of the House or Senate Budget… Continue Reading

May 06, 2019

Introduction of S. 1309, the Combating Global Corruption Act of 2019

I rise today to discuss S. 1309, the Combating Global Corruption Act of 2019. There is heightened awareness in the United States, the Western Hemisphere region, and around the world, that corruption is a serious threat to democracy, stability, global security. Corruption erodes trust and confidence in democratic institutions, the rule of law, and human rights protections. It damages America's global competitiveness and creates barriers to economic growth in international markets. It threate… Continue Reading

May 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Meet with Luke, Maryland Mayor Ed Clemons and Allegany County Administrator Brandon Butler

Cumberland, Md. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) met with Luke, Maryland Mayor Ed Clemons, Jr. and Allegany County Administrator Brandon Butler to speak about the closing of the Verso Paper Mill. "We are deeply disappointed in the decision to close the Verso paper mill and concerned about the effects this closure will have on its employees, the Town of Luke, and the regional economy. We appreciated the chance to sit down with Mayor E… Continue Reading

May 03, 2019

Cardin, Wicker, Kaine Introduce Bill to Strengthen U.S. Engagement with the Organization of American States (OAS)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced legislation (S. 1310) to strengthen the Organization of American States (OAS) by increasing the involvements of legislators in the multilateral regional organization. The bill additionally reaffirms United States support to the OAS' efforts to safeguard human rights, increase regional good governance, and combat corruption. It seeks to replicate for the Western Hemisphere the successful l… Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Cardin, Young Legislation Would Make Fighting Global Corruption a National Security Priority

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both members of the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation that would raise the profile of efforts to fight international corruption, making it an American national security priority, encouraging greater transparency in U.S. foreign and security assistance, and publicizing anti-corruption efforts and results worldwide. "Corruption is a fundamental obstacle to p… Continue Reading

May 02, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Expresses Ongoing Commitment to Baltimore City and Mayor Jack Young

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes released the following joint statement following the resignation of Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. "As Baltimore's federal delegation, we are focused on supporting Baltimore City and its federal priorities. We recently met with Jack Young at the U.S. Capitol and directly expressed our desire to work as a coordinated 'Team Maryland' to ensure the people of our… Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Cardin Statement on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 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 observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is on Thursday, May 2, 2019. "On this day, communities of all creeds and national… Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Cardin Lauds Election of Maryland’s First Female and First African-American Speaker of the House of Delegates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates (1979-1986), congratulated Adrienne A. Jones after she was elected by her fellow delegates to serve as Maryland Speaker. "This is an exciting day for all of Maryland as we mark the election of Adrienne Jones - a true public servant - as Speaker of the House of Delegates. Having served for more than a decade as Speaker Pro Tem and chair of the Capital Budget Subcommittee, she will be a strong successor to Mik… Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Discussion with Census Bureau Leadership Focuses on Lack of Readiness for 2020 Tally, Chilling Effect of Including Question on Citizenship

WASHINGTON - The members of Maryland's congressional delegation yesterday hosted a discussion with U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham and other experts to explore Maryland's readiness for the 2020 count. "It is easy to overlook the importance of the census, but doing so will badly shortchange Maryland," said U.S. Senator Ben Cardin. "Our congressional delegation took the opportunity to directly engage the U.S. Census Bureau's leaders on whether we will see an accurate count in every… Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Reintroduce Bill to Address Past and Future Discrimination against LGBTI Diplomats

WASHINGTON - Forty-six years after President Eisenhower signed an executive order that set the Lavender Scare in motion on April 1953, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and his colleagues have reintroduced the Lavender Offense Victim Exoneration Act, or LOVE Act, to recognize the shameful purge of at least 1,000 LGBTI people from the State Department during the 1950s and 1960s; and to protect today's State Department employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Cardin first in… Continue Reading

May 01, 2019

Cardin, Delmarva Senators Call to Expand Chesapeake Bay Public Access

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on Wednesday introduced legislation to reauthorize the highly successful Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails program run by the National Park Service. For more than 20 years, the Chesapeake Bay Gatewa… Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

Cardin Statement on Closure of Paper Mill in Luke, Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, issued the following statement upon news of the planned closure of the Verso paper mill in Luke, Md. "I am deeply saddened by the news that 675 hard-working local residents arrived to work today only to find out that their positions will be eliminated almost immediately. They deserved better, having built their lives and their community around working at the mill, and having … Continue Reading

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