Press Releases & Statements

December 13, 2018

Saying America’s Strength is in Our Values, Cardin Says US-Saudi Relationship Can Endure but Must Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the full Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 54, which would end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi- and UAE-led intervention in Yemen. The Senate also approved a strong rebuke to Saudi Crown Prince Muhamad bin Salman, identifying him as responsible in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "America's strength is in o… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Maryland Federal Delegation Receives $91 Million Commitment from CSX for Howard Street Tunnel Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy P. Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin, met Thursday at the U.S. Capitol with CSX CEO Jim Foote to discuss a path forward on replacing the Howard Street Tunnel, which has widely been described as "ancient." The meeting comes almost exactly one year after Foote met with the Maryland delegation to revie… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Senate Passes Cardin, Young Bipartisan Bill to Bolster U.S. Leadership in Genocide and Atrocity Prevention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded Senate passage by unanimous consent Wednesday of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S. 1158) bipartisan legislation to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the … Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Senator Cardin Defends Press Freedom, Applaud's TIME Magazine's "People of the Year" Choice

Remarks as delivered on the Senate floor tonight: "I rise today to commend Time Magazine for their selection of their 'Person of the Year' as 'The Guardians and the War on Truth.' I say it is related because Jamal Khashoggi is one of the figures on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the Guardians. "In making their selection, Time Magazine wrote: 'For taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speak… Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

Cardin on Senate Passage of Resolution to Overturn Trump Dark Money Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, called the passage of a resolution of disapproval that would overturn a Treasury ruling that hides the identities of large donors from U.S. tax authorities, "a positive step that will restore some semblance of transparency in the flood of outside money in elections." The rule change that the Senate voted to overturn would have opened the door to anonymous "dark money" donations and would have significantly ha… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Cardin Lauds Passage of Farm Bill Supporting Maryland Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the overwhelmingly bipartisan 87-13 approval Tuesday of the Conference Report for the Farm Bill. The key conservation title in the amended H.R. 2 triples the amount of funding for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) while streamlining program participation requirements with a "focus on increasing producer access, improving conservation outcomes, and simplif… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Cardin, Democratic Senators Raise Alarm Over Human Rights in Cameroon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising deep concerns about violations of human rights, the breakdown in the rule of law, and elections fraud in Cameroon. In addition to Senator Cardin, the letter was also signed by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Kamala Harri… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $6.5 Million in Federal Funding for Port of Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, John P. Sarbanes, Andy P. Harris, M.D., John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $6,554,575 in federal funding for the Maryland Port Authority. The grant will be used to construct a second berth capable of serving ultra large container ships and cargo, as part of the Port of B… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Cardin Announces Senate Passage of Small Business Size Standards Legislation

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today announced Senate passage of legislation to ensure that small business size standards are calculated using average annual receipts from the previous five years, instead of the previous three. This change will significantly reduce the impact of years wherein businesses experience unexpectedly rapid growth, often causing them to prematurely lose their small busin… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $112,000 in Funding for Chesapeake City Water Storage and Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $112,485 in federal funding to replace Chesapeake City's undersized and antiquated water storage tanks and install 1,200 feet of new water main lines. These upgrades will dramatically improve water quality and water pressure for Chesapeake City residents, as well as expand the town's water storage capacity. "These funds are an investment in Chesapeake City's families, who deserve to know that the water coming… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $20 Million for Cecil County I-95/Belvidere Road Interchange Project

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $20 million in federal funding for the I-95/Belvidere Road Interchange project in Cecil County. This funding, awarded through the Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, will boost economic development by attracting major new businesses to the area and addressing increased traffic volume along I-95. As a result of this project, new and existing bus… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Maryland Delegation Urges University System of Maryland to Ensure Health, Safety of Every Student

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes yesterday met with the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden and USM Chancellor Bob Caret. The meeting was requested in the aftermath of the Board's investigation into and recommendations regarding the football program at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). After the meeting, the members released the followin… Continue Reading


December 05, 2018

Senator Cardin Calls for Criminal Justice Reform on Senate Floor

Remarks as prepared: "Mr. President, I rise to urge the Majority Leader to bring to the floor S. 3649, the First Step Act, which I have co-sponsored. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Grassley and Durbin, includes positive prison reforms that the House passed by a 360 to 59 vote, combined with Senate-added provisions on sentencing reform that have passed out of the Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan basis. "Senators on both sides of the aisle agree that our criminal justice… Continue Reading


December 03, 2018

Cardin, Young, Durbin, Rubio, and Merkley Re-introduce Bill to Impose Sanctions on Burmese Officials for Rohingya Atrocities Amid Increasing Evidence of Genocide

WASHINGTON ­- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), along with Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), are leading a bipartisan Senate group that is seeking to impose targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on senior Burmese military officials responsible for the atrocities and systematic human rights abuses against the Rohingya people in Burma. Earlier today, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announced that "there is compelling … Continue Reading


December 03, 2018

Cardin Joins Growing List of Cosponsors for the First Step Act

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined the growing list of cosponsors of the new First Step Act (S.3649). Twenty-eight senators, 14 Republicans and 14 Democrats, have now sponsored the legislation to reform America's criminal justice system. "I strongly support the bipartisan First Step Act, which makes long overdue changes to our broken criminal justice system. It makes key sentencing and prison reform improvements and would create a more reasonable legal system as we strive to pr… Continue Reading


December 01, 2018

Cardin Commemorates the 30th Anniversary of World AIDS Day

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking World AIDS Day on December 1, 2018. "This year, we can celebrate 30 years of progress made to fight HIV/AIDS globally and recommit ourselves to creating an AIDS-free generation. "Last week, Congress passed another bipartisan reauthorization of the President's Plan for Emergency AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Since launching in 2003, PEPFAR has had a transformational imp… Continue Reading


November 30, 2018

Cardin, Wicker Seek to Protect Tuition Reimbursement for Dental Instructors to Reduce Nationwide Shortage of Dentists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have introduced legislation, S. 10 - The Dental Loan Repayment Assistance Act that would provide an incentive for dental residents to become dental faculty members to help train the next generation of dentists by eliminating tax liability for tuition repayment programs. The alternative, pursuing private-sector jobs instead of teaching, has been a more attractive route to pay off high student loans because any debt forgivene… Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Cardin Responds to Clean Federal Audit of Maryland Election Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement upon news that the Department of Homeland Security has concluded its audit of the Maryland Board of Elections systems. "It is a great relief that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security audit of the Maryland State Board of Elections found that no compromise has occurred on the networks or related election infrastructure. However, as we turn the page from the 2018 elections to 2020, we know that our adversaries are c… Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Pressure on Chinese at G-20 to End the Use of Exit Bans on Americans

WASHINGTON - Hours before President Trump lands in Buenos Aires for the G-20 Summit, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations, along with Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, are leading a bipartisan group of senators calling on Sec… Continue Reading


November 29, 2018

Following National Climate Assessment, Cardin and Van Hollen Join Senate Resolution Endorsing Findings of Recent Climate Change Reports & Urging Immediate Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined a Senate resolution outlining key findings of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and last week's National Climate Assessment. The resolution affirms the signing members' recognition and acceptance of these findings, and calls for bold action to combat climate change. The senators were joined on the resolution by 23 of their Senate colleagues. Notably, the IPCC report found that th… Continue Reading

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