Press Releases & Statements

February 15, 2018

Cardin Responds to White House Statement on Russian Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the lead authors of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), issued the following statement on the White House acknowledgement of Russian cyberattacks. "My report on Vladimir Putin's asymmetric assault on democratic institutions examined the threat posed by the Kremlin's use of cyberattacks against individuals, democratic institutions, business and infra… Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Warren Call for an End to Federally-Funded Private Debt Collection Agencies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have introduced legislation to repeal authority from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to contract with private collection agencies (PCAs) to collect unpaid taxes. Now in its third iteration, each time the program has been allowed to function, it has been shown to cost the federal government more money than it takes in while targeting some of the most vulnerable taxpayers - potentially violating… Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

Cardin Urges Appropriators to Respect Maryland’s and Other States’ Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with a bipartisan group of 17 senators, this week sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), urging them to respect states' laws regarding the regulation of marijuana when finalizing fiscal year 2018 appropriations. Medical marijuana has been available with a certification from a health professional at licensed dispensaries in Maryland since December 2017. Th… Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

Cardin, Jones, Alexander, Corker Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced a Senate resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1968 strike of Memphis sanitation workers, an historic event in the Civil Rights movement. "The Memphis sanitation workers strike was a pivotal moment in America's civil rights struggle. Fifty years later, we honor the courage of these workers who personified Dr. Martin Luther King's message: 'The ult… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Contract for Knapps Narrows Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, has awarded a $1.4 million contract for the maintenance dredging of Knapps Narrows Federal Navigation Channel near Tilghman Island. The Channel is a local economic driver used by watermen and other commercial vessels, as well as for recreational purposes. Last June, Senator Cardin wrote to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership and Sen… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin Says Trump Infrastructure “Plan” Is Yet Another Ruse To Cut Regulations That Protect Public Health And Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, released the following statement on the latest Trump Administration's infrastructure outline. "President Trump's charade of an infrastructure plan does little to provide any real federal leadership in rebuilding and maintaining America's roads, bridges, waterways and other critical infrastructure. This is yet another ruse that puts public health at ris… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Menendez Introduce Resolution Calling on Trump Administration to Implement Mandatory Russian Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) - all lead authors and negotiators of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act - introduced a Senate resolution today calling upon President Trump to exercise mandatory sanctions authorities under CAATSA in response to Russia's continued aggression in Ukraine, illegal occupation of Crimea, and assault on democratic institutions around the world, including through cyberattacks. "These man… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin Responds to GSA Report on FBI Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on the General Services Administration (GSA) report to the EPW Committee on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) consolidation. "I am extremely disappointed in GSA's report to the Environment and Public Works Committee on the future consolidation of the FBI. The GSA proposal makes little sense, especially given the … Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin Says Trump Effort to Cut Funding for the Chesapeake Bay, Again, Needs to be Rejected By Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's latest attempt to cut funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program. "Once again, President Trump has ignored the bipartisan support in Congress for a strong, well-funded multi-state effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Last year, Congress quickly rejected the president's plan to zero out funding for the Environmental Protection Ag… Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Cardin Returns to Leadership Position on Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week resumed his role as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Senator Cardin previously held the position in 2015. He released the following statement on the importance of this committee and its capacity to help the millions of small businesses that drive our economy. "I am proud to rejoin the leadership of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. Small businesses are the backbone of t… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Cardin Introduces Bill to Prohibit a Trump Military Parade

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is calling on his colleagues to join him in prohibiting federal funds from being used for a military parade - in the style of Russia, North Korea and China - for which President Trump has asked. Last year, Senator Cardin introduced a similar amendment to the FY 2018 budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) and introduced his stand-alone bill Thursday. "First and foremost, diverting millions of dollars away from training our troops and supporting our milit… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Condemn Trump Administration Cover Up of Evidence Showing Proposed Rule Change Would Allow Employers to Steal Billions of Dollars in Tips from Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both-D-Md.) joined 22 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta slamming the Department of Labor's decision to cover up evidence showing its proposed change to the tip rules would result in employers stealing potentially billions of dollars from their workers. The move exposes the Trump Administration's true priority-helping pad the pockets of corporate interests while working families are left in the d… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Cardin, Booker Place Hold On McFarland Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Friday, informing them of their hold on the nomination of K.T. McFarland to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. "Ms. McFarland may have provided information to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that conflicts with recent media reports regarding her knowledge and involvement in matters pertaining to contacts durin… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Cardin Assumes Ranking Member Position on Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that he will assume the Ranking Member position for the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women's Issues. Senator Cardin also will continue as the lead Senate Democrat on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE). "I am honored to take on a new leadership role as the Ranking Member of th… Continue Reading

February 07, 2018

Cardin, McCain Bill on Burma Accountability Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed legislation authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to impose targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on senior Burmese military officials responsible for human rights atrocities against the Rohingya people. The Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act (S. 2060) would prohibit certain military c… Continue Reading

February 05, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Colleagues in Urging Trump to Fund National Sea Grant College Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both-D-Md.) joined 21 other senators in urging President Trump to fund the National Sea Grant College Program at no less than current levels. In a letter to President Trump, the senators highlighted the important role Sea Grant Programs play in boosting local economies and preserving coastal communities. The National Sea Grant College Program is a critical source of funding for Maryland's Sea Grant College at the University of Maryland… Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Trump Release of Misleading Nunes Memo Seeks to Undermine Independence of Justice Department and Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation into Russian Aggression

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement. "No one should be confused about what happened today: the president, once again, chose politics over national security. The president and his enablers in Congress have bent over backwards to release cherry-picked, classified information to confuse and distract the American public for partisan purposes. "Rather than marshalling an all-of-government response to protect… Continue Reading

February 02, 2018

Cardin Reacts to Trump’s Misleading Statement about McFarland Nomination Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following after President Trump issued a misleading statement about K.T. McFarland's withdrawal of her nomination to be the Ambassador to Singapore: "The President's statement about the withdrawal of K.T. McFarland's nomination to be Ambassador to Singapore is yet another example of President Trump misleading the American people about the U.S. Senate and our responsibility for ve… Continue Reading

February 01, 2018

Kaine, Cardin Criticize Decision to Prevent Syrians Fleeing Violence from Applying for Protected Status in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Committee's ranking member, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syrians currently in the U.S., but failed to renew the TPS designation for Syrians fleeing violence and seeking to apply to come to the United States. Last week, Kaine and Cardin led nine of their colleagues in sending … Continue Reading

February 01, 2018

Cardin, Portman Statement on UN Human Rights Council Report Compiling Anti-Israel Blacklist

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-authors of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (S. 720), issued the following statement in response to the UN Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) report detailing its work establishing a list of companies operating or investing in certain Israeli-controlled territories, which preliminarily targeted 22 U.S. companies: "We strongly oppose the ongoing efforts to compile a blacklist of companies that do business in Israeli-controlled ter… Continue Reading

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