Press Releases & Statements

April 02, 2019

Cardin, Portman Lead Bipartisan Bill to Make Work Opportunity Tax Credit Permanent

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced bipartisan legislation - the Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Jobs Act - to make permanent the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which encourages employers to hire individuals who face significant barriers to employment. Currently, the WOTC expires on December 31, 2019. The WOTC provides an employer tax credit of between … Continue Reading

April 01, 2019

Cardin Calls Trump Move to Cut Off Aid to Central American Countries Reckless and Counterproductive

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's decision to end foreign assistance in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. "The decision to stop foreign assistance to Central America actively undermines the security interests of the United States. It is reckless and counterproductive. This assistance enjoys w… Continue Reading

March 29, 2019

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposed SNAP Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan letter that raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule to make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw the proposal. "The proposed changes would take food assistance away from Anericans struggling to find stable employment while doing nothing to help them to actually become permanently employed," the Senators wrot… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Make Child Care More Affordable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and 19 Democratic colleagues in introducing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act to make child care accessible and more affordable for working families. This legislation builds on the popular Child Care Tax Credit by increasing the full tax credit amount and making the full credit available to more working families. "Families in Maryland and across the nation are faced wit… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cardin, Cummings, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Introduce Legislation Honoring Henrietta Lacks

WASHINGTON - Today, during Women's History Month, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) introduced the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act, legislation honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks. The bill will examine access to government-funded cancer clinical trials for traditionally underrepresented groups. Lacks,… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cardin, Udall, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), today in introducing legislation to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, a dangerous neurotoxin linked to brain damage in… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

15 Coastal Senators to Oppose Interior Secretary Nomination: A Vote for Bernhardt is a Vote for Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following his confirmation hearing Thursday in the Energy and Natural Resources committee, a coalition of 15 East and West Coast senators announced their intent to vote "NO" on David Bernhardt's nomination for Interior Secretary due, at least in part, to his role in expanding offshore drilling that threatens their states' coastal economies. In declaring their opposition, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), E… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cardin, Burr Introduce Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) have reintroduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, which would provide updated, quality information to Americans trying to adopt children from other countries. IN addition to Cardin and Burr, this bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). "Adoption should be a meaningful and profound proce… Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Cardin, Udall, Democratic Caucus Introduce “For the People Act”

WASHINGTON − U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and all 47 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus today in introducing the For the People Act, a sweeping package of comprehensive reforms that would end special interest corruption of our politics and make government work for the people. The landmark legislation, companion legislation to H.R. 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, aims to restore the promise of… Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Cardin Floor Statement on the Bipartisan Enhancing Human Rights in Arms Sales Act of 2019

Mr. President, today I rise to speak about the Enhancing Human Rights in Arms Sales Act of 2019, which I was proud to introduce on Monday with my colleagues, Senators Dick Durbin, Ron Wyden and Ed Markey. Senators Jeff Merkley, Chris Van Hollen, Robert Casey, and Rand Paul also cosponsored the bill this week. Our bipartisan bill takes critical steps to ensure that U.S. manufactured weapons are not used in the commission of heinous war crimes, the repression of human rights, or by terrorists wh… Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Secures Commitment from NPS to Quickly Repair B-W Parkway

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) applauded the National Park Service's (NPS) announcement that it will immediately use emergency contracting authority to begin repairs on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Prior to the decision, Senator Cardin spoke by phone with National Park Service Acting Director Dan Smith to urge the NPS to accelerate their work on these issues. Details on… Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Feinstein, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Protect TPS Recipients

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. TPS is a temporary, legal status granted to foreign citizens who are endangered by conditions in their home cou… Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Cardin, Durbin Introduce Bill to Limit U.S. Arms Sales to Countries that Commit War Crimes, Human Rights Violations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday introduced new, bipartisan legislation to ensure that U.S. weapons are not provided to governments that engage in human rights abuses, commit war crimes, or have ties to extremist groups. The bill also is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). S.854, the "Enhancing Human Rights Protections in Arms Sales Act of… Continue Reading

March 25, 2019

Cardin, Portman Introduce Senate Resolution in Support of Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have introduced a Senate resolution (S.Res. 120) expressing support for a democratic, Jewish State of Israel, as well as direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a two-state solution for the long-standing conflict. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Citing the rise of Anti-Semitism in the United States and globally, the bicameral, bipartisan resolution l… Continue Reading

March 24, 2019

Cardin Statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statements via social media following news that the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report had been delivered to the Attorney General. "The American people have a right to see the results of the Mueller report. We need to see the report itself, not a summary. Congress and the American public have been clear that nothing less is acceptable. "Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation has brought charges against 37… Continue Reading

March 20, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million for Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) have announced more than $1 million in affordable housing grants for Baltimore City and the region, including: $322,500 for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.; $227,500 for the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center; and $572,000 for AHC Inc.. Funded through NeighborWorks America, the grants will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable ho… Continue Reading

March 20, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Call for Acting Interior Head to Come Clean on Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON - Citing bipartisan concerns about the Trump Administration's push to expand offshore oil and gas drilling, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined colleagues in demanding answers from the current acting head of the Department of Interior prior to his upcoming confirmation hearing to permanently replace former Secretary Ryan Zinke. Interior's Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) is expected to announce in the coming weeks the next draft of its five-year National Outer Continental Shelf (… Continue Reading

March 15, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Terrorist Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, expressed deep condolences and called for tolerance and respect for all in the wake of the terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead: "We mourn the loss of 49 innocent worshipers who were tragically killed by terrorists driven by Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia.… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Resolution to Elevate U.S. Efforts to End Violence Against Children

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) John Boozman (R-Ark.) and introduced a bipartisan resolution that calls for a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to end violence against children globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one billion children worldwide are exposed to physical, sexual and mental violence in their communities, which includes being subjected to abuse, maltreatment, exploitation and more. Research shows exposure to violence negatively impa… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Jobs Act to Help Workers Access Training for In-Demand Career Fields

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act (S. 839), a bill that would help students access training for the 7.3 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part due to a shortage of qualified workers. The JOBS Act would close this "skills-gap" by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills t… Continue Reading

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