Press Releases & Statements

September 18, 2018

Cardin: Trump Administration’s New Refugee Cap Cruel, Makes U.S. Weaker

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced a further reduction in the number of refugees that will be admitted and resettled in the U.S.: "The president can't get his wall built on the southern border because it is bad policy and impractical technology, but he'll stop at nothing to build metaphorical walls around our country, decimating our moral leadership and… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Senate Passes Cardin Measures to Fight Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded Senate passage today of a package of bills to tackle the opioid epidemic facing the country. Included in the package are Cardin provisions that would expand the use of telehealth services for the treatment of opioid use, bundle payments for medication-assisted treatment under Medicare, study the expansion of successful peer support services and study how we can bring together housing-related services with substance-abuse programs to fight the p… Continue Reading


September 17, 2018

Maryland Delegation Decries EPA’s Decision to Deny Maryland’s Request to Reduce Harmful Emissions from Upwind States

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin, released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its denial of Maryland's Clean Air Act 126(b) petition to reduce harmful emissions from power plants in upwind states. Maryland's full Congressional delegation had urged the EPA to reconside… Continue Reading


September 14, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings Announce $29.5 million for University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Promise Heights Initiative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, have announced a five-year, $29.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant for University of Maryland, Baltimore's Promise Heights program to continue its efforts to strengthen the financial, physical and emotional health of children and families in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights. With the matching contributions of state and local governments and community partners, th… Continue Reading


September 13, 2018

Cardin, Collins Introduce Resolution to Recognize Direct Support Professionals in Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced a resolution recognizing the incredible work and dedication of direct support professionals. The resolution was introduced as part of the September 9-15 celebration of the daily contributions made by those who provide invaluable health services to the chronically ill, seniors and those living with a disability. With the help of direct support professionals, these individuals can perform daily activities tha… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Tour Frostburg Fire Department, Announce over $3 Million in Funding for Allegany County First Responders

WASHINGTON - On Saturday, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen toured the Frostburg Fire Department. They met with local department personnel and announced more than $3 million in funding to Allegany County from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The funding will bolster emergency preparedness, provide new high-quality equipment and tools, and enhance efforts to provide adequate staffing throughout departments in the county. Specifically,… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Cardin Congratulates Baltimore’s Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen on Appointment to Head Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement: "It is with equal parts sadness and pride that I congratulate Dr. Leana Wen on being named the new president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund. As Baltimore City's Health Commissioner, Dr. Wen championed the important principle that health care is a human right, made access to care more affordable, and fought the Trump Administration's actions to restrict access to reprodu… Continue Reading


September 12, 2018

Baltimore’s Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $400,000 for National Aquarium Education Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with U.S. Representatives John Sarbanes, Elijah Cummings and C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (all D-Md.), have announced $432,627 in federal funding over three years for What Lies in the Harbor, an environmental education program sponsored by a partnership between Baltimore's National Aquarium and Baltimore City Public Schools. The program will provide the opportunity for all City Schools 6th graders to visit the National Aquarium and… Continue Reading


September 11, 2018

Cardin Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. "September 11 will forever be embedded into the American consciousness. On 9/11/01, America was attacked, but Americans also came together to show our strength and resilience in such a way that had not been seen for more than a generation. On this day, we solemnly remember the nearly 3,000 innocent souls lost at the W… Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on FAA to Support Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport Effort to Retain Piedmont Airlines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use its Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to help the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) expand its runway to attract greater options for local residents, businesses and visitors. The AIP was created for the purpose of funding airport projects like runway extensions that improve the safety, security, capacity and environmental concerns at airports nati… Continue Reading


September 07, 2018

Cardin: I will vote against the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement at the conclusion of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee on his nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy. Senator Cardin was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee for the hearings of both Justice Elena Kagan and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. "What I have witnessed over the last few days has been a struggle between Republican efforts to ram through a S… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Cardin, Rubio, Gallagher, Panetta In Introducing Senate-House Resolutions To Support Renaming NATO HQ After Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) along with U.S. Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) Thursday introduced Senate and House resolutions to support renaming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) headquarters after the late U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ). Joining the group were U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Todd Young (R-IN), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), John Kennedy (R-LA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Cardin Cosponsors Legislation to Overturn the Trump Administration’s Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today announced he will cosponsor legislation to overturn the Trump administration's expansion of "junk insurance" plans. The legislation needs the support of 30 Senators to force a vote, and as of today, 44 Senators have cosponsored the resolution of disapproval of the Trump administration's final junk insurance plan rule. "Junk insurance plans are exempt from covering essential services, like prescription drugs, emergency room visits, maternity car… Continue Reading


September 06, 2018

Maryland Democratic Delegation Presses CSX for Update on Howard Street Tunnel

WASHINGTON - The Maryland Democratic Congressional Delegation has sent a letter to CSX Corporation President and CEO James Foote requesting an update on the status of the Howard Street Tunnel Project. The project, which has been under discussion for years, would expand the tunnel, allowing for increased shipment to and from the Port of Baltimore, a regional economic hub. The letter was written and sent by Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, as well as Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummin… Continue Reading


September 05, 2018

Cardin Reacts to Guatemalan President’s Effort to End UN Initiative Investigating Corruption

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and a Senate leader on anti-corruption efforts, released the following statement in reaction to President Jimmy Morales' recent announcement that he would not renew the mandate of the UN body created by agreement with the Guatemalan state to investigate and corruption in Guatemala, commonly known by its Spanish acronym CICIG: "President Morales' refusal to renew th… Continue Reading


August 30, 2018

Cardin Calls President Trump’s Cancellation of Federal Civilian Cost-of-Living Adjustment Retribution for Court Ruling Against His Anti-Worker Executive Orders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration cancelling a scheduled cost-of-living adjustment for federal civilian workers that was set to go into effect for 2019. "Zero. This seems to be how much respect President Trump has for federal workers. Days after a judge nullified most of President Trump's illegal executive orders targeting the collective rights of federal workers, he retaliates by erasing what was to be a meager… Continue Reading


August 30, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Senators in Urging DeVos to Abandon Proposal to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Arm Teachers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined a group of 44 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos condemning her reported plans to allow states and school districts use federal funds to purchase firearms and firearm trainings for teachers and other school staff. The grants Secretary DeVos is considering using were created in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and are intended to keep students saf… Continue Reading


August 29, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Amicus Brief Challenging the FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined 27 U.S. Senators and 76 members of the House of Representatives in filing an Amicus Brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) December 2017 decision to eliminate net neutrality rules. The FCC's decision repealed the 2015 Open Internet rules, which categorized broadband internet access as a telecommunications service and prohibited Internet Service Provid… Continue Reading


August 29, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen and Whitehouse Call for EPW Hearings on Inspector General Report Showing GSA Misled Congress about the Cost of and President’s Involvement in FBI Headquarters Procurement

WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), are urging the committee's chairman and ranking member to convene a hearing on the just-released report from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General's office, Review of GSA's Revised Plan for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters Consolidation Project. The IG report outlines how GSA and FBI offic… Continue Reading


August 27, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Administration to Relocate FBI Headquarters Following GSA IG Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, repeated their call for the General Service Administration (GSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to finally scrap ill-conceived plans to renovate the crumbling Hoover Building and renew activity toward a secure, fully consolidated campus headquarters elsewhere in the National Capital Region. The urging comes on the heels of a report from the GSA In… Continue Reading

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