Press Releases & Statements

February 11, 2019

Cardin, Velázquez Request GAO Report on Impact of Trump Shutdown on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Small Business, today sent a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the impact of the 35-day Trump Shutdown on small businesses. "SBA programs serve a vital role in promoting entrepreneurship, providing access to cap… Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Cardin Statement on Reports the Trump Administration Will Ignore Magnitsky Act Requirements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, issued the following statement regarding reports the White House will not make a determination on the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "The Global Magnitsky Act requires the president to make a determination of responsibility within 120 days when the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Cardin Statement on John Dingell

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of former Representative John Dingell, Jr. "John Dingell set the all-time bar for legislators. He served his constituents and his country with honor. Through his tenacity and willingness to comprise for the good of good policy, he made a lasting, positive difference in the lives of millions. John got things done like no one else, and not only because he outlasted nearly everyone he served with. Helping … Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Senators Cardin and Wicker, and Reps. Clarke, Gosar, Simpson, Meng Introduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Tax Abatement Bill for Dental Faculty

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Cardin (D-Md.) and Wicker (R-Miss.) reintroduced the Dental Loan Repayment Assistance Act of 2019 (S. 359). H.R. 996 would exempt Title VII's dental faculty loan repayment recipients from taxation for five years during the span of their participation in the loan forgiveness program. The bill keeps dental faculty members from having to pay potentially hefty tax bills on their federal loan repayment benefits. Representatives Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.), Paul… Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Legislation to Protect America’s Scenic Byways Introduced by Senators Cardin, Collins

WASHINGTON - In a bipartisan effort to protect and promote America's scenic roadways, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have introduced the Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act. Senators Cardin's and Collins' legislation would restart the dormant designation process for the National Scenic Byways Program, a voluntary, community-based Federal Highway Administration program to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The roads ar… Continue Reading

February 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes Announce Legislation to Improve Student Access to Federal Financial Aid

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) and John Sarbanes (MD-03), have announced the introduction of the FAFSA Fairness Act of 2019 (S. 416 and HR 1075). The legislation would simplify the process to apply for and receive federal student financial aid for students who do not have contact with their parents. "We want all students to have an opportunity to achieve their dream of… Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Cardin Response to the State of the Union

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations, Environment & Public Works, and Finance committees, offered the following remarks in response to President Trump's State of the Union address. "I listened carefully to President Trump's words tonight. The president talked about serious foreign policy issues and serious domestic issues, as he should have, but his heated rhetori… Continue Reading

February 05, 2019

Cardin Statement on Bipartisan Passage of S. 1

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after passage of S.1, Strengthening America's Security in the Middle East Act of 2019. "The U.S. has had a central role in the Middle East for decades. While one of the most volatile regions in the world, it plays an important role in our national and economic security, and is host to tens of thousands of American troops. Congress, as a coequal branch of govern… Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

Cardin, Portman Seek Protections for the Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal and Other Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, have introduced legislation to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (S. 310), which would promote the long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for more than 380 species of migratory birds. Migratory birds, including Mar… Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

Cardin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address

WASHINGTON - Following the end of the Trump Shutdown, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and author of the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019, delivers this week's Weekly Democratic Address. In the address, Cardin highlights how our country now has a better appreciation for all that federal employees and service contractors do for us across the country, thanks them for their service, and outlines the unnecessary har… Continue Reading

February 01, 2019

Cardin Statement on INF Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the Trump administration announcement that it would suspend U.S. participation in the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. "Serious Russian transgressions are at the heart of this Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) crisis. However, President Trump's faux outrage at Russia continues to help Russia more than the U.S. and our allies. He now is p… Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Respond to GAO Report on WMATA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) along with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) released the following statement on the findings of a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report regarding Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) capital planning and maintenance program: "We requested the GAO study because we were concerned - after multiple safety lapses - about WMATA's capital funding of and processes for performing ma… Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation To Support Maryland School Construction and Renovation Needs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have signed on as original cosponsors to the Rebuild America's Schools Act (S. 266), a bill that would provide $100 billion in federal resources to rebuild and modernize schools throughout the nation and Maryland. Maryland public schools have an estimated $4 billion backlog in capital improvement needs. Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) introduced the Rebuild America's Schools Act yesterday. "Our children should not be forced to m… Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.1 Million for Baltimore Civic Works’ YouthBuild Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $1.1 million in federal funding for the YouthBuild program at Civic Works, Inc. of Baltimore through the U.S. Department of Labor. With these funds, Civic Works will collaborate with Park Heights Renaissance to create summer employment for local youths. Of the 62 participants enrolled in the program, 50 will be trained in construction and 12 will be trained in their proposed Construction Plus Healthcare progr… Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

Democratic Senators Introduce Pay Raise for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation to provide federal employees with a 2.6 percent cost of living increase. Last year, President Trump announced a pay freeze for civil servants for 2019, which he can do unilaterally unless Congress acts. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on their companion legislation to this measure on Wednesday. "Federal worker… Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today led a bipartisan letter with 27 of their colleagues to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. The Senators write, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These workers … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Cardin, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Ensure Women Equal Rights in the Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced Friday the introduction of a Senate Resolution (S. J. Res. 6) that would immediately reopen consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Thirty-seven states, of the 38 needed, have already ratified the amendment, which was first proposed in 1972. Illinois was the last state to ratify the ERA in May 2018. Nevada ratified the ERA in March 2017. Only one more state is needed among: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas… Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Cardin Amendment Spurs an End to the Federal Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Less than 24 hours after U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led a bipartisan group of 17 Senators in an hour-long colloquy about reopening government by supporting a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), President Trump and Senate leadership have endorsed such a plan for good faith negotiations on border security only after the government reopens. "Last night, we brought a large, bipartisan group of senators together who all agreed that too many critical functions of our government… Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Cardin on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following statement on International Holocaust Commemoration Day, which is Sunday, January 27: "The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland is a day set aside by the international community for the remembrance of the Holocaust. Faced with the deadly consequences of ignorance, hatred, and con… Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Banks, Creditors to Implement Relief Measures for Federal Workers Struggling to Pay Mortgage, Monthly Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in calling for banks, lenders, and financial institutions to work with their customers who have been impacted by the partial government shutdown and are at risk of falling behind on their monthly bills. As the Trump Shutdown continues into its fifth week, many of the 800,000 federal employees who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay are unsu… Continue Reading

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