Press Releases & Statements

October 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $1 Million for Frederick Community College Emergency Management Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $1,000,000 in federal funding for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management and Public Safety at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Md. The funds were awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Homeland Security National Training Program/Continuing Training Grants, which supports training to prepare communities to prevent, respond to, and recover from hazar… Continue Reading


October 02, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone, Hail $150,000 Federal Grant for Forest Industry to Support Economic Development Across Maryland

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) hailed the announcement of a $150,000 federal grant from the Economic Development Administration to the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council. The grant would support the development of the Forestry Economic Strategy, an action plan for countering the economic impact of mill closures across the state of Maryland including the closure of Verso’s mill in Luke, Maryland ea… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Rubio Lead Call for U.S. to Hold Russian Officials Accountable for Imprisoning Dissidents and Political Opponents

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are leading bipartisan calls for the Trump Administration to sanction Russian officials responsible for an overwhelming number of political prisoners in that country. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, the senators urge the use of existing authorities, including the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act authored by Cardin, "to impose targeted sanctio… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin Announce more than $270,000 for Firefighter Staffing in Westminster

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Jaime Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $273,670 in federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. 1 will use the funding to improve recruitment of new firefighters and retention of existing members. "Round-the-clock availability of well-trained fire… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown Announce more than $1.1 Million for Prince George’s County Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today announced more than $1.1 million in federal funds for Prince George's County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department will receive $625,450 and the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $1.5 Million for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $1.5 million in federal funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Emmitsburg through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention & Safety Grants program. The NFFF will use this funding to support a study on firefighter safety. "Our firefighters put themselves at risk every day. We should be doing eve… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce more than $8 Million for Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) applaud the recent award of more than $8 million in federal funding for a significant expansion of the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA). These federal funds will support the construction of 6,000 pre-placed crypts, 500 standard burial plots, roads, irrigation, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure. "Th… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Cardin Condemns Trump Administration Decision to Cut Refugee Admissions

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement after the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Health and Human Services announced their decision to cut refugee admissions by nearly half, to 18,000 from 30,000 the… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $600,000 for Conowingo Dam Plan Implementation through the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announce the award of more than $599,000 in competitive funding for grantees to carry out planning, financing strategy, and monitoring projects for Conowingo Dam reservoir through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). These resources will help develop a roadmap to address the reservoir's reduced capacity, which has resulted in increased pollutants making their way through the Susquehann… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Hail $945 Million in Funding from NIH to Tackle the National Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (D-Md.) hailed the announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to award $945 million to reverse the opioid crisis through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative. The funds include a $6,354,906 grant for Gaithersburg-based company Emergent BioSolutions to develop a long-acting injectable treatment of opioid use disorder. The HEAL Initiative provided funding acros… Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Honor the Memory of Lt. Richard Collins by Setting a New Standard for ROTC Graduates Who Die Before their First Assignment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) Thursday introduced new legislation (S.2564) to honor the sacrifices and commitment to service of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Graduates who die between commissioning and their first assignment. The Second Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III Memorial Act is dedicated to Richard Collins III, an ROTC student at Bowie State University who had been commissioned into the U.S. Army, but then stabbed to death days before he … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces $9.7 Million to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes today announced $9.7 million in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will allow Baltimore to work to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in low-income private housing. "All children deserve to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. Even the smalles… Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Cardin, Rubio, Menendez, Risch Praise Committee Passage Of Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today praised the Committee's unanimous passage of the amended Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1830) at a time when Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms are under assault by interference from the Chinese government and Communist Party. This amended… Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Cardin Statement on the House of Representatives Impeachment Inquiry

WASHINGTON - After reading the just-released call memorandum of the July 25, 2019 conversation between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry. "In the last few days, President Trump has admitted to urging the leader of Ukraine to investigate a political rival. Our country is still reeling from f… Continue Reading


September 25, 2019

Cardin Says a Continuing Resolution “is No Substitute for Regular Appropriations Bills”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after Senate passage of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020 that funds the federal government until November 21. "It's refreshing to reach the end of the fiscal year without the threat of a damaging government shutdown. However, a continuing resolution is no substitute for regular appropriations bills. It is important for Congress to make clear our intent in federal spendin… Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Cardin, Rubio Lead Bill in Support of Tibet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today introduced the Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2019. The legislation seeks to update and strengthen the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 to address emerging human rights, religious freedom, and other challenges faced by the Tibetan people. Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) introduced companion legislation in the House of Represent… Continue Reading


September 24, 2019

Cardin and Cummings Introduce Legislation to Protect State and Local Witnesses from Violence and Intimidation

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (both D-Md.) introduced the Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2019, legislation that directs the U.S. Attorney General to award competitive grants to state and local governments to establish and maintain short-term witness protection programs in cases involving homicides, violent felonies, serious drug offenses, gang-related crimes or organized crime. "Witnesses want to do the right thing and testify, b… Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce more than $238,000 for Odenton Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $238,400 in federal funds for the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. Through this four year award, the Department will work to attract new firefighters and retain existing ones, building upon the progress made through a… Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Cardin Says Trump Rollback of Auto Emission Standards Prioritizes Polluters’ Profits Over Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation Subcommittee, called the actions by the Trump Administration to strip states of their ability to protect their citizens from dangerous air pollution "absolutely the wrong thing to do." Cardin: "President Trump continues to prioritize polluters over public health. Automakers have signed on to strong but reasonable standards led by California that Maryland and more than a dozen s… Continue Reading


September 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin, Trone Announce nearly $5.6 Million for Firefighters in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $5,585,000 in federal funds for Western Maryland through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Frederick County will receive $5,498,500 for additional staffing, while the Community Volunteer Fire Company of District No. 12 in Fairplay… Continue Reading

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