Press Releases & Statements

November 07, 2019

Cardin, Portman Introduce Hospice Care Improvement Act to Address Lack of Transparency in Hospice Care

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced new legislation - the Hospice Care Improvement Act - to address the lack of safety protocols and transparency in hospices across the country. Following the release of reports (found here and here) in July from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlighting specific instances of patient harm in hospices and a lack of transparency to highlight potent… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce Nearly $85,000 for Garrett County Low Income Housing Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $85,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Housing Preservation Grant Program funds to repair and rehabilitate the homes of low and very-low income residents in Garrett County. The nonprofit corporation Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. will offer low income homeowners grants and/or low interest loans to fund critical hom… Continue Reading


November 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Brown Announce $125,000 for Prevention of Youth Substance Misuse in Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) today announced $125,000 for Prince George's County, Md. to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance misuse. This funding for nonprofit corporation Access to Wholistic and Productive Living Institute, Inc. was awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Drug Free Communities Program (DFC… Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), lead Senate sponsor of a resolution to remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, issued the following statement on the building momentum for ERA ratification by the states. "We will ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The question is no longer if, but when. Today, we celebrate Virginians who are one step closer to making their state the 38th state, the final state needed, to complete ratification. Most Americans are su… Continue Reading


November 06, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Resolution Congratulating Nationals on World Series Unanimously Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - Today the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution introduced by US Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), and Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) officially congratulating the Washington Nationals on winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. "The Washington Nationals worked hard, played with heart and had fun while they were at it. What a great example for us all," said the four Senators. "Congratulations to all the players, coach… Continue Reading


November 05, 2019

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Hold Private Prisons Accountable for Treatment of Federal Inmates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) unveiled legislation Tuesday that will hold private prisons that receive federal funds to the same transparency standards as federal prisons. After welcoming an expert panel hosted by Open the Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Senator Cardin officially introduced S. 2773, the Private Prison Information Act (PPIA), which would mandate private prisons with federal inmat… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Cardin, Collins Introduce Bill to Promote Girls’ Leadership and Political Participation Around the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Girls Leadership, Engagement, and Advocacy in Development (LEAD) Act of 2019, legislation to promote girls' leadership and participation in civic and political processes through U.S. foreign assistance. "I am proud to support this bipartisan legislation, which seeks to strengthen girls' participation in democracy, human rights, and governance," said Senator Cardin. "The Girls LEAD Act shines a spotlight … Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Senate Passes Cardin, Rubio Resolution Recognizing National Women’s Small Business Month

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution from U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member and Chairman and of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, recognizing the month of October as "National Women's Small Business Month." The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has also been celebrating female entrepreneurship this month. The Rubio-Cardin resolution highlights the vital contributions of women entrepreneurs and women… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Cardin, Cramer, Rosen, Rubio and Blumenthal Applaud Adoption of Holocaust Education Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), applauded the inclusion of their amendment (S.AMDT 1159) to support Holocaust education programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in the Senate-passed spending bill (H.R. 3055) that provides funding for the Museum. Their amendment would require the Museum to submit a report on their collection and usage of historical documentation, such… Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Prioritize Children’s Health and Keep Promise to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) and two dozen Democratic senators sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar denouncing his delay in addressing the growing epidemic of youth tobacco use. The senators urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to finalize its promised compliance policy and clear the market of unauthorized, flavored e-cigarette products, including mint and menthol flavors. In the past year, e-cigarette use has incre… Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Advance Maryland Priorities in Senate-Passed Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen lauded Senate passage Thursday of the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations for Agriculture & the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Commerce, Justice & Science; Interior and Environment; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. The package, which provides funding for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program and safe drinking water, funding for Mallows Bay, the first designated National Marine Sanctuary in 20 years, WMATA/Metro and th… Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cardin and Young Introduce Resolution Honoring Sikh Community

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) today introduced the first Senate resolution honoring Sikh Americans. The resolution works to further diversity and afford all Americans the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and appreciate the rich history and shared experiences of Sikhs. "Sikh Americans have been a proud part of the American story for generations and they continue to enrich our nation and the communities in which they live," said Senator Cardin. … Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Senate Resolution Urging President Trump to Keep the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, introduced a new resolution (S.Res 404) Thursday that calls for the United States to remain in the Paris climate agreement. Joining Cardin to introduce the resolution were Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), K… Continue Reading


October 31, 2019

Regional Delegation Celebrates Washington Nationals, Will Introduce Resolutions Honoring World Series Win

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to introduce resolutions honoring the Washington Nationals' first World Series title in franchise history. Beating the Houston Astros in Game 7 last night, the Nationals won all four away games to clinch the series. "The Washington Nationals have shown the world what it means to never give up on yourself or your team," Senat… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce New Legislation To Expand Telehealth Services, Improve Health Outcomes, And Cut Costs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), John Thune (R-S.D.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) to introduce the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would expand telehealth services through Medicare, improve health outcomes, make it easier for patien… Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin, and Trone Announce over $484,000 for Construction and Repair of Low-Income Housing

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $484,541 in federal funding for the Interfaith Housing Alliance in Frederick, Md. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Mutual Self-Help Housing Technical Assistance Grant program, will be used to assist low-income individuals build and repair their own homes in Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties. "These federal fun… Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Cardin, Smith, Brown, Van Hollen, Kaine, & Warner Continue Fight to Secure Back Pay From Last Government Shutdown for Federal Contractor Employees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) - along with Sens. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) - is making good on a promise to keep fighting to secure back pay for federal contractor employees who went without pay during the last government shutdown. The Senators filed an amendment to Senate appropriations measures that would provide those low-wage workers with back pay. Sen. Cardin and his colleagues say it is… Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Cardin, Cassidy, Collins, Cantwell Introduce Bill to Expand Access to Historic Tax Credit

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, joined Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) today to introduce legislation to expand the Historic Tax Credit to foster economic growth and urban renewal. The Historic Tax Credit Growth & Opportunity (HTC-GO) Act creates a new 30 percent credit for projects that cost less than $3.75 million while maintaining the existing 20 percent credit. Credits are ca… Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $250,000 to Increase Chesapeake Bay Coastal Resiliency Science Products and Tools

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $250,000 for new research focused on the resiliency of the Chesapeake Bay through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) research program. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, George Mason University (GMU), and The Nature Conservancy will collaborate to increase our understanding of the benefits of natural features, like… Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Cardin Commemorates the Life of Congressman Elijah Cummings

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) entered the following eulogy into the congressional record to commemorate the life of Congressman Elijah Cummings, who passed away on October 17, 2019. Congressman Cummings will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall today, October 24, 2019. "My heart is heavy today as we mourn the loss of Congressman Elijah Cummings. He was a powerful voice for the people of Baltimore, a champion of justice for our country, and a dear friend to me a… Continue Reading

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