Press Releases & Statements

March 12, 2020

Cardin Resolution Condemns Iran’s Violent Crackdown on Protestors, Supports Rights of the People of Iran to Determine Their Future

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today introduced a resolution, S. Res. 539, that decries the Iranian government's recent violent crackdown on protestors ? in which hundreds were killed and thousands arrested ? and supports the rights of the people of Iran to determine their own future. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) are original co-sponsors of the measure. The new legi… Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Cardin Van Hollen, Colleagues Request the IRS Extend Tax-Filing Deadline for Individual Taxpayers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md,), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, joined a group of Senate colleagues in urging Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig to extend the April 15, 2020 tax-filing deadline to provide taxpayers greater flexibility amid challenges caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. Currently, there are more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus in 38 states, with 35 deaths… Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hirono Introduce Bill to Expand Telework Opportunities for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), introduced S. 3428, the Telework Metrics and Cost Savings Act - legislation that requires federal agencies to expand teleworking after years of attacks by the Trump Administration. Expanding telework options for federal employees is particularly urgent as the growing coronavirus epidemic places greater strain on federal workers. "Thanks to years of implementation in the federal government, we … Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Cardin, Thune, Smith, Kuster Introduce Legislation to Increase Telehealth Services in Nursing Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), members of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Reps. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.) and Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) today introduced companion versions of the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2020, bipartisan, bicameral legislation to facilitate greater use of telehealth in skilled nursing facilities. "Greater use of telehealth in skilled nursing facilities will benefit patients and doctors, reducing expensive… Continue Reading

March 11, 2020

Cardin, Senate Dems Call On President Trump to Invoke Stafford Act, Consider Disaster Declarations and Utilize FEMA’s Disaster Relief Funds to Aid State & Local Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined 35 Democratic senators to today to send a letter to President Trump urging him to immediately consider any disaster declarations so states can utilize the $42.6 billion currently available in the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) in their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. The Senators wrote that as the number of confirmed cases increases across the United States, the Trump administration must employ a whole-of-gover… Continue Reading

March 10, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Klobuchar Reintroduce Legislation to Bring Harriet Tubman Statue to U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON - In recognition of Harriet Tubman Day, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are announcing the reintroduction of their legislation to honor Harriet Tubman with a statue in the United States Capitol. "Harriet Tubman is an iconic figure in our nation's history, for whom liberty and freedom were not just ideas. Her legacy is an essential part of the story of America's evolution from a slave-holding nation into one that recognizes the im… Continue Reading

March 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Receives Coronavirus Update from Maryland Health Secretary

WASHINGTON - Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, heard from Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall and Deputy Secretary, Public Health Services Frances B. Phillips, R.N., Tuesday for an update on Maryland's readiness and response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The discussion, which too… Continue Reading

March 06, 2020

Cardin Commemorates the 55th Anniversary of “Bloody Sunday”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the March 7, 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama which culminated in the violent attacks against protesters known as "Bloody Sunday". "Fifty-five years ago, Bloody Sunday marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Hundreds of peaceful demonstrators marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama demanding full civil and voting rights for Black Americans only to be met … Continue Reading

March 06, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Talks Public Education with Maryland’s HBCU Presidents

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin convened members of Maryland's congressional delegation, including Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, Congressman John P. Sarbanes and Congressman David Trone (All D-Md.) on Wednesday to meet with the presidents of Maryland's four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Participating in the roundtable were Morgan State University President Dr. David Wilson, Bowie State University President Dr. Aminta Breaux, University of Mary… Continue Reading

March 05, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $500,000 in Federal Funding to Support State-Level Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone today announced $500,000 in federal funding to support Maryland's response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These resources will help public health officials in Maryland monitor and as… Continue Reading

March 05, 2020

Cardin Statement on Passage of Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised Senate passage Thursday of the bicameral, bipartisan supplemental appropriations package to address the public health emergency of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The package far exceeds the anemic response from the White House and reasserts America's ability to counter this virus at home and globally. The supplemental funding from Congress includes direct support for states and local governments, a boost in research for the Maryland-based … Continue Reading

March 05, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Statement on Maryland Cases of Novel Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), released the following joint statement on the announcement that three individuals in Maryland have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). "We are closely monitoring the newly announced cases of novel coronavirus in Maryland, and we stand ready to support the state in any way we can. The state has been preparing for this possibility, and federal resources are already on the way to help. The first tranche of fu… Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

Cardin, Barrasso Lead Senate Recognition of US-Australian Firefighting Cooperation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) introduced a bipartisan resolution Wednesday lauding the more than 100 years of firefighting cooperation and security assistance between the United States and Australia. The Senate resolution comes the same week the last brushfires were extinguished in New South Wales, the worst hit jurisdiction of the 2019-2020 Australian brush fire season. Over the course of a grueling and destructive 240 days, more than 300 American fire… Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats to Azar: Trump Administration’s Health Care Sabotage Undermines Coronavirus Response

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 37 Democratic Senators in demanding that Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar take immediate action to address the many ways the Trump Administration's health care sabotage has undermined our preparedness for and ability to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Specifically, the senators asked Secretary Azar to commit to making any potential coronavirus vaccine affordable to all, stop pro… Continue Reading

March 04, 2020

Maryland Congressional Team Announces nearly $1.2 Million for Bowie State University to Support Diverse STEM Teacher Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-MD) today announced $1,194,815 for Bowie State University to help to build the diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teacher workforce in Prince George's County. Awarded through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, this federal funding will be administered over the next five years in partnership with Prince Geo… Continue Reading

March 03, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Urge Azerbaijani President To Respect Press Freedom

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a letter to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, regarding the political targeting of journalists in the country. Specifically, the Senators highlighted the case of Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova, who was imprisoned in 2014 on false charges and conditionally released in 2016. Senators Cardin and Rubio serve as Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subc… Continue Reading

March 03, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Expressing Support for the People of Nicaragua

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere joined his colleagues to introduce a Senate resolution (S. Res 525) shortly after the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA), expressing continued support for the people of Nicaragua as they fight to restore democracy. U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), C… Continue Reading

February 28, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Senate Dems to Introduce Bill to Reverse & Restore Military Funding After President Trump Repeatedly Raids Defense Department for His Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), have joined 31 Senate Democratic colleagues to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020. The bill would reverse and restore the Department of Defense's (DoD) recent short sighted and dangerous transfer of $3.8 billion to be used to build part of President Donald Trump's ineffective border wall. The bill also reduces DoD's transfer authority so that DoD cannot turn around and try to divert additional funding f… Continue Reading

February 28, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Ask FDA about Potential Drug Shortages Related to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter Friday to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn questioning the FDA's plans to address potential drug shortages due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or Novel Human Coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Many manufacturers in China are the primary producers of ingredients found in hundreds of common generic dru… Continue Reading

February 27, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Unveil Senate Resolution Calling for Russia to Release Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), on the fifth anniversary of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemstov's assassination, announced a resolution condemning Russia's practice of politically motivated imprisonment and calling for the release of political prisoners in Russia. The resolution also urges the Trump Administration to use the tools provided by Congress to impose sanctions against Russian officials responsible for human rights abuses. "The brazen assass… Continue Reading

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