Press Releases & Statements

June 17, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen and Trone Announce $1 Million in Funding, 100 New Jobs for Wright Road Construction in Washington County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the Board of County Commissioners in Washington County will receive $1 million in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the realignment and construction of Phase I of Wright Road in the Hopewell Valley. The construction of the .3-mile portion of the new Wright Road is expected to create 100 new jobs in the surrounding area. "Safe, reliable, and convenient roads… Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Push to Bring Equality Act to a Vote Following SCOTUS Ruling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today joined colleagues in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote. The senators' push comes after the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling to confirm that that the nation's landmark civil rights legislation preventing workplace discrimination protects LGBTQIA+ Americans. "Although nearly two-thirds of LGBTQIA+ Americans report experiencing discrimination, ex… Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Commends General Assembly Leaders for Examining Problems with June 2 Primary

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today applauded Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson (D) and Maryland House of Delegates Speaker Adrienne Jones (D) for holding joint hearings about Maryland's June 2 primary election. The hearings will examine the election's shortcomings an… Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Cardin Condemns Unlawful Conviction of Political Prisoner Paul Whelan in Russia

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the news of the conviction of U.S. citizen and political prisoner Paul Whelan to 16 years in prison following false accusations of espionage by the Russian regime. "Paul Whelan's detainment and conviction under Moscow's courts illustrate yet another example of the Putin regime's disregard for basic human rights and rule of law. Whelan has been… Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Cardin Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Upholding LGBTQ Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement Monday in response to the Supreme Court ruling Bostock v. Clayton County. "Today's landmark decision in the Supreme Court further reinforces the fact that individuals should not be fired for simply being who they are or whoever they love. Protections against workp… Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Cardin, Schumer, Brown, And Shaheen Lead All 47 Senate Democrats In Calling For Urgently-Needed Improvements To Streamline And Simplify Current, Onerous Process For Smaller Businesses Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), today led all 47 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza calling for urgently needed improvements to streamline… Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce More Than $50,000 to Expand Telehealth at Atlantic General Hospital

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Representative Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) announced the award of $51,425 to expand telehealth services at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland. This award will allow Atlantic General to purchase a telehealth platform subscription and equipment to safely deliver health care, screen patients for COVID-19 symptoms, and connect patients with 45 additional primary and specialty providers. "By enabling Atlantic General Hosp… Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Join Maryland Attorney General Frosh’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force

WASHINGTON - Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone have joined Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and the Maryland Access to Justice Commission in launching the COVID-19 Access to Justice Taskforce. "As guardians of our legal system, we attorneys have a responsibility to ensure equal access to… Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Urge Senate Leadership to Give Higher Education Students and Institutions Much-Needed Relief in Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined colleagues in urging Senate leadership to include $47 billion in financial support for students and institutions of higher learning in the upcoming coronavirus relief package. "Higher education provides a ladder of economic opportunity to our nation's students while also building a globally competitive workforce. Colleges and universities are also pillars of communities," the senators wrote in their letter to Senate … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $2.4 Million in Federal Support for Maryland Renters and Homeowners Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone today announced $2,377,692 in federal funding for Maryland renters and homeowners struggling with the economic impact of COVID-19. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) FY20 Comprehensive Hous… Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Cardin Floor Statement on the Justice in Policing Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate Wednesday calling for the swift passage of the Justice in Policing Act. Video of Senator Cardin's full remarks can be found here. "People have been dying at the hands of police, predominately people of color. Incremental reform i… Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $445,000 for Infrastructure Investments on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $445,000 for improvements to water infrastructure on Maryland's Eastern Shore. These federal funds are awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. Through upgrades to water infrastructure facilities that are located within the floodplain and at risk during flooding events, this federal investment will support positive stormw… Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Cardin Opening Statement During Small Business Committee Hearing on Implementation of COVID-19 Small Business Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today delivered an opening statement during a committee hearing on the implementation of the small business provisions in the CARES Act. Cardin's statement, as prepared for delivery, follows: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for convening this hearing. This is the committee's first opportunity to question the two members of President Trump's Cabinet responsible for implementing the small bu… Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $19 Million in New Federal Emergency Public Health Funding to Support UMMS’ Response to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $18,711,424 in federal funds to help the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) cover the costs of responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a unive… Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Baltimore Federal Delegation Members Announce More Than $2.3 Million for STEM Education

WASHINGTON - Members of Baltimore's congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.), today announced $2,360,998 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University's (JHU) Baltimore Online Algebra for High School Students in Technology program. The program partners JHU with Baltimore City Public Schools to help 9th- and 10th-grade students strengthen their algebra skills. Research s… Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Cardin, Coons & Shaheen Announce Legislation to Get Capital to Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Democratic Senators Chris Coons (Del.) and Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.), senior members of the committee, today announced their intention to introduce the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act. The bill authorizes new lending under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to small businesses with 100 employees or less, including sole proprietorships and self-employed individuals. El… Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Congressional Delegation Presses Hogan to Fix Unemployment Insurance System and Deliver Urgently Needed Economic Relief Due to Marylanders

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone are calling on Governor Larry Hogan to fix Maryland's Unemployment Insurance (UI) claim system and improve delivery of critical financial insurance benefits to Marylanders still struggling during this public health emergency. "We have … Continue Reading


June 09, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $200,000 in Federal Funding for Allegany County Makerspace

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of $200,000 for the Western Maryland Works (WMW) Allegany County Makerspace from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). In September, Van Hollen, Cardin, and Trone announced the initial $395,000 award to create the WMW Allegany County Makerspace. These new funds will allow the Board of Commissioners of Allegany County and the Allegany College of Maryland to equip and … Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Cardin, Bicameral Democrats Call for Nationwide Police Overhaul

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), an original cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act and lead sponsor of the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act (S. 2355) and Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 3063), called on Republicans to join Democrats in finally passing comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation. "Before they first put on a badge, police officers take an oath to uphold the law. Most do so with the best intentions and carry out their duties with a willingne… Continue Reading


June 08, 2020

Cardin Joins Bicameral Warning Against Trump Administration Resuming Explosive Nuclear Testing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today joined a bicameral group of 80 other colleagues in urging Donald Trump not to resume explosive nuclear testing after a 28-year hiatus. This letter comes in response to reports indicating the administration is considering taking this step. In a letter to Donald Trump, the legislators wrote, "We are deeply concerned by recent reports that you are considering a resumption of explosive nuclear testing, something the U.S. has not done since 1992. W… Continue Reading

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