Press Releases & Statements

November 16, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Bay Senators Introduce Bipartisan Chesapeake Restoration Legislation

WASHINGTON-Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in introducing the bipartisan Chesapeake Bay Farm Bill Enhancements Act of 2017. This legislation increases mandatory funding for the Bay, strengthens the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCCP), and provides more opportunities for effective conservation efforts. In addition to Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, Senators Capito (R-W.Va.), Casey (D-Pa.), Kaine (D-Va.), Manchin (D-W.Va.), Warner (D-Va.)… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cardin Celebrates the 96th Anniversary of American Education Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today celebrated Maryland public schools and public school educators as a part of American Education Week by releasing the following statement. American Education Week was created after World War I to create public awareness of the importance of public education. "As the grandson of immigrants and the proud product of the Baltimore City Public School system, I understand the transformative power of a high-quality public school education," said Senato… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Feinstein Introduce Legislation to Protect TPS Recipients

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. "Congress needs to pass legislation to protect those with TPS. We need to give predictability and safety to people who are in uncertain status, and we need to… Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

Cardin Calls for Calm, Democratic Process in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday regarding the ongoing political crisis in Zimbabwe. The African Union has called for restraint, and for respect for constitutional order: "The military's actions in Zimbabwe have all of the hallmarks of a coup, and I call upon all stakeholders to refrain from violence as this crisis is resolved. Though the United States has had serious policy differe… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cardin Stands Up for Foreign Service, State Department, Questions Administration’s Commitment to Diplomacy

"If this sort of high-level decapitation of leadership were going on at the Defense Department - with three and four star officers resigning and younger officers and enlisted personnel suffering low morale and leaving as well - or not even signing up - I can guarantee you that the Congress would be up in arms. Yet here there is silence. Why?" "The State Department and USAID, I would offer, are every bit as vital and critical an element of our national security as the Department of Defense, t… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cardin Remarks at Hearing on Use of Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Tuesday at a hearing on the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I almost always, in a perfunctory way, thank you for holding hearings but in this case, I really do believe this is a critically important discussion to have, not just with ourselves in the United States Senate but with the American people. "I must tel… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cardin: Widespread Human Suffering in Yemen Reaches Catastrophic Level

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the humanitarian situation in Yemen and Saudi Arabia's role: "Saudi Arabia's announcement that they will begin reopening air and seaports in areas controlled by the Yemeni government is a positive first step to ending the Yemen blockade. However, I remain deeply troubled that ports and airports in the north-where the majority of Yemenis live-… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cardin Stands Up For Foreign Service, State Department, Questions Administration’s Commitment To Diplomacy

"The State Department and USAID, I would offer, are every bit as vital and critical an element of our national security as the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, our law enforcement, or the myriad others in the federal government who work tirelessly every day to protect our security, extend our prosperity, and promote our values." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement as prepared for d… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cardin Statement on Republican Plans to Add the Individual Mandate Repeal in Tax Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, responded with the following statement after reports that Senate Republicans intend to include a repeal of the individual mandate in their tax reform bill. "Republicans now have doubled down on showing the country that the real purpose of this tax reform exercise is to pay back political donors rather than provide a fairer and less complicated tax system for the American people. In their attem… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cardin Remarks at Hearing on Use of Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Tuesday at a hearing on the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I almost always, in a perfunctory way, thank you for holding hearings but in this case, I really do believe this is a critically important discussion to have, not just with ourselves in the United States Senate but with the American people. "I must tel… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen and Delaney Laud NDAA Provision that would Forestall Closure of Ft. Detrick Biodefense Lab

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman John K. Delaney (all D-Md.) are praising the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report approved by the House of Representatives Tuesday that would provide a thorough study of America's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) on Fort Detrick. Using language similar to Senator Cardin's amendment passed in the Senate version of NDAA, the mandated study would forestall bewildering mo… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $30,000 in Rural Development Funding to Federalsburg, Maryland

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced two grants totaling $30,900 for Federalsburg, Md., through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Agency's Community Facilities Grant and Loan Program. Federalsburg was awarded $16,900 to purchase nine new radios for the Public Works Department to replace damaged equipment. Additionally, Federalsburg received $14,000 to purchase 139 fire hydrant adapters. The adapters will allow the Federals… Continue Reading


November 13, 2017

Cardin Urges Republican Colleagues to Make Tax Reform Truly Fiscally Responsible and Targeted to Middle-Income Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following remarks at the start of the committee's consideration of the Republican tax reform bill. "Tax reform is a topic I've been deeply involved with since my work in the Maryland General Assembly. It's important to every Marylander. Our tax code reaches every American citizen and resident. It is to be expected that Democrats and Republicans disagree on priorities in any tax effort. Until rec… Continue Reading


November 12, 2017

SENATE DELEGATION CONCLUDES MISSION TO UN CLIMATE CONFERENCE

BONN, GERMANY -- A United States Senate delegation has concluded its mission to the annual United Nations climate conference in the wake of President Trump's intentions to withdraw America from the historic Paris Climate Agreement, an accord now agreed to by every other country in the world to fight global climate change through a mix of carbon emissions reductions, clean energy innovations, adaptation measures, and resiliency enhancements. The group will travel next to Berlin for meetings with… Continue Reading


November 11, 2017

Cardin Reacts to Trump Comments about Russian Meddling in US Democracy

BONN, GERMANY - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Saturday in response to President Trump's latest comments refuting the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. The Senator is currently at COP23, the UN climate conference, leading a Senate delegation that in part is seeking to reassure the international community about America's commitments, leadership and value… Continue Reading


November 11, 2017

Cardin Thanks Service Members, Families on Veterans Day

"On this 11th day of the 11th month, I join the country in honoring our veterans and the countless sacrifices they have made to serve our country. I also honor their families, who have endured extended absences and profound personal challenges as they watched those most important to them put themselves in harm's way. "In that spirit of gratitude, I want to recognize some of Maryland's bravest. "Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, died from gunshot wounds in the Peka Valley of the Nangarhar Province in Afg… Continue Reading


November 10, 2017

Cardin Requests Extension of Protected Status for Haitians in U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke this week requesting an 18-month extension of the existing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 58,000 Haitian nationals currently living in the United States, which expires on January 22, 2018. Senator Cardin said in part, "Although Haiti has made important strides towards reconstruction, its capacity to effectively manage … Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Cardin Questions USAID Rationale for Sudden Cancellation of Nearly 100 Foreign Service Positions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has written to Mark Green, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), seeking an explanation for why 97 foreign service placements for new officers were abruptly cancelled. Months after the hiring freeze was lifted across the federal government, there is no legitimate reason for a national security agency to reject qualified applicants, ready to serve, some of w… Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Reintroduce Military and Veterans Education Protection Act with Groundbreaking Support from Veterans Service Organizations

WASHINGTON-In advance of Veterans Day, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 28 of their Democratic colleagues in reintroducing the Military and Veterans Education Protection Act, legislation that would close a loophole that allows for-profit schools to avoid having to secure at least 10 percent of their revenue from non-federal sources. More than two decades ago, Republican President George H.W. Bush signed a bipartisan law that limited how much federal funding for-… Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

Cardin Says Reinstating Travel Restrictions to Cuba Harms American Leadership and Micromanages American Travelers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, responded with the following statement to the Treasury Department's new regulations reinstating travel restrictions and barring many transactions by American citizens in Cuba. "As President Trump continues down the path of retreating from U.S. global leadership, today's announcement marks another step backwards. In limiting the rights of American citizens to travel to Cuba and curtailing o… Continue Reading

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