Press Releases & Statements

June 25, 2019

Cardin, Durbin, Van Hollen, Kaine Introduce NDAA Amendment to Halt Security Assistance to Cameroon

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to halt all further U.S. security assistance to Cameroon, except for dealing with Boko Haram, until the U.S. Secretaries of Defense and State certify military and security forces of Cameroon have demonstrated progress in abiding by international human rights standards, particularly in rega… Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Cardin Statement on Universal Background Check Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin delivered the following statement on the Senate Floor today on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. Though the House of Representatives passed this common sense legislation in February, Leader McConnell has yet to bring to the floor of the Senate. "The logic here is inescapable. I can't explain to my constituents--nor can Senator Casey explain to his--as to why the universal background check has not been on the floor of the United States Senate for … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Cardin Statement on Juneteenth 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement commemorating June 19, 2019 as Juneteenth. This year's Juneteenth marks the 154th anniversary of the date on which Army General Gordon Granger, in Galveston, Texas, freed the last remaining slaves- two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. "Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom but also a celebration of the spirit. On this important day, we take the time to recognize and honor the hardship and the dignity of the m… Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Senators Cardin, Gardner with Reps. Thompson and Wittman Seek Authority for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to Recover Funds for Damage to Refuges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senator Cory Gardner, a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation to enhance the ability of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect and restore resources found on National Wildlife Refuges, National Fish Hatcheries and other Service lands, should injury or harm occur. Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Calif.-05) and … Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Committee Unanimously Passes Bill Authored by Cardin, Collins to Protect America’s Scenic Byways

WASHINGTON -- Today, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously passed the Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to protect and promote America's scenic roadways. The bill now awaits full consideration by the full Senate. Senators Cardin and Collins' and legislation, which was introduced in February, would restart the dormant designation process for the National Scenic Byways Program, a v… Continue Reading

June 19, 2019

Cardin Statement on Attacks on Access to Reproductive Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee delivered the following floor statement today regarding recent attacks on access to reproductive health care. "I rise to express my deep concern over the constant attacks on women's health we are seeing all across America. From this administration's policies, to Donald Trump's judicial nominees, to Governors and legislators in States like Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri under Republican leadersh… Continue Reading

June 18, 2019

Senators Urge Federal Action to Better Protect Ride-Share Passengers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) are urging their colleagues to swiftly move forward bicameral, bipartisan legislation (S. 1871) designed to protect ride-share customers across the country. Their legislation, called "Sami's Law," comes in response to the March killing of 21-year-old Samantha "Sami" Josephson, who stepped into a car she thought was her Uber. Sami was a New … Continue Reading

June 17, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Asks USDA to Investigate Withdrawal of SNAP Eligibility for Lexington Market Vendors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps asking USDA to investigate the withdrawal of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for vendors in Baltimore's historic Lexington Market. Lexington Market has served as a public market since 1782 and is the oldest of it… Continue Reading

June 17, 2019

Cardin, Cornyn Introduce Bill to Expedite Medicare Part D Appeals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to simplify the Part D appeals process for Medicare beneficiaries. The bill, S. 1861 - the Streamlining Part D Appeals Process Act, will cut out unnecessary steps when Medicare coverage is denied at the pharmacy counter and the beneficiary wishes to appeal the denial. Currently, a pharmacy counter refusal does not qualify as a "coverage determination," which a beneficiary must obtain be… Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Clay Mitchell

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), former Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, issued the following statement upon hearing of the passing of Clay Mitchell, Jr. "Clay Mitchell will be missed. He was a dear friend, colleague and a dedicated public servant. His death is a great loss for our state and the Eastern Shore, which he loved with every fiber in his being. I will always remember our debates when I was Speaker and he served as the Appropriations Chair for the House of Dele… Continue Reading

June 14, 2019

Cardin, Smith Introduce Legislation to Improve Ride-Share Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.-04) have introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation named to honor Samantha Josephson-a senior at the University of South Carolina who was kidnapped and brutally murdered by a man pretending to be her Uber driver. Named Sami's Law, the bill establishes needed protections for ride-share customers across the country, including mandatory enhanced vehicle identification procedures to create a safer environment for rid… Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Cardin Statement on Ensuring Responsibility and Respect for Human Rights in Arms Sales

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on his votes on the motions to discharge Senate Joint Resolutions 20 and 26, which sought to block the sales of certain weapons to Bahrain and Qatar respectively. "As many of you know, I have long been a champion of a United States foreign policy driven by our values and respect for human rights. This applies to our foreign military support and arms sales. We must ensure that our military might and weapons only go t… Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Cardin, Klobuchar Lead Fight to Stop Voter Intimidation and Deceptive Practices

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) are renewing the call for federal action against voter intimidation and deceptive practices designed to stop Americans from voting. They filed S. 1834, the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2019. Historically, certain citizens, especially racial and ethnic minorities, were prevented from voting because of significant barriers like literacy tests and poll taxes. While constitutional amendments and… Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Cardin, Rubio, Risch, Menendez Reintroduce Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today reintroduced the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, bipartisan legislation that would reaffirm U.S. commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law at a time when Hong Kong's autonomy is under assault by interference from the Chinese government… Continue Reading

June 13, 2019

Cardin Lauds Senate Passage of the Taxpayer First Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate approved the Taxpayers First Act (H.R.3151). The bill now heads to the president for his signature. "I urge President Trump to sign this bill quickly. Modernizing and improving operations at the IRS will better help the IRS serve all taxpayers. It includes more than a dozen provisions from my bill with Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), the Protecting Taxpayers Act.… Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Resolution Honoring the University of Maryland Women’s Lacrosse Team’s Unprecedented 14th National Championship

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced the passage of a Senate Resolution they authored to celebrate the unprecedented accomplishments of the University of Maryland Women's Lacrosse Team, which recently secured its 14th NCAA national championship. Behind Coach Cathy Reese, the UMD Women's Lacrosse team compiled a record of 22-1 in 2019, and the team's senior class amassed a home record of 45-0 over the last four years. In addition to celebrating … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Cardin, Durbin, Leahy, Brown, Senators Introduce Resolution Expressing Support for Free, Fair, Transparent Elections in Guatemala

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Guatemala's elections on Sunday, June 16, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today introduced a resolution expressing support for free, fair, and transparent elections in Guatemala. The resolution also expresses concern over efforts to undermine United Nations anti-corruption efforts in Guatemala and opposition to President Donald Trump … Continue Reading

June 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Raise Concerns about Immigration Backlogs

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli to ask a series of detailed questions about the ongoing delays being faced by people in Maryland and across the country. "The processing delays, particularly as it pertains to family-based immigration petitions and employment authorization documents, are alarming and impose an undue burden on applicants, their families, and commu… Continue Reading

June 10, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $5.5 Million for Easton Airport Runway Extension

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $5.55 million in federal funding for the Easton Airport (Easton/Newman Field) through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This grant will fund the first phase, including land acquisition, of a project to shift and extend one of the airport's runways to meet demand. Funding will be administered through Talbot County, which has been working toward this extension … Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Cardin Statement on LGBT Pride Month 2019

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, issued the following statement recognizing June 2019 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Marylanders have more places to celebrate Pride Month this year than ever before. Events include: Capital Pride Parade (DC) June 8 Montgomery County Pride Month Kickoff June 10 … Continue Reading

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