Press Releases & Statements

September 18, 2019

Cardin, Democrats Oppose Labor Department Proposal to Create Duplicative, Lower-Quality Unregistered Apprenticeships

WASHINGTON - Forty-five Democratic Senators, including U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent a letter to Acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella opposing the Labor Department's recent proposal to undermine the highly effective and widely supported registered apprenticeship program. The proposed rule would create duplicative, unnecessary, and lower-quality "industry-recognized apprenticeship programs" (IRAPs), that would not provide the same crucial benefits and protections as long-established registere… Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Applaud $50,000 for American Legion Dorchester Post 91

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) applauded the awarding of $50,000 in federal funds for the American Legion Dorchester Post No. 91 in Cambridge, Md. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Impact Initiative Grants program, will be used to purchase new furnishings and equipment for the Post, to replace those damaged by a fire in 2016. "Post 91 serves as a great resource to local Veterans and the greater Camb… Continue Reading


September 17, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Call on CSX to Prioritize Repairs to Cumberland Bridges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Environment and Public Works and Appropriations committees, and Congressman David Trone, who represents Allegany County (All D-Md.) are asking CSX to take responsibility for repairs to bridges in Cumberland that have created safety risks and impeded traffic. "Cumberland and CSX share a close and interconnected history … Continue Reading


September 16, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin Announce over $760,000 for Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment in Montgomery County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $760,875 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Montgomery County. The funding includes $536,195 for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association and $244,680 for the Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Department to support their volunteer recruitment and training efforts. The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Staffing fo… Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Cardin, Brown Visit Child Development Center at Joint Base Andrews After President Trump Cut Funding for New Facility

rince George's County, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (Both D-Md.) toured the oldest child care center at Joint Base Andrews on Friday. The center, built in 1941, has endured sewage backup, heating/ventilation/air conditioning failures, and both mold and pest management issues. Portions of the facility are off limits due to roof leaks that have created multiple hazards. The child care center was scheduled to be replaced with a larger, more secure and modern facili… Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Blunt Push to Include WWI Valor Medals Review Act in NDAA Conference Report

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees urging them to include the World War I (WWI) Valor Medals Review Act in the final FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report.The bipartisan legislation would ensure that minority veterans who may have been passed over for a Medal of Honor during WWI - often because of racist at… Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

MD Receives Federal Grant to Help Small Businesses Reach Foreign Markets

WASHINGTON — Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued a statement lauding a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement that the State of Maryland was awarded a $550,000 State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grant. The state will use the grant to connect Maryland small businesses with international trade missions.More than 50 Maryland small businesses take advantage of STEP-funded export promotion activity each year, w… Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Cardin, Bipartisan Senators Urge UAE To Live Up To Their U.N. Funding Commitment To Prevent Thousands Of Deaths In Yemen

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) a senior member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Friday joined a bipartisan group of 7 senators in calling on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates to fulfill his country's $750 million commitment to the United Nations to help fund critical programs aimed at alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. In the letter, the members warn that critical programs that provide vaccinations, food, fuel, and medicine … Continue Reading


September 13, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Urge Transportation Secretary Chao to Extend Essential Air Service at Hagerstown Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Environment and Public Works and Appropriations Committees, and Congressman David Trone (All D-Md.) have written to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, asking her to reconsider the recent "contradictory and shortsighted" notice that Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) would lose its Essential Air Service (EAS) fund… Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Cardin, Collins Applaud the Passage of Resolution to Recognize Direct Support Professionals in Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led the Senate this week in recognizing the contribution of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to the nation's health care system. Their resolution, S.Res. 312, was introduced as part of National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week (September 8-14), which honors those who provide home and community-based health services to the chronically ill, seniors, and those living with a disability. With the help of direct … Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Cardin Responds to Trump Rulemaking that Puts Public Water At Risk

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's final action to eviscerate the Clean Water Rule. "Clean, safe water is a right of every person in this country. The 2015 Clean Water Rule recognized the necessity of protecting our nation's small streams, wetlands, and other critical waters, including those that help supply publ… Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Almost $300,000 for the Baltimore City Fire Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $298,345 in federal funding for the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD). The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to purchase new equipment for the Department and to support their Mobile Integrated Health/Community Paramedicine pilot program… Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Young, Graham Urge Trump to Act on Kashmir Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) wrote to President Trump raising their concerns about the ongoing situation in Kashmir and urging him to take immediate action to help end the current humanitarian crisis there. "With each passing day, the situation for the people of Kashmir becomes increasingly difficult. Therefore, we ask that you call upon Prime Minister Modi to fully restore telecommunications and… Continue Reading


September 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce More than $395,000 for Allegany County Maker Space

WASHINGTON ­­- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced more than $395,000 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Western Maryland Works (WMW) Allegany County Maker Space. The new Cumberland center will house training programs in advanced manufacturing and other sectors, office space for selected start-ups, a collaborative work space for the community, and classes taught by Small Business Deve… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Laud Final Confirmation of U.S. District Court Judge for Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) praised the long-awaited confirmation of U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat previously held by Judge William D. Quarles, Jr., who announced his retirement effective February 2016. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts previously declared this Maryland seat as a judicial emergency based on the length… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Applaud Designation of Worcester County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) applauded the announcement that Worcester County, Md. has been added to the counties designated as part of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs). The designation will enable the County to receive federal resources to address the severe heroin and opioid threat facing the community. Additionally, the designation will allow further coordination and development of drug control efforts among fe… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Raskin, Trone Announce $50K for Montgomery County MLK Day of Service

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen John Sarbanes, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announce the recent award of $50,000 for Montgomery County's Volunteer Center through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for volunteering and service programs. The grant will support the Volunteer Center, which is a part of the County's Office of Community Partnerships, in engaging 3,000 volunteers on next year'… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Cardin, Senate Dems Call on Majority Leader McConnell to Act after House Judiciary Passes Gun Safety Bill to Ban High-Capacity Magazines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and more than two dozen colleagues have called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to act on their Keep Americans Safe Act (S.447), which would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. Companion legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee last night. "The safety of our children and communities should never be put at risk by partisan gridlock. Congress needs to a… Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. "September 11, 2001 is etched in my memory forever. Like so many others, I will always remember the sights, the sounds and the feelings I experienced on that day with the horror of terrorists hitting the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and then Flight 93 going down in a field in Shanksville, Pa. It seems like yesterd… Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Cardin, Collins Bill to Protect America's Scenic Byways Passed by Congress

WASHINGTON - Following passage in the Senate Monday night, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to protect and promote America's scenic roadways is headed to the White House to be signed into law. The Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act of 2019 (S. 349), which was introduced in February and was approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) in June, would restart the dormant designation process for the National Scenic Byways Program… Continue Reading

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