Press Releases & Statements

November 08, 2017

Cardin, Blumenauer Lead Over Four Dozen Colleagues Urging the Trump Administration to Reinstate Greenhouse Gas Reporting Requirements for State and Regional Highway Planners

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), with Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) led 49 colleagues Wednesday in sending a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao urging the Trump Administration to reinstate the greenhouse gas emissions rule allowing state and local transportation agencies to plan for the future by tracking this climate pollution from vehicles on certain roadways and setting goals for… Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Democratic Senators to Introduce Assault Weapons Ban

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017. This legislation would ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing, and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. "The safety of our children and communities should never be put at risk by partisan gridlock," said Senator Cardin. "I am sympathetic to the interests of legitimate hunters and col… Continue Reading


November 08, 2017

Cardin Statement On Anniversary Of OECD Corruption Mechanisms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a leading advocate of anti-corruption and good governance policies, released the following statement Wednesday in commemoration of various anti-corruption anniversaries within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development: "I salute the OECD as they celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the landmark Anti-Bribery Convention, and fortieth anniversary of its predecessor, the 1977… Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Cardin Seeks Long-term Extension of TPS for Central American Countries and Haiti

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday, calling on Congress to find a permanent solution to the instability wrought by the Trump Administration's indecision on Temporary Protected Status for most Central American countries and Haiti: "While I welcome the Trump Administration's rhetorical willingness to work with Congress to make long overdue changes to our immigration laws, I am worried … Continue Reading


November 05, 2017

Cardin Calls Potential End to Temporary Protected Status for Central American Countries and Haiti Destabilizing and Inhumane

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement in response to media reports that the State Department recommended against renewing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti. Deadlines for decisions on TPS for these countries are as early as November 6 for Honduras. "If the accounts are true, by recommending against renewing TPS for Central American countries and Haiti… Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Cardin Statement On New Investigative Report Into Assassination Of Honduran Environmentalist Berta Cáceres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after an Independent Team of Experts released a report highlighting the inefficiencies and negligence of the investigation into the assassination on the assassination of Honduran Environmentalist Berta Cáceres: "The deeply troubling findings of the Independent Advisory Group of Experts (GAIPE) indicate that the investigation into the assassinatio… Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Norton, Harris Announce President Trump Signs Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) announced that President Trump today signed their Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act (H.R. 2989) into law. The bill establishes a commission to plan, develop and carry out programs and activities to honor and celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass, the country's greatest slavery abolitionist, during the bicentennial anniversary o… Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

Cardin, Lugar Statement on U.S. Withdrawal from Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.), President of The Lugar Center and former Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following joint statement Thursday after the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) announced the United States would withdraw from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) as an implementing country. The Department falsely claims it … Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

Cardin Slams Republican Tax Plan for Ballooning the Deficit While Primarily Benefiting the Wealthiest Households and Corporations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee that has oversight for tax policy, responded to the tax plan released by the House of Representatives Republican leadership on Thursday with the following statement. "The Republican tax plan misses the mark on so many levels but at its core it fails because tax reform should be focused on middle-income Americans and not the top 1 percent. Republicans seem intent on doing all they can to blow a hole in our bud… Continue Reading


November 02, 2017

McCain, Cardin, Durbin, Rubio & Young Introduce Bill To Impose Sanctions On Burmese Officials For Rohingya Atrocities

Washington, D.C. ­- U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Democratic Whip, and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Todd Young (R-IN), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan group of their colleagues today in introducing legislation that would impose targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on senior Burmese military officials resp… Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Statement on Nomination of Robert Hur to be U.S. Attorney for Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) released the following statement on the White House nomination of Robert K. Hur, currently Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, to be the next U.S. Attorney General for Maryland. "We welcome the president's choice of Robert Hur to be the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. While we did not recommend Mr. Hur to the White House, we are impressed with his record of public service in the Justice Department,… Continue Reading


November 01, 2017

Cardin Responds to NYC Terror Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement in response to the fatal terror attack in New York City Tuesday. "This terrorist attack that took the lives of eight people and injured at least a dozen more was tragic. My prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims - in the U.S., Argentina and Belgium - whose lives were shattered by this attack. I thank the first responders wh… Continue Reading


October 31, 2017

Cardin Calls EPA Attack on Science Dangerously Backwards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement in response to unprecedented and irrational changes to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board and other EPA Federal Advisory Committees (FAC) announced today by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "Science is the backbone of smart public policy. At every level of government, policy makers rely on scientists to provide answers an… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Cardin Raises Legal Authority Questions at AUMF Hearing with Tillerson, Mattis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks Monday at a hearing on 'The Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Administration Perspective.': "I join you in welcoming our two witnesses, and join you in our strong desire for this Committee to operate in a nonpartisan way for the betterment of our national security. I thank you for conducting this hearing. "This is one of the most important topics t… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Cardin, Collins, Casey, Heller Laud Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement to Repeal Therapy Caps

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), lead sponsors of S. 253, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, together lauded the bipartisan, bicameral deal struck by the Senate Finance Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House Ways and Means Committee to permanently repeal the annual limit on per-patient therapy expenditures in Medicare ("therapy caps"). The agreement will protect Medicare … Continue Reading


October 27, 2017

Cardin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address on Tax Reform

Washington, D.C. - As Congressional Republicans and the White House continue to negotiate behind closed doors the details of a major overhaul to our tax code that they intend to ram through in an irresponsible and opaque process, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, delivers the Weekly Democratic Address, calling on Republicans to join with Democrats to create "real bipartisan tax reform that protects middle-income, working families." Cardin calls it a shame … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin, McCain React to Administration’s Russia Sanctions Guidance Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following joint statement Thursday after the Trump Administration announced guidance related to Russia sanctions as required by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The Senators were chief authors and negotiators of the bill: "The administration's announcement is a step in the righ… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin Ties Trump Sabotage Directly to Astronomical Hikes in Premiums for Marylanders with Individual Health Plans

WASHINGTON - Shortly after the Maryland Insurance Administration approved additional rate increases for 2018 individual health plans of up to 76 percent, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, responded with the following statement on the reasons behind the dramatic changes. The spikes come just days before open season begins for new plans. Video with an excerpt of his remarks is available here to DOWNLOAD or here to VIEW. "Marylanders now kno… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin, Stabenow, Brown, Wyden, Casey Call on Republican Leaders to Protect Retirement Savings Accounts in Tax Plan

WASHINGTON - Following recent reports that congressional Republicans are considering cuts to 401(k)s and other retirement plans in their upcoming tax bill, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Bob Casey (D-PA) called on Republican leaders not to reduce or eliminate incentives for retirement savings. In their letter, the Senators expressed their strong support for President Trump's recent commitment to protect retirement savings plans… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin Statement On Russia’s Decision To Stop UN Investigation Into Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Russia vetoed the renewal of a Syria chemical weapons oversight body in the UN Security Council earlier this week: "In 2015, the world came together to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria and set up an investigative body to hold accountable those responsible for such actions. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - Jo… Continue Reading

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