Press Releases & Statements

May 08, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call for Stronger Investment in Student Health and Safety

WASHINGTON - In the face of the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities and gun violence that is endangering the health and wellbeing of America's youth, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) wrote a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leadership calling for stronger federal investments that enhances student health and safety. The letter requests the highest possible funding allocation for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant under Title IV-A of the … Continue Reading

May 04, 2018

Cardin Says Trump Administration’s Honduras TPS Decision Based on Politics, not Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Trump Administration announced it was ending Temporary Protected Status for Honduran nationals living in the United States: "Each successive immigration action by the Trump Administration further confirms that such decisions are made solely with regard to politics and satisfying the president's base, and not about security, economics, or huma… Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Cardin Recognizes World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day: "All around the world, every day, reporters work to gather facts, ask questions, and report the news in the spirit of the free, open, and transparent societies and governments that all people deserve. Too often, reporters are harassed, jailed, and even killed simply because of the nature of their intrepid … Continue Reading

May 01, 2018

Cardin, Risch Urge SBA to Better Protect Small Businesses from Cyber Threats

Washington - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jim Risch (R-ID), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon to examine strategies for improving the content and delivery of cybersecurity assistance for small business owners. Their letter follows a recent committee hearing on cybersecurity preparedness, where these ideas were discussed. "In 2015, the National Small… Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Cardin Welcomes Korean Diplomatic Progress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday following the pledge between the leaders of South and North Korea to work toward denuclearization and formally end the Korean War: "I applaud the leaders of South and North Korea for their willingness to enter into frank, wide-ranging dialogue toward resolving one of the most intractable conflicts in the world. The images of Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un… Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Senate Passes Cardin, Risch Resolution Designating April 29 – May 5 as “National Small Business Week”

Washington - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jim Risch (R-ID), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution recognizing April 29 - May 5, 2018 as the 55th National Small Business Week. The Risch/Cardin resolution celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of America's small business owners and the invaluable contributions they make to economic output and job creation in communities across the… Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Cardin Leads Senators in Urging a Farm Bill Free of Environmental Poison Pill Riders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has brought together 28 of his colleagues to urge the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee to reject any efforts to politicize the upcoming Farm Bill. "For decades, the Farm Bill has provided comprehensive farm and food policy that is supported by members of both political parties. But increasingly, crucial must-pass bills are used as opportunities to attach environmentally harmful prov… Continue Reading

April 25, 2018

Cardin: Small Businesses Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today highlighted the growing threat of cyberattacks on America's 30 million small businesses during a committee hearing on strengthening small firm cyber defenses. Cardin heard testimony from security experts that cyberattacks cost the U.S. economy more than $57 billion in 2016. Witnesses shared survey data indicating only 12 percent of small businesses have a… Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Congress to Fully Fund Wallops

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen are urging Congress to fully fund upgrades and investments in Wallops Flight Facility. Wallops Flight Facility, located just south of Maryland's border with Virginia, plays a crucial role in both National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Defense missions. Wallops employs over 500 Marylanders. This funding would build on the $15 million that Senators Van Hollen and Cardin secured for Wallops in the Fiscal Year… Continue Reading

April 23, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on Trump Administration to Halt Expansion of Junk Health Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today were among 47 senators calling on the Trump Administration to halt a proposed regulation that would expand the use of short-term health care plans to create junk health insurance plans. Such junk health insurance plans would raise premiums for older Americans and harm millions of people living with pre-existing conditions. The Senators expressed their opposition to the proposed rule to expand junk plans, CMS-9924-P, ah… Continue Reading

April 20, 2018

Cardin Statement on Earth Day 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senior Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement commemorating Earth Day, which is recognized this Sunday, April 22: "Earth Day serves as a critical reminder that each and every one of us rely on having clean air, clean water and healthy, fertile land. They are the foundation of life, and we cannot take them for granted. Today we rededicate ourselves to preserving those foundations, to defending ou… Continue Reading

April 18, 2018

Cardin to Oppose Pompeo’s Nomination as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday regarding his opposition to the nomination of Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo to serve as the next Secretary of State: "Director Pompeo has a clear record of public service to his nation - in uniform, in Congress, and as the director of the CIA. I thank him for that service and for his willingness to continuing serving the United St… Continue Reading

April 16, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $490,300 for University of Maryland Sea Grant Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $490,300 in federal funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Sea Grant Program. Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) projects have produced significant results that aided fishers, businesses, policy makers, and conservation volunteers in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay region. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen fought for and… Continue Reading

April 15, 2018

After Bombing in Syria, Cardin Repeats Call for Passage of His Syria War Crimes Bill, Additional Diplomatic and Political Tools to Hold Assad, Backers Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the author of S. 905, the Syria War Crimes Accountability Act, released the following statement prior to the Senate reconvening for the first time after the recent U.S. bombing of Syrian government chemical weapons facilities by the U.S. and international partners in response to Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against innocent people: "Now that the bombs have fallen, the Trump A… Continue Reading

April 12, 2018

Cardin Statement on Yom HaShoah 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and 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 observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day: "On this day, around the world, communities gather to commemorate the Holocaust by… Continue Reading

April 11, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Commend Alex Villamayor Verdict

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the guilty verdicts handed down against Rene Hofstetter and Mathias Wilbs in the case of Alex Villamayor, a 16-year old U.S. citizen and Marylander who was brutally murdered in Encarnación, Obligado, Paraguay in 2015: "Alex Villamayor's murderers have finally been brought to justice thanks to the tireless work of his family, the efforts of Paraguayan judicial off… Continue Reading

April 10, 2018

Cardin Addresses Syria, Trump Conflicts, Venezuela, Corruption at SFRC Hearing on Corruption and Governance in W. Hemisphere

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, delivered the following opening remarks at a hearing on "Summit of the Americas: A Regional Strategy for Democratic Governance against corruption in the Hemisphere.": "Chairman Rubio, thank you not just for convening this hearing but for your leadership on these issues. Our subject is a regional strategy for democratic governance over corruption in the Hemisphere… Continue Reading

April 09, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Gov. Hogan to Take Necessary Steps to Secure State Election Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen John Sarbanes, Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Delaney, Anthony Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), sent a letter to Governor Larry Hogan, pressing him to allocate the required state matching funds to improve Maryland's election infrastructure ahead of the 2018 midterms. "As you know, the Maryland State election system was the target of an attempted intrusion by hostile actors duri… Continue Reading

March 30, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Thank Annapolis Lawmakers for Support for Metro, Welcome Federal Funding in Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) praised action by the Maryland legislature for approving $167 million in dedicated state funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA/Metro). Support for Metro - critical for Maryland's commuter workforce - was championed by Maryland State Senator Nancy King (District 39) and Delegates Marc Korman (District 16), Erek Barron (District 24), Jheanelle K. Wilkins (District 20), Jazz Lewis (District 24) a… Continue Reading

March 29, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Secure Robust Funding Increase for HBCUs in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today lauded new funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) - a 14-percent increase in federal funding in the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed into law Friday. The 14 percent funding increase, from $244.7 million in FY17 to $279.6 million in FY18, follows a request made by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen last month in a letter to the leadership of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee… Continue Reading

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