Press Releases & Statements

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


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

November 08, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than a Half Million Dollars in Federal Funding for the Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) have announced $600,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP). The funds, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will be used by MCBP to preserve the economic and ecological vitality of Maryland's coastal watershed. MCBP uses educational and outreach methods to improve local water quality and protect watershed habitats and wetlands. The program boasts a wide array of state, local and bu… Continue Reading

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

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