Press Releases & Statements

September 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $700,000 for Eastern Shore Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $669,454 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for four Eastern Shore airports. The grants will be used to fund repairs and improvements to the airports' runways, including the removal of large obstructions. Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) in Salisbury will receive $90,000; the Easton-Newnam Field Airport (ESN) in Easton will receive $89,935; the Bay Bridge Airpor… Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Cardin: Trump Decision to End DACA Inexplicably Upends American Values by Ripping Apart Families of 800,000 DREAMers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's order that would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In Maryland, estimates show there are almost 10,000 DACA recipients, and nearly 9,000 DACA workers, with an annual GDP boost to the state of more than a half-billion dollars annually. "America is a compassionate and diverse country that v… Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Cardin Responds To Tillerson Letter On Special Envoys

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after receiving a letter from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the State Department's planned organizational changes related to ambassadors-at-large, special envoys and related positions: "I agree with Secretary Tillerson that there is room for examining the use of our Special Envoys, a number of which were created for challenges that we no longer fa… Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Mnuchin Not to Abandon Plans to Put Tubman on Twenty-Dollar Bill

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to urge him not to abandon plans to put Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill. Earlier today on CNBC, Mnuchin refused to commit to moving forward with the plan, which was announced during the Obama Administration. "Those we honor on currency make a statement about our nation and our values," the Senators wrote. "We urge you to move forward to honor Harriet Tubman and m… Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $483,316 for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services to Hire 4 Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services has been awarded $483,316 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 4 full-time firefighters. The additional firefighters will that the county can respond to fire and emergency medical service calls throughout the County. "This grant is a federal investment in Allegany County's firefighters and residents alike," said Senator Cardin.… Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

Cardin Criticizes Trump’s Rejection Of Dialogue In North Korea Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday in reaction to President Trump's latest tweet on North Korea: "Yesterday, the President said all options remain on the table related to North Korea. Today, he has rejected dialogue and negotiation. The threat from North Korea is too grave to give up on diplomacy now. Foreign policy cannot be conducted via Tweet. Instead, President Trump should work w… Continue Reading


August 29, 2017

Cardin Statement On North Korean Missile Launch Over Japan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan: "The latest provocation from Kim Jong-un's regime, directly threatening our treaty ally Japan, has further heightened tensions in the region and is a clear indication that the administration's approach is not working. North Korea's actions are a violation of multiple United Nations Security Cou… Continue Reading


August 28, 2017

Team Maryland Applauds the Signing of the Full Funding Grant Agreement for the Purple Line

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), along with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressmen John Sarbanes (MD-03), John K. Delaney (MD-06), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) praised action by the Federal Transit Administration to sign the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Maryland Transit Administration for the Maryland National Capital Purple Line project. "Job creation and economic development rely on c… Continue Reading


August 24, 2017

Maryland Lawmakers Demand AG Sessions Explain Why He is Holding Funds for Fighting Violent Crime in Baltimore Hostage to Extreme Immigration Agenda

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) are among 53 members of the United States House and Senate who are demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions explain why he is holding critical violence prevention funds used by Baltimore, Chicago, and other American cities hostage to the Trump Administration's extreme immigration agenda. The Department of Justice has placed new and onerous co… Continue Reading


August 21, 2017

Senators Press Justice, Homeland Security Departments on Investigation of Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today pressed the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to confirm whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Sebastian Gorka is under investigation for falsifying his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization. According to news reports, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Gorka as a member … Continue Reading


August 18, 2017

Cardin Lauds the Elevation of Fort Meade’s Cyber Command

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded with the following statement to the White House announcement that it was elevating U.S. Cyber Command, which is currently a subordinate unit to Strategic Command, to its own Combatant Command. "We live in a digital world where the online battlefield can be as dangerous as the front lines. We continuously need to work to ensure that our military is always ready and able to fend off continuing… Continue Reading


August 17, 2017

Cardin Statement On Deadly Mud Slides In Sierra Leone

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after news reports confirmed more than 400 people lost their lives and 600 were still missing from mudslides that occurred on a hillside in Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown, after heavy rains struck the area. "I'm profoundly saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life in the past days due to mudslides caused by heavy rains. I offer… Continue Reading


August 17, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration to Back Off Plans to Reopen Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in urging the Trump administration to back off recently-announced plans to reopen offshore drilling leases around the U.S. This move could potentially jeopardize coastal economies and the environment along the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. On June 29, President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that they are reopening the Inte… Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

Cardin Statement on Annual International Religious Freedom Report

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's release of the International Religious Freedom Report for 2016: "In too many places around the world, governments are implementing legal restrictions on religious communities, or failing to protect religious minorities. Based on the annual International Religious Freedom Report from the State Department, I am deeply concerned that many … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Cardin: The President Has Obliterated Any Semblance of Moral Leadership that Americans Expect From Their President

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the President's latest response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville this weekend. "It is difficult to describe the most recent display that the country and the world witnessed from the President of the United States today. Rather than using this moment to bring our country together, he used his bully pulpit to act like the worst form of a bully, equating white supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis with protesters … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Cardin Asks Tillerson for Answers on Lingering Vacancies and Lack of Nominees for Senior State Department Positions

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing his grave concerns about the vast number of high-level vacancies at the State Department. Coming within weeks of the five-year anniversary of the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, Senator Cardin is seeking details on plans to fill the vacancy of Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, as well as most other high-level positions… Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Cardin Urges President Trump to Uphold and Defend DACA and Protect DREAMers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 5th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On this day, we must pause to consider where the 800,000 young people (known as DREAMers) who have come out of the shadows thanks to this program would be without it. "DACA recogni… Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Cardin Statement on Presidential Memorandum on China’s Trade Practices

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement in response to the President's memorandum addressing China unfair trade laws, policies, practices, and actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology. "We face many challenges in our economic relationship with China, especially with respect to that country's failings in Intellectual Property (IP) protec… Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Cardin Calls Hate on Display in Charlottesville un-American

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 statements Saturday, as events were unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. "The hate on display in Charlottesville has been horrific and un-American. My heart goes out to the families of those killed. I am united with all those who unambiguously condemn the bigotry and viole… Continue Reading


August 11, 2017

Cardin, McCain Prod Trump Administration to Use Global Magnitsky Tools to Punish Human Rights Violators and Corrupt Officials from Around the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, authors of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act (P.L. 114-328), have written to President Trump requesting that his Administration vet and determine whether 20 individuals and entities from across the globe meet the criteria to be sanctioned in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Act. The Global Magnits… Continue Reading

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