Press Releases & Statements

October 20, 2017

Cardin and Van Hollen Joined University Professors to Highlight the Importance of Dreamer Students at Higher Education Institutions and Call for Quick Passage of the Bipartisan Dream Act

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Dr. James McShay from the University of Maryland, Dr. Matt A. Bareto from UCLA, and Monica Sibri, founder of CUNY DREAMers, for a press call highlighting the critical role Dreamers play in higher education. Speakers called for quick passage of the bipartisan Dream Act to allow these talented young people the opportunity to continue their studies and contribute to the only country they cal… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cardin Says Republican-Only Budget is Fiscally Irresponsible

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, lamented how the budget passed Thursday along partisan lines by the Senate will do immense harm to our nation and our economy, should the policies it promotes be enacted into law. Senator Cardin was especially critical of the reconciliation process established for tax reform, which will lead to an explosion in the deficit and attacks on programs that help working families across the country. "A bu… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cardin Budget Amendment Would Have Kept the Deficit from Ballooning to Pay For The 1 Percent’s Tax Cuts

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans rejected a budget amendment today from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) that would have stopped them from exploding the deficit in order to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Senator Cardin's amendment (#1375) raised a point of order against any legislation that includes tax cuts that would cause or increase a deficit or reduce a surplus. "I am amazed that self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives think it is acceptable to increase America's deficit by $1.… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and El Salvador

WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with Senator Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) led 20 colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke urging the Trump Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from Honduras and El Salvador living in the United States, who are contributing to the U.S. economy, paying taxes, and suppor… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

HEALTH CARE UPDATE: OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 22

The Maryland Health Connection - Maryland's official health insurance marketplace where you can compare and enroll in health insurance, as well as access financial help to make coverage more affordable - is opening its enrollment period on November 1. The original deadline of December 15 has been extended to Friday, December 22. Marylanders who either don't have health care coverage, or who are interested in changing their plan, are encouraged to apply and browse their options now. Not f… Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cardin Hails Passage Of Canada’s Global Magnitsky-Inspired Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Canadian Parliament approved legislation to hold corrupt leaders and human rights abusers accountable worldwide. Cardin and U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) are the co-authors of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which became U.S. law in December 2016, the inspiration behind Canada and other nations' legislation: "The passage of… Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cardin Welcomes Capture Of Raqqa From ISIS In Syria, Progress Against ISIS In Iraq

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced they had reclaimed Raqqa, Syria, from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): "The capture of Raqqa from ISIS, its de facto capital in Syria, is another critical milestone in the fight against this genocidal terrorist group. I commend the commitment and performance of U.S. forces and our co… Continue Reading


October 18, 2017

Cardin Statement on Court Injunctions Against New Trump Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after federal district judges in Maryland and Hawaii issued temporary restraining orders against President Trump's third attempt at a Muslim ban: "Once again, federal judges have carried out their constitutional duty of checks and balances on dangerous overreach from an executive order that targeted individuals primarily based on religion. Despite mi… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cardin Celebrates the Success of the Clean Water Act on its 45th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - In advance of the 45th anniversary of the Clean Water Act on Wednesday, October 18, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement in support of clean water. "Every community in America needs clean, safe water every day for every resident. For 45 years, the Clean Water Act has protected our drinking water, our wetlands that filters pollutants, our communities from floods, and provided habitat for… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cardin, Gardner Lead Colleagues In Thanking Bangladeshi PM For Treatment Of Rohingya Refugees Amid Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) led a bipartisan group of their colleagues Tuesday in a letter to the prime minister of Bangladesh, thanking her for keeping the country's borders open and providing assistance to more than half a million Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in neighboring Burma. Joining the letter are U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-D… Continue Reading


October 17, 2017

Cardin Mourns Killing Of Panama Papers Lead Journalist Caruana Galizia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an outspoken advocate for combatting corruption and press freedom, released the following statement Tuesday after journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, the lead reporter of the Panama Papers exposé, was killed in a car bombing in Malta yesterday: "Once again, the international community must mourn a journalist who appears to have been killed for their work to expose corruption. Daphne … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Cardin Raises Questions About Ivanka Trump ‘WeFi’ Role With Mnuchin

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin Monday, raising a series of questions about Ivanka Trump's potential role in and advocacy for the Women Finance Entrepreneurship Financing Initiative (WeFi). Ms. Trump helped conceive of WeFi, a fund administered by the World Bank with decision-making guided by 14 donor countries, including the United States, which has committed $50 million via the State Department. Last week, Ms. Trump joined Secretary Mnuch… Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Present $25 Million Federal Grant to Prince George’s County Public Schools

GREENBELT, Md. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen today joined Prince George's County officials and students at Greenbelt Middle School to announce a three-year, $25 million grant for Prince George's County Public Schools. The grant will bolster the county's "Great Teachers, Great Leaders, Great Schools" project under the Teacher Incentive Fund Program. The grant will invest in Prince George's County students by investing in teacher and principal effectiveness at high-needs … Continue Reading


October 16, 2017

Senator Cardin Condemns Deadly Somalia Truck Bombings

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia left hundreds dead and hundreds more wounded over the weekend: "I condemn in the strongest possible terms this weekend's deadly bombings in Mogadishu. My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of those killed and injured. "This indiscriminate, heinous attack on innocent people is meant to undermine the efforts… Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Senator Cardin: Trump Non-Certification of Iran JCPOA Is a ‘Reckless, Political Decision’ that ‘Directly Threatens U.S. National Security’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after President Trump's announcement that he will not certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), despite producing no factual or material evidence to warrant a non-certification: "I strongly disagree with the President's reckless, political decision and his subsequent threat to Congress. At a moment when the United S… Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $43,300 Grant for Public Chesapeake Charter Alliance in Lexington Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $43,300 grant for the Chesapeake Charter Alliance, a public charter school operator, to purchase new furniture and equipment for the school's kindergarten and second grade classrooms. Located in Lexington Park, it is the only charter school in the southern Maryland tri-county area. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Economic Initiative Grant Program. "These… Continue Reading


October 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $240,139 Grant for University of Maryland Libraries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $240,139 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (ILMS) for the University of Maryland Digital Curation Innovation Center. This grant will allow the University to research and improve the online database system Fedora Repository, which is integral to the access and preservation of digital libraries and archives. The project will strengthen the Repository, which will give s… Continue Reading


October 12, 2017

Cardin Says Trump Executive Order Will Further Destabilize U.S. Health Care System

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, responded with the following statement after the president signed an executive order to weaken the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). "Once again, the President is taking steps to undermine the Affordable Care Act. He has already taken actions to destabilize the individual market by creating uncertainty around cost-sharing reduction payments and by making massive cuts to outreach… Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Cardin, McCain Question Administration Delay in Russia Sanctions Implementation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) released the following statement Wednesday, ten days past the October 1 deadline by which the Trump Administration was to announce the implementation of sanctions on the Russia defense and intelligence sectors, as stipulated in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, of which the Senators were chief authors and negotiators: "The delay calls into question the Trump administration's commitment to the sanct… Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce a Half Million Dollars for University of Maryland Program to Invest in Startups, STEAM Education

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $500,000 grant to the University of Maryland awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration. The funding will help launch the University of Maryland's Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC) program, which will provide innovative resources, training, and support to students and entrepreneurs in Immersive Media (IM) technology. "Helping the next generation … Continue Reading

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