Press Releases & Statements

August 09, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $208,160 for C&O Canal National Historical Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $100,000 grant for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The grant will be matched by $108,160 in partner funding by the C&O Canal Trust, Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern, and the C&O Canal Association for a project total of $208,160. "The C&O Canal National Historical Park is one of Maryland's most beloved landmarks, generating economic … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $12,490 for Antietam National Battlefield

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $6,000 grant for Antietam National Battlefield. The grant will be matched by $6,490 in partner funding from the Save Historic Antietam Foundation for a project total of $12,490. "This federal investment in Antietam National Battlefield will help preserve one of Maryland's most important historical landmarks so that future generations may go and learn about a cri… Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

Cardin Statement on North Korea

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the President's latest response to North Korea. "President Trump's comments were not helpful and once again show that he lacks the temperament and judgement to deal with the serious crisis the United States confronts. We should not be engaging in the same kind of blustery and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war. No one should think that a conflict wi… Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Hold Private Prisons Accountable

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently introduced legislation - The Private Prison Information Act of 2017 - that would ensure that non-federal prisons are held to the same standard of information sharing and record keeping as federal detention facilities. Increasing transparency and accountability, S. 1728, extends the obligation to respond to Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests on the federal contracting agencies using existing FOIA procedures. Private prison companies that re… Continue Reading


August 07, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Seek to Preserve Baltimore’s Historic Landmarks

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have introduced legislation to preserve two of Baltimore's historic resources: President Street Station, the oldest surviving urban railroad terminal in America, and P.S. 103, the elementary school where Thurgood Marshall first learned many of the lessons that would make him a legendary lawyer and American jurist. Two bills, S. 1645 and S. 1646, respectively, instruct the Department of the Interior to conduct special resource… Continue Reading


August 05, 2017

Cardin Statement on United Nations Security Council Resolution Strengthening Sanctions on North Korea

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted on a new resolution to impose additional sanction on North Korea following its two recent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. "Today's UN Security Council resolution sends an important signal to North Korea that if it continues down its provocative pathway of nuclear and ballistic missile prolife… Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Applaud Final Passage of Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Resolution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded the final passage of a joint resolution to establish the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. The Commission will be empowered to adopt and enforce tough rules to improve Metro safety. The resolution, which passed the Senate unanimously, will head to the President to be signed into law. "Now that Congress has passed the legislation, I urge the jurisdictions to quick… Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on Sessions to Condemn Excessive Use of Force Following Trump Remarks

WASHINGTON - In response to President Trump's comments encouraging law enforcement to use excessive force, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) this week in urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make clear that the Justice Department will not tolerate excessive use of force by federal law enforcement. The senators wrote: "The improper use of force is mi… Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Calls Sessions’ Threat to City Funding for Fighting Violent Crime “Unconscionable”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representatives Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) responded forcefully to a letter Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis threatening to reject the city from the Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program, run by the Department of Justice and designed to help cities combat violent crime. "The Justice Department's mission is to ensure public safety and control c… Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Urges Ambassador Haley to Lead UN Campaign Against Palestinian Terror Payments

WASHINGTON - In a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today urged the U.S. to wage an international campaign against the Palestinian Authority's (PA) compensation of terrorists imprisoned in Israel. Cosigners of the letter include Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Cory Gardne… Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More than $300 Million for Clean Water in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has agreed to help fund a $303 million clean water plan developed by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The plan will implement 36 clean water projects, including a series of major improvements to stormwater and wastewater infrastructure in Baltimore. Taken together, these projects represent a comprehensive approach to combating water pollution and … Continue Reading


August 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on Committee Passage of the Taylor Force Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Taylor Force Act was approved 17-4 by the committee. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of the legislation, which now moves to the full Senate for consideration. "I was pleased to vote for S. 1697, the Taylor Force Act, in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. I support the objectives of the Taylor Force Act, and am pleased that Senator Corker led the c… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin Expresses Concern About Unused Funds for Countering Russian and ISIS Propaganda

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on reports that the State Department is declining to spend nearly $80 million allocated by Congress to fight ISIS and Russian propaganda: "I am dismayed by reports that the State Department may not use nearly $80 million in funds set aside to counter Russian disinformation and ISIS propaganda. These funds have been authorized and appropriated by Congress for t… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin Questions GSA Directly on Faulty Cancellation of FBI Consolidation Procurement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee that has jurisdiction for public buildings, today aggressively questioned officials from the General Services Administration (GSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for their sudden and costly cancellation of the years-long procurement process that would have provided the FBI with a much-needed, ful… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin Applauds Small Business Committee Approval of Bipartisan HUBZone Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today strongly applauded the committee's approval of the HUBZone Investment Protection Act, S. 690, which would allow businesses in Garrett County to continue participating in a key Small Business Association (SBA) program. The SBA HUBZone program provides preferential access in federal contracting opportunities to small companies that operate and employ people in Histor… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.5 Million for Baltimore County Fire Department to Hire 16 Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced that the Baltimore County Fire Department has been awarded $1,519,368 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 16 full time firefighters. The grant will ensure adequate staffing levels to respond to fire and emergency medical service calls throughout the County. "This grant is a federal investment in Baltimore County firefighters and residents alike," said Senator Cardin. "We trust our fir… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3.56 Million for Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Services Department to Hire 27 Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced that the Prince George's County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has been awarded $3,567,229 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 27 full time firefighters. The grant will ensure adequate staffing levels to respond to fire and emergency medical service calls throughout the County. "This grant is a federal investment in Prince George's County firefighters and residents ali… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $180,953 to Barton Hose Company to Purchase New Fire Engine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency, under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded a $180,953 grant to the Barton Hose Company in Barton, Allegany County. The grant will be used to purchase a new vehicle designed for fighting brush, grass and forest fires. The vehicle's unique setup will allow firefighters to drive and pump water simultaneously. The Department is responsible for covering a large p… Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Signing of the ‘Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the sanctions bill signed into law by President Trump. The bill, which passed the Senate twice 98-2, also had overwhelming support in the House of Representatives. "I am relieved that H.R. 3364, the 'Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanction Act' is now law. I thank all of our partners who worked on this legislation in the House and Senate over the… Continue Reading


August 01, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Confirmation of Christopher Wray to be the Next FBI Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after he joined his colleagues in voting to confirm Christopher Wray to be the next director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate vote was 92-5. The position became vacant after President Trump fired then-FBI Director James Comey over his unwillingness to drop the investigations into how Russia attacked the U.S. during the 2016 election and whether or not any member of the … Continue Reading

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