Press Releases & Statements

May 23, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Introduce New Legislation Reforming WMATA Safety and Renewing Federal Funding Commitment to Metro

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) introduced new legislation to renew the federal funding commitment to Metro, provide critical safety reforms, and strengthen oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Recognizing that the Metro system is integral to the functioning of the federal government, for the last decade Congress has allocated $150 million annually to Metro fo… Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Senators Introduce Bill to Bar USDA Research Agencies from Leaving National Capital Region

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.),Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Agriculture Research Integrity Act, which would bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from reorganizing and moving the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) out of the National Capital Region. Experts agree tha… Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $787,520 for Glendale Access Road in Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $787,520 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Glendale Access Road project in Garrett County, Md. These funds will be used for intersection and roadway improvements on Glendale Road and will ultimately improve access to the Deep Creek Lake area - supporting local tourism and job creation. "Investing in safe and convenient roads throughout Garrett County will make sure that… Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Cardin Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Cuts to Medicaid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, delivered the following floor statement today concerning President Trump's proposed cuts to Medicaid. "We recognize the importance of moving forward and advancing healthcare for all Americans. That is why we are taking this time to express our real concern about President Trump's proposal, his budget proposals, which would cut Medicaid by $1.5 trillion, the effort to repeal the Medicaid expans… Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Senators Continue Bipartisan Fight for Victims of Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced S. 1563, The Janey Ensminger Act of 2019, to ensure individuals with diseases scientifically linked to toxic chemical exposure at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina receive proper medical care from the Veterans Administration (VA). The bill is named for Janey Ensminger, daughter of Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, who was born at Camp Lejeune and died as a… Continue Reading

May 21, 2019

Maryland and West Virginia Members Push for Meeting with Verso CEO before Luke Mill Operations Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Last night, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Congressmen David Trone (D-Md.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va) wrote to Verso's Interim CEO Leslie Lederer asking him to meet with the delegation before Luke paper mill operations cease on May 31, 2019. The members expressed their deep concern about the future of the mill, its workers, and the entire community. "Our constituents deserve to know what Ver… Continue Reading

May 21, 2019

Cardin Leads Call for EPW to Prioritize Climate and Resiliency Investments in Surface Transportation Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, is leading a majority of the Senate Democratic caucus in urging EPW's bipartisan leadership to prioritize climate and resiliency investments in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization. Joining Cardin on a letter to the EPW chairman and ranking member are 40 colleagues who, collectively, are calling for "meaningful steps to address the … Continue Reading

May 20, 2019

Newly Introduced Cardin-Portman Retirement Bill Receives Widespread Praise

WASHINGTON, DC - Last week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and introduced new legislation - the Retirement Security & Savings Act - which received widespread praise from key stakeholders that support bipartisan reforms to help Americans save more for retirement. Here's what key stakeholders are saying about the new Portman-Cardin retirement security legislation: "For many years, retirement policy legislation has enjoyed a tradition of bipartisanship, and Senators… Continue Reading

May 20, 2019

Momentum Gains for STOP Surprise Medical Billing Act as Senators Join Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R-R.I.), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), today signed on as cosponsors to the STOP Surprise Medical Billing Act, bringing the total cosponsors of the legislation to 14 senators. They join U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and She… Continue Reading

May 20, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Request Answers About White House Proposal to Place Presidential Appointee in Charge of Federal Workforce Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) joined Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) today in writing to Acting Director Russell T. Vought to express grave concern over a new Trump Administration proposal that would, among other things, effectively end Congress' ability to provide advice and consent over the individual responsible for establishing federal workforce policy and regulations. As part of a White House proposal sent to congressional leaders … Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Cardin Says Russia Continues to Impede Human Rights

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to address the continuously abusive nature of the Russian government impeding on the human rights of its people and the people across the globe. From interference in democratic processes around the globe to its malign influence in Syria, to its continued aggression against Ukraine, Mr. Putin's regime must be held accountable for its crimes. As we all know, Vladimir Putin has been openly and willfully attacking democratic institutions and processes to cor… Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Latest Trump Immigration Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee 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 in response to the immigration proposal announced by President Trump Thursday. "I fundamentally disagree with President Trump on his immigration policies, because I think he's trying to restrict the abi… Continue Reading

May 16, 2019

Cardin Responds to the Latest Magnitsky Act Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, released the following statement in response to the announcement by the U.S. Treasury Department that five individuals and one entity have been added to the Magnitsky Act list. "I welcome today's updates to the Magnitsky List. It has been nearly a decade since Sergei Magnitsky's death and many of those responsible for his pers… Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Over $12 Million for Western Maryland Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $12,030,000 in federal funding for the Hagerstown Regional Airport and the Garrett County Airport through the Department of Transportation (DOT). The grants will be used to fund repairs and improvements to the airports' runways, including the construction of taxiway extensions. The Hagerstown Regional Airport will receive $5,400,000, and the Garrett County Airport will receive $6,630,000. "Small airports are … Continue Reading

May 15, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More than $1.5 Million in Awards for Research at Maryland HBCUs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the award of more than $1.5 million in federal funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research at two of Maryland's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Morgan State University will receive close to $1.25 million for a project aimed at broadening opportunities for African-American students to succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, entitled "PERSIST - Pat… Continue Reading

May 14, 2019

Cardin, Portman Introduce Sweeping Reforms to Strengthen Americans’ Retirement Security

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) introduced the Retirement Security & Savings Act (S. 1431), a broad set of reforms designed to strengthen Americans' retirement security by addressing four major opportunities in the existing retirement system: (1) allowing people who have saved too little to set more aside for their retirement; (2) helping small businesses offer 401(k)s and other retirement plans; (3) expanding access to retirement savings plans f… Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings Announce Legislation To Promote Educational Opportunities For Americans With Criminal Records

WASHINGTON - This week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) in the Senate and U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) in the House to announce the introduction of two bills to expand access to education for Americans with criminals records, whether they are in prison or applying to go back to school with a criminal record. "There isn't a single member of Congress who hasn't received a second chance at one point or another. Others who… Continue Reading

May 08, 2019

Democratic, Republican and Independent Lawmakers Want to Change the Way Preventive Care Cost-Savings Are Calculated

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Angus King (I-Maine) have joined with Congresswoman Diana DeGette (Colo.-01) and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (Texas-26) to introduce the Preventive Health Savings Act of 2019, which would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to more accurately reflect the cost-savings of preventive health care, including screenings. The legislation also would allow the Chairman or Ranking Member of the House or Senate Budget… Continue Reading

May 06, 2019

Introduction of S. 1309, the Combating Global Corruption Act of 2019

I rise today to discuss S. 1309, the Combating Global Corruption Act of 2019. There is heightened awareness in the United States, the Western Hemisphere region, and around the world, that corruption is a serious threat to democracy, stability, global security. Corruption erodes trust and confidence in democratic institutions, the rule of law, and human rights protections. It damages America's global competitiveness and creates barriers to economic growth in international markets. It threate… Continue Reading

May 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Meet with Luke, Maryland Mayor Ed Clemons and Allegany County Administrator Brandon Butler

Cumberland, Md. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) met with Luke, Maryland Mayor Ed Clemons, Jr. and Allegany County Administrator Brandon Butler to speak about the closing of the Verso Paper Mill. "We are deeply disappointed in the decision to close the Verso paper mill and concerned about the effects this closure will have on its employees, the Town of Luke, and the regional economy. We appreciated the chance to sit down with Mayor E… Continue Reading

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