Press Releases & Statements

February 28, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Senate Dems to Introduce Bill to Reverse & Restore Military Funding After President Trump Repeatedly Raids Defense Department for His Border Wall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), have joined 31 Senate Democratic colleagues to introduce the Restoring Military Priorities Act of 2020. The bill would reverse and restore the Department of Defense's (DoD) recent short sighted and dangerous transfer of $3.8 billion to be used to build part of President Donald Trump's ineffective border wall. The bill also reduces DoD's transfer authority so that DoD cannot turn around and try to divert additional funding f… Continue Reading


February 28, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Ask FDA about Potential Drug Shortages Related to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter Friday to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn questioning the FDA's plans to address potential drug shortages due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or Novel Human Coronavirus, first identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Many manufacturers in China are the primary producers of ingredients found in hundreds of common generic dru… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Unveil Senate Resolution Calling for Russia to Release Political Prisoners

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), on the fifth anniversary of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemstov's assassination, announced a resolution condemning Russia's practice of politically motivated imprisonment and calling for the release of political prisoners in Russia. The resolution also urges the Trump Administration to use the tools provided by Congress to impose sanctions against Russian officials responsible for human rights abuses. "The brazen assass… Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cardin Statement on Appointment of Erin Collins as National Taxpayer Advocate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today issued the following statement on the appointment of Erin Collins to be National Taxpayer Advocate: "The National Taxpayer Advocate is one of the most important positions within the administration-from helping guide tax policy so that it benefits taxpayers, to advocating on behalf of taxpayers within the IRS. … Continue Reading


February 27, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Call on Trump Admin. to Withdraw Proposal That Would Ignore Climate, Economic, Environmental Impacts of Federal Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), and colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to withdraw its rewrite of a bedrock environmental law. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) ensures that major federal infrastructure projects undergo review for impacts on the environment and climate. In January, the Administration proposed new rules that would limit the range of projects that require su… Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge DHS to Provide Immediate Relief for Maryland Seafood Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) have joined with bipartisan colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the additional H-2B visas needed to support local seafood businesses in Maryland and states like Virginia, Alaska and North Carolina. The letter, also signed by Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.), Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan (Both R-Alaska) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), urges the DHS to quickly authoriz… Continue Reading


February 26, 2020

Cardin Calls Black History Month a Reminder of the Need to Guarantee the Right to Vote Regardless of Race

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement to commemorate Black History Month 2020. "Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, yet for much of our nation's history, black men and women were denied this right and, once recognized, faced brutal obstacles to exercise it. Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize the legacy of the men and women in Maryland and the US, who marched and organized to lay the groundwork for progress during the Civil Rights Mo… Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner Urge Administration Officials To Release Additional H-2B Visas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) released the following statement today regarding a bipartisan call the Senators participated in last night with the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf: "The release of additional H-2B visas to allow our local businesses to hire seasonal workers is of vital and urgent importance to Maryland and Virginia's seafood industries. Last night, on a call with the Department of… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Hoyer Announce nearly $5 Million in Renewed Funding to Combat Homelessness in Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced the award of $4,878,428 for 25 projects to counter homelessness through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. These funds will be used throughout Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties. This competitive grant program awards nonprofits, state a… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce nearly $30 Million in Renewed Funding to Combat Homelessness in Central Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced the recent award of $29,859,429 for 83 projects to counter homelessness in central Maryland through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. These projects are spread throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore, Harford, Howard, Carroll, and Anne Arundel Counties… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce nearly $2 Million in Renewed Funding to Combat Homelessness in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of $1,935,715 for 17 projects to counter homelessness in Western Maryland through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. These funds will be used throughout Allegany, Garrett, Washington, and Frederick Counties. This competitive grant program awards nonprofits, state and local governments and their agents for initiatives… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce more than $13 Million in Renewed Funding to Combat Homelessness in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the award of $13,187,737 for 32 projects to counter homelessness in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. This competitive grant program awards nonprofits, state and local governments and their agents for initiatives… Continue Reading


February 20, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Young Introduce Bill to Ensure Lifesaving Organs Reach Patients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have announced bipartisan legislation to help prevent lifesaving organs from getting lost in transport. The Lost Opportunities to Supply Transplantable Organs (LOST Organs) Act would require the U.S. organ donation system, managed by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), to better track organs and publicly report when logistics errors result in a lost, damaged or delayed organ. A recent inve… Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Murray, Democrats Push Departments of Education and Labor to Withdraw Rules Allowing for Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), joined his Democratic senate colleagues on two letters urging the Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia to withdraw proposed rules that would expand federally funded discrimination against members of the LGBTQIA+ community and women. Both rules would eliminate crucial protections that would leave eligible people at risk of losing access to vital taxpayer services-from college readiness programs at the Department of Educati… Continue Reading


February 19, 2020

Cardin joins Senate Democrats to Urge Secretary Azar to Halt Rule Expanding Federally Sanctioned Discrimination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, joined 22 Democratic senators in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, urging him to withdraw a proposed rule that would expand federally funded discrimination against members of the LGBTQIA+ community, women, the non-religious, and religious minorities. The rule would eliminate protections that are vital to ensuring all eligible people-regardless of sex, sexual or… Continue Reading


February 14, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Call on EPA to Deliver on Promises Made in PFAS Action Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin joined 32 of his Senate colleagues today in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler requesting he provide an updated timeline for when the EPA will implement commitments made in the agency's plan to combat exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA released its plan - the PFAS Action Plan - one year ago today and has yet to implement many of the commitments outlined in the strategy. The Senators w… Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Cardin, Portman Assail United Nations Anti-Israel Blacklist

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statements after the public release of the long-awaited United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) anti-Israel database, akin to a blacklist, of companies. Major American companies, including General Mills, Airbnb, Expedia, Travel Advisor, Bookings Holdings and Motorola, are being targeted for potential internatio… Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Cardin and Whitehouse Urge Federal Action to Protect Local Water Systems from Climate Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are calling for urgent federal action to protect water systems from climate change impacts in response to a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today. The report, "Water Infrastructure and Climate Change Impacts," documents the need for the federal government to work with states and local utilities to strengthen the resilience of water infrastructure to climate impacts. The report makes practica… Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Praise FY2020 Army Corps of Engineers Work Plan for Maryland Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) lauded the release today of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) FY2020 work plan that increases available funding for regional projects by more than $18 million. The Army Corps plan boosts resources for oyster restoration and Chesapeake Bay ecosystems and ensures the continued safety and efficiency of the Port of Baltimore and its shipping channels. "The latest Army Corps work plan shows an ongoing commitment to m… Continue Reading


February 13, 2020

Cardin Statement on the War Powers Resolution

View Senator Cardin's full floor speech HERE WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and cosponsor or S. J. Res. 68, spoke from the floor of the Senate this week in support of the resolution offered by Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.). The measure passed the Senate Thursday with a bipartisan vote of 55-45. Excerpts from Senator Cardin's floor speech on the resolution are below. "Unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war or a … Continue Reading

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