Press Releases & Statements

October 24, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $250,000 to Increase Chesapeake Bay Coastal Resiliency Science Products and Tools

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $250,000 for new research focused on the resiliency of the Chesapeake Bay through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) research program. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, George Mason University (GMU), and The Nature Conservancy will collaborate to increase our understanding of the benefits of natural features, like… Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Cardin Commemorates the Life of Congressman Elijah Cummings

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) entered the following eulogy into the congressional record to commemorate the life of Congressman Elijah Cummings, who passed away on October 17, 2019. Congressman Cummings will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall today, October 24, 2019. "My heart is heavy today as we mourn the loss of Congressman Elijah Cummings. He was a powerful voice for the people of Baltimore, a champion of justice for our country, and a dear friend to me a… Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Cardin, Wicker Call for Federal Assistance for Americans Struggling with High Water Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, have reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to help low-income families afford their water and sewer bills. The Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2019 (S.2687) would establish 32 pilot programs nationwide for low-income residents to receive aid in paying their drinking water bills, and an equal number (32) of pilot programs designed to… Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.84 Million for the Maryland Port Authority Environmental Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $1.84 million in federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) funding for the Maryland Port Authority through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This grant, which will come through the Maryland Environmental Services, will help to replace up to four pieces of cargo handling equipment with up-to-date engines and at least 44 drayage trucks with new engines. These changes wil… Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges State Environmental Officials, EPA to Hold All Partners Accountable for Controlling Chesapeake Bay Pollution

WASHINGTON - Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer, hosted senior officials from the EPA and the State of Maryland on Tuesday for a wide-ranging conversation about the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees included Cardin, Hoyer, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin. Speakers at the meeting included U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Mid-Atlantic (Region III) Regional Adm… Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

VIDEO: Cardin Questions State Dept. Official about War Crimes Committed by Turkey at SFRC Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, raised the following questions Tuesday at a hearing titled "Assessing the Impact of Turkey's Offensive in Northeast Syria." In an exchange with witness James F. Jeffrey, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Senator Cardin called upon the State Department to commit to taking steps to hold Turkey accountable for war crimes in Syria. … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Continued Federal Funding in Response to Great Mills High School Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) applaud the recent award of more than $60,000 for the St. Mary's County Board of Education through the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP). These funds are the latest federal commitment to supporting the community's response to the March of 2018 shooting at Great Mills High School (GMHS). Just after the incident, the fe… Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

Cardin Joins Bipartisan Effort to Extend Funding for Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined colleagues in a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) urging long-term funding of community health centers (CHCs). The letter, which was cosigned by 25 senators, calls for immediate passage of the Community Health Investment, Modernization, and Excellence (CHIME) Act of 2019, which would reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund (CHCF) and the National Health Servic… Continue Reading


October 21, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the senior member of the Maryland congressional delegation, today released the following statement on the passing of his colleague and friend, Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro III. "With the passing of 'Young Tommy' D'Alesandro, I have lost a trusted, long-time friend and advisor. His approach to public service was pioneering, and his commitment to standing up for the people of Baltimore did not waver - even though he led the city during some of the most try… Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Cardin, Capito Introduce Bill to Create New Resiliency Grants for Local Water Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, are working together to expand federal resources available to water systems across the country to increase their resiliency or adaptability to increasing natural hazards. Their legislation introduced this week, S. 2636, Clean Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Act, will help communi… Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Cardin Remarks following Senate Republicans Voting Down the Repeal of the Trump Administration’s “Affordable Clean Energy Rule”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, gave the following remarks after the Senate Democrats voted on the Congressional Review Act to override President Trump's so-called Affordable Clean Energy Rule. View Senator Cardin's remarks HERE Download the remarks HERE "On the floor today, we were disappointed that we were not able to get the votes to override President Trump's dirty power plant rule. Make no mistake about it; the rule p… Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Cardin, Portman Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create U.S. Tax Code Parity for Beauty Services Providers

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced the Small Business Tax Fairness and Compliance Simplification Act-legislation to empower beauty services providers, such as barbers, manicurists, skincare specialists, and hairstylists. The measure expands the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) tax tip credit to include the beauty service industry, bringing the industry in line with the food and beverages se… Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Cardin Votes to End President’s Emergency Declaration for Southern Border and Override Veto

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan resolution to terminate President Trump's unlawful national emergency declaration. The president is using this declaration as a pretense to raid funding for projects supporting our military and military families to pay for the construction of his border wall, including $6… Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Cardin Statement on the State Department Decision to Resume Some Assistance to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the State Department announcement that it would restart "targeted" assistance to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. "The United States of America still is a compassionate nation, although our president has done everything within - and outside of - his constitutional power to denigrate and enda… Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone, Blumenthal Call Out Trump Administration’s Termination of Essential Air Service at Hagerstown Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Environment and Public Works and Appropriations Committees, and Representative David Trone, member of the New Democrat Coalition's Infrastructure Task Force (all D-Md.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Commerce Transportation and Safety Subcommitttee, today expressed their concerns to the… Continue Reading


October 17, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Baltimore Congressman Elijah E. Cummings

BALTIMORE -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Maryland Congressional delegation, released the following statement on the passing of his colleague and friend, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings. "Chairman Elijah E. Cummings and I shared a city, an alma mater, a love of the law and a life of public service. I am deeply saddened by his passing, and my prayers today are with his family and loved ones - and the people of Baltimore. The death of Chairman Cummings leaves an irreplaceabl… Continue Reading


October 16, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown Announce New Partnership to Recruit Mental Health Professionals for Prince George’s County Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of more than $280,000 in federal funding to support a new partnership between Prince George's County, the University of Maryland College Park, and Bowie State University. Allocated through the U.S. Department of Education's Mental Health Service Professionals Demonstration Program, the award supports the first of an expected five years of funding for … Continue Reading


October 15, 2019

Cardin Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement today in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 - October 15th each year. "During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are called to honor the contributions of the Latino community. Now accounting for 60 million individuals in the United States, these men and women are an essential pillar of our society. Although this group has grown significantly in recent decades, individuals of Hisp… Continue Reading


October 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin, Trone Announce over $653,000 for Road Repair in Frederick and Washington Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) have announced $653,805 in federal funding for the Maryland State Highway Administration to reimburse repair work to fix damages to roads caused by the heavy rains and catastrophic flooding that hit parts of Frederick and Washington Counties in May and June 2018. Immediately after the severe weather events, the Maryland Congressional Delegation, led by Senators Cardin and Van Holle… Continue Reading


October 10, 2019

Van Hollen, Cardin, Trone Announce $168,000 for Allegany County First Responders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $168,000 in federal funding for fire departments in Allegany County. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, includes: $95,238 for the Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a gear washer and to install a diesel exhaust extraction system, which removes harmful carcinogens from fire engines… Continue Reading

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