Press Releases & Statements

September 01, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Applaud $4.5 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all Md.) applauded the award of $4,589,064 in federal funds to the Maryland Department of Labor as part of a pilot program to combat the opioid crisis through job training and recovery services. "This pilot program will help improve long-term economic and public health outcomes for communities a… Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces More Than $904,000 in Federal Funding for Baltimore Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) today announced $904,545.45 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Baltimore, Md. through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant - COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S) program. The funding will help purchase new personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies for Baltimore City firefighters a… Continue Reading


August 31, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces More Than $1.6 Million for Johns Hopkins University STEM Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $1,650,000 in federal funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Funding comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It will help strengthen JHU's foundations in data science, mathematics and statistics. Importantly, the funding will help diversify the STEM w… Continue Reading


August 28, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $3.4 Million in Funding for Small Businesses Impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (All D-Md.) Friday announced $3.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Recovery Assistance to support Maryland small businesses and entrepreneurs h… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $400,000 for Owings Mills Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today announced $390,910 in federal funding for Owings Mills' Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "Every minute counts in an emergency. This funding will help ensure that our fire departments have the staff… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $500,000 for Calvert County Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $493,500 in federal funding for Calvert County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. "Every minute counts in an emergency. This funding will help ensure that our fire departments have the staffing levels necessary to protect Maryland families … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Release Statements on USCIS Decision to Reverse Course, Cancel Furloughs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) released the following statements in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) decision to cancel its previously announced employee furloughs. In early July, the Senators wrote a letter to USCIS urging the Agency to reconsider the planned furloughs and to eliminate the harmful policies that have undermined its budget, threatened employees' livelihoods, and hurt U.S. immigration services at lar… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $1 Million for Fire Departments in Prince George’s, Montgomery Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $1,142,500 in federal funding for Prince George's and Montgomery County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Awards were allocated as follows: $448,500 to the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department $226,… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Cardin, Rubio, Durbin and Young Call for Justice and Accountability on the 3rd Anniversary of the Rohingya Genocide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member and Chairman, respectively, of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee that oversees human rights and democracy, joined Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) issuing the following statement commemorating the third anniversary of the Burmese military's genocide against the Rohingya minority in Burma's Rakhine State: "Today, August 25, marks three years since the Burmese military undertook a ca… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $800,000 in Federal Funding for Western Maryland Fire Fighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $811,625.20 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Garrett and Allegany Counties. "Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, first responders and firefighters put their lives at risk to protect our communities. The federal government has a responsibility to protect them by providing them with the tools and resources they need to do their jobs safe… Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More than $115,000 in Federal Funding for Carroll County Fire Fighters and First Responders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $115,660.75 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Carroll County. "Firefighters and first responders put their safety at risk to protect local residents every day - especially during this unprecedented pandemic," Senator Cardin said. "This federal grant will help provide Carroll County firefighters with the resources and equipment they need to … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $580,000 in Federal Funding for Fire Fighters in Southern Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $576,562.77 in federal funding for firefighters and first responders in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties. "In the midst of this public health crisis, Maryland's brave firefighters and first responders are being asked to do more with less," said Senator Cardin. "I'm proud that Team Maryland was able to secure more federal funds for first responders in Southe… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Mfume Announce Nearly $1 Million in Federal Funding for Morgan State University STEM Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $999,531.00 in federal grant funding for Morgan State University (MSU) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs through the National Science Foundation (NSF). "Our STEM workforce should reflect the diversity of talent throughout Maryland's communities. We must invest in breaking down structural barriers in our education system that… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on Trump Administration’s Flawed Decision to Advance “Snapback” Sanctions on Iran

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, today issued the following statement regarding the Trump administration's submission of a formal request to the U.N. Security Council to invoke "snapback" sanctions on Iran. "The Trump administration continues to isolate the United States from partners who are equally committed to holding Iran accountable. The Iranian regime and its mal… Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $840,000 to Baltimore City for Pandemic Preparedness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $843,988 in federal funding for the City of Baltimore through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fiscal Year 2020 Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grants. This new funding will be used to develop innovative regional solutions in response to catastrophic events, including preparing for pandemics. "This new federal funding … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $900,000 for STEM Education in Frederick, Montgomery Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced that Mount St. Mary's University, in partnership with Montgomery College and Frederick Community College, will receive $899,926 to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) degree completion and job placement for low-income, high-achieving undergraduates. The program will focus on transfer student success, providing scholarships and academic, social,… Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Cardin, Graham, Menendez and Young to Introduce Resolution Praising Historic Agreement Between Israel, UAE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.), today said they will introduce a Senate resolution praising the historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Senate resolution: Congratulates the Governments and people of Israel and the United Arab Emirates on reaching this historic agreement. Encourages other Arab nations to establish full relations with Israel with the vision of realizin… Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Cardin Commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), lead sponsor of S. J. Res. 6 that would immediately revive consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), today issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary the ratification of the 19th Amendment recognizing women's suffrage. "One hundred years ago, Congress ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which finally declared that the right to vote shall not be denied on account of sex. This hard-fought victory was a turning p… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Cardin Joins Democratic Caucus to Demand Answers from Postmaster General on Mail Service Delays

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined the entire Senate Democratic caucus to demand answers from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on significant operational changes he directed that have caused serious delays for postal customers in Michigan and across the country. In a letter, the Senators called on DeJoy to testify before Congress and provide clear, transparent answers on service delays that have caused seniors and veterans to miss their prescription medications, small busine… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $954,000 to Improve Readiness, Response for Hazardous Materials Spills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Kweisi Mfume (all-Md.) today announced $953,854 in new federal funds for Maryland to further invest in emergency preparedness plans, inspecting pipelines and training for managing bulk transportation of petroleum products and other hazardous materials. $622,776 was awarded to the Maryland Public Service Com… Continue Reading

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