Press Releases & Statements

July 11, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $809,000 in Grants to Help Veterans Find Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced two federal grants totaling $809,000 for Easter Seals serving Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to provide comprehensive support to homeless and incarcerated veterans on their path to long-term civilian employment. "Our veterans have sacrificed for this nation and we have a responsibility to provide them with the training and skills they need to transition from the military to civilian world.… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Team Maryland Calls Trump Administration’s Decision to Cancel FBI Headquarters Consolidation Procurement Wasteful, Urges Immediate Restart

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) released the following joint statement of disapproval in response to the announcement from the Trump Administration, through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), that they are canceling the current request for proposals to construct a new fully consolidated FBI headquarters. Prince George's County, Md., was ho… Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $97,062 for Fire Departments in Harford and Cecil Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $97,062 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding for fire departments in Abingdon and Port Deposit. Abingdon Fire Company, Inc., located in Harford County, will receive $36,395. Water Witch Fire Company, Inc., located in Cecil County, will receive $60,667. "Our first responders provide the first line of defense for our citizens and our communities, and it's our responsibility to ensure they have … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Cardin Statement on Prison Sentencing of Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after Nabeel Rajab, a human rights activist in Bahrain, was sentenced to two years in prison: "The sentencing of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to two years in prison is deeply troubling. His health has seriously deteriorated while in Bahraini government custody, and I am concerned that he is not receiving appropriate medical attention and… Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Move Forward Long-Stalled Bills to Support the Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - Prior to the Independence Day work period, U.S. Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), joined with a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to move forward legislation that would reauthorize marquis programs at the heart of restoring and maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act was introduced recently with Senators John Bar… Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $20,000 EPA Grant for Prince George’s County Composting Project

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Prince George's County a $20,000 grant to expand their Organics Composting Facility. This funding will help expand the County's existing food scrap composting project located in Carmody Hills-Pepper Mill Village and create a pilot project for the collection of residential curbside food waste in collection carts for composting. "We all reap the reward… Continue Reading


July 09, 2017

Cardin Says Trump Statements On Russia, Proposed Collaboration Put Country In Jeopardy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday in response to President Trump's series of statements about Russia: "Russia did not just meddle in our election - it engaged in a sophisticated attack equivalent to a political Pearl Harbor. They hacked our democratic institutions, spread lies through the media, and financed efforts to support the Trump campaign. "Now President Trump wants to work wit… Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Cardin Writes to Trump as Jewish Affairs Positions at White House, State Dept. Remain Vacant

"Given continuing incidents of anti-Semitism, including over a hundred threats to Jewish institutions in this country since the beginning of the year, and significant incidents abroad, I urge you to comply with the FY17 Omnibus and Public Law 108-332 and select a qualified individual to serve as the SEAS, and also appoint a qualified White House Liaison." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-S… Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Cardin Condemns Attack on Honduran Environmental Activists, including Berta Caceres’ Daughter

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after Bertha Zuñiga, daughter of slain environmental and human rights activist Berta Cáceres, was brutally attacked along with other activists in Honduras: "I am appalled at the ongoing targeted attacks against members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH. These attacks are unacceptable and… Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Cardin Writes to Trump as Jewish Affairs Positions at White House, State Dept. Remain Vacant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Trump Wednesday, requesting that he fill the vacancies of White House liaison to the Jewish community and State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism (SEAS). The Senator's letter follows: Dear Mr. President: I am writing to request the reappointment of two positions critical to the global and domestic fight against anti-Semitism - the White House li… Continue Reading


July 04, 2017

Cardin Statement on Independence Day 2017

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in advance of July 4, 2017, Independence Day. "Each year on Independence Day we mark the heart of the summer season with a celebration of our country, our people and our freedoms. Independence Day provides an opportunity for all Americans to display pride, spirit, and respect for each other and the country that binds us together as one community. This is a time to treat our fellow Americans as we would like to be treat… Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Maryland Senators Urge Governor Hogan to Protect Marine Mammals and Atlantic Fisheries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have written to Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md.) urging him to protect marine mammals and Maryland's fisheries from needless seismic surveying testing. Earlier this month, NOAA proposed Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHA), permits necessary to conduct damaging seismic surveying using airgun blasts that repeat every ten seconds, for 24 hours a day, for weeks at a time. Oil and gas companies conduct this surveying to find n… Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Improve the Affordable Care Act and Find Real Solutions to Fix Americans’ Health Coverage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, Thursday introduced new legislation, S. 1511, Keeping Health Insurance Affordable Act, to improve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill brings together several new and existing proposals that will improve the current health care system and address Americans' concerns with high health care costs in contrast to the House and Senate Republican plans that are focused solely… Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

Cardin, Capito Urge Overdue Reauthorization of Chesapeake Bay Program that Brings Federal Resources to Regional Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) have introduced bipartisan legislation (S.1429) to reauthorize the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program, a keystone regional partnership that works to restore the health of this national treasure. Water and pollution do not abide by state borders, making it essential that all watershed states have access to the resources that best contribute to the restoration and sustained health of the Che… Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Statement on House Move to Cut Funding for FBI Headquarters Consolidation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, criticized the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government's move to rescinded $200 million for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters relocation project in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriations bill. Senators Cardin and Van … Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Cardin Welcomes New Sanctions to Keep Pressure on North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Treasury Department announced new sanctions on Chinese businesses and individuals that support illicit North Korean financial activity: "Even President Trump now appears to recognize that a China-first approach to North Korea simply will not work. We should neither expect China to prioritize our interests over their own or solve our problem… Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Senator Cardin Addresses Venezuelan Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor Thursday to speak out on the humanitarian, economic and political crisis affecting the Venezuelan people under President Nicolas Maduro. Senator Cardin delivered the following remarks as prepared for delivery: "I come to the floor to speak about the rise of a failed state in Venezuela and the man-made tragedy that President Maduro has imposed on his citizens. "For th… Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $346,858 for Community Fire Company of Rising Sun

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $346,858 in federal funding for the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The grant will enable the purchase of 58 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment and face masks. Rising Sun volunteer first responders are currently using SCBA equipment that is 17 years old - well past their u… Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cardin Raises Concerns, Notes Progress In Annual Human Trafficking Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the State Department published its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report: "The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is an essential accountability tool which assesses governments' progress on anti-trafficking efforts globally and is critical to ensuring continued progress against the scourge of human trafficking. Human trafficking is one of … Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Cardin Raises Concerns, Notes Progress In Annual Human Trafficking Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the State Department published its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report: "The annual Trafficking in Persons Report is an essential accountability tool which assesses governments' progress on anti-trafficking efforts globally and is critical to ensuring continued progress against the scourge of human trafficking. Human trafficking is one of … Continue Reading

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