Press Releases & Statements

April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $14 Million for Affordable Housing, Emergency Housing and Community Development in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $14 million in grant awards to Montgomery and Prince George's County to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds for Montgomery County, Prince George's County and the City of Bowie (CDBG) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, The Emergency Solutions … Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More than $45 Million for Affordable Housing, Emergency Housing and Community Development in Baltimore City and the Greater Baltimore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $45 million in combined grant awards to Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Harford County to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds for the region through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)… Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $2 Million for Affordable Housing, Emergency Housing and Community Development in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $2 million in grant awards to Annapolis and Anne Arundel County to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated funds for the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and the… Continue Reading


April 19, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $17 Million in Funding for Maryland AmeriCorps

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $17 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps. "The AmeriCorps program brings together federal, state, and local partners to strengthen our communities and address our greatest challenges," said Senator Cardin. "I'm pleased to congratulate the staff and volunteers on their 25th anniversary and look for… Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Cardin Urges All Americans to Read the Mueller Report

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following response to the public release of a redacted version of the Special Counsel's Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference In the 2016 Presidential Election. "I encourage all Americans to read the Mueller report and draw their own conclusions. The report lays out in stark detail Russia's attacks on our country before and during our 2016 presidential election. I… Continue Reading


April 16, 2019

Cardin, Carper, Duckworth Urge EPA, Army Corps to Abandon ‘Dirty Water Rule’ Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At the close of the public comment period, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) led 13 other senators in sending a letter yesterday to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) R.D. James urging them to reverse course on the dangerous Dirty Water Rule proposal to gut the Obama-era regulations to protect the Waters of the United States (WOTUS). Also known a… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Cardin, Scott, Johnson, Correa Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Recognition of April as National Minority Health Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), along with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) and Congressman J. Luis Correa (CA-46), are leading a bipartisan, bicameral coalition introducing a resolution to promote minority health awareness and to bring attention to the discrepancies in health care faced by minority populations including American Indians, Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These g… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $4.4 Million for Public Housing in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $4.4 million in federal funding for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements in Western Maryland. This grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. The funding was awarded as follows: · Frederick Housing Authority - $824,403.00 · Housing Authority of the Ci… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.8 Million for Public Housing on the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $1.8 million in federal funding for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements on the Eastern Shore. This grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. The funding was awarded as follows: · Housing Authority of Crisfield - $703,814.00 · Havre de Grace Housing … Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $4 Million for Public Housing in Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $4 million in federal funding for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements in Anne Arundel County. This grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. The funding was awarded as follows: · Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County - $1,461,697.00 · Housing Au… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.4 Million for Public Housing in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $1.4 million in federal funding for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. This grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. The funding was awarded as follows: · College Park Housing Authority - $174,601.00 · H… Continue Reading


April 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $19.8 Million for Public Housing in Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $19.8 million in federal funding for the development, financing, and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements in Baltimore, Maryland. This grant was awarded to the Housing Authority of Baltimore City through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Public Housing Capital Fund. "Every Marylander - every American - deserves a safe and affordable place to c… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Protect Taxpayers from Fraud

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced legislation to allow the IRS to require minimum standards for paid tax preparers. Around 60 percent of taxpayers use paid preparers and the IRS receives more than 10,000 complaints per year about bad actors. While the Justice Department and IRS are able to prosecute preparers for fraud, the D.C. Circuit's 2014 decision in Loving v. IRS weakened taxpayer protections by bar… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation to Cut Taxes for Workers & Families

WASHINGTON - Ahead of tax day, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act. At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). EITC and CTC are two of the most effec… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Cassidy Lead Effort to Reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – The Country’s Largest Conservation Grant Maker

WASHINGTON - In an effort to protect local habitats in Maryland, Louisiana and nationwide, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) have reintroduced legislation (S. 1139) that would reauthorize and fund the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for five years, through 2024. As the Nation's largest conservation grant-maker, NFWF has been instrumental in completing conservation projects around the Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and across all 50 states. NFWF grants fun… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Wicker Work to Improve Local Authority for Bike and Pedestrian Alternatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today announced legislation (S. 1098) to support and improve the highly successful Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) run by the U.S. Department of Transportation. TAP is predicated on the idea that local governments should exercise authority over dedicated federal transportation funding for local active transportation priorities, including bikeways and sidewalks - infrastructure that reduces traffic congestion, prov… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Sullivan Reintroduce Bill to Increase Trade with Democratic Ally Mongolia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) introduced legislation Thursday to improve U.S. trade relations and economic ties with Mongolia, a democratic nation bordering Russia and China that shares many of the same values and national security priorities as the United States. The Mongolia Third Neighbor Trade Act recognizes Mongolia's success as a democracy, strategic location; sovereignty; territorial integrity; and ability to pursue an independent foreign policy… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Cramer Introduce the Nuclear Powers America Act of 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today introduced the Nuclear Powers America Act of 2019, a bill to provide existing nuclear power plants with an investment tax credit. "Our fleet of commercial nuclear reactors provides a crucial source of carbon-free, base load electricity. We need to reduce our reliance of fossil fuels, so it is imperative that we keep these reactors operating - safely - while we continue to work on demand reduction, renewables, energy… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin Statement on Bernhardt Confirmation as Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of David Bernhardt as the Secretary of the Interior. "I opposed the Bernhardt nomination because I oppose all drilling off the Atlantic Coast. The Atlantic coast contains some of the most pristine coastlines in America and our region is very much aware of how fragile the Chesapeake Bay is and what would be in jeopardy from an oi… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin Responds to President Trump’s Assault on Clean Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works, Foreign Relations, Finance, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees, today released the following response to President Donald Trump's executive orders that attempt to undercut our country's bedrock environmental protections. "President Trump's latest affront to the Chesapeake Bay is also an affront to the entire concept of states' rights. The president's attempts to make it harder for … Continue Reading

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