Press Releases & Statements

August 24, 2017

Maryland Lawmakers Demand AG Sessions Explain Why He is Holding Funds for Fighting Violent Crime in Baltimore Hostage to Extreme Immigration Agenda

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) are among 53 members of the United States House and Senate who are demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions explain why he is holding critical violence prevention funds used by Baltimore, Chicago, and other American cities hostage to the Trump Administration's extreme immigration agenda. The Department of Justice has placed new and onerous co… Continue Reading


August 21, 2017

Senators Press Justice, Homeland Security Departments on Investigation of Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today pressed the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to confirm whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Sebastian Gorka is under investigation for falsifying his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization. According to news reports, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Gorka as a member … Continue Reading


August 18, 2017

Cardin Lauds the Elevation of Fort Meade’s Cyber Command

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded with the following statement to the White House announcement that it was elevating U.S. Cyber Command, which is currently a subordinate unit to Strategic Command, to its own Combatant Command. "We live in a digital world where the online battlefield can be as dangerous as the front lines. We continuously need to work to ensure that our military is always ready and able to fend off continuing… Continue Reading


August 17, 2017

Cardin Statement On Deadly Mud Slides In Sierra Leone

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after news reports confirmed more than 400 people lost their lives and 600 were still missing from mudslides that occurred on a hillside in Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown, after heavy rains struck the area. "I'm profoundly saddened to hear of the tragic loss of life in the past days due to mudslides caused by heavy rains. I offer… Continue Reading


August 17, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration to Back Off Plans to Reopen Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in urging the Trump administration to back off recently-announced plans to reopen offshore drilling leases around the U.S. This move could potentially jeopardize coastal economies and the environment along the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. On June 29, President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that they are reopening the Inte… Continue Reading


August 16, 2017

Cardin Statement on Annual International Religious Freedom Report

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's release of the International Religious Freedom Report for 2016: "In too many places around the world, governments are implementing legal restrictions on religious communities, or failing to protect religious minorities. Based on the annual International Religious Freedom Report from the State Department, I am deeply concerned that many … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Cardin: The President Has Obliterated Any Semblance of Moral Leadership that Americans Expect From Their President

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the President's latest response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville this weekend. "It is difficult to describe the most recent display that the country and the world witnessed from the President of the United States today. Rather than using this moment to bring our country together, he used his bully pulpit to act like the worst form of a bully, equating white supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis with protesters … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Cardin Asks Tillerson for Answers on Lingering Vacancies and Lack of Nominees for Senior State Department Positions

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing his grave concerns about the vast number of high-level vacancies at the State Department. Coming within weeks of the five-year anniversary of the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya, Senator Cardin is seeking details on plans to fill the vacancy of Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, as well as most other high-level positions… Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Cardin Urges President Trump to Uphold and Defend DACA and Protect DREAMers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 5th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: "Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On this day, we must pause to consider where the 800,000 young people (known as DREAMers) who have come out of the shadows thanks to this program would be without it. "DACA recogni… Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Cardin Statement on Presidential Memorandum on China’s Trade Practices

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement in response to the President's memorandum addressing China unfair trade laws, policies, practices, and actions related to intellectual property, innovation, and technology. "We face many challenges in our economic relationship with China, especially with respect to that country's failings in Intellectual Property (IP) protec… Continue Reading


August 14, 2017

Cardin Calls Hate on Display in Charlottesville un-American

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued the following statements Saturday, as events were unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. "The hate on display in Charlottesville has been horrific and un-American. My heart goes out to the families of those killed. I am united with all those who unambiguously condemn the bigotry and viole… Continue Reading


August 11, 2017

Cardin, McCain Prod Trump Administration to Use Global Magnitsky Tools to Punish Human Rights Violators and Corrupt Officials from Around the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, authors of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act (P.L. 114-328), have written to President Trump requesting that his Administration vet and determine whether 20 individuals and entities from across the globe meet the criteria to be sanctioned in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Act. The Global Magnits… Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $208,160 for C&O Canal National Historical Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $100,000 grant for the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The grant will be matched by $108,160 in partner funding by the C&O Canal Trust, Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern, and the C&O Canal Association for a project total of $208,160. "The C&O Canal National Historical Park is one of Maryland's most beloved landmarks, generating economic … Continue Reading


August 09, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $12,490 for Antietam National Battlefield

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Park Service has awarded a $6,000 grant for Antietam National Battlefield. The grant will be matched by $6,490 in partner funding from the Save Historic Antietam Foundation for a project total of $12,490. "This federal investment in Antietam National Battlefield will help preserve one of Maryland's most important historical landmarks so that future generations may go and learn about a cri… Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

Cardin Statement on North Korea

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the President's latest response to North Korea. "President Trump's comments were not helpful and once again show that he lacks the temperament and judgement to deal with the serious crisis the United States confronts. We should not be engaging in the same kind of blustery and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war. No one should think that a conflict wi… Continue Reading


August 08, 2017

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Hold Private Prisons Accountable

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently introduced legislation - The Private Prison Information Act of 2017 - that would ensure that non-federal prisons are held to the same standard of information sharing and record keeping as federal detention facilities. Increasing transparency and accountability, S. 1728, extends the obligation to respond to Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests on the federal contracting agencies using existing FOIA procedures. Private prison companies that re… Continue Reading


August 07, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Seek to Preserve Baltimore’s Historic Landmarks

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have introduced legislation to preserve two of Baltimore's historic resources: President Street Station, the oldest surviving urban railroad terminal in America, and P.S. 103, the elementary school where Thurgood Marshall first learned many of the lessons that would make him a legendary lawyer and American jurist. Two bills, S. 1645 and S. 1646, respectively, instruct the Department of the Interior to conduct special resource… Continue Reading


August 05, 2017

Cardin Statement on United Nations Security Council Resolution Strengthening Sanctions on North Korea

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted on a new resolution to impose additional sanction on North Korea following its two recent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. "Today's UN Security Council resolution sends an important signal to North Korea that if it continues down its provocative pathway of nuclear and ballistic missile prolife… Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Applaud Final Passage of Washington Metrorail Safety Commission Resolution

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded the final passage of a joint resolution to establish the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. The Commission will be empowered to adopt and enforce tough rules to improve Metro safety. The resolution, which passed the Senate unanimously, will head to the President to be signed into law. "Now that Congress has passed the legislation, I urge the jurisdictions to quick… Continue Reading


August 04, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on Sessions to Condemn Excessive Use of Force Following Trump Remarks

WASHINGTON - In response to President Trump's comments encouraging law enforcement to use excessive force, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) joined Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) this week in urging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make clear that the Justice Department will not tolerate excessive use of force by federal law enforcement. The senators wrote: "The improper use of force is mi… Continue Reading

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