Press Releases & Statements

May 16, 2018

Cardin Statement on Haspel Nomination for CIA Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). "The Director of the CIA holds an incredible amount of sensitive information in their hands on a daily basis. As such, he or she must embrace the rule of law, transparency and accountability while striving to uphold the Constitution while keeping Americans safe. H… Continue Reading

May 16, 2018

Cardin Urges House to Immediately Approve Senate-Passed Resolution to Keep Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, spoke from the floor of the Senate Wednesday prior to Senate votes to maintain net neutrality protections contained in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2015 Open Internet Order. Full video of his remarks can be downloaded here or viewed here. Excerpts follow. "Internet Service Providers are basically utility companies that provide internet service to our constit… Continue Reading

May 16, 2018

Cardin, Cummings Lead Congress in Effort to Protect State and Local Witnesses from Violence and Intimidation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (both D-Md.) have reintroduced legislation that would direct the U.S. Attorney General to award competitive grants to protect witnesses in violent crimes. The Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2018 (S. 2855/H.R. 5834) establishes a program geared to state and local governments to establish and maintain short-term witness protection programs in cases involving homicides, violent felonies, serious drug offenses, … Continue Reading

May 15, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge FCC to Expand Rural Health Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined a bipartisan group of 30 U.S. Senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase the funding cap for a program aimed at improving the quality of health care available to patients in rural areas. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the Senators highlight the need to strengthen the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program to address the shortage of broadband connectivity for rural health care prov… Continue Reading

May 15, 2018

Cardin Again Warns Trump Administration Against Transfer of Small Arms Export Oversight from State to Commerce Depts.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump Administration informed Congress it is moving ahead with a plan to transfer from the State to the Commerce Department, oversight of small arms and munitions exports. The new structure would undo the current policy of automatic Congressional review for sales over $1 million. A 45 day public comment period now commences before the policy is chang… Continue Reading

May 14, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Laud New Maryland Medicare Agreement

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) expressed their support for the agreement between the State of Maryland and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the future of Maryland's All-Payer Demonstration Model - Maryland's innovative approach to hospital payments. This has been a successful statewide effort that covers 800,000 Medicare beneficiaries and 6 million Marylanders. The agreement announced today will allow Maryland's work to con… Continue Reading

May 14, 2018

Cardin Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Israel’s Founding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the nation of Israel: "Seventy years ago today, the nation of Israel was conceived, fulfilling the millennia-old aspirations of a people constantly persecuted for their faith. In Israel, Jews around the world could look to a permanent home founded in their faith tradition and their values, particula… Continue Reading

May 10, 2018

Cardin Lauds $1 Million FEMA Grant for Ellicott City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Thursday praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for awarding $1,044,224 in additional federal funding for Ellicott City to decrease the frequency and severity of area flooding. The funds will be used to upgrade water infrastructure in and around Main Street, improving public safety and providing added insurance against water damage for local businesses. "This federal investment in Ellicott City will improve some of the area's most vul… Continue Reading

May 09, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Win Hard-Fought Maryland Priorities in New Water Infrastructure Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today highlighted the importance for Maryland communities of newly introduced legislation that will enable much-needed improvements to our nation's water infrastructure. Introduced Tuesday by the Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Subcommittee ranking member Senator Cardin, EPW chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), committee ranking member To… Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) honored the critical work of federal, state, county, and local government employees and members of the uniformed services by joining their colleagues in passing a bipartisan resolution designating this week - May 6-12, 2018 - as Public Service Recognition Week. Maryland is home to more than 136,000 federal civilian workers and 46,000 members of the armed forces. "Whether it's Maryland's educators pouring their hearts into … Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $15,000 EPA Grant for UMBC

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $15,000 in federal funding through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to investigate innovative ways to tackle the issue of nutrient pollution, which impairs water and environmental quality. This new technology aims to sustainably remove nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium pollution from urine. The grant was awarded through the People, Prosperity,… Continue Reading

May 08, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call for Stronger Investment in Student Health and Safety

WASHINGTON - In the face of the opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities and gun violence that is endangering the health and wellbeing of America's youth, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) wrote a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leadership calling for stronger federal investments that enhances student health and safety. The letter requests the highest possible funding allocation for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant under Title IV-A of the … Continue Reading

May 04, 2018

Cardin Says Trump Administration’s Honduras TPS Decision Based on Politics, not Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Trump Administration announced it was ending Temporary Protected Status for Honduran nationals living in the United States: "Each successive immigration action by the Trump Administration further confirms that such decisions are made solely with regard to politics and satisfying the president's base, and not about security, economics, or huma… Continue Reading

May 03, 2018

Cardin Recognizes World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day: "All around the world, every day, reporters work to gather facts, ask questions, and report the news in the spirit of the free, open, and transparent societies and governments that all people deserve. Too often, reporters are harassed, jailed, and even killed simply because of the nature of their intrepid … Continue Reading

May 01, 2018

Cardin, Risch Urge SBA to Better Protect Small Businesses from Cyber Threats

Washington - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jim Risch (R-ID), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, sent a letter to Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon to examine strategies for improving the content and delivery of cybersecurity assistance for small business owners. Their letter follows a recent committee hearing on cybersecurity preparedness, where these ideas were discussed. "In 2015, the National Small… Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Cardin Welcomes Korean Diplomatic Progress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday following the pledge between the leaders of South and North Korea to work toward denuclearization and formally end the Korean War: "I applaud the leaders of South and North Korea for their willingness to enter into frank, wide-ranging dialogue toward resolving one of the most intractable conflicts in the world. The images of Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un… Continue Reading

April 27, 2018

Senate Passes Cardin, Risch Resolution Designating April 29 – May 5 as “National Small Business Week”

Washington - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jim Risch (R-ID), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today announced Senate passage of a bipartisan resolution recognizing April 29 - May 5, 2018 as the 55th National Small Business Week. The Risch/Cardin resolution celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of America's small business owners and the invaluable contributions they make to economic output and job creation in communities across the… Continue Reading

April 26, 2018

Cardin Leads Senators in Urging a Farm Bill Free of Environmental Poison Pill Riders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has brought together 28 of his colleagues to urge the leadership of the Senate Agriculture Committee to reject any efforts to politicize the upcoming Farm Bill. "For decades, the Farm Bill has provided comprehensive farm and food policy that is supported by members of both political parties. But increasingly, crucial must-pass bills are used as opportunities to attach environmentally harmful prov… Continue Reading

April 25, 2018

Cardin: Small Businesses Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today highlighted the growing threat of cyberattacks on America's 30 million small businesses during a committee hearing on strengthening small firm cyber defenses. Cardin heard testimony from security experts that cyberattacks cost the U.S. economy more than $57 billion in 2016. Witnesses shared survey data indicating only 12 percent of small businesses have a… Continue Reading

April 24, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Congress to Fully Fund Wallops

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen are urging Congress to fully fund upgrades and investments in Wallops Flight Facility. Wallops Flight Facility, located just south of Maryland's border with Virginia, plays a crucial role in both National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Defense missions. Wallops employs over 500 Marylanders. This funding would build on the $15 million that Senators Van Hollen and Cardin secured for Wallops in the Fiscal Year… Continue Reading

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