Press Releases & Statements

April 11, 2019

Cardin, Young, Durbin, Rubio, Merkley Renew Call for Sanctions on Burmese Officials for Rohingya Atrocities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), along with Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have renewed their bipartisan effort to impose sanctions on senior Burmese military officials who were responsible for the systematic human rights abuses against the Rohingya people and other minorities in Burma. Over 727,000 Rohingya have been forced from their homes following decades of systematic discrimination and dehumanization. The Burma Hum… Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Cardin, Warner, Van Hollen, Kaine Push for More Than $150 Million for Metro

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, with Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), are pushing to continue funding the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) at a level of at least $150 million for Fiscal Year 2020, with a specific request for more. For 10 years, the regional Senate delegation has taken the lead in providing Metro with dedicated federal funding for capital projects and enhanced safety. In a letter to the chair and ranking mem… Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

Cardin and Blunt Introduce Resolution in Support of Peace and Stability in Colombia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), co-chairs of the Atlantic Council's Colombia Task Force, have introduced a Senate Resolution supporting efforts by the Government of Colombia to pursue peace and regional stability. "Colombia has made great strides to bring peace, security, good governance, and economic prosperity to its country." Senator Cardin said. "This resolution reaffirms the U.S. commitment to our strategic partnership with Colombia and dedication to t… Continue Reading

April 09, 2019

Cardin Renews Call to Restore Voting Rights to Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced the Democracy Restoration Act (DRA) of 2019 (S. 1068) to restore the right to vote in federal elections to individuals released from incarceration. In many states, legislation prevents individuals who have served their time from voting. The House of Representatives passed this bill as a part of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) on March 8, 2019, and it is included in companion legislation introduced in the Senate on March 27. This bill … Continue Reading

April 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Press President Trump to Designate Venezuela for TPS

WASHINGTON - In light of the ongoing violence, deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla., Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others wrote to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to ensure that Venezuelan… Continue Reading

April 07, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Maryland Speaker Mike Busch

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), issued the following statement on the passing of Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates Mike Busch. "Marylanders are grieving the loss of one of their own today. Mike Busch was a force in Annapolis and he left a progressive imprint on the state that without hyperbole will last for generations. For me, and for Myrna, the loss is intensely personal. We have lost a dear friend and our hearts are broken while we mourn with his wife, his family, and hi… Continue Reading

April 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Applaud $90 Million Dollar Investment in Baltimore Penn Station

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement applauding the announcement of Amtrak's Master Development Agreement with Penn Station Partners to provide $90 million in funding to modernize and improve Baltimore Penn Station: "Commuters throughout Maryland rely on Baltimore Penn Station every day. This funding will make necessary updates to improve the lives of those who live and work in our community. We're glad to see this significant inves… Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Cardin, Bipartisan Group Introduces the VERDAD Act, Comprehensive Legislation to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, along with Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bill … Continue Reading

April 03, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleages Request Deputy Inspector General Investigate Data Suppression at DOI

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today joined Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in writing a letter to Deputy Inspector General Mary L. Kendall requesting that she investigate "the suppression of a Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion that was due to be completed and released in Dec… Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Cardin and Democratic Colleagues Reintroduce Medicare-X to Provide Low-Cost, High-Quality Insurance to Every American

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined with Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Tina Smith (D-Minn., Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Gary Peters (D-Mich., and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today to reintroduce legislation that would create Medicare-X, a public plan that would offer families, individuals, and small businesses additional, low-cost health insurance choices and create more… Continue Reading

April 02, 2019

Cardin, Portman Lead Bipartisan Bill to Make Work Opportunity Tax Credit Permanent

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced bipartisan legislation - the Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Jobs Act - to make permanent the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which encourages employers to hire individuals who face significant barriers to employment. Currently, the WOTC expires on December 31, 2019. The WOTC provides an employer tax credit of between … Continue Reading

April 01, 2019

Cardin Calls Trump Move to Cut Off Aid to Central American Countries Reckless and Counterproductive

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's decision to end foreign assistance in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. "The decision to stop foreign assistance to Central America actively undermines the security interests of the United States. It is reckless and counterproductive. This assistance enjoys w… Continue Reading

March 29, 2019

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposed SNAP Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan letter that raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule to make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw the proposal. "The proposed changes would take food assistance away from Anericans struggling to find stable employment while doing nothing to help them to actually become permanently employed," the Senators wrot… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Make Child Care More Affordable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and 19 Democratic colleagues in introducing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit Enhancement Act to make child care accessible and more affordable for working families. This legislation builds on the popular Child Care Tax Credit by increasing the full tax credit amount and making the full credit available to more working families. "Families in Maryland and across the nation are faced wit… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cardin, Cummings, Baltimore Congressional Delegation Introduce Legislation Honoring Henrietta Lacks

WASHINGTON - Today, during Women's History Month, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-07), U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) introduced the Henrietta Lacks Enhancing Cancer Research Act, legislation honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks. The bill will examine access to government-funded cancer clinical trials for traditionally underrepresented groups. Lacks,… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cardin, Udall, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), today in introducing legislation to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, a dangerous neurotoxin linked to brain damage in… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

15 Coastal Senators to Oppose Interior Secretary Nomination: A Vote for Bernhardt is a Vote for Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following his confirmation hearing Thursday in the Energy and Natural Resources committee, a coalition of 15 East and West Coast senators announced their intent to vote "NO" on David Bernhardt's nomination for Interior Secretary due, at least in part, to his role in expanding offshore drilling that threatens their states' coastal economies. In declaring their opposition, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), E… Continue Reading

March 28, 2019

Cardin, Burr Introduce Bill to Improve Intercountry Adoption Information Reporting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.) have reintroduced the Intercountry Adoption Information Act, which would provide updated, quality information to Americans trying to adopt children from other countries. IN addition to Cardin and Burr, this bipartisan legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). "Adoption should be a meaningful and profound proce… Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Cardin, Udall, Democratic Caucus Introduce “For the People Act”

WASHINGTON − U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and all 47 members of the Senate Democratic Caucus today in introducing the For the People Act, a sweeping package of comprehensive reforms that would end special interest corruption of our politics and make government work for the people. The landmark legislation, companion legislation to H.R. 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, aims to restore the promise of… Continue Reading

March 27, 2019

Cardin Floor Statement on the Bipartisan Enhancing Human Rights in Arms Sales Act of 2019

Mr. President, today I rise to speak about the Enhancing Human Rights in Arms Sales Act of 2019, which I was proud to introduce on Monday with my colleagues, Senators Dick Durbin, Ron Wyden and Ed Markey. Senators Jeff Merkley, Chris Van Hollen, Robert Casey, and Rand Paul also cosponsored the bill this week. Our bipartisan bill takes critical steps to ensure that U.S. manufactured weapons are not used in the commission of heinous war crimes, the repression of human rights, or by terrorists wh… Continue Reading

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