Press Releases & Statements

March 27, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Secures Commitment from NPS to Quickly Repair B-W Parkway

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) applauded the National Park Service's (NPS) announcement that it will immediately use emergency contracting authority to begin repairs on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Prior to the decision, Senator Cardin spoke by phone with National Park Service Acting Director Dan Smith to urge the NPS to accelerate their work on these issues. Details on… Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Feinstein, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Protect TPS Recipients

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced the Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression and in Emergency (SECURE) Act. This legislation would allow qualified Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) recipients to apply for legal permanent residency. TPS is a temporary, legal status granted to foreign citizens who are endangered by conditions in their home cou… Continue Reading

March 26, 2019

Cardin, Durbin Introduce Bill to Limit U.S. Arms Sales to Countries that Commit War Crimes, Human Rights Violations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) yesterday introduced new, bipartisan legislation to ensure that U.S. weapons are not provided to governments that engage in human rights abuses, commit war crimes, or have ties to extremist groups. The bill also is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.). S.854, the "Enhancing Human Rights Protections in Arms Sales Act of… Continue Reading

March 25, 2019

Cardin, Portman Introduce Senate Resolution in Support of Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have introduced a Senate resolution (S.Res. 120) expressing support for a democratic, Jewish State of Israel, as well as direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians leading to a two-state solution for the long-standing conflict. Companion legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Citing the rise of Anti-Semitism in the United States and globally, the bicameral, bipartisan resolution l… Continue Reading

March 24, 2019

Cardin Statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statements via social media following news that the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report had been delivered to the Attorney General. "The American people have a right to see the results of the Mueller report. We need to see the report itself, not a summary. Congress and the American public have been clear that nothing less is acceptable. "Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation has brought charges against 37… Continue Reading

March 20, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1 Million for Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (All D-Md.) have announced more than $1 million in affordable housing grants for Baltimore City and the region, including: $322,500 for the Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore, Inc.; $227,500 for the St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center; and $572,000 for AHC Inc.. Funded through NeighborWorks America, the grants will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable ho… Continue Reading

March 20, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Call for Acting Interior Head to Come Clean on Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON - Citing bipartisan concerns about the Trump Administration's push to expand offshore oil and gas drilling, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined colleagues in demanding answers from the current acting head of the Department of Interior prior to his upcoming confirmation hearing to permanently replace former Secretary Ryan Zinke. Interior's Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) is expected to announce in the coming weeks the next draft of its five-year National Outer Continental Shelf (… Continue Reading

March 15, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Terrorist Attack on Mosques in New Zealand

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, expressed deep condolences and called for tolerance and respect for all in the wake of the terrorist attacks on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at least 49 people dead: "We mourn the loss of 49 innocent worshipers who were tragically killed by terrorists driven by Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia.… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Resolution to Elevate U.S. Efforts to End Violence Against Children

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) John Boozman (R-Ark.) and introduced a bipartisan resolution that calls for a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to end violence against children globally. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one billion children worldwide are exposed to physical, sexual and mental violence in their communities, which includes being subjected to abuse, maltreatment, exploitation and more. Research shows exposure to violence negatively impa… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Jobs Act to Help Workers Access Training for In-Demand Career Fields

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act (S. 839), a bill that would help students access training for the 7.3 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part due to a shortage of qualified workers. The JOBS Act would close this "skills-gap" by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term job training programs so workers can afford the skills t… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Cardin Says Congress Had No Choice But to Vote to End the President’s Unlawful National Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke from the Senate floor prior to Senate approval of a resolution terminating the president's national emergency declaration for the southern border. The resolution was approved by a 59-41 bipartisan majority. Excerpts of his remarks follow. "I rise in strong opposition to President Trump's so-called 'emergency declaration' of a crisis and invasion at our southern border, and attempt to misapprop… Continue Reading

March 14, 2019

Cardin, Klobuchar, Van Hollen Call for Mandatory Transparency for Foreign Stakes in Election Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) have introduced legislation to bring greater transparency to America's election systems in an effort to protect our country from foreign interference, as occurred in the 2016 presidential election. The "Election Systems Integrity Act," would require disclosure of foreign ownership of election service providers. "The threats to our election systems fr… Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $700,000 ARC Grant to Complete Funding for Cumberland Wastewater Station

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (All D-Md.) have announced $700,000 in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Allegany County for upgrades to the North Branch Sewage Pumping Station outside of Cumberland, Maryland. This grant supplements existing funding for the project including $1,092,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program and $118,000 from Allegany County. The pump station's effi… Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Cardin Commemorates International Women’s Day with Remarks on the Floor of the U.S. Senate

Today I rise to commemorate International Women's Day, which occurred this past Friday, March 8, 2019. On this day each year, we recognize and celebrate women's incredible achievements and double down on our commitment to advance gender equality and women's empowerment, both at home and abroad. The theme of International Women's Day this year is "Think equal, build smart, innovate for change," which highlights the importance of finding new ways to advance gender equality, especially by utilizi… Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Cardin Says America’s Support for Saudis in Yemen Must Finally End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the full Senate, once again, approved a Senate Joint Resolution that would end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi- and UAE-led intervention in Yemen. "U.S. support for what has become an immense humanitarian crisis in Yemen finally must come to an end. America's strength is in our values and we must act when those values are being compromi… Continue Reading

March 13, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Former Maryland Governor Harry R. Hughes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement upon the death of former Governor of Maryland Harry R. Hughes, who served as Maryland's chief executive from 1979 to 1987 and passed away today at age 92. "Governor Hughes led Maryland with honesty, consistency, integrity and compassion. He understood that many of the most important functions of government were not those that drew the biggest headlines, and he would not shy from taking on intricately complex issues li… Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Cardin, Foreign Relations Committee Democrats Unveil Legislation to Thwart Trump Admin Efforts to Twist Climate Change Science and Eliminate its Utility for National Security Planning

WASHINGTON - In response to President Donald Trump's recent efforts to undermine the prudent use of climate change data and forecasting in national security planning and analysis, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 10 other Democrats, including all of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, introduced legislation to ensure that misguided political ideology on climate change does not compromise the quality of U.S. intelligence and national security strategies. The introduction of The Cl… Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Women's History Month and the Equal Rights Amendment

Mr. CARDIN. Madam President, this month we celebrate the storied history of incredible women in our country. We recognize the sacrifices made and the battles fought to ensure a future where our daughters and granddaughters are born into a world of equality and limitless opportunity. Throughout Women's History Month, we mark the historic strides women have taken to advance our culture, our sciences, our States, and our Nation. As we recognize these achievements, we must also assess and advoca… Continue Reading

March 12, 2019

Cardin, Blunt Lead Bipartisan Effort To Spur Economic Growth in Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (Md.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.) introduced the bipartisan New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019. The measure would promote investments in underserved communities by permanently authorizing a 39 percent federal tax credit for businesses or economic development projects in areas with poverty rates of at least 20 percent, or median incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median. "In Maryland, the New Markets Tax Credit has been deployed across our s… Continue Reading

March 11, 2019

Cardin: Trump Budget Will Cost Small Businesses

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's FY 2020 Budget, which could cost small businesses millions in additional loan fees owed to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and reduce critical business counseling: "While President Trump's budget is light on details, his proposed cuts to the SBA should be enough to strike fear in the small business communit… Continue Reading

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