Press Releases & Statements

July 24, 2017

Cardin Condemns Afghanistan, Pakistan Bombings, Calls For Comprehensive Strategy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan and Lahore, Pakistan killed scores of civilians in both countries: "I condemn the horrendous bombings today in both Kabul and Lahore and I offer my condolences to the families of those killed and wounded. These events are vivid reminders of the insecurity in that region perpetrated by violent extremist and terrorist… Continue Reading


July 22, 2017

Cardin Reacts To House Sanctions Bill On Russia, Iran, North Korea


July 21, 2017

Cardin Renews Call to Create a National Standard for Restoring Voting Rights to Formerly Incarcerated Americans

WASHINGTON - As the Trump Administration looks for ways to legalize voter suppression through its Commission on Election Integrity, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced legislation - the Democracy Restoration Act of 2017 that would strengthen American communities by restoring voting rights to individuals after they have returned to their communities after being released from incarceration. Studies indicate that former prisoners who have voting rights restored are less likely to reoffen… Continue Reading


July 21, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $499,970 National Science Foundation Grant to University of Maryland Baltimore County to Advance Understanding of Earth’s Climate

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) will receive a $499,970 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to train graduate students, postdocs, as well as junior faculty in disciplines to advance knowledge of atmospheric radiation and the Earth's climate system. "This is a federal investment both in Maryland's students and in our ongoing efforts to fight climate change, which begins by t… Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Cardin Statement On Exxon Penalty For Sanctions Violation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the Treasury Department announced a $2 million penalty against ExxonMobil for violations of Ukraine-related sanctions due to its business pursuits with Russia: "In 2014, U.S. sanctions were imposed on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and illegal occupation of Crimea. Congress played an important role in passing two sanctions bills in 2014 tha… Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $53,226 AmeriCorps Grant to Combat Opioid Epidemic on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that Salisbury State University has been awarded a $53,226 AmeriCorps Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund the ShoreCorps/Partnership for Adolescents on the Lower Shore (PALS) program to help combat the opioid epidemic on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. "This grant represents a federal investment in our fight to combat the ongoing opioid crisis, which continues to… Continue Reading


July 20, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $37,203 AmeriCorps Grant to Combat Opioid Epidemic in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that Frostburg State University has been awarded a $37,203 AmeriCorps Grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund the Conquering Opiate Abuse Together (COAT) program to help combat the opioid epidemic in Western Maryland. "This grant represents a federal investment in our fight to combat the ongoing opioid crisis, which continues to impact families in every corner of Maryland… Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Cardin, Roberts Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Encourage Retirement Savings Through Employee-Owned Companies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today introduced legislation to encourage retirement savings by fostering the growth of S corporations that are owned by Employee Stock Ownership Plans ("S-ESOPs"). Through changes to the tax code and educational outreach to companies, the bipartisan Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act would eliminate barriers that businesses and their owners currently face in establishing new S corporation ESOPs or exp… Continue Reading


July 19, 2017

Cardin Calls for Release of Amnesty International Staff, Human Rights Activists Recently Detained in Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the Turkey Director of Amnesty International and other human rights activists were arrested in Turkey: "I am deeply alarmed by the detention of Amnesty International's Turkey Director, Idil Eser, along with five other human rights activists earlier this week. Commitment to fundamental freedoms and an active civil society are critical to the fu… Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Latest Republican Attempts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, released the following statement: "No, Mr. President, it won't be 'easier' to let Obamacare fail. It won't be easier for the 32 million Americans who will lose their health coverage because you and Congressional Republicans are hell bent on killing a program that truly was working until you decided to throw a wrench into the system. It won't be easier for the 19 million Americans who will lose… Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $140,000 for Eastern Shore Economic Development

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $140,000 to the Eastern Shore for the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). Both the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore and the Mid-Shore Regional Council for the Eastern Shore will receive $70,000, benefiting Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. Each C… Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $143,888 Grant for Bay Bridge Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced a $143,888 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, Md. The funding will help repair lighting and approach surfaces on the runway. "This funding enables necessary safety enhancements for a unique regional resource. The Bay Bridge Airport provides a key link for local communities and helps those who love the Chesapeake Bay more expediently reach their destinations, … Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Cardin Remarks At Hearing On State Department Reorganization, Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following opening remarks Monday at a Committee hearing on State Department reauthorization legislation, and reorganization planning by the Trump Administration: "This is an extremely important hearing, the review of the State Department reauthorization bill for FY 2018 as well as the State Department's reorganization plans. "Chairman Corker has laid out what both of us feel very pa… Continue Reading


July 17, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $300,000 Grant for Western Maryland Rural Health Care Development

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded a $300,000 grant to the Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC) West in Cumberland, Maryland. AHEC West serves Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia on health care issues. Their mission is to support healthcare practice transformation through increased collaboration among hospitals, Federally Qualified Health… Continue Reading


July 14, 2017

Cardin, Senators Introduce Legislation to Prevent Creation of Cybersecurity Unit with Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), and senators have introduced legislation to prevent the creation of a cybersecurity unit with Russia. The legislation follows the suggestion from the President that the United States should partner with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on a joint cybersecurity unit. The No Funds for Cyber Coordination with Russia Act of 2017 says that the President should publicly accepts U.S. intell… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Cardin, Schumer, Van Hollen, Gillibrand Urge State Dept. Not to Return MD, NY Compounds to Russians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wrote to Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon Thursday ahead of his meetings with Russian officials next week, urging him not to return the Russian compounds in Maryland and New York that were seized last year because of the Kremlin's spying operations and treatment of American diplomatic personnel. "S. 722, which passed the Senate on June 14 by a vote … Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Cardin Mourns Death of Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Human Rights Activist and Nobel Laureate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the death of Liu Xiaobo, who was serving an 11-year sentence in Chinese prison after calling for peaceful political change in that country. International health experts and politicians, including Senator Cardin, had called for his release from prison for liver cancer treatment. In 2010, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: "Today, the world ha… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Cardin Remarks on TIP Report, State Dept. Reorganization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a hearing Thursday on the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, and also took the opportunity to raise concerns and later question the witness, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, about the Administration's proposed reorganization of the State Department: "Let me thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, for this hearing. At this heari… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Cardin on Russia Sanctions Bill Latest Developments

Today at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the ranking member, made the following remarks on the latest developments related to the Russia sanctions legislation pending in the House of Representatives: "Chairman [Corker] and I have been very focused on trying to get the Russia sanctions bill passed in the United States House of Representatives. I want to thank the Chairman. We've expressed as much flexibility as we possibly can to our colleagues in t… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

HELP for Wildlife Act Floor Statement

"Mr. President, a few weeks ago, I joined Senators Barrasso, Capito, Klobuchar, Boozman, and Baldwin in introducing S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation- HELP- for Wildlife Act. "This bill represents a more than $100 million annual Federal investment in the protecting the bay. The bill has several provisions, one of which reauthorizes the programs at the heart of restoring and maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. S. 1514 reauthorizes the U.S. En… Continue Reading

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