Press Releases & Statements

November 28, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on HUD to Improve Oversight of Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), along with seven of their Senate colleagues, in sending a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) urging the agency to immediately improve its oversight of lead-based paint hazards in federally-assisted housing to ensure that families and children are protected from exposure to lead. The letter comes on the heels of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reco… Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Applaud U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY2019 Work Plan’s Focus on Critical Navigation, Restoration Projects in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today applauded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) FY2019 Work Plan, which directs the investment of more than $10 million in additional federal funding for critical navigation and ecosystem restoration projects in Maryland. The annual Army Corps Work Plan defines where project money can be spent across the country, above and beyond the itemized funding in the FY2019 appropriations bills. Every year the Army Corp… Continue Reading

November 28, 2018

Cardin Statement on Ending U.S. Involvement in Yemen Conflict

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after voting to advance Senate Joint Resolution 54, which would end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi- and UAE-led intervention in Yemen. "The conflict in Yemen has become a humanitarian nightmare and our involvement does not advance the interests of the United States, our partners, or regional stability. "America's strategic partnership with … Continue Reading

November 27, 2018

Cardin Responds to General Motors Plan to Close White Marsh Facility

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement regarding the announcement by General Motors (GM) that it will be shutting down its facilities in White Marsh, Md.: "Highly green and environmentally friendly, dedicated to building next-generation electric drivetrains and transmissions, and a plant itself that has been designed with an eye toward sustainability. These are the best descriptors for the GM Baltimore operation tha… Continue Reading

November 21, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration to Rescind Rule Unnecessarily Punishing International Students

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) have joined 16 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Director Francis Cissna of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) urging him to rescind a policy change that would unnecessarily punish international students who inadvertently violated the terms of their visa. Due to the United States' complex and difficult to navigate immigration and education system, many students do not know they have violated the te… Continue Reading

November 20, 2018

Cardin Responds to White House Statement on Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, issued the following statement regarding the White House and Saudi Arabia. "Outrageous and unprecedented. The United States of America is supposed to stand up for justice and human rights at home and abroad. For the president to knowingly come to the defense of an individual who it appears ordered the murder of a political criti… Continue Reading

November 20, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Praise the Naming of Salisbury Post Office After Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) praised Senate-passage of H.R. 4913, designating the United Postal Service Office at 816 East Salisbury Parkway in Salisbury, Maryland, as the "Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner Post Office Building." Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner admirably served multiple deployments with the U.S. Army, most notably as the senior enlisted advisor for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in Kabul. He was killed in 2014 after a convoy… Continue Reading

November 19, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $144 Million for Clean Water in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $144 million in federal funding for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. The loan will be used to make extensive repairs and upgrades to the District's aging water infrastructure, which also services Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Funds for the project come from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 2014 (WIFIA), which established the federal loan and guarantee program… Continue Reading

November 16, 2018

Cardin Calls on Secretary DeVos to Protect Victims of Campus Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a cosponsor of the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S. 856), released the following statement regarding Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' release of the Department's proposed Title IX Enforcement Rule. "Since her confirmation hearing, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has failed to understand her role in protecting a student's constitutionally guaranteed right to an education. Despite the 2016 Department of Justice's Bureau of Jus… Continue Reading

November 15, 2018

Cardin Calls Magnitsky Sanctions on Saudis Implicated in Khashoggi Murder Important But Short of Full Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued sanctions against 17 individuals implicated in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi: "Today's response by the Trump Administration to a bipartisan request from the Senate for a thoro… Continue Reading

November 15, 2018

Senator Cardin Denounces Firing of Jeff Sessions, Says U.S. Must Stay Grounded in the Rule of Law on Senate Floor

Remarks as delivered on the Senate floor: "Mr. President, I rise to discuss the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions by President Trump immediately after the mid-term elections, as well as the ongoing Justice Department investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. "The only transparency to be found in the Trump White House is in the president's disdain for the Mueller investigation into the 2016 election. After multiple g… Continue Reading

November 14, 2018

Cardin Statement on His Vote to Protect the Chesapeake Bay from Dangerous Invasive Species

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following remarks for the Congressional Record Wednesday on his vote against S. 140, The Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2018, to protect the Chesapeake Bay and keep passengers safe from harm. Senator Cardin is a strong supporter of the U.S. Coast Guard, its operations at Curtis Bay and the incredible work it does keeping Americans safe on the Chesapeake Bay and across the nation. Senator Cardin: "I rise to express my opp… Continue Reading

November 13, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $150,000 for Hagerstown Community College

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $150,000 in federal funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Hagerstown Community College Energy and Trades Training Center. This funding will allow the College to purchase workforce training equipment and technology for the newly-constructed Center, which will in turn provide hands-on experience for students enrolled in the Alternative Energy Technology and Industrial and Engineerin… Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Cardin Calls on President Trump to Follow the Law and Withdraw His Latest Anti-Immigration Policy

BALTIMORE - 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, issued the following statement on President Trump's latest attempts to bypass the law when it comes to immigration policy. "The President should stop trying to demonize refugees and immigrants fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries. Congress, not the President, has the authority to ena… Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Cardin Commemorates the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht

BALTIMORE - On the 80th anniversary of the deadly Kristallnacht, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, called on leaders across the U.S. and around the world to condemn hate speech and the violence that it spurs. "Kristallnacht or 'the Night of Broken Glass' is a painful reminder of what can happen when hate is allowed to flourish. On November 9 and 10, 1938, authorities in Germany, Austria, and what is now the Cz… Continue Reading

November 09, 2018

Cardin Thanks Service Members, Families on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement commemorating Veterans Day 2018: "This Sunday marks the centennial of one of the most significant moments in U.S. history: the end of the Great War, World War I. The measure of death and destruction wrought by the Great War proved that modern innovations had forever changed the scale and danger of international conflict. World War I gave birth to prominent military installations in Maryland, like Fort Meade and Aberdeen… Continue Reading

November 07, 2018

Cardin Calls Sessions’ Firing a Transparent Step Toward Limiting the Mueller Investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to President Trump firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "The only transparency to be found in the Trump White House is in the president's disdain for the Mueller investigation into the 2016 election. After multiple guilty pleas and convictions among the president's campaign advisers, he is relentless in his campaign to find any way possible to limit the scope of the ongoing investigation. I did not suppo… Continue Reading

November 02, 2018

Cardin, Senate Democrats to Secretary Azar: End Efforts to Redefine Sex to Exclude Transgender Persons

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined his Senate Democrat colleagues in sending a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar demanding that the Department end any effort to redefine sex to exclude transgender and gender nonconforming people. "The redefinition of sex reported in The New York Times would have devastating consequences for millions of people who do not recognize themselves as the sex assigned to them at birth or who are gender non… Continue Reading

November 01, 2018

Senators to FBI: Provide Documents on President Trump’s Possible Involvement in FBI Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), have sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray to request information regarding the extent to which President Trump and the White House were involved in the abrupt decision to reverse course on plans for the FBI headquarters project, and whether that involvement was appropriate. T… Continue Reading

October 31, 2018

Cardin, Wicker Announce New Legislation to Assist People Struggling with Rising Water Bills

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Wednesday announced legislation he has introduced with Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that would establish new pilot programs to assist low-income families afford their rising water bills. The bipartisan bill, the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2018 (S. 3564), would establish 32 programs nationwide for low-income residents to receive aid in paying their drinking water bills, and an equal number (32) of programs designed to assist … Continue Reading

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