Press Releases & Statements

November 01, 2017

Cardin Responds to NYC Terror Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement in response to the fatal terror attack in New York City Tuesday. "This terrorist attack that took the lives of eight people and injured at least a dozen more was tragic. My prayers and condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims - in the U.S., Argentina and Belgium - whose lives were shattered by this attack. I thank the first responders wh… Continue Reading


October 31, 2017

Cardin Calls EPA Attack on Science Dangerously Backwards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement in response to unprecedented and irrational changes to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board and other EPA Federal Advisory Committees (FAC) announced today by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "Science is the backbone of smart public policy. At every level of government, policy makers rely on scientists to provide answers an… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Cardin Raises Legal Authority Questions at AUMF Hearing with Tillerson, Mattis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks Monday at a hearing on 'The Authorizations for the Use of Military Force: Administration Perspective.': "I join you in welcoming our two witnesses, and join you in our strong desire for this Committee to operate in a nonpartisan way for the betterment of our national security. I thank you for conducting this hearing. "This is one of the most important topics t… Continue Reading


October 30, 2017

Cardin, Collins, Casey, Heller Laud Bipartisan, Bicameral Agreement to Repeal Therapy Caps

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Dean Heller (R-Nev.), lead sponsors of S. 253, the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, together lauded the bipartisan, bicameral deal struck by the Senate Finance Committee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the House Ways and Means Committee to permanently repeal the annual limit on per-patient therapy expenditures in Medicare ("therapy caps"). The agreement will protect Medicare … Continue Reading


October 27, 2017

Cardin Delivers Weekly Democratic Address on Tax Reform

Washington, D.C. - As Congressional Republicans and the White House continue to negotiate behind closed doors the details of a major overhaul to our tax code that they intend to ram through in an irresponsible and opaque process, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, delivers the Weekly Democratic Address, calling on Republicans to join with Democrats to create "real bipartisan tax reform that protects middle-income, working families." Cardin calls it a shame … Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin, McCain React to Administration’s Russia Sanctions Guidance Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following joint statement Thursday after the Trump Administration announced guidance related to Russia sanctions as required by the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The Senators were chief authors and negotiators of the bill: "The administration's announcement is a step in the righ… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin Ties Trump Sabotage Directly to Astronomical Hikes in Premiums for Marylanders with Individual Health Plans

WASHINGTON - Shortly after the Maryland Insurance Administration approved additional rate increases for 2018 individual health plans of up to 76 percent, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, responded with the following statement on the reasons behind the dramatic changes. The spikes come just days before open season begins for new plans. Video with an excerpt of his remarks is available here to DOWNLOAD or here to VIEW. "Marylanders now kno… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin, Stabenow, Brown, Wyden, Casey Call on Republican Leaders to Protect Retirement Savings Accounts in Tax Plan

WASHINGTON - Following recent reports that congressional Republicans are considering cuts to 401(k)s and other retirement plans in their upcoming tax bill, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Bob Casey (D-PA) called on Republican leaders not to reduce or eliminate incentives for retirement savings. In their letter, the Senators expressed their strong support for President Trump's recent commitment to protect retirement savings plans… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin Statement On Russia’s Decision To Stop UN Investigation Into Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Russia vetoed the renewal of a Syria chemical weapons oversight body in the UN Security Council earlier this week: "In 2015, the world came together to condemn the use of chemical weapons in Syria and set up an investigative body to hold accountable those responsible for such actions. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) - Jo… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin Criticizes Latest Trump Administration EO on Refugees as Devastating to Innocent People, America’s Global Reputation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Trump Administration issued a new Executive Order resuming "US Refugee Admissions With Enhanced Vetting" to restart the refugee resettlement program, which was suspended for 120 days as part of the travel ban. The new EO creates a new 90-day security review, in addition to the 120 day security review that was just completed, targeting 11 countries - E… Continue Reading


October 26, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join in Introducing Background Check Expansion Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and their Democratic colleagues in introducing the Background Check Expansion Act. This legislation would expand federal background checks to the sale or transfer of all firearms by private sellers, with certain reasonable exceptions. Under current law, unlicensed or private sellers are not required to conduct a background check prior to transferring a firearm. Research indicates t… Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Senator Cardin Recognizes UN Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday in recognition of UN Day. Celebrated annually on October 24, UN Day is the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945 and an opportunity to honor the goals and achievements of the United Nations: "For the past 72 years, the world has come together at the United Nations to reaffirm international norms and values and wo… Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Cardin Labels Burmese Rohingya Crisis ‘Genocide’, Presses Administration for Answers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a Committee hearing on 'Assessing U.S. Policy Towards Burma: Geopolitical, Economic and Humanitarian Considerations.' Senator Cardin is working with a bipartisan group of colleagues to draft legislation to clarify US policy towards Burma; place limits on our military engagement given the situation in Rakhine; explore whether economic or other sanctions are ne… Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $185,000 Grant for the Braddock Run Sewer System in Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $185,000 in federal funding to the Allegany County, Maryland for the rehabilitation of the Braddock Run Sewer System. Funding will support Phase V of the project to upgrade the Wrights Crossing Sewage Pump Station. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. "Reliable, up-to-date water infrastructure is critical to our daily l… Continue Reading


October 24, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.5 million in funding for Worton Wastewater Treatment Plant in Kent County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $1.5 million in federal funding to Kent County, Maryland for upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Worton. The funding includes a $534,000 grant and a $966,000 low-interest loan. Upgrades will help the treatment plant meet limits within discharge permit requirements. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. "Relia… Continue Reading


October 23, 2017

Cardin, McCain React to Revocation of Bill Browder’s U.S. Visa

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement Monday. The Senators are the co-authors of the 2012 Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and the 2016 Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: "We understand that William Browder's U.S. visa has been revoked due his inclusion on the Interpol list. According to Br… Continue Reading


October 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $249,544 Grant for Morgan State University

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Morgan State University $249,544 to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The project -- Pathways to Enhance Retention of Students in Science to Transition (PERSIST) - seeks to address the roadblocks that freshmen students experience in STEM disciplines with targeted interventions. The overall goal is to significantly … Continue Reading


October 20, 2017

Cardin and Van Hollen Joined University Professors to Highlight the Importance of Dreamer Students at Higher Education Institutions and Call for Quick Passage of the Bipartisan Dream Act

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) joined Dr. James McShay from the University of Maryland, Dr. Matt A. Bareto from UCLA, and Monica Sibri, founder of CUNY DREAMers, for a press call highlighting the critical role Dreamers play in higher education. Speakers called for quick passage of the bipartisan Dream Act to allow these talented young people the opportunity to continue their studies and contribute to the only country they cal… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cardin Says Republican-Only Budget is Fiscally Irresponsible

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, lamented how the budget passed Thursday along partisan lines by the Senate will do immense harm to our nation and our economy, should the policies it promotes be enacted into law. Senator Cardin was especially critical of the reconciliation process established for tax reform, which will lead to an explosion in the deficit and attacks on programs that help working families across the country. "A bu… Continue Reading


October 19, 2017

Cardin Budget Amendment Would Have Kept the Deficit from Ballooning to Pay For The 1 Percent’s Tax Cuts

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans rejected a budget amendment today from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) that would have stopped them from exploding the deficit in order to provide tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Senator Cardin's amendment (#1375) raised a point of order against any legislation that includes tax cuts that would cause or increase a deficit or reduce a surplus. "I am amazed that self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives think it is acceptable to increase America's deficit by $1.… Continue Reading

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