Press Releases & Statements

January 31, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Respond to GAO Report on WMATA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) along with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) released the following statement on the findings of a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report regarding Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) capital planning and maintenance program: "We requested the GAO study because we were concerned - after multiple safety lapses - about WMATA's capital funding of and processes for performing ma… Continue Reading

January 31, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Legislation To Support Maryland School Construction and Renovation Needs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have signed on as original cosponsors to the Rebuild America's Schools Act (S. 266), a bill that would provide $100 billion in federal resources to rebuild and modernize schools throughout the nation and Maryland. Maryland public schools have an estimated $4 billion backlog in capital improvement needs. Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) introduced the Rebuild America's Schools Act yesterday. "Our children should not be forced to m… Continue Reading

January 30, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.1 Million for Baltimore Civic Works’ YouthBuild Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $1.1 million in federal funding for the YouthBuild program at Civic Works, Inc. of Baltimore through the U.S. Department of Labor. With these funds, Civic Works will collaborate with Park Heights Renaissance to create summer employment for local youths. Of the 62 participants enrolled in the program, 50 will be trained in construction and 12 will be trained in their proposed Construction Plus Healthcare progr… Continue Reading

January 29, 2019

Democratic Senators Introduce Pay Raise for Federal Employees

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation to provide federal employees with a 2.6 percent cost of living increase. Last year, President Trump announced a pay freeze for civil servants for 2019, which he can do unilaterally unless Congress acts. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on their companion legislation to this measure on Wednesday. "Federal worker… Continue Reading

January 28, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today led a bipartisan letter with 27 of their colleagues to Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), urging the Administration to provide back pay for federal workers as soon as possible. The Senators write, "More than 800,000 federal workers have gone without pay because the government shutdown locked them out of their jobs or required them to work without pay. These workers … Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Cardin, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Ensure Women Equal Rights in the Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced Friday the introduction of a Senate Resolution (S. J. Res. 6) that would immediately reopen consideration of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Thirty-seven states, of the 38 needed, have already ratified the amendment, which was first proposed in 1972. Illinois was the last state to ratify the ERA in May 2018. Nevada ratified the ERA in March 2017. Only one more state is needed among: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas… Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Cardin Amendment Spurs an End to the Federal Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Less than 24 hours after U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) led a bipartisan group of 17 Senators in an hour-long colloquy about reopening government by supporting a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR), President Trump and Senate leadership have endorsed such a plan for good faith negotiations on border security only after the government reopens. "Last night, we brought a large, bipartisan group of senators together who all agreed that too many critical functions of our government… Continue Reading

January 25, 2019

Cardin on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Ranking Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following statement on International Holocaust Commemoration Day, which is Sunday, January 27: "The anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland is a day set aside by the international community for the remembrance of the Holocaust. Faced with the deadly consequences of ignorance, hatred, and con… Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Banks, Creditors to Implement Relief Measures for Federal Workers Struggling to Pay Mortgage, Monthly Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in calling for banks, lenders, and financial institutions to work with their customers who have been impacted by the partial government shutdown and are at risk of falling behind on their monthly bills. As the Trump Shutdown continues into its fifth week, many of the 800,000 federal employees who have been furloughed or forced to work without pay are unsu… Continue Reading

January 24, 2019

Virginia & Maryland Senators ask Childcare Providers for Flexibility on Behalf of Parents Affected by the Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) in requesting financial flexibility from childcare organizations for parents and guardians affected by the partial government shutdown. Among the expenses piling up for these families, who do not know when their next paycheck will come, are steep costs of childcare-a necessity parents cannot forgo. With a regional shortage of daycares, many parents are continuing to pay … Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Stand Up for Federal Employee Insurance Benefits

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) today in urging the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to do everything in its power to prevent the termination of dental and vision insurance coverage for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. In a letter to OPM, the Senators stood up for the federal employees who risk losing their coverage unless they pay out of pocket for premiums th… Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Cardin Statement on Democratic Upheaval in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the events unfolding in Venezuela: "I applaud the courage of the democratically-elected Venezuelan National Assembly and the Venezuelan people who today have taken an important step to restore the rule of law and end the brutal dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro. I continue to support them and the Organization of the American States, the Lima Group, and o… Continue Reading

January 23, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Slam Trump Admin for Putting Big Oil Interests ahead of Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today joined his colleagues in decrying the Trump Administration's recent move to put the interests of giant, billion-dollar oil and gas companies ahead of struggling federal workers who are not getting paid and continue to be held hostage by the Trump Shutdown. The senators demanded answers after the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decid… Continue Reading

January 20, 2019

Maryland & Virginia Senators Raise Cyber Concerns about Foreign Rail Cars on Metro

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) along with Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), wrote to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld to express safety and security concerns regarding the possibility that Metro may award a contract to build its newest 8000-series rail cars to a Chinese manufacturing company. The Senators wrote, "In the transportation sector, there has been increased interest fro… Continue Reading

January 19, 2019

Cardin Responds to President Trump’s Latest Statement on Border Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Finance committees, released the following statement in response to President Trump's remarks on border security. "Let's reopen the government and then have a debate about the president's ideas on border security and the many proposals that have circulated through Congress and even passed either the House or Senate. We all want secure borders; we all want protections for the Dreamers and TPS recipi… Continue Reading

January 18, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen 170 Members of Congress Sign Letter to Trump on Shutdown Housing Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined 170 of their Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to President Trump on the direct and immediate consequences of the shutdown on housing security for more than four million Americans across the country who rely on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) rental assistance initiatives. The Senators state, "We write to express our deep concern regarding the harmful impacts the current governme… Continue Reading

January 17, 2019

WMATA: Metro Losing $400,000 a Day During Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON - Following inquiries by Maryland and Virginia Senators, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) disclosed today that it is losing, on average, $400,000 each weekday during the government shutdown. In response, the Senators issued the following statement: "At a time when Metro already is undertaking substantial, disruptive projects to improve safety and reliability, President Trump's shutdown is jeopardizing the health and stability of the entire Metro system. This… Continue Reading

January 17, 2019

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 a new S corporation ESOPs or e… Continue Reading

January 16, 2019

Cardin Joins Tina Smith, Colleagues, in Introducing the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.), along with their colleagues Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), introduced legislation to secure back pay for the federal contractor employees who continue to go without pay during the current government shutdown. The bill - the Fair Compensation for Low-Wage Contractor Employees Act - aims to help low-wage federal contractor employees, including janitoria… Continue Reading

January 16, 2019

Cardin Bill to Provide Back Pay for Furloughed Federal Workers is Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of S. 24, the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, issued the following statement after President Trump signed the bill into law Wednesday. "Twenty-six days into the federal government shutdown, we are bringing some long-term relief to furloughed workers, but we still need to reopen the government immediately. The promise of back pay will not cover the cost of rent or groceries today. It won't make a car payment or cover prescriptions. Thi… Continue Reading

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