Press Releases & Statements

October 10, 2017

Cardin Calls Trump Administration Rollback of Clean Power Plan Regressive and Outright Dangerous

BALTIMORE - 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 the announcement by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt that the agency would be rescinding the Clean Power Plan rule. "The Trump Administration continues to define itself not by any positive accomplishments but by its singular focus on derailing any policies from the Obama Administration that were gene… Continue Reading


October 10, 2017

Cardin, Markey Lead Colleagues in Calling on Trump for Sustained American Diplomatic Campaign to Defuse Current Korean Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy Subcommittee, today sent a letter with their colleagues calling on President Donald Trump to lead a vigorous, sustained American diplomatic campaign to defuse the current Korean Crisis and resolve its underlying causes without starting a war. In the letter, the Senators indicat… Continue Reading


October 06, 2017

Cardin Responds to Rollback of Birth Control Protections

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Friday after the Trump Administration rolled back mandates on women's health related to contraceptive coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision that includes birth control as preventive health care, which health insurance plans must cover without any out-of-pocket costs. More than 62 million women have benefited from this provision that requires insurers to cover the full range … Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $4.1 Million Grant for Maryland Veterans Cemetery

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $4,145,539 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs grant for the expansion of the Rocky Gap State Veterans Cemetery in Flintstone, Maryland. The expansion of the cemetery will help lay to rest additional men and women who have served in our armed forces, impacting 37,000 veterans and their families. "Rocky Gap State Veterans Cemetery is a place of peace and reflection for our state's fallen heroes. These funds… Continue Reading


October 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3.1 Million Grant for BWI Airport

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $3,100,297 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) Airport. This investment will fund the addition of six additional boarding bridges to allow for the efficient movement of passengers and baggage. "BWI Airport is the heart of Maryland's aviation system and this federal investment will help keep it growing. From keeping Marylanders conn… Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Baltimore Delegation Statement on Appointment of Consent Decree Monitor Team

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), released the following statement after Judge James Bredar issued an order yesterday appointing the consent decree independent monitor team jointly recommended by the City of Baltimore, the Baltimore City Police Department (BDP), and the Department of Justice (DOJ): "We commend the City of Baltimore, BPD, and DOJ for coming together to a… Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Cardin Calls on Pruitt to Drop Delays to Chemical Accident Safety Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is calling on Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to have the EPA better regulate chlorosulfonic acid, the same chemical that created a toxic chemical cloud over South Baltimore a few weeks ago. The industrial accident forced residents and workers to shelter in place and caused some parents to bring their children to at least one local hospital for respirator… Continue Reading


October 04, 2017

Cardin Calls on Trump Not to Violate Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the coauthor of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA), released the following statement Wednesday amid continuing reports President Trump will not certify Iran's compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, as required by October 15: "I am disturbed by continuing reports that President Trump will not cert… Continue Reading


October 03, 2017

Cardin Questions Expulsion of Cuban Diplomats amidst Attacks on U.S. Personnel in Havana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Trump Administration announced it was expelling Cuban diplomats from the U.S. in the wake of attacks on American personnel in Havana: "The safety and security of U.S. diplomats and all American personnel overseas will always remain my top priority and the foremost priority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. These targeted attacks agai… Continue Reading


October 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on Worst Mass Shooting in Modern U.S. History

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas, which has left more than 50 people dead and 500 wounded: "I am heartbroken by the terror in Las Vegas. With the entire country, I am grieving for the senseless loss of life and praying for the victims, their families, and all those who were injured, whether by gunshot or the chaos that ensued. Much thanks also goes to the first responders who saved countless lives by help… Continue Reading


September 30, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Funding for Eastern Shore First Responders to Purchase New Equipment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced that the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department and the Preston Volunteer Fire Department have been awarded a total of $465,715 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to purchase new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to replace equipment that is past its useful lifespan and no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards. The Kent Island Volunteer Department, loca… Continue Reading


September 29, 2017

Cardin, Blunt Introduce Legislation to Help Patients with Kidney Disease

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) have joined together to introduce legislation that aims to protect and improve the delivery of high-quality care for patients with kidney disease. S.1890, the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act, would promote research, expand patient choice, and improve care coordination for hundreds of thousands of patients. Kidney disease is the 9th leading cause of death in the United States and more than 1 in 1… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $2.5 Million Grant for Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Mentoring Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced today a $2.5 million dollar grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in Baltimore County, Maryland. The grant funding will be used nationwide to support Badges for Baseball program, an initiative that pairs at-risk youth with civilian, law enforcement, public safety, and military mentors in afterschool baseball and softball programs. The program combines… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $875,000 Grant for Hagerstown Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $875,000 U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Field Airport to purchase a rotary plow vehicle which will enhance the airport's ability to clear the airfield during adverse weather conditions and keep the airport open. "These funds are a federal investment in Washington County, and all the businesses and residents who depend on our regional airports fo… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $63,415 Grant for Veterans’ Training at Wor-Wic Community College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $63,415 grant for veterans to receive training at Wor-Wic Community College for their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) program. This funding from the Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will allow the College to recruit and train 20 veterans to obtain their Class A and Class B licenses. Approximately 10 percent of the local population are veterans but the unemploym… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin, McCain Lead Colleagues in Seeking Safety, Accountability for Burmese Rohingya People

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, led twenty of their bipartisan colleagues in a letter to senior Trump Administration officials Thursday, urging them to apply the full weight of American diplomatic influence to help resolve the Rohingya crisis in Burma and Bangladesh. The Senators specifically called for providing additional humanitarian aid to those … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Welcome Designation of Dorchester County as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today lauded the announcement that Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore has been added to the counties designated as part of the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs). The designation will enable Dorchester County to receive federal resources to address the severe heroin and opioid threat facing the community. Public health-public safety partnerships will help further the coordination a… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues: DeVos’ Decision to Revoke Sexual Assault Guidance “Shows A Clear Lack of Concern” for Survivors

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a cosponsor of the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S. 856) to combat campus sexual assault, joined with 32 U.S. Senators to send a letter to U.S. Secretary of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos slamming her decision to revoke guidance that directs schools on how to handle investigations of sexual assault and urging her to reverse course. Secretary DeVos' decision has undermined the rights of sexual assault survivors and created chaos… Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill Promoting Diplomatic Strategy To Resolve Afghanistan Conflict

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the Promoting Peace and Justice in Afghanistan Act of 2017 Thursday, legislation to boost the United States' engagement in achieving a just, sustainable peace in Afghanistan. "The United States needs to center its engagement in Afghanistan around a bold, renewed effort to forge a negotiated political settlement and an accountable Afghan government that can deliver to its citizens … Continue Reading


September 28, 2017

Cardin Commemorates Third Anniversary Of Mexican Students’ Forced Disappearance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement commemorating the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico: "This week, we observe the third anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in the Mexican state of Guerrero. Even though three years have passed, the tragedy of this event continues to weigh heavily on the families of the victims who have yet to receive a con… Continue Reading

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