Press Releases & Statements

September 13, 2017

Cardin Calls Health Care a Human Right, Says Universal Coverage is “Absolutely Essential”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, has continued his call for Congress to work in a bipartisan way to improve upon the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, solidifying the truth that affordable, quality health care is a right and not a privilege that all Americans should have access to regardless of income or zip code. "I believe health care is a human right and that universal coverage is absolutely essential. W… Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Baltimore Delegation Statement on Federal Freddie Gray Case

Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2017) - Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-MD) in issuing the following statement on reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not bring federal charges against the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray: "We are disappointed by reports that DOJ will not seek justice for Freddie Gray, but we a… Continue Reading


September 12, 2017

Cardin Reiterates State Department Reorganization Concerns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Tuesday at a nominations hearing for Mr. Eric Ueland, the nominee to serve as the Undersecretary for Management at the Department of State: "Mr. Ueland, it's good to see you, a member of the Senate family. You get certain privileges, but not all, by your association with the United States Senate. "You have been nominated to a position of great trust an… Continue Reading


September 11, 2017

Cardin Commemorates 16th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: "Sixteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent people lost their lives in terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, including the first responders and volunteers who put their own lives at risk to help others. We will never forget their stories and their sacrifice. On Am… Continue Reading


September 07, 2017

Cardin Calls on Secretary DeVos to Maintain Protections for Student Victims of 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' Title IX Enforcement Announcement. "It's appalling that the Secretary of Education would try to dilute the Department of Education's landmark 2011 campus sexual assault protections. The Department of Justice found that one in five women experiences sexual assault in college. This should lead us t… Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

U.S. Senators Write Tillerson, Haley Regarding Guatemalan President’s Threat in Fight Against Corruption

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent the following letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Hailey expressing concern about Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales' attempt to expel Mr. Ivan Velásquez, head of the United Nations' International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), from that country. In the letter, the Senators state, "We believe that combatting impunity and strengthening the r… Continue Reading


September 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on Violence Against Rohingya Minority in Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday amidst escalating violence in Rakhine, Burma: "I remain deeply concerned by escalating violence against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state. New reports of horrific crimes, including rape, indiscriminate killings, and the burning of entire villages by the Burmese military are alarming The sheer brutality of the violence is evidenced by the more th… Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $3 Million for Montgomery County Airpark Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $2,812,938 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Montgomery County Airpark Airport (GAI) in Gaithersburg, Md. Authorities will use the funds to rehabilitate and enhance a key runway, including construction of a new lighting system designed to assist aircraft during low-visibility conditions. "These funds are a federal investment in all the Montgomery County businesses and residents who depend o… Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $5.6 Million for Western Maryland Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $5,660,000 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for two Western Maryland airports. The grants will be used the fund repairs and improvements to the airports' runways, including the construction of taxiway extensions. The Richard A Henson Field Airport (HGR) in Hagerstown will receive $260,000, while the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport (CBE) in Cumberland will receive $5,400,000. … Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $700,000 for Eastern Shore Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $669,454 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for four Eastern Shore airports. The grants will be used to fund repairs and improvements to the airports' runways, including the removal of large obstructions. Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) in Salisbury will receive $90,000; the Easton-Newnam Field Airport (ESN) in Easton will receive $89,935; the Bay Bridge Airpor… Continue Reading


September 05, 2017

Cardin: Trump Decision to End DACA Inexplicably Upends American Values by Ripping Apart Families of 800,000 DREAMers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's order that would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In Maryland, estimates show there are almost 10,000 DACA recipients, and nearly 9,000 DACA workers, with an annual GDP boost to the state of more than a half-billion dollars annually. "America is a compassionate and diverse country that v… Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Cardin Responds To Tillerson Letter On Special Envoys

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after receiving a letter from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the State Department's planned organizational changes related to ambassadors-at-large, special envoys and related positions: "I agree with Secretary Tillerson that there is room for examining the use of our Special Envoys, a number of which were created for challenges that we no longer fa… Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Mnuchin Not to Abandon Plans to Put Tubman on Twenty-Dollar Bill

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to urge him not to abandon plans to put Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill. Earlier today on CNBC, Mnuchin refused to commit to moving forward with the plan, which was announced during the Obama Administration. "Those we honor on currency make a statement about our nation and our values," the Senators wrote. "We urge you to move forward to honor Harriet Tubman and m… Continue Reading


August 31, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $483,316 for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services to Hire 4 Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services has been awarded $483,316 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 4 full-time firefighters. The additional firefighters will that the county can respond to fire and emergency medical service calls throughout the County. "This grant is a federal investment in Allegany County's firefighters and residents alike," said Senator Cardin.… Continue Reading


August 30, 2017

Cardin Criticizes Trump’s Rejection Of Dialogue In North Korea Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday in reaction to President Trump's latest tweet on North Korea: "Yesterday, the President said all options remain on the table related to North Korea. Today, he has rejected dialogue and negotiation. The threat from North Korea is too grave to give up on diplomacy now. Foreign policy cannot be conducted via Tweet. Instead, President Trump should work w… Continue Reading


August 29, 2017

Cardin Statement On North Korean Missile Launch Over Japan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan: "The latest provocation from Kim Jong-un's regime, directly threatening our treaty ally Japan, has further heightened tensions in the region and is a clear indication that the administration's approach is not working. North Korea's actions are a violation of multiple United Nations Security Cou… Continue Reading


August 28, 2017

Team Maryland Applauds the Signing of the Full Funding Grant Agreement for the Purple Line

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), along with U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congressmen John Sarbanes (MD-03), John K. Delaney (MD-06), Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), and Jamie Raskin (MD-08) praised action by the Federal Transit Administration to sign the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Maryland Transit Administration for the Maryland National Capital Purple Line project. "Job creation and economic development rely on c… Continue Reading


August 24, 2017

Maryland Lawmakers Demand AG Sessions Explain Why He is Holding Funds for Fighting Violent Crime in Baltimore Hostage to Extreme Immigration Agenda

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) are among 53 members of the United States House and Senate who are demanding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions explain why he is holding critical violence prevention funds used by Baltimore, Chicago, and other American cities hostage to the Trump Administration's extreme immigration agenda. The Department of Justice has placed new and onerous co… Continue Reading


August 21, 2017

Senators Press Justice, Homeland Security Departments on Investigation of Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today pressed the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to confirm whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Sebastian Gorka is under investigation for falsifying his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization. According to news reports, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Gorka as a member … Continue Reading


August 18, 2017

Cardin Lauds the Elevation of Fort Meade’s Cyber Command

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded with the following statement to the White House announcement that it was elevating U.S. Cyber Command, which is currently a subordinate unit to Strategic Command, to its own Combatant Command. "We live in a digital world where the online battlefield can be as dangerous as the front lines. We continuously need to work to ensure that our military is always ready and able to fend off continuing… Continue Reading

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