Press Releases & Statements

July 30, 2018

All Democratic Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation Request Extension for Public Comment Period on Title X Gag Rule

WASHINGTON - Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and Representatives Cummings, Hoyer, Sarbanes, Delaney, Brown, Raskin and Ruppersberger, all Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation, have sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Office of Management and Budget Administrator Neomi Rao, requesting an extension for the public comment period for the proposed Title X gag rule. "We are writing to request that you extend the public comment period for the gag rule propose… Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Demand Answers from SSA’s Treatment of Unions and Federal Employees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) are raising serious concerns about the treatment of unions and federal employees at the Social Security Administration (SSA), following President Trump's recent executive orders attacking civil servants. They have sent separate letters to SSA's Acting Commissioner and Associate Commissioner for Labor-Management and Employee Relations [LINK], the nominee to be the Commissioner [LINK], and the nominee to be the Deputy Commissi… Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Cardin Defends Freedom of the Press on U.S. Senate Floor

Remarks as delivered on July 26, 2018: "I rise today to talk about the importance of a free press and its role, since the founding of our Nation, in protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans. "I was on the Senate floor on July 12th talking about a recent tragedy, a mass shooting at the Annapolis-based Capital Gazette. A man who had a long-standing grudge against the newspaper for accurately reporting news about him shot his way into the newsroom and killed five good peo… Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Voter Intimidation, Efforts to Suppress the Vote with False Information Would be Illegal Under New Bill

WASHINGTON - Aiming to combat efforts to intimidate or disenfranchise voters, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), and Patrick Leahy (Vt.) today introduced legislation that would prohibit and penalize knowingly spreading of misinformation, such as incorrect polling locations, times, or the necessary forms of identification in order to suppress voter turnout. "Nearly 50 years after Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, we are still fighting to ensure … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Cardin, McCain File Legislation to Add Sergei Magnitsky Law to CAATSA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced legislation Thursday to add the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act to the Russia sanctions review section of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). Senators Cardin and McCain, the co-authors of the 2012 Magnitsky Act, remain concerned about the Administration's posture toward Russia, particularly after the Helsinki Summit between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. The l… Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Cardin, Portman Introduce Protecting Taxpayers Act to Make IRS More Responsive & Accountable to Taxpayers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today unveiled bipartisan legislation - the Protecting Taxpayers Act - to reform a number of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) functions and administrative practices in order to make the agency more responsive and accountable to taxpayers. Specifically, the bill is designed to (1) revitalize the IRS organizational structure and management; (2) increase taxpayer protections and modernize enforcement procedures; (3) improve small… Continue Reading

July 25, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on Republicans to Drop Harmful Plan Discriminating Against Potential Foster or Adoptive Parents and Youth in Foster Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today joined 38 of their Senate colleagues in an effort to stop congressional Republicans from promoting discrimination against LGBTQ Americans seeking to be foster or adoptive parents. In a letter to Senate appropriators, the senators slammed a House Republican proposal passed earlier this month that would shield taxpayer funded adoption and child welfare agencies that refuse to provide services to children and parents on the ba… Continue Reading

July 25, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $2 Million in Federal Funding to Combat Maryland Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $1,975,085 in federal funding to fight Maryland's opioid health crisis. The National Health Emergency (NHE) Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, and will be used to assist Marylanders who have been impacted by the epidemic to find and secure gainful employment. "The opioid and heroin epidemic is a public health crisis that hurts every state in our country, and every… Continue Reading

July 25, 2018

Cardin Welcomes Path Forward for Maryland, D.C. Emoluments Lawsuit against Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after a federal judge permitted an Emoluments Clause-related lawsuit filed by Maryland and the District of Columbia against President Trump to move forward: "I applaud the Attorneys General of Maryland and the District of Columbia for pursuing this important case. Lawmakers, law enforcement officials, and good governance and ethics experts have warn… Continue Reading

July 24, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges EPA to Reconsider Good Neighbor Petition, Provide Air Pollution Relief

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider its denial of Maryland's petition requesting that action be taken to provide relief against out-of-state air pollution stemming from neighboring states. In particular, the delegation's letter to the EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler noted 36 electric generating units located upwind of Maryland's border that - due to prevailing wind patterns - are disproportionately … Continue Reading

July 23, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $6.4 Million for Western Maryland Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $6,400,000 million in funding for Western Maryland regional airports. A $1,000,000 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant is being awarded to Hagerstown Regional Airport, Richard A. Henson Field in Hagerstown, Md. Authorities will use the funds to rehabilitate and enhance 5,500 feet of runway, as well as begin expanding the terminal building to accommodate a greater number of passengers and luggage. A $5,4… Continue Reading

July 20, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $94,132 in Funding to the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $94,132 in federal funding for the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company of Washington County through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). This funding will allow the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Company to install a sprinkler system in the station, bringing it into compliance with National Fire Protection Association standards. "Our first responders deserv… Continue Reading

July 20, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $500,000 Grant for Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $500,000 in federal funding for the University of Maryland's Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This funding will allow MFRI to purchase crucial equipment, including 25 sets of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, 25 sets of turnout gear, breathing air compressors, hazmat spill materials, and a simulation tr… Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Cardin, Boozman Lead Bipartisan Bill to Empower Women-Led Enterprises Around the World

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Boozman (R-AR), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation that aims to eliminate global gender-related barriers and empower female entrepreneurs around the world. Women make up the majority of the world's poor. They are often held back by gender-specific constraints to economic empowerment, such as lack of access to financial services and credit. The Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act aims to addr… Continue Reading

July 19, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges DHS to Evaluate Statewide Electoral Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Chris Van Hollen and all members of the Maryland delegation in the House of Representatives, Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin, today urged Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to respond favorably to Maryland's request for technical assistance to review and protect t… Continue Reading

July 18, 2018

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Encourage Police Departments to Improve Training and Standards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has re-introduced the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA), S. 3195, which is designed to address the issue of police accountability and build trust between police departments and the communities they serve. This legislation provides incentives for local police organizations to voluntarily adopt performance-based standards to ensure that incidents of misconduct will be reduced through appropriate management, training and oversight protocols… Continue Reading

July 18, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $300,000 in Funding for Allegany and Garrett Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $317,000 in grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for Allegany and Garrett counties. A $242,000 grant is being awarded to the Maryland Broadband Cooperative to improve Allegany and Garrett Counties' internet infrastructure. The funds will be used to construct or light more than 60 miles of fiber cable, expanding bandwidth capabilities and bringing increased internet speeds to the region… Continue Reading

July 16, 2018

Cardin calls Trump-Putin Summit, Foreign Trip Detrimental to U.S. National Security Interests, Values

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who earlier this year commissioned a major report on Vladimir Putin's attacks against democracy, universal values, and the rule of law in Russia and throughout Europe, released the following statement Monday after the conclusion of a summit between President Trump and Mr. Putin in Helsinki, Finland: "President Trump's conduct in Helsinki was dangerous and flies in the face of how the leader o… Continue Reading

July 16, 2018

Team Maryland Urges Trump to Consider Capital Gazette Hero for Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON - Today, members of Maryland's Democratic Congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump to consider Wendi Winters - a victim of the mass shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom last month - for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is awarded by the President to men and women who have made meritorious contributions to the security of the United States, to world peace, to culture or to other significant endeavors. Winters… Continue Reading

July 13, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Action on Election Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today spoke out about the revelations that a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin owns ByteGrid LLC, the company that hosts Maryland's statewide voter registration, candidacy, and election management system; the online voter registration system; online ballot delivery system; and the unofficial election night results website. "This latest news from Annapolis reinforces the reality that Russia has been systematically inf… Continue Reading

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