Press Releases & Statements

December 20, 2018

Cardin Votes to Avoid a Partial Shutdown, Vows to Continue Fight for Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement about the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) to fund portions of the federal government through February 8, 2019. "Continuing resolutions should not be the norm in the federal appropriations process. It is a good thing for the American people and especially federal workers that we are on track to avoid a partial shutdown of … Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Cardin Praises New Agreement Providing New, Legal Pathways for Cuban Baseball Players

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, offered the following statement in response to an announcement from Major League Baseball which will permit Cuban players with a safe and legal path to play for U.S. ball clubs: "I welcome the announcement from Major League Baseball. For far too long, Cuban ball players who wish to join U.S. clubs have had to risk making dangerous journeys or indebting themselves to human traffickers. This… Continue Reading

December 19, 2018

Cardin, Portman Introduce Sweeping Reforms to Strengthen Americans’ Retirement Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced the Retirement Security & Savings Act, a broad set of reforms designed to help Americans save more for retirement and increase access to 401(k)s and other retirement plans. The measure includes more than 50 provisions to increase savings in 401(k)s and IRAs, help improve coverage in the small employer market and among part-time workers, reduce barriers to lifetime income retirement options, and allow empl… Continue Reading

December 18, 2018

Cardin Praises Bipartisan Passage of the First Step Act by 87-12 Vote, Says It Must Be the Start of Criminal Justice Reform Efforts, Not the End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a cosponsor of the First Step Act, offered the following remarks during Senate floor debate and passage of the criminal justice reform legislation on Tuesday night: "I'm very pleased that the Senate passed the First Step Act tonight, with strong support from both parties. My colleagues on both sides of the aisle understand that our criminal justice system is badly broken and in need of repair, and just as the name suggests, passage of tonight's bill… Continue Reading

December 14, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $4.1 Million for Lead Hazard Reduction in Baltimore

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $4.1 million in federal funding to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in Baltimore City housing units. The funding, awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will allow the City to address lead hazards in 250 housing units, providing safer homes for low-income families. Baltimore City will also use the funding to perform healthy homes assessments to identify lead and o… Continue Reading

December 13, 2018

Saying America’s Strength is in Our Values, Cardin Says US-Saudi Relationship Can Endure but Must Change

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the full Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 54, which would end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi- and UAE-led intervention in Yemen. The Senate also approved a strong rebuke to Saudi Crown Prince Muhamad bin Salman, identifying him as responsible in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "America's strength is in o… Continue Reading

December 13, 2018

Maryland Federal Delegation Receives $91 Million Commitment from CSX for Howard Street Tunnel Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, Andy P. Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin, met Thursday at the U.S. Capitol with CSX CEO Jim Foote to discuss a path forward on replacing the Howard Street Tunnel, which has widely been described as "ancient." The meeting comes almost exactly one year after Foote met with the Maryland delegation to revie… Continue Reading

December 13, 2018

Senate Passes Cardin, Young Bipartisan Bill to Bolster U.S. Leadership in Genocide and Atrocity Prevention

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded Senate passage by unanimous consent Wednesday of the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act (S. 1158) bipartisan legislation to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the … Continue Reading

December 12, 2018

Senator Cardin Defends Press Freedom, Applaud's TIME Magazine's "People of the Year" Choice

Remarks as delivered on the Senate floor tonight: "I rise today to commend Time Magazine for their selection of their 'Person of the Year' as 'The Guardians and the War on Truth.' I say it is related because Jamal Khashoggi is one of the figures on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the Guardians. "In making their selection, Time Magazine wrote: 'For taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to civil discourse, for speak… Continue Reading

December 12, 2018

Cardin on Senate Passage of Resolution to Overturn Trump Dark Money Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, called the passage of a resolution of disapproval that would overturn a Treasury ruling that hides the identities of large donors from U.S. tax authorities, "a positive step that will restore some semblance of transparency in the flood of outside money in elections." The rule change that the Senate voted to overturn would have opened the door to anonymous "dark money" donations and would have significantly ha… Continue Reading

December 11, 2018

Cardin Lauds Passage of Farm Bill Supporting Maryland Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the overwhelmingly bipartisan 87-13 approval Tuesday of the Conference Report for the Farm Bill. The key conservation title in the amended H.R. 2 triples the amount of funding for the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) while streamlining program participation requirements with a "focus on increasing producer access, improving conservation outcomes, and simplif… Continue Reading

December 07, 2018

Cardin, Democratic Senators Raise Alarm Over Human Rights in Cameroon

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising deep concerns about violations of human rights, the breakdown in the rule of law, and elections fraud in Cameroon. In addition to Senator Cardin, the letter was also signed by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Kamala Harri… Continue Reading

December 07, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $6.5 Million in Federal Funding for Port of Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, John P. Sarbanes, Andy P. Harris, M.D., John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $6,554,575 in federal funding for the Maryland Port Authority. The grant will be used to construct a second berth capable of serving ultra large container ships and cargo, as part of the Port of B… Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

Cardin Announces Senate Passage of Small Business Size Standards Legislation

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today announced Senate passage of legislation to ensure that small business size standards are calculated using average annual receipts from the previous five years, instead of the previous three. This change will significantly reduce the impact of years wherein businesses experience unexpectedly rapid growth, often causing them to prematurely lose their small busin… Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $112,000 in Funding for Chesapeake City Water Storage and Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $112,485 in federal funding to replace Chesapeake City's undersized and antiquated water storage tanks and install 1,200 feet of new water main lines. These upgrades will dramatically improve water quality and water pressure for Chesapeake City residents, as well as expand the town's water storage capacity. "These funds are an investment in Chesapeake City's families, who deserve to know that the water coming… Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $20 Million for Cecil County I-95/Belvidere Road Interchange Project

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $20 million in federal funding for the I-95/Belvidere Road Interchange project in Cecil County. This funding, awarded through the Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program, will boost economic development by attracting major new businesses to the area and addressing increased traffic volume along I-95. As a result of this project, new and existing bus… Continue Reading

December 06, 2018

Maryland Delegation Urges University System of Maryland to Ensure Health, Safety of Every Student

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes yesterday met with the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents Chair Linda Gooden and USM Chancellor Bob Caret. The meeting was requested in the aftermath of the Board's investigation into and recommendations regarding the football program at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). After the meeting, the members released the followin… Continue Reading

December 05, 2018

Senator Cardin Calls for Criminal Justice Reform on Senate Floor

Remarks as prepared: "Mr. President, I rise to urge the Majority Leader to bring to the floor S. 3649, the First Step Act, which I have co-sponsored. This bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Grassley and Durbin, includes positive prison reforms that the House passed by a 360 to 59 vote, combined with Senate-added provisions on sentencing reform that have passed out of the Judiciary Committee on a bipartisan basis. "Senators on both sides of the aisle agree that our criminal justice… Continue Reading

December 03, 2018

Cardin, Young, Durbin, Rubio, and Merkley Re-introduce Bill to Impose Sanctions on Burmese Officials for Rohingya Atrocities Amid Increasing Evidence of Genocide

WASHINGTON ­- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), along with Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), are leading a bipartisan Senate group that is seeking to impose targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on senior Burmese military officials responsible for the atrocities and systematic human rights abuses against the Rohingya people in Burma. Earlier today, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announced that "there is compelling … Continue Reading

December 03, 2018

Cardin Joins Growing List of Cosponsors for the First Step Act

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined the growing list of cosponsors of the new First Step Act (S.3649). Twenty-eight senators, 14 Republicans and 14 Democrats, have now sponsored the legislation to reform America's criminal justice system. "I strongly support the bipartisan First Step Act, which makes long overdue changes to our broken criminal justice system. It makes key sentencing and prison reform improvements and would create a more reasonable legal system as we strive to pr… Continue Reading

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