Press Releases & Statements

May 21, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Nearly $366,000 for COVID-19 Research at University of Maryland, College Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced three additional Rapid Research Response (RAPID) awards for the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) to conduct research related to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Projects include: $187,871 for a project to accelerate… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin, Scott Praise Senate Passage of Resolution Marking National Minority Health Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) applaud the passage of the resolution recognizing April as Minority Health Month. As in previous years, the Senators introduce this resolution to raise awareness of the disparities in health care and health outcomes faced by minority populations including American Indians, Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This year, the COVID-19 pandemic places an urgency on … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Open Skies Treaty

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the Trump administration's announcement on the Open Skies Treaty. "Today the Department of State announced that the United States will announce its withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty due to concerns over Russian violations of the agreement and restrictions on U.S./allied observation flights. Thirty-four nations are parties to Open Skies, including near… Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on Ratcliffe Confirmation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of Rep. John Ratcliffe. "I strongly opposed the nomination of Rep. John Ratcliffe to serve as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and voted against his confirmation. The Cabinet-level DNI position was created by Congress after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to provide unified oversight and guidance of our 17 different intelligence agenci… Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day 2020

WASHINGTON - Following World Press Freedom Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) made the following remarks: "Today I rise to commemorate World Press Freedom Day, which was this past Sunday, and to celebrate the brave journalists all over the world who safeguard the values of truth, democracy, transparency, and justice through their work. Every year, we set aside this day to reaffirm our commitment to the free press. This year, however, is a little bit different. This year, we are in the mid… Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Maryland and Virginia Senators Announce $877 Million for WMATA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) today announced that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will receive $876,806,108 in federal transit funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "We were proud to fight for this additional support for Metro and other local transit systems as part of the CARES Act. Public transit is a critical service that must co… Continue Reading


May 19, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce More Than $343,000 for Cumberland Wastewater Station

WASHINGTON - United States Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal grant of $343,500 to Allegany County for updates to the North Branch Pump Station outside of Cumberland, Maryland. The efficient and functional operations of this pump station are critical to the local residents and industrial users it serves. These funds will be used for modernization of equipment which has not undergone an… Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration to Provide Relief for Seafood Industry

Fixes Include Protecting Workers and Addressing Labor Shortages with the H-2B Visa Program WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) and Congressman Robert Wittman (R-Va.) have sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, urging him to help Maryland and Virginia's seafood industries resolve current labor shortages by issuing or re-allocating additi… Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $25 Million to Help Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities Live Independently

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced the award of $25,212,690 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) for the continuation of the Money Follows the Person (RCMFTP) demonstration program. By making home a… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $162,000 for COVID-19 Research at Johns Hopkins University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced a $162,283 Rapid Research Response (RAPID) award for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to conduct research into the replication process of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This research will advance efforts to design effective therapies while guarding against the possibility of drug resistance … Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Labor Department to Speed up Unemployment Disbursements and Address System Shortfalls

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today joined colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to speed up Unemployment Insurance (UI) disbursements and to work to address system shortfalls that have contributed to the delays in workers getting their benefits. In a letter sent to DOL Secretary Eugene Scalia, the senators expressed serious concern regarding the significant delays in the processing of UI claims that are preventing workers from receivin… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Cardin Leads Call for Future COVID-19 Response Legislation to Protect Access to Dental Care for All Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, led colleagues in a letter to Senate leadership asking that any future COVID-19 response legislation includes strong measures to maintain dental coverage for Americans who have lost their employer-based benefits and to ensure access to pediatric and adult dental coverage through the Medicaid program. Joining Cardin in sending the letter were U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Entire Democratic Caucus in New Amicus Brief To Protect Americans’ Health Care & Slam Republican Efforts To Rip Coverage From Millions Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined the entire Senate Democratic caucus today in filing an amicus brief in the case of California v. Texas (formerly Texas v. Azar), the case brought by several Republican Attorneys General and the Trump Administration, which is currently pending before the Supreme Court and represents a direct threat to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health care coverage for hundreds of millions of Americans. Senate Democrats argue t… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $205 Million to Expand Statewide Testing Capacity

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced that Maryland will receive $205,723,600 to expand COVID-19 testing capacity statewide. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and was authorized through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Car… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cardin Urges Expansion of Mental and Behavioral Health Services to Combat Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today underscored the importance of mental and behavioral health care to as a key part of the effort to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a recent conversation with leading healthcare providers from across Maryland, the senator spotlighted the need for expanded access to mental and behavioral health services, along with the need for strengthened internet connectivity… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cardin, Portman Lead Bipartisan Senate Call for Pompeo to Defend Israel Against Politically Motivated Investigations by the International Criminal Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and a supermajority of the Senate are urging Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to use America's influence to curtail the politically driven investigations by the International Criminal Court against our ally Israel. In a letter Wednesday, the senators wrote: "By accepting Palestinian territorial claims over the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, the Prosecutor is making a political judgment that biases any subsequent inve… Continue Reading


May 13, 2020

Cardin Urges Expansion of Mental and Behavioral Health Services to Combat Effects of COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today underscored the importance of mental and behavioral health care to as a key part of the effort to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following a recent conversation with leading healthcare providers from across Maryland, the senator spotlighted the need for expanded access to mental and behavioral health services, along with the need for strengthened internet connectivity… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Cardin, Young Lead Effort to Continue Humanitarian Lifeline for Yemeni Civilians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), with colleagues Chris Coons (D-Del.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) are asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development John Barsa to provide details of USAID's humanitarian aid to Yemen. The conflict in Yemen fuels regional instability and threatens U.S. national security. On March 27, the Trump administration announced it was … Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces $4.1 Million in COVID-19 Relief for State Fishing Industry

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone announced the award of $4,125,118 for Maryland's fishing industry through the Department of Commerce (DOC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Last month, the delegation wrote to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur R… Continue Reading


May 12, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Lead Effort to Ensure Maximum Financial Assistance for Those Enrolled in ACA Exchange Plans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), have introduced legislation that would enable individuals collecting enhanced federal unemployment compensation to receive maximum financial assistance when enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plans. The bill also temporarily eliminates the repayment burden of excess advance premium tax credits. For thos… Continue Reading

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