Press Releases & Statements

October 09, 2019

Cardin, SFRC Dems Call on Chairman Risch to Convene Committee Hearings on Trump-Ukraine Scandal

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined all Democratic members of the Committee in sending a letter to Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) to request that he immediately convene hearings on the Trump-Ukraine scandal. As the Senate committee of jurisdiction responsible for conducting oversight of the conduct of U.S. diplomacy and foreign policy, the Foreign Relations Committee Democrats requested prompt hearings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as key Department officia… Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce over $121,000 for Volunteer Fire Departments in Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $121,904 in federal funding for volunteer fire departments in Prince George's County. The funding includes $71,428 for the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad to purchase and install two self-loading power cot stretcher units and two new stair chairs and $50,476 for the Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department to replace hydraulic rescue tools, which are outdated and bey… Continue Reading


October 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $652,500 for Infrastructure Improvements in Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced the recent award of $652,500 in federal funding to support infrastructure improvement projects in Garrett County. The funding, awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), includes: $455,000 to the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County to help construct a new water treatment plant at the Keyser's Ridge Business Park in Oakland, Md. The new treatment plant will i… Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Press Hogan on Census Concerns

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to press for an update on the status of Maryland's census preparations. The letter underlines a number of concerns the Senators have regarding Maryland's preparedness to ensure that all residents are counted. The Senators begin, "We are writing to request an update on the status of Maryland's plans to achieve a complete count in the 2020 census. As you know, the census… Continue Reading


October 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Congressional Leaders File Bipartisan Amicus Brief in Support of DACA in The Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), together with 49 senators and 123 U.S. Representatives and former lawmakers have filed a bipartisan amicus brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on DACA on November 12, 2019. President Trump terminated the DACA program on September 5, 2017, throwing the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers into chaos. "DACA recognizes that we … Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Brown Announce more than $8.5 Million for Anne Arundel County Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) are applauding the recent award of more than $8,549,000 in federal funds for Anne Arundel County through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. These funds will enable the county to hire additional career firefighters. Odent… Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Trump Administration To Protect Health Coverage For People With Preexisting Conditions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senator Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and 37 others in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to protect individuals with preexisting conditions by limiting the proliferation of "junk plans" - short-term insurance plans that can exclude coverage for essential benefits and provide no protections for Americans with preexisting conditions. "We ha… Continue Reading


October 04, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $1 Million for Frederick Community College Emergency Management Training

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $1,000,000 in federal funding for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management and Public Safety at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Md. The funds were awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Homeland Security National Training Program/Continuing Training Grants, which supports training to prepare communities to prevent, respond to, and recover from hazar… Continue Reading


October 02, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone, Hail $150,000 Federal Grant for Forest Industry to Support Economic Development Across Maryland

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) hailed the announcement of a $150,000 federal grant from the Economic Development Administration to the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council. The grant would support the development of the Forestry Economic Strategy, an action plan for countering the economic impact of mill closures across the state of Maryland including the closure of Verso’s mill in Luke, Maryland ea… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Rubio Lead Call for U.S. to Hold Russian Officials Accountable for Imprisoning Dissidents and Political Opponents

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are leading bipartisan calls for the Trump Administration to sanction Russian officials responsible for an overwhelming number of political prisoners in that country. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, the senators urge the use of existing authorities, including the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act authored by Cardin, "to impose targeted sanctio… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Raskin Announce more than $270,000 for Firefighter Staffing in Westminster

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Jaime Raskin (all D-Md.) today announced $273,670 in federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. 1 will use the funding to improve recruitment of new firefighters and retention of existing members. "Round-the-clock availability of well-trained fire… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown Announce more than $1.1 Million for Prince George’s County Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today announced more than $1.1 million in federal funds for Prince George's County firefighters through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department will receive $625,450 and the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $1.5 Million for National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in Emmitsburg

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $1.5 million in federal funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Emmitsburg through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Fire Prevention & Safety Grants program. The NFFF will use this funding to support a study on firefighter safety. "Our firefighters put themselves at risk every day. We should be doing eve… Continue Reading


October 01, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce more than $8 Million for Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) applaud the recent award of more than $8 million in federal funding for a significant expansion of the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA). These federal funds will support the construction of 6,000 pre-placed crypts, 500 standard burial plots, roads, irrigation, landscaping, and supporting infrastructure. "Th… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Cardin Condemns Trump Administration Decision to Cut Refugee Admissions

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement after the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Health and Human Services announced their decision to cut refugee admissions by nearly half, to 18,000 from 30,000 the… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $600,000 for Conowingo Dam Plan Implementation through the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announce the award of more than $599,000 in competitive funding for grantees to carry out planning, financing strategy, and monitoring projects for Conowingo Dam reservoir through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP). These resources will help develop a roadmap to address the reservoir's reduced capacity, which has resulted in increased pollutants making their way through the Susquehann… Continue Reading


September 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Hail $945 Million in Funding from NIH to Tackle the National Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (D-Md.) hailed the announcement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to award $945 million to reverse the opioid crisis through the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative. The funds include a $6,354,906 grant for Gaithersburg-based company Emergent BioSolutions to develop a long-acting injectable treatment of opioid use disorder. The HEAL Initiative provided funding acros… Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce Bill to Honor the Memory of Lt. Richard Collins by Setting a New Standard for ROTC Graduates Who Die Before their First Assignment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) Thursday introduced new legislation (S.2564) to honor the sacrifices and commitment to service of Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Graduates who die between commissioning and their first assignment. The Second Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III Memorial Act is dedicated to Richard Collins III, an ROTC student at Bowie State University who had been commissioned into the U.S. Army, but then stabbed to death days before he … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces $9.7 Million to Address Lead-Based Paint in Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes today announced $9.7 million in federal funding to address lead-based paint in Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will allow Baltimore to work to eliminate lead-based paint hazards in low-income private housing. "All children deserve to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. Even the smalles… Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Cardin, Rubio, Menendez, Risch Praise Committee Passage Of Hong Kong Human Rights And Democracy Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today praised the Committee's unanimous passage of the amended Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act (S. 1830) at a time when Hong Kong's autonomy and freedoms are under assault by interference from the Chinese government and Communist Party. This amended… Continue Reading

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