Press Releases & Statements

August 17, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $954,000 to Improve Readiness, Response for Hazardous Materials Spills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Kweisi Mfume (all-Md.) today announced $953,854 in new federal funds for Maryland to further invest in emergency preparedness plans, inspecting pipelines and training for managing bulk transportation of petroleum products and other hazardous materials. $622,776 was awarded to the Maryland Public Service Com… Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Cardin Joins Democratic Caucus in Demanding Postal Service Address Delivery Delays of Veterans’ Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined the Democratic Caucus in demanding immediate action following reports of significant delays in veterans' prescription medications through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). In a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Senator Cardin and 30 Senate colleagues called upon USPS to correct operational changes that are needlessly delaying veterans' access to life-saving prescriptions. "Veterans and the VA should be ab… Continue Reading


August 13, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge USPS to Fix Delays and Avoid Cost Increases for Election Mail

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) sent a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, requesting answers regarding reports of recent changes to long-standing practices at USPS that would result in increased delivery times and costs for election mail, and urging him not take any further action that makes it harder and more expensive for states and election jurisdictions to mail ballots. Despite numerous reports from across the country of slow delivery, m… Continue Reading


August 12, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Push for Census Deadline Extension to Ensure Full and Accurate Count

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in sending a bipartisan letter calling for the extension of the statutory deadlines for the delivery of apportionment data and redistricting files following the 2020 Census. The Senators urged House and Senate leaders to include the extension in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package. "Extending the deadlines for the delivery of these files in the next COV… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce Nearly $3.5 Million for Public Transit in Harford County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Andy Harris and Dutch Ruppersberger (all Md.) announced the award of $3,437,370 for the Maryland Department of Transportation on behalf of Harford County. Funds were awarded through the Department of Transportation (DOT) and will allow Harford County to replace diesel buses with compressed natural gas (CNG) buses - improving service reliability and helping to maintain an updated bus fleet. "Many of Maryland's work… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $1.2 Million to Improve Howard County Bus System

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $1,239,024 to upgrade Howard County's bus fleet and bus stop announcement system. "This new federal investment will help upgrade Howard County's public transportation network by improving bus service and reliability," the lawmakers said. "We will continue working to expand and modernize public transit throughout Maryland." Funding comes fr… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $100,000 for Public Transit in Carroll County

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Andy Harris and Jamie Raskin (all Md.) announced $118,174 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the improvement and modernization of bus systems in Carroll County. Administered through the Maryland Department of Transportation, the funds will allow Carroll County to purchase buses to replace older vehicles - helping to maintain an updated fleet and improving service reliability. "… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces Nearly $3,000 to Supply PPE for Frederick County Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) announced $2,700 in new federal funding for the New Mark District Volunteer Fire Rescue Company in Frederick County, Md. through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant - COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S) program. The funding will be used to purchase new personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies to the fire service community to prevent, pr… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $40,000 to Supply PPE for Owings Mills Volunteer Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $40,087.55 in new federal funding for the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company in Owings Mills, Maryland through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant - COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S) program. The funding will be used to purchase new personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies for the Company's volunteer firefighters as they… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces More Than $100,000 to Supply PPE for Eastern Shore Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Andy Harris (R-Md.) today announced $103,582.81 in new federal funding to the through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant - COVID-19 Supplemental Program (AFG-S) program. The funding will be used to purchase new personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies to the fire service community to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant… Continue Reading


August 11, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce $1 Million in Federal Funding for Baltimore County Fire Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced an award of $1 million in federal funding for the Baltimore County Fire Department to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and related supplies for firefighters and first responders as the Department continues to serve Maryland communities amid COVID-19. Yesterday, they provided mutual aid to their brother and sister members of the… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce $250,000 for Water Infrastructure Improvement in Port Deposit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) announced $250,000 in federal funds to support water infrastructure upgrades in Port Deposit, Md. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants, will be used to construct a storm drainage system within the town of Port Deposit to control flooding around Race Street, Granite Avenue and Rock Ru… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce More Than $1.1 million for Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects on the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (R-Md.) announced $1,115,000 in federal funds to support water infrastructure projects throughout Maryland's Eastern Shore. The grants are awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. "Modernizing our state's water infrastructure is critical to protecting the health and safety of our citizens and strengthening ou… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $595,000 for Water Infrastructure Improvement Projects in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $595,000 in federal funds to support a water infrastructure project in the Town of Westernport in Allegany County, Md. The grants are awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants. "Modernizing our state's water infrastructure is critical to protecting the health and safety of our citizens and strengthening… Continue Reading


August 10, 2020

On Four-Year Anniversary, Cardin and Van Hollen Seek More Information on Deadly Silver Spring Gas Explosion as Baltimore Reels from Its Own Fatal Event

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) are calling on federal regulators to provide more details on steps being taken to avoid a repetition of the deadly gas explosion in Silver Spring's Flower Branch Apartments, which took place on August 10, 2016, exactly four years ago. Coincidentally, on this four-year anniversary, rescuers have been responding to a gas explosion in Baltimore that has left at least one person dead. "Although four years have passed since this… Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Commemorate Anniversary of 1998 Embassy Bombings in Kenya and Tanzania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), to release a joint statement ahead of the 22nd anniversary of the bombings of the … Continue Reading


August 05, 2020

Cardin, Menendez, Colleagues Urge Trump Admin To Address Reports Of Retaliation Among Workers Of Color Who Report Covid-19 Workplace Concerns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding reports that workers of color face disproportionate acts of retaliation when reporting workplace concerns related to COVID-19. A recent report by the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found one in eight workers has perceived retaliatory actions from employers for raising safety concerns related to … Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Cardin, Sullivan Recognize U.S. Strategic Partnership with Mongolia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) have introduced a resolution recognizing the strategic partnership between the United States and Mongolia. The resolution reaffirms the U.S.-Mongolia partnership, congratulates Mongolia on 30 years of democracy, and encourages continued efforts to strengthen civil society, battle corruption, and spur economic development. A companion resolution is planned to be introduced in the House by Representatives Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) a… Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Press for Vital Education, Child Care Funds in Next Relief Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate leadership urging the inclusion of crucial funding for child care, K-12 and higher education within the next COVID-19 relief package. In their letter, the Senators underscored the urgent need for these funds across Maryland and highlighted a number of priorities they are pressing to include. The Senators write, "Parents and educators have made extraordinary efforts throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, d… Continue Reading


August 04, 2020

Cardin, Democrats Send Letter to Secretary Perdue Expressing Concern About Increasing Food Insecurity in Maryland and the District of Columbia

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (Md.-05), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.-02), John P. Sarbanes (Md.-03), Anthony G. Brown (Md.-04), Jamie Raskin (Md.-08), David Trone (Md.-06), and Kweisi Mfume (Md.-07) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue expressing their serious concern about actions taken by USDA that will increase food insecurity i… Continue Reading

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