Press Releases & Statements

April 11, 2019

Cardin, Wyden Introduce Legislation to Protect Taxpayers from Fraud

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today introduced legislation to allow the IRS to require minimum standards for paid tax preparers. Around 60 percent of taxpayers use paid preparers and the IRS receives more than 10,000 complaints per year about bad actors. While the Justice Department and IRS are able to prosecute preparers for fraud, the D.C. Circuit's 2014 decision in Loving v. IRS weakened taxpayer protections by bar… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Unveil Legislation to Cut Taxes for Workers & Families

WASHINGTON - Ahead of tax day, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act. At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). EITC and CTC are two of the most effec… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Cassidy Lead Effort to Reauthorize the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – The Country’s Largest Conservation Grant Maker

WASHINGTON - In an effort to protect local habitats in Maryland, Louisiana and nationwide, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) have reintroduced legislation (S. 1179) that would reauthorize and fund the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for five years, through 2024. As the Nation's largest conservation grant-maker, NFWF has been instrumental in completing conservation projects around the Chesapeake Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and across all 50 states. NFWF grants fun… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Wicker Work to Improve Local Authority for Bike and Pedestrian Alternatives

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today announced legislation (S. 1098) to support and improve the highly successful Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) run by the U.S. Department of Transportation. TAP is predicated on the idea that local governments should exercise authority over dedicated federal transportation funding for local active transportation priorities, including bikeways and sidewalks - infrastructure that reduces traffic congestion, prov… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Sullivan Reintroduce Bill to Increase Trade with Democratic Ally Mongolia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) introduced legislation Thursday to improve U.S. trade relations and economic ties with Mongolia, a democratic nation bordering Russia and China that shares many of the same values and national security priorities as the United States. The Mongolia Third Neighbor Trade Act recognizes Mongolia's success as a democracy, strategic location; sovereignty; territorial integrity; and ability to pursue an independent foreign policy… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Cramer Introduce the Nuclear Powers America Act of 2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) today introduced the Nuclear Powers America Act of 2019, a bill to provide existing nuclear power plants with an investment tax credit. "Our fleet of commercial nuclear reactors provides a crucial source of carbon-free, base load electricity. We need to reduce our reliance of fossil fuels, so it is imperative that we keep these reactors operating - safely - while we continue to work on demand reduction, renewables, energy… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin Statement on Bernhardt Confirmation as Interior Secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of David Bernhardt as the Secretary of the Interior. "I opposed the Bernhardt nomination because I oppose all drilling off the Atlantic Coast. The Atlantic coast contains some of the most pristine coastlines in America and our region is very much aware of how fragile the Chesapeake Bay is and what would be in jeopardy from an oi… Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin Responds to President Trump’s Assault on Clean Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works, Foreign Relations, Finance, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees, today released the following response to President Donald Trump's executive orders that attempt to undercut our country's bedrock environmental protections. "President Trump's latest affront to the Chesapeake Bay is also an affront to the entire concept of states' rights. The president's attempts to make it harder for … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Cardin, Young, Durbin, Rubio, Merkley Renew Call for Sanctions on Burmese Officials for Rohingya Atrocities

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.) have renewed their bipartisan effort to impose sanctions on senior Burmese military officials who were responsible for the systematic human rights abuses against the Rohingya people and other minorities in Burma. Over 727,000 Rohingya have been forced from their homes following decades of systematic discrimination and dehumanization. The Burma Hum… Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Cardin, Warner, Van Hollen, Kaine Push for More Than $150 Million for Metro

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, with Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), are pushing to continue funding the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) at a level of at least $150 million for Fiscal Year 2020, with a specific request for more. For 10 years, the regional Senate delegation has taken the lead in providing Metro with dedicated federal funding for capital projects and enhanced safety. In a letter to the chair and ranking mem… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Cardin and Blunt Introduce Resolution in Support of Peace and Stability in Colombia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), co-chairs of the Atlantic Council's Colombia Task Force, have introduced a Senate Resolution supporting efforts by the Government of Colombia to pursue peace and regional stability. "Colombia has made great strides to bring peace, security, good governance, and economic prosperity to its country." Senator Cardin said. "This resolution reaffirms the U.S. commitment to our strategic partnership with Colombia and dedication to t… Continue Reading


April 09, 2019

Cardin Renews Call to Restore Voting Rights to Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced the Democracy Restoration Act (DRA) of 2019 (S. 1068) to restore the right to vote in federal elections to individuals released from incarceration. In many states, legislation prevents individuals who have served their time from voting. The House of Representatives passed this bill as a part of the For the People Act (H.R. 1) on March 8, 2019, and it is included in companion legislation introduced in the Senate on March 27. This bill … Continue Reading


April 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Bipartisan Group of Senators Press President Trump to Designate Venezuela for TPS

WASHINGTON - In light of the ongoing violence, deteriorating security situation, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela caused by the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla., Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others wrote to President Donald Trump requesting that his Administration promptly designate Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to ensure that Venezuelan… Continue Reading


April 07, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Maryland Speaker Mike Busch

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), issued the following statement on the passing of Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates Mike Busch. "Marylanders are grieving the loss of one of their own today. Mike Busch was a force in Annapolis and he left a progressive imprint on the state that without hyperbole will last for generations. For me, and for Myrna, the loss is intensely personal. We have lost a dear friend and our hearts are broken while we mourn with his wife, his family, and hi… Continue Reading


April 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Applaud $90 Million Dollar Investment in Baltimore Penn Station

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement applauding the announcement of Amtrak's Master Development Agreement with Penn Station Partners to provide $90 million in funding to modernize and improve Baltimore Penn Station: "Commuters throughout Maryland rely on Baltimore Penn Station every day. This funding will make necessary updates to improve the lives of those who live and work in our community. We're glad to see this significant inves… Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Cardin, Bipartisan Group Introduces the VERDAD Act, Comprehensive Legislation to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, along with Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Bill … Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Cardin and Democratic Colleagues Reintroduce Medicare-X to Provide Low-Cost, High-Quality Insurance to Every American

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined with Senators Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., Tina Smith (D-Minn., Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Gary Peters (D-Mich., and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) today to reintroduce legislation that would create Medicare-X, a public plan that would offer families, individuals, and small businesses additional, low-cost health insurance choices and create more… Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Cardin, Portman Lead Bipartisan Bill to Make Work Opportunity Tax Credit Permanent

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced bipartisan legislation - the Work Opportunity Tax Credit & Jobs Act - to make permanent the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which encourages employers to hire individuals who face significant barriers to employment. Currently, the WOTC expires on December 31, 2019. The WOTC provides an employer tax credit of between … Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Cardin Calls Trump Move to Cut Off Aid to Central American Countries Reckless and Counterproductive

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and ranking member of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's decision to end foreign assistance in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. "The decision to stop foreign assistance to Central America actively undermines the security interests of the United States. It is reckless and counterproductive. This assistance enjoys w… Continue Reading


March 29, 2019

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Urge Trump Administration to Withdraw Proposed SNAP Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined a bipartisan letter that raised concerns about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule to make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and urged Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw the proposal. "The proposed changes would take food assistance away from Anericans struggling to find stable employment while doing nothing to help them to actually become permanently employed," the Senators wrot… Continue Reading

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