Press Releases & Statements

March 16, 2017

Cardin Says President Trump’s Absurd Cuts to Chesapeake Bay Programs Must Be Rejected

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement on President Trump's desire to zero out funding for the Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program and other massive cuts that would impact the Chesapeake Bay watershed. "President Trump's budget cannot be taken seriously. He claims to want to help strengthen our economy and create jobs while simultaneously wanting to eliminate… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Cardin Statement On Trump’s Proposed Cuts To State Dept., Foreign Assistance Budgets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after President Trump proposed slashing State Department and foreign programming in his budget preview to Congress: "I am deeply disappointed and dismayed to find out that despite the concerns raised by bipartisan Members of Congress and even by his own Secretary of State, President Trump appears determined to gut U.S. national security by slashing th… Continue Reading


March 16, 2017

Senators Seek Release Of U.S. Citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis From Two-Year Detention In China

WASHINGTON - Ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's scheduled visit to Beijing on Saturday, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan letter to China's ambassador to the United States seeking the release of Sandy Phan-Gillis, an American citizen and Texas resident who has been held without trial in China since March 19, 2015. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin on the Latest Rejection of President Trump’s Discriminatory Travel and Refugee Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after a federal district judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order against President Trump's second attempt at barring visas for citizens of certain Muslim majority countries and suspending new refugee admissions. "President Trump continues to believe that he and his administration are above the Constitution of the United States. And once … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin Response to Racist Flyers Found at the University of Maryland, College Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking 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 on the white nationalist posters found at multiple locations at the University of Maryland, College Park. As reported in UMD's student newspaper, The Diamondback, "White supremacists have been targeting c… Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin Statement On Protester Crackdowns In Belarus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after authorities in Belarus employed a large crackdown on peaceful, legal protesters across the country in recent days: "I condemn the recent detention of civil society activists and journalists in cities throughout Belarus, which seems to indicate a significant backsliding from recent positive reform steps. I call upon the Belarussian authorities … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Bill Targeting Chinese Aggression In South China Sea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act, which would sanction Chinese individuals and entities that participate in Beijing's illegitimate activities in the South China Sea and East China Sea. "In recent years we have seen an increasingly provocative China in the maritime domains, coercing and intimidating neighbors in both the East China Sea and South China Sea, attempting to use the threat o… Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Russia's Violation Of A Nuclear Treaty Is A Direct Threat To Europe's Security

Russia is once again placing Europe in the shadow of a potential nuclear conflict. Last week in testimony before Congress, US military officials confirmed that Russia has taken another step in shredding Europe's security defenses by covertly deploying a land-based cruise missile capable of targeting the continent with nuclear weapons. Russia's deployment of this system is in direct violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty - and endangers America's closest allies. Since Wo… Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $250,000 in Funding for Johns Hopkins University Agricultural Conservation Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $250,000 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The grant - which comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) - will be used to research what motivates Maryland farmers to adopt conservation practices and to identify the barriers that prevent farmers from adopting them. Specifically, the funding will allow Johns Hopkins to inve… Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Lead Bipartisan Maryland Delegation in Letter to Secretary Chao about Investing in Critical State Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) led the full Maryland Congressional Delegation in urging Department of Transportation Secretary Chao to consider critical state infrastructure projects as part of the FASTLANE grant system. The lawmakers highlighted three projects, making clear that each are vital to improving the economy and transportation across the state: Howard Street Tunnel project, which is aimed at improving freight movement out of the Port of Bal… Continue Reading


March 13, 2017

Cardin Says CBO Score Shows the Grave Danger of Republican Replacement Plan for ACA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office report on the House plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. More than 400,000 Marylanders gained health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. "The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act comes down to this: a multi-billion dollar tax cut for the very wealthiest Americans - who get to keep the high … Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown Statement on an Update on the Fully Consolidated FBI Headquarters

WASHINGTON - Today, the General Services Administration (GSA) announced that the decision on the selection of a site and developer for the new consolidated Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters would be postponed until the full funding of the project is provided by Congress. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04) released the following statement in response to the announcement. "We are disappoint… Continue Reading


March 10, 2017

Cardin Shares Foreign Affairs Funding Priorities With Senate Budget Committee


March 08, 2017

Cardin Statement on Friedman Nomination for Ambassador to Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday on David Friedman's nomination to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel: "The U.S.-Israel relationship is a strategic anchor for the United States in the Middle East and one of our most important relationships with any country. The bilateral relationship is also sustained by the deep bonds of friendship between the people of our two countries. Given th… Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Cardin Statement on New Chinese Trademarks for Trump Organization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the Chinese government granted 38 new trademarks to the Trump Organization: "This is an astonishing development. For a decade prior to his election as president, Donald Trump sought, with no success, to have lucrative and valuable trademarks granted in the world's biggest market. He was turned down each and every time. The floodgates now appear… Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Cardin Statement On International Women’s Day 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday recognizing International Women's Day: "At home and abroad, how a country treats its women is very much a barometer for economic and social success of that country. When women succeed, societies prosper. When women live without limitations on their ability to work, without restrictions on their access to justice, and without fear of violence because… Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Cardin Calls House Plan for Repealing Affordable Care Act Misguided and Inadequate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the House plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "The House GOP health plan is yet another misguided, ill-conceived attempt to shift health care costs to the millions of hardworking, middle-class Americans who rely on the affordable, comprehensive coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Maryland families have repeatedly told me how fearful they ar… Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

Cardin Joins Bipartisan Effort Outlining Concerns with H-2B Visa Cap

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined a bipartisan group of 30 other senators in sending a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, outlining concerns that the H-2B visa statutory cap will be reached soon. The Senators requested the Department of Homeland Security to conduct an audit to determine the number of unused visas during the first half of the fiscal year, and also requested that any unused visas be made available to eligible petitioners. The H-2B temporary… Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Cardin Joins Bipartisan Letter to President Trump Expressing Opposition to Mexico City Policy & Questioning Impact of Expansion on U.S. Global Health Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and three other Senators in sending a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump today expressing their opposition to the Mexico City Policy that the Trump Administration reinstated on January 23, 2017. The Mexico City Policy blocks U.S. funding for foreign NGOs that provide basic women's health care, including critical family pla… Continue Reading


March 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump’s New Refugee, Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after the White House announced its second attempt at an executive order temporarily banning citizens of Muslim-majority countries and all refugees from entering the United States: "Despite minor changes, the Administration's new executive order is just as legally objectionable and morally reprehensible as the original. "There is a real threat that thi… Continue Reading

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