Press Releases & Statements

May 01, 2017

Cardin Says Appropriations Compromise Supports the Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, lauded appropriators for ignoring President Trump's short-sighted budget by fully funding the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program. The president's proposal zeroed out funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program entirely or severely cut funding for other core programs that help maintain and restore the health of the Bay. "The Chesapeake Bay is… Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Funding for Fully Consolidated FBI Headquarters

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee (T&I), and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee (both D-Md.), announced funding for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Headquarters Consolidation project in the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. The bill includes $323 million in the FBI account and $200 million in the General Services Administration (GSA) … Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Cardin Statement on Duterte White House Invitation

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 over the weekend that President Trump had extended an invitation to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House: "I am deeply disturbed by President Trump's cavalier invitation to President Duterte to visit the White House. This is a man who has boasted publically about killing his own citizens. The Un… Continue Reading


April 30, 2017

Cardin Statement on Sandy Phan-Gillis’ Release from Chinese Custody, Return to U.S.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday after American citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis returned to the United States after being unjustly detained by the Chinese government for two years. Cardin had been an advocate for her freedom, most recently leading a bipartisan letter with Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Committee chairman, and their colleagues to the Chinese Ambassador to the U.S., urging … Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $415,900 in Funding to Expand Maryland’s Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $415,900 in federal funding to add an additional 126 acres of land to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The grant is funded through the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund and was approved for disbursement this week by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. The funds were raised largely through the sale of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly k… Continue Reading


April 28, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce New $147,479 Grant for UMES

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has been awarded a $147,479 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The money will be used to bring digital technology to classes where fashion design and merchandising are taught. About 90 UMES undergraduates major in fashion merchandising, and this funding will help expand the curriculum and grow the program. "… Continue Reading


April 27, 2017

Cardin, Maryland Delegation Fight to Protect Vital NASA Missions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and the Democratic members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation are urging the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to protect two missions vital to Maryland's leadership in earth and space science. In a letter to Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, the lawmakers warned that cutting or eliminating the Restore-L satellite servicing mission and the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission, a… Continue Reading


April 26, 2017

Cardin Writes to President of Zambia Regarding Jailed Opposition Leader

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to the president of Zambia yesterday regarding the imprisonment of that country's opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, on what appear to be politically motivated charges. Amid court proceedings against Mr. Hichilema beginning Tuesday and news reports that his health is deteriorating in prison, Senator Cardin also raised his case at a briefing with reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday, ur… Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $10 Million in Funding to Combat Maryland Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $10,036,845 in federal funding to fight Maryland's opioid health crisis. The grant is funded by the 21st Century Cures Act, which was backed by both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen and signed into law by President Obama in 2016. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will provide the funds through the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grants, which is administered by HHS' Substance … Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Confirmation of Rod Rosenstein to be Deputy Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, to be Deputy Attorney General. "Rod Rosenstein has committed his life to public service. He has served the people of Maryland well and I expect that he will serve the country well as Deputy Attorney General. I was pleased to support his nomination and I am pleased that we will hav… Continue Reading


April 25, 2017

Cardin Introduces Bill to Improve Diversity in U.S. National Security Workforce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to strengthen employee diversity in the U.S. national security workforce through enhanced hiring, retention, and growth practices. The National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act of 2017 would codify and build upon President Obama's presidential memorandum for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the National Security Workforce and Executive Order 13… Continue Reading


April 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on Death of American OSCE Worker in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senior Democratic Senator on the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), released the following statement Monday after an American civilian working as part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) observation mission in eastern Ukraine was killed in a landmine explosion: "I extend my deepest condolences to the family … Continue Reading


April 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on Yom HaShoah 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism and Intolerance, released the following statement Monday in observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day: "Last night and today, millions of people around the world will come together to not only recall the horrors of the Holocaust, but to ensure that the words 'Never Again' me… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Senators Cardin, McCain Note Importance of International Financial Institutions to America’s Interests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following joint statement as the annual Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group, otherwise known as the Bretton Woods Institutions, began Friday: "Out of the ashes of the Second World War, the United States led the international community in creating rules-based … Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Cardin Statement on Exxon Request to Ignore U.S. Sanctions, Drill in Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after several media outlets reported Exxon Mobil has requested a waiver from sanctions from the U.S. Treasury Department in order to resume its drilling partnership with the Russian oil company Rosneft: "I am shocked and disappointed to hear that Exxon Mobil is seeking, and the Treasury Department is considering, waiving sanctions against doing business with R… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Cardin, Senators Question DHS About Revoking Global Entry Status Based on Religion

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), are questioning the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about revelations that it is revoking the membership of dozens of people enrolled in its Global Entry Program on the basis of religion.… Continue Reading


April 21, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $77,803 Grant for Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded a $77,803 grant to Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps for operations and safety. "Making sure our first responders are well-prepared to keep our communities safe is one of government's highest priorities," said Senator Cardin. "I'm glad to see this investment in Havre de Grace's Ambulance Corp come to frui… Continue Reading


April 20, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $500,000 Grant for Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded a $500,000 grant to the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI). "This grant represents an investment both in Maryland first responders and in Marylanders' safety, which is exactly the type of investment the federal government should be making," said Senator Cardin. "I'm very pleased the Maryland Fir… Continue Reading


April 19, 2017

Cardin Urges Baltimore Leaders, Citizens to Redouble Efforts on Civil Rights, Criminal Justice Reforms

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today called on local leaders and residents to remain resolved and focused on advancing necessary civil rights and criminal justice reforms city-wide, while applauding the significant progress that has been made so far to rebuild lives, businesses and communities damaged by the unrest that followed the death of Freddie Gray. "Two years after the death of Freddie Gray, we have not yet managed to fully restore trust between police and our communities. A… Continue Reading


April 19, 2017

Cardin, Senators Welcome Release of Unjustly Imprisoned Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, with Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Mark Warner (D-VA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and David Perdue (R-GA), released the following joint statement on the release of Aya Hijazi, a dual Egyptian-American citizen, who had… Continue Reading

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