Press Releases & Statements

July 13, 2017

Cardin and Van Hollen, Ruppersberger and Delaney Call on President Trump Not to Sacrifice America’s Chemical and Biological Defenses

WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, with Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John K. Delaney, have written to President Trump urging him to prioritize protecting our nation from the real threats of chemical and biological weapons rather than diverting resources for a fruitless wall at our southern border. The lawmakers expressed their alarm not only that the administration was seeking to shut down the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBA… Continue Reading


July 13, 2017

Cardin, Dozens of Members of Congress Introduce Refund Equality Act to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 72 of their congressional colleagues today to introduce the Refund Equality Act of 2017. This legislation would ensure that legally-married same-sex couples - who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly - are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage. "Equal treatment under the law is a founding principle of this nation, … Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Cardin, Portman Seek Protections for the Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal and other Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, have introduced legislation (S. 1537) to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, which would help sustain populations of migratory birds that face threats to their health and habitats. Their bill, reintroduced as the Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation… Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Senators Ask Tillerson, Sessions for Information, Accountability Regarding U.S. Role in Honduran Civilian Deaths during Counterdrug Missions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a letter they sent Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing concern and seeking information about actions taken in 2012 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in Honduras. As the letter notes, on three separate dates, May 11, Ju… Continue Reading


July 12, 2017

Klobuchar, Cardin, Durbin, Reed, Senators Introduce Legislation To Prevent Creation Of Cybersecurity Unit With Russia


July 12, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.8 million ARC Grant for Washington County

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $1.8 million Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County to construct the first phase of the Halfway Boulevard Extension - extending the road west to Route 63. The project will spur commercial development in the surrounding area, alleviate traffic congestion, and improve connectivity between I-70, I-81, and existing nearby commercial and industrial … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Cardin Remarks on Trump Jr.’s Email Release, Russia Sanctions in the House

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks Tuesday after Donald Trump Jr. released an email confirming that Russian government operatives wanted to meet with him about campaign-related information. Senator Cardin also commented on the Russia sanctions bill that is stalled in the House: "Today's email release shows that Donald Trump Jr. clearly understood the intent of the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Tunisia Resolution Ahead of Prime Minister’s First U.S. Visit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a senior Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution Tuesday welcoming Prime Minister Youssef Chahed of Tunisia on his first official visit to the United States, congratulating the Tunisian people on their embrace of democracy after decades of dictatorship, and encouraging future reforms. Joining Senators Cardin and Rubio on the … Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Cardin, McCain Speak Out on Sergei Magnitsky Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), authors of the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2012 and the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016 laws, released the following statement and background information Tuesday: "Recent news reports have shone a light on the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian attorney working on behalf of his clients nearly a decade ago when he uncovered deep-s… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $809,000 in Grants to Help Veterans Find Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced two federal grants totaling $809,000 for Easter Seals serving Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to provide comprehensive support to homeless and incarcerated veterans on their path to long-term civilian employment. "Our veterans have sacrificed for this nation and we have a responsibility to provide them with the training and skills they need to transition from the military to civilian world.… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Team Maryland Calls Trump Administration’s Decision to Cancel FBI Headquarters Consolidation Procurement Wasteful, Urges Immediate Restart

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) released the following joint statement of disapproval in response to the announcement from the Trump Administration, through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), that they are canceling the current request for proposals to construct a new fully consolidated FBI headquarters. Prince George's County, Md., was ho… Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $97,062 for Fire Departments in Harford and Cecil Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $97,062 in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding for fire departments in Abingdon and Port Deposit. Abingdon Fire Company, Inc., located in Harford County, will receive $36,395. Water Witch Fire Company, Inc., located in Cecil County, will receive $60,667. "Our first responders provide the first line of defense for our citizens and our communities, and it's our responsibility to ensure they have … Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Cardin Statement on Prison Sentencing of Bahraini Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after Nabeel Rajab, a human rights activist in Bahrain, was sentenced to two years in prison: "The sentencing of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab to two years in prison is deeply troubling. His health has seriously deteriorated while in Bahraini government custody, and I am concerned that he is not receiving appropriate medical attention and… Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Move Forward Long-Stalled Bills to Support the Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - Prior to the Independence Day work period, U.S. Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), joined with a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to move forward legislation that would reauthorize marquis programs at the heart of restoring and maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation (HELP) for Wildlife Act was introduced recently with Senators John Bar… Continue Reading


July 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $20,000 EPA Grant for Prince George’s County Composting Project

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Prince George's County a $20,000 grant to expand their Organics Composting Facility. This funding will help expand the County's existing food scrap composting project located in Carmody Hills-Pepper Mill Village and create a pilot project for the collection of residential curbside food waste in collection carts for composting. "We all reap the reward… Continue Reading


July 09, 2017

Cardin Says Trump Statements On Russia, Proposed Collaboration Put Country In Jeopardy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday in response to President Trump's series of statements about Russia: "Russia did not just meddle in our election - it engaged in a sophisticated attack equivalent to a political Pearl Harbor. They hacked our democratic institutions, spread lies through the media, and financed efforts to support the Trump campaign. "Now President Trump wants to work wit… Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Cardin Writes to Trump as Jewish Affairs Positions at White House, State Dept. Remain Vacant

"Given continuing incidents of anti-Semitism, including over a hundred threats to Jewish institutions in this country since the beginning of the year, and significant incidents abroad, I urge you to comply with the FY17 Omnibus and Public Law 108-332 and select a qualified individual to serve as the SEAS, and also appoint a qualified White House Liaison." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-S… Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Cardin Condemns Attack on Honduran Environmental Activists, including Berta Caceres’ Daughter

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after Bertha Zuñiga, daughter of slain environmental and human rights activist Berta Cáceres, was brutally attacked along with other activists in Honduras: "I am appalled at the ongoing targeted attacks against members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or COPINH. These attacks are unacceptable and… Continue Reading


July 05, 2017

Cardin Writes to Trump as Jewish Affairs Positions at White House, State Dept. Remain Vacant

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Trump Wednesday, requesting that he fill the vacancies of White House liaison to the Jewish community and State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism (SEAS). The Senator's letter follows: Dear Mr. President: I am writing to request the reappointment of two positions critical to the global and domestic fight against anti-Semitism - the White House li… Continue Reading


July 04, 2017

Cardin Statement on Independence Day 2017

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in advance of July 4, 2017, Independence Day. "Each year on Independence Day we mark the heart of the summer season with a celebration of our country, our people and our freedoms. Independence Day provides an opportunity for all Americans to display pride, spirit, and respect for each other and the country that binds us together as one community. This is a time to treat our fellow Americans as we would like to be treat… Continue Reading

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