Press Releases & Statements

April 19, 2017

Maryland Delegation Supports Community Group’s Resolution of NextGen Flight Issues at BWI, Urges FAA to Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, John Delaney, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin in support of the DC Metroplex BWI Community Roundtable's proposed resolution of the NextGen flight path issue at BWI Airport and urged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to act. "This Resolution satisfies the FAA's request that a Community Roundtable reach a consensus position before the FAA wil… Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

Senators Cardin, Carper Highlight Devastating Effects of Trump Budget Cuts to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Stevensville, Md. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) the two most senior Democratic members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, stood on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay to highlight the devastating effects that President Trump's shortsighted and dangerous budget cuts would have on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Joined by prominent conservation leaders and elected officials, Senators Carper and Cardin called on congressional appropriators to reje… Continue Reading


April 17, 2017

Cardin Statement on Reported Anti-LGBT Campaign in Chechnya

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday on reports of forced disappearances, torture, and killing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals, primarily gay men, in Chechnya: "I am gravely concerned about the growing threat facing LGBT individuals in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation, given reports that hundreds of LGBT persons, particularly gay men, have been de… Continue Reading


April 13, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Statement on the Washington DC VA Medical Center

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) issued the following statement about the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General report on the Washington DC VA Medical Center, which found that patients were put at unnecessary risk. The Center is frequently used by many local veterans in Maryland. "We are deeply concerned about the issues raised by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, regarding the Washington DC VA Medi… Continue Reading


April 10, 2017

Cardin Statement on Egyptian Security Situation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after a series of terrorist attacks in Egypt targeted at Coptic Christians prompted the government to declare a three-month state of emergency. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks: "I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the innocent people killed while celebrating Palm Sunday in Alexandria and Tanta, Egypt, yesterday. I wish the inj… Continue Reading


April 10, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $750,000 ARC Grant for Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $750,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for Garrett County to construct Phase II of Keyser's Ridge Business Park Access Road. The project is expected to create about 25 full time jobs. "With so much of our nation's infrastructure being in dire need of repair, I welcome this investment in Garrett County's roads - an investment that comes with the added benefit of creating well-paying, local jobs,"… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Cardin Roundtable Explores Local Effects of Trump Domestic Immigration Policies

HYATTSVILLE, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week was joined by members of the Latino community and immigration policy stakeholders like CASA de Maryland who are worried about the Trump administration's policies toward nonviolent, undocumented immigrants. The senator heard directly from community members who live with the constant fear that they or their relatives may be deported at any time. "This fear is real and whole swaths of our residents are living with this anxiety daily,"… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Syrian War Crimes Accountability Bill Introduced by Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and Todd Young (R-Ind.) introduced the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act Friday to instruct the Secretary of State to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria, as well as to authorize assistance for investigations and other credible transitional justice efforts, including a potential hybrid tribunal, to hold Assad and his reg… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Baltimore Delegation Lauds Final Approval of Consent Decree

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) praised the action of Judge James Bredar for formalizing the consent decree that was agreed to by U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Baltimore to address systemic civil rights violations. The agreement followed an exhaustive federal pattern-and-practice investigation. Earlier this week, the Trump Administration DOJ had attempted to delay … Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Cardin Votes Against Gorsuch Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and member of the Environment & Public Works, Small Business and Finance committees, voted Friday against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. Video of Senator Cardin's floor statement on the Gorsuch nomination can be downloaded here. "Advice and Consent of a Supreme Court nominee - someone who could serve for a generati… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Cardin Statement on U.S. Bombing of Syrian Airfield

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Trump Administration informed him that the bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway: "Tonight I was informed by the White House that the targeted bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway. "These military strikes against Assad's arsenal send a clear signal that the United States will stand up for internationally accepted norms and rules… Continue Reading


April 07, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $120,000 ARC Grant for Boonsboro Sewer Replacement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $120,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Town of Boonsboro to upgrade a critical sewer line, which currently lacks the capacity needed to adequately serve the community and is prone to backups. The federal funding will be matched by $120,000 in local funds for a project total of $240,000. "This investment in Boonsboro's sewage system exemplifies precisely why we cannot take President Trump's … Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on U.S. Bombing of Syrian Airfield

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Trump Administration informed him that the bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway: "Tonight I was informed by the White House that the targeted bombing of a Syrian airfield was underway. "These military strikes against Assad's arsenal send a clear signal that the United States will stand up for internationally accepted norms and rules… Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Call for Continued Funding of Essential Air Service to Support Hagerstown Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) are urging the Appropriations Committee to ignore President Trump's budget and provide robust funding for the Essential Air Service Program (EAS). The EAS Program, funded through the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT), provides critical air service that connects rural and remote areas to major hubs, helping to grow area businesses and support economic growth. In 2016, it provided $1.7 million to Hagerstown Regional Air… Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Cardin, Perdue Introduce Global Anti-Corruption Legislation with Strong Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) introduced comprehensive legislation Thursday to make fighting international corruption an American national security priority, encourage greater transparency in U.S. foreign and security assistance, and publicize anti-corruption efforts and results worldwide. Joining Senators Cardin and Perdue as original cosponsors of the Combating Global Corruption Act of 2017 are U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Marco Rubio (R-… Continue Reading


April 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Rules Change for SCOTUS Nominations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after Republicans changed the rules of the Senate to allow nominees for the Supreme Court to move through the confirmation process. "This is a sad day in the Senate, but one the Republicans queued up years ago when blocking President Obama's lower court judges and then punctuated last year by not even considering the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Theirs was the ultimate filibuster of a judicial nominee. "A lifet… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Cardin, National Capital Region Delegation Calls for Federal Investment in WMATA Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, along with Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Steny Hoyer, John P. Sarbanes, John Delaney, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin Eleanor Holmes Norton, Gerry Connolly, Don Beyer, Barbara Comstock, have sent a letter to Congressional appropriators calling for continued federal investment in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for safety and other improvements to Metrorail. The delegation stated that Metro has a… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Resolution Condemning Chemical Weapons Attack on Syrian Civilians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday condemning Bashar al-Assad and his regime for their continued use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people. Multiple media outlets and independent human rights organizations reported evidence of the latest chemical weapons attack Tuesday, when scores of innocent people, including children, were killed or injured. Th… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Cardin, Portman Join with Tiberi, Neal for Bicameral Effort to Protect Retirement Security for Working Families

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) and Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), both members of the House Ways & Means Committee, introduced updated legislation Wednesday designed to protect the retirement security of many American workers. The Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2017 (RSPA) amends the nondiscrimination rules that apply to qualified retirement plans to protec… Continue Reading


April 05, 2017

Cardin, Isakson, Coons Introduce Legislation To Enhance, Modernize African Growth And Opportunity Act, Millennium Challenge Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced the African Growth and Opportunity Act and Millennium Challenge Act Modernization Act (AGOA and MCA Modernization Act) Wednesday, legislation to improve the transparency and impact of the Africa Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA) and enable the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to address regional development challenges and enhance trans-border economic growth opportunities in develop… Continue Reading

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