Press Releases & Statements

August 30, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Senators in Urging DeVos to Abandon Proposal to Use Taxpayer Dollars to Arm Teachers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined a group of 44 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos condemning her reported plans to allow states and school districts use federal funds to purchase firearms and firearm trainings for teachers and other school staff. The grants Secretary DeVos is considering using were created in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and are intended to keep students saf… Continue Reading

August 29, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Amicus Brief Challenging the FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined 27 U.S. Senators and 76 members of the House of Representatives in filing an Amicus Brief with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) December 2017 decision to eliminate net neutrality rules. The FCC's decision repealed the 2015 Open Internet rules, which categorized broadband internet access as a telecommunications service and prohibited Internet Service Provid… Continue Reading

August 29, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen and Whitehouse Call for EPW Hearings on Inspector General Report Showing GSA Misled Congress about the Cost of and President’s Involvement in FBI Headquarters Procurement

WASHINGTON - Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), are urging the committee's chairman and ranking member to convene a hearing on the just-released report from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Inspector General's office, Review of GSA's Revised Plan for the Federal Bureau of Investigation Headquarters Consolidation Project. The IG report outlines how GSA and FBI offic… Continue Reading

August 27, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Administration to Relocate FBI Headquarters Following GSA IG Report

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, repeated their call for the General Service Administration (GSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to finally scrap ill-conceived plans to renovate the crumbling Hoover Building and renew activity toward a secure, fully consolidated campus headquarters elsewhere in the National Capital Region. The urging comes on the heels of a report from the GSA In… Continue Reading

August 25, 2018

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Saturday on the death of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.): "This is an incredibly sad day. John McCain was an honorable public servant who sacrificed greatly to serve his country in uniform and as a lawmaker proudly representing the people of Arizona. His death is a great loss for this country, his state and, above all, his family and friends. My deepest sympathies and condolences are with Cindy, their children, and … Continue Reading

August 24, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, EPW Democrats Press Judiciary Chairman Grassley for Kavanaugh Documents on Environmental Matters

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) democrats in writing a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to request that all records under control of the Judiciary Committee, and all records that have not yet been produced pertaining to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's involvement in matters related to the environment during his time at the White House, be turned over to the EPW Committee for proper revi… Continue Reading

August 23, 2018

Senate Approves Cardin Provision to Develop a Roadmap for Greater Investment in Support of Energetics at Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called the 2019 Defense Appropriations bill passed by the Senate Thursday "an investment in Maryland and the R&D we do better than anyone else for America's military." Senator Cardin: "I was pleased that the Senate approved my amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would direct the Department of Defense (DOD) to evaluate the Navy, Air Force, and Army's investment for energetics research, like what is being done at and in support of the… Continue Reading

August 23, 2018

Cardin: Senate-passed Appropriations Will Help Marylanders with Boost to NIH, Substantial Funding for Fighting Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on Senate passage of 2019 Appropriations bills for Defense and Labor-Health and Human Services. "We are making progress in prioritizing funding for programs that are making a real difference in the lives of Marylanders. I'm especially proud that we are increasing funding for the Bethesda-based National Institutes of Health ($2B increase to $39B) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities ($9.… Continue Reading

August 23, 2018

Thirty-eight (38) Senate Farm Bill Supporters Unite to Keep Anti-Environment Policy Riders Out of the Conference Report

WASHINGTON - As bicameral conferees work to reconcile Senate- and House-passed versions of the Farm Bill, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, led 36 colleagues in a letter urging conferees to oppose controversial anti-environment policy riders. The current Farm Bill expires on October 1. "The Senate Farm Bill is the product … Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Cardin Joins SFRC Democrats in Advising Sec. Pompeo Against Lowering Refugee Cap

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to decimate the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program and undermine a critical U.S. foreign policy tool. In advance of a Presidential Determination that could reduce the already historically low level of refugee admissions, the Senators sent a letter urging the Secretary to support policies that uphold our nation's history as a b… Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $245,000 in Funding for Garrett County First Responders

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded significant federal funding to the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department in Oakland, Maryland and the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company in McHenry, Maryland to purchase new equipment. The Oakland Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $161,334 to purchase 30 sets of new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) to replace units that are beyond … Continue Reading

August 22, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $95,143 for the Showell Volunteer Fire Department in Worcester County

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $95,143 grant to the Showell Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) in Worcester County. SVFD will use the funding to purchase 37 sets of turn out gear to replace gear that is beyond its useful lifespan and no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards. "Our first responders deserve safe, updated equipment capable of protec… Continue Reading

August 20, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Senate Rules Committee to Mandate Transparency in Foreign Ownership of Companies Running U.S. Election Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) are calling on the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee to sponsor an amendment protecting American election systems from unknown foreign ownership. In response to the revelation that a Russian oligarch has become the largest investor in a fund tied to the company that hosts Maryland's election systems, including voter registration and election results websites, Maryland's senators have been working close… Continue Reading

August 15, 2018

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Resolution to Elevate U.S. Efforts to End Violence Against Children

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined his colleague U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) in introducing a resolution Wednesday that recognizes the harmful impact that violence has on child development, calls for a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to end violence against children globally and reaffirms the Senate's commitment to ending their suffering. The introduction of the resolution follows International Youth Day, which was August 12. According to the World Health Organizatio… Continue Reading

August 14, 2018

Cardin, Torres Legislation to Combat Corruption in Central America Becomes Law

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) issued the following comments after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. The NDAA included a provision that will require the Secretary of State to provide Congress with a list of individuals, including government officials, who have committed serious acts of corruption, drug trafficking, and illicit campaign finance in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. T… Continue Reading

August 10, 2018

Cardin Encourages Peace and Compassion on the One-Year Anniversary of the Deadly Charlottesville Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued the following statement on the upcoming one-year anniversary of the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va., and the planned marches in Washington, DC and elsewhere this weekend. "As we reflect on the events that transpired one year ago, we honor the memories and lives of those killed durin… Continue Reading

August 07, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on CFIUS to Investigate ByteGrid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who also serves as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), requesting that the Committee review the transaction between AltPoint Capital, a venture fund whose largest investor is Russian oligarch Vladimir Potanin, and ByteGrid LLC, a U.S. web hosting and data center company that is deeply involved in Maryland's election infrastruct… Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Ronald Dellums

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Ron Dellums, founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus: "Ronald Dellums was a dedicated public servant and a fierce champion for social and economic justice for all. Throughout his 27 years in Congress, he fought fearlessly for his constituents in Oakland, California and against injustice as it happened in America and throughout the world. He was a prominent opponent of the… Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Advance Maryland Priorities in Senate-Passed Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen lauded Senate passage this week of the Fiscal Year 2019 Appropriations for Agriculture & the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Transportation, Housing and Urban Development; Financial Services and General Government; and Interior and Environment. The package, which provides funding for the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program and safe drinking water, WMATA/Metro and the Purple Line, as well as a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal civilian … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Cardin, Graham, Menendez, Gardner, McCain, Shaheen Introduce Hard-Hitting Russia Sanctions Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Cory Gardner (R-CO), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act of 2018, comprehensive legislation that will increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's continued interference in our elections, malign influence in Syria, aggression in Crimea, and other activities. "It is once… Continue Reading

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