Press Releases & Statements

May 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday to commemorate World Press Freedom Day: "On World Press Freedom Day, we pause to celebrate and take stock of the role that free media plays in a democratic society, to condemn the public demonization of the media both at home and abroad, and to honor those heroic journalists abroad who have lost their lives while reporting. "A free, independent pre… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Senators Cardin, Collins Urge State Dept. to Continue U.S. Participation, Engagement in Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday encouraging the Secretary to keep the U.S. party to the Paris Agreement, the largest multilateral cooperative agreement ever reached to address the challenge of global climate change. The Senators' letter argues that continued U.S. engagement in the Paris Agreement is critical to advancing important U.S. economic, diplomatic, and national security interests. The… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Lead Colleagues In Urging Trump To Prioritize Democracy, Human Rights In U.S. Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and today led a bipartisan group of 15 senators in urging President Trump to prioritize advocacy for democracy and respect for human rights in the administration's foreign policy agenda. U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Edward Markey (D-MA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Colleagues in Re-Introducing Historic, Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 44 of their colleagues in re-introducing historic, comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) Americans. The Equality Act of 2017 would ensure full federal non-discrimination equality by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race or religion, in existing federal laws. The legislation was filed simultaneousl… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services, Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services in Medicare, improve care outcomes, make it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers, and help cut costs for patients and… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

U.S. Senators Cardin, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Venezuelan People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to provide humanitarian assistance for the Venezuelan people, support a coordinated multilateral response to political and humanitarian challenges, and to defend democratic governance and combat widespread public corruption in Venezuela. Joining the Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017 as original cosponsors are U.S. Senators Dick Durbi… Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Investments for Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced millions in federal funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill that will help Western Maryland. The House and Senate are both scheduled to vote on the legislation this week. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is set to receive $152 million in the FY 2017 appropriations bill, up… Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on Israeli Independence Day

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on Israel's 69th Independence Day: "On this Yom Ha'atzmaut, I congratulate the Israeli people on the joyous anniversary of their independence. As Israelis reflect on their history and look toward the future today, they should be proud of their strong democracy, vibrant culture, and cutting-edge contributions in areas such as science and technology. To… Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Funding for the Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, have announced $73 million in funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program in the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. The House and Senate are both scheduled to vote on the legislation this week. "The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and an economic engine for … Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin Remarks at Branstad Hearing

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Tuesday at a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Branstad, once again welcome to our Committee. Thank you very much for your career in public service and your willingness to serve our country as the Ambassador to Chi… Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Funding for the Purple Line, WMATA

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 and Banking Committees, announced $275 million in funding for the region's public transportation systems in the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. The legislation includes $125 million in funding for the Purple Line project and instructs the Secretary of Transportation to move… Continue Reading


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

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