Press Releases & Statements

March 29, 2017

Cornyn, Cardin Lead Bipartisan Group To Affirm Strategic U.S.-Mexico Partnership In Resolution

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a resolution to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the United States and Mexico and recognize the bilateral cooperation necessary to advance both countries' shared interests in national security, defense, and trade. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) also cosponsored the resolution. "The United States and Mexico have long benefited from a symbiot… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Approval of Montenegro NATO Bid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after the Senate approved Montenegro's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "Montenegro's membership in NATO will serve to strengthen the organization, enhance American national security, and send a strong message of resolve to Russia as it invades its neighbors and seeks to upend the international order. Montenegro's inclusion … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Attempt to Roll Back Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released the following statement on President Trump's actions designed to roll back President Obama's climate-change legacy. "Climate change is a real and intensifying threat to this country and all of humanity, and any action that undercuts the progress we have made to address its damage is patently short-sight… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Cardin, Enzi intro bill to help student groups with collegiate housing costs

WASHINGTON - Across the country, fraternities and sororities looking to use donations to help construct new buildings or make safety improvements are finding themselves blocked by a major road block, the U.S. tax code. While colleges and universities are able to use charitable deductions to build and maintain student housing, other not-for-profit student housing groups are not allowed to do the same. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) introduced legislation this week to … Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Cardin Remarks at U.S. Policy on Iran Hearing

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing Tuesday on 'The View from Congress: U.S. Policy on Iran,' U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Ranking Member, delivered the following opening remarks: "Iran deserves special attention and this Committee can, I think, play a critical role. We have in the past. I think back about the legislation that authorized the sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activity. I congratulate Senator Menendez for his leadership on that legislation… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Honoring Women's History Month

"Mr. President, I rise today to join the American people in celebrating Women's History Month. I would like to begin that celebration by paying homage to several women whose ingenuity and inventions have shaped modern society, but who - like innumerable women throughout history - have not received the credit or recognition they're due. "Katherine Blodgett is a good place to start. In 1935, she invented the first transparent glass that eliminated distortion and glare. Before her, glass contain… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Cardin Will Vote Against Gorsuch Nomination to Supreme Court

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, announced today that he will vote against the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. "Thirteen months after the death of Justice Scalia, the Senate finally completed its hearing for his replacement.… Continue Reading

March 28, 2017

Boozman-Cardin Bill Offers Access to Affordable Technology for Blind Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-AR) have introduced the Access Technology Affordability Act of 2017, legislation to create a refundable tax credit to offset the cost of access technology for blind Americans. "Making access technology affordable is critical to ensuring that blind and seeing impaired individuals can participate fully in our communities and have equal access to every opportunity," said Cardin. "I am proud to be a lead cosponsor on this legislation… Continue Reading

March 26, 2017

Senator Cardin Statement On Russian Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday as the largest protests in Russia in five years resulted in the arrest of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators: "I strongly condemn the arrest of hundreds of peaceful demonstrators in Moscow and across Russia today. This crackdown is another indication that the space for civil society is rapidly closing inside Putin's Russia. It is not surprising that th… Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Cardin Appalled by Reported State Department Move to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, released the following statement regarding the Department of State's reported recommendation of approval for a permit effectively enabling the completion of the 1,200-mile Keystone XL pipeline, which will transport low-grade crude from Canada's western tar sands region to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico. "Ours is a better country without the completed Keystone XL pipeline. … Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Cardin, Portman, Roskam, and Vargas Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Reject Attempts to Economically Isolate Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and U.S. Representatives Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) announced Thursday the introduction of the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, legislation to further combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Over the past several years, a growing number of countries have sought to isolate and delegitimize Israel through BDS actions. Last year, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) targ… Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Cardin and Senate Colleagues Deliver Warning to Speaker Ryan, House Republicans: We're Not Going to Help You Erode Healthcare Coverage

WASHINGTON-As the House of Representatives prepares to vote on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and her Senate colleagues sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan warning that he will not have their support for further repeal legislation as outlined in the Speaker's "three phase" plan. As part of their campaign to secure votes for passage in the House, Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump have assured certain Republican House members that legislation … Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Cardin Praises FBI, Intelligence Community for Swift Arrest in Threats Against Jewish Community Centers and Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement in response to the arrest of an Israeli man for making threats to Jewish institutions across the U.S. and other countries, including Jewish day schools and community centers in Maryland. "My sincere than… Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Young & Cardin Lead Letter To Secretary Tillerson Calling For Urgent Diplomatic Campaign To Prevent Millions From Starving To Death

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) led and delivered a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for an urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen that are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), helped lead the letter, which was also signed by eight ot… Continue Reading

March 23, 2017

Cardin Highlights Importance Of U.S.-Costa Rica Relations, Recognizes Costa Rica’s Strategic Role As Democratic Partner In Western Hemisphere

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record this week to recognize Costa Rica's strategic role as a democratic partner in the Western Hemisphere: "Mr. President: I rise today to recognize the productive partnership between the United States and Costa Rica. I recently had the chance to meet with President Guillermo Solis and I can attest that this is a bilateral relationsh… Continue Reading

March 22, 2017

Senators Fight to Save Small Business Jobs in Economically Challenged Rural and Urban Areas

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has joined with Committee Chair Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), to introduce a bill that improves the Historically Underutilized Business Zone Empowerment Contracting (HUBZone) program and helps small businesses rebuild, revitalize and invest in distressed communities across t… Continue Reading

March 22, 2017

Cardin Roundtable Spotlights Importance of Repeated Judicial Rejections of Trump’s Proposed Muslim Bans

SILVER SPRING, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently joined several organizations focused on providing support to immigrants and refugees at HIAS headquarters to discuss the illegality and potentially devastating effects of President Trump's proposed travel and immigration bans, which have been legally challenged by HIAS and others and rejected by multiple federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. "Despite minor changes, the Trump Administration's … Continue Reading

March 22, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Water Infrastructure Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), along with Senators John Boozman (R-Ark.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), have introduced the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act. The bipartisan legislation would provide local communities with increased flexibility when complying with Clean Water Act requirements for updates to water infrastructure projects. The bill would also give communities more autonomy as … Continue Reading

March 22, 2017

Cardin Lauds Nevada Vote to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment; Cardin ERA Measure Would Mean Just Two More States Needed to Guarantee Women Equality in Our Constitution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised legislators in Nevada for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) 45 years to the day after Congress passed the ERA. "Nevada has moved us closer to ensuring that the Constitution of the United States of America guarantees full and equal protection for women. Congress must act now to remove the unnecessary deadline for the ERA, opening the door for just two more states to carry us through to full ratification. "Most Americans are shocked … Continue Reading

March 22, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Delaney Introduce Resolution Honoring Henrietta Lacks

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen joined Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and John Delaney (all D-MD) in introducing a resolution honoring Henrietta Lacks for her contributions to medical research as part of Women's History Month. Lacks, an African-American woman, died of cervical cancer in 1951. For more than six decades, her cells have been used by medical researchers in some of medicine's most important breakthroughs, includin… Continue Reading

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