Press Releases & Statements

June 06, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $150,000 Grant for Anacostia River Cleanup

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded a $150,00 grant to Prince George's County to remove trash from the Anacostia river watershed. "Thousands of families live in the Anacostia river watershed, and thousands more work in fields that rely on a healthy Chesapeake Bay," said Senator Cardin. "This grant represents an investment in those families, all of whom deserve an environm… Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Cardin Statement on Proposed Privatization of Air Traffic Control

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, responded with the following statement to the president's announcement regarding changes to the American Air Traffic Control system. "It astounds me how every day President Trump manages to find a new way to dismantle America's national security and world leadership. Privatizing Ame… Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1 Million Grant for Carroll County Health Department

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that a $1 million grant has been awarded to the Carroll County Health Department (CCHD) to improve the health and well-being of young children with behavioral health needs. The grant is provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "Early diagnosis and comprehensive health care is absolutely critical for children with behavioral health needs. Their health and success througho… Continue Reading


June 05, 2017

Cardin Statement Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Jerusalem Reunification

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record Monday commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. The Senate will vote tonight on a related resolution: "Mr. President, this June marks the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. I am honored to support Senate Resolution 176, a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of the reunificati… Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $200,000 Grant for Harford Community College

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that Harford Community College will receive a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funding will be used for the Regional Additive Manufacturing Pathways (RAMP) project, which will help students train for 21st century careers in 3-D printing. Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, is on the rise as the creation and manufacturing of complex 3-D products - from medical implants t… Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $350,000 Grant for STEM Education at Bowie State

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $350,000 grant to Bowie State University to improve STEM education through collaborative project-based learning. "STEM skills are integral in today's economy. This investment in our children will help ensure that the next generation has the knowledge and competency to compete," said Senator Cardin. "This is about both our students' success and our own, a… Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump’s Withdrawal of U.S. from Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after President Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement: "President Trump's decision today to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement is a shocking reversal of American global leadership and transparently political, the clearest sign yet he will do whatever he can to dismantle President Obama's le… Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Cardin Statement on Ongoing Paris Agreement Speculation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after multiple media outlets reported that President Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. President Trump later tweeted that he would decide "over the next few days": "Trump aides leak a supposed fact, and then the President picks up his phone and tweets something contrary. It is nearly impossible to know … Continue Reading


May 31, 2017

Cardin Statement on Kabul Bombing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday following a truck bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan: "I express my deepest condolences to the people of Afghanistan, especially those who were wounded or lost loved ones, in this morning's heinous truck bomb attack in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul. Inflicting violence on innocent Afghans who were going about their daily business in the capital is … Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Senators Urge Robust Funding for Gateways and Watertrails Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators representing Maryland, Virginia and Delaware are calling on appropriators to fully fund the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Program, which supports public education about and access to the Chesapeake Bay. Led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the letter is signed by Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Chris Coons (both D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). The senators shared with Senators Lisa Murkowski and Tom Udall, chair and … Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Cardin Statement on Memorial Day 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day 2017, which this year is celebrated on Monday, May 29. "This weekend I join the nation in recognizing Memorial Day, and more importantly, the men and women this day is meant to memorialize. Next Monday, across the country, countless families will gather with friends to have cookouts, watch parades, and make plans for the summer. An… Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Cardin Announces $3 Million in U.S. Army Corps Funds to Improve Maryland’s Coastal Beaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today announced that a total of approximately $3 million in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers funding will be directed to Maryland's Atlantic coastal shorelines. Specifically, as outlined in the Army Corps Baltimore District's FY2017 workplan, $2.4 million will be dedicated to replenishing Ocean City's beaches to pre-2016 levels and $600,000 will fund restoration and monitoring effor… Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1,515,105 for Affordable Housing and Community Development

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation has awarded NeighborWorks America grants totaling $1,515,105 to organizations dedicated to developing and preserving affordable housing, revitalizing and sustaining neighborhoods, and creating jobs in Maryland. "These funds represent a critical federal investment in Maryland housing, particularly in our efforts to keep our neighborhoods affordable," said Sen… Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $1 Million in Funding for Maryland Department of Natural Resources

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $1.09 million in federal funding for Maryland's Department of Natural Resources. The funding comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will be used to improve water quality monitoring throughout the Chesapeake Bay, including greater data analysis capabilities. Sediment and nutrient monitoring programs like the Chesapeake Bay Program's will be notable beneficiaries. "The Chesapeake Bay is integ… Continue Reading


May 26, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act Passes Committee

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statements after their Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act was passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "For over six years, Bashar al-Assad has committed horrific war crimes against the Syrian people, including women and children," said Rubio, chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, And Global Women's Issues. "Co… Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Cardin Statement on Russia Sanctions Legislation Path Forward

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday following a Committee business meeting where Russia sanctions legislation was discussed: "I welcome Chairman Corker's commitment that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up a sanctions bill on Russia after the Senate returns from the Memorial Day recess in June, pending a discussion with Secretary Tillerson on his efforts to make progress… Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Cardin Statement on 4th Circuit Decision to Continue Suspension of Immigration Orders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday regarding the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the suspension of President Trump's immigration orders will stay in place. Senator Cardin signed onto an amicus brief with other Members of Congress in the case of IRAP v. Trump, which was an appeal from the decision of U.S. District Judge Theodore Chuang in the District of Maryland (Greenbelt).… Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Cardin Leads Call to Fully Fund Programs to Find Lead and Remove It from Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, led more than two dozen of his colleagues this week in urging appropriators to continue robust support for grant programs to reduce lead in drinking water. The senators are looking to ensure Congress keeps its promise of improving testing in schools for lead, replacing lead pipes and revising financing programs so underserved communities can replace their crumbling water infrastructure, a… Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen to President Trump on Proposed Medicaid Cuts: America’s Veterans Deserve Better

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 15 other Democratic Senators to raise grave concerns with President Trump about his plans to gut Medicaid funding and slash investments in behavioral health research, and the impact on America's veterans. More than 30,000 veterans in Maryland and nearly 2 million veterans across the country rely on Medicaid for their health coverage. The American Health Care Act would … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Cardin, Collins Introduce Legislation to Support Volunteer Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, introduced two bipartisan bills today that would enhance communities' ability to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and EMS workers. The Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (VRIPA) and the Volunteer Firefighters' Length of Service Award Program (LOSAP) Cap Adjustment Priority Act would protect the modest incent… Continue Reading

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