Press Releases & Statements

July 19, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges DHS to Evaluate Statewide Electoral Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Chris Van Hollen and all members of the Maryland delegation in the House of Representatives, Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie B. Raskin, today urged Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to respond favorably to Maryland's request for technical assistance to review and protect t… Continue Reading

July 18, 2018

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Encourage Police Departments to Improve Training and Standards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has re-introduced the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA), S. 3195, which is designed to address the issue of police accountability and build trust between police departments and the communities they serve. This legislation provides incentives for local police organizations to voluntarily adopt performance-based standards to ensure that incidents of misconduct will be reduced through appropriate management, training and oversight protocols… Continue Reading

July 18, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $300,000 in Funding for Allegany and Garrett Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $317,000 in grant funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for Allegany and Garrett counties. A $242,000 grant is being awarded to the Maryland Broadband Cooperative to improve Allegany and Garrett Counties' internet infrastructure. The funds will be used to construct or light more than 60 miles of fiber cable, expanding bandwidth capabilities and bringing increased internet speeds to the region… Continue Reading

July 16, 2018

Cardin calls Trump-Putin Summit, Foreign Trip Detrimental to U.S. National Security Interests, Values

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who earlier this year commissioned a major report on Vladimir Putin's attacks against democracy, universal values, and the rule of law in Russia and throughout Europe, released the following statement Monday after the conclusion of a summit between President Trump and Mr. Putin in Helsinki, Finland: "President Trump's conduct in Helsinki was dangerous and flies in the face of how the leader o… Continue Reading

July 16, 2018

Team Maryland Urges Trump to Consider Capital Gazette Hero for Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON - Today, members of Maryland's Democratic Congressional delegation urged President Donald Trump to consider Wendi Winters - a victim of the mass shooting in the Capital Gazette newsroom last month - for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is awarded by the President to men and women who have made meritorious contributions to the security of the United States, to world peace, to culture or to other significant endeavors. Winters… Continue Reading

July 13, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge Action on Election Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today spoke out about the revelations that a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin owns ByteGrid LLC, the company that hosts Maryland's statewide voter registration, candidacy, and election management system; the online voter registration system; online ballot delivery system; and the unofficial election night results website. "This latest news from Annapolis reinforces the reality that Russia has been systematically inf… Continue Reading

July 13, 2018

Cardin, Young, Durbin, Colleagues Urge Support for Burma Sanctions in NDAA Conference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) led 14 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees yesterday, urging the chairs and ranking members to support the Burmese military sanctions provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act as the bill heads to conference before Congress is able to send it to the president. Burmese military officials have been implicated in gross human… Continue Reading

July 13, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Press Amb. Haley on U.S. Opposition to International Breastfeeding Resolution

WASHINGTON - Following recent reports that the Trump administration sought to block or water down a World Health Organization resolution promoting breastfeeding, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 23 of their colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley seeking more information about the United States' involvement. The senators expressed their concern over reports that the United States worked to remove language to "protect, p… Continue Reading

July 12, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Lead Senate in Honoring Capital Gazette Shooting Victims, Survivors and First Responders

WASHINGTON - In a solemn tribute Thursday, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) led the United States Senate in commemorating the fatal shooting that occurred at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., on June 28, 2018. Two weeks to the day after the deadly attack, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution (S. Res. 575) dedicated to the lives, careers, and service of the victims: Gerald Fischman, Rob Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith, and Wendi Winters. The re… Continue Reading

July 12, 2018

Ahead of Putin Summit, Cardin Sends Trump Russia Report Findings, Recommendations to Strengthen President’s Position

WASHINGTON - Ahead of his summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin next week, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has sent President Trump a letter and key findings and recommendations of a report he commissioned six months ago on Putin's pattern of asymmetric warfare against democracy, universal values, and the rule of law in Russia and throughout Europe. Cardin is a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the ranking Senator on the U.S. Helsinki Commission. Putin's Asymmet… Continue Reading

July 11, 2018

Senators Cardin, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Osteoporosis Screenings & Diagnosis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Increasing Access to Osteoporosis Testing for Medicare Beneficiaries Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation to increase access to osteoporosis screening, while lowering the costs and consequences resulting from a lack of diagnosis. "Osteoporosis threatens the health of millions of women, increasing the chance of fracture and reducing their quality of life," said Senator Cardin. "This bill will provide Medicare ben… Continue Reading

July 09, 2018

Cardin Statement on Kavanaugh Nomination to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on President Trump's announcement that he would nominate Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. "The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent for a president's judicial nominees. This is something that I take seriously, even as the Republican Leadership - Senator McConnell especially - has made a mockery of this process and degraded the S… Continue Reading

July 06, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $140,000 for Eastern Shore Economic Development

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen have announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award $140,000 to the Eastern Shore for the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). Both the Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore and the Mid-Shore Regional Council will receive $70,000, benefiting Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester, Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties. Each CEDS plan will be geared toward br… Continue Reading

July 06, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $1 Million in Federal Funding for Cunningham Falls State Park

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced $1,008,132 in federal funding for improvements to Cunningham Falls State Park through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership. This investment will go to upgrading the Park's sidewalks and walkways, picnic pads, and parking area. Although the Trump Administration has repeatedly tried to cut funding for the LWCF, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen have worked to successfully maintain … Continue Reading

July 05, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Over $5 Million in Federal Funding for Bay Cleanup Through Regional Partners

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced over $5 million in federal funding for efforts to research and restore the Chesapeake Bay. This funding, through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chesapeake Bay Program, includes $5 million for the Chesapeake Bay Trust; $199,572 for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay; and $74,980 for the Chesapeake Research Consortium. It will allow these partners to continue crucial work to reduce pollution, improve re… Continue Reading

July 05, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $110,000 in Federal Funding to Garrett College

WASHINGTON ­­- Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen announced $110,543 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Garrett College. This investment will provide $60,543 for the College to purchase state-of-the-art STEM equipment and $50,000 to improve internet access and IT infrastructure. "ARC has been a crucial federal partner in supporting growth and development in Western Maryland. This grant will help Garret College prepare its students to c… Continue Reading

July 03, 2018

Federal Disaster Declaration and Assistance for Ellicott City, Howard County and Baltimore County Approved by FEMA

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation today praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for issuing a disaster declaration for the devastating storm and flooding that hit Ellicott City, broader Howard County, and Baltimore County in late May. The request for a disaster declaration for Baltimore City for the same storm is still pending. "Disasters like the flooding our state experienced in late May demand that we come together as one united community, and that's what Team… Continue Reading

July 02, 2018

Cardin Reacts to Mexican Presidential Election Results

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, released the following statement following the July 1 Mexican presidential election: "I want to congratulate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on his victory in the Mexican presidential election, and to applaud the Mexican people for strongly participating in their democratic system and making their voices heard. "As he prepares to take office later this year, I'm espe… Continue Reading

July 02, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges the Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration and Assistance for Flood Recovery Efforts in Ellicott City, Howard and Baltimore Counties, and Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation sent a joint letter to President Trump on Friday urging the Administration to move swiftly to approve the state's request for federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance following the mid-May flash-floods that devastated Howard County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City. "We are writing to express our strong support for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's request for the declaration of a major disaster for Howard County, Baltim… Continue Reading

June 29, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $14.5 Million in Maryland AmeriCorps Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced $14,582,888 million in AmeriCorps funding. The grants - issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs - will sustain nearly 1,000 AmeriCorps members on the ground in Maryland. AmeriCorps service members will work with schools, government and nonprofit organizations across the state to tackle some of Maryla… Continue Reading

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