Press Releases & Statements

February 03, 2017

Cardin, Corker Lead 20 Bipartisan Colleagues in Iran Letter to President Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 20 of their bipartisan colleagues today in a letter to President Trump after reports that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test late last week. Joining Senators Cardin and Corker on the letter are Democratic Senators Tim Kaine (Va.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Chris Coons (Del.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Bob Casey (Penn… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Repeal of Key Anti-Corruption Rule for Oil, Gas Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Senate voted to repeal the Securities and Exchange Commission rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The House repealed the rule Wednesday. Section 1504 was written by Cardin and former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) to promote transparency and accountability by requiring domestic and fo… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Cosponsor Bill to Give Federal Workers a Raise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have signed on as original cosponsors to the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 3.2 percent pay increase in 2018. The bill is designed to boost the pay of federal workers, who have endured $182 billion in cuts to pay and benefits through pay freezes, substandard pay raises, furloughs and increased pension contributions. Federal employees have sacrificed far more … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin Says Gutting the Stream Protection Rule Promotes Pollution and Threatens Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement after the Republican-controlled Senate used the Congressional Review Act to repeal the stream protection rule (RIN:1029-AC63). This rule from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement within the Department of the Interior (OSMRE) limited the placement of waste in streams and drinking water sources, as well as the amount of wa… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on Escalation of Violence in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday amid escalating violence in Ukraine: "In recent days, there has been a sharp spike in violence in Ukraine, and I mourn the loss of eight Ukrainian servicemembers who have been killed in the fighting. The United States needs to stand up for principles. I call upon Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine to abide by the terms of the Minsk… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on Hospitalization of Russian Opposition Activist Vladimir Kara-Murza

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized in a possible poisoning attack: "I was alarmed to see reports that Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza was taken to the hospital today. His symptoms appear to be similar to those that he experienced two years ago when he was poisoned and fell into a coma. We do not know… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin, Corker Lead 20 Bipartisan Colleagues In Iran Letter To President Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 20 of their bipartisan colleagues today in a letter to President Trump after reports that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test late last week. Joining Senators Cardin and Corker on the letter are Democratic Senators Tim Kaine (Va.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Chris Coons (Del.), Richard Blumenthal(Conn.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Bob Casey (Penn.… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Cardin, Collins, Casey, Heller Renew Call for an End to Caps on Therapy Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) have re-introduced the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, which would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclero… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Maryland Educators in Opposition to Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

BALTIMORE - President Trump has nominated billionaire school privatization advocate Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, a position that has far-reaching consequences for students in Maryland schools. During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP), Mrs. DeVos displayed a stunning lack of knowledge about basic education policy, and a complete conflict with the core Maryland values of public education, student safety, and the full … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Cardin Will Oppose the Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement announcing his opposition to the confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Senator Cardin participated in the questioning of Mr. Pruitt at the January 18 committee hearing. Responses to written "questions for the record," or QFRs, were returned in the last week. "After a… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Nomination of Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, released the following statement on the nomination of Congressman Tom Price to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. "The Secretary of Health and Human Services has broad authority to influence and implement policies that will affect the health and well-being of millions Americans and their families. While President Trump and Republicans continue to fumble through their reckless … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced To Honor Centennial Of Late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat With The Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT), and U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY), announced today that they would be introducing a bi-partisan and bi-cameral bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by U.S. Congress, to the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. As the centennial of Sadat's birth approaches in 2018, he will be honored with the highest civilian decoration U.S. Con… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Rescind Discriminatory Order on Immigration, Refugees

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today cosponsored a bill to rescind President Trump's discriminatory executive order barring immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. In addition to Senator Cardin, the bill is cosponsored by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ro… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Cardin Statement on SCOTUS Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for 10th Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. "During the Presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would use litmus tests and select a justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia. I intend to dig deeply into Judge Gorsuch's judicial and public record, but if he does… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Cardin Votes for New Leadership at the Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after a vote in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to advance the nomination of Linda McMahon to be the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration. "As a United States Senator, I take seriously the Constitutional responsibility to provide Advice and Consent for executive branch nominees. I judge each individual on his or her own merits. I disagree with President Trump on nearly every issue,… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Cardin Statement At North Korea Hearing


January 30, 2017

Cardin to Vote Against Senator Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement outlining why he will vote against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be United States Attorney General. "As America's top lawyer, the Attorney General plays a pivotal role in both protecting the safety and security of our nation and safeguarding the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens. Yet Senator Sessions has opposed voting rights le… Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Cardin to Vote Against Mnuchin Nomination in Finance Committee and Full Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, released the following statement outlining why he will vote against the nomination of Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury Secretary. "There is no doubt that Mr. Mnuchin is smart and has made a lot of money during his career, but it does not necessarily make him qualified to steer America's economy. Based on my personal meeting with Mr. Mnuchin, his performance during his confirmation hearing, and his responses -… Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Cardin Statement On Assassination Of Myanmar’s U Ko Ni

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after U Ko Ni was assassinated in Myanmar: "I would like to express my deep condolences to the people of Myanmar over the assassination of U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and leader of Myanmar's Muslim minority, as he left the Yangon Airport this past Sunday. His death is a particularly tragic loss given the challenges that the people of Myanmar face in th… Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Cardin Expresses Condolences To Victims Of Quebec City Mosque Attack

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday in response to the mass shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada. "In the aftermath of this horrific attack, I send my deepest condolences to the victims and their families and friends. At a time when Muslims around the globe are facing greater hostility and prejudice, I stand with Prime Minister Trudeau in his affirmation t… Continue Reading

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