Press Releases & Statements

February 28, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Lead Push for Answers from FBI, GSA on Changes to the Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today used their positions on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to demand answers from senior officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and General Services Administration (GSA) with specific questions on the recent, wholesale change of direction for a newly consolidated FBI headquarters that would replace the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building. At the EPW hearing, Cardin and Van Hollen p… Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Federal Lawmakers Formalize Opposition to Oil & Gas Drilling off Maryland’s Coastline, Urge Fellow Marylanders to Voice their Concerns Before Upcoming Deadline

WASHINGTON - Pushing back on the Trump plan for risky oil and gas drilling off the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastline, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, with Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), have sent formal comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in strong opposition to the plan that would open up coast… Continue Reading

February 26, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Press Newly Minted U.S. Ambassador to Fight for Justice for Alex Villamayor, Marylander Slain in Paraguay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), as part of their continuing push to find justice for the killers of Marylander Alex Villamayor, met Monday with the recently confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay before he assumes his new post. The Senators met with Ambassador Lee McClenny, along with Kim Luk, Villamayor's aunt who still lives in Maryland. "Our goal is to bring the full resources of the U.S. government to the aid of bringing Alex's killers to justice," sa… Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Cardin Responds to DOJ Indictments of Russians for Election Interference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the lead authors of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and its precursor Counteracting Russian Hostilities Act of 2017, issued the following statement on the indictment of Russians and Russian entities for their illegal efforts to interfere in the lead up to and during the 2016 presidential election. "American intelligence officials have long been u… Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Cardin y Van Hollen Encabezan Esfuerzo Para Honrar Residente de Maryland Asesinado, y Agregar el Peso del Pleno del Senado al Impulso Diplomático para Llevar Ante la Justicia a Los Responsables

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Ben Cardin y Chris Van Hollen hoy introdujeron una resolución del Senado (S. Res. 410) honrando la vida de Alex Villamayor, residente de Maryland, quien fue asesinado en Paraguay en Junio de 2015. Los senadores han seguido de cerca este caso y han utilizado todas las medidas diplomáticas urgiendo a los funcionarios paraguayos a buscar la justicia por la muerte de Alex. Los senadores Cardin y Van Hollen continúan insistiendo en la transparencia y la… Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Lead Effort to Honor Slain Marylander, and Add the Weight of the Full Senate to Diplomatic Push to Bring His Killers to Justice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 410) honoring the life of Marylander Alex Villamayor, who was killed in Paraguay in June 2015. The senators have tracked this case and used all available diplomatic tools to urge Paraguayan officials to seek justice for Alex's murder. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen continue to press for transparency and the resolution of the case as the suspects prepare to finally stand trial. T… Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Cardin Says Fight for Dreamers and TPS Recipients Will Continue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the immigration votes in the Senate today. "I am bitterly disappointed by the failure of the Senate to pass legislation to protect the Dreamers. The president clearly does not want to find a legislative solution to this crisis he created in September when he put an expiration date on the backs of Dreamers. By embracing extreme proposals that would tear apart families, and by threatening to veto bipartisan legislat… Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Cardin Responds to White House Statement on Russian Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the lead authors of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), issued the following statement on the White House acknowledgement of Russian cyberattacks. "My report on Vladimir Putin's asymmetric assault on democratic institutions examined the threat posed by the Kremlin's use of cyberattacks against individuals, democratic institutions, business and infra… Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Warren Call for an End to Federally-Funded Private Debt Collection Agencies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have introduced legislation to repeal authority from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to contract with private collection agencies (PCAs) to collect unpaid taxes. Now in its third iteration, each time the program has been allowed to function, it has been shown to cost the federal government more money than it takes in while targeting some of the most vulnerable taxpayers - potentially violating… Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

Cardin Urges Appropriators to Respect Maryland’s and Other States’ Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with a bipartisan group of 17 senators, this week sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), urging them to respect states' laws regarding the regulation of marijuana when finalizing fiscal year 2018 appropriations. Medical marijuana has been available with a certification from a health professional at licensed dispensaries in Maryland since December 2017. Th… Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

Cardin, Jones, Alexander, Corker Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced a Senate resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1968 strike of Memphis sanitation workers, an historic event in the Civil Rights movement. "The Memphis sanitation workers strike was a pivotal moment in America's civil rights struggle. Fifty years later, we honor the courage of these workers who personified Dr. Martin Luther King's message: 'The ult… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Contract for Knapps Narrows Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, has awarded a $1.4 million contract for the maintenance dredging of Knapps Narrows Federal Navigation Channel near Tilghman Island. The Channel is a local economic driver used by watermen and other commercial vessels, as well as for recreational purposes. Last June, Senator Cardin wrote to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership and Sen… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin Says Trump Infrastructure “Plan” Is Yet Another Ruse To Cut Regulations That Protect Public Health And Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, released the following statement on the latest Trump Administration's infrastructure outline. "President Trump's charade of an infrastructure plan does little to provide any real federal leadership in rebuilding and maintaining America's roads, bridges, waterways and other critical infrastructure. This is yet another ruse that puts public health at ris… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Menendez Introduce Resolution Calling on Trump Administration to Implement Mandatory Russian Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) - all lead authors and negotiators of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act - introduced a Senate resolution today calling upon President Trump to exercise mandatory sanctions authorities under CAATSA in response to Russia's continued aggression in Ukraine, illegal occupation of Crimea, and assault on democratic institutions around the world, including through cyberattacks. "These man… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin Responds to GSA Report on FBI Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on the General Services Administration (GSA) report to the EPW Committee on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) consolidation. "I am extremely disappointed in GSA's report to the Environment and Public Works Committee on the future consolidation of the FBI. The GSA proposal makes little sense, especially given the … Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin Says Trump Effort to Cut Funding for the Chesapeake Bay, Again, Needs to be Rejected By Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's latest attempt to cut funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program. "Once again, President Trump has ignored the bipartisan support in Congress for a strong, well-funded multi-state effort to protect the Chesapeake Bay. Last year, Congress quickly rejected the president's plan to zero out funding for the Environmental Protection Ag… Continue Reading

February 09, 2018

Cardin Returns to Leadership Position on Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week resumed his role as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Senator Cardin previously held the position in 2015. He released the following statement on the importance of this committee and its capacity to help the millions of small businesses that drive our economy. "I am proud to rejoin the leadership of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. Small businesses are the backbone of t… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Cardin Introduces Bill to Prohibit a Trump Military Parade

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is calling on his colleagues to join him in prohibiting federal funds from being used for a military parade - in the style of Russia, North Korea and China - for which President Trump has asked. Last year, Senator Cardin introduced a similar amendment to the FY 2018 budget resolution (H. Con. Res. 71) and introduced his stand-alone bill Thursday. "First and foremost, diverting millions of dollars away from training our troops and supporting our milit… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Condemn Trump Administration Cover Up of Evidence Showing Proposed Rule Change Would Allow Employers to Steal Billions of Dollars in Tips from Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both-D-Md.) joined 22 Senate Democrats in sending a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta slamming the Department of Labor's decision to cover up evidence showing its proposed change to the tip rules would result in employers stealing potentially billions of dollars from their workers. The move exposes the Trump Administration's true priority-helping pad the pockets of corporate interests while working families are left in the d… Continue Reading

February 08, 2018

Cardin, Booker Place Hold On McFarland Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) Friday, informing them of their hold on the nomination of K.T. McFarland to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. "Ms. McFarland may have provided information to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that conflicts with recent media reports regarding her knowledge and involvement in matters pertaining to contacts durin… Continue Reading

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