Press Releases & Statements

June 28, 2018

Cardin Statement on the Upcoming Supreme Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the pending Supreme Court vacancy due to the retirement of Justice Kennedy. "In his more than three decades of service on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy has been the deciding vote in a number of narrow 5-4 rulings, particularly in landmark civil rights cases. This is an extremely important moment for the American people and the United States Senate. The Supreme Court is now at a crossroads as the next … Continue Reading

June 27, 2018

Cardin Responds to SCOTUS Ruling on Janus v. AFSCME

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. "Freeloading is not a core American value, but a bare majority of the Supreme Court Justices have now made it possible for millions of public-sector workers to get the protections and benefits of strong collective bargaining without paying their fair share for that representation. I find this decision an out… Continue Reading

June 26, 2018

Cardin Responds to SCOTUS Ruling on Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior 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, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in Hawaii v. Trump. "This decision is a major blow to American values, the rule of law, and our country's standing as leader of the free world. Essentially, the Cou… Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Lauds Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration and Assistance for Flooding in Frederick and Washington Counties

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation today praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for its swift approval of Maryland's request for a federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance following the devastating mid-May rain, landslides and flooding in Fredrick County, including the City of Frederick, and Washington counties. "When disasters hit our communities, Team Maryland speaks with one strong voice on behalf of all Marylanders caught in crisis," th… Continue Reading

June 25, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Secure Maryland Wins in Senate-Passed Funding Bill

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen applauded Senate passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 Energy and Water, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill. As part of this legislation, the Senators worked to secure critical funding for several port maintenance projects in Maryland - including the Port of Baltimore, Knapps Narrows, Poplar Island, and Mid-Chesapeake Bay. This legislation also supports our nation's veterans by providi… Continue Reading

June 22, 2018

Cardin, Finance Democrats Demand Plan to Reunite Children Separated from Their Parents at the Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Finance Committee Democrats today in demanding to know how the Trump administration is ensuring the safety of children separated from their parents under Trump's zero-tolerance policy and how the administration plans to reunify children and families. In a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar, the senators noted that many of the children separated from their families under Trump's zero-tolerance policy are being deta… Continue Reading

June 21, 2018

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Sends Letter to Department of Labor in Support of Baltimore City Schools Teachers Facing Deportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have written a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta urging prompt consideration of the Baltimore City Public School System's (City Schools) Permanent Labor Certification Program (PERM) audit. Without a timely resolution by the Department of Labor, 25 longtime City Schools teachers are at risk of deportation. "Without a decision… Continue Reading

June 21, 2018

Forty Senators Push Senate Appropriations Leaders to Reject Dangerous Environmental Riders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Tom Udall (D-NM) today led 40 Senators in urging the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee to keep destructive anti-environmental provisions - or "riders" - out of this year's appropriations bills. Republicans have frequently attempted to slip environmental riders into spending bills in recent years, leading to gridlock in the annual appropriations process and risking the health and safety of … Continue Reading

June 20, 2018

Cardin Introduces World Refugee Day Resolution, Urges U.S., Global Community to Prioritize Resettlement, Stabilization Efforts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with 18 colleagues introduced a Senate resolution Wednesday acknowledging the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children forced to flee their homes because of persecution or conflict. June 20 is World Refugee Day. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has released startling new statistics showing that 68.5 million people were displaced in the world - "the worst di… Continue Reading

June 20, 2018

Cardin, Gardner, Capito, Van Hollen, Welch, McKinley Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating High Performance Building Week

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) introduced a congressional resolution designating the week of June 11 through June 15, 2018 as "High Performance Building Week." The resolution recognizes that high performance buildings promote water and energy efficiency, protecting natural resources and reducing costs for building occupants. Other Senate co-sponsors are Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). House cosponsors are Representatives … Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

World Refugee Day and the Crisis at Our Southern Border

Remarks as delivered: "Mr. President, tomorrow, June 20, is World Refugee Day. The United Nations General Assembly in 2000 declared June 20 to be World Refugee Day so we can have public awareness and support for refugees, asylum seekers, and displaced people. "The numbers are now out as to the number of displaced people in the year 2017, and that number is kind of shocking. It is record-setting for recent times--65.6 million people are displaced from their homes today. Over 22 million a… Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Urges Approval of Federal Disaster Declaration and Assistance for Mid-May Flooding in Frederick and Washington Counties

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation today strongly urged the Trump administration to quickly approve the state's request for a federal major disaster declaration and supplementary assistance under the Stafford Act following the devastating mid-May storms, rain, landslides and flooding in Frederick and Washington counties. In a joint letter to the president, the congressional delegation noted that the storm event had a "massive impact" to critical infrastructure, transportation ro… Continue Reading

June 19, 2018

Cardin Statement on Juneteenth 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement recognizing Tuesday, June 19, 2018 as Juneteenth. Each year, we commemorate this day as the date on which slavery legally came to an end across the entire United States. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of S.Res. 547, which was approved unanimously by the Senate and recognizes the significance of Juneteenth in American history. "One hundred and fifty-three years ago, Union soldiers reached the final outposts of the Southwe… Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Cardin Statement on NDAA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): "For 57 years, Congress has supported America's active and reserve service men and women and civilian defense workers with passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). While I am proud to continue that tradition, I am troubled by the unusually high level of partisanship that se… Continue Reading

June 18, 2018

Cardin, Rubio Syria War Crimes Bill Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - The United States Senate passed legislation Monday to empower the U.S. government to ensure investigation of and accountability for war crimes and other mass atrocities committed in the Syrian civil war that began more than seven years ago. The legislation was co-authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both senior members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "The international community must hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for his gross violat… Continue Reading

June 15, 2018

Cardin Statement on Trump Policy of Separating Children from Parents at U.S.-Mexico Border

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's policy directive to separate children at the Mexico-U.S. border from their mothers and fathers - many of whom are seeking asylum from violence, injustice and violations of their human rights. "The Trump administration's policies directing the separation of children from their parents are barren of the most basic human empathy. That they are completely unnecessary makes the… Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Maryland Congressional Delegation Holds Lively Discussion on Racial Equity and Pathways to Closing the Racial Wealth Gap

WASHINGTON - The Maryland congressional delegation, led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.-05), today gathered for a roundtable discussion with experts from the Maryland Center on Economic Policy and Associated Black Charities to discuss potential federal policies that could help close the growing racial wealth gap in Maryland and nationwide. Lawmakers heard case studies of successful local and state partnerships, along with essential questions that can increase the… Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Delaney Seek Relief for Maryland Crab Shacks

Washington - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and John K. Delaney (all D-MD), yesterday asked federal regulators to provide assistance and flexibility to Maryland seafood retailers - mostly small businesses that sell steamed crabs - that have been hit with new restrictions on the use of nutrition assistance benefits. Under new rules, retailers are only allowed to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SN… Continue Reading

June 14, 2018

Cardin to Government Watchdog: How Will Army Restructuring Impact Small Businesses?

WASHINGTON - Following a request from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate the impact a proposed U.S. Army restructuring will have on the Department of Defense's critical small business research, development, and innovation programs. In May, Senator Cardin, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, asked GAO to examine the Army's proposed new Futures Command, a modernization initiative reportedly … Continue Reading

June 12, 2018

Cardin Advocates for Maryland Shellfish Farmers in Farm Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) on Tuesday sent a letter to U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) advocating for better insurance options for shellfish farmers and the aquaculture industry. Unlike traditional farmers, shellfish farmers do not have access to adequate insurance options. In the letter, the senators urge the committee members to advocate for changes to the Whole Farm Revenue Protection to benefit sh… Continue Reading

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