Press Releases & Statements

May 15, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $88,572 Grant for Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department

Washington, DC - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), under the Department of Homeland Security, has awarded a $88,572 grant to the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department for operations and safety. The grant will be used to purchase 15 sets of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment, with additional spare air cylinders and face masks. The grant funding will allow the Department to replace SCBA e… Continue Reading


May 15, 2017

If Trump Is Going To Engage Russia, He Should Do So On This Topic

Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is House minority whip. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is the ranking minority member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Last week, President Trump met in the Oval Office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov - a staunch defender of Russian aggression abroad and repression at home. In that meeting, according to the White House's official readout, the president "emphasized his desire to build a better relationship" with Russia. The meeting came just days after Secretary of … Continue Reading


May 15, 2017

Cardin Statement On Trump Administration’s Global Gag Rule Implementation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday in response to the Trump Administration's planned issuance of full guidance implementing the expanded Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy: "President Trump has now doubled down on his disastrous decision to reinstate the Global Gag Rule by formally expanding it to impact $8.8 billion in U.S. foreign assistance across the State Departme… Continue Reading


May 12, 2017

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Introduce North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced the North Korean Human Rights Reauthorization Act, legislation that would update and reauthorize the 2004 law promoting human rights and freedom in North Korea. "The human rights situation in North Korea is horrific," said Senator Rubio, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on human rights. "The regime systematically and ruthlessly t… Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Cardin Questions Taxpayer-Funded Attempt to Legalize Voter Suppression

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) responded with the following statement after the President announced the creation of a new commission on "election integrity." U.S. Senator Cardin: "Casting a vote is one of the most fundamental rights in a democracy. Instead of focusing on the myth of voter fraud, the President should be looking at ways to make it easier for eligible Americans to vote, given how difficult it is for some individuals to vote in this country. The President of the Unit… Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Cardin, Corker, Colleagues Write to Trump About U.S. Navigation Operations in South China Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Trump Wednesday urging his Administration to take necessary steps to routinely exercise freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. The South China Sea is one of the world's most strategically important waterways. Almost 30 percent of the world's maritime trade transits the Sea annually, including approximately $1.2 t… Continue Reading


May 11, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Celebrate Public Service Recognition Week

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen honored the vital work of federal, state, county, and local government employees and members of the uniformed services across the nation this week by passing a bipartisan resolution to designate May 7-13, 2017, as Public Service Recognition Week. "Maryland is home to roughly 136,000 federal civilian workers and countless more public service professionals - each of whom works tirelessly to better our communities and our country," said Se… Continue Reading


May 10, 2017

Cardin Requests U.S. Humanitarian or Refugee Status for Persecuted LGBT Individuals in Chechnya, Russia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has written to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly requesting humanitarian or refugee status for LGBT individuals in Chechnya, Russia. Recent media and civil society reporting indicates Chechen security forces have pursued a violent campaign of intimidation, arrest, torture, detention and even death against innocent people in Chechnya because of their… Continue Reading


May 10, 2017

Cardin, Corker, Colleagues Write To Trump About U.S. Navigation Operations In South China Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote to President Trump Wednesday urging his Administration to take necessary steps to routinely exercise freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea. The South China Sea is one of the world's most strategically important waterways. Almost 30 percent of the world's maritime trade transits the Sea annually, including approximately $1.2 t… Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Firing of FBI Director Comey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement in response to the firing of James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "There is little President Trump does anymore that surprises me, but that he would fire the lead investigator into collusion between Russia and Trump campaign officials is beyond the pale - even for him. This is the biggest evidence to date of why we need an indep… Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Confirmation of Scott Gottlieb to Lead the FDA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the confirmation of Scott Gottlieb to be the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is headquartered in Montgomery County, Maryland. "Scott Gottlieb's deep ties to the drug industry are among the primary reasons that I could not support his nomination. While he has a strong working knowledge of the FDA and its processes, I c… Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Cardin Remarks at Sullivan Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks Tuesday at a hearing on the nomination of John J. Sullivan to serve as Deputy Secretary of State: "Mr. Chairman, first of all let me thank Mr. Sullivan for his willingness to serve our country again. He seems to always want to come back to public service, and we very much appreciate that very talented person who has a distinguished record. And we thank your fam… Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Cardin Statement on South Korean Presidential Election

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after exit polls and media outlets projected that Moon Jae-in was elected president of South Korea. Ahead of official certification, Mr. Moon has also claimed victory and his opponents have conceded defeat: "I would like to congratulate Moon Jae-in on his election as president of the Republic of Korea. By successfully holding this unprecedented electi… Continue Reading


May 09, 2017

Cardin Statement On Feared Drowning Of Hundreds Of Refugees In Mediterranean Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday after reports emerged of capsized boats in the Mediterranean Sea with approximately 250 refugees feared drowned: "I am deeply troubled by this tragedy. For years, we have seen men and women, young and old, take to the sea in overcrowded and unseaworthy boats in pursuit of a better life, often with small children by their side. This is a journey only… Continue Reading


May 08, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $280,000 for Salisbury University Mathematics Education Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $287,871 in federal funding for Salisbury University's PATHWAYS program. The funding comes from the National Science Foundation and will support a Salisbury PATHWAYS project aimed at understanding how students effectively learn mathematics in the K-12 setting, as well as inspiring undergraduate students to pursue a career in mathematics education. "Math is an integral skill in today's economy. This investment… Continue Reading


May 08, 2017

Cardin, Maryland Leaders Urge FAA to Measure Noise Impacts from Altered DCA Air Traffic Patterns

Washington - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressmen John Delaney and Jamie Raskin, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner have written to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requesting that the agency measure noise levels from incoming and departing flights from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The officials request a timeline by June 5, 2017 of its review of the impact of changes made to air tra… Continue Reading


May 07, 2017

Cardin Statement on French Presidential Election Results

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday after French authorities declared Emmanuel Macron the winner of the country's presidential run-off election: "I congratulate Emmanuel Macron for his victory in today's French presidential election and applaud the French people's rejection of isolationism and embrace of a Europe whole, free, and at peace. France has made a clear choice in support of the … Continue Reading


May 05, 2017

Cardin, Thune Reintroduce Bill to Improve and Modernize S Corporations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), members of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, today reintroduced the S Corporation Modernization Act of 2017, legislation that would make several pro-growth reforms to help S corporations operate more easily, which would improve their ability to raise capital. S corporations were created in 1958, must be domestically owned, and are limited to 100 shareholders. This type of business has grown in popularity, particularly… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Cardin Calls House Republican Health Care Bill “Damaging to Our Country, Public Health and Our Economy”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the just-passed House of Representatives American Health Care Act. "The House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act promises to hurt tens of millions of Americans. In the rush to pass a bill - any bill - the Republicans have taken bad legislation and made it even worse. Consumers will pay more, women will pay more, families fighting mental illness… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Cardin Statement on Final Passage of FY17 Appropriations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised final passage of the bipartisan fiscal appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017. "It took longer than it should have, but Congress found a bipartisan way to work around the White House and finally pass the fiscal year 2017 appropriations. We should have finalized this most basic constitutional function months ago, setting clear priorities for our federal agencies. The American people and our hardworking federal government employees deserve no… Continue Reading

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