Press Releases & Statements

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


May 04, 2017

Cardin, McCain Introduce ASEAN Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced a Senate resolution Thursday reaffirming the United States' strategic partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the multilateral organization that promotes stronger economic and cooperative ties among 10 nations and that for 50 years has contributed to greater stability, prosperity… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Cardin Statement on Religious Executive Order

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking 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 on the executive order signed today by President Trump that weakens the constitutional boundaries between religion and political and economic activity. "Candidate Trump excoriated President Obama for his u… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Philippines Security, Human Rights Assistance Legislation

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation Thursday to restrict the exportation of certain defense articles by the United States to the Philippine National Police, support human rights and civil society organizations in the Republic of the Philippines, and report on sources of narcotics entering that country. The Philippines Human Rights Accountability and Counternarcotics Act of 2017 notes that since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte … Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Democrats Introduce Climate Resolution

WASHINGTON - The Democrats on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led by Ranking Member Ben Cardin of Maryland, introduced a resolution Thursday stating that the United States should work in cooperation with the international community and continue to exercise global leadership to address the causes and effects of climate change. The resolution comes as reports indicate President Trump is nearing a decision on whether the United States will remain in, or retreat from, the Paris Climate… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

Team Maryland Works to Expand Affordable College Education Opportunities for Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - Members of Maryland's congressional delegation gathered Wednesday to hear from leaders in Maryland's higher education community on how to best serve Maryland colleges and the students they educate. Members held an in-depth discussion with University System of Maryland Chancellor Dr. Robert Caret, McDaniel College President and Chair of the Maryland Independent Colleges and University Association (MICUA) Board of Trustees Dr. Roger Casey, Morgan State University President Dr. David W… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin Meets with Philippines Foreign Secretary

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after he met with the acting foreign secretary of the Philippines, Enrique Gonzales Manalo: "I appreciated the opportunity to meet with Foreign Secretary Manalo, particularly at a time when relations between our two countries are strained because of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's inhumane campaign of the extrajudicial killing of his own citi… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday to commemorate World Press Freedom Day: "On World Press Freedom Day, we pause to celebrate and take stock of the role that free media plays in a democratic society, to condemn the public demonization of the media both at home and abroad, and to honor those heroic journalists abroad who have lost their lives while reporting. "A free, independent pre… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Senators Cardin, Collins Urge State Dept. to Continue U.S. Participation, Engagement in Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Wednesday encouraging the Secretary to keep the U.S. party to the Paris Agreement, the largest multilateral cooperative agreement ever reached to address the challenge of global climate change. The Senators' letter argues that continued U.S. engagement in the Paris Agreement is critical to advancing important U.S. economic, diplomatic, and national security interests. The… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Lead Colleagues In Urging Trump To Prioritize Democracy, Human Rights In U.S. Foreign Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and today led a bipartisan group of 15 senators in urging President Trump to prioritize advocacy for democracy and respect for human rights in the administration's foreign policy agenda. U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Edward Markey (D-MA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Colleagues in Re-Introducing Historic, Comprehensive LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 44 of their colleagues in re-introducing historic, comprehensive federal legislation to ban discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) Americans. The Equality Act of 2017 would ensure full federal non-discrimination equality by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to other protected classes, such as race or religion, in existing federal laws. The legislation was filed simultaneousl… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

Cardin, Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Expand Telehealth Services, Improve Health Outcomes and Reduce Costs

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would expand telehealth services in Medicare, improve care outcomes, make it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers, and help cut costs for patients and… Continue Reading


May 03, 2017

U.S. Senators Cardin, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Venezuelan People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to provide humanitarian assistance for the Venezuelan people, support a coordinated multilateral response to political and humanitarian challenges, and to defend democratic governance and combat widespread public corruption in Venezuela. Joining the Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017 as original cosponsors are U.S. Senators Dick Durbi… Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Investments for Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced millions in federal funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill that will help Western Maryland. The House and Senate are both scheduled to vote on the legislation this week. The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is set to receive $152 million in the FY 2017 appropriations bill, up… Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on Israeli Independence Day

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday on Israel's 69th Independence Day: "On this Yom Ha'atzmaut, I congratulate the Israeli people on the joyous anniversary of their independence. As Israelis reflect on their history and look toward the future today, they should be proud of their strong democracy, vibrant culture, and cutting-edge contributions in areas such as science and technology. To… Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Funding for the Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations and Agriculture Committees, have announced $73 million in funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program in the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. The House and Senate are both scheduled to vote on the legislation this week. "The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and an economic engine for … Continue Reading


May 02, 2017

Cardin Remarks at Branstad Hearing

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Tuesday at a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China: "Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Branstad, once again welcome to our Committee. Thank you very much for your career in public service and your willingness to serve our country as the Ambassador to Chi… Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Funding for the Purple Line, WMATA

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee (T&I), and Chris Van Hollen, member of the Senate Appropriations and Banking Committees, announced $275 million in funding for the region's public transportation systems in the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill. The legislation includes $125 million in funding for the Purple Line project and instructs the Secretary of Transportation to move… Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Cardin Says Appropriations Compromise Supports the Chesapeake Bay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, lauded appropriators for ignoring President Trump's short-sighted budget by fully funding the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Program. The president's proposal zeroed out funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program entirely or severely cut funding for other core programs that help maintain and restore the health of the Bay. "The Chesapeake Bay is… Continue Reading

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