Press Releases & Statements

December 10, 2016

Cardin Statement On Failure Of Senate To Approve Montenegro Admission To NATO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement Saturday after the Senate failed to approve the accession of Montenegro to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO): "I am disappointed that the Senate did not advice and consent on the admission of Montenegro into NATO before we adjourned for the year. Vladimir Putin did everything he could to disrupt the recent Montenegrin Parliamentary elections in a… Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

Cardin, Van Hollen Urge USDA to Prioritize Chesapeake Bay Watershed When Reallocating Unspent NRCS Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today released the text of Senate and House letters sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas Vilsack calling for additional resources for family farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed who are working to stop runoff pollution. When completed projects across the country have extra, unspent funding, they send it back to the USDA, where it can be reallocated. By investing that funding in the C… Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

As Tax Reform Talks Loom in 2017, Cardin Reintroduces a Comprehensive, Progressive, Pro-Growth Approach

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has reintroduced groundbreaking legislation that would eliminate income tax liability for most Americans and reduce corporate income tax rate to one of the lowest among industrialized nations. Cardin's bill, S. 3529, the Progressive Consumption Tax Act (PCTA), changes the way the federal government raises revenue. Rather than taxing income, the Progressive Consumption Tax (PCT) generates reasonable revenue b… Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on Deteriorating Situation in Aleppo, Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday as the situation in Aleppo, Syria continues to deteriorate: "The late Elie Weisel said 'I don't want my past to become anyone else's future.' "For more than 70 years now, civilized people have carried forward the charge to 'Never Forget'. That charge has been decimated on the streets of eastern Aleppo. The shame of the international community is … Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on Passage of Yet Another Short-Term Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed his frustration that House and Senate Republicans insisted on yet another continuing resolution (CR) rather than completing the appropriations bills that passed out of committee. "Continuing resolutions keep the federal government running, which is good news for all Americans, but it is no way to run a government, especially not for ye… Continue Reading


December 09, 2016

As Tax Reform Talks Loom in 2017, Cardin Reintroduces a Comprehensive, Progressive, Pro-Growth Approach

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has reintroduced groundbreaking legislation that would eliminate income tax liability for most Americans and reduce corporate income tax rate to one of the lowest among industrialized nations. Cardin's bill, S. 3529, the Progressive Consumption Tax Act (PCTA), changes the way the federal government raises revenue. Rather than taxing income, the Progressive Consumption Tax (PCT) generates reasonable revenue b… Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

Cardin Calls NDAA an Imperfect but Important Bill that Supports America’s Warriors and Their Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was approved by the Senate 92-7 today "still has many flaws but is important for our national security and the men and women of our armed forces." Senator Cardin's comments on passage of the included Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act can be found at this link. He released the following statement on the overall bill, which i… Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

ICYMI: Sens. Ben Cardin and Dianne Feinstein in USA TODAY: Trump could threaten U.S. superpower status

By Ben Cardin and Dianne Feinstein | December 8th, 2016 President Obama is right - if President-elect Donald Trump succeeds, America succeeds. But the opposite is equally true. The costs of a failed Trump presidency would be profound for the security of the United States and countries around the world. With each passing day, we grow increasingly concerned that President-elect Trump fails to grasp the solemn, serious responsibilities that come with being our nation's commander in chief. Protect… Continue Reading


December 08, 2016

Cardin, McCain Hail Watershed Moment in Global Human Rights Accountability, Fight Against Corruption

WASHINGTON - Senate and House passage of the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a watershed moment in global human rights accountability and the fight against corruption. The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, part of the NDAA, now heads to President Obama for signature into law. Championed by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, the bill gives th… Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Maryland and Virginia Lawmakers Write to President Obama Urging Fair Pay for Civilian Federal Workers Nationwide

WASHINGTON - Maryland and Virginia lawmakers have written to President Obama in an effort to maintain pay parity between America's civilian and military public servants. U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.), Congressman Steny H. Hoyer and Senator-elect Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have called on President Obama to update his recent executive order affirming a 1.6 percent pay increase for civilians to match the 2.1 percent… Continue Reading


December 07, 2016

Cardin Statement on Nomination of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) made the following remarks in response to the announcement that President-elect Trump would nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "I believe strongly in the cabinet confirmation process - including giving every nominee a fair and timely hearing. To that end, as a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I will listen to what Oklahoma Attorney… Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. "December 7, 1941 was a day that will live in infamy for the brutal and deadly attack by the Japanese against our nation at Pearl Harbor. But it also is the day that launched America into World War II and solidified our collective resolve to turn anger into action and reven… Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Team Maryland Announce $15 Million in Federal Funding To Expand High-Quality Preschool Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards and John Delaney (all D-Md.), announced Tuesday that Maryland has been awarded $15 million through the Preschool Development Grants program to provide high-quality preschool programs in 19 school districts across Maryland. In the past three years, Maryland has been awarded more than $45 milli… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

Cardin Praises Army Corps Response Halting Dakota Pipeline to Protect Drinking Water Sources for Standing Rock Sioux Reservation

WASHINGTON - Weeks after U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and his colleagues sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting the administration halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until affected tribes are consulted and a full environmental review is conducted, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced that such a review will indeed need to be completed prior to any additional work. "In order to protect the drinking water sources for the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and to… Continue Reading


December 05, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement Ahead Of Ghanaian Elections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday ahead of Ghana's national election on December 7th: "Ghana has made enormous strides on its path to democracy since the country's return to civilian rule. It has served as a model in West Africa, on the continent and around the world for nearly 25 years. "The United States values our partnership with the government and our friendship with the Ghan… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

Cardin Meets with Charles County Economic Development Team on Boosting Local Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate's Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, visited with officials from the Charles County Department of Economic Development and local small business leaders in Waldorf, Md., on Monday to discuss ongoing initiatives to expand the local economy and address the challenges faced by small businesses. The roundtable discussion featured presentations on how business leaders and government can work together to bring added mass t… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

Entire Maryland Delegation Voices Support for I-81 FASTLANE Grant

WASHINGTON - All ten members of the Maryland congressional delegation have signed onto a bipartisan letter organized by Congressman John K. Delaney (D-MD-6) on behalf of Maryland's request for FASTLANE grant funding for the I-81 Corridor Widening project. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Senator-Elect Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-7), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD-2), Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD-3), Rep. Donna… Continue Reading


December 02, 2016

U.S. Senator Cardin Statement On Arrest Of Dr. Merera Gudina In Ethiopia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after Dr. Merera Gudina, leader of the Oromo People's Congress and one of Ethiopia's opposition leaders, was arrested earlier this week after returning home following his testimony to the European Union parliament on the current political crisis in the country: "Dr. Gudina's arrest appears to be based solely based on the fact that he is a member of t… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on World AIDS Day 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday in recognition of World AIDS Day: "Thirty years ago the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine issued a report calling for a 'massive media, educational and public health campaign to curb the spread of the HIV infection.' The global community heeded that call, and today, on World AIDS Day, we celebrate progress that we have made in tre… Continue Reading


December 01, 2016

Cardin Statement On Peace Accord Ratification By Colombian Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the Colombian Congress ratified a peace accord between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) rebel group: "With the ratification of their peace accord, the Colombian people now have a real chance to move beyond the conflict that has torn at the fabric of their country for decades," said Cardin. "The nation … Continue Reading

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