Press Releases & Statements

February 07, 2017

Cardin Statement on Confirmation Vote for Betsy DeVos to Serve as U.S. Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement Tuesday regarding his vote against the nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education: "Thousands of Marylanders have called, emailed, contacted me through Twitter and Facebook, and stopped me on the street to express their strong support for public education and concerns about the commitment of Mrs. DeVos to public schools. I share their concerns. Marylanders and I agree that the students in our state d… Continue Reading


February 07, 2017

Floor Speech in Opposition to Nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

Mr. President, I rise in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General of the United States and to head the U.S. Department of Justice. I have had the privilege to serve with Senator Sessions in the U.S. Senate for nearly a decade. I have served on several committees with him, including the years that I was on the Judiciary Committee. I no longer serve on that committee, but I served there with Senator Sessions. I was listening to Senator Klobuchar's exp… Continue Reading


February 06, 2017

Cardin, Leading NGOs Voice Unwavering Opposition to Trump Refugee and Travel Ban

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today was joined by international and faith-based non-profit organizations in expressing continued opposition to any and all discriminatory and ineffective actions like President Trump's attempt to bar citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and suspend the admission of all refugees. While hosting a press conference at Catholic Relief Services world headquarters, Senator Cardin assailed Trump's actions as clearly damaging to our national security a… Continue Reading


February 06, 2017

Cardin, Grassley Re-introduce Bill to Help Older Americans Stay in Their Homes for Care, Avoid Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today re-introduced their bipartisan legislation allowing older Americans to receive individualized care that would help them continue to stay in their own homes rather than nursing homes. "Allowing seniors to age in place, to stay in their homes as long as possible, takes an enormous financial and emotion burden off of families," said Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee. "Community-based servi… Continue Reading


February 05, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump’s Fox News Interview

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Sunday after Fox News aired an interview between President Trump and host Bill O'Reilly: "Tonight, President Trump made clear he does not believe in America's exceptionalism when he equated the United States to Vladimir Putin and his murderous regime. Such a ridiculous statement sends a signal that this White House does not in fact prioritize the United State… Continue Reading


February 04, 2017

Cardin Statement on National Restraining Order Against Trump Travel Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Saturday. "Our founders wisely created three co-equal branches of government, including an independent judiciary, to serve as a strong check and balance on both the president and Congress. Like the president, our judges - and our Congress - are sworn to uphold the Constitution. When the president of the United States abuses or ignores the Constitution, and… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on Latest Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Trump Administration announced it was enforcing existing sanctions against Iran following its ballistic missile test: "Yesterday I sent a bipartisan letter with 21 other Senators to express our alarm at Iran's ballistic missile test and ask President Trump to enforce existing sanctions and consider additional sanctions on Iran for its ballisti… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Team Maryland Calls on Hogan to Protect Marylanders from the Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland Congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), have written to Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md.) urging him to protect the needs of his constituents by speaking out against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a viable replacement. The letter, signed by Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Senators to Mattis: President Trump’s Muslim Ban Degrades Our Ability to Defeat ISIS, Undermines Our National Security

WASHINGTON - As Secretary of Defense James Mattis begins a 30-day, government-wide review of the United States' existing strategy to defeat ISIS, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) pressed him to assess the impact of President Trump's Muslim ban on the U.S. strategy to defeat ISIS and our broader national security interests. Prior to this executive order, the sixty-six nation coalition dedicated to defeating ISIS h… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Repeal of Key Anti-Corruption Rule for Oil, Gas Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Senate voted to repeal the Securities and Exchange Commission rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The House repealed the rule Wednesday. Section 1504 was written by Cardin and former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) to promote transparency and accountability by requiring domestic and fo… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Senate Ranking Members Write To Secretary Of Defense & CIA Director Opposing Return To Ineffective, Immoral Policies On Torture & Detention

WASHINGTON - The Ranking Members of the Senate Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Armed Services, Judiciary and Appropriations Committees have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo expressing alarm at reports that Administration is reportedly considering an Executive Order that would revoke the bans on CIA "black site" detention facilities and interrogation techniques that aren't in the U.S. Army Field Manual. "We are deeply concerned by reports that the … Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Cardin, Corker Lead 20 Bipartisan Colleagues in Iran Letter to President Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 20 of their bipartisan colleagues today in a letter to President Trump after reports that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test late last week. Joining Senators Cardin and Corker on the letter are Democratic Senators Tim Kaine (Va.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Chris Coons (Del.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Bob Casey (Penn… Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Cardin Statement on Senate Repeal of Key Anti-Corruption Rule for Oil, Gas Industry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after the Senate voted to repeal the Securities and Exchange Commission rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The House repealed the rule Wednesday. Section 1504 was written by Cardin and former Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) to promote transparency and accountability by requiring domestic and fo… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Cosponsor Bill to Give Federal Workers a Raise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have signed on as original cosponsors to the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 3.2 percent pay increase in 2018. The bill is designed to boost the pay of federal workers, who have endured $182 billion in cuts to pay and benefits through pay freezes, substandard pay raises, furloughs and increased pension contributions. Federal employees have sacrificed far more … Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin Says Gutting the Stream Protection Rule Promotes Pollution and Threatens Public Health

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the following statement after the Republican-controlled Senate used the Congressional Review Act to repeal the stream protection rule (RIN:1029-AC63). This rule from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement within the Department of the Interior (OSMRE) limited the placement of waste in streams and drinking water sources, as well as the amount of wa… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on Escalation of Violence in Ukraine

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday amid escalating violence in Ukraine: "In recent days, there has been a sharp spike in violence in Ukraine, and I mourn the loss of eight Ukrainian servicemembers who have been killed in the fighting. The United States needs to stand up for principles. I call upon Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine to abide by the terms of the Minsk… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin Statement on Hospitalization of Russian Opposition Activist Vladimir Kara-Murza

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized in a possible poisoning attack: "I was alarmed to see reports that Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza was taken to the hospital today. His symptoms appear to be similar to those that he experienced two years ago when he was poisoned and fell into a coma. We do not know… Continue Reading


February 02, 2017

Cardin, Corker Lead 20 Bipartisan Colleagues In Iran Letter To President Trump

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led 20 of their bipartisan colleagues today in a letter to President Trump after reports that Iran conducted a ballistic missile test late last week. Joining Senators Cardin and Corker on the letter are Democratic Senators Tim Kaine (Va.), Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), Chris Coons (Del.), Richard Blumenthal(Conn.), Robert Menendez (N.J.), Bob Casey (Penn.… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Cardin, Collins, Casey, Heller Renew Call for an End to Caps on Therapy Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) have re-introduced the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, which would protect Medicare beneficiaries from arbitrary limits on outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services that are often needed to recover from debilitating illnesses, such as stroke, or support the effective management of conditions including multiple sclero… Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Maryland Educators in Opposition to Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

BALTIMORE - President Trump has nominated billionaire school privatization advocate Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, a position that has far-reaching consequences for students in Maryland schools. During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP), Mrs. DeVos displayed a stunning lack of knowledge about basic education policy, and a complete conflict with the core Maryland values of public education, student safety, and the full … Continue Reading

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