Press Releases & Statements

July 18, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $143,888 Grant for Bay Bridge Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced a $143,888 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, Md. The funding will help repair lighting and approach surfaces on the runway. "This funding enables necessary safety enhancements for a unique regional resource. The Bay Bridge Airport provides a key link for local communities and helps those who love the Chesapeake Bay more expediently reach their destinations, … Continue Reading

July 17, 2017

Cardin Remarks At Hearing On State Department Reorganization, Reauthorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following opening remarks Monday at a Committee hearing on State Department reauthorization legislation, and reorganization planning by the Trump Administration: "This is an extremely important hearing, the review of the State Department reauthorization bill for FY 2018 as well as the State Department's reorganization plans. "Chairman Corker has laid out what both of us feel very pa… Continue Reading

July 17, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $300,000 Grant for Western Maryland Rural Health Care Development

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded a $300,000 grant to the Maryland Area Health Education Center (AHEC) West in Cumberland, Maryland. AHEC West serves Appalachian counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia on health care issues. Their mission is to support healthcare practice transformation through increased collaboration among hospitals, Federally Qualified Health… Continue Reading

July 14, 2017

Cardin, Senators Introduce Legislation to Prevent Creation of Cybersecurity Unit with Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), and senators have introduced legislation to prevent the creation of a cybersecurity unit with Russia. The legislation follows the suggestion from the President that the United States should partner with President Vladimir Putin of Russia on a joint cybersecurity unit. The No Funds for Cyber Coordination with Russia Act of 2017 says that the President should publicly accepts U.S. intell… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Cardin, Schumer, Van Hollen, Gillibrand Urge State Dept. Not to Return MD, NY Compounds to Russians

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) wrote to Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon Thursday ahead of his meetings with Russian officials next week, urging him not to return the Russian compounds in Maryland and New York that were seized last year because of the Kremlin's spying operations and treatment of American diplomatic personnel. "S. 722, which passed the Senate on June 14 by a vote … Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Cardin Mourns Death of Liu Xiaobo, Chinese Human Rights Activist and Nobel Laureate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after the death of Liu Xiaobo, who was serving an 11-year sentence in Chinese prison after calling for peaceful political change in that country. International health experts and politicians, including Senator Cardin, had called for his release from prison for liver cancer treatment. In 2010, Liu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize: "Today, the world ha… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Cardin Remarks on TIP Report, State Dept. Reorganization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks at a hearing Thursday on the State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, and also took the opportunity to raise concerns and later question the witness, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, about the Administration's proposed reorganization of the State Department: "Let me thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, for this hearing. At this heari… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Cardin on Russia Sanctions Bill Latest Developments

Today at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the ranking member, made the following remarks on the latest developments related to the Russia sanctions legislation pending in the House of Representatives: "Chairman [Corker] and I have been very focused on trying to get the Russia sanctions bill passed in the United States House of Representatives. I want to thank the Chairman. We've expressed as much flexibility as we possibly can to our colleagues in t… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

HELP for Wildlife Act Floor Statement

"Mr. President, a few weeks ago, I joined Senators Barrasso, Capito, Klobuchar, Boozman, and Baldwin in introducing S. 1514, the Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation- HELP- for Wildlife Act. "This bill represents a more than $100 million annual Federal investment in the protecting the bay. The bill has several provisions, one of which reauthorizes the programs at the heart of restoring and maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. S. 1514 reauthorizes the U.S. En… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

U.S. Senators Who Attended COP21 Write to Trump During French Visit, Urging Reconsideration, Reversal of Paris Agreement Withdrawal

WASHINGTON - The ten Senators who represented the United States at the 21st Conference of Parties in 2015, where the world agreed to the Paris Climate Agreement, have written to President Trump today during his trip to France, urging him to reconsider and reverse his decision to withdraw the United States from the historic accord. "As you prepare to celebrate Bastille Day and the United States World War I Centennial with President Emmanuel Macron, we write to remind you of how significant the P… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Cardin and Van Hollen, Ruppersberger and Delaney Call on President Trump Not to Sacrifice America’s Chemical and Biological Defenses

WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, with Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John K. Delaney, have written to President Trump urging him to prioritize protecting our nation from the real threats of chemical and biological weapons rather than diverting resources for a fruitless wall at our southern border. The lawmakers expressed their alarm not only that the administration was seeking to shut down the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBA… Continue Reading

July 13, 2017

Cardin, Dozens of Members of Congress Introduce Refund Equality Act to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same-Sex Couples

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 72 of their congressional colleagues today to introduce the Refund Equality Act of 2017. This legislation would ensure that legally-married same-sex couples - who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly - are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage. "Equal treatment under the law is a founding principle of this nation, … Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Cardin, Portman Seek Protections for the Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal and other Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, have introduced legislation (S. 1537) to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, which would help sustain populations of migratory birds that face threats to their health and habitats. Their bill, reintroduced as the Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation… Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Senators Ask Tillerson, Sessions for Information, Accountability Regarding U.S. Role in Honduran Civilian Deaths during Counterdrug Missions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released a letter they sent Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing concern and seeking information about actions taken in 2012 by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in Honduras. As the letter notes, on three separate dates, May 11, Ju… Continue Reading

July 12, 2017

Klobuchar, Cardin, Durbin, Reed, Senators Introduce Legislation To Prevent Creation Of Cybersecurity Unit With Russia

July 12, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $1.8 million ARC Grant for Washington County

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced a $1.8 million Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County to construct the first phase of the Halfway Boulevard Extension - extending the road west to Route 63. The project will spur commercial development in the surrounding area, alleviate traffic congestion, and improve connectivity between I-70, I-81, and existing nearby commercial and industrial … Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Cardin Remarks on Trump Jr.’s Email Release, Russia Sanctions in the House

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks Tuesday after Donald Trump Jr. released an email confirming that Russian government operatives wanted to meet with him about campaign-related information. Senator Cardin also commented on the Russia sanctions bill that is stalled in the House: "Today's email release shows that Donald Trump Jr. clearly understood the intent of the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya. … Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Tunisia Resolution Ahead of Prime Minister’s First U.S. Visit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a senior Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution Tuesday welcoming Prime Minister Youssef Chahed of Tunisia on his first official visit to the United States, congratulating the Tunisian people on their embrace of democracy after decades of dictatorship, and encouraging future reforms. Joining Senators Cardin and Rubio on the … Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Cardin, McCain Speak Out on Sergei Magnitsky Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), authors of the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2012 and the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016 laws, released the following statement and background information Tuesday: "Recent news reports have shone a light on the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian attorney working on behalf of his clients nearly a decade ago when he uncovered deep-s… Continue Reading

July 11, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $809,000 in Grants to Help Veterans Find Jobs

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced two federal grants totaling $809,000 for Easter Seals serving Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to provide comprehensive support to homeless and incarcerated veterans on their path to long-term civilian employment. "Our veterans have sacrificed for this nation and we have a responsibility to provide them with the training and skills they need to transition from the military to civilian world.… Continue Reading

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