Press Releases & Statements

July 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on DHS Deployment of Federal Law Enforcement in Portland and Other U.S. Cities

"America is not 'under siege' as the president would like citizens to believe, except by a president who freely uses aggressive law enforcement as a prop to distract the country from his flailing response to the pandemic that has crippled our nation." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, which has oversight for federal facilities, released the following statement on the Trump admin… Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces Nearly $425,000 for COVID-19 Research at University of Maryland, Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) today announced $424,875 in federal funding for the University of Maryland Baltimore to support critical medical research in the fight against COVID-19. The funding, which comes from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will advance studies of the virus through autophagy - the body's natural process of breaking down damaged cells and regen… Continue Reading


July 18, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

"John Lewis' wisdom served as the steady moral conscious in Congress and for our nation and his passing calls upon us all to follow his example and carry on the fight for justice." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passage of Congressman John Lewis who died on July 17, 2020. "Today, our nation mourns the loss of an American hero, Congressman John Lewis. He was a legend among us whose activism laid the groundwork for the fight for racial equali… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Press Trump Administration To Reverse Move Undermining COVID-19 Hospital Data Collection and Reporting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 45 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, and Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, urging the Trump Administration to reverse recent changes requiring hospitals to report data to a new system set up by the Department of Health and Human Services instead of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) which is run by the Centers for Disease Contro… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members, State Officials Express Continued Support for Purple Line

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, David Trone and Kweisi Mfume, today released the following statement after a virtual meeting with officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) on the Purple Line. "The Purple Line has great potential to improve the quality of life of Marylanders and … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Back on Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda in USCIS Funding Debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) -along with 13 Senate colleagues- are pushing back on the Trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda in advance of upcoming debate on a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bailout. The Senators are pushing for any funding package to include guardrails that will ensure USCIS cannot target asylum seekers and other vulnerable immigrants with unaffordable fees, ensure that the money is not used for deportations o… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Back on Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda in USCIS Funding Debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) -along with 13 Senate colleagues- are pushing back on the Trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda in advance of upcoming debate on a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bailout. The Senators are pushing for any funding package to include guardrails that will ensure USCIS cannot target asylum seekers and other vulnerable immigrants with unaffordable fees, ensure that the money is not used for deportations o… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce More Than $4,500 to Support Elkton First Responders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (all Md.) announced $4,527.27 in federal funds for the William M. Singerly Steam Fire Engine, Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 in Elkton, Md. "Equipping our first responders with the protection and the tools they need to do their job and keep our communities safe is essential always, but particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Senator Cardin. "I am pleased to join in announcing this crucial fede… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce More Than $100,000 to Support Prince Frederick Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $110,109.09 in federal funds for the Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department. "Equipping our first responders with the protection and the tools they need to do their job and keep our communities safe is essential always, but particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Senator Cardin. "I am pleased to join in announcing this crucial federal funding for firefighters, as th… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $150,000 to Support Fire Departments in Frederick, Allegany Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $150,175.87 in federal funds for fire departments in Frederick and Allegany Counties. "Equipping our first responders with the protection and the tools they need to do their job and keep our communities safe is essential always, but particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Senator Cardin. "I am pleased to join in announcing this crucial federal funding for … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $400,000 to Support Firefighters in Montgomery, Prince George’s Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $403,583 in federal funds for firefighters in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. In May, the delegation members sent a letter to Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf in support of Montgomery County's application for funds to secure personal protective equipment (PPE). "Equipping our first responders wi… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cardin, Schumer, Senate Democrats Announce Historic Proposal For $350 Billion Investment In Communities Of Color

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), and Senate Democrats today unveiled the Economic Justice Act, a major new legislative proposal to make $350 billion in immediate and long-term investments in Black communities and other communities of color. For far too long, Congress has underfunded critical priorities like public health, child care, infrastructure, and job creation in these comm… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $800,000 to Support Howard County Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $821,257.93 in federal funds for the Howard County Fire Department. "Equipping our first responders with the protection and the tools they need to do their job and keep our communities safe is essential always, but particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Senator Cardin. "I am pleased to join in announcing this crucial federal funding for firefighters, as… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $100,000 to Support Anne Arundel County Fire Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today announced $100,370.31 in federal funds for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. "Equipping our first responders with the protection and the tools they need to do their job and keep our communities safe is essential always, but particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Senator Cardin. "I am pleased to join in announcing t… Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Cardin Responds to President’s Latest Assault on Bedrock Environmental Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today released the following comments on the Trump administration's attempt to shrink the protections of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a bedrock environmental standard that requires federal agencies to consider the environmental effects of proposed projects before they are approved. Importantly, NEPA also gives the public and interest groups the ability to commen… Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

GAO Finds Changes in Social Cost of Carbon Dramatically Lower Estimates of Climate Costs

WASHINGTON - President Trump's changes to the federal government's core measure of the costs of climate change, the social cost of carbon, mean "current federal estimates [of climate effects] . . . are about 7 times lower than the prior federal estimates," the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds in a report released today by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and six Senate colleagues. Despite a recommendation from the National Academies of Science, the Trump Office of Management and Budget (O… Continue Reading


July 13, 2020

Maryland Delegation Announces $300,000 for University of Maryland Bee Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin, David Trone and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) today announced an award of $299,159 for the University of Maryland College Park through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for a research project focused on predicting and mitigating honey bee colony losses. "Agriculture - a leading econom… Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Cardin, Smith Urge Secretary Carson to Extend Critical Deadline for Housing Counseling Organizations Who Risk Losing Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) pressed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Ben Carson to extend the upcoming August 1, 2020 deadline for housing counselor certification for HUD's Housing Counseling Assistance Program by at least one year. While counseling agencies have been working hard to get members of their organization certified, many agencies will be unable to complete this process before August 1 due to the coronavirus (COVI… Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Announce More Than $6 Million for Early Childhood Education in Baltimore Area

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $6,008,317 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the Y of Central Maryland. "Early childhood education not only puts students on a successful path inside and outside of the classroom, but also helps close the academic achievement gaps - driven by racial and socioeconomic inequities - that have long plagued Am… Continue Reading


July 09, 2020

Cardin, Rubio Call for Foreign Assistance to Stop Threat of COVID-19 Internationally in Next Emergency Supplemental

WASHINGTON - One-third of the U.S. Senate, led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee that oversees democracy and human rights, are urging Senate leadership to prioritize funding for the international response to COVID-19 in the next emergency supplemental package. "The global outbreak of COVID-19 has demonstrated that threats from infectious diseases know no borders and reinforced the harsh reality that … Continue Reading

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