Press Releases & Statements

January 09, 2020

Senator Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Comprehensive Legislation To Address Youth Tobacco Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined his Democratic colleagues to introduce the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020, comprehensive legislation to stop tobacco companies from targeting youth with marketing schemes, and to curb the rise in the use of tobacco and e-cigarette products among youth. The legislation is sponsored by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R. I.), Ed Markey (D- Mass.), Dick Durbin… Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Cardin Decries the Administration’s Proposal to Dismiss Community Input in Local Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement condemning the Trump White House Council on Environmental Quality's proposal to degrade key features of the National Environmental Policy Act, announced today. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), last year was the fifth consecutive year with more than 10 events causing $1 billion in damage. "Decimating protections for … Continue Reading


January 09, 2020

Cardin Floor Statement in Support of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement

Watch Senator Cardin's remarks above and at this link. "Shortly, we will be considering the United States Mexico Canadian Agreement, the USMCA. It updates and replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA. I support the USMCA and supported it earlier this week where it passed the Senate Finance Committee on a strong 25 to 3 vote. This strong vote was possible because of the hard work of Democrats in the House and Senate to make this agreement the strongest fully enforceable, pro-envir… Continue Reading


January 08, 2020

Cardin: De-escalation and Diplomacy Are in Our National Security Interest

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, issued the following statement on President Donald Trump's speech to the nation regarding Iran. "The president's words today provide an opening toward de-escalation of the dangerous back-and-forth with Iran. Unfortunately, it has been President Trump's actions over the last three years that put us in the current precarious state. My ho… Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Cardin, Trone Introduce Bicameral “TRUE EQUITY Act” to Strengthen Federal-State-Local Educational Partnerships

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman David Trone (both D-Md.) announced legislation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives that would provide an additional $1.4 billion in federal grant funding for states and local communities that commit to transformative policy changes and allocated significant additional resources to address education inequities. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined as a cosponsor in the Senate and Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) as a cosponsor in… Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Cardin, Rubio, Kaine, Risch and Cruz Welcome Swearing-In of Juan Guaido as President of the Venezuelan National Assembly

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), along with Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) issued the following joint statement in support of Juan Guaidó's re-election as President of the Venezuelan National Assembly and as Interim President of Venezuela: "This week, the international community once again witnessed the criminality of dictator Nicolás Maduro's regime and the lengths he is willing to go in order to maintain… Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Cardin Statement on Confirmation of Jovita Carranza to Lead SBA

WASHINGTON-Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted 88-5 to confirm U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza as the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): "Opening a business is one of the most rewarding endeavors a person can undertake, but it is also one of the most difficult, especially for entrepreneurs from underserved communities. As more women, minorities, vet… Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Cardin Responds to Iran Missile Attack on U.S. Forces in Iraq

WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in response to Iranian authorized missile strikes targeting U.S. forces in bases in Iraq. The attacks were issued in retaliation for the Trump-ordered killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani last week. "The enmity between the US and Iran is becoming more dangerous by the minute. In the wake of the reported attacks on US forces in Iraq, President Trump must ensure any response minimizes the risk of further escalatio… Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

Cardin Announces Support for US-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D- Md.), a senior member of the Senate committees on Finance, Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works, as well as Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Tuesday announced his support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is intended to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The Senate Finance Committee will consider the USMCA today and Senate consideration is expe… Continue Reading


January 03, 2020

Cardin Responds to Killing of Iranian General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, issued the following statement on the news that the Pentagon, on orders from President Donald Trump, has killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Senator Cardin has cosponsored legislation that would prohibit war with Iran unless authorized by Congress. "President Trump's decision to kill Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad is a provocative ac… Continue Reading


December 21, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Laud Federal Investments for Maryland’s Eastern Shore Priorities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), announced that funding for the following programs were included in the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations bills, which were passed by Congress this week and signed into law by the president Friday. They include significant priorities for Eastern Shore communities. "Federal investment in the Eastern Shore is changing people's lives for the better, while driving economic development and ensuring that our infrastructure and resources… Continue Reading


December 21, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Western Maryland Funding Priorities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued the following statement on the two spending bills passed by Congress for Fiscal Year 2020 that will provide significant federal assistance for Western Maryland. Infrastructure/Training & Development "Federal investment in rural Maryland has been making a tremendous difference in people's lives and the economic foundations for the region," said … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Cardin Calls FY2020 Appropriations a Win for Federal Workers and Federal Agencies in Maryland

"There is no such thing as a good government shutdown, so it is a great relief for Maryland, federal workers and the entire nation that Congress has now passed full-year spending bills for Fiscal Year 2020." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded key provisions in the final FY 2020 appropriations package that improve compensation and working conditions for federal employees and enable critical maintenance projects at federal facilities in Maryland. "There are more than 2 million… Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Cardin, Blunt Secure New Markets Tax Credit Extension

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program has been extended for one year with a $1.5 billion allocation increase, bringing the total authorization to $5 billion for FY2020, in legislation headed to the president's desk. The NMTC program promotes investments in underserved communities by providing a 39 percent federal tax credit over seven years for businesses or economic development projects in areas with povert… Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Cardin Lauds Federal Investments in Maryland Transportation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, lauded the final Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations package that avoids a government shutdown and provides robust investments in multimodal transportation infrastructure for Maryland and the nation. "Keeping Marylanders moving takes more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Congress and the federal government continue to be reliable partners in fundi… Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Senate Passes Cardin, Young Legislation That Makes Fighting Global Corruption a National Security Priority

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), lauded unanimous Senate passage Thursday of their legislation, S. 1309, the Combatting Global Corruption Act. First introduced in May, the bipartisan bill would raise the profile of efforts to fight international corruption, making it an American national security priority, encouraging greater transparency in U.S. foreign and security assistance, and publicizing anti-corruption efforts and results worldwide. "Corruption is a… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Full Maryland Delegation Calls on MDOT to Provide Public More Details on Highway Expansion Plans, Integration of Transit

WASHINGTON - Maryland's full Congressional delegation is calling on the incoming Maryland Secretary of Transportation to provide the public with more details on widening I-270, widening the Beltway, and replacing the American Legion Bridge, "all of which are of great significance to our region with long-lasting effects." In a letter to Gregory Slater, current head of the Maryland Highway Administration, Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Never Again: Cardin Says Spending Package Elevates Holocaust Education, Supports Holocaust Survivors and Expands Program to Protect Synagogues and Houses of Worship from Terrorism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly lauded key provisions in the final FY 2020 omnibus appropriations package that support Holocaust education, Holocaust survivors, and the security of houses of worship. "Holocaust… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Cardin Cheers Full-Year Appropriations Bills; Jeers Disappointing Energy Tax Extenders

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the omnibus spending packages for Fiscal Year 2020. "There is no such thing as a good government shutdown, so it is a great relief for Maryland, federal workers and the entire nation that Congress has now passed full-year spending bills for Fiscal Year 2020. I supported these bills today not beca… Continue Reading


December 19, 2019

Cardin Says Government Funding Bill Makes Critical Investments in Small Businesses

WASHINGTON-Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued a statement after the Senate passed a government funding bill that appropriates $998 million for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), including $177 million for disaster assistance funding. "As the global marketplace becomes more complex, small businesses, with their narrow margins and small workforce, need more support, not less," Ranking Member Cardin said. "I am please… Continue Reading

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