Press Releases & Statements

August 01, 2019

Cardin Hails Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded passage of the two-year Bipartisan Budget Agreement as a reasonable agreement that brings much-needed predictability to our economy. Cardin's floor speech on the budget, delivered after the 67-28 vote, can be seen at this link. The text is below. "First, I want to compliment the leadership on being able to come together on a budget agreement. This was a good day for the United States Senate, a good day for Congress, and a good day for the Ame… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin, Civil Rights Leadership Groups Call for Passage of the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act, Legislation to End Profiling By Law Enforcement Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) hosted key civil rights organizations Wednesday for a briefing on the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2019 (S. 2355). Cardin also introduced legislation that would ban discriminatory profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement nationwide. The bill is designed to promote best practices in community-based law enforcement with the goal of strengthening enforcement of the constitutional right to equal protection under the law. In addit… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Senate And House Democrats Unveil Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined Senate and House Democrats in signing onto a Congressional Review Act Resolution that would roll back the 1332 waiver rule, another Trump Administration effort to sabotage Americans' health care and another attack on the 130 million Americans who rely on the critical pre-existing condition protections the administration is trying to eliminate. The rule, if left in place, would allow states to greenlight substandard, junk insurance plans th… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin, All Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people. The full text of the amendment is available HERE. … Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Cardin, Young Condemn Violence in Cameroon, Urge Cameroonian Government to Respect Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), with Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Ed Markey (D-Ma.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Or.) introduced S. Res. 292, a resolution that calls on the Government of Cameroon and armed separatist groups to respect the human rights of all Cameroonian citizens, to end all violence, and to pursue an inclusive dialogue to resolve the conflict in the North… Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Senate And House Democrats Unveil Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans

Senate And House Democrats Unveil Resolution To Undo Trump Administration 1332 Waiver Rule, Which Would Erode Pre-Existing Condition Protections For Millions Of Americans And Would Allow Providers To Offer Junk Plans That Cost More And Cover Less Under The Congressional Review Act, Senate Democrats Can Force A Majority-Threshold Vote On This New Resolution Within 60 Legislative Days of July 15 Senate And House Democrats To Trump Administration: Stop Your Health Care Sabotage, Stop Your Attack… Continue Reading


July 31, 2019

Cardin, Portman Move to Protect Retirement Security for American Workers

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced the Retirement Security Preservation Act of 2019 (RSPA)-legislation to protect the retirement security of American workers in closed defined benefit plans. The bill amends and modernizes the pension nondiscrimination rules that apply to these single-employer pension plans to protect over 450,000 older, longer-serving workers from having their benefits frozen by th… Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Renew Call for FCC to Protect Community Television Channels

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week joined 15 of his colleagues urging the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to protect public, educational, or governmental (PEG) stations as it proposes changes to the rules governing agreements between Local Franchising Authorities and cable operators. Currently, towns and cities across the country are permitted to require as part of cable franchise agreements that cable operators meet demonstrated community needs by providing in-kind co… Continue Reading


July 30, 2019

Cardin Statement on the 54th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of the 54th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing Medicaid and Medicare into law. "As we celebrate the 54th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, let us also celebrate our continued commitment to the fight to provide affordable, quality health care to all Americans. "On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Social Security… Continue Reading


July 29, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Call on Kazakh President to Release Political Prisoner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues today in addressing a letter to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan to convey their concerns about the detention of businessman Iskander Yerimbetov. Mr. Yerimbetov was arbitrarily detained on politically motivated charges with limited access to his family and lawyers since November 2017. Reports indicate that he has been subje… Continue Reading


July 29, 2019

Cardin Condemns Senate Republicans’ Vote Against the Override of the President’s Veto on U.S. Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on failure today of the Senate to override three vetoes by President Trump regarding arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The president has falsely used emergency authority to continue arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE despite congressional objections. "Today, by voting against the override of the President's vetoes of bipartis… Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Cardin Statement on the 29th Anniversary of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), commemorated the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Then-U.S. Representative Cardin voted for the ADA in 1990. "We should be proud, as Americans, of our Nation's leadership in making it easier for people with disabilities to participate fully in society, and to have equal access to educational, economic, and social opportunities for self-fulfillment and advancement. On this day, we celebrate the 29th … Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Following Visit To Inspect Southern Border Facilities, Senate Democrats Demand Trump Administration Immediately Address Issues Including The Mistreatment Of Children And Families And Lax Health And Safety Standards

In New Letter to Heads of DHS And CBP, Senate Democrats Demand Answers and Briefing, No Later Than August 10th, on Trump Administration's Plans For Improving Treatment of Children And Families Letter Follows Trip To McAllen, Texas To Investigate, Inspect, And Evaluate Conditions At Several Southern Border Facilities Senate Democrats To DHS Officials: We Have A Responsibility To Ensure That All Women, Men, And Children In The Custody Of The United States Government Are Treated Humanely WAS… Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Lead Full Democratic Caucus in Urging Social Security Administrator to Respect Employees and Their Unions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) Tuesday led a letter signed by all 47 members of the Democratic caucus, urging Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul to uphold the commitments he made at his confirmation hearing to work transparently and cooperatively when it comes to SSA employees and unions. The letter comes in the wake of repeated one-sided actions by SSA against employees of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)… Continue Reading


July 26, 2019

Cardin Applauds Senate Finance Passage of the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement following committee passage Thursday of The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. "One-third of patients say they're skipping prescription medicine because of the cost, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study. These prices hit especially hard for seniors and families living on a fixed income. No one should have to forgo life-saving medication becau… Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Ruppersberger, and Sarbanes Announce More Than $600,000 to Launch Chesapeake Regional Digital Health Exchange

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that Johns Hopkins University Technology Ventures (JHTV) division has been awarded more than $633,500 through the competitive i6 Challenge of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). The funding will be used to create the Chesapeake Regional Digital Health Exchange (CReDHx), a strategic economic dev… Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cardin, Carper Bill Would Boost Technologies Converting Wasted Heat to Electricity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced legislation today advancing technology that reduces harmful emissions and conserves energy by converting wasted industrial heat to clean, usable electricity. The Waste Heat to Power Investment Tax Credit Act would provide a 10 percent investment tax credit on waste heat to power projects that begin construction before January 1, 2027. The bill enjoys widespread support from United Steelworkers International, … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cardin Introduces Bipartisan Reform to Rebuild Stronger Roads and Bridges Following Severe Weather Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today introduced legislation to help states rebuild stronger roads, highways and bridges as they recover from natural disasters, such as a severe storm, flood or hurricane. The Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program provides federal funding to states to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other disasters. Incorporating resiliency improvements into emergency … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Cardin, Murkowski Lead Briefing on Removing the Deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today hosted a panel of bipartisan experts outlining why Congress should remove the deadline for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The ERA has been ratified by 37 states, leaving it one state from ratification. Cardin and Murkowski are the lead sponsors of S.J. Res. 6, a bipartisan resolution that would remove the deadline placed on the 1972 ERA and allow for its ratification once the 38th state votes to … Continue Reading


July 24, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Senate Passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement following the Senate passage of S.546 - Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act, which he cosponsored. "Taking care of the health needs of survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack and the first responders who ran toward danger to save lives, is about moral responsibility. The horrendous tragedy, nearly 18 years ago, left an imprint on the American consciousness and s… Continue Reading

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