Press Releases & Statements

March 07, 2018

Cardin, McCaskill Call on HHS, DoL to Uphold Prudent Layperson Standards for Emergency Room Health Coverage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are calling on Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar and Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to review a pattern of actions by Anthem health care, a BlueCross BlueShield affiliate, which may have violated consumers' rights. In a joint letter, the senators outline how Anthem may have violated federal law by disapproving emergency room claims that should have been allowed under the Prudent Layperson standard, which is applicabl… Continue Reading

March 07, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger Announce $20 Million in Funding for Baltimore County, TradePoint Atlantic Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today announced that Baltimore County will receive $20 million in federal funding through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program to help TradePoint Atlantic redevelop the former Sparrows Point steel mill site in southeastern Baltimore County. This project is expected to bring over 21,000 jobs to the Baltimore area and will create even greater econom… Continue Reading

March 03, 2018

Cardin, Portman Amend Israel Anti-Boycott Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) have released an updated version of their bill, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which includes language clarifying the rights of individual U.S. citizens to engage in personal boycott activity and affirming that nothing in the Act should be construed to diminish or infringe on any right protected under the First Amendment. After months of a healthy dialogue with the public and consultations with outside groups, lawmakers and oth… Continue Reading

March 02, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Respond to EPA Decision to Restore Full Funding for Chesapeake Bay Journal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it was planning to fully reinstate funding for the Bay Journal newspaper, which the agency had revoked in August 2017 - one year into a five-year funding commitment. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, had objected to the EPA decision to revoke funding and discussed … Continue Reading

March 01, 2018

Will This Time Be Different? Senator Cardin Speaks on Gun Violence and the Students Making a Difference

Mr. President, on Friday, I visited Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, which is located in Howard County, Maryland, between Washington and Baltimore. I wanted to talk to students about the tragic Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 students and faculty members dead. This is the deadliest high school shooting in American history. I went to Wilde Lake because one of their own teachers, Laura Wallen, was shot to death in September… Continue Reading

February 28, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Lead Push for Answers from FBI, GSA on Changes to the Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today used their positions on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to demand answers from senior officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and General Services Administration (GSA) with specific questions on the recent, wholesale change of direction for a newly consolidated FBI headquarters that would replace the crumbling J. Edgar Hoover Building. At the EPW hearing, Cardin and Van Hollen p… Continue Reading

February 27, 2018

Federal Lawmakers Formalize Opposition to Oil & Gas Drilling off Maryland’s Coastline, Urge Fellow Marylanders to Voice their Concerns Before Upcoming Deadline

WASHINGTON - Pushing back on the Trump plan for risky oil and gas drilling off the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastline, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, with Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, John K. Delaney, Anthony G. Brown and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.), have sent formal comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in strong opposition to the plan that would open up coast… Continue Reading

February 26, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Press Newly Minted U.S. Ambassador to Fight for Justice for Alex Villamayor, Marylander Slain in Paraguay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), as part of their continuing push to find justice for the killers of Marylander Alex Villamayor, met Monday with the recently confirmed U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay before he assumes his new post. The Senators met with Ambassador Lee McClenny, along with Kim Luk, Villamayor's aunt who still lives in Maryland. "Our goal is to bring the full resources of the U.S. government to the aid of bringing Alex's killers to justice," sa… Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Cardin Responds to DOJ Indictments of Russians for Election Interference

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the lead authors of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) and its precursor Counteracting Russian Hostilities Act of 2017, issued the following statement on the indictment of Russians and Russian entities for their illegal efforts to interfere in the lead up to and during the 2016 presidential election. "American intelligence officials have long been u… Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Cardin y Van Hollen Encabezan Esfuerzo Para Honrar Residente de Maryland Asesinado, y Agregar el Peso del Pleno del Senado al Impulso Diplomático para Llevar Ante la Justicia a Los Responsables

WASHINGTON - Los Senadores Ben Cardin y Chris Van Hollen hoy introdujeron una resolución del Senado (S. Res. 410) honrando la vida de Alex Villamayor, residente de Maryland, quien fue asesinado en Paraguay en Junio de 2015. Los senadores han seguido de cerca este caso y han utilizado todas las medidas diplomáticas urgiendo a los funcionarios paraguayos a buscar la justicia por la muerte de Alex. Los senadores Cardin y Van Hollen continúan insistiendo en la transparencia y la… Continue Reading

February 16, 2018

Cardin and Van Hollen Lead Effort to Honor Slain Marylander, and Add the Weight of the Full Senate to Diplomatic Push to Bring His Killers to Justice

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 410) honoring the life of Marylander Alex Villamayor, who was killed in Paraguay in June 2015. The senators have tracked this case and used all available diplomatic tools to urge Paraguayan officials to seek justice for Alex's murder. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen continue to press for transparency and the resolution of the case as the suspects prepare to finally stand trial. T… Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Cardin Says Fight for Dreamers and TPS Recipients Will Continue

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the immigration votes in the Senate today. "I am bitterly disappointed by the failure of the Senate to pass legislation to protect the Dreamers. The president clearly does not want to find a legislative solution to this crisis he created in September when he put an expiration date on the backs of Dreamers. By embracing extreme proposals that would tear apart families, and by threatening to veto bipartisan legislat… Continue Reading

February 15, 2018

Cardin Responds to White House Statement on Russian Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and one of the lead authors of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), issued the following statement on the White House acknowledgement of Russian cyberattacks. "My report on Vladimir Putin's asymmetric assault on democratic institutions examined the threat posed by the Kremlin's use of cyberattacks against individuals, democratic institutions, business and infra… Continue Reading

February 14, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Warren Call for an End to Federally-Funded Private Debt Collection Agencies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) have introduced legislation to repeal authority from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to contract with private collection agencies (PCAs) to collect unpaid taxes. Now in its third iteration, each time the program has been allowed to function, it has been shown to cost the federal government more money than it takes in while targeting some of the most vulnerable taxpayers - potentially violating… Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

Cardin Urges Appropriators to Respect Maryland’s and Other States’ Marijuana Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with a bipartisan group of 17 senators, this week sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), urging them to respect states' laws regarding the regulation of marijuana when finalizing fiscal year 2018 appropriations. Medical marijuana has been available with a certification from a health professional at licensed dispensaries in Maryland since December 2017. Th… Continue Reading

February 13, 2018

Cardin, Jones, Alexander, Corker Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today introduced a Senate resolution to recognize the 50th anniversary of the 1968 strike of Memphis sanitation workers, an historic event in the Civil Rights movement. "The Memphis sanitation workers strike was a pivotal moment in America's civil rights struggle. Fifty years later, we honor the courage of these workers who personified Dr. Martin Luther King's message: 'The ult… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Contract for Knapps Narrows Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Baltimore District, has awarded a $1.4 million contract for the maintenance dredging of Knapps Narrows Federal Navigation Channel near Tilghman Island. The Channel is a local economic driver used by watermen and other commercial vessels, as well as for recreational purposes. Last June, Senator Cardin wrote to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership and Sen… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin Says Trump Infrastructure “Plan” Is Yet Another Ruse To Cut Regulations That Protect Public Health And Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, released the following statement on the latest Trump Administration's infrastructure outline. "President Trump's charade of an infrastructure plan does little to provide any real federal leadership in rebuilding and maintaining America's roads, bridges, waterways and other critical infrastructure. This is yet another ruse that puts public health at ris… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin, Brown, Menendez Introduce Resolution Calling on Trump Administration to Implement Mandatory Russian Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) - all lead authors and negotiators of the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act - introduced a Senate resolution today calling upon President Trump to exercise mandatory sanctions authorities under CAATSA in response to Russia's continued aggression in Ukraine, illegal occupation of Crimea, and assault on democratic institutions around the world, including through cyberattacks. "These man… Continue Reading

February 12, 2018

Cardin Responds to GSA Report on FBI Headquarters Project

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on the General Services Administration (GSA) report to the EPW Committee on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) consolidation. "I am extremely disappointed in GSA's report to the Environment and Public Works Committee on the future consolidation of the FBI. The GSA proposal makes little sense, especially given the … Continue Reading

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