Press Releases & Statements

November 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on Fatal School Bus-Commuter Bus Crash in Baltimore

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement on the fatal bus accident in Baltimore. "I am deeply saddened by the news of this morning's fatal bus accident in southwest Baltimore. The situation is ongoing and we are still learning all the facts, including how many are injured or hospitalized. But so far we know at least six lives have been lost. Those are six people who woke up to go to work this morning like any other morning, but who won't be going home. Six fam… Continue Reading


October 31, 2016

Senate Committee Ranking Members Demand Answers From DOJ & FBI On FBI Review Of Recently Identified Emails

[Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-Del.), Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following comment Monday after the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation failed to provide clarity regarding the latest review of Secretary Clinton's emails. The Ranking Members o… Continue Reading


October 28, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $66 Million in Federal Energy Assistance Funding for Low-Income Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that $66,017,758 in federal energy assistance funds will be available to Maryland families struggling to pay their heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In fiscal year 2015, Maryland LIHEAP provided 111,071 households with LIHEAP financial assistance. "This is good news for low-income Maryland families who now know that their homes will be safe and warm … Continue Reading


October 25, 2016

Cardin, Senators: Our Government Should Have No Part in Funding Discrimination

WASHINGTON - As negotiations on the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) reach their final stage, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 41 Senate colleagues are raising concerns regarding a dangerous provision included in the House-passed NDAA that would roll back critical workplace protections and enable taxpayer-funded discrimination. The Senators wrote the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees today urging them to strip this… Continue Reading


October 24, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Latest Report of Chemical Weapons Use by the Assad Regime in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the author of the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, issued the following statement regarding the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism's (JIM) latest report on the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons. "The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism issued another rep… Continue Reading


October 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Start of Anti-ISIL Military Operations in Mosul

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement regarding Iraqi action against ISIL in their second-largest city, Mosul. "I welcome Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's announcement that military operations have commenced to retake Mosul from ISIL. U.S. and Coalition support has been critical for the planning and preparations for this operation, but ultimately the battle to retake Mosul must be Iraqi-led and … Continue Reading


October 13, 2016

Senators Ask President to Halt Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to President Barack Obama Thursday requesting the administration halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until affected tribes are consulted and a full environmental review is conducted. "In light of the decision of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reject the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for a temporary halt to… Continue Reading


October 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Resignation of Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the announced resignation of Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald. Senator Cardin wrote to Sheriff Fitzgerald earlier this month asking him "to prioritize the needs of the residents of the county" and step down from his elected position. The letter can be found here. "Sheriff Fitzgerald has done the right thing for Howard County by agreeing to resign his post. Howard County's officers deserve a safe and respec… Continue Reading


October 13, 2016

Cardin Statement On Passing Of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific,released the following statement Thursday after the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, who at the time of his death was the world's longest reigning monarch: "I extend my deepest condolences to the royal family, the people of Thailand, and the Thai community of Maryland on the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol. "Over seve… Continue Reading


October 11, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce $400,000 Grant to Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikilski along with Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced a $400,000 grant from the National Park Service's (NPS) Land and Water Conservation Fund to Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Grant funding will allow the park to build a new playground and seating area, as well as improve landscaping and signage throughout the park. "Sandy Point State Park is a close-to-home haven that brings families together and allows children to b… Continue Reading


October 07, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Lifting Of Burma Sanctions

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and its Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, and the author of the Burma Strategy Act of 2016, released the following statement Friday after President Obama announced a new executive order lifting the 'emergency' designation for Burma, ending U.S. sanctions on that nation per the International Emergency Economic Powers Act law: "Like President Obama, I too believe it is time to end … Continue Reading


October 07, 2016

Cardin Statement On Philippines Suspension Of Military Exercises, Patrols With U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific,released the following statement Friday after the Philippines informed the United States that they are suspending joint military exercises and naval patrols: "Today's announcement is cause for great concern. The Philippines are one of our oldest allies in the region and joint military exercises and naval patrols are a lynchpin of that partners… Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Cardin and Mikulski Urge Obama to Permanently Protect Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-Md) today joined a dozen other Senators in calling on President Barack Obama to use his authority under Section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to permanently protect the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans from offshore oil and gas drilling. The statute states, "The President of the United States may, from time to time, withdraw from disposition any of the unleased lands of the outer Continental Shelf." The absence of e… Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Federal Delegation for Howard County Asks Sheriff Fitzgerald to Show Respect for Fellow Law Enforcement and Citizens by Stepping Down from His Post

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.), have written to Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald asking him to resign his position in the wake of a detailed report from the Howard County Office of Human Rights. The full letter follows. October 6, 2016 Howard County Sheriff James F. Fitzgerald 8360 Court Ave Ellicott City, MD 21043 Dear Sheriff Fitzgerald: We … Continue Reading


October 06, 2016

Cardin Statement On Nomination Of Antonio Guterres As Next UN Secretary-General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after the United Nations Security Council voted to recommend to the General Assembly that Antonio Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, be elected as the ninth U.N. Secretary-General. The General Assembly is widely expected to confirm the Security Council's nomination of Mr. Guterres: "Mr. Guterres… Continue Reading


October 05, 2016

Cardin Statement On Deterioration Of U.S.-Russian Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday: "Russia clearly has no interest in counterterrorism cooperation, humanitarian relief, or political progress in Syria, evidenced by their direct and indirect actions that have killed civilians and humanitarian aid workers, destroyed hospitals, schools, and other infrastructure, and enabled the Assad regime to pursue a course of action that will o… Continue Reading


October 05, 2016

Cardin Lauds Critical Actions For Paris Agreement To Enter Into Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after the European Union unanimously passed a resolution committing its member states to the Paris Agreement. The first entry into force threshold of at least 55 parties officially joining the agreement was met in September. The second entry into force threshold of parties tot… Continue Reading


September 30, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $1.1 Million Grant to Help At-Risk Youth in Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) have announced that community service organization Civic Works in Baltimore will receive $1.1 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as part of a new nationwide YouthBuild grant. "For more than 20 years, Civic Works has helped Baltimore's at-risk youth receive the education and job training they both need and deserve," said Senator Cardin. "Thanks to their efforts, countless Marylanders have ear… Continue Reading


September 30, 2016

Cardin Statement On Duterte Holocaust Comments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and its Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific,released the following statement Friday after Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was recorded comparing Hitler's Holocaust to his desire to kill drug users and drug dealers in his country: "It is reprehensible and frankly disgusting that a democratically-elected leader is talking about the mass murder of his own people, with Hitler's Holo… Continue Reading


September 29, 2016

Cardin, Portman Lead Senate Bill to Reject United Nations’ Attempt to Economically Isolate Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced Thursday the introduction of the Protecting Israel Against Economic Discrimination Act of 2016, legislation to further combat the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Over the past several years, a growing number of countries have sought to isolate and delegitimize Israel through BDS actions, including through international governmental organizations like the United Nations. Earlier this ye… Continue Reading

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