Press Releases & Statements

February 01, 2017

Cardin Statement on the Nomination of Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, released the following statement on the nomination of Congressman Tom Price to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. "The Secretary of Health and Human Services has broad authority to influence and implement policies that will affect the health and well-being of millions Americans and their families. While President Trump and Republicans continue to fumble through their reckless … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Bi-Partisan Legislation Introduced To Honor Centennial Of Late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat With The Congressional Gold Medal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), U.S. Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT), and U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY), announced today that they would be introducing a bi-partisan and bi-cameral bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award bestowed by U.S. Congress, to the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. As the centennial of Sadat's birth approaches in 2018, he will be honored with the highest civilian decoration U.S. Con… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Rescind Discriminatory Order on Immigration, Refugees

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today cosponsored a bill to rescind President Trump's discriminatory executive order barring immigrants from Muslim-majority countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program. In addition to Senator Cardin, the bill is cosponsored by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Ro… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Cardin Statement on SCOTUS Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Court of Appeals for 10th Circuit, to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. "During the Presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would use litmus tests and select a justice in the mold of Antonin Scalia. I intend to dig deeply into Judge Gorsuch's judicial and public record, but if he does… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Cardin Votes for New Leadership at the Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after a vote in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to advance the nomination of Linda McMahon to be the next Administrator of the Small Business Administration. "As a United States Senator, I take seriously the Constitutional responsibility to provide Advice and Consent for executive branch nominees. I judge each individual on his or her own merits. I disagree with President Trump on nearly every issue,… Continue Reading


January 31, 2017

Cardin Statement At North Korea Hearing


January 30, 2017

Cardin to Vote Against Senator Jeff Sessions Nomination for Attorney General

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement outlining why he will vote against the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be United States Attorney General. "As America's top lawyer, the Attorney General plays a pivotal role in both protecting the safety and security of our nation and safeguarding the civil rights and civil liberties of all our citizens. Yet Senator Sessions has opposed voting rights le… Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Cardin to Vote Against Mnuchin Nomination in Finance Committee and Full Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a Member of the Senate Committee on Finance, released the following statement outlining why he will vote against the nomination of Steve Mnuchin to be Treasury Secretary. "There is no doubt that Mr. Mnuchin is smart and has made a lot of money during his career, but it does not necessarily make him qualified to steer America's economy. Based on my personal meeting with Mr. Mnuchin, his performance during his confirmation hearing, and his responses -… Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Cardin Statement On Assassination Of Myanmar’s U Ko Ni

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday after U Ko Ni was assassinated in Myanmar: "I would like to express my deep condolences to the people of Myanmar over the assassination of U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and leader of Myanmar's Muslim minority, as he left the Yangon Airport this past Sunday. His death is a particularly tragic loss given the challenges that the people of Myanmar face in th… Continue Reading


January 30, 2017

Cardin Expresses Condolences To Victims Of Quebec City Mosque Attack

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Monday in response to the mass shooting at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada. "In the aftermath of this horrific attack, I send my deepest condolences to the victims and their families and friends. At a time when Muslims around the globe are facing greater hostility and prejudice, I stand with Prime Minister Trudeau in his affirmation t… Continue Reading


January 28, 2017

Cardin Statement on Day One Impact of Trump’s Refugee Restriction

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Saturday after two Iraqis with valid visas were denied entry into the United States yesterday after having served our military in Iraq. As of this release, at least one of the detainees had been released on a Special Immigrant Visa after being held for almost 24 hours: "The detention of these individuals makes immediately clear the dangerous and destabilizing … Continue Reading


January 27, 2017

Cardin Statement on Trump Banning Certain Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Friday after President Donald Trump issued an executive order on foreign nationals seeking to enter the United States: "President Trump's cruel executive order on refugees undermines our core values and traditions, threatens our national security, and demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of our strict vetting process, the most thorough in the world. … Continue Reading


January 27, 2017

Cardin Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement observing International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is commemorated annually on January 27. "Seventy-two years ago today, the Nazi Concentration Camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. As survivors… Continue Reading


January 26, 2017

Cardin Statement on Mexican President’s Cancelled U.S. Trip

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled his trip to the United States amid President Trump's provocations regarding border security: "Less than one week after taking office, President Trump is already causing serious damage to one of our most important relationships in the world. U.S. national security depends directly on cooperati… Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Cardin: President Trump is Intent on Wasting Billions of Taxpayer Dollars on a Costly Wall that Won’t Work

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement regarding President Trump's homeland security executive orders signed Wednesday. "President Trump would be wise to listen to his own cabinet, including Homeland Security Secretary Kelly who, when asked at his confirmation hearing about his wall said that it 'will not do the job.' The President is launching an effort to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on a … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Cardin Assails Trump Executive Orders to Ease Path for Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, assailed memoranda signed today by President Donald Trump intended to ease the path toward construction of the Keystone XL (KXL) and Dakota Access pipelines. Senator Cardin has consistently and extensively opposed the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. "In the sleights of hand attempting to clear the way for the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, President Trump is … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Cardin Statement on LGBT Rights, Issues at Start of Trump Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Tuesday: "At the confirmation hearings of Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley, it caught my attention when neither of them would say the phrase 'LGBT'. I've now heard from constituents and activists that the State Department and White House websites have been scrubbed of LGBT content at the outset of the Trump Administration, including the recent apology former Secr… Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen announce $15 million HUD Grant for Baltimore

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) announced a $15 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will go to Baltimore City and County. The funding will be used to study the best models to provide housing to low-income seniors with wrap around services. The goal is to ensure housing stability and improve health and well-being, as well as help to delay or prevent the need to move people into institutionalized nursing h… Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $2.5 Million in Funding for Transit Worker Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $2.57 million in federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). The funding - which comes as a $1.88 million grant to WMATA and a $688,448 grant for MDOT - will be used to provide rail workers with personal alert devices that will communicate the locations and statuses of trains and track segments in real time. In the case of… Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Cardin Statement in Opposition to the Confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of the Department of Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement announcing his opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. "Last week, Mrs. DeVos appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee to articulate her views on how to best serve our nation's students. I was deeply troubled by her lack of support for our nation's public schools, failure to recognize the critical federal civil rights safeguards for children… Continue Reading

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