Press Releases & Statements

September 04, 2016

Cardin Issues Statement of Strong Support and Praise for the United States’ Formally Joining the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

BALTIMORE - 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, issued the following statement in response to the joint announcement by the United States and China of the countries' simultaneous submission of their instruments of acceptance of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): "I thank President Obama for his strong leadershi… Continue Reading


September 02, 2016

Cardin Says One-Percent Pay Raise Undervalues Hard Work by Federal Workers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called President Obama's order this week of a one percent pay raise for federal employees a "meager recognition" of the hard work and dedication of these hard working public servants. "We cannot attract and maintain highly qualified personnel by continuing to undervalue the men and women who keep our borders secure, our food and water safe, care for our veterans and the elderly, teach our children, and search for cures to crippling diseases. A third y… Continue Reading


September 02, 2016

Cardin Marks Labor Day 2016

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in celebration of Labor Day, which is Monday, September 5, 2016. "On Labor Day, we celebrate the resiliency of American workers, whose hard work and dedication define the strength of our great nation. Thanks to their innovation and perseverance, America continues to lead as the world's largest economy with one of the most productive workforces in the world. "Labor Day is a time to honor the women and men in Maryland a… Continue Reading


September 01, 2016

Cardin Underscores Importance of Addiction Treatment Services at The Baltimore Station, Helping Up Mission

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, this week toured and met with program leaders and participants at two Maryland organizations dedicated to improving the lives of homeless veterans and those with substance use disorders. Senator Cardin on Monday visited the Helping Up Mission, a faith-based center to help homeless men fight addiction and get their lives back on track, and Tuesday surveyed The Baltimore Station, an innovative the… Continue Reading


August 31, 2016

Lawmakers Inquire About Blue Alert Act Implementation Delays

WASHINGTON - Today, the original bipartisan sponsors of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement this law in the wake of continued attacks on police. The letter was signed by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA). Signed into law by President Obama in May 2015, the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu Nation… Continue Reading


August 30, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $800,000 In Federal Funds To Restore Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $800,000 to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population. "The health of Maryland's oyster population is critical to the Chesapeake Bay and our natural environment. We know that oyster restoration efforts work and this new funding will allow for … Continue Reading


August 29, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $368,250 in Federal Funding for Recruitment & Retention of Firefighters in Queen Anne’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department in Stevensville, MD will receive $368,250 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "Fire fighters across Maryland put their lives on the line daily to safeguard our communities. This federal investment will help ensure that Queen Anne's County is able to r… Continue Reading


August 29, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $201,524 in Federal Funding to Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services to Initiate Fall Prevention Program for Seniors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services has been awarded $201,524 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FPS) program as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). "Keeping our neighbors, especially our seniors, safe is one of many tasks our first responders take on daily to keep our communities… Continue Reading


August 29, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $414,286 in Federal Funding to Purchase New Fire Engine in Cecil County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Water Witch Fire Company of Port Deposit in Cecil County has been awarded $414,286 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "Now more than ever, we need to make sure that our first responders have the tools they need to protect our families and communities," Senator Cardin said. "From fires to natural disasters to … Continue Reading


August 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Announce More Than $6.3 Million In Federal Funding To Hire 40 Firefighters For Frederick County Division Of Fire & Rescue Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Frederick County Division of Fire & Rescue Services will receive $6,339,748 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 41 full time firefighter positions for two years, including training and full benefits. These new hires w… Continue Reading


August 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Announce More Than $1.4 Million in Federal Funds For National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Ben Cardin and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Delaney today announced the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), headquartered in Emmitsburg, Md., has been awarded a $1,428,572 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) to continue its online learning and distance education program, Everyone Goes Home. Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters.… Continue Reading


August 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Relay Employees’ Shock, Request Urgent Hearings on Major Cost Increases for Long-Term Care Insurance for Federal Workers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) have written to the leadership of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to convey the shock and anger of federal employees who have been informed of a dramatic increase in their premiums for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program. The senators also called on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs to hold hearings on the issues as soon as Congress returns to session in early Septemb… Continue Reading


August 20, 2016

Cardin Condemns Conviction Of Mauritanian Anti-Slavery Activists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Saturday after thirteen Mauritanian anti-slavery activists were sentenced to prison: "I was dismayed to learn of the jailing by a Mauritanian tribunal of members of the Resurgence of Abolitionist Movement, the largest anti-slavery organization in Mauritania. The tribunal's verdict and sentencing of these activists, who have been fighting to eliminate the great s… Continue Reading


August 19, 2016

Cardin Statement On World Humanitarian Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday in honor of World Humanitarian Day:"Today, on World Humanitarian Day, I recognize and honor those who courageously provide aid to the millions whose lives have been torn apart by conflict or disaster. Their work often comes at great personal risk, as they endure the threat of injury, abduction, harassment, rape, arrest, and even death. In 2015, we witnessed… Continue Reading


August 18, 2016

Cardin Lauds Army Corps of Engineers for Reinstating Aquaculture Permit to Boost the World's Greatest Oysters

Ocean City, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement strongly applauding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Baltimore) decision to reinstate the suspended 2012 Nationwide Permit #48 with revised regional conditions for new and existing commercial shellfish aquaculture activities in Maryland tidal waters. Senator Cardin has ‎met extensively with oyster growers from throughout the state and advoca… Continue Reading


August 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on Humanitarian Situation in Aleppo

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations and the author of The Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, released the following statement Thursday regarding the dire humanitarian situation of the people in Aleppo, Syria: "I am appalled by the ongoing suffering and humanitarian devastation in Aleppo. Despite the commitments contained in the Cessation of Hostilities agreement and contrary to established international principles, humanitarian … Continue Reading


August 12, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings Lead Maryland Delegation In Requesting Major Disaster Declaration For Howard County Following Deadly Flooding In Ellicott City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.), together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, Andy Harris and John Delaney today in a letter to President Obama expressed their strong support for Governor Larry Hogan's request for a federal Disaster Declaration for Howard County after the deadly and devastating flooding in Ellicott City. "W… Continue Reading


August 12, 2016

Cardin Statement On Approval Of U.N. Peacekeeping Mission In South Sudan

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the United Nations Security Council's approval of a stabilization force for the UN peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). "I welcome the authorization of a regional security force to stabilize the capital, Juba," said Senator Cardin. "This regional force, as part of UNMISS, must prioritize the protection of civilians. I urge swift deployment of the … Continue Reading


August 11, 2016

Cardin Statement on Apartment Explosion in Silver Spring

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to an explosion at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Md., that caused at least two fatalities, multiple casualties and the displacement of over a hundred residents. "My heart goes out to the families who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy in Montgomery County. While there is still much we do not know at this time, we do know that the needs of those displaced by the explosion will be great. I tha… Continue Reading


August 11, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Sarbanes Announce More Than $5.8 Million In Federal Funding To Hire 40 Firefighters For Baltimore City Fire Department

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the Baltimore City Fire Department will receive $5,810,800 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 40 full time firefighter positions for two years, including training and full benefits. These new hires will replace 40 positions lost thr… Continue Reading

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