Press Releases & Statements

August 10, 2016

Cardin Applauds SBA Disaster Declaration after Fatal Flooding in Ellicott City

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, released the following statement applauding the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announcement of a formal disaster declaration following the recent devastating flooding in historic Ellicott City. This declaration will allow homeowners, businesses and non-profit organizations impacted by the epic storms and resultant flood waters to apply for Economic Injury Disaster L… Continue Reading


August 10, 2016

Cardin Statement on Department of Justice Report on Baltimore Police Practices

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 2168), the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1056) and the BALTIMORE Act (S. 1610, "Building And Lifting Trust In order to Multiply Opportunities and Racial Equality), issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) release of its pattern-or-practice investigation of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD). "Today's disturbing report from the U.S. Department of J… Continue Reading


August 09, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Maryland Congressional Delegation Urge Small Business Administration to Support Request For Physical Disaster Declaration For Howard County

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md. ), together with U. S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, Andy Harris and John Delaney today sent a letter to Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA), urging her to approve Governor Larry Hogan's request for a physical disaster declaration for Howard County after recent devastating floo… Continue Reading


August 09, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds for St. Mary’s Regional Airport to Boost Efficiency, Capacity

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that St. Mary's County, Md., has been awarded a $1,326,093 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund ongoing efforts to extend Runway 11/29 at the St. Mary's County Regional Airport (2W6). St. Mary's Airport is located approximately four miles northeast of Leonardtown. The public airport helps meet local aviation needs and serves as a base of operat… Continue Reading


August 04, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds to Proactively Increase Safety, Efficiency at Tipton Airport

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds to Proactively Increase Safety, Efficiency at Tipton Airport BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Tipton Airport Authority has been awarded an $834,462 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to rehabilitate the existing runway apron. Tipton Airport (FME) is a 350-acre facility located in Anne Arundel County. "Conveniently located bet… Continue Reading


August 04, 2016

As More Americans Become Infected, Cardin, Mikulski Urge Republican Leadership to Immediately Call Congress Back into Session to Pass a Clean, Bipartisan Funding Bill to Fight Zika

WASHINGTON - Today, Senate Democrats released a new letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan urging the Republican leaders to immediately call Congress back into session to pass emergency funding legislation to address the growing Zika crisis. Since Republican leaders shuttered both chambers of Congress for a seven-week recess - the longest in 60 years - without passing legislation to help stem the spread of the virus, the crisis has become exponentially worse… Continue Reading


August 01, 2016

Cardin Statement on Fatal Flooding in Ellicott City

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on the deadly flooding in Ellicott City. He will join Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman at an information session Monday evening to talk with residents and help compile a request for federal disaster assistance. Senator Cardin and Executive Kittleman also plan to visit affected businesses in Ellicott City Tuesday. Senator Cardin: "Maryl… Continue Reading


July 29, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce Nearly $1.9 Million in Federal Funding to Hire 12 Firefighters for City Of Annapolis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with Congressman John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the City of Annapolis Fire Department will receive $1,853,916 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 12 full time firefighter positions for two years including training and full benefits. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator… Continue Reading


July 27, 2016

Cardin Statement on Decision to Drop Remaining Charges Against Officers in Freddie Gray Case

PHILADELPHIA - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the decision announced today by the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City to drop the remaining criminal charges against the Baltimore City Police officers in the Freddie Gray case. "I respect the surely difficult decision of the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City to drop the remaining charges against the Baltimore City Police officers in the case of Freddie Gray. Knowing when to end … Continue Reading


July 22, 2016

Cardin Statement on 41st Baltimore Pride Celebration

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement recognizing Baltimore Pride Week 2016. Organized by The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB), Baltimore Pride is the largest LGBTQ visibility event in Maryland. Running July 19 - 24, Baltimore Pride provides a chance to experience and learn more about the LGBTQ community through a week of events and exhibitions. "Love is love. The Baltimore Pride Celebration is a reminder that we are indeed one nat… Continue Reading


July 22, 2016

Cardin Statement on Ongoing Situation in Turkey

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday on the ongoing situation in Turkey: "I would like to offer my condolences to the Turkish people for the deaths, injuries and destruction that befell them during the failed coup one week ago. I stand with the democratically elected government of Turkey and the thousands of Turks across the nation who took to the streets to show solidarity against the… Continue Reading


July 21, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Statement on Conviction of Fanta Jawara

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John K. Delaney issued the following joint statement Thursday after Fanta Jawara of Frederick, Maryland, was convicted and sentenced to three years in prison in The Gambia. The Maryland Federal officials have followed her case closely, releasing a statement a few weeks ago as she went to trial: "We are outraged at the conviction and sentencing of Fanta Jawara. She has done nothing wron… Continue Reading


July 21, 2016

Cardin Statement on Killing of Ukrainian Journalist Pavel Sheremet

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after Belarusian-Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was killed by a car bomb in Kiev, Ukraine: "I condemn the killing of award-winning journalist Pavel Sheremet in Ukraine. While we do not yet know who was responsible for this tragic murder, we do know that Mr. Sheremet was a leader on anti-corruption issues in Ukraine, where he had lived for … Continue Reading


July 18, 2016

Joint Statement by Congressional Leaders On Violence In South Sudan

Washington, D.C. - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) released the following statement Monday regarding the escalating violence in South Sudan that has put the peace agreement at grave risk: "Urgent action is needed to prevent further bloodshed in South Sudan and to sustain the prospect of peace. Escalating violence in Juba and othe… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Statement on Baltimore’s 35th Annual Artscape Festival

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement recognizing the national significance of Artscape, the largest free arts festival in America. It is held Baltimore's Bolton Hill and Station North Arts and Entertainment District neighborhoods. "For 35 years, Artscape has served as a reflection of Baltimore's rich history and reverence for the arts. From music to sculpture, photography to woodwork and every nearly every other medium imaginable, Artscape showcases the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin, Schumer, Senate Democrats Introduce Iran Sanctions Extension

WASHINGTON - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senate Democratic Policy Committee Chair Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), and 12 other Senate Democrats introduced legislation yesterday to renew the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996, which is set to expire at the end of this year. Congress unanimously passed the 1996 legislation to stop major foreign investment in Iran's energy sector, with the goal of denying the regime the ability to financially support international … Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Calls on Judiciary Committee to Finally Move Forward Legislation on Police Reform, Ending Racial Profiling

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of both the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (S. 2168) and the End Racial Profiling Act (S. 1056), has written to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley urging him to take action on these two police reform bills as soon as the Senate returns in September. Senator Cardin has worked closely with Congressman John Conyers, the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee and Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus, on both of… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Comdemns Terror Attack in Nice, France

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after an attack in Nice, France Thursday night killed scores of people and injured many others, including Americans. France was celebrating Bastille Day, their independence day: "I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the innocent people who were tragically killed and critically injured celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.… Continue Reading


July 15, 2016

Cardin Statement On Nice Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after an attack in Nice, France Thursday night killed scores of people and injured many others, including Americans. France was celebrating Bastille Day, their independence day: "I send my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the innocent people who were tragically killed and critically injured celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France. A… Continue Reading


July 14, 2016

Venezuela Resolution Introduced by Bipartisan Senators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, along with original co-sponsors U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), introduced a resolution Thursday expressing the Senate's profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, urging… Continue Reading

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