Press Releases & Statements

March 13, 2019

Cardin Commemorates International Women’s Day with Remarks on the Floor of the U.S. Senate

Today I rise to commemorate International Women's Day, which occurred this past Friday, March 8, 2019. On this day each year, we recognize and celebrate women's incredible achievements and double down on our commitment to advance gender equality and women's empowerment, both at home and abroad. The theme of International Women's Day this year is "Think equal, build smart, innovate for change," which highlights the importance of finding new ways to advance gender equality, especially by utilizi… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cardin Says America’s Support for Saudis in Yemen Must Finally End

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the full Senate, once again, approved a Senate Joint Resolution that would end unauthorized U.S. military support for the Saudi- and UAE-led intervention in Yemen. "U.S. support for what has become an immense humanitarian crisis in Yemen finally must come to an end. America's strength is in our values and we must act when those values are being compromi… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Former Maryland Governor Harry R. Hughes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement upon the death of former Governor of Maryland Harry R. Hughes, who served as Maryland's chief executive from 1979 to 1987 and passed away today at age 92. "Governor Hughes led Maryland with honesty, consistency, integrity and compassion. He understood that many of the most important functions of government were not those that drew the biggest headlines, and he would not shy from taking on intricately complex issues li… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Cardin, Foreign Relations Committee Democrats Unveil Legislation to Thwart Trump Admin Efforts to Twist Climate Change Science and Eliminate its Utility for National Security Planning

WASHINGTON - In response to President Donald Trump's recent efforts to undermine the prudent use of climate change data and forecasting in national security planning and analysis, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 10 other Democrats, including all of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members, introduced legislation to ensure that misguided political ideology on climate change does not compromise the quality of U.S. intelligence and national security strategies. The introduction of The Cl… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Women's History Month and the Equal Rights Amendment

Mr. CARDIN. Madam President, this month we celebrate the storied history of incredible women in our country. We recognize the sacrifices made and the battles fought to ensure a future where our daughters and granddaughters are born into a world of equality and limitless opportunity. Throughout Women's History Month, we mark the historic strides women have taken to advance our culture, our sciences, our States, and our Nation. As we recognize these achievements, we must also assess and advoca… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Cardin, Blunt Lead Bipartisan Effort To Spur Economic Growth in Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (Md.) and Roy Blunt (Mo.) introduced the bipartisan New Markets Tax Credit Extension Act of 2019. The measure would promote investments in underserved communities by permanently authorizing a 39 percent federal tax credit for businesses or economic development projects in areas with poverty rates of at least 20 percent, or median incomes at or below 80 percent of the area median. "In Maryland, the New Markets Tax Credit has been deployed across our s… Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Cardin: Trump Budget Will Cost Small Businesses

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement on the Trump Administration's FY 2020 Budget, which could cost small businesses millions in additional loan fees owed to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and reduce critical business counseling: "While President Trump's budget is light on details, his proposed cuts to the SBA should be enough to strike fear in the small business communit… Continue Reading


March 11, 2019

Cardin Calls President Trump’s Budget Delusional and DOA

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called President Trump's latest budget document 'dead on arrival' with Congress, particularly citing the deep cuts to key health care programs. "The largest budget put forward by a U.S. president is one of the most fiscally irresponsible budgets I have seen in my time in Congress. In addition to burdening future generations with record-breaking debt, the cuts President Trump proposes to Medicare and Medicaid are dangerous to public health, and will co… Continue Reading


March 08, 2019

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Urging Inclusion of Contractor Back Pay in Upcoming Disaster Package

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and a bipartisan group of 38 Senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging the inclusion of back pay for federal contract workers impacted by the government shutdown within the upcoming disaster relief package. While federal workers harmed by the government shutdown have since been compensated for their lost wages, federal contract employees - including janitorial, food, and security services workers - who were furloughe… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin Introduces Bill to Provide Pathways to Debt-Free Undergraduate Education for Future Public Servants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has introduced legislation that will create new opportunities for students who commit to future public service careers to receive debt-free undergraduate education. Cardin's bill, S. 686, the Strengthening American Communities Act, expands the ways in which public servants can finance their undergraduate educations. Rather than taking out student loans to pay for their degrees, the act establishes the Natio… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin, Capito Introduce 5-Year Measure to Authorize Long-term Funding Increase for the Chesapeake Bay Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Thursday announced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the foundational regional partnership supporting the Chesapeake Bay's health and restoration: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program. Building on previous Cardin-Capito efforts, the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act (S. 701) would provide $90 million in FY2020, with a $500,000 increase each year for the five years authorized… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Call on DHS to Grant Sufficient H-2B Visas to Meet Maryland Businesses’ Needs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to use her existing authority to grant additional H-2B visas in order to meet the needs of American small businesses. The Senators write, "We have spoken numerous times in the past regarding the unpredictability of the guest worker visa system and the need for reform that meets the needs of American businesses and provides the necessary pro… Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Senate Floor Speech on Gun Safety

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I urge the Senate to take up legislation to require universal and complete background checks for individuals seeking to purchase a gun. I am pleased that the House recently passed this legislation, and it is well past time for the Senate to act. Rarely has a month gone by without a mass shooting, and many communities are ravaged daily by gun violence that does not make the news headlines. Individuals have used firearms to take countless innocent lives in concerts, … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Cardin, Leahy, Torres, McGovern Introduce Bill to Protect the Rule of Law in Guatemala

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have introduced the Guatemala Rule of Law Accountability Act to authorize Global Magnitsky Act sanctions against Guatemalan officials who have engaged in corruption, obstructed justice, misused U.S.-provided equipment, disobeyed Guatemalan Constitutional Court rulings, and interfered with the work of the U.S. government. In Guatemala, th… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Democrats in Calling on Chairman Graham to Hold Hearings on Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined a group of Democrats in signing a letter to U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, on Wednesday calling on him to hold hearings on universal background checks legislation, which is supported by 97% of Americans. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act. The Senate counterpart bill, the Background Check Expansion Act, is cur… Continue Reading


March 06, 2019

Cardin, Brown, Wicker, Collins Reintroduce Bipartisan Fix to Make Life-Saving Colorectal Cancer Screenings More Accessible to Seniors

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced legislation to protect seniors from out-of-pocket costs for preventive colonoscopies. Currently, Medicare charges seniors for colonoscopies when a polyp is removed during the procedure even though colorectal cancer screenings are promoted as a free service under Medicare. The Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act would make a long-overdue fix to… Continue Reading


March 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $100,000 Investment in Garrett College IT Infrastructure

WASHINGTON ­­- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (MD-08) today announced a $50,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to Garrett College. The federal funding, coupled with $50,000 in local funding, will provide $100,000 to further upgrade internet connectivity for the campus. The project will support mobile learning, research and information exchange for 5,700 students and 500 community members annually. "ARC has been a reliable … Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Maryland, Virginia Senators Press OMB on Implementation of Federal Pay Raise

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to request a timeline for the implementation of the 1.9 percent pay increase for federal employees that the Senators worked to pass into law earlier this year. While the pay increase was signed into law on February 15, the President has yet to sign an Executive Order to implement the increas… Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $3 Million for Affordable Housing in Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $3 million in federal funding for the development of affordable housing and community facilities in low-income communities in Baltimore, Maryland. This grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and will support financing for the preservation, rehabilitation, development, or purchase of affordable housing for low-income communities; … Continue Reading


February 27, 2019

Cardin Floor Statement on the Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to Head to EPA and the Need to Act on Climate Change

As we are considering the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency, I think we should pause a moment to recognize this administration's record on the environment--or should I say the missed opportunities--and what this administration has done in moving America in the wrong direction on environmental protection. This administration's record in dealing with the greatest challenge we have--global climate change--is deplorable. I had the opportunity to lead a delegation of … Continue Reading

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