Press Releases & Statements

September 10, 2019

Cardin, Collins Bill to Protect America's Scenic Byways Passed by Congress

WASHINGTON - Following passage in the Senate Monday night, legislation authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) to protect and promote America's scenic roadways is headed to the White House to be signed into law. The Reviving America's Scenic Byways Act of 2019 (S. 349), which was introduced in February and was approved by the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) in June, would restart the dormant designation process for the National Scenic Byways Program… Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce over $407,000 for Water Witch Fire Company in Cecil County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced $407,142 in federal funding for the Water Witch Fire Company in Port Deposit, Md. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to purchase 48 complete sets of turn-out gear and spare bottles and to replace the Company's air cylinder/compressor which is used for refilling oxygen tanks. "The availability of the best tools for our … Continue Reading


September 06, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce over $47,000 for Midland Volunteer Fire Company

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $47,587 in federal funding for the Midland Volunteer Fire Company. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to replace hydraulic rescue tools that are 40 years old. "The availability of the best tools for our first responders is a matter of life and death - for them and for the people they regular… Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Maryland Lawmakers Urge Appropriators to Boost Capital Funding for NIH After National Academy of Sciences Study

WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (All D-Md.) are calling on Senate and House appropriators to follow the recommendations laid out in a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences that calls for $1.3 billion -- $700 million urgently - to upgrade older facilities at the National Institutes of Health Bethesda campus. "The r… Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce Over $103,000 for the Annapolis Fire Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced $103,964 in federal funding for the Annapolis Fire Department. The funding, awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, will be used to purchase seven automated chest compression units. Chest compression units, which administer chest compressions in place of manual CPR, are a critical tool for first responders assisting a pat… Continue Reading


September 03, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings, Hoyer Announce Over $116,000 for Economic Development Program at the University of Maryland/Morgan State University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings and Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $116,667 in federal funding for the University Center Economic Development Program at the University of Maryland and Morgan State University Joint Center for Economic Development. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be used to provide the program with research tools and technical assistan… Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Cummings Announce $2.8 Million for Environmental Workforce Training at UMBC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) announced $2,822,789 in federal funding for an innovative environmental workforce training program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The funding, provided through the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) program, invests in the next generation of scientists by implementing a thesis-master's program focusing on Chesapeake Bay's socio-ecological challeng… Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen and Colleagues Demand Answers from HHS on Sudden End to Women’s Health Helpline

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) and colleagues are seeking answers from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the abrupt shutdown of the Women's Health toll-free hotline, which has helped tens of thousands of women with accurate and reliable medical information for more than 20 years. Writing to Secretary Alex Azar and the Director of the HHS Office on Women's Health (OWH) in response to constituent complaints, Senators Cardin and Van Hollen, a… Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Cardin Statement on FARC Leaders' Decision to Take Up Arms After 2016 Peace Accords

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, responded to the announcement that former FARC leaders would take up arms once again. "Yesterday, Iván Márquez and other former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leaders announced a decision to return to arms - a decision that could have disastrous implications for the historic 2016 peace accord and the future of Colombia. "The Colombian governmen… Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Status of Jammu and Kashmir

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to demonstrations in the Kashmir region following India's action to revise the status of Jammu and Kashmir State. "In the aftermath of India's move to modify the legal status of its Jammu and Kashmir State, reports indicate that at least 4,000 Kashmiris have been placed in detention, including politicians, journalists, human rights defenders, prot… Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $2.79 Million to Combat Violence Against Women in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $2,793,480 in federal funding to combat violence against women. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice's STOP (Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program, enhances the capacity of communities across our state to develop and strengthen effective law enforcement and prosecution strategies to address violent crimes against women, as well as to deve… Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $400,000 for Improvements to Locust Grove Sewer Pumping Station

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) have announced $400,000 in federal funding for the Locust Grove Sewer Improvements project in Allegany County, Md. The funding, provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), will be used to install new sewage pumps and wells, as well as replace mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems at the Locust Grove pump station which, after 40 years of operation, has reached the end of its useful lif… Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen and Colleagues Demand Trump Administration End Remain in Mexico Policy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md), with nearly two dozen Democratic Senate colleagues, are calling on the Trump administration to stop restricting access to the U.S. asylum system by ending its Remain in Mexico policy. The deceptively named Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy blocks legal asylum seekers from being in the U.S. while they await court hearings in their cases, forcing them to wait in dangerous cities in Mexico for extended periods of time. … Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces Nearly $3.7 Million to Address Youth Homelessness

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced more than $3,699,000 in federal funding for the City of Baltimore Mayor's Office of Human Services through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. These federal funds will support a comprehensive planning process to develop the best strategies to meet the needs of homeless… Continue Reading


August 29, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown Announce Nearly $3.5 Million to Address Youth Homelessness in Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny Hoyer and Anthony Brown (all D-Md.) today announced the award of more than $3,482,000 in federal funding for Prince George's County to tackle youth homelessness through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program. The "Promise Prince George's" initiative will support a comprehensive community planning process to meet the unique needs of homeless youth in this … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce $800,000 for Oyster Habitat Restoration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $800,000 in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' partners to restore oyster habitats throughout the Chesapeake Bay. This funding, provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will allow the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to work in conjunction with NOAA, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, and the University of Maryland … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Cardin, Cardin Announce $1.7 Million in Federal Funding to Modernize 911 Services in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen today announced $1.7 million in federal funding to help 911 call centers in Maryland upgrade to Next Generation 911 (NG911) capabilities. The funding, provided through the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Department of Transportation, will enhance emergency number services by creating a faster, more resilient system that allows digital information to flow seamlessly from the public, through the 911 network, and ultimately to first re… Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Senators Call Out Fossil Fuel Industry Control of Trump Administration in Environmental Review Comments

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has joined Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in submitting comments to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regarding its proposed guidance on consideration of greenhouse gas emissions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Trump administration's proposal would significantly downplay the consideration … Continue Reading


August 27, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Announce $2.9 Million in Funding for Broadband Expansion in Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $2.9 Million in federal funding for broadband expansion in Garrett County provided by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Over the next decade, this funding will expand broadband access to 2,454 homes and businesses. "Today, access to broadband is a critical public utility and a mandatory resource for the success of any community," said Senator Cardin. "Its expansion th… Continue Reading


August 26, 2019

Baltimore Delegation Announces Almost $1 Million in Catastrophic Preparedness Funding for Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) have announced $937,700 in federal funding for catastrophic preparedness for the City of Baltimore. The funding, awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, is designed to expand collaboration and build capacity when dealing with disasters. "Baltimore - both as a major city in it… Continue Reading

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