Press Releases & Statements

July 27, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Nearly $300,000 for Blue Crab Research at the University of Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $299,963 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park for research into a new processing technology that could enhance the competitiveness of the domestic blue crab industry. The funding comes from the 2020 Saltonstall-Kennedy Competitive Grants Program through the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "Few things are as iconic as the Chesapeake… Continue Reading


July 27, 2020

Cardin Statement on Senate Republicans’ Inadequate Economic Relief Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee and senior member of both the Environment and Public Works and Finance Committees, today issued the following statement after Senate Republicans released an inadequate COVID-19 economic relief package: "The plan released by Senate Republicans is an overdue and inadequate response to the challenges our country is facing. Millions of unemployed Americans are facing the end of emerge… Continue Reading


July 24, 2020

Cardin-Duckworth Legislation to Invest in Underserved Small Businesses Gains Bipartisan Support

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin's (D-Md.) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth's (D-Ill.) Unlocking Opportunities in Emerging Markets Act today gained bipartisan support after U.S. Representatives Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa) and Don Young (R-Alaska) introduced a house companion today. The bill would establish an Office of Emerging Markets (OEM) within the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA's) Office of Capital Access to ensure… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Introduce John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in introducing the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bipartisan bill to restore the landmark Voting Rights Act, end the scourge of minority voter suppression, and help preserve the legacy of John Lewis - one of America's greatest civil rights heroes. In 2013, the Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder decision gutted critical voter protections within the Voting Rights Act… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces Nearly $775,000 for Drug Addiction Research at Johns Hopkins University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) today announced $774,845 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University to support critical research on drug use and addiction. The funding, which comes through the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), will explore innovative intervention treatment for opioid use disorders. Specifically, the funding will enable researchers to evaluate the effectiveness of n… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Cardin Continues to Press for Increased Federal Investment in Minority-Owned Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today continued to press for increased federal investment in minority-owned businesses during a hearing titled, "Capital Access for Minority Small Businesses: COVID-19 Resources for an Equitable and Sustainable Recovery." "We must invest in the programs that we know work, such as the Minority Business Development Agency, which is the only federal agency dedicated to supporting minority-… Continue Reading


July 23, 2020

Cardin Statement on Passage of the 2020 Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, released the following statement on Senate passage of the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA (S. 4049). "Each year, Congress comes together in a bipartisan way to support the men and women of America's military and to lay out a plan for our national defense. We have a solemn duty to keep our nation safe from harm and, in doing so, provide the tools our military needs… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Call on Trump Administration to Help Secure Access to PPE to Conduct November Election Safely During Pandemic

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), along with Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging them to take immediate action to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies for election and poll workers - and voters - ahead of the November 2020 election. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen have also expressed grave … Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen on House Passage of Bill to Replace Roger Taney Bust at Old Supreme Court with Thurgood Marshall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), released the following statements on House passage of replacing the bust of former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger Brooke Taney with a bust of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to serve on the nation's highest court. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen introduced the same legislation in the Senate. "Thurgood Marshall was an inspiration who helped tear down the walls of segregation in Ameri… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Cardin, Menendez Lead Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Address COVID-19 Racial Disparities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) led a group of Senate colleagues in introducing the COVID-19 Health Disparities Action Act to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. The bill would require targeted testing, contract tracing, public awareness campaigns and outreach efforts specifically directed at racial and ethnic minority communities and other populations that have been made vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. "COVID-19… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Democratic Senators Urge Significant, New Flexible Funding for State and Local Governments

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and nearly three dozen Democratic colleagues urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to support the funding amount and proposed funding flexibility for state and local governments that was included in the HEROES Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The funding includes $500 billion for states, $375 billion for local governments and $20 billion each for territories and… Continue Reading


July 22, 2020

Cardin Introduces Resolution Condemning Trump Decision to Withdraw from World Health Organization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, today released the following comments upon introducing a new resolution, S.Res. 653, expressing the sense of the Senate that withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO) undermines our national priorities and endangers America's public health. "While the WHO is not perfect, its technical capacities and relationship with nearly every … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Cardin Says Trump Action on Census Weaponizes the Census for Partisan Gain

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's executive action on apportionment: "The Fourteenth Amendment to our nation's constitution states, 'Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.' Congressional representation is key to our democracy. Laws authored and passed by members of Congress impac… Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on DHS Deployment of Federal Law Enforcement in Portland and Other U.S. Cities

"America is not 'under siege' as the president would like citizens to believe, except by a president who freely uses aggressive law enforcement as a prop to distract the country from his flailing response to the pandemic that has crippled our nation." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, which has oversight for federal facilities, released the following statement on the Trump admin… Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

Baltimore Delegation Announces Nearly $425,000 for COVID-19 Research at University of Maryland, Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) today announced $424,875 in federal funding for the University of Maryland Baltimore to support critical medical research in the fight against COVID-19. The funding, which comes from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will advance studies of the virus through autophagy - the body's natural process of breaking down damaged cells and regen… Continue Reading


July 18, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

"John Lewis' wisdom served as the steady moral conscious in Congress and for our nation and his passing calls upon us all to follow his example and carry on the fight for justice." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the passage of Congressman John Lewis who died on July 17, 2020. "Today, our nation mourns the loss of an American hero, Congressman John Lewis. He was a legend among us whose activism laid the groundwork for the fight for racial equali… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Senate Democrats Press Trump Administration To Reverse Move Undermining COVID-19 Hospital Data Collection and Reporting

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined 45 of their Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, and Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, urging the Trump Administration to reverse recent changes requiring hospitals to report data to a new system set up by the Department of Health and Human Services instead of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) which is run by the Centers for Disease Contro… Continue Reading


July 17, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Members, State Officials Express Continued Support for Purple Line

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, David Trone and Kweisi Mfume, today released the following statement after a virtual meeting with officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) on the Purple Line. "The Purple Line has great potential to improve the quality of life of Marylanders and … Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Back on Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda in USCIS Funding Debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) -along with 13 Senate colleagues- are pushing back on the Trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda in advance of upcoming debate on a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bailout. The Senators are pushing for any funding package to include guardrails that will ensure USCIS cannot target asylum seekers and other vulnerable immigrants with unaffordable fees, ensure that the money is not used for deportations o… Continue Reading


July 16, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Push Back on Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Agenda in USCIS Funding Debate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) -along with 13 Senate colleagues- are pushing back on the Trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda in advance of upcoming debate on a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bailout. The Senators are pushing for any funding package to include guardrails that will ensure USCIS cannot target asylum seekers and other vulnerable immigrants with unaffordable fees, ensure that the money is not used for deportations o… Continue Reading

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