Press Releases & Statements

July 23, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Release Letter Opposing New Commission Set to ‘Redefine’ Human Rights

WASHINGTON - Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Democratic Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlining their opposition to the Trump Administration's establishment of a new Commission on Unalienable Rights. Described as a new body to advise the Secretary of State on human rights in U.S. foreign policy, the Trump Administration's new commission will seek … Continue Reading

July 22, 2019

Maryland Delegation Announces $125 Million Federal Investment in Howard Street Tunnel

Washington, D.C. (July 22, 2019) -- Today U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin, and David Trone, announced $125 million in federal funding for the Howard Street Tunnel, which comes on top of the $91 million commitment that the Maryland Delegation worked to secure from CSX, the company that owns the tunnel. The Howard Street Tunnel project, which is aimed at improv… Continue Reading

July 19, 2019

Cardin, Cramer, Rosen Call for Strengthening Health Services for Holocaust Survivors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) have introduced legislation that would prioritize health care and nutrition services for Holocaust survivors, increasing the likelihood they could continue to live in their own homes rather than be forced into nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The bill, S. 2179, the Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare for Holocaust Survivors Act or the "TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act" would incorpora… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Cardin, Rubio Urge DOJ to Help Hold Accountable Masterminds of the 1994 Bombing of the AMIA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (D-Fla.) today, on the 25th Anniversary of the bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, urged Attorney General William Barr to help hold accountable the masterminds of the 1994 bombing. While INTERPOL published red notices for six senior Iranian officials, the Argentine authorities determined these individuals were responsible for the attack, INTERPOL member state… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Prevent Unnecessary Private Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) today introduced the Know Before You Owe Private Education Loan Act of 2019 to prevent unnecessary private student loan debt and improve transparency. According to the Federal Reserve, total student loan debt in America is now $1.5 trillion. While federal student debt often gets the most attention, the growth of private student loan d… Continue Reading

July 18, 2019

Cardin, Boozman Call for Reauthorization of Water Research Grants

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, have introduced the Water Resources Research Amendments Act (WRRA/S. 2164), a bill to reauthorize federal grant funding for water resources research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each state and territory has a water institute located at a land grant or other university designated by… Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Cardin Says Designating Burmese Military Leaders As Human Rights Violators Must Be Followed Up with Stronger Actions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to State Department publicly designating senior Burmese military officials as responsible for gross human rights violations, including in extrajudicial killings in Burma's northern Rakhine State, during the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya. "This marks an important step in holding accountable those responsible for the atrocities carried out against the … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Brunei For Barbaric Laws

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) that condemns the government of Brunei for recently imposing laws that include, among other troubling things, death by stoning for adultery and homosexual relations. Their resolution also calls for the repeal of these barbaric laws and visa bans for anyone involved in their … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Increase SBA Lending to Entrepreneurs in Underserved Communities

WASHINGTON - Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced the Small-Dollar and Veterans Loans Enhancement Act-legislation to increase lending to underserved borrowers by eliminating or reducing fees on Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) small-dollar loans of $150,000 or less, the majority of which finance women-, minority- and veteran-owned and rural small businesses. "The 7(a) Loan Program helps small businesses access capit… Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Presents Congressional Badge of Bravery Awards to Capitol Police Officers

WASHINGTON - Standing in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Jamie Raskin (All D-Md.) on Tuesday presented the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Award to U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner of Gwynn Oaks, Md. and Special Agent David Bailey of Silver Spring, Md. The U.S. Department of Justice recently approved the commendation for Special Agents Griner and Bailey, … Continue Reading

July 17, 2019

Maryland Delegation Hears from Union Leaders about the Trump Administration’s Ongoing Attacks on Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone on Tuesday hosted key leaders of federal unions to discuss the Trump administration's ongoing campaign against civil servants and federal workers. Participants included American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President J. David Cox, Sr.; International Federation of Professional &am… Continue Reading

July 16, 2019

Cardin, Baldwin, Braun Introduce Bipartisan Reform to Rebuild Stronger Roads and Bridges Following Severe Weather Events

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.) today introduced legislation to help states rebuild stronger roads, highways and bridges as they recover from natural disasters, such as a severe storm, flood or hurricane. The Federal Highway Administration's Emergency Relief Program provides federal funding to states to rebuild roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods and other disasters. Incorporating resiliency improvements into emergency relie… Continue Reading

July 15, 2019

Cardin, Rubio, Colleagues Urge Secretary Pompeo to Push for Release of Saudi Women's Rights Activitists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) and U.S. Representatives Lois Frankel (D-Fl.) and Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) today led a bicameral group in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo through a bipartisan letter to press the Saudi government, both publicly and privately, to respect the fundamental human rights and freedoms of all Saudi citizens, and to immediately release the women's rights activists. Saudi Arabia's ongoing human rights abuses, particularly against women,… Continue Reading

July 15, 2019

Cardin, Democratic Senators Warn of Climate Change Related Data Suppression within USGS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Cardin, Hirono, and Democratic colleagues addressed a letter last week to Dr. James Reilly, the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to express their concern over recent reports that USGS will only utilize climate models that project the effects of climate change through 2040. USGS has historically used models that projected the anticipated impact of climate change through the end of the century. The Senators called into question USGS's decision to limit the… Continue Reading

July 13, 2019

Cardin, Trone and Van Hollen Announce Approval of Maryland’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Application for Luke Mill Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Representative David Trone, and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced Maryland's Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) application for Verso was approved by the U.S. Department of Labor. The trio submitted a letter supporting Maryland's application on May 13th. The bipartisan letter expresses the strongest support for the application that the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) sent on behalf of the workers at Luke… Continue Reading

July 12, 2019

Cardin Wants Assurances President Trump’s Citizenship Hunt Will Be Separate from Decennial Census Data

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to President Trump's executive order on collecting citizenship data. "The Supreme Court has made it clear: no citizenship question for the 2020 Census. Questionnaires are being printed now. But that isn't stopping President Trump from continuing to push this issue and find another way for his administration to skirt the rule of law and keep stoking fear among our immigrant communities. "The Constitution set… Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cardin Responds to President Trump’s Attempts to Redefine Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) spoke from the floor of the Senate Thursday to address the newly created Commission on Unalienable Rights. Mr. President, America's strength is in our values. In that vein, I rise today to talk about human rights and America's historical role as a defender of universal human rights for all peoples. I have been a member of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe for many years. It is also known as the Helsinki Commission. The Helsin… Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce More Than $6.6 Million for Affordable Housing and Community Development Throughout Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $6.6 million in grant awards to Maryland cities and counties to support affordable housing and community development. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) has allocated more than $5.3 million through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, $160 thousand through the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, $1.3 million… Continue Reading

July 11, 2019

Cardin Statement on Possible ICE Raids in Baltimore and Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement in response to reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will conduct large-scale raids beginning this weekend in Baltimore and other cities nationwide. "The federal government cannot be in… Continue Reading

July 10, 2019

As Trump Administration Goes to Court to Destroy Health Care Protections, Cardin and Senate Democrats Advocate Health Care Bill of Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined colleagues in introducing a new resolution in support of a health care bill of rights, in response to yesterday's oral arguments in the Texas v. United States lawsuit. The Trump administration is pushing the court to throw out the entire Affordable Care Act - a decision that would rip health care away from an estimated 20 million or more Americans. A decision undoing the ACA would also eliminate the patient protections established by the law, … Continue Reading

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