Press Releases & Statements

May 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $37,836 In Federal Funds To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department will receive $37,836 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "Our first responders and their families deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have the equipment they need … Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce More Than $68,000 In Federal Funding To Purchase New Gear In Washington County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Hagerstown Fire Department in Washington County has been awarded $68,433 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "The men and women of the Hagerstown Fire Department face a unique set of challenges as they put their lives on the line to protect their community," said Sen… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on WMATA Personnel Changes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding personnel changes at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). "Paul Wiedefeld was brought to WMATA to inject professionalism and a true culture of safety throughout the nation's second largest rail system. Still early in his tenure at WMATA, once again, Mr. Wiedefeld is taking decis… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Acquittal in the Criminal Case against Baltimore Police Officer Nero

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the judge's verdict in the criminal trial of Baltimore City Police Officer Edward Nero: "As someone who was born and raised in Baltimore City, I have watched closely the emotional events and judicial proceedings that followed Freddie Gray's tragic death. Under our system of justice, we must respect the verdict in this case. In the coming weeks and months several other Baltimore City police officers also will stan… Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on Lifting of U.S. Arms Embargo on Vietnam

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Monday after President Obama announced the United States would be lifting its arms embargo on Vietnam: "I welcome this development as an important element of our effort to build a stronger, deeper partnership with Vietnam, but I do so with my reiterated call to better balance security needs with adherence to basic human rights. "So for now I'm cautio… Continue Reading


May 20, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Judiciary Committee’s Approval of District of Maryland Nominee Stephanie Gallagher

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to approve Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Judge Gallagher to President Obama for this position on the federal bench. If confirmed, Judge Gallagher will occupy the seat formerly held by Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. who retired in February 2016. "Ju… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin, McCain Statement on Global Magnitsky Act’s Passage by House Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a former member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Wednesday after the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The legislation passed the full Senate last year after being introduced by Cardin and McCain: "For to… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin Joins Colleagues in Urging President Obama to Resettle More Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and 24 other senators today in calling on the President to fulfill the Administration's commitment to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States this fiscal year. He recently reiterated this commitment, but so far in the first seven months of FY 2016, only 1,736 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the United S… Continue Reading


May 18, 2016

Cardin Statement on Assault of Russian Opposition Figure Alexei Navalny, Associates

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday regarding the assault on Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates: "I condemn Tuesday's assault of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny and his colleagues and associates, which occurred in broad daylight in full view of Russian police. This is just the most recent attack on Russia's embattled civil … Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Zika Funding

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate Tuesday invoked cloture on an amendment to appropriate funding in response to the spread of the Zika virus: "The Zika virus is not some nebulous foreign threat; it is already on our shores. The Senate bipartisan agreement to fund a more robust response to the spread of the dangerous Zika virus moves us closer to a reasonable response, bu… Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on Obama Administration’s Burma Sanctions Renewal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the Obama Administration announced it would renew sanctions in Burma: "I support the President's decision to renew sanctions for Burma as provided under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. "Aung San Suu Kyi is to be commended for her leadership, particularly as her nation begins a new era with a NLD-led government after last year… Continue Reading


May 16, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Senate Confirmation Of Paula Xinis For U.S. District Court Of Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded the Senate's confirmation of Paula Xinis of University Park, Maryland to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division. Senators Mikulski and Cardin recommended Ms. Xinis to President Obama for this position on the federal bench. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Ms. Xinis by a vote of 53-34. "Marylander Paula Xinis is an impeccably qualified choice to… Continue Reading


May 16, 2016

Cardin Commends Long-Overdue Senate Confirmation of U.S. District Court Judge Xinis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (2007-2010), strongly applauded today's Senate approval of U.S. District Court Judge Paula Xinis, which comes an unacceptable eight months after being reported unanimously out of committee and more than a year after being nominated by the president. "Paula Xinis of Maryland is an excellent and impeccably qualified choice to serve as a U.… Continue Reading


May 16, 2016

Cardin, National Taxpayer Advocate Olson Hold Public Forum in Baltimore on IRS Service Needs

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson held a public forum at the University Of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the Internal Revenue Service to comply with their tax obligations. The public forum featured a panel of representatives from Maryland small business and local taxpayer communities, who shared personal stories of instances where the … Continue Reading


May 15, 2016

Cardin Marks National Police Week, Commemorates Fallen Maryland Officers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement marking the beginning of National Police Week and commemorating the lives of three Maryland law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty so far in 2016. "Law enforcement officers across Maryland put their lives on the line and make untold sacrifices daily to keep our communities safe and uphold the rule of law. This year as we recognize the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement officers, we pause to… Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Cardin Lauds the Return of Regular Appropriations with Senate Passage of Energy and Water Development Appropriations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, cautiously praised Senate passage of its first appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill provides a total of $37.5 billion in funding for programs at the U.S. Department of Energy and critical infrastructure projects administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation. "Progress. Senate passage of the first of a dozen approp… Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Cardin: House v. Burwell Should Be Overturned

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today issued the following after a U.S. District Court judge issued a ruling in House v. Burwell that could imperil key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. "Since day one, Congressional Republicans have put partisan politics above the well-being of millions of Americans by expending an inordinate amount of energy and taxpayer dollars trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. After cou… Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Cardin Statement On Threats Against Golos, Other Russian Civil Society Groups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Public Law 112-208), issued the following statement expressing concern over threats to Russia's civil society, including independent citizen election monitoring group Golos ahead of Russia's September 2016 parliamentary elections. "I am deeply concerned by the Russian government's renewed crackdown on civil society, includ… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Cardin Welcomes EPA Effort to Curb Harmful Methane Emissions from New Oil and Gas Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed an announcement from the Obama administration that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue new rules to help reduce emissions of methane and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new oil and gas facilities. "If you care about having clean air to breathe and averting the worst impacts of climate change, you have to care about curbing met… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Brazilian Political Situation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office and formal impeachment proceedings against her begin: "Today marks a difficult moment for all Brazilians, regardless of their political ideology. Yet, I am confident that in the coming months, the strength of the country's institutions and its respect for the rule of law will allow… Continue Reading

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