Press Releases & Statements

September 18, 2017

Cardin Amendments to Defense Bill Establish Process Intended to Prevent Closure of Key Biodefense Lab at Ft. Detrick, Provide Upgrades to F-16 Fleet at Joint Base Andrews

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today praised the Senate for its work on a bipartisan defense authorization bill. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 was approved by the Senate Tuesday evening. "I commend my colleagues for coming together before the end of the fiscal year to ensure that the men and women who so honorably defend our nation have the tools and the support they need to carry out their mission. Maryland is home to more than 40,000 active a… Continue Reading

September 18, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Strike Deal to Help Garrett County Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, have secured a provision in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to extend federal HUBZone eligibility to small businesses in Garrett County and in other HUBZone areas around Maryland. The provision, Senate Amendment 510, mirrors the HUBZone Investment Protection Act (S. 690)… Continue Reading

September 15, 2017

Cardin, Collins Lead Senate in 10th Annual Recognition of Direct Support Professionals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) have joined together again to recognize the hard work of direct support professionals with a Senate resolution, S. Res. 258. The resolution was passed as a cap to the celebratory week that ran September 10 through 16. Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) are an invaluable part of our Nation's health care system, caring for the most vulnerable Americans, including the chronically ill, seniors, and those living with a disabil… Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

Senators Draw Line On Tax Reform: Workers’ Retirement Savings Will Not Bankroll Corporate Tax Cuts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and other top Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee - Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) - have warned the White House and Senate and House leaders against funding corporate tax breaks by slapping new taxes on retirement savings for workers. The senators sent a letter today in opposition to a reported Republican corporate tax break pay-for that would force all workers into Roth reti… Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

Cardin, Carper Lead Letter Opposing EPA’s Proposal to Undo Clean Water Rule Protections

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), along with 19 colleagues, have submitted a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Douglas Lamont opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) plan to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The letter, submitted for the official docket, expresses the need to prioritize Americans' right to safe, clean water over ideological differences. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (US… Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

Senators Cardin, Markey and Gardner Support Protecting Burma’s Rohingya

Washington (September 13, 2017) - Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ranking Member and Chair of the East Asia Subcommittee, today thanked Armed Services Committee leadership John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) for agreeing to include their amendment that strikes language from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have expanded military-to-military… Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

Cardin Calls Health Care a Human Right, Says Universal Coverage is “Absolutely Essential”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, has continued his call for Congress to work in a bipartisan way to improve upon the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, solidifying the truth that affordable, quality health care is a right and not a privilege that all Americans should have access to regardless of income or zip code. "I believe health care is a human right and that universal coverage is absolutely essential. W… Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Baltimore Delegation Statement on Federal Freddie Gray Case

Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2017) - Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressmen John Sarbanes and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-MD) in issuing the following statement on reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will not bring federal charges against the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray: "We are disappointed by reports that DOJ will not seek justice for Freddie Gray, but we a… Continue Reading

September 12, 2017

Cardin Reiterates State Department Reorganization Concerns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks Tuesday at a nominations hearing for Mr. Eric Ueland, the nominee to serve as the Undersecretary for Management at the Department of State: "Mr. Ueland, it's good to see you, a member of the Senate family. You get certain privileges, but not all, by your association with the United States Senate. "You have been nominated to a position of great trust an… Continue Reading

September 11, 2017

Cardin Commemorates 16th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks: "Sixteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent people lost their lives in terrorist attacks in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania, including the first responders and volunteers who put their own lives at risk to help others. We will never forget their stories and their sacrifice. On Am… Continue Reading

September 07, 2017

Cardin Calls on Secretary DeVos to Maintain Protections for Student Victims of Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a cosponsor of the bipartisan Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S. 856), released the following statement regarding Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' Title IX Enforcement Announcement. "It's appalling that the Secretary of Education would try to dilute the Department of Education's landmark 2011 campus sexual assault protections. The Department of Justice found that one in five women experiences sexual assault in college. This should lead us t… Continue Reading

September 06, 2017

U.S. Senators Write Tillerson, Haley Regarding Guatemalan President’s Threat in Fight Against Corruption

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sent the following letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN Ambassador Nikki Hailey expressing concern about Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales' attempt to expel Mr. Ivan Velásquez, head of the United Nations' International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), from that country. In the letter, the Senators state, "We believe that combatting impunity and strengthening the r… Continue Reading

September 06, 2017

Cardin Statement on Violence Against Rohingya Minority in Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday amidst escalating violence in Rakhine, Burma: "I remain deeply concerned by escalating violence against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state. New reports of horrific crimes, including rape, indiscriminate killings, and the burning of entire villages by the Burmese military are alarming The sheer brutality of the violence is evidenced by the more th… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $3 Million for Montgomery County Airpark Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced a $2,812,938 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant for the Montgomery County Airpark Airport (GAI) in Gaithersburg, Md. Authorities will use the funds to rehabilitate and enhance a key runway, including construction of a new lighting system designed to assist aircraft during low-visibility conditions. "These funds are a federal investment in all the Montgomery County businesses and residents who depend o… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $5.6 Million for Western Maryland Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $5,660,000 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for two Western Maryland airports. The grants will be used the fund repairs and improvements to the airports' runways, including the construction of taxiway extensions. The Richard A Henson Field Airport (HGR) in Hagerstown will receive $260,000, while the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport (CBE) in Cumberland will receive $5,400,000. … Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $700,000 for Eastern Shore Airports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $669,454 in federal funding from the Department of Transportation (DOT) for four Eastern Shore airports. The grants will be used to fund repairs and improvements to the airports' runways, including the removal of large obstructions. Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) in Salisbury will receive $90,000; the Easton-Newnam Field Airport (ESN) in Easton will receive $89,935; the Bay Bridge Airpor… Continue Reading

September 05, 2017

Cardin: Trump Decision to End DACA Inexplicably Upends American Values by Ripping Apart Families of 800,000 DREAMers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration's order that would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In Maryland, estimates show there are almost 10,000 DACA recipients, and nearly 9,000 DACA workers, with an annual GDP boost to the state of more than a half-billion dollars annually. "America is a compassionate and diverse country that v… Continue Reading

August 31, 2017

Cardin Responds To Tillerson Letter On Special Envoys

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after receiving a letter from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding the State Department's planned organizational changes related to ambassadors-at-large, special envoys and related positions: "I agree with Secretary Tillerson that there is room for examining the use of our Special Envoys, a number of which were created for challenges that we no longer fa… Continue Reading

August 31, 2017

Van Hollen, Cardin Urge Mnuchin Not to Abandon Plans to Put Tubman on Twenty-Dollar Bill

WASHINGTON - Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) wrote to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to urge him not to abandon plans to put Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill. Earlier today on CNBC, Mnuchin refused to commit to moving forward with the plan, which was announced during the Obama Administration. "Those we honor on currency make a statement about our nation and our values," the Senators wrote. "We urge you to move forward to honor Harriet Tubman and m… Continue Reading

August 31, 2017

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $483,316 for Allegany County Department of Emergency Services to Hire 4 Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced that the Allegany County Department of Emergency Services has been awarded $483,316 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hire 4 full-time firefighters. The additional firefighters will that the county can respond to fire and emergency medical service calls throughout the County. "This grant is a federal investment in Allegany County's firefighters and residents alike," said Senator Cardin.… Continue Reading

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