Press Releases & Statements

June 16, 2016

Cardin Joins Filibuster to Force Action on Assault Weapons Ban and Effort to Keep Terrorists from Legally Buying Weapons

WATCH- Cardin Joins Filibuster to Force Action on Assault Weapons Ban and Effort to Keep Terrorists from Legally Buying Weapons WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated Wednesday afternoon with colleagues including Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to force the Republican leadership to finally allow votes on provisions that would make it harder for terrorists to legally purchase weapons and keep military-style weapons out of the h… Continue Reading


June 16, 2016

Senator Cardin Statement On Murder Of British MP Jo Cox

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after British Member of Parliament Jo Cox was shot and killed while campaigning in her district: "I am deeply saddened for the family of Jo Cox and for the people of the United Kingdom today. "At the core of our representative democracies is the ability for elected officials and their constituents to come together and discuss the issues of the d… Continue Reading


June 15, 2016

Cardin Notes Successes of Wastewater Treatment Programs in Chesapeake Bay Watershed, Urges Further Action

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and author of the True LEADership Act (S.2821), a comprehensive plan that recommits the federal government to a critical role in water infrastructure investment, thanked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin for highlighting the important role wastewater treatment plants have in our communities. Cardin called on Garvin to support greater federal f… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Cardin Highlights Maryland’s Strong Ties to Flag Day

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in celebration of Flag Day on Tuesday, June 14: "In Maryland, Flag Day is a time to remember the important contributions made by our state to our nation's development in the early days of the Union. In the midst of the War of 1812, Baltimore resident Mary Pickersgill was asked by General Samuel Smith to make a flag "so large that the British will have no difficulty seeing it from a distance." That flag, 30 feet tall an… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of Defense Authorization

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was approved by the Senate 85-13 today "has flaws but is important for our national security and the men and women of our armed forces," and he released the following statement: "I supported the National Defense Authorization Act as a clear message to our military men and women and their families that Congress has their back on the ba… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Cardin: U.S. Court of Appeals Correctly Upholds the FCC’s Open Internet Rules

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for ruling to sustain the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 2015 rulemaking to classify broadband internet as a "telecommunications service" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals ensures the principles of network neutrality will preserve and protect the open internet as a place for innovation and free expression. "T… Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Cardin, Corker: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Meets with Dalai Lama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statements Tuesday after the committee met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile: "We were honored to welcome the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lobsang Sangay today for a discussion about issues important to the U.S. and the people of Tibet," said Senator Corker. "At… Continue Reading


June 13, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Orlando Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. "The mass shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando by an attacker who had sworn allegiance to ISIL is a horrific tragedy and a senseless loss of human lives. My deepest sympathies are with those killed and injured in this terror attack, along with their families and loved ones. My thanks go out to the first … Continue Reading


June 10, 2016

Cardin Responds to Community Concerns with Management Plan for Newly Established Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released the text of a letter directed to National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis calling for additional information on how the agency plans to manage the implementation of the newly established Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park (NHP) on Maryland's Eastern Shore. "The implementation of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park needs to proceed with the same meticulous planning an… Continue Reading


June 09, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Rules Committee’s Approval Of Nominee Dr. Carla Hayden For Librarian Of Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Committee on Rules & Administration's unanimous vote to approve Dr. Carla Hayden to fill the vacancy of Librarian of Congress. If confirmed, Dr. Hayden will be the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first woman and first African-American to hold the position. "For more than two decades, Dr. Carla Hayden has overseen one of the crown jewels of Baltimore, the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Dr. H… Continue Reading


June 08, 2016

Cardin, Murray, Senate Democrats Urge Defense, State Departments to Protect Servicemembers, Civil Servants and their Families in Zika-Affected Areas

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, and 20 Senate Democrats sent a letter to the Department of State and Department of Defense encouraging the agencies to collaborate on policies that prioritize the health and welfare of servicemembers, civil servants and their families serving in the United States a… Continue Reading


June 08, 2016

Cardin Emphasizes Maryland Business Success Stories in Harford County

HARFORD COUNTY, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, this week hosted two events to emphasize the role of local businesses in providing job opportunities and fueling the regional economy. In Bel Air, Senator Cardin and the Harford County Chamber of Commerce were joined by the leaders of local veteran-owned small businesses for a roundtable discussion on issues affecting their success in the marketplace. The wide-… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin Remarks at Russian Violation of Borders, Treaties and Human Rights Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, offered the following opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at a Committee hearing Tuesday on 'Russian violations of Borders, Treaties and Human Rights': "Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for calling this important and timely hearing. "Today we meet to discuss Russian efforts to undermine institutions that have maintained peace and security in Europe since the end of the Cold War. Ru… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin Statement On Assad’s Recommitment To Violence Against Syrian People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the author of the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act, released the following statement Tuesday after Bashar al-Assad said in a speech to the Syrian parliament that he was essentially doubling down on the five-year armed conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions: "Bashar al-Assad is a war criminal with a callous disregard for human dignity. He … Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Cardin In The Hill: Time For A Human Rights Dialogue With India

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, authored the following opinion piece in The Hill Wednesday, calling for a dialogue between the United States and India on human rights issues: India has a proud tradition of democracy and civil disobedience, a profound strength that lies in the diversity of its people. I believe that the same can be said about the United States. But if we are being honest, these two largest democracies in … Continue Reading


May 27, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Americans live free, secure and stable lives thanks to generations of men and women in uniform who were willing to sacrifice their own. We must never forget the tremendous debt we owe those brave Americans. It is in large part because of them that America serves as a beacon of hope, freedom, and equality to all the world. Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance and gratitude. Today, we do not only honor the men and women who have lost their lives in recent years. We honor every American w… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Congratulating The Montgomery County Youth Hockey Association Blue Devils For Winning The 2016 International Silver Stick Championship

MR. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to congratulate the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association's (MYHA) Squirt AA Blue team for winning the 2016 International Silver Stick championship in Sarnia, Ontario. I am proud that this year -for the third year in a row - the name of the Montgomery Blue Devils from Rockville, Maryland will be on a plaque placed alongside the Silver Stick trophy in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada. The International Silver Stick tournament has attracted tea… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, Americans live free, secure, and stable lives thanks to generations of men and women in uniform who were willing to sacrifice their own lives. We must never forget the tremendous debt we owe those brave Americans. It is in large part because of them that America serves as a beacon of hope, freedom, and equality to all the world. This Monday, we will celebrate Memorial Day, a national day of solemn remembrance and gratitude as we honor the men and women who have … Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

National Police Week 2016

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to join Americans across the country in recognizing the immeasurable scarifies made every day by the men and women of law enforcement. Federal, state and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to help uphold the rule of law in America. Their professionalism and commitment to justice underpin so such of what has allowed this country to thrive for generations. In May, 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15 as Peace Offic… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Cardin: Combatting Heroin Production in Mexico Makes Difference in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, issued the following statement into the record today at a Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Issues hearing on "Cartels and the U.S. Heroin Epidemic." "As the United States continues grappling with the public health crisis posed by opioid and heroin abuse, today's hearing offers a much-needed space to analyze the links between the dramatic increase in U.S. heroin use and the sharp rise… Continue Reading

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