Press Releases & Statements

March 25, 2016

11 U.S. Senators Send Letter to Secretary Kerry Calling for a Transparent International Investigation on Berta Cáceres’ Death

WASHINGTON - Expressing their condolences to the family and friends of murdered indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, 11 Democratic U.S. Senators, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to U.S. Secreta… Continue Reading


March 23, 2016

Senator Cardin Leads Call to End the Ban on CDC Gun Violence Research

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent last week, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 16 Senators urged Senate appropriators to dedicate funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence in the United States. A 1996 Republican appropriations rider prohibits federal funds from being used to advocate or promote gun control, which some have misconstrued as a ban on funding scientific research into the causes of gun violence. The auth… Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Cardin Statement on U.S.-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on U.S.-Cuba relations. "President Obama's historic trip to Havana and his engagement with the Cuban people provide a clear example of how the dynamism of American society can make a positive contribution to the future of Cuba. The announced arrival of U.S. businesses to the island not only advances the interests of the American people, but also offers Cuba's … Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Cardin Statement Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium that killed and injured dozens. "I strongly condemn today's attacks in Brussels, the largest terror strike in the city's history. I express my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones. Brussels is the 'Capital of Europe,' which many Europeans consider home. We all stand in solidarity wi… Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Schatz, Brown Introduce Bill To Give Federal Workers A Raise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)‎, Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 5.3 percent pay increase in 2017. The bill is a response to federal employees having lost more than a billion dollars in wages due to sequestration and a three-year freeze on federal pay. "Time after time, public servants in the federal workforce have… Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

Cardin, Corker Continue to Discuss Legislation to Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Iran's ballistic missile provocations, including a joint statement with Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). "We are continuing to work on bipartisan sanctions legislation," said Cardin and Corker. "Iran remains a bipartisan concern and we are committed to taking action to ensure that Iran does not become a threshold nuclear weapons state." "I am committed to … Continue Reading


March 17, 2016

Cardin Votes on GMO Labeling to Defend Consumers’ Rights to Know True Contents of Foods

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement upon voting against a measure that would have blocked food labeling requirements that identify ingredients containing genetically modified organisms (GMO). ‎"Every day I try to take 10,000 steps and watch what I eat. I didn't always. But throughout my life, I have learned to appreciate the value knowing where my food comes from and what my family a… Continue Reading


March 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court

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), issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's announcement that he intends to nominate Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. "President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional responsibility by nominating Chief Judge Merrick Garl… Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Cardin Statement on Upcoming Metrorail Shutdown

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 the announcement by WMATA that Metrorail service will be suspended for at least 24 hours beginning tomorrow for emergency safety investigations. "Metro's suspension of service during a weekday with minimal notice is simply unacceptable and untenable for the hundreds of thousands of federal employees t… Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Decision Not to Drill off of Atlantic Coast

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement applauding the decision by the Obama administration to withdraw its latest plans to drill for oil and natural gas off of the Atlantic Coast of the United States. "For years, I have strongly opposed plans to expand drilling operations off the Atlantic Coast. It is my hope that this decision finally puts to rest any and all misguided attempts to end… Continue Reading


March 14, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Confirmation of Dr. John R. King as Secretary of the Department of Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement upon voting to confirm Dr. John R. King as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. "Monday's successful confirmation vote for Dr. John King will put in place an advocate who will work to advance the best possible education strategies for our nation. Education is the great equalizer and Dr. King will work to expand the educational opportunities for America's students. "It is incredibly important that all … Continue Reading


March 14, 2016

Cardin Statement Commemorating the 1959 Tibetan Uprising

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement commemorating the 1959 Tibetan Uprising. "Today we commemorate the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, and recognize the ongoing injustices suffered since then by the Tibetan people. Freedom, democracy, and religious pluralism are fundamental values cherished by the American people. The recent crackdowns and troubling new legislations in China, and their deep impact on th… Continue Reading


March 14, 2016

Cardin Condemns Murder of Prince George’s County Police Officer, Welcomes Federal Assistance in Investigation

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement regarding the murder of Jacai Colson #3693, a member of the Prince George's County Police Department, during an attack on a police station in Landover, Md. "I was deeply disturbed to learn of the senseless murder of Officer Colson. Law enforcement officers are on the front lines of upholding the rule of law. The murder of Officer Colson is a blow to the rule of law in America and, indeed, to all Americans. This was a… Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Cardin Says Senate-Passed Bill to Address Opioid Crisis Praiseworthy but Incomplete

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, praised Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2015 (CARA), while calling for additional funding for the federal-state partnerships established in the legislation. "The epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction is a public health crisis that hurts every state in our country, and every region of Maryland. Some parts of our state have some of the highest per capita rat… Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Cardin: Senate Republicans Confusing Obstruction with Leadership Threatens to Undermine Judicial Branch

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), urged Senate Republicans to abandon their strategy of obstructionism that threatens to undermine the independence and functionality of federal courts in the United States. "I am disappointed by Senate Republicans' refusal to do their jobs and hold hearings on a potential Supreme Court nominee. Unfortunately, I am not surpris… Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Cardin Lauds EPA Decision to Limit Methane Emission from Existing Oil and Gas Facilities

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, praised an announcement from the Obama administration that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue new rules to help cut methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities from 40-45 percent of 2012 levels by 2025. In January, citing that methane's effect on climate change is up to 34 times greater than that of CO2, Senator Cardin called on the EPA to expand its regulat… Continue Reading


March 10, 2016

Cardin, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Stimulate Economic Development through the Preservation of Historic Properties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 2655) that would encourage economic development and job growth across the country by making common-sense changes and enhancements to the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC). Projects that receive credits under the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act help revitalize communities, encourage private investment, and create safer, more secure neighborhoods. "We can create jobs by preserv… Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Cardin Receives Legislator of the Year Award from the League of American Bicyclists

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and author of the Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act (S.705), Tuesday received the first ever Legislator of the Year Award from the League of American Bicyclists. Senator Cardin delivered remarks in a plaza outside of the National Bike Summit Luncheon after a fire alarm forced an evacuation of the venue. "A fire alarm was not going to stop me from addressing … Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Cardin Statement on Murder of U.S. Citizen Taylor Force in Jaffa Attack

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement strongly condemning Tuesday's stabbing attack in Israel that left 12 injured and Taylor Force, an American veteran and graduate student, dead. "The recent wave of terror attacks against civilians in Israel is unconscionable. Yesterday's attacks that claimed the life of Taylor Force, an American combat veteran and graduate student, are a tragic reminder of the… Continue Reading


March 09, 2016

Cardin Statement On The Continuing, Unjust Detention Of Ukrainian Nadiya Savchenko

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko by Russian authorities. "I join the defenders of human rights who have declared today 'International Free Savchenko Day.' The international community must continue to speak out against Nadiya's inhumane treatment by the Russian Federation. "Nadiya Savchenko, a former Ukrainian fighter pilot, has been hel… Continue Reading

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