Press Releases & Statements

September 13, 2016

Cardin, Markey In Wall Street Journal: U.S. Is Already A Signatory To Test Ban Treaty

We were disappointed to read Senate Republicans' letter to President Obama regarding his intention to pursue a U.N. Security Council resolution on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty ("Republican Senators Decry Obama's Nuclear Ban Effort," U.S. News, Sept. 9). While the U.S. isn't yet a party to the CTBT, we are a signatory and, since 1992 our own national policy prevents the testing of nuclear weapons in line with the treaty's main goal. Setting aside the important but broader debate ab… Continue Reading


September 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Syria Ceasefire

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement ahead of a U.S. -Russian negotiated ceasefire in Syria, set to begin Monday evening: "I welcome the announcement that a ceasefire agreement has been reached between the United States and Russia in Syria, to begin on September 12. The scale of suffering and scope of war crimes committed over the course of the Syrian conflict is deplorable. The violence must st… Continue Reading


September 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on North Korean Nuclear Test

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after North Korea acknowledged its fifth recent nuclear test: "North Korea's continued belligerence is unacceptable. Today's test indicates a new level of development for their nuclear program, and underscores the grave and growing danger that North Korea presents to the regional and international community. "We continue to strongly stand by our all… Continue Reading


September 08, 2016

Floor Statement on the Recent Ellicott City Flood and Silver Spring Apartment Explosion & Fire

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, the first order of business in this return to session is for us to pass an appropriations bill to keep the government open on October 1. I know that people are physically at work in order to make that a reality. I was on the floor yesterday talking about the need to fund Zika. To me, that is urgent. We have to get that done now. I explained then that there are real risks to the general population of Maryland and Colorado and every State in this country from the Zik… Continue Reading


September 07, 2016

Cardin, Democratic Senators Express Concern for EpiPen Price Explosion Impact on Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) along with Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have written to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) to express their concern that the skyrocketing cost of EpiPens may have a damaging effect on the government spending for Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In a letter to Acting CMS Administrator Andrew Slavitt, th… Continue Reading


September 07, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $85,994 In Federal Funding to Purchase Firefighting Equipment in Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the West Lanham Hills Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County has been awarded $85,994 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of t… Continue Reading


September 07, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $199,222 in Federal Funding to Purchase Firefighting Equipment in Queen Anne’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the United Communities Volunteer Fire Company in Stevensville has been awarded $199,222 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "You need to be able to breathe and see to fight a fire, and this grant will enable the purchase of self-contained breathing apparatuses, face shields and air filters that will keep firefight… Continue Reading


September 07, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $95,239 in Federal Funding To Kingsville Volunteer Fire Department In Baltimore County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Department in Baltimore County has been awarded $95,239 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "This grant will keep safe those who keep us safe by making it possible to install an automatic fire suppression sprinkler system in a soon-to-be-built new firehouse," said Senator Cardin. "Inv… Continue Reading


September 07, 2016

Cardin Opening Remarks At CTBT Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, delivered the following opening remarks Wednesday at a hearing on 'The Administration's Proposal for a UN Resolution on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty': "Well Chairman Corker, thank you for calling this hearing and I certainly concur in your observations as to the prerogatives of the United States Congress and the Senate. We do not have any proposed language that the Administra… Continue Reading


September 06, 2016

Cardin Welcomes U.S. Commitment To Assist Laos With Unexploded Ordnance

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, released the following statement Tuesday after President Obama announced that the United States will dedicate $90 million over the next three years to address unexploded ordinance (UXO) in Laos: "Laos was the most heavily bombed nation in history due to U.S. activity during the Vietnam War, and since then unexploded ordnance have killed or… Continue Reading


September 04, 2016

Cardin Issues Statement of Strong Support and Praise for the United States’ Formally Joining the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and a senior Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement in response to the joint announcement by the United States and China of the countries' simultaneous submission of their instruments of acceptance of the Paris Agreement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC): "I thank President Obama for his strong leadershi… Continue Reading


September 02, 2016

Cardin Says One-Percent Pay Raise Undervalues Hard Work by Federal Workers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called President Obama's order this week of a one percent pay raise for federal employees a "meager recognition" of the hard work and dedication of these hard working public servants. "We cannot attract and maintain highly qualified personnel by continuing to undervalue the men and women who keep our borders secure, our food and water safe, care for our veterans and the elderly, teach our children, and search for cures to crippling diseases. A third y… Continue Reading


September 02, 2016

Cardin Marks Labor Day 2016

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in celebration of Labor Day, which is Monday, September 5, 2016. "On Labor Day, we celebrate the resiliency of American workers, whose hard work and dedication define the strength of our great nation. Thanks to their innovation and perseverance, America continues to lead as the world's largest economy with one of the most productive workforces in the world. "Labor Day is a time to honor the women and men in Maryland a… Continue Reading


September 01, 2016

Cardin Underscores Importance of Addiction Treatment Services at The Baltimore Station, Helping Up Mission

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, this week toured and met with program leaders and participants at two Maryland organizations dedicated to improving the lives of homeless veterans and those with substance use disorders. Senator Cardin on Monday visited the Helping Up Mission, a faith-based center to help homeless men fight addiction and get their lives back on track, and Tuesday surveyed The Baltimore Station, an innovative the… Continue Reading


August 31, 2016

Lawmakers Inquire About Blue Alert Act Implementation Delays

WASHINGTON - Today, the original bipartisan sponsors of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to fully implement this law in the wake of continued attacks on police. The letter was signed by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA). Signed into law by President Obama in May 2015, the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu Nation… Continue Reading


August 30, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $800,000 In Federal Funds To Restore Chesapeake Bay Oyster Population

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $800,000 to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help restore the Chesapeake Bay's oyster population. "The health of Maryland's oyster population is critical to the Chesapeake Bay and our natural environment. We know that oyster restoration efforts work and this new funding will allow for … Continue Reading


August 29, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $368,250 in Federal Funding for Recruitment & Retention of Firefighters in Queen Anne’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department in Stevensville, MD will receive $368,250 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program. "Fire fighters across Maryland put their lives on the line daily to safeguard our communities. This federal investment will help ensure that Queen Anne's County is able to r… Continue Reading


August 29, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $201,524 in Federal Funding to Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services to Initiate Fall Prevention Program for Seniors

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services has been awarded $201,524 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FPS) program as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). "Keeping our neighbors, especially our seniors, safe is one of many tasks our first responders take on daily to keep our communities… Continue Reading


August 29, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $414,286 in Federal Funding to Purchase New Fire Engine in Cecil County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Water Witch Fire Company of Port Deposit in Cecil County has been awarded $414,286 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. "Now more than ever, we need to make sure that our first responders have the tools they need to protect our families and communities," Senator Cardin said. "From fires to natural disasters to … Continue Reading


August 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Delaney Announce More Than $6.3 Million In Federal Funding To Hire 40 Firefighters For Frederick County Division Of Fire & Rescue Services

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Chris Van Hollen and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Frederick County Division of Fire & Rescue Services will receive $6,339,748 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 41 full time firefighter positions for two years, including training and full benefits. These new hires w… Continue Reading

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