Press Releases & Statements

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

May 11, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Call on FEMA to Fix Flood Insurance Maps For Ocean City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today sent a letter calling on Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Director Craig Fugate to fix Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the Town of Ocean City, Maryland and follow the federal government line established by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). FEMA's incorrect map has caused property owners to face exorbitantly high flood insurance costs. "We urge you to give the strongest consideration to the concerns raised by… Continue Reading

May 11, 2016

Cardin: With 3-4 Million at Risk of Contracting Zika in the Americas, Congress Must Act Now

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, Wednesday urged Congress to quickly provide the $1.9 billion in emergency funding requested by the Obama administration to combat the spread of the Zika virus. During his remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Senator Cardin highlighted the importance of a robust federal response to protecting public health in Maryland, the United State… Continue Reading

May 10, 2016

Cardin Continues Push to Move Forward Xinis, Garland and the Need for a Fully Functioning Judiciary

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), took to the floor of the United States Senate again Tuesday to urge the Republican Majority to hold a vote on Marylander and District Court nominee Paula Xinis, and to hold a hearing and vote on Marylander Merrick Garland, nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Senate Republicans again objected … Continue Reading

May 10, 2016

Cardin Statement on President Obama’s Historic Visit to Hiroshima

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday after the White House announced President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan, at the conclusion of his upcoming trip to Asia later this month: "I thank President Obama for his consistent leadership. As a Senator, a presidential candidate, and as leader of the free world, he has clearly spoken of the danger of nuclear weapons proliferation and … Continue Reading

May 09, 2016

Smooth Sailing: Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce Federal Funds to Boost Tourism, Preserve Maritime History on Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbra A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by Congressman John Sarbanes (Md.-03) in announcing $278,545 in funding through The National Parks Service's (NPS) Maritime Heritage Grant Program to organizations in three Maryland counties. The Historic St. Mary's City Commission in St. Mary's County, Project Liberty Ship in Baltimore City and Philips Wharf Environmental Center in Talbot County will use the funds to support maritime tourism and preserve integr… Continue Reading

May 06, 2016

Cardin Explores Higher Education Affordability with Washington College Students, Leaders of Eastern Shore Colleges and Universities

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Washington College President Sheila C. Bair hosted Washington College students and leadership from University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Chesapeake College, Wor-Wic Community College and Salisbury University in a discussion on ways that students in Maryland can reach their higher education goals without saddling themselves with debt. "We need to remember that we've taught our children that the American dream is achievable for those individu… Continue Reading

May 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on WMATA Emergency Maintenance Plan

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 of "Safe Track," a WMATA rehabilitation plan for Metrorail service that is likely to disrupt every line and numerous people's lives for extended periods of time. "Make no mistake, the 'Safe Track' plan unveiled today is going to be painful, and the severity of the remedy to what ails … Continue Reading

May 06, 2016

Cardin Updates Environmental Community on Efforts to Repel Threats to Safe Water, Healthy Chesapeake Bay

ANNAPOLIS - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week provided Maryland environmental policymakers and organizations an update on recent legislative advances he has championed to improve infrastructure and better protect America's waters, while sharing ideas on a host of additional concerns brought forward by participants. "The Chesapeake Bay restoration effort starts with and is carried forward by science, so we must support science at every opportunity," said Senator Cardin to representatives… Continue Reading

May 04, 2016

Cardin Marks Yom HaShoah 2016

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and author of the bipartisan Genocide Prevention Act of 2016, issued the following statement in observance of Yom HaShoah 2016. This year observed from sundown May 4 through sundown May 5, Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorates the millions of innocent lives lost during The Holocaust (Shoah) and remembers the individuals who risked their lives by resisting the Nazi's Final Sol… Continue Reading

May 03, 2016

Cardin Statement on World Press Freedom Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Tuesday in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day: "Across the globe, journalists take incredible risks to serve an essential function: holding governments and leaders accountable to their citizens. A free press preserves our ability to speak truth to power, and promotes the kind of open society where ideas flourish. Yet far too often reporters face inti… Continue Reading

May 02, 2016

Cardin Commemorates International Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

WASHINGTON - April is International Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, has engaged in a full range of activities highlighting the need to strengthen U.S. atrocity prevention capabilities and to maintain a strong commitment to holding perpetrators accountable. As author of the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act of 2015 and the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016, Cardin knows Bash… Continue Reading

May 02, 2016

Cardin Statement on Jacobson’s Confirmation as Ambassador to Mexico

"Mexico is one of our most important bilateral relationships on matters ranging from trade to immigration to security, and our top diplomatic post in the country was vacant for far too long. I offer my congratulations to our next Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, whose career, experience, and temperament will serve her exceptionally well in this important role representing our nation. I look forward to working with her."… Continue Reading

April 29, 2016

Made in MD: Cardin Caps Earth Month with Visit to Highly Green General Motors Production Facility

WHITE MARSH, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week took his "Made in Maryland" jobs tour to the General Motors Baltimore Operations facility, GM's exclusive producer of electric motors and drivetrains, which strives to be a highly green and environmentally friendly plant. Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, met with company leaders, plant managers and representatives of the United Automobile, Aerospa… Continue Reading

April 28, 2016

Senate Passes Cardin, Corker Resolution Supporting Colombia’s Efforts to Pursue Peace, End Armed Conflict

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday evening that recognizes the sustained U.S. bipartisan commitment towards Colombia and supports efforts to pursue peace through a negotiated end to the country's enduring armed conflict. The resolution was offered by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the ranking member and chairman, respectively, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "I'm very pleased the U.S. Senate has reaffirmed its commitment to e… Continue Reading

April 28, 2016

Cardin Condemns Killing of Civilians in Syria Hospital Bombing

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Thursday after a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital in Aleppo, Syria was bombed, killing dozens. There were many injuries and the death toll was likely to rise: "Today's bombing and killing of dozens of innocent civilians at a Doctors Without Borders-supported hospital in Aleppo is the clearest sign yet that the Assad regime and its Russian allie… Continue Reading

April 28, 2016

Cardin Legislation to Fix America’s Water Infrastructure Problems Forms Base of Water Resources Development Act Approved by EPW Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the bipartisan effort to finally move forward sweeping reforms and support to our nation's drinking water systems by providing new federal tools to address many of the issues faced as our water infrastructure crumbles due to age and growing demands. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) contains language first introduced in 2009 by then Chairman of the EPW Water and Wildlife … Continue Reading

April 28, 2016

Cardin Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration, Aquaculture Priorities Included in Water Resources Development Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today lauded the inclusion in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of provisions he authored to aid the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its oyster populations, which are near historic lows. Specifically, Senator Cardin introduced a measure to increase funding for the restoration of wild oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay from $60 million to $100 million, which wou… Continue Reading

April 28, 2016

Corker, Cardin: State Department Authorization Bill For 2017 Passes Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced committee passage of the bipartisan U.S. Department of State Authorization Act of 2017. The legislation requires U.S. leadership at the United Nations (U.N.) to end sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers, promotes efficiencies in personnel and management at the State Department, and restructures the consular fee system for issui… Continue Reading

April 27, 2016

Cardin, Gardner, Menendez, Schatz Introduce Asia-Pacific Maritime Legislation to Enhance U.S. Regional Leadership, Support Allies

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of both the Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and the SFRC East Asia Subcommittee, Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Chairman of the SFRC East Asia Subcommittee, Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), a senior member of the SFRC, and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation Wednesday to enhance American maritime capacity and leadership and increase support to our allies in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Initiative Act… Continue Reading

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