Press Releases & Statements

June 29, 2016

Cardin, Markey Lead Senators in Urging Senate Leadership to Support Funding for Gun Violence Prevention Research, Remove Anti-Gun Safety Riders from Appropriations Legislation

WASHINGTON - As the Senate considers Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations legislation, Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and 21 Democratic Senators are urging Senate leadership to remove from appropriations legislation any anti-gun violence prevention research riders, including a rider that is commonly known as the "Dickey amendment". A 1996 Republican appropriations rider authored by former Congressman Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) prohibits federal funds from being used to "advocate or … Continue Reading

June 29, 2016

Rubio-Cardin Bill On Track To Become Law

Washington, D.C. - Last night, the U.S. Senate approved ‎H.R. 3766, the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act. The Senate version of the legislation, which is expected to soon pass the House and be signed into law by the president,‎ was sponsored by U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD). U.S. Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Gerald Connolly (D-VA) sponsored the House version. Once enacted, this law will bring greater transparency and accountability to U.S. foreign aid … Continue Reading

June 28, 2016

Cardin Calls for Clean Vote on Emergency Funding for Zika Virus Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement after the Senate's failed cloture vote on the conference committee report for Zika response funding. The report came back from negotiations between House and Senate Republicans loaded with inappropriate and dangerous add-ons and pay-fors that would threaten women's health, drastically underfund critical ongoing Ebola response efforts, threaten safe drinking … Continue Reading

June 28, 2016

Made in MD: Cardin Knocks Down Duckpins, Spotlights Small Business Growth at Baltimore’s Union Craft Brewing

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, recently took his "Made in MD" jobs tour to Union Craft Brewery, whose "beer unites!" philosophy has propelled exceptional growth since producing the first batch of its flagship "Duckpin Pale Ale" in 2012. In the past five years, Union Craft Brewing has grown from having 3 to 20 employees, amassing a lineup of 35 beers and numerous accolades. Having expanded its production f… Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

SEC Issues Final Rule on Cardin-Lugar Effort to Increase Transparency in U.S. Extractive Industries

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled Monday that all foreign and domestic companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges and involved in oil, gas and mineral resource extraction must publish the project-level payments they make to foreign countries in which they operate. The rule implements Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a provision authored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in 2010. Americ… Continue Reading

June 27, 2016

Cardin Joins with Planned Parenthood of Maryland in Applauding SCOTUS Decision Protecting Women’s Constitutional Rights

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood of Maryland, on the landmark Supreme Court ruling Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. The ruling strikes down Texas provisions that threatened to close all but nine health centers in the entire state that could provide abortion for the 5.4 million Texas women of reproductive age - down from approximately 40 health centers before passage of this dangerous law. As the Court recogni… Continue Reading

June 26, 2016

Cardin, Van Hollen Call for Truth, Justice One Year after Marylander Alex Villamayor’s Murder in Paraguay

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-08) released the following statement Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of Marylander Alex Villamayor in Paraguay: "We solemnly recognize the one-year anniversary of the death of Alex Villamayor, a United States citizen from Maryland who was brutally murdered one year ago in Encarnación, Paraguay. We honor the life he led, t… Continue Reading

June 24, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Maryland Expansion of Federal Second Chance Pell Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded the announcement Friday by the U.S. Department of Education that will expand second chance opportunities available through Maryland institutions of higher education. Under the Department's Second Chance Pell Program, eligible incarcerated Americans will receive Pell Grants to pursue postsecondary education with the goal of helping them get jobs and support their families upon release. A 2013 study from the RAND Corporation, funded by the U.S. D… Continue Reading

June 24, 2016

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Statement on Brexit Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement Friday after voters in the United Kingdom chose to leave the European Union: "I respect the will of British voters but am disappointed by the outcome of the referendum. Euro-Atlantic institutions, which are built on shared democratic values and interests, have maintained peace and security in Europe since the end of World War II, and strong democratic i… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on Bipartisan Gun Safety Vote

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after a successful test-vote on a bipartisan compromise gun safety amendment put forth by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine). "This Senate has taken the first procedural step in support of an amendment that would help keep guns and explosives out of the hands of terrorists. Fifty-two senators voted in support of the bipartisan proposal. I applaud Senator Collins an… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Cardin Says 4-4 Immigration Decision Exemplifies Why the Senate Must Do Its Job Filling the Supreme Court Vacancy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement after the deadlocked Supreme Court issued its ruling in U.S. v. Texas. "I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's split decision, which blocks the implementation of the president's executive actions on immigration, including the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Since our nation's founding, immigration has been one of the buildi… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on Acquittal of Baltimore City Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the judge's verdict in the criminal trial of Baltimore City Police Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.: "Baltimore City residents have experienced and expressed a wide range of emotions since the death of Freddie Gray. As someone who was born and raised in Baltimore, I have watched closely the events and judicial proceedings and, while our goal has been to seek justice for the tragic death of this young man, I urge every… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $418,720 In Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Anne Arundel County Fire Department has been awarded $418,720 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase specialized gear washer and dryers. As Vice Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of … Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Durbin And Cardin Applaud OAS Special Session On Venezuela Crisis

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement after the Organization of American States (OAS) affirmatively voted today to review the OAS Secretary General's report on the deteriorating political and economic situation in Venezuela. "Secretary General Almagro's leadership in invoking the OAS Inter-American Democratic Charter is a much-needed step toward defusing Venezuela's urgent and deepening political, economic, and humanitarian crises… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Statement By Senators McCain, Reed, Corker, And Cardin On East China Sea

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jack Reed (D-RI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today on China's actions in the East China Sea: "As the international community awaits the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea's decision regarding China's excessive maritime claims to the … Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Cardin Statement On Colombia-FARC Ceasefire Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, released the following statement in response to the signing of a bilateral ceasefire between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and after meeting with Colombian Ambassador to the U.S., Juan Carlos Pinzón: "I'm greatly encouraged by today's historic announcement of a bilateral ceasefire between the Government of Colombia and the FARC." s… Continue Reading

June 23, 2016

Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act Passes Senate Foreign Relations 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 applauded committee passage of the Global Gateways Trade Capacity Act (S.2201), their bipartisan legislation to improve the effectiveness of U.S. assistance for expanded trade in developing countries. "We need to reform U.S. foreign assistance to promote economic growth that can improve living standards and make societies more self-sufficient … Continue Reading

June 22, 2016

Mass Shooting In Orlando

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I take this time to continue the discussion as to the tragedy that occurred on June 12 in Orlando, FL. The shooting occurred at a popular LGBT club, Pulse. The club owner, Barbara Poma, lost her brother to the AIDS epidemic. The club was named to remember a pulse that faded from this world far too early. Pulse was not just a place to socialize, it was a refuge and a place of acceptance and solidarity where members of the Orlando LGBT community could be themselves witho… Continue Reading

June 21, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Gun Safety Votes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the series of Senate votes Monday on gun control, all of which failed to reach the 60-vote threshold for action by the United States Senate. "The movie 'Groundhog Day' eventually ends when its main character finally takes a different path after taking a look at his life and the way he has mistreated others around him. Following the mass shooting in Orlando at the Pulse nightclub, Congress is locked in its own vers… Continue Reading

June 20, 2016

Cardin, Colleagues Commemorate World Refugee Day, Introduce Resolution to Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Refugees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, introduced a resolution Monday recognizing June 20th as World Refugee Day and reaffirming the commitment of the United States Senate to protect and assist millions of refugees and other forcibly uprooted persons worldwide. "The international community must get serious about protecting the most vulnerable refugees - women and children. Women are facing ferocious threats in conflicts acr… Continue Reading

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