Press Releases & Statements

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


March 08, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Bipartisan Senate Coalition Introduce Resolution Recognizing International Women’s Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) together with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and a bipartisan coalition of Senators today announced that they have introduced a resolution to recognize March 8, 2016 as International Women's Day (IWD) and commemorate the achievements of women around the world. "At home and abroad, the way women are treated is very much a barometer for the economic and social success of a given community," Senator Cardin said. "Ensuri… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin, On International Women’s Day, Highlights “More Work To Be Done” To Achieve Gender Equality

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing International Women's Day on March 8, 2016: "Gender equality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015, and it is a goal that I strongly support. Yet, in 2016, it is obvious that the tremendous steps we have made toward achieving gender equality are insufficient.… Continue Reading


March 08, 2016

Cardin Statement On Latest Iran Ballistic Missile Launch

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin(D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after reports of Iran launching ballistic missiles. "I am deeply concerned by Iran's repetitive disregard of and indifference to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls on Iran to cease any ballistic missile activities," said Senator Cardin. "The Administration should act swiftly to raise these concerns at the United Nations and take action to hold all p… Continue Reading


March 04, 2016

Cardin, Isakson Promote Innovation And Empower Effort To Tackle International Development Challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have introduced the Global Development Lab Act (S.2629) along with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). The Global Development Lab Act authorizes the U.S. Agency for International Development's Global Development Lab and gives it the tools it needs to solve our world's most pressing international devel… Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Cardin Condemns Murder of Honduran Human Rights Activist Berta Caceres

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the killing of Berta Caceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Peoples of Honduras (COPIHN), in her home in Honduras: "The brazen murder of environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres is a shocking reminder of the challenges facing Honduran human rights defenders," said Cardin. "Ms. Caceres was a tireless c… Continue Reading


March 03, 2016

Cardin, Delaney, Luján Introduce Resolutions Establishing National Clean Energy Goals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Congressman John K. Delaney (Md.-6) and Congressman Ben Luján (N.M.-3) have filed resolutions in the House and Senate affirming the establishment of a national goal of more than 50 percent of America's electricity production coming from clean and carbon-free electricity sources by 2030 and calling for the enactment of new legislation to achieve this goal. In a show of significant support for this initiative, the "50x30 Resolutions" are cospons… Continue Reading


March 02, 2016

Cardin Praises UN Security Council Resolution 2270 Imposing Robust New Sanctions on North Korea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the latest UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea: "I welcome today's action by the United Nations Security Council to pass very robust and significant new sanctions in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and missile launch. Ambassador Power and her team are to be commended for their good work. "It is essential for the international c… Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Cardin Salutes Peace Corps on 55th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps. "Today in 1961, President Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. Fifty-five years later, the Peace Corps has empowered and saved the lives of countless people across the world. The Peace Corps is the most impactful volunteer humanitarian force in the world. It has he… Continue Reading


March 01, 2016

Women’s History Month 2016

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to join the American people in celebrating Women's History Month. It is clear that one month is hardly enough time to recognize all that women have done, what they are doing, and what they have yet to accomplish. Despite the persistence of dogmatic opposition, women have played a major role in advancing every society on earth. Mr. President, I am a proud husband, father, and grandfather. In my time representing the people of Maryland, in the United S… Continue Reading

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