Press Releases & Statements

May 16, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Senate Confirmation Of Paula Xinis For U.S. District Court Of Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded the Senate's confirmation of Paula Xinis of University Park, Maryland to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division. Senators Mikulski and Cardin recommended Ms. Xinis to President Obama for this position on the federal bench. The Senate confirmed the nomination of Ms. Xinis by a vote of 53-34. "Marylander Paula Xinis is an impeccably qualified choice to… Continue Reading


May 16, 2016

Cardin Commends Long-Overdue Senate Confirmation of U.S. District Court Judge Xinis

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), strongly applauded today's Senate approval of U.S. District Court Judge Paula Xinis, which comes an unacceptable eight months after being reported unanimously out of committee and more than a year after being nominated by the president. "Paula Xinis of Maryland is an excellent and impeccably qualified choice to serve as a U.… Continue Reading


May 16, 2016

Cardin, National Taxpayer Advocate Olson Hold Public Forum in Baltimore on IRS Service Needs

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance, and National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson held a public forum at the University Of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law to discuss what taxpayers want and need from the Internal Revenue Service to comply with their tax obligations. The public forum featured a panel of representatives from Maryland small business and local taxpayer communities, who shared personal stories of instances where the … Continue Reading


May 15, 2016

Cardin Marks National Police Week, Commemorates Fallen Maryland Officers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement marking the beginning of National Police Week and commemorating the lives of three Maryland law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty so far in 2016. "Law enforcement officers across Maryland put their lives on the line and make untold sacrifices daily to keep our communities safe and uphold the rule of law. This year as we recognize the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement officers, we pause to… Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Cardin Lauds the Return of Regular Appropriations with Senate Passage of Energy and Water Development Appropriations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, cautiously praised Senate passage of its first appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2017. The bill provides a total of $37.5 billion in funding for programs at the U.S. Department of Energy and critical infrastructure projects administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation. "Progress. Senate passage of the first of a dozen approp… Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Cardin: House v. Burwell Should Be Overturned

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today issued the following after a U.S. District Court judge issued a ruling in House v. Burwell that could imperil key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. "Since day one, Congressional Republicans have put partisan politics above the well-being of millions of Americans by expending an inordinate amount of energy and taxpayer dollars trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. After cou… Continue Reading


May 13, 2016

Cardin Statement On Threats Against Golos, Other Russian Civil Society Groups

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author of the the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (Public Law 112-208), issued the following statement expressing concern over threats to Russia's civil society, including independent citizen election monitoring group Golos ahead of Russia's September 2016 parliamentary elections. "I am deeply concerned by the Russian government's renewed crackdown on civil society, includ… Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

Cardin Welcomes EPA Effort to Curb Harmful Methane Emissions from New Oil and Gas Facilities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed an announcement from the Obama administration that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue new rules to help reduce emissions of methane and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new oil and gas facilities. "If you care about having clean air to breathe and averting the worst impacts of climate change, you have to care about curbing met… Continue Reading


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

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