Press Releases & Statements

January 12, 2016

Cardin To Host University System of Maryland Chancellor, Robert Caret at State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced that Robert Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, would be his guest at President Barack Obama's final State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016. Chancellor Caret will be representing the more than 165,000 undergraduate and graduate students across 12 campuses in Maryland -- from Frostburg to the Eastern Shore, Baltimore, overseas and College Park. "Education is the great equalizer and one of the single best invest… Continue Reading


January 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, issued the following statement regarding North Korea's nuclear test. "Today's reported nuclear test by North Korea is yet another indication of North Korea's determination to continue to defy the international community and the threat it poses to regional peace and stability. "In res… Continue Reading


January 05, 2016

Cardin Calls on Congress to Join President Obama in Taking Action to Stem Gun Violence

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's remarks on gun reform. "I support President Obama's actions to combat gun violence and protect our neighborhoods. The president should not have to go it alone. We have an epidemic in America and all of us need to deal with it in a sensible and commonsense way. Inaction is not an option; it only fuels those who think partisan gridlock is a reasonable way to respond to what each year… Continue Reading


December 29, 2015

Cardin Statement on Comfort Women Agreement Announced by Republic of Korea and Japan

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan in reaching a breakthrough agreement to resolve their long standing dispute regarding comfort women during World War Two. "I welcome this agreement and the leadership exhibited by both Prime Minister Abe and President Park to settle this longstanding issue in a way that recognizes the suf… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin: Omnibus Spending Bill Benefits Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement highlighting funding priorities for the federal workforce contained the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus spending bill. Excerpts from his remarks appear below. Audio and video are available for download. "Many important agencies that are located in our state that now will have the resources they need to carry out their missions. The Census Bureau will receive a $228 million inc… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin: Omnibus Spending Package Prioritizes Veteran’s Issues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today underscored the inclusion of key funding priorities related to veteran's issues in the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus spending bill. "We have a solemn duty to provide for veterans who have served and sacrificed in defense of our freedom. I am committed to making sure that our veterans receive the services and benefits they have earned and the support they were promised and deserve. The Omnibus codifies our commitment to our veterans," said Senator… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Senate Unanimously Passes Electrify Africa Bill

Corker-Cardin-Rubio-Coons legislation will support 50 million people receiving access to electricity for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa, stimulate economic growth, improve access to education WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised Senate passage of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152), legislation that will leverage private sector resou… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin Highlights Numerous Successes on Civil Rights, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Priorities in the Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today highlighted success on priority issues related to civil rights, the criminal justice system and homeland security in the Omnibus legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016. While expressing strong reservations about certain aspects of the emerging legislation, Senator Cardin called the government funding bill "overwhelmingly positive for the nation, especially on civil rights, law enforcement and homeland security." The Omn… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin Statement on WMATA and Public Transit in the Omnibus and Tax Extenders Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on annual funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) in the Omnibus spending bill and benefits to encourage the use of mass transit in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 (tax extenders). "Metro is America's transportation system and we need to make sure it is safe, reliable and efficient. The fed… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin: Investing in Infrastructure Means Investing in Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, today lauded passage of the Omnibus Appropriations Act by the Senate, which keeps the federal government operating through Fiscal Year 2016, providing predictability and stability for our states, businesses and all Americans. While expressing strong reservations about certain aspects of the emerging legislation such as the lack of offsets, Senator Card… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin Statement on $146 Million in Appalachian Regional Commission Funding in Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on the appropriation of $146 million to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in the Omnibus spending bill. This funding is at a level $56 million more than was appropriated in FY2015. "The ARC is a relatively small but heavily impactful federal-state partnership that makes a real difference in the lives of Marylanders. These federal investme… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin Legislation, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Approved by Senate

Cardin Legislation, the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Approved by Senate Senator Cardin: "Passage of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act in the Senate is a big victory for champions of human rights and freedoms. We are one step closer to ensuring that human rights violators cannot escape the consequences of their abusive and corrupt behavior." WASHINGTON - The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, legislation authored by U.S. Senator Ben C… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin Highlights Successes on Energy and Environment in Omnibus Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today highlighted success in the areas of energy and the environment in the Omnibus legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016. While expressing strong reservations about certain aspects of the emerging legislation, Senator Cardin called the government funding bill an "overall positive for the nation." "This bill will provide stability in operations at federal agencies and improve investments in our federal workers, important … Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Twenty-One Democratic Senators Express Profound Concern over Second Iranian Ballistic Missile Test in Letter to President Obama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Gary Peters (D-MI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Martin Heinr… Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Cardin Finds Good and Bad in the Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called the just-released Omnibus legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016 an "overall positive for our nation, our environment and public health." Senator Cardin released the following statement, citing key successes of the bill, as well as areas of strong concern, while he continues to review the details of this comprehensive package. "The federal government should not shut down again because of partisan wrangling. The Amer… Continue Reading


December 17, 2015

Cardin Statement On One-Year Anniversary Of President Obama’s Engagement Policy With Cuba

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the one-year anniversary of President Obama's engagement policy with Cuba. "One year ago today, President Obama set forth a new course for U.S. policy towards Cuba grounded firmly in the belief that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests and support the Cuban people. With Alan Gross now home and the American flag once ag… Continue Reading


December 16, 2015

Cardin Statement on Mistrial in Freddie Gray Case

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on the declared mistrial in the criminal case of Officer William Porter. "The death of Freddie Gray was a tragedy that fueled a national conversation about the need for equal justice and expanded opportunities in the African-American community. We cannot bring Freddie Gray back to his family, but we as a community can work together to repair and rebuild the trust between our police and the neighborhoods they are sworn … Continue Reading


December 15, 2015

Cardin Statement On Adoption Of The IAEA Board Of Governors Resolution On Iran’s Nuclear Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following the adoption of the IAEA Board of Governors Resolution on Iran's nuclear program. "The Resolution adopted today by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors to close its investigation into the possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Iran's nuclear program leaves us with more questions than it does answers. What we do know is that Iran, throug… Continue Reading


December 14, 2015

Senate Passes Cardin Measure to Clarify Pension Rules for Clergy and Other Religious Institutions

WASHINGTON - The Church Plan Clarification Act of 2015 (S. 2308), authored by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), was approved by the Senate late last week. The bill, which clarifies the application of certain tax and retirement laws and regulations to the unique structures of church pension plans, heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. Companion legislation (H.R. 4085) has previously been introduced. "Retirement security should not be based on faith when you dedicate your wor… Continue Reading


December 12, 2015

Cardin Praises Climate Change Agreement

BALTIMORE - U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the agreement announced today at the COP 21 negotiations in Paris. "U.S. leadership played a critical role in bringing the international community together to this moment and for this purpose," said Senator Cardin. "We will ensure that progress prevails, that momentum continues and that commitments are respected. Th… Continue Reading

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