Press Releases & Statements

February 27, 2019

Cardin Floor Statement on the Nomination of Andrew Wheeler to Head to EPA and the Need to Act on Climate Change

As we are considering the leadership of the Environmental Protection Agency, I think we should pause a moment to recognize this administration's record on the environment--or should I say the missed opportunities--and what this administration has done in moving America in the wrong direction on environmental protection. This administration's record in dealing with the greatest challenge we have--global climate change--is deplorable. I had the opportunity to lead a delegation of … Continue Reading

February 26, 2019

Maryland and Virginia Senators Urge WMATA To Prioritize Safety In Maintenance Work

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) with Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) wrote a letter to the WMATA Board of Directors in support of maintaining Metrorail's current overnight safety maintenance schedule, to ensure that critical safety work is completed as soon as possible and to prevent more daytime single-tracking. Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner and Kaine, agree with oversight officials that riders' safety should be the top priority… Continue Reading

February 26, 2019

Cardin Statement on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement following the Senate vote on S. 311, which he called an orchestrated attack on women's health. "The Supreme Court made clear that women in this country have a constitutional right to autonomy over their health and well-being. It has always been illegal to kill or harm a newborn infant, and this bill had nothing to do with that. Instead, this bill would have subjected medical professionals to unprecedented criminal lia… Continue Reading

February 26, 2019

Democratic Leaders to Pompeo: Continue Funding the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Washington-Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Representative Albio Sires, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere; and Senator Bob Menendez, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, today called on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to maintain robust funding for the Inter-American Commission on Human Ri… Continue Reading

February 26, 2019

Cardin, Group Of 9 Senators To Reintroduce Voter Empowerment Act To Help Protect The Voting Rights Of People Across The Country And Ensure All Americans Have Equal Access To The Ballot

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today announced the reintroduction of the Voter Empowerment Act. This legislation would help protect the voting rights of people across the country by ensuring equal access to the ballot for every eligible voter, modernizing voter registra… Continue Reading

February 26, 2019

Maryland Congressional Delegation Talks Public Education with Kirwan Commission Chairman

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin convened members of Maryland's congressional delegation on Tuesday to meet with Dr. William E. "Brit" Kirwan, Chairman of the Maryland Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission). Participants included Senators Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Congressman C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, Congressman John P. Sarbanes and Congressman David Trone (All D-Md.). The members spoke in d… Continue Reading

February 22, 2019

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Russia Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019. The comprehensive legislation seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia's interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in … Continue Reading

February 20, 2019

Cardin Leads Reintroduction of Bill to Improve Diversity in U.S. National Security Workforce

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), recently introduced legislation to strengthen employee diversity in the U.S. national security workforce through enhanced hiring, retention, and growth practices. The National Security Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Act of 2019 (S. 497) would codify that a di… Continue Reading

February 19, 2019

Cardin, Cornyn and Jones Join Forces to Protect Military Spouses Who Are Teachers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) together have introduced legislation that will eliminate a barrier for teachers in military families to earn loan forgiveness for their years of public service. S. 532, the Preserving Teacher Loan Forgiveness for Military Spouses Act, would ensure that military spouses teaching in our hardest-to-serve school districts do not lose eligibility for the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program should they fol… Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Cardin Responds to Passage of Appropriations Package and Probable Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) called today's vote by the Senate on an appropriations compromise package positive for Maryland, our country and federal workers. The legislation, which passed the Senate 83-16, next will be voted on by the House of Representatives. Senator Cardin also responded to Senator Mitch McConnell's announcement that President Trump would sign the bill and simultaneously issue an emergency declaration for the southern border. "There is no such thing as a 'goo… Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Protect Federal Worker Security Clearances From Shutdown Repercussions

WASHINGTON - As the deadline looms to avoid yet another federal government shutdown, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has introduced legislation that would protect federal employees and contractors from losing their security clearances due to financial reasons, such as poor credit scores, that are attributable to a lapse in federal appropriations. This would be applicable to the recent 35-day shutdown or any future occurrences. Using the Rule XIV process, the bill, Protecting Employees Security C… Continue Reading

February 14, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Medicare at 50 Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in introducing the Medicare at 50 Act to give people between the ages of 50 and 64 years old the option of buying into Medicare. Millions of Americans who are approaching retirement or are being forced to retire early due to layoffs or mandatory retirement face increasing health care needs and rising costs. "Medicare is a highly efficient and cost-effect… Continue Reading

February 13, 2019

Cardin Statement on Guatemalan Amnesty Proposal

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the proposal under consideration by the Guatemalan Congress that would free military officials and guerilla leaders convicted of grave crimes against humanity and gross violations of human rights. "I am gravely concerned by the Guatemalan Congress' proposal to grant amnesty for war crimes. The Guatemalan people endured unimaginable horrors, abuse and violenc… Continue Reading

February 13, 2019

Senators Introduce Legislation to Protect Americans with Pre-existing Conditions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) today introduced the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act to prevent the Trump Administration from promoting "junk" health care plans that lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase costs for millions of Americans. "The Trump Administration's efforts to expand the use of junk insurance plans is bankrupt of all sense and mora… Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Historical and Conservation Priorities Pass the Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.) lauded today's bipartisan Senate passage of a package of conservation and natural resources bills that will help preserve Maryland's rich historic sites and protect wildlife, such as the Baltimore Oriole. The Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47) passed 92-8 and now heads to the House of Representatives. The legislative package includes measures sponsored by Senators Cardin and Van Hollen to preserve President Street Sta… Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Cardin, Carper, Duckworth Lead 36 Senators Urging EPA to Extend Comment Period for Proposed WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), top Democrat of the EPW Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), top Democrat on the EPW Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, along with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, led two letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps o… Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Trump Admin Push to Allow Unfettered Proliferation of Untraceable, 3D Printable Guns, Weaken Controls over Foreign Arms Sales

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca.) in introducing legislation to block the Trump Administration's efforts to weaken controls over foreign arms sales and allow for the unfettered proliferation of untraceable, virtually undetectable, 3D printable guns that threaten public safety. The Trump Administration announced earlier this month that it has taken steps to transfer co… Continue Reading

February 12, 2019

Cardin Statement on Rep. Omar’s Use of Anti-Semitic Tropes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), today issued the following statement. "One of the best ways to combat anti-Semitism is to call it out whenever and wherever it raises its ugly head. This is true in the United States and around the world. The swift, united response from congressional leaders in condemning the proliferation of anti-Semitic tropes by… Continue Reading

February 11, 2019

Cardin, Velázquez Request GAO Report on Impact of Trump Shutdown on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Small Business, today sent a letter to Comptroller General Gene Dodaro requesting a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the impact of the 35-day Trump Shutdown on small businesses. "SBA programs serve a vital role in promoting entrepreneurship, providing access to cap… Continue Reading

February 08, 2019

Cardin Statement on Reports the Trump Administration Will Ignore Magnitsky Act Requirements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead author of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, issued the following statement regarding reports the White House will not make a determination on the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. "The Global Magnitsky Act requires the president to make a determination of responsibility within 120 days when the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations … Continue Reading

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