Press Releases & Statements

June 29, 2020

Cardin Calls for Extension of Nation-wide Moratorium on Evictions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), joined Monday with Senator Warren (D-Mass.), Congressman Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-Ill.), and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) introduced the Protecting Renters from Evictions and Fees Act of 2020. The bicameral legislation extends the federal eviction moratorium to March 27, 2021, one year after the date of enactment of the CARES Act, and expands the moratorium to cover substantially all renters. The bill also prohibits fees, fines… Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Maryland Delegation Presses FEMA for Approval of Additional Federal Disaster Assistance Resources to Support COVID-19 Recovery

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all Md.) wrote to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor urging the approval of Maryland's request for federal disaster assistance through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). These federal resources would support the state's ongoing recovery fro… Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Capito, Cardin, Peterson, Katko Introduce Legislation to Cut Red Tape Around EDA Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today introduced the Reinvigorating Lending for the Future (RLF) Act of 2020 to reduce barriers to lending for recipients of capitalization grants through the U.S. Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Revolving Loan Fund Program. Representatives Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.) introduced companion legislation in the Hous… Continue Reading


June 29, 2020

Cardin Responds to Reports Russia Offered Bounties for Killing U.S. Troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the following statement: "I am severely troubled by reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as should anyone who cares for the wellbeing of our brave service members. That the White House sat on this news for months without action or notification to Congress is a breach of national security. It is imperative that … Continue Reading


June 27, 2020

Cardin Statement on LGBTQ Pride Month 2020

"Love is love and that cannot be denied or wished away." BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued the following statement at the conclusion of LGBT Pride Month 2020. Information on upcoming Maryland Pride events can be found at this link. "Fifty-one years ago, on June 28, 1969, riots broke out as the Stonewall Inn was targeted… Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Warner, Kaine Call on McConnell to Bring D.C. Statehood Up for a Vote

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (Both D-Md.), and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.) released the following statement upon House passage of legislation to make D.C. the 51st state: "Maryland and Virginia's neighbors in D.C. deserve the representation that states have. Today, the House took a historic vote to pass legislation to make D.C. the 51st state. Leader McConnell should bring this bill up for a vote in the Senate immediately. There is no goo… Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Cardin Calls Justice in Policing Act Transformational, Says McConnell Should Bring It to the Senate Floor

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement on House passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120). Senator Cardin is an original cosponsor of the Senate companion legislation, led by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). "Last night, the House of Representatives pass… Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Introduce “No Check, No Sale” Bill to Close Loophole Allowing Gun Sales Without A Completed Background Check

WASHINGTON - Ahead of the five-year anniversary of the funeral service for the victims of the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to close a current loophole that allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed after 72 hours, even if the gun buyer is not legally allowed to purchase a gun. The gap in existing law has allowed thousands of gun sales to prohibited bu… Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $450,000 to Support Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses and Underserved Community Entrepreneurs

BALTIMORE - Members of the Baltimore congressional delegation including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) announced $450,228 to support minority- and women-owned businesses, lift up underserved community entrepreneurs, spur economic growth and create jobs across the Baltimore metro region. Through funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) Opportunity Z… Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Colleagues Press Pompeo to Extend Emergency Refugee Protections for Afghan Sikh, Hindu Communities Facing Persecution

WASHINGTON - Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today joined colleagues in urging the Trump Administration to grant emergency refugee protections to Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan facing persecution as religious minorities. In a bipartisan letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the senators called on the State Department to prioritize resettlement opportunities under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program allocation ceilings for Afghan Sikh and Hindu commu… Continue Reading


June 25, 2020

Cardin, Portman Introduce New Tax Incentive to Revitalize Distressed Homes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced legislation (S. 4073) to revitalize housing in distressed neighborhoods in Maryland, Ohio and nationwide. Currently, development lacks in some urban and rural areas because the cost of purchasing and renovating homes is greater than the value of the sale price of homes. The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (NHIA) will create a federal tax credit to cover the "app… Continue Reading


June 24, 2020

Cardin, Senate Democrats Introduce Legislation to Rename All Bases & Other Military Assets Named for the Confederacy Within One Year

WASHINGTON - Today, United States Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and 34 Senate Democrats have introduced standalone legislation requiring the Pentagon to remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments, and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America and anyone who voluntarily served it fro… Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $3 Million to Reduce Air Pollution and Recycle Carbon Waste

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) today announced $3 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to develop technology that reduces air pollution and recycles carbon waste. "This new federal funding will invest in innovative new technologies that can improve air quality in our communities for the good of public health and of our envi… Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Harris Announce Additional $500,000 in Funding to Expand Telehealth at Atlantic General Hospital

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Andy Harris, M.D., (all-Md.) announced the award of $515,449 for Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which was established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This funding will be used for the purchase of a patient engagement telehealth platform. The hospital previously received a $50,000 award through… Continue Reading


June 20, 2020

Cardin Commemorates the 20th World Refugee Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, entered the following statement into the Congressional Record to recognize the 20th World Refugee Day, commemorated on Saturday, June 20, 2020: "Mr. President, this past Saturday - June 20th - we marked the 20th commemoration of World … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Congressional Democrats Demand Trump Administration Reverse Its Barrage of Policies Targeting Asylum Seekers

WASHINGTON - Ahead of World Refugee Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) and U.S. Representative Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.) led a group of 81 Democratic Members of Congress condemning the Trump Administration for its harmful policies that have dismantled the United States' asylum system and demanded the reversal of these harmful measures. The lawmakers listed nearly a dozen various Trump administration policies implemented over the past three years which … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Cardin Statement on Increased Transparency in Paycheck Protection Program

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of the Treasury announced that SBA will begin to disclose data on the recipients of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans: "From the beginning of this economic crisis, Congress has been working to ensure that the implementation of PPP meets the standard of transparency the Americ… Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Cardin, Schumer and Menendez Issue Statement to Express Opposition to the Proposed Unilateral Annexation of Territory in the West Bank

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today issued the following statement to express opposition to the proposed unilateral annexation of territory in the West Bank: "As strong and dedicated supporters of the U.S.-Israel relationship, we are compelled to express opposition to the proposed unilateral annexatio… Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen and Carper Introduce Legislation to Strip the President’s Ability to Federalize D.C. Police, Control D.C. National Guard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) have introduced legislation to strip the President's authority to control the District of Columbia National Guard and to federalize the Metropolitan Police Department. These measures have proven all the more necessary after the President's recent use of force against peaceful protesters in D.C. The bills have been previously introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.… Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Cardin Calls for Investigation into Offensive Statements by Trump Appointees at USAID

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, along with six fellow senators, is questioning the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development about offensive statements attributed to two recent appointees to the agency. If confirmed, these comments could h… Continue Reading

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