Press Releases & Statements

February 12, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds for Wetland Protection in Important Southern Maryland Habitat

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbra A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has awarded $750,000 in funding under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to permanently protect approximately 140 acres of land in the Popes Creek region of Charles County, Md. The land includes 9 acres of estuarine emergent wetlands, 66 acres of forested uplands that buffer a seasonal stream/d… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Black History Month 2016

The immeasurable role African Americans have had in making the United States the strong nation it is today cannot be fully recognized in one short month. However, one fact remains clear: Black history is American history. This February, we highlight the titans of African-American history: Marylanders Harriet Tubman and Thurgood Marshall, icons including Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Dorothy Height, and contemporary heroes like John Lewis and Mae Jemison. We also celebrate the countless men and … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Cardin Bill Would More Than Triple Funds Available to States for Fixing Crumbling and Polluted Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Building on legislation he introduced in previous sessions of Congress, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced new legislation (S. 2532) to dramatically increase the authorization levels for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRFs). Together, these funds serve as the primary source of federal funding for all states to maintain, repair and replace their aging … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Cardin, McCain, Durbin Urge Polish Government to Recommit to the Rule of Law, Human Rights, Protection of Media

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) have written to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland urging her to restore Poland's position as a leading democracy in Central Europe. In the letter to Prime Minister Beata Szyd?o, the senators expressed support for a strong bilateral relationship as well as concerns regarding recently passed Polish laws that could infringe on fundamental values including freedom of the press and an indepe… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin Praises Bipartisan Passage of Sanctions to Counter North Korean Belligerence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lauded Senate passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, legislation drafted by Senators Gardner (R-CO) and Menendez (D-N.J.). The bill, which now goes back to the House of Representatives for final passage, will expand and tighten sanctions on people and businesses anywhere in the world that are found to be supporting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile p… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin, Corker Introduce Resolution Supporting the Government of Colombia’s Efforts to Pursue Peace and End the Country’s Armed Conflict

WASHINGTON - In response to President Juan Manuel Santos' visit to Washington to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Plan Colombia, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a Senate resolution noting sustained U.S. bipartisan commitment towards Colombia and encouraging efforts by the Government of Colombia to pursue peace by consolidating democratic reforms and negotiating an end to the country's… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Cardin Decries Supreme Court Decision to Halt Clean-Power Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's Decision to halt enforcement of the Clean-Power Plan while challenges work through the courts. "Science tells us climate change is real. It is deeply disappointing that a collection of special interests and politically motivated Attorney Generals were able to slow the implementation of the Clean- Power Plan. In re… Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Senators Cardin, Coons, And Kaine Applaud Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passage Of Tunisia Quartet Resolution

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the Committee's passage of S.Res. 330, which congratulates the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for winning the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The resolution commends the Quartet for forging peaceful political compromises and reaffirms the United States' commitment to support Tunisia as it continues on the path to democracy, stability, and prospe… Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Cardin Applauds Veto Override Allowing Returning Citizens to Vote in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the Democracy Restoration Act, issued the following in reaction to the Maryland State Senate's override of Governor Larry Hogan's veto of MD. HB980. "There isn't a single lawmaker at the federal or state level who hasn't received a second chance at one point or another. I applaud the Maryland General Assembly for overriding the Governor's veto and thereby allowing returning citizens to rejoin our democracy and their local communities. R… Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Cardin: President Obama’s Last Budget Deserves Thorough Consideration and Review

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship, released the following statement in response to the release of President Barack Obama's budget plan for Fiscal Year 2017. "A budget should reflect the priorities of a nation concerned with the well-being of all citizens. President Barack Obama's final budget builds upon strategic federal investments that have he… Continue Reading


February 08, 2016

Cardin, Senators Applaud Electrify Africa Bill Becoming Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded President Obama's signing of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152) into law. The bipartisan legislation, which was unanimously approved by the Senate last year and passed by the House of Representatives last week, will leverage private sector resources through loan guarantees to help 50 million Africans acces… Continue Reading


February 08, 2016

Cardin Roundtable at Sheppard Pratt Hospital Examines Progress, Challenges in Mental Health Care

TOWSON, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, joined physicians, hospital administrators, and community mental health care advocates and providers to discuss ways to continue improving the quality and reach of mental health care services. In a roundtable conversation at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital Conference Center, the senator and public health leaders explored potential ways to overcome the many hurdles to delivering the be… Continue Reading


February 08, 2016

Cardin Statement Celebrating the Lunar New Year

BALTIMORE - On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in celebration of the Year of the Monkey: "I want to express my best wishes to the millions of people in the United States and around the world who are gathering with family and friends to celebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year. "The Asian-American community is rich and diverse, and has contributed greatly to the cultural fabr… Continue Reading


February 08, 2016

Cardin Calls North Korean Missile Launch Another Clear Demonstration of the Malign Intent of Pyongyang

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on North Korea's missile test. "North Korea's missile test is a test of an intercontinental ballistic missile and yet another demonstration of the malign ambitions of the regime in Pyongyang. It is a clear and direct threat to U.S. national security interests and those of our allies and partners. If the January 6 nuclear test were not enough, this missile test cl… Continue Reading


February 05, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of the U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate passed the "U.S.-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015." "From its economic reform efforts, to its participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, to its support for international diplomatic efforts to end the Syrian civil war and its significant role in addressing Syria's humanitarian crisis, Jordan's success is critical for regional st… Continue Reading


February 05, 2016

Cardin Joins Students at Howard Community College to Emphasize Importance of Affordable Higher Education

COLUMBIA, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined students and leadership of Howard Community College for a roundtable discussion on college affordability. Senator Cardin heard directly from more than a dozen students about the challenges they must overcome to pay for their education, and the effects of mounting debt on educational aspirations and occupational choices. Several students also noted that their education debt was likely to influence not only their own college and career c… Continue Reading


February 05, 2016

Cardin Warns Obama Administration against Shortsightedness in Response to Flint Water Crisis

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement in response to media reports that the Obama Administration proposes to remedy the water crisis in Flint, MI, by increasing funding for the Environmental Protection Agency' (EPA) Drinking Water State Revolving Fund by $158 million by reducing funding from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. "Flint is a case study in what happens when environmental… Continue Reading


February 05, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski and Full Senate Democratic Caucus Urge President Obama To Take Robust & Aggressive Actions To Address The Spread Of The Zika Virus & Ensure The Disease Is Contained To Prevent Outbreaks In The United States

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Barbara A. Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the full Senate Democratic Caucus today released a new letter to President Obama urging a coordinated interagency response plan to address the spread of the Zika virus both at home and abroad. The letter, signed by all 46 Senate Democrats, calls for the President to take a number of new actions, including taking the Zika v… Continue Reading


February 04, 2016

Cardin Statement On Strengthening The European Union

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement for the record on Strengthening the European Union. The statement addresses the challenges confronting the European Union today, including the refugee and migrant crisis, the effects of the Greece crisis on the Eurozone, the threat of domestic terrorism and foreign fighters, the rise of nationalism, Russian aggression, and the United Kingdom's upcoming referendum o… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Cardin Lauds President Obama for Opening a National Dialogue with American Muslims at Baltimore Mosque

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised President Barack Obama for his visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque to celebrate the positive contributions Muslim Americans continue to make across our nation. Senator Cardin visited the Masjid Bait-us-Samad mosque in Baltimore County on Monday for a similar conversation on shared community concerns, particularly in the face of recent increases in anti-Muslim rhetoric and … Continue Reading

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