Press Releases & Statements

November 10, 2015

Cardin Legislation, Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Washington, D.C. - The "Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015," legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a unanimous vote. The bill establishes guidelines for measurable goals, performance metrics, and monitoring and evaluation plans for foreign aid programs and to increase transparency by codifying and increasing the amount of information posted online. The legislation i… Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Cardin Statement following Meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Senate Leaders

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the below statement following his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and bipartisan Senate leaders. "Today, I welcomed Prime Minister Netanyahu to the United States. Especially now during this tumultuous period, as Israeli citizens have endured weeks of random and deadly stabbings and other terrorist attacks by Palestinians, I used our meeting to reiterate Israel's abso… Continue Reading


November 10, 2015

Cardin Statement on Elections in Burma

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on elections in Burma. "I congratulate the people of Burma for coming together on November 8 to participate peacefully in the country's second nationwide parliamentary election since 2008. The election is an important milestone on the path towards democracy and political reform in Burma, but there is still a long way to go. There are significant systematic and … Continue Reading


November 09, 2015

Cardin, Bennet and Blumenthal Colleagues Urge President to Prioritize Strengthened MOU with Israel

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), are leading a group of 16 senators in urging President Obama to prioritize a new, strengthened Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on security assistance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Washington this week. A new MOU would help ensure Israel has the tools and resources necessary to prepare… Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Cardin Hosts Roundtable Discussion in Prince George’s County on Issues Confronting Returning Citizens

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined returning citizens, White House and Department of Labor officials, local and federal corrections department leaders, policy advocates, law enforcement, workforce development nonprofits, clergy and elected officials to discuss ways to promote the successful re-entry into society of former inmates who have served their sentences. "To refuse Americans a second chance to redeem themselves permanently damages families and communit… Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Cardin, Prince George’s County Law Enforcement Discuss Necessary Improvements for Region’s Public Safety

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today met with about 75 local, state and federal law enforcement officers to discuss ways to better safeguard our communities and the officers who protect them. The wide-ranging conversation centered on strengthening relationships between local residents and law enforcement, countering gang activity in the region and ensuring that police departments continue to receive federal funding that meets their needs. Senator Cardin also outlined… Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Cardin Statement on Keystone Pipeline

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, ‎released the following statement on the Obama Administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline application. "The Obama Administration has rightly rejected the Keystone XL pipeline after having completed a responsible and thorough review of the project. In my judgment, the risks to U.S. public safety, public … Continue Reading


November 06, 2015

Cardin Discusses Racial Profiling, Voting Rights, International Affairs with Collective Empowerment Group

LANDOVER, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today spoke at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Collective Empowerment Group, Inc., a Christian ministry that establishes covenant relationships with member churches and partnerships with financial institutions and other organizations for economic empowerment. "We need hope in our community. It's great to have a quarter of a million new jobs each month, but too many people still can't find jobs," said Senator Cardin. "Too many people can't eve… Continue Reading


November 05, 2015

Statement of Md. & Va. Senators on the Appointment of Paul Wiedefeld as Metro’s General Manager

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) released the following statement in response to today's announcement that Paul Wiedefeld has been named Metro's new General Manager and Chief Executive Officer: "We're pleased to finally see this progress in bringing on new management for Metro after a year-long search. "As federal lawmakers, we have been strong advocates and effective partners for Metro. In his years of service to BW… Continue Reading


November 04, 2015

Cardin, Frosh, Civil Rights Groups and Law Enforcement Discuss Efforts to End Discriminatory Profiling and Move Forward on Criminal Justice Reform

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh (both D-Md.) were joined by representatives from the law enforcement and civil rights communities to discuss federal, state and local efforts to end discriminatory profiling by police and enact meaningful criminal justice reform. Today's briefing follows a recent national poll signaling strong and crosscutting support for a national ban on discriminatory profiling. Despite popular opinion and data proving that the pra… Continue Reading


November 02, 2015

Cardin Statement on Pending Deployment of U.S. Special Forces in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the announcement that U.S. Special Forces will soon be deployed to Syria. "After a series of hearings and meetings this week, including with Secretary Kerry and General Allen, I continue to support targeted airstrikes and training, in conjunction with our coalition partners, along with the arming of vetted opposition forces, as methods to alter the regiona… Continue Reading


October 30, 2015

Cardin Expresses Concern to Secretary John Kerry about Erosion of Democracy, Human Rights in Central Asia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed concern about the erosion of the democratic process and respect for human rights across Central Asia in a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. In his letter, Senator Cardin wrote: "During your important visit to the region, I urge you to raise the issue of political prisoners and to emphasize our strong commitment to universally recognized democratic principles during your upcomi… Continue Reading


October 30, 2015

Cardin Calls Two-Year Budget ‘Progress’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement regarding the two-year budget approved by the Senate. "Progress. This budget may be far from perfect, but it makes considerable progress in removing the harmful effects of sequestration, setting priorities, and putting our nation back on a more stable fiscal footing. It also allows us to pay our bills and uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America. And … Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Bill To Increase Access To Prenatal And Maternity Care In Advance Of Health Care Open Enrollment Period Beginning This Sunday

WASHINGTON - In advance of the Health Insurance Marketplace's open enrollment period starting next week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), with 21 of their Senate colleagues, introduced legislation Thursday that would increase access to prenatal and maternity care. The Healthy Maternity and Obstetric Medicine Act (Healthy MOM Act) would create a special enrollment period (SEP) so pregnant individuals can enroll in or change their healthcare plans once they become pre… Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Cardin Calls on Senate to Ratify United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Reacts to Ruling by International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in support of today's unanimous finding by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a case brought by the Philippines against China regarding its claims in the South China Sea. Senator Cardin also repeated his call for the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). "I welcome today's unanimous finding by the I… Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine, Carper, Bipartisan Senators in Letter Call on Department of Labor to Speed Up the Prevailing Wage Certification Process for Businesses that Rely on H-2B Seasonal Workers and Support Jobs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) together with 20 other bipartisan Senators today announced that in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor (DOL) Tom Perez they have called on the agency to speed up the certification process for seafood businesses relying on seasonal workers here on H-2B visas. The Senators have requested that DOL get to the bottom of the agency's lengthy delays in the processin… Continue Reading


October 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $3 Million In Federal Funds To Fight Crime In Communities Across Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that $2,910,366 in federal grant funding has been awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to municipalities across Maryland through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) program. These funds will be used to support public safety activities and reduce violent crime as well as crimes against victims and children throughout Maryland. "Law enforcement officers across Maryland put their lives … Continue Reading


October 28, 2015

Cardin Calls for Confirmation of State Department, USAID Nominees

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the unacceptable delay to confirm President Obama's nominees to serve as U.S. Ambassadors and at other key State Department and USAID posts, including 20 USAID Foreign Service Officers. The remarks, as prepared for delivery, appear below. "I have to express my disappointment at the slow pace of consideration of the 16 nominations t… Continue Reading


October 28, 2015

Cardin Opposes Cybersecurity Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after Senate passage of S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). While praising his colleagues for finally making some progress on a complicated issue that needs Congressional action and oversight, he voted against the measure for the reasons outlined below. "We live in a digital world and we need to arm ourselves with the right tools to fend off continuing and relentless attacks from foreign governm… Continue Reading


October 27, 2015

Cardin Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Workforce at National Institute of Standards and Technology

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Monday joined employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for a wide-ranging town hall meeting. The open forum explored topics of particular concern to federal employees and contractors, as well as issues related to Senator Cardin's membership on the Senate committees on Environment and Public Works, Foreign Relations, Finance, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "I'm proud to continue working on behalf of th… Continue Reading

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