Press Releases & Statements

October 26, 2015

Cardin, Maryland Delegation Announce HUD Withdraws Plan To Slash Eligibility For Housing Grants In Baltimore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara A. Cardin (D-Md.) today led a delegation including Senator Ben Mikulski, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announcing that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will rescind its plan to reduce rent subsidy levels for residents eligible for the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson region. The proposed change in policy from HUD, part of the agencies' ann… Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Cardin Statement on Poll Showing Overwhelming Support for Ending Racial Profiling in America

BALTIMORE - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of The End Racial Profiling Act, S. 1056/H.R. 1933 and the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA), S. 2168, issued the following in response to a poll released by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights that finds strong national support for commonsense police reforms including a nationwide ban on racial profiling. "The overwhelming majority of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers are upstanding public … Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Call on Social Security Administration to Implement the Supreme Court’s Marriage Decisions, not Penalize Previously-Married Same Sex Couples

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) and 119 of their congressional colleagues today sent a letter to Acting Commissioner of Social Security Carolyn W. Colvin and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to make sure that the Supreme Court's landmark marriage decisions are implemented and that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is treating all marriages equally. The letter urges SSA not to penalize married same-sex couples who received Supplemental Security Inco… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $64 Million in Federal Energy Assistance Funding for Low-Income Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that $64,818,928 in federal energy assistance funds will be available to Maryland families struggling to pay their heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In fiscal year 2014, Maryland LIHEAP provided 117,748 households with LIHEAP financial assistance. "LIHEAP is an indispensable lifeline for the most vulnerable among us. Seniors facing economic hardships… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Cardin Celebrates Opening of Alice Ferguson Foundation’s State-of-the-Art Environmental Education Center

ACCOKEEK, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined students, National Park Service leadership, fellow elected officials and the Alice Ferguson Foundation's board, staff, supporters and alumni to celebrate the opening of an innovative new environmental education center that will allow the foundation to expand significantly the hands-on learning initiatives offered on the 330-acre Hard Bargain Farm. "The Alice Ferguson Foundation's 'Hard Bargain Farm' has provided an incredible ba… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Cardin Leads Gun Violence Discussion in Prince George’s County

LARGO, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today hosted a roundtable discussion with a diverse collection of law enforcement and community representatives on ways to stem the increased gun violence harming our communities in Maryland and beyond. Featuring Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, the conversation included public policy advocates, law enforcement, elected officials, clergy, and mental and medical health professionals. It addressed the potential causes and solut… Continue Reading

October 22, 2015

Cardin Renews Call to Fully Fund Embassy Security Priorities at High Risk, High Threat Posts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, renewed his repeated requests for Congress to fully fund embassy security priorities at high risk, high threat posts to prevent future attacks against U.S. facilities overseas. "After three years of posturing, grandstanding, and conspiracy theories, we are no closer to fully funding our embassy security priorities to prevent a future Benghazi-style attack from ever happening again," said Se… Continue Reading

October 22, 2015

Cardin Statement on Hogan Administration’s Transportation Plans in Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, issued the following statement in response to Governor Larry Hogan's (R-Md.) announcement of his updated transportation priorities for Baltimore City. "Governor Hogan's decision to help Baltimore's bus system run more efficiently is welcome news for the people who live, work and play in the city. While I welcome his suggestions to streamline bus service, his announcement is… Continue Reading

October 21, 2015

Eleven Democratic Senators Express Profound Concern over Iranian Ballistic Missile Test in Letter to Secretary Kerry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) expressed profound concern in a letter to Secretary Kerry about the October 11th Iranian ballistic missile test. In the letter, the Senators write: "We are… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Cardin, Rubio Introduce Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) today introduced the "Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2015," legislation to establish 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. Companion legislation is also being introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Ted Poe (… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Cardin, Community Leaders in Baltimore Seek Solutions for Ending the Gun Violence in Baltimore and Nationwide

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) hosted a roundtable discussion at Coppin State University Monday on ways to heal the many communities, in Baltimore and beyond, that have been impacted by gun violence. The conversation brought together community leaders, including the Center for Urban Families; public policy advocates, including the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins University; clergy, including Rev. Dr. Al Hathaway of Union Baptist Church; mental and medical health pr… Continue Reading

October 16, 2015

Cardin Hears Calls for Continued Federal Investment in High-Quality Medical Services at Family Healthcare of Hagerstown

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Finance Health Care Subcommittee, today toured Family Healthcare of Hagerstown, a private, non-profit community health center, before exchanging ideas with staff and leadership about what the federal government can do to help ensure that more patients can receive the quality care they need. "Today, I heard loud and clear that the Affordable Care Act is working, but the federal government still has more to … Continue Reading

October 16, 2015

Cardin, National Park Service, State and Local Officials Celebrate Two C&O Canal Restoration Projects

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today joined officials from the National Park Service and state and local leaders in breaking ground on two restoration projects on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal's Cushwa Basin designed to preserve historic sites, increase tourism and create jobs in Washington County. The groundbreaking marked the beginning of efforts to restore the Williamsport Railroad Li… Continue Reading

October 16, 2015

World Food Day 2015: Cardin, Mikulski Announce $800,000 in Funding to Expand Access to Quality Foods, Create Jobs in Baltimore City

BALTIMORE - On World Food Day 2015, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) announced that the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC), Inc. has received an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the construction of City Seeds-Baltimore Food Enterprise Center. The City Seeds- Baltimore Food Enterprise Center is a shared use commercial kitchen facility that would allow small businesses, urban farmers and othe… Continue Reading

October 16, 2015

Made in MD: Cardin Riveted by Tour of Canam Group Production Facility in Frederick County

POINT OF ROCKS, Md. - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today brought his "Made in Maryland" jobs tour to the production facility of the Canam Group, the largest fabricator of steel components in North America. The 250,000-square-foot Point of Rocks facility employs 300 workers and fabricates and paints components for state-of-the-art bridges, joists and buildings. As part of his ongoing celebration of the diversity of Maryland products and the Marylande… Continue Reading

October 15, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Edwards, Baker Statement on Announcement that New FBI Headquarters will be Fully Consolidated

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (all D-Md.), as well as Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, released the following statement after the General Service Administration (GSA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced today that the new FBI headquarters will be fully consolidated. Two of the three potential sites for the new consolidated headquarters… Continue Reading

October 11, 2015

Cardin Statement on 2015 General Pulaski Memorial Day

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in recognition of General Pulaski Memorial Day 2015, which is this Sunday, October 11. "Every day, thousands of Marylanders commute on a stretch of Route 40 east of Baltimore called Pulaski Highway. In our busy world, it is easy to forget the significance of the commonplace parts of our lives, like the namesake of Pulaski Highway. Today, we take a moment to reflect on the life of Brigadier General Casmir Pulaski. Like … Continue Reading

October 11, 2015

Cardin Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Turkey

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Ankara, Turkey. "The terrorist attacks in Turkey are horrifying, deplorable, and must be condemned in the strongest of terms. At a peace gathering marked by hope and optimism, destruction and devastation resulted by forces seeking to cause mass casualties. The Turkish people are in mourning and during this dark period, we extend our … Continue Reading

October 09, 2015

Cardin: Decision to Halt Implementation of The Clean Water Rule Is Dangerous for Marylanders

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), issued the following response after The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided to stay the implementation of the Clean Water Rule nationwide: "In deciding to stay implementation of the Clean Water Rule, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has endangered public health, our environment and our economy. This decision puts at risk the clean, safe, reli… Continue Reading

October 09, 2015

Cardin Statement Recognizing International Day of the Girl

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2015. "The International Day of the Girl is a day where we recognize the fundamental rights of girls, recommit to investing in the future of girls, and to ending the continuing violence that girls face around the world. "The threats and violence directed against girls are staggering. In Central … Continue Reading

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