Press Releases & Statements

January 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on Taiwan’s Historic Election

BALTIMORE -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following Taiwan's historic election. "Taiwan has once again demonstrated an unwavering commitment to democracy and freedom of expression following their now concluded historic campaign and election. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to the people of Taiwan for once again exercising their democratic rights and serving as a shining example for the international commun… Continue Reading


January 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on Release of Americans from Iran

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the release of four detained Americans in Iran and a fifth American, a student, who was released as well. "The release of five innocent Americans from Iran is a day for all Americans to celebrate their long and overdue return home. Painstaking effort and the unwavering determination put forward by Secretary of State Kerry, former Under Secretary of State We… Continue Reading


January 15, 2016

Cardin Reflects on the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is commemorated on Monday, January 18, 2016: "As we celebrate what would have been the 87th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we reflect on his enduring legacy and the enormous impact his life has had on making America great. Dr. King was taken from this world far too soon, but he instilled in his followers an understanding that they would keep up the momentum… Continue Reading


January 14, 2016

Cardin, Cummings, Local Leaders Join Baltimore City Principals to Celebrate New Federal Grant for Schools Affected by Unrest Following Death of Freddie Gray

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Elijah Cummings (Both D-Md.) today joined local elected and education leaders, officials from the U.S. Department of Education and the principals of five schools affected by the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray to celebrate the recent award of more than $290,000 in new federal funding to help the schools' ongoing recovery effort. "Following the death of Freddie Gray, we sat with and listened to the Baltimore communities that were … Continue Reading


January 14, 2016

Cardin Statement on Terrorist Attack in Indonesia

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, issued the following statement on the terrorist attack that occurred in Indonesia today. "I want to express my deepest condolences to all those wounded and to the families who lost loved ones in today's terrorist attack in Jakarta. As President Joko Widodo stated, "We must not be afraid, we must not be defeated by an act of terror like th… Continue Reading


January 14, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Welcome Designation of Carroll County as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced that Carroll County, Md. is one of the 14 additional counties in 10 states designated as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTAs). The designations will enable Carroll County to receive federal resources to further the coordination and development of drug control efforts among federal, state and local health and law enforcement officials. It also will allow local agencies … Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

Cardin: Making Higher Education More Affordable and Accessible Should Be a Top Priority

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's remarks concerning higher education in his State of the Union. Senator Cardin was accompanied to the State of the Union Address by Robert Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland and former Towson University President. Chancellor Caret represented the more than 165,000 undergraduate and graduate students across 12 campuses in Maryland. "President Obama's focus in his final St… Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

SOTU: Cardin Says Congress Should Unite to Work with President Obama throughout the Year Ahead

"The country does not stop because of a presidential election and neither should we. We are open for business." WASHINGTON - In response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement. Senator Cardin's guest for the speech was Robert Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). "President Obama set out an aggressive agenda tonight, showing the country and the world that he will not allow himself to b… Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Nomination of Dr. Ethel Brooks to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, commended the nomination of Dr. Ethel Brooks to serve as a member of the United Stated Holocaust Memorial Council. Senator Cardin, who also serves as Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, had recommended the appointment of Dr. Brooks to the White House. "Seven decades after the Naz… Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Urge U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Proceed with Chesapeake Bay Restoration Project in Tred Avon River

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) are urging federal officials to maintain the momentum of their work to restore depleted oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay following a state request to do otherwise, pointing to oysters as crucial components in the Bay's recovery and ongoing restoration projects in the Tred Avon River as essential to upholding the state's commitment to the watershed's health. The senators today released the text of a letter se… Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

Cardin Introduces Maryland Nominee to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced Carolyn Lerner, a Marylander, who has been nominated for a second term as the Special Counsel of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC). The OSC is an independent federal investigative and prosecutorial agency tasked with safeguarding the merit system by protecting federal employees and applicants from prohibited personnel practices, especially reprisal for whistleblowing. "In her first term, Ms. Lerner has brought needed stabil… Continue Reading


January 12, 2016

Cardin To Host University System of Maryland Chancellor, Robert Caret at State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced that Robert Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, would be his guest at President Barack Obama's final State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016. Chancellor Caret will be representing the more than 165,000 undergraduate and graduate students across 12 campuses in Maryland -- from Frostburg to the Eastern Shore, Baltimore, overseas and College Park. "Education is the great equalizer and one of the single best invest… Continue Reading


January 06, 2016

Cardin Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy, issued the following statement regarding North Korea's nuclear test. "Today's reported nuclear test by North Korea is yet another indication of North Korea's determination to continue to defy the international community and the threat it poses to regional peace and stability. "In res… Continue Reading


January 05, 2016

Cardin Calls on Congress to Join President Obama in Taking Action to Stem Gun Violence

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's remarks on gun reform. "I support President Obama's actions to combat gun violence and protect our neighborhoods. The president should not have to go it alone. We have an epidemic in America and all of us need to deal with it in a sensible and commonsense way. Inaction is not an option; it only fuels those who think partisan gridlock is a reasonable way to respond to what each year… Continue Reading


December 29, 2015

Cardin Statement on Comfort Women Agreement Announced by Republic of Korea and Japan

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's announcement by the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan in reaching a breakthrough agreement to resolve their long standing dispute regarding comfort women during World War Two. "I welcome this agreement and the leadership exhibited by both Prime Minister Abe and President Park to settle this longstanding issue in a way that recognizes the suf… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin: Omnibus Spending Bill Benefits Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement highlighting funding priorities for the federal workforce contained the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus spending bill. Excerpts from his remarks appear below. Audio and video are available for download. "Many important agencies that are located in our state that now will have the resources they need to carry out their missions. The Census Bureau will receive a $228 million inc… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin: Omnibus Spending Package Prioritizes Veteran’s Issues

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today underscored the inclusion of key funding priorities related to veteran's issues in the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus spending bill. "We have a solemn duty to provide for veterans who have served and sacrificed in defense of our freedom. I am committed to making sure that our veterans receive the services and benefits they have earned and the support they were promised and deserve. The Omnibus codifies our commitment to our veterans," said Senator… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Senate Unanimously Passes Electrify Africa Bill

Corker-Cardin-Rubio-Coons legislation will support 50 million people receiving access to electricity for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa, stimulate economic growth, improve access to education WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised Senate passage of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152), legislation that will leverage private sector resou… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin Highlights Numerous Successes on Civil Rights, Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Priorities in the Omnibus Spending Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today highlighted success on priority issues related to civil rights, the criminal justice system and homeland security in the Omnibus legislation to fund the federal government for Fiscal Year 2016. While expressing strong reservations about certain aspects of the emerging legislation, Senator Cardin called the government funding bill "overwhelmingly positive for the nation, especially on civil rights, law enforcement and homeland security." The Omn… Continue Reading


December 18, 2015

Cardin Statement on WMATA and Public Transit in the Omnibus and Tax Extenders Bills

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement on annual funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) in the Omnibus spending bill and benefits to encourage the use of mass transit in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 (tax extenders). "Metro is America's transportation system and we need to make sure it is safe, reliable and efficient. The fed… Continue Reading

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