Press Releases & Statements

April 04, 2016

A Special Opening Day: Cardin Holds Ceremonial Opening of New Collaboration by Maryland Brewers, Oyster Farmers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today visited the Mt. Vernon Marketplace for a ceremonial opening of "The Local Oyster Stout," a fresh collaboration by the Waverly Brewing Company, True Chesapeake Oyster Company and The Local Oyster. "Small breweries and oysters have been staples of our regional economy for generations, and emerging craft brewers like Waverly Brewing and oyster farmers like True Chesapeake under… Continue Reading


April 01, 2016

Honoring Officer Jacai Colson

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the tragic death of a Marylander. Officer Jacai Colson of the Prince George's Police Department was killed in the line of duty, on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Officer Colson was an upstanding law enforcement officer whose death shocked and saddened so many in Maryland and the national law enforcement community. America is the great nation it is in no small part because of our respect for the rule of law. Officer Colson and his fellow Prince Ge… Continue Reading


April 01, 2016

Cardin, Bipartisan Group Of Current & Former Senators & House Members Join To File Amicus Brief In Support Of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a bipartisan group of 43 current and former Senators and 164 current and former House members - including a former Republican Senator and former Republican House Member - from 38 states as well as the District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands have joined in filing an amicus brief in support of the Obama administration's historic 'Clean Power Plan' (CPP). The CPP will reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, save consumers $155… Continue Reading


March 31, 2016

Cardin Calls U.S.-China Climate Change Announcement an Important Signal to the World

WASHINGTON - 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 in response to the U.S.-China joint statement on climate change and the Paris agreement. "Climate change represents an enormous challenge for all inhabitants of our planet. It is the preeminent national security issue for the 21st Century. We are the first generation in recorded human history to… Continue Reading


March 31, 2016

Cardin Calls U.S.-China Climate Change Announcement An Important Signal To The World

WASHINGTON - 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 in response to the U.S.-China joint statement on climate change and the Paris agreement. "Climate change represents an enormous challenge for all inhabitants of our planet. It is the preeminent national security issue for the 21st Century. We are the first generation in recorded human history to e… Continue Reading


March 30, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $2.8 Million In Federal Grants And Loans To Improve Water Infrastructure In Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the Town of Westernport has been awarded $2.2 million in federal grants and $600,000 in federal loans to install a new water system and water tank. The new tank will improve service for more than 1,144 households and 45 businesses in Allegany County. "Our water infrastructure supports our daily lives in a way that few other things do," said Senator C… Continue Reading


March 30, 2016

Maryland and Virginia Senators Renew Push for Full Funding of WMATA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D- Va.) are calling on congressional appropriators to fully fund the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) at authorized levels. The senators pointed to this federal funding as a key way to rebuild Metro operations to be efficient, reliable and safe at all times - particularly in the light of the system's recent safety challenges that demonstrated how much work still remains to achieve… Continue Reading


March 28, 2016

Cardin Meets with Chief Judge Merrick Garland, Marylander and Nominee for Supreme Court Justice

"There are nine months left in this year and to suggest that we don't have the time and the president doesn't have the authority to appoint a nominee is an affront to the Constitution." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) met Monday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, a resident of Bethesda, Md. The two met for approximately 35 minutes, during which time they discussed the nomination process, key cases inclu… Continue Reading


March 28, 2016

Cardin Condemns Terror Attack in Lahore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning the Easter Sunday terror attack on in Lahore, Pakistan. "I join the international community in condemning today's terrorist attack in Lahore on this holy day for Christians. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan. The United States and our allies will remain committed to countering these heinous attacks and to bringing those resp… Continue Reading


March 26, 2016

Bipartisan Congressional Delegation Visits Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Israel

TEL AVIV - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan congressional delegation with Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel. In Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the senators met with national security leaders, including the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the King of Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. In both countries, Senat… Continue Reading


March 25, 2016

11 U.S. Senators Send Letter to Secretary Kerry Calling for a Transparent International Investigation on Berta Cáceres’ Death

WASHINGTON - Expressing their condolences to the family and friends of murdered indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, 11 Democratic U.S. Senators, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Christopher Coons (D-Del.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent a letter to U.S. Secreta… Continue Reading


March 23, 2016

Senator Cardin Leads Call to End the Ban on CDC Gun Violence Research

WASHINGTON - In a letter sent last week, Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and 16 Senators urged Senate appropriators to dedicate funds for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence in the United States. A 1996 Republican appropriations rider prohibits federal funds from being used to advocate or promote gun control, which some have misconstrued as a ban on funding scientific research into the causes of gun violence. The auth… Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Cardin Statement on U.S.-Cuba Relations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on U.S.-Cuba relations. "President Obama's historic trip to Havana and his engagement with the Cuban people provide a clear example of how the dynamism of American society can make a positive contribution to the future of Cuba. The announced arrival of U.S. businesses to the island not only advances the interests of the American people, but also offers Cuba's … Continue Reading


March 22, 2016

Cardin Statement Condemning Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium that killed and injured dozens. "I strongly condemn today's attacks in Brussels, the largest terror strike in the city's history. I express my sincere condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones. Brussels is the 'Capital of Europe,' which many Europeans consider home. We all stand in solidarity wi… Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Schatz, Brown Introduce Bill To Give Federal Workers A Raise

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.)‎, Brian Schatz (D-Hawai'i), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 5.3 percent pay increase in 2017. The bill is a response to federal employees having lost more than a billion dollars in wages due to sequestration and a three-year freeze on federal pay. "Time after time, public servants in the federal workforce have… Continue Reading


March 18, 2016

Cardin, Corker Continue to Discuss Legislation to Hold Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Iran's ballistic missile provocations, including a joint statement with Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). "We are continuing to work on bipartisan sanctions legislation," said Cardin and Corker. "Iran remains a bipartisan concern and we are committed to taking action to ensure that Iran does not become a threshold nuclear weapons state." "I am committed to … Continue Reading


March 17, 2016

Cardin Votes on GMO Labeling to Defend Consumers’ Rights to Know True Contents of Foods

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement upon voting against a measure that would have blocked food labeling requirements that identify ingredients containing genetically modified organisms (GMO). ‎"Every day I try to take 10,000 steps and watch what I eat. I didn't always. But throughout my life, I have learned to appreciate the value knowing where my food comes from and what my family a… Continue Reading


March 16, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee (2007-2010), issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's announcement that he intends to nominate Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. "President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional responsibility by nominating Chief Judge Merrick Garl… Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Cardin Statement on Upcoming Metrorail Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the announcement by WMATA that Metrorail service will be suspended for at least 24 hours beginning tomorrow for emergency safety investigations. "Metro's suspension of service during a weekday with minimal notice is simply unacceptable and untenable for the hundreds of thousands of federal employees t… Continue Reading


March 15, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Decision Not to Drill off of Atlantic Coast

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement applauding the decision by the Obama administration to withdraw its latest plans to drill for oil and natural gas off of the Atlantic Coast of the United States. "For years, I have strongly opposed plans to expand drilling operations off the Atlantic Coast. It is my hope that this decision finally puts to rest any and all misguided attempts to end… Continue Reading

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