Press Releases & Statements

August 13, 2015

Senators Express Concern in Letter to Secretary Kerry Regarding Treatment of Dominican-born Individuals of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), wrote Secretary of State John Kerry today regarding the treatment of Dominican-born individuals of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. In their letter, the Senators write: "As you know, in 2013, the Dominican Republic's C… Continue Reading


August 13, 2015

Cardin Statement On Leyla and Arif Yunus

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following in response to today's sentencing of civil society activists in Azerbaijan. Senator Cardin has been an outspoken critic of the Azerbaijani government's crackdown on civil society. Most recently, he called on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev to halt human rights abuses, respect the freedom of the press, and allow the reopening of Radio Free Europe. "I am deeply distur… Continue Reading


August 12, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce More Than $4.1 Million In Federal Grant Funding To Improve Infrastructure And Efficiency At The Frederick Municipal Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the City of Frederick has been awarded a $4,137,300 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the removal of obstructions at the Frederick Municipal Airport. "The smooth functioning of operations at Frederick Municipal Airport is critically important to travel and commerce in Western Maryland and … Continue Reading


August 11, 2015

Senators Urge President Obama to Raise Human Rights Concerns during upcoming September Visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Senators Pat Leahy (D-VT), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and John Cornyn (R-TX) wrote President Obama ahead of his September visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the United States. In the lette… Continue Reading


August 06, 2015

50th Anniversary Of Voting Rights Act

Mr. President, I rise today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which we will celebrate today, August 6. I want to spend a few minutes talking about Freedom Summer, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the civil rights challenges we still face today, and how Senators can work together to make this a more perfect union and guarantee equal justice under the law to all Americans, as promised by our Constitution. On January 23, 1… Continue Reading


August 06, 2015

Combatting Human Trafficking

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss one of the great moral challenges of our time - human trafficking. The term human trafficking involves crimes of forced labor, sexual exploitation, debt bondage, forced marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children. Trafficking in persons destroys people and corrodes communities. It distorts labor markets and undermines stability and the rule of law. It is fueled by greed, violence, and corruption. There are at least 21 million vi… Continue Reading


August 05, 2015

Cardin, Boozman Call for Wall of Remembrance to be Added to Korean War Memorial on National Mall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) today have introduced legislation that would authorize a Wall of Remembrance to be added to the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This addition to the current memorial, to be built without the use of public funds, would recognize individual members of the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives in theater during the Korean War, as well as the number of service members who were wounded in ac… Continue Reading


August 05, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Amendments To Cybersecurity Bill To Improve Security Of Federal Cyber Systems And Expand Protections For Federal Employees Affected By OPM Data Breaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that they have introduced two amendments to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) to improve the security of federal cyber systems and expand protections for federal employees affected by recent data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). CISA is currently being debated on the Senate floor. Without these amendments, CISA does not do enough to protect federal employees whose data h… Continue Reading


August 05, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $75,000 to Connect Lower Shore Farmers, Watermen and Employees of Small Businesses with Health Benefits Counseling

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Worcester County Health Department has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund a Rural Benefits Counseling Program on the lower Eastern Shore. The program will enhance an existing connector program by launching a targeted public awareness and enrollment campaign directed at the sometimes hard-to-reach population of farmers, watermen and indi… Continue Reading


August 04, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Celebrate New Horizons Pluto Flyby

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), along with a bipartisan group of Senators, today announced a Congressional resolution congratulating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Maryland, the Southwest Research Institute in Colorado, and all other academic and private sector partners of the New Horizons mission on the successful Pluto flyby of the New Horizons probe. The hist… Continue Reading


August 04, 2015

Cardin Reintroduces Electrify Africa Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today reintroduced the bipartisan Electrify Africa Act with Senator Bob Corker, SFRC Chairman. With nearly 600 million Africans without electricity, this legislation, originally offered in the 113th Congress, will leverage public and private sector resources to extend electricity access throughout Africa, to help 50 million Africans with first-time access to electricity and to add 20,00… Continue Reading


August 04, 2015

Cardin Decries Partisan Attacks on Women’s Health Care, Reproductive Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, released the following statement after he voted against filing cloture on S.1881, "a bill to prohibit federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America." "Let's be clear- this latest partisan attack on women's health care and reproductive rights is not about federal funding for abortions. Today's attempt to defund Planned Parenthood is another example of Republicans' willingness score… Continue Reading


August 03, 2015

Cardin Calls Clean Power Plan a Balanced Plan to Grow America’s Economy and Protect Public Health

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today issued the following statement on the final Clean Power Plan announced by the White House and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). "Strong-but-flexible-and-fair carbon pollution standards for power plants are needed and welcome news for America's global economic competitiveness, public health and clean energy future. This is a commonsense, state-driven approach to r… Continue Reading


July 31, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Edwards Announce More Than $3.6 Million In Federal Funding To Hire 24 Firefighters In Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer and Donna F. Edwards (all D-Md.) today announced that the Prince George's County Fire Department will receive $3,620,808 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 24 full time firefighter positions for two years including training and full benefits. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate … Continue Reading


July 31, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $166,667 In Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Baltimore County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Jacksonville Volunteer Fire Company (JVFC) has been awarded $166,667 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase a new brush truck. As the Vice-Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the Fi… Continue Reading


July 31, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce $278,736 In Federal Funds To Recruit Firefighters In Montgomery County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.), today announced that the Gaithersburg - Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department (GWGVFD) will receive $278,736 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding… Continue Reading


July 31, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $1.9 Million in Federal Funding to Boost Safety, Efficiency at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that St. Mary's County has been awarded a $ 1,961,267 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to fund phase II of the 1,200 foot extension of Runway 11/29 at the St. Mary's County Regional Airport, a base of operation for the Maryland Department of State Police Aviation Division and MedSTAR (Medical Shock Trauma Acute Resuscitation). "Investing in sa… Continue Reading


July 31, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $350,000 in Federal Funding For Easton Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the County Council of Talbot County has been awarded a $350,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to study the environmental impacts of the proposed Runway 04/22 extension and tree obstruction removal projects at Easton/Newman Field Airport. "The Easton Airport is an important gateway to commerce and travel on the Eastern Shore," said Sen… Continue Reading


July 31, 2015

Cardin Applauds 50th Anniversary of Medicare with Baltimore Seniors

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, today joined AARP Maryland, Baltimore City officials and local seniors at the Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging for a rally to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare. Senator Cardin, joined by AARP Maryland state director Hank Greenberg and Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen, hailed the transformative program that has touched the lives of millions of older American… Continue Reading


July 31, 2015

Cardin Supports CECIL Animal Trophies Act to Disincentivize Trophy Killings

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has become an original cosponsor of the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act to curb the sport killing of species that are proposed to be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The CECIL Act was introduced by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and cosponsored by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (Ct… Continue Reading

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