Press Releases & Statements

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


October 09, 2015

Cardin Announces Much-Needed Federal Funds to Aid Survivors of Torture in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced that The Tahirih Justice Center in Baltimore has been awarded a $247,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement to fund the Empowering Survivors of Torture (EST) program. The EST program is a collaborative effort that seeks to provide holistic, trauma-informed, and culturally and linguistically appropriate services to survivors … Continue Reading


October 09, 2015

Cardin Introduces Legislation to Encourage Police Departments to Improve Training and Standards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today introduced the Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act (LETIA), S. 2168. The legislation takes a comprehensive approach to addressing the issue of police accountability and building trust between police departments and their communities. This legislation also provides incentives for local police organizations to voluntarily adopt performance-based standards to ensure that incidents of misconduct will be reduced through appropriate management, tr… Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Electrify Africa Bill Passes Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised committee passage of the Electrify Africa Act of 2015 (S.2152), which was also cosponsored by Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). With nearly 600 million Africans without electricity, this legislation will leverage private sector resources thr… Continue Reading


October 08, 2015

Cardin, Democratic Colleagues Outline Gun Violence Prevention Principles

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) joined Senate Democrats Thursday in unveiling a set of principles to prevent gun violence and launching a major effort to ramp up public pressure on Congress to pass new laws to stop gun violence. "Today, I stood with Senate Democrats and called for Congress to finally take commonsense measures to end the plague of gun violence in America. The legislative principles we unveiled strengthen current background checks, close dangerous loopholes, and h… Continue Reading


October 07, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine In Praise Committee Passage Of New Legislation To Improve Metro Safety

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski ( both D-Md.) today announced new legislation (S. 2093) with Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), that would improve safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has been passed today by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs (HSGAC). The legislation, which was introduced on September 29, would alter the way members of the Metro Board of Directors are appointed. "It's t… Continue Reading


October 07, 2015

Cardin Lauds Federal Funding to Maryland Universities to Prevent Spread of Dangerous Diseases

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded the announcement that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has selected two academic institutions in Maryland to become Prevention Epicenters. Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland are two of six institutions receiving a combined $11 million to identify possible new and improved ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola in health care facilities. The goal is to help doctors and nurses better protect the hea… Continue Reading


October 05, 2015

Cardin Statement on Casualties in Kunduz

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the tragic bombing this Saturday in Kunduz, Afghanistan. "I extend my deepest condolences to the individuals and families of those killed or injured in Saturday's tragic bombing of the Doctors without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Doctors without Borders is an unparalleled organization, working in the most dangerous and difficult war zones a… Continue Reading


October 05, 2015

Cardin Calls on Mikulski and Appropriations Committee Leadership for Immediate, Emergency Funding to Increase U.S. Humanitarian Support for Syria, Capacity for Refugee Admissions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today, with fellow committee members Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), along with 18 other senators called on U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Vice Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), as well as U.S. Senate Foreign Relations State, Foreign Operations, and Related Prog… Continue Reading


October 05, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Applaud NOAA’s Announcement to Designate Mallows Bay as a National Marine Sanctuary

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.), today applauded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) announcement of its intent to designate Mallows Bay-Potomac River as a National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA is asking for the public's input on protecting Mallows Bay, a 14-square mile area of the tidal Potomac River adjacent to Charles County, which includes threatened shipwrecks of national significance that … Continue Reading

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