Press Releases & Statements

February 25, 2016

Cardin Provides Comprehensive Response to National Crisis in Safe Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced a package of legislation that responds to the nationwide crisis of unsafe drinking water, crumbling infrastructure and inadequate water protection that has combined to poison residents of Flint, Mich., and communities throughout the country. "Americans have a right to expect that water coming from their taps is safe to drink. We can no longer delay needed upgra… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Cardin to Republican Senators: Stop Pandering, Do Your Job

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), urged Senate Republicans to abandon their unprecedented decision to ignore any nominee put forth by President Obama to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court. "I find it disgraceful that my Republican colleagues are vowing to obstruct a Supreme Court nomination before the nominee has even been named. The president doesn't stop… Continue Reading


February 25, 2016

Cardin Recognizes National Children’s Dental Health Month

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, spoke on the floor of the United States Senate Thursday recognizing February as National Children's Dental Health Month and the 9th anniversary of the death of Deamonte Driver. Senator Cardin has been a leading advocate for children's dental health care, authoring provisions that guaranteed children access to dental coverage first through the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and late… Continue Reading


February 24, 2016

Cardin Delivers Remarks on Ending Modern Slavery, Highlights Maintaining Integrity of Trafficking in Persons Reports

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in the February 24 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on ending modern slavery. His prepared opening statement follows. "Mr. Chairman, Thank you for calling this important hearing today. I share your commitment to put an end to all forms of modern slavery, which is one of the great challenges of our time. "Modern slavery involves crimes of forced labor, sexual ex… Continue Reading


February 24, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud President Obama’s Nomination of Enoch Pratt Library Director Dr. Carla Hayden to Serve as Next Librarian of Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded President Obama's nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress in Washington, D.C. Since 1993, Dr. Hayden has served as the Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. In October, Senators Cardin and Mikulski wrote to President Obama in support of her nomination. A copy of that letter is available here. "For more than two decades, Dr. Carla Hayden has overseen on… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Statement on GTMO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement supporting President Obama's commitment to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. "As Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is evident that we need to do more to counter ISIL's messaging and finally closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay will deny terrorist organizations a powerful recruiting and propaga… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Maryland Delegation In Requesting Major Disaster Declaration For State Of Maryland Following Severe Snowstorm

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, Andy Harris and John Delaney today in a letter to President Obama expressed their strong support for Governor Larry Hogan's request for a federal Disaster Declaration for Maryland being impacted by severe winter weather. "We are writing to express our shared support fo… Continue Reading


February 23, 2016

Cardin Remarks At Review Of The FY 2017 State Department Budget Request

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed his general support for the Fiscal Year 2017 State Department budget request during the February 23 hearing. He noted with concern the insufficient allocation towards good governance and democracy programs, and the continued trend of reliance on Overseas Contingency Operations funds instead of well-balanced baseline funding levels. Senator Cardin's remarks as delivered can be foun… Continue Reading


February 22, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Agreement On Terms For Cessation Of Hostilities In Syria, Also Calls For Accountability

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the cessation of hostilities in Syria: "I welcome the agreement on terms for a cessation of hostilities in Syria that were concluded today," said Senator Cardin. "It is past time for full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which calls for an end to aerial bombardments and immediate, unfettered humanitarian access to besieged area… Continue Reading


February 19, 2016

Cardin Welcomes Commemoration of the End of Slavery in Romania

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued the following statement regarding the 160th anniversary of the emancipation of Roma slaves in Romanian. ‎ "On February 20, the Romanian Government will unveil a plaque at the Monastery of Tismana commemorating the end of … Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Renews Calls for Release of Venezuelan Opposition Leader Leopoldo López

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the 2nd anniversary of the detention of Leopoldo López. "Today marks two long and unacceptable years since Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was unju… Continue Reading


February 18, 2016

Cardin Says President Obama’s Trip To Cuba Represents Great Opportunity For The People Of Cuba And The U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the president's announced trip to Cuba. "President Obama's travel to Havana will demonstrate that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests, the interests of the American people, and our support for Cuba's citizens and their fundamental freedoms. As the first U.S. president in ninety years to touch down in Cuba, Presid… Continue Reading


February 17, 2016

Cardin Statement on the Death of Associate Justice Scalia

Maputo, Mozambique- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the death of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "I join the Nation in offering my heartfelt condolences to the Scalia and Supreme Court families, who have lost one of their own today. For more than three decades, Justice Antonin Scalia devoted himself to the rule of law and public service at the highest levels. Whethe… Continue Reading


February 16, 2016

Cardin Calls Direct Flights to Cuba a Milestone, Urges Progress on Improving Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the agreement reached between the United States and Cuba to allow for the scheduling of direct flights between the two nations. "The renewal of direct flights marks yet another milestone in the restoration of the US-Cuba relationship. As people-to-people contacts increase, the United States will be in a better position to advance our national interests, en… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Lauds Confirmation of Seven Key Nominees, Urges Senate to Finish the Job

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the confirmation of seven nominees by the Senate on Friday, February 12th. The nominees confirmed were: Sunil Sabharwal to be U.S. Alternative Executive Director of the IMF, Azita Raji, of California, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, Brian Egan to be Legal Adviser of the Department of State, Samuel D. Heins, of Minnesota, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, John L. Es… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

U.S. Senators Introduce Bipartisan Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced the Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act of 2016. Co-sponsored by 13 other Senators, this bipartisan legislation ensures that the U.S. government works in a coordinated manner using its full range of tools, including diplomatic, political, financial, and intelligence capabilities, to provide early warnings about at-risk communities and states in ord… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on UN Report Documenting Assad Regime War Crimes in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of the United Nations Human Rights Council Report on the killing of detainees in Syria: "Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention in the Syrian Arab Republic" on February 3, 2016. "The February 3 UN Human Rights Council's report confirms what we all already know, in stark detail: the Assad regime is guilty of war crimes and c… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds for Wetland Protection in Important Southern Maryland Habitat

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbra A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has awarded $750,000 in funding under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to permanently protect approximately 140 acres of land in the Popes Creek region of Charles County, Md. The land includes 9 acres of estuarine emergent wetlands, 66 acres of forested uplands that buffer a seasonal stream/d… Continue Reading


February 12, 2016

Cardin Statement on Black History Month 2016

The immeasurable role African Americans have had in making the United States the strong nation it is today cannot be fully recognized in one short month. However, one fact remains clear: Black history is American history. This February, we highlight the titans of African-American history: Marylanders Harriet Tubman and Thurgood Marshall, icons including Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Dorothy Height, and contemporary heroes like John Lewis and Mae Jemison. We also celebrate the countless men and … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Cardin Bill Would More Than Triple Funds Available to States for Fixing Crumbling and Polluted Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Building on legislation he introduced in previous sessions of Congress, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced new legislation (S. 2532) to dramatically increase the authorization levels for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRFs). Together, these funds serve as the primary source of federal funding for all states to maintain, repair and replace their aging … Continue Reading

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