Press Releases & Statements

October 02, 2015

Senate Unanimously Approves Cardin Legislation Streamlining Access to Emergency Mental Health Services

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, lauded Senate passage of legislation he authored to extend the duration of a demonstration program that allows individuals with severe mental illnesses to receive the help they need instead of becoming stuck in the revolving door of emergency room visits, relapses, jail, homelessness, and death. The Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act of 2015 (S.599) extends the current three-y… Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Shooting at Umpqua Community College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement: "Once again, our nation has been shaken by a mass shooting of innocents who were simply going about their daily routines. My prayers are with the victims, their families, Umpqua Community College and the people of Oregon. The depravity that could motivate someone to carry out this type of savage attack seemingly is unfathomable, yet we've witnessed this type of behavior all too often across the country. After seei… Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Cardin Declares Missed Opportunity on Ozone Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today called the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that it would set the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone at 70 parts per billion (PPB) "a missed opportunity" to protect the lives of millions. "While this announcement is clearly a step in the right direction, it is unfortunately a missed opportunity for the EPA to do more to protect the health… Continue Reading


October 01, 2015

Cardin Introduces Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), introduced the Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015, legislation that builds upon the bipartisan commitment to oversight outlined in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 that passed the U.S. Senate 98 to… Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Congratulate Eight Maryland Schools Receiving Blue Ribbon Awards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today congratulated eight schools across Maryland that were designated by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan with a National Blue Ribbon Award. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The schools include: Cardinal Hickey … Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Over $240,000 in Funding to Help Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (Both D-Md.) today joined Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald to announce $240,884 in renewal funding offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program to Way Station, Inc. in Frederick County to help address the needs of the chronically mentally ill homeless Veteran population. "In the richest state in the richest country in the world, it is simply unacceptable that anyone, especia… Continue Reading


September 29, 2015

Cardin Urges Oil Companies, Investors, Regulators to Note Magnitude of Losses in Shell’s Arctic Failures

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and senior member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, today called on oil companies and prospective investors to take close account of the billions of dollars in losses anticipated by Royal Dutch Shell upon announcing that it planned to end exploration in Alaska's Chukchi Sea. Shell indicates that it has spent at least $7 billion so far on the search and is liable for at least $1 billion in futur… Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Senators to Obama: Just Say No to Arctic Oil Drilling

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Al Franken (D-MN), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Gary Peters (D-MI), today sent a letter urging the Obama Administration not to approve oil drilling off the coast of Alaska. Just two months after the Administration allowed Shell to drill two exploratory wells in Alaska's … Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Cardin Statement on Meeting with President Xi Jinping

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement following his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and senate leaders. "The visit by President Xi serves as an important opportunity to continue and build a positive and cooperative relationship between our two nations. While we must expand upon areas of mutual interest, China must demonstrate through concrete actions its commitments to pursuing ongoing refo… Continue Reading


September 25, 2015

Cardin and Team MD Send Letter Calling on U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Immediately Restore Rental Assistance for Families in Howard County and Baltimore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today led a delegation including Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) in sending a letter to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julian Castro calling on the agency to immediately restore housing rental assistance for families in Howard and Baltimore Counties, particularly Columbia, as well as the City of Baltimore under the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program. T… Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings Announce More Than $1 Million In Federal Funds To Help Cover Costs Of Baltimore Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) today announced that $1,011,443 in federal grant funding has been awarded to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) to help defray increased police overtime costs surrounding the civil unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. Federal funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (BJAG) program. … Continue Reading


September 24, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Visit of Pope Francis to the United States and Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the visit of Pope Francis to the United States and his address to Congress. "Pope Francis' visit to the United States has stirred millions of Catholics and non-Catholics through his presence and messages of humility, generosity, and service. These are universal values with extra meaning when delivered by Pope Francis who embodies genuine warmth, stea… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Nearly $1.2 Million to Reduce Recidivism, Drug Addiction In Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Prince George's County has been awarded a $1,199,565 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment for the Prince George's County Offender Reentry Program (PGCORP). PGCORP is a program that aims to ensure recovery and prevent recidivism by assisting citizens reentering society through expanded and enhanced services. "There isn't a single mem… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

I rise today in strong opposition to H.R. 36, an unconstitutional attempt to impose a nationwide ban on abortions when the "post-fertilization age" of the fetus is determined to 20 weeks or greater with extremely limited exceptions. More than 40 years ago, in its landmark Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court made clear that women in this country have a constitutional right to abortion services and that no legislature may ban abortion prior to viability - which is exactly what H.R. 36 atte… Continue Reading


September 22, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $110,000 To Expand Health Career Training Programs At Garrett College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $110,000 federal grant to Garrett College to expand health career training programs at the Career Technology Training Center in Accident. "By training Garrett College Students to address the needs of the county's aging population, ARC is investing in the medical and economic future of the county,"… Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Cardin Applauds Maryland’s Strong Showing on White House 2015 HBCU All-Stars List

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today applauded the strong representation of Maryland students and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) among the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities 2015 HBCU All-Stars. Eighty-three undergraduate, graduate and professional students were recognized based on their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement. With 10 students from the state or attending a Maryland HBCU, Maryland was the … Continue Reading


September 21, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce Nearly $1.3 Million In Federal Funds To Grow Critical Water And Wastewater Infrastructure In Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County has been awarded nearly $1.3 million in federal grant funding to upgrade critical wastewater infrastructure serving businesses in Western Maryland and support continued job growth in the region. This federal funding is made available through the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) g… Continue Reading


September 18, 2015

Bipartisan Leadership Of Senate Foreign Relations And Senate Armed Services Committees Welcome Japan’s Passage Of Collective Self-Defense Legislation

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees today welcomed the Japanese parliament's passage of legislation that will permit Japan to engage in collective self-defense, including coming to the aid of an ally. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Foreign Relations Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), and Armed Services Ranking Member Jack Reed (D-R.I.… Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Judiciary Committee’s Approval Of Nominee Paula Xinis For Maryland District Court Seat

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to approve Paula Xinis to fill the vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, located in Greenbelt. Senators Mikulski and Cardin recommended Ms. Xinis to President Obama for this position on the federal bench. The nomination of Ms. Xinis, who is currently a partner at the Baltimore firm Murphy Falcon & Murphy, now moves to the… Continue Reading


September 17, 2015

Cardin Pushes to Keep Federal Workers on the Job Despite Threats of a Shutdown

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.), have introduced legislation that would end Republican plans to use federal workers as pawns in their effort to shut down the federal government as a means to defund the importa… Continue Reading

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