Press Releases & Statements

August 14, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Trone Press Army for Answers on Shutdown at Frederick Research Lab, Lack of Notification

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, along with Senator Chris Van Hollen and Representative David Trone (All D-Md.) are demanding answers from the U.S. Army about the recent cease and desist order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Fort Detrick, Md. The lawmakers have requested detailed information about USAMRIID's specific deficiencies and how long the Army has been aware of them. The A… Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Cummings Announce $150,000 for Morgan State University

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) have announced $150,000 in federal funding for Morgan State University. The funding will create a one-year pilot program that will help increase students' proficiency and success in programming skills with the goal to retain them as computer science majors. It is a part of a continued focus on STEM education in Maryland and across the country, and it was awarded through the National Science … Continue Reading


August 14, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce $1.1 Million to Boost STEM Education at University of Maryland, College Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) have announced $1,115,270 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park. The funding, awarded through the National Science Foundation (NSF), will allow the University to study how educational simulations can help undergraduate students understand and engage with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. The project aims to enhance the career awareness and skills o… Continue Reading


August 12, 2019

Cardin Condemns the Administration’s Proposal to Weaken the Endangered Species Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement condemning the Department of Interior's proposal to weaken key provisions of the Endangered Species Act, announced today. "The new regulations finalized today that weaken vital sections of the Endangered Species Act serve as yet another example of the Trump Administration ignoring the interests of Marylanders. In the Fish and Wildlife Service's most recen… Continue Reading


August 11, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $2.8 Million for Coastal Management Program in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $2.8 million in federal funding to help administer Maryland's federally approved coastal management program. This funding was provided through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Coastal Zone Management Program to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This investment will create jobs and provide continued assistance on everything from coastal hazards and recurrent flo… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce $23.8 Million in 2019 Preparedness Funding for Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) hailed the recent award of more than $23.8 million in fiscal year 2019 federal preparedness grants for Maryland. Preparedness grants are allocated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to state, local, tribal and territorial governments as well as non-government entities. Rather than reacting to a specific disaster, they support citizens and first responders in preparing… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Trone, Van Hollen Announce More Than $100,000 in New USDA Investments in Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen along with Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $105,775 in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for two projects in Allegany County. Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland, MD, received more than $61,000 in federal funding in order to expand rural learning programs that provide educational instruction and job training for adult students. Allegany College will use the funding for technology upgrades in three classro… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $130,000 in USDA Rural Business Development Grants for the Eastern Shore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) announced the recent award of nearly $130,000 in federal funds for jurisdictions on Maryland's Eastern Shore through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant (RDBG) Program. Grants are as follows: $30,000 to Kent County for the development of job training programs to equip adult students with marketable fiber optics and cyber security skills. The County will contribute an additional $17,… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Announce Nearly $500,000 for Eastern Shore Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) today announced more than $488,000 in federal funds for two airports on Maryland's Eastern Shore through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Both grants fund phases of tree obstruction removal projects. Ocean City Municipal Airport (OXB) will receive more than $173,500 to acquire land for that purpose, while Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport (CGE) will receive more than $315… Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, and Raskin Announce $2.7 Million for UMD/NIST Center for Neutron Research

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) have announced $2.7 million in federal funding for the University of Maryland (UMD) / National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) Joint Program for the Advancement of Neutron Scattering. This program brings together researchers and scientists from UMD and NCNR in order to operate and develop neutron scattering instrumentation and techniques, as well … Continue Reading


August 08, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Sarbanes Announce Nearly $10 Million for BWI Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representative John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced $9.94 million in federal funds for the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These funds will be used to reconstruct a portion of Taxiway Z which has reached the end of its useful life. "BWI is a huge asset to our state and our nation. So much of our region's… Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer, Brown, and Raskin Announce $296,041 for Partnership to Train STEM Educators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Steny Hoyer, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $296,041 in funding for a collaborative project between the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park, Montgomery College, and Prince George's Community College from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The joint project aims to encourage students to consider a career as a STEM teacher, increase awareness of STEM teach… Continue Reading


August 07, 2019

Cardin, Van Hollen Join Letter to EPA: Reverse Course and Ban Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos Now

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined Senate colleagues in calling on EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to ban chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children and known to cause serious harm to human health. The letter comes in response to a recent EPA decision to reject a petition to ban chlorpyrifos. Several states and public health groups petitioned for the removal of the chemical from the marketplace, but the EPA announced on July 18… Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Cardin Statement on the 54th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement in commemoration of the 54th anniversary of Lyndon B. Johnson signing Voting Rights Act of 1965. "Fifty four years ago, Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) into law. This landmark legislation is one of the crowning achievements of the Civil Rights Movement and for our American democracy, outlawing the discriminatory barriers to the polls and holding states accountable for the obstacles imposed on citi… Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Cardin Calls for Inclusion of Bipartisan Iran Amendment in Final NDAA to Stop Unconstitutional War

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a co-author of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, along with a bipartisan, bicameral group of 28 lawmakers called on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include a bipartisan amendment to prohibit unconstitutional war with Iran in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many of the signers of today's letter are members of key House and Senate defense and forei… Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.1 Million for Canton Railroad Company

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $1.1 million in federal funding for the Canton Railroad Company from the Department of Transportation (DOT). These funds will go towards the Canton Railroad Company's Switch Replacement Project which will benefit the surrounding communities by bringing about safer and more reliable freight rail service. The… Continue Reading


August 02, 2019

Baltimore Congressional Delegation Announces $1.9 Million for Community College of Baltimore County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) issued the following statement announcing $1.9 million in federal funding for Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) from the U.S. Department of Labor's Scaling Apprenticeship Through Sector-Based Strategies grant program. This funding will go towards the training of CCBC students in healthcare-related apprenticeship programs in conjunction w… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin Urges Governor to Fulfill Commitment to Include Bike and Pedestrian Lanes on New Bridge over Potomac River

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), today urged Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to honor the state's original commitment to include a protected lane for bicycle and foot traffic when rebuilding the Gov. Harry W. Nice/Senator Thomas "Mac" Middleton Bridge, which provides an important Potomac River crossing in Charles County. In a letter sent to Gov. Hogan today, Senator Cardin applauds the state's planned inve… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin Hails Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded passage of the two-year Bipartisan Budget Agreement as a reasonable agreement that brings much-needed predictability to our economy. Cardin's floor speech on the budget, delivered after the 67-28 vote, can be seen at this link. The text is below. "First, I want to compliment the leadership on being able to come together on a budget agreement. This was a good day for the United States Senate, a good day for Congress, and a good day for the Ame… Continue Reading


August 01, 2019

Cardin, Civil Rights Leadership Groups Call for Passage of the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act, Legislation to End Profiling By Law Enforcement Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) hosted key civil rights organizations Wednesday for a briefing on the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2019 (S. 2355). Cardin also introduced legislation that would ban discriminatory profiling by federal, state and local law enforcement nationwide. The bill is designed to promote best practices in community-based law enforcement with the goal of strengthening enforcement of the constitutional right to equal protection under the law. In addit… Continue Reading

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