Press Releases & Statements

April 23, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce Nearly $90,000 for COVID-19 Public Health Research at University of Maryland, College Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced $89,240 in federal funding for the University of Maryland, College Park to conduct public health research related to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through the National Science Foundation (NSF). This project will use data on individuals' mobility and the spread of COVID-19 to help improve our ability to understand and respond to rapidly spreading pandemics. "Gathering r… Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cardin, Rubio & Velázquez Seek Information on SBA Data Breach

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, and House Committee on Small Business Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) today sent a letter to U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza seeking information on a recent data breach that exposed the personally identifiable information of nearly 8,000 individuals who applied for an Economic Injury… Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Bipartisan Colleagues Call for Relief for Local Broadcasters, Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) joined bipartisan colleagues in calling for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senators said in part, "Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all corners of the United States. In many … Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Maryland Delegation Calls on Trump Administration to Increase Federal Support for Firefighters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), today sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Gaynor urging him to waive all state and local cost-share requirements for federal firefighting assistance through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) and Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). Local firefighters are on the front lines i… Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Discusses Skyrocketing Demand for Unemployment Assistance with State Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON - Several members of the Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today discussed with Maryland Secretary of Labor Tiffany P. Robinson the unprecedented challenges to the state's unemployment insurance program. The conversation followed up on a letter the delegation sent last week to Secretary R… Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Cardin on Earth Day 2020: We Must Learn from the Coronavirus Pandemic

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following remarks on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2020. "In 1970, Earth Day was first celebrated when Senator Gaylord Nelson brought more than 20 million Americans together to mobilize in defense of our planet. In the half-century since, our nation has benefitted from a passionate environmental movement that has pushed lawmakers, businesses,… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on Trump Suspension of Immigration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to President Trump's Executive order to suspend immigration for 60 days. "Thanks to COVID-19, international travel has ground to a near halt, so it is unclear what practical value the president's new directive may have except from keeping family members apart during a most historic, global crisis. Since taking office, when all else seems to hav… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Cardin Statement on Passage of the Interim COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, today issued a statement after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation to provide comprehensive funding for small businesses, new assistance for health providers, and resources to provide additional testing, surveillance, and contact tracing of the COVID-19 virus. The interim COVID-19 supplemental, which was agreed to… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Urge Trump, GM to Reopen White Marsh Plant to Manufacture Ventilators, Reduce National Shortage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Jamie Raskin, David Trone, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) sent letters to President Trump and General Motors (GM) Chairman and CEO Mary Barra urging them to reopen the GM plant in White Marsh, Maryland. In their letter, the Members stress that the plant should be reopened to help fulfill GM's recent contract to produce thousands of ventilators under the Defense… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Urge State, Retailers to Ensure SNAP Recipients Can Access Grocery Delivery and Pick-up Services in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland congressional delegation including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Jamie Raskin, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.) wrote a letter to Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Lourdes R. Padilla and the President of the Maryland Retailers Association (MRA) Cailey Locklair urging them to ensure Maryland Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNA… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Amidst Global Fight against COVID-19, Senators Urge Trump Administration against Upending U.S. Relationship with WHO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today joined a group of Democratic senators in urging the Trump Administration to reconsider its treatment of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the senators raised concerns about the consequences of further withdrawing the United States from multilateral cooperation to confront t… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces More Than $1.6 Million to Create Disaster Relief Jobs for Dislocated Workers in Maryland

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $1,665,000 in federal grants to help create temporary disaster relief jobs for laid off workers in Maryland. Funding comes through the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, an… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen, Ruppersberger, Pittman Announce $113 Million in Federal Funding to Re-Build Meade High

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, today announced a $113.7 million federal grant to modernize and construct new facilities at Meade High School. Anne Arundel County is contributing $28.5 million in matching grant funding for a total investment of $142.2 million. The federal funding, provided by the Department of Defense' Office of Economic Adjustment and award… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces more than $45 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Child Care Centers

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $45,821,890 in funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Securit… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Cardin, Van Hollen Press Congressional Leaders to Expand Health Care Coverage in Any Future Coronavirus Legislation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.), joined 36 of their Senate colleagues in pressing congressional leaders to make sure that any future coronavirus relief legislation includes strong measures to secure health care coverage for Americans in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In a letter, the Senators urged House and Senate leaders to take steps to ensure that those who have lost their employer-based benefits - and those who are uninsur… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Cardin Statement on the Five-Year Anniversary of the Death of Freddie Gray, Jr.

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray, Jr. "Five years after Freddie Gray's death and the ensuing unrest in Baltimore, we still have much work to do to heal our city. Despite the concerted efforts of so many to reverse the tide, daily violence continues. A critical lack of trust remains between our police and the communities they serve. Our education system remains short on resources and long on h… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces more than $2 Million for Ryan White HIV Program Response to COVID-19

WASHINGTON - The full Maryland congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Andy Harris, M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone, today announced $2,181,870 in funding to support individuals living with HIV/AIDS in Maryland through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The Coro… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Cardin, Finance Democrats Outline Priorities for Health Provider Pandemic Aid Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with 11 Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee today called on the Trump administration to distribute the remaining critical COVID-19 aid to health care providers in an equitable and transparent way. In the letter, sent to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the senators also noted the distribution of the first $30 billion dollars failed to deliver funds to where they… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Cardin, Colleagues Call for Investments to Address Mental Health Needs Resulting from COVID-19

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined 19 colleagues in a letter to Senate leadership to call for increased investments in mental and behavioral health in future COVID-19 relief legislation. Reports have shown Americans are experiencing negative effects on their mental health due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Senators highlighted the threat COVID-19 poses to several particularly vulnerable populations, including people in marginalized communities with limited resources, peo… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Maryland Delegation Members Urge Governor to Address Rapidly Spreading COVID-19 Outbreak at State Prisons

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie B. Raskin, Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, and David Trone (all D-Md.) today sent a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, urging him to take steps to address the outbreak of COVID-19 within the State's prisons. As the Members note, an outbreak within Maryland's prison system threatens not only those incarcerated, but also corrections employees and the surrounding comm… Continue Reading

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