Press Releases & Statements

July 08, 2015

Cardin, Thune Submit Business Income Tax Working Group Report to Finance Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee's Business Income Tax Working Group, today submitted the working group's report to the full committee. The report, developed with the input of the fourteen members of the working group, represents the culmination of a months-long examination of business tax issues in an effort to evaluate the challenges and opportunities posed by reforming America's business income tax system. Ear… Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Cardin Discusses Baltimore Revitalization with Local Non-profit and Foundation Leaders

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined leaders of local foundations and non-profit organizations at the headquarters of the Abell Foundation to discuss the challenges and opportunities in efforts to reinvigorate the city following the tragic aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. The conversation included groups like the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Goldseker Foundation, Bon Secours Community Works, Second Chance, Leaders of a Beautiful St… Continue Reading


July 06, 2015

Cardin Calls Court Ruling on TMDLs a Win for the Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that upholds a lower court ruling supporting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, which establishes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for how much pollution can enter the bay each year, covers all states of the watershed region and t… Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $200,000 for Baltimore City Brownfields Recovery

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) have announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a grant in the amount of $200,000 to the City of Baltimore to assess how best to convert as many as seven brownfields sites in East and West Baltimore into green-spaces. A site is considered a brownfield if its use is being hampered by real or perceived contamination. "Reclaiming brownfields is a forward looking way to improve public health … Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $21,165 In Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Hydraulic Rescue Tools For Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department in Calvert County has been awarded a $21,165 federal grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase hydraulic rescue tools for extricating victims from car accidents. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski f… Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $100,000 In Federal Funds To Increase Broadband Connectivity In Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) have announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County $100,000 for a project to expand public and private access to broadband. "Internet access is no longer a luxury item. Reliable broadband access is critically important to maximizing public safety, economic growth and educational opportunities for … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Cardin Statement on Administration Announcement of Plans to Open a U.S. Embassy in Havana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement to continue normalizing relations with Cuba and open embassies in Washington, DC, and Havana. "This announcement is another step forward in a common sense approach to Cuba. A U.S. Embassy in Havana will strengthen our ability to engage the Cuban people, advance our national interests, and advocate for fundamental freedoms. … Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Cardin Calls for Continued Opportunities for Small Businesses with the Release of SBA’s Annual Federal Procurement Scorecard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, praised the Obama Administration for its continued commitment to small business contracting. U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet recently unveiled the 2014 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard, which evaluates each federal agency on how well they meet agency-specific goals for small business prime and sub-contracting. This was the second straight … Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger And Sarbanes Announce $5 Million In Federal Funding To Support Job Training And Employment In Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $5 million to the City of Baltimore to support job training programs for youth and young adults. The grant will launch the One Baltimore for Jobs Initiative, which is focused on increasing access to key job sectors, reducing barriers to employment and trai… Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Cardin Statement on 5-4 Supreme Court Decision to Limit the Effectiveness of the Clean Air Act

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement upon the announcement of a narrowly divided Supreme Court decision in National Mining Association v. EPA that the Environmental Protection Agency had failed to reasonably account for the costs of instituting pollution limits when regulating power plants and other sources of toxic emissions. "Pollution doesn't stop at state borders. As such, Congres… Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on the Terrorist Attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia. "The deplorable acts of terror and violence that occurred today in three countries must be condemned in the strongest of terms. Our support for these victims, their families, and for France, Kuwait, and Tunisia will never waver. We as a nation cannot become complacent in the face of these inc… Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Cardin Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges Decision by the Supreme Court of the United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement: "The Supreme Court of the United States today reaffirmed that equality is an inherently American value that should not be denied or taken away from anyone. Love is love. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the 'equal protection of the laws' to all people, and also provides that one's liberty cannot be deprived without 'due process of law.' The Supreme Court correctly interpreted these two provisions to… Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Cardin Statement on Gov. Hogan’s Transportation Priorities Announcement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), released the following statement on Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's announcement regarding how the state will fund transportation priorities: "With the federal government as a strong financial partner, Maryland must be willing to make bold investments in our transportation infrastructure, in order to create jobs and out compete other states in the region. Governor Hogan's… Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on the Department of State 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department's release of the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: "The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, released today by the State Department, is an essential benchmark for assessing progress on human rights globally, and for holding governments accountable for human rights abuses. Often encountering severe r… Continue Reading


June 25, 2015

Cardin Statement on King v. Burwell Decision by the Supreme Court of the United States

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, released the following statement on the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell: "The millions of Americans who finally can afford their health coverage because they are receiving federal help with their premiums can exhale at last. The Supreme Court has recognized rightly that Republican attempts to obstruct the Affordable Care Act by failing to set up state-run exchanges did no… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Three Cardin Bills Approved By Senate Finance Committee Support Patients and Improve Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, thanked his colleagues on the Senate Finance Committee for their bipartisan work Wednesday to advance three bills he has introduced to better protect seniors. The bills are designed to prevent patients from receiving unexpected bills for post-acute care in a skilled nursing facility; improve access to emergency psychiatric care for individuals with severe mental illness; and provide home- a… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Cardin Votes Against Stand-Alone TPA Measure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Senate passage of stand-alone Trade Promotion Authority (TPA): "I believe in delegating trade promotion authority to the President - President Obama and his successors - but we cannot leave the protection of workers' rights to hope and chance when we are negotiating these international agreements. We do not g… Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Cardin Welcomes Committee Passage of Bipartisan, Six-Year Transportation Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today welcomed the committee's passage of a comprehensive, bipartisan transportation bill that provides approximately $275 billion for transportation infrastructure projects over the next six years. While acknowledging that much work remains in order for the measure to gain its final passage, Senator Cardin pointed to the bill's overall incre… Continue Reading


June 23, 2015

Senators Cardin and Cornyn Introduce Legislation Establishing an Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Senate Majority Whip introduced legislation today establishing an Interagency Hostage Recovery Coordinator, a newly established position designated to properly coordinate a unified government response to hostage situations and work to secure the release of all hostages held by terrorist groups. In addition to directing the federal government's response, t… Continue Reading


June 23, 2015

Cardin, Boozman & Tester Introduce Legislation Seeking to Improve Rural Drinking Water

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) have introduced the Water Supply Cost Savings Act, legislation that would provide cost-effective solutions to improve access to high quality drinking water in rural communities. "Wherever you live, all Americans deserve access to safe and clean drinking water. Having modern and reliable water infrastructure protects public health, conserves natural resources, saves energy and creates jobs," said Cardi… Continue Reading

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