Press Releases & Statements

April 20, 2016

Cardin: Few Are People More Deserving of Being Featured on the Redesigned $20 Bill than Marylander Harriet Tubman

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the legislation that created the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, issued the following statement on the Treasury Department's decision to include Harriet Tubman on the front of the new $20 bill. "I can think of few people more deserving to be featured on the redesigned $20 bill than Harriet Tubman. A Marylander from the Eastern Shore, a conductor on the Underground Railroad with a 100 percent success rate, a … Continue Reading

April 20, 2016

Senate Democrats Introduce “True LEADership Act” to Remove Lead from Pipes and Invest More in America’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today introduced the Testing, Removal and Updated Evaluations of Lead Everywhere in America for Dramatic Enhancements that Restore Safety to Homes, Infrastructure and Pipes Act of 2016, or True LEADership Act (S.2821), a comprehensive plan that recommits the federal government to a critical role in water infrastructure investment, lead remediation and the strong drinking water protections provided by the Environmental Protect… Continue Reading

April 20, 2016

Cardin Marks One Year since the Death of Freddie Gray

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the BALTIMORE ACT, The Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act and the End Racial Profiling Act, issued the following recognizing the first anniversary of the death of Freddie Gray. "The death of Freddie Gray was a national tragedy deserving of a national conversation. A year after the death of Freddie Gray, the glare of television cameras covering the ensuing unrest has faded in Baltimore but the hurt and the continuing effort to heal … Continue Reading

April 19, 2016

Cardin Mourns Loss of Life, Welcomes U.S. Assistance in Japan Dual-Earthquakes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after a pair of major earthquakes struck the southern region of Kyushu in Japan late last week: "The people of Japan's Kyushu region have experienced tragic loss and great hardship over the past few days after a series of earthquakes left dozens dead and thousands of people injured or impacted, and I offer them my deepest condolences. I am pleased the United States i… Continue Reading

April 19, 2016

Cardin Statement on Senate Passage of FAA Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following after the Senate voted to approve legislation to fund the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "For our economy and for the American people, investing in our country's physical infrastructure is one of the most important things that we can do beyond ensuring the safety and security of our nation. The bipartisan reautho… Continue Reading

April 19, 2016

Sean Bartlett Joins SFRC Democratic Staff As Communications Director

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, announced that Sean Bartlett has joined the Democratic staff for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Communications Director. In this role, he will serve as senior press advisor to the senator on all aspects of foreign affairs. "Sean has a strong background in communications and we are fortunate to have him join our staff. The United States must continue to take a leading role on many … Continue Reading

April 18, 2016

Cardin Offers Condolences to Ecuadoran People Following Earthquake

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after a major earthquake struck Ecuador on Saturday: "It is with a heavy heart that I join the international community in expressing my condolences to the families of the more than 350 victims who lost their lives as a result of the earthquake that struck Ecuador," said Cardin. "I commend the resiliency of the Ecuadorian people, as well as the remarkable ef… Continue Reading

April 14, 2016

Cardin Highlights State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices as an Important Tool for Holding Human Rights Violators Accountable

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 on April 13 by the State Department, are critical for assessing progress on human rights globally, and for holding governments accountable for their human rights abuses," said Senator Cardin. "I am de… Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine Convene Metro Oversight Meeting To Address Ongoing Safety Concerns

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-Va.) today convened an oversight meeting on safety of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) system with Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld. Senator Mikulski last month called for the meeting in light of Metro's shut down of its entire rail transit system over safety concerns following a fire at tracks outside the McPherson Square station. "Metro riders have… Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Cardin Deepens Appreciation for Oyster Culture with Maryland Shellfish Growers

CALVERT COUNTY, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, recently met with oyster farmers and toured Morgan State University's innovative Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL), where a reinvigorated oyster hatchery could help fuel the expansion of Maryland's promising oyster aquaculture industry. "Maryland's oyster aquaculture industry holds great promise for providing delicious oysters, good job… Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Cardin “Why Nine?” Roundtable at University of Baltimore School of Law Spotlights Importance of Fully Functioning U.S. Supreme Court

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently hosted a panel that brought together University of Baltimore School of Law students and faculty with public interest law organizations in a discussion on the importance of a fully functional Supreme Court and the responsibilities of the Senate and president in regards to the court's operations. "The consideration of Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland is not a matter for the next president and the next Congress - it is a matter … Continue Reading

April 13, 2016

Cardin Convenes Stakeholders from All Parts of Maryland for Strategy Session on Epidemic of Heroin and Opioid Addiction

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, and Congressman John Sarbanes (Md.-03) recently gathered Maryland community leaders, medical professionals, social workers, law enforcement and members of the non-profit community for a strategy session on combating the national epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction. About 100 participants gathered at the Anne Arundel County Medical center to exchange ideas on how to reverse the uptick in… Continue Reading

April 07, 2016

Cardin Highlights National Organizations Calling for Increased Funding to Support America’s Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today noted that more than three dozen national organizations from across the political spectrum were calling for increased investment in America's water infrastructure. "People rarely think about how important water infrastructure is to our public health, our economy or simply to quench our thirst. But incidents like the recent crisis in Flint underscore the dangers that can … Continue Reading

April 06, 2016

Cardin, Mikulski Urge Passage Of Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Dean of the Senate women and a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today at the U.S. Capitol renewed their call urging Congress to take up and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation introduced by Senator Mikulski, which will help close the wage gap between women and men working equivalent jobs, costing women and thei… Continue Reading

April 06, 2016

Cardin Reviewing Final Fiduciary Rule for Workability, Enhanced Saving Opportunities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and a longtime, vocal advocate for increasing retirement security for all Americans, issued the following remarks in response to the U.S. Department of Labor final fiduciary rule. "A best interest standard is key to ensuring Americans receive financial advice they can trust and to combatting truly abusive behaviors in our financial system. As I have said throughout this rulemaking process, it is critical … Continue Reading

April 05, 2016

Cardin, Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake Spotlight Importance of Safe, Lead-free Drinking Water

BALTIMORE - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Rudolph Chow today toured the Ashburton Water Filtration Plant and discussed the many ways that elected officials at all levels are working to ensure that all Marylanders have access to safe, lead-free drinking water. "Americans have a right to expect that water coming from their taps is safe to drink. We can no longer delay needed upgrades t… Continue Reading

April 04, 2016

A Special Opening Day: Cardin Holds Ceremonial Opening of New Collaboration by Maryland Brewers, Oyster Farmers

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today visited the Mt. Vernon Marketplace for a ceremonial opening of "The Local Oyster Stout," a fresh collaboration by the Waverly Brewing Company, True Chesapeake Oyster Company and The Local Oyster. "Small breweries and oysters have been staples of our regional economy for generations, and emerging craft brewers like Waverly Brewing and oyster farmers like True Chesapeake under… Continue Reading

April 01, 2016

Honoring Officer Jacai Colson

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to recognize the tragic death of a Marylander. Officer Jacai Colson of the Prince George's Police Department was killed in the line of duty, on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Officer Colson was an upstanding law enforcement officer whose death shocked and saddened so many in Maryland and the national law enforcement community. America is the great nation it is in no small part because of our respect for the rule of law. Officer Colson and his fellow Prince Ge… Continue Reading

April 01, 2016

Cardin, Bipartisan Group Of Current & Former Senators & House Members Join To File Amicus Brief In Support Of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a bipartisan group of 43 current and former Senators and 164 current and former House members - including a former Republican Senator and former Republican House Member - from 38 states as well as the District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands have joined in filing an amicus brief in support of the Obama administration's historic 'Clean Power Plan' (CPP). The CPP will reduce carbon pollution and address climate change, save consumers $155… Continue Reading

March 31, 2016

Cardin Calls U.S.-China Climate Change Announcement an Important Signal to the World

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following in response to the U.S.-China joint statement on climate change and the Paris agreement. "Climate change represents an enormous challenge for all inhabitants of our planet. It is the preeminent national security issue for the 21st Century. We are the first generation in recorded human history to… Continue Reading

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