Press Releases & Statements

December 11, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding to Enhance Appalachian Regional Commission’s Effectiveness in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) has received a $50,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The funds will be used to support staffing for projects undertaken by the Maryland Department of Planning ARC Program Manager in Washington, Garrett and Allegany Counties. "By connecting the resources of the federal government with impactful programs and development strategies on … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Release of Azerbaijani Rights Activist Leyla Yunus from Prison

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Azerbaijani rights activist Leyla Yunus from prison: "Although I welcome today's release of Leyla Yunus from her unjust imprisonment in Azerbaijan, the fabricated charges against her remain in place. All charges against Arif and Leyla Yunus should be unconditionally dismissed. I strongly urge that she be provided the best medical care as her health … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin, Cummings Introduce Legislation to Protect State and Local Witnesses from Violence and Intimidation

Washington - Today, Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (both D-MD) introduced the Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2015, legislation that directs the U.S. Attorney General to award competitive grants to state and local governments to establish and maintain short-term witness protection programs in cases involving homicides, violent felonies, serious drug offenses, gang related crimes or organized crime. "Our criminal justice system is not working effective… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin, Heller Offer No-Cost Bipartisan Plan to Expedite Home-Based Therapy Services for Medicare Patients

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Dean Heller (R-Nev.) have joined together on a no-cost, bipartisan bill to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive timely access to essential home health therapy services. The Medicare Home Health Flexibility Act of 2015 (S. 2364) would allow occupational therapists to perform the initial home health assessment in cases in which occupational therapy is ordered by the physician, along with speech language pathology and/or physical therapy servi… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin Lauds Senate Passage of Elementary and Secondary Education Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after the Senate voted with an overwhelming bipartisan majority to approve S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was first enacted by Congress 50 years ago, and replaces the 13-year-old No Child Left Behind Act. The vote was 85-12. "Education is the great equalizer and it is incredibly important that all Maryland public schools a… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Cardin Statement On Efforts By Montenegro To Join Nato

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the recent announcement by NATO extending an invitation for Montenegro to join the Alliance. "I welcome the recent announcement that NATO will extend an invitation to the country of Montenegro. I strongly support this invitation and look forward to welcoming Montenegro into the Alliance at the Warsaw summit in July 2016. Last month's horrific attacks in Paris wer… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Ten U.S. Senators Arrive in Paris to Attend COP 21 Climate Talks

PARIS - Ten U.S. Senators arrived in Paris on Friday to attend the COP 21 climate talks that are now underway. The Senate delegation, led by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), will attend the Paris talks and participate in a series of events and bilateral meetings with world leaders in support of achieving solutions to the challenges of climate change. "On climate change, we are approaching a now or never moment. U.S. leadership has played a critical role in bringing us to this time in hi… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Cardin Votes for Surface Transportation Bill Citing Benefits of Infrastructure Investments, but Highlights Major Flaws in Funding Mechanisms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that has oversight responsibility for major portions of surface transportation programs funded by the federal government, praised the conferees for reaching an agreement on a five-year transportation bill but issued a stern warning about the flaws in the final accord. Senator Cardin's full statement on adoption of the Conference Report to H.R. 22, "Fixing America's Surface Transport… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

The Fast Act Conference Report

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to speak about the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the Conference Report we will be considering shortly to accompany the surface transportation reauthorization bill, which is called the "Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). First, I am pleased to see that this bill provides five years of funding for our Nation's transportation infrastructure. That is the kind of long-range certainty our state and local officials and the private sector ne… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Senate Democrats Warn Against Anti-Environmental Riders in Omnibus, Secure Votes to Sustain Presidential Veto

WASHINGTON - Nearly two-thirds of the Senate Democratic Caucus, led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, are urging Senate appropriators to keep out and remove anti-environmental policy riders in forthcoming legislation to fund the federal government for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2016. The senators also are calling on President Obama to veto any omnibus spending package that includes policy riders that threaten environmental and public … Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Cardin, Corker Outline Iran Nuclear Deal Oversight Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a letter to President Barack Obama presented their plans for ongoing oversight of the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was reached in July with members of the P5+1 and Iran. Full text of the letter is included below and is available online here. Dear President Obama: Thank you for providing senior Adminis… Continue Reading

December 02, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Mass Shooting In San Bernardino

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement: "I send my most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to families who have been impacted by this latest scourge of gun violence. I thank the first responders who are tending the wounded and placing their lives on the line to bring the perpetrators to justice. Once again, America is reeling after reports of another mass shooting. Once again, we will learn the names and stories of victims who were killed or injured for no… Continue Reading

December 02, 2015

Cardin Explores Innovative Approaches to Family Health Care at Greater Baltimore Medical Center

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) this week joined the leadership and employees of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) HealthCare system to tour the recently updated Family Care Associates facility and to meet with GBMC staff and board members to discuss the continued evolution of the American healthcare system. "We know that the Affordable Care Act is working, but need to ensure that it continually evolves to best meet the needs of Maryland communities. To do this, we must l… Continue Reading

December 02, 2015

Cardin Urges Hungarian Government: Don’t Build Tribute to Architect of Hungary’s Anti-Jewish Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, issued the following statement regarding plans by the Hungarian government to fund a statue honoring Balint Homan, one of the architects of Hungary's anti-Jewish laws and member of the Arrow Cross regime. "I am deeply distressed that… Continue Reading

December 01, 2015

Cardin and Becerra Introduce Plan to Protect Taxpayers’ Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), the House Democratic Caucus Chairman and a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, today introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives the Taxpayer Rights Act of 2015 (S. 2333/H.R. 4128). The Act aims to improve Internal Revenue Service (IRS) services and procedures and to protect the rights of all U.S. taxpayers. The Taxpayer Rights Act… Continue Reading

November 30, 2015

Cardin Welcomes Launch of Mission Innovation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a senior member of Environment and Public Works Committee welcomed the launch of Mission Innovation in Paris by President Obama, President Hollande, and other world leaders. "Mission Innovation is a game changer with the potential to create brand new energy technologies that can revolutionize the world," said Senator Cardin. "The possible breakthroughs in five years thanks to this groundbreaki… Continue Reading

November 23, 2015

Cardin-Toomey Legislation Supporting Emergency Psychiatric Care Headed to President for Signature

WASHINGTON - A bill introduced by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to extend the duration of a demonstration program that allows individuals with chronic mental illnesses to seek the help they need without becoming stuck in the revolving door of emergency room visits, relapses, jail, homelessness, and death, is now on track to be signed into law. The just-passed S. 599, Improving Access to Emergency Psychiatric Care Act of 2015, will allow Medicaid to provide matching fund… Continue Reading

November 21, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Death of American Aid Worker and Maryland Resident Anita Datar in Mali

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the death of American aid worker and Maryland resident Anita Datar who was killed during the terrorist attack in Mali on November 20th. "A week of horrifying violence overseas is now painfully felt here at home in Maryland. Anita Datar strove to make the world a better, more compassionate place. Her work was important as she summoned the best of American valu… Continue Reading

November 20, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $50,000 In Rural Development Funding For Garrett County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) has awarded the Town of Deer Park in Garrett County $50,000 in federal grant funding for the purchase of a new utility service vehicle. "Rural Marylanders deserve to have roads that are clear in the winter and clear all year round, and this federal grant will help ensure that those who live i… Continue Reading

November 19, 2015

Bicameral Coalition Aims To Clarify Pension Rules For Clergy And Other Religious Institution Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Representatives Pat Tiberi (Ohio-12) and Richard E. Neal (Mass.-01), both members of the House Ways and Means Committee, have introduced the Church Plan Clarification Act of 2015 (S. 2308/H.R. 4085) to support the retirement security of our nation's clergy, church lay workers, and their families. The Church Plan Clarification Act clarifies the application of certain tax a… Continue Reading

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