Press Releases & Statements

April 17, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Join Alan And Judy Gross For Corned Beef Sandwiches At Baltimore’s Famous Attman’s Deli Four Months After Alan’s Release From Imprisonment In Cuba

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today were joined by Marylanders Alan Gross and his wife Judy Gross as well as leaders from the Baltimore Jewish Council and The Associated for a casual lunch at Baltimore's famous Attman's Delicatessen on Lombard Street. Together they discussed Alan's reunion with family and friends and caught up on all t… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Cardin Statement Observing Yom HaShoah

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 Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, and author of the Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act or the ''RUSH Act," released the following statement observing Yom HaShoah or Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day: "It has been almost a full lifetime since the end… Continue Reading


April 15, 2015

Cardin Statement on Senate Vote to Replace the SGR System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, issued the following statement after Senate approval 92-8 of a permanent repeal of the Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR): "No more will we be kicking the can down the road with another temporary 'fix' to the SGR rate. Finally, through bipartisan action, we have brought certainty and peace of mind to patients who have been caught in a seemingly endless loop of patches while… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on the President’s Decision to Remove Cuba from the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the administration's proposed rescission of Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism: "President Obama's notification to Congress for removing Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the result of a months-long technical review, is an important step forward in our efforts to forge a more constructive relationship with Cuba," said Senator Cardi… Continue Reading


April 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on Committee Passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the Corker-Menendez-Kaine Iran Nuclear Review Act by a vote of 19-0. "I want to thank Senator Corker for his patience and willingness to work with me in good faith to ensure that the provisions of the Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act of 2015 are consistent with the negotiating objectives of the P5+1 frame… Continue Reading


April 13, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $150,000 In Federal Funds To Bring High-Speed Reliable Internet Access To Schools In Allegany 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 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded the Allegany County Board of Education $150,000 for the John Humbird and Cash Valley Elementary Schools Fiber Extension project. "Ensuring Allegany County students have all the tools they need to learn is critically important to a strong Maryland," said Senator Cardin, who recently introduced bipartisan l… Continue Reading


April 13, 2015

MADE in MD: Cardin, Sarbanes, Cummings Dish with Small Businesses in Maryland’s Local Foods Movement

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today led a roundtable discussion with Congressmen John Sarbanes and Elijah Cummings, Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joseph Bartenfelder (D-All), prominent conservation organizations and Maryland small business owners committed to community-driven agriculture, which centers on the production of local foods for local consumers, on ways that all levels of government can promote their efforts. Hosted by acclaimed chef Spike Gjerde at Woodberry Kitchen, a resta… Continue Reading


April 13, 2015

Cardin Statement on Removing Cuba from the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the continuing normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States: "The State Department's recommendation to remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, the result of a months-long technical review, is an important step forward in our efforts to forge a more fruitful relationship with Cuba," said Senator Cardin. "Following the Cuban governmen… Continue Reading


April 03, 2015

Cardin Leads Effort to Create Jobs, Preserve Historic Sites

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is urging Senate appropriators to support economic development, job creation and the preservation of our national heritage. In a letter addressed to Interior, Environment & Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ranking Member Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Cardin and 21 other senators called for the appropriation of $89.1 million, as recommended in the Presi… Continue Reading


April 03, 2015

Cardin Participates in Roundtable Discussion with Howard County Women’s Organizations

COLUMBIA, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) participated in a roundtable discussion this week with Howard County women's organizations, including the League of Women Voters of Howard County, on wide-ranging issues like human trafficking, the environment, campaign finance reform, voter disenfranchisement and the minimum wage. The Equal Rights Amendment also was central to the conversation with the more than 40 members of the community in attendance. "We've done so much in terms of making … Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Cardin Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the just announced P5+1 Plan of Action regarding Iran's nuclear program: "The United States - executive branch and Congress - are unified in our goal to ensure that Iran is blocked from ever having a nuclear weapon. The best outcome is a strong diplomatic one. This framework and the ultimate agreement cannot be based on trust; there is no trust wh… Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Cardin Named Ranking Member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since he joined the Senate in January 2007, issued the following statement: "I am humbled that Democratic Leader Reid has asked me to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at this time. It is clear to all of us that the pressing national security challenges facing our nation require having active and effective leadership in our engagement with Senator Corker and the Wh… Continue Reading


April 02, 2015

Cardin Decries Terrorist Attack on Kenyan College Students

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 Organization Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, released the following statement regarding today's terrorist attack on the Garissa University College, in northeast Kenya: "No religion condones the murder of innocents. The targeting of students, whose only crime was seeking an education, sho… Continue Reading


April 01, 2015

Cardin Statement on Senator Bob Menendez

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee since he joined the Senate in January 2007, issued the following statement: "Senator Bob Menendez has made significant contributions to America's global leadership and national security as Chairman and, most recently, as Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As the legal process moves forward, I encourage everyone to allow Senator Menendez all of the rights to which he is enti… Continue Reading


April 01, 2015

Cardin Leads Effort to Increase Funding for Holocaust Survivor Assistance Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, is urging Senate appropriators to increase assistance to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) so that the federal government can better support American Holocaust Survivors and their families. In a letter addressed to Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman, Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Cardin and … Continue Reading


March 31, 2015

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Leads Letter Supporting International Climate Talks

WASHINGTON - As the Obama Administration prepares to release its greenhouse gas reduction commitment for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change is today leading more than 100 Members of Congress on a letter supporting President Obama's international climate efforts. Bicameral Task Force co-chairs Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill,), Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), … Continue Reading


March 31, 2015

Cardin, Graham, Fraternal Order of Police Laud Judiciary Committee Passage of “National Blue Alert” Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) joined the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in praising the Senate Judiciary Committee for quickly passing S. 665, The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015. The newly introduced legislation would create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers, and also would initiate alerts when imminent or credible threats of harm are made against law enfo… Continue Reading


March 31, 2015

Cardin, Collins, Warner, Wicker to Obama: Continue to Stand by Israel at the United Nations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, sent a letter to President Barack Obama Monday opposing efforts to bypass direct negotiations and impose peace terms on Israel at the United Nations (UN) and … Continue Reading


March 30, 2015

Cardin Children’s Dental Health Amendment Included in Senate FY2016 Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a longtime advocate for pediatric dental coverage and member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, issued the following statement after his amendment relating to pediatric oral health was included in the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11). Amendment 364 establishes a deficit-neutral reserve fund to improve oral health care for children and pregnant women under Medicaid. "Tooth decay is the single most common chronic ch… Continue Reading


March 30, 2015

Cardin, Wicker Bolster ‘Magnitsky Act’ Sanctions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, D-Md. and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., were successful in adding a joint amendment to the recently passed Budget Resolution that would expand the "Magnitsky Act's" sanctions on the financial activities and travel of individuals who violate human rights. The "Magnitsky Act," which became law in 2012, placed congressional sanctions on Russian officials responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitsky, an outspoken critic of the Vladimir Putin regime. "Standing… Continue Reading

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