Press Releases & Statements

June 02, 2015

Cardin Welcomes Passage of USA Freedom Act – Reforming FISA, Strengthening Oversight and Protecting Civil Liberties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted to pass the USA Freedom Act: "We are in constant search of the right balance between maintaining our national security and respecting the constitutional rights of American citizens. I believe we could have been even stronger in our protections, but the USA Freedom Act makes great strides over the existing FISA program. The Second Circ… Continue Reading


June 02, 2015

Cardin Discusses Importance of Second Chances at Innovative South Baltimore Social Enterprise

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) yesterday joined the leaders, partners and staff of Second Chance, Inc. to discuss how unique ventures in social enterprise like those underway at the innovative non-profit organization housed inside a sprawling former factory could help answer some of the myriad challenges faced in today's inner cities. In a roundtable conversation that centered on the organization's efforts to hire and train people from adverse backgrounds in the fields of deconstruc… Continue Reading


June 02, 2015

Senate Passes Cardin Resolution Saluting American Craft Brewers

WASHINGTON - Earlier this May, in support of American Craft Beer Week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), joined by Susan Collins (R-Maine), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), introduced a bipartisan resolution commending America's small and independent craft brewers. The Senate yesterday passed the resolution. With craft brewers in every state in the nation, these breweries provide employment for 115,000 full and part-time workers and generate more than $3 billion in wages a… Continue Reading


June 01, 2015

Cardin Mourns Passing of Tuskegee Airman, Congressional Gold Medal Winner, Marylander William A. Colbert, Jr.

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of William Colbert, Jr., a Tuskegee Airman, Congressional Gold Medal recipient and resident of Cumberland, Md. "I would like to express my most heartfelt condolences to the family of William Colbert, Jr., who volunteered to serve his country and became a Tuskegee Airman at a time when he was treated as a second-class citizen simply because of the color of his skin. I had the honor o… Continue Reading


May 29, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Join SBA Administrator In Announcing Federal Resources For Baltimore

BALTIMORE -U.S. Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today joined Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to announce federal resources from the SBA to assist small business owners that were affected by the unrest in Baltimore during the week of April 27. The SBA resources include additional funding for microloans and PRIME grants, technical assistanc… Continue Reading


May 29, 2015

Cardin Statement Regarding the Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. "This decision is a necessary step forward in establishing a more constructive relationship with Cuba," said Senator Cardin. "The Administration has conducted a thorough review and determined the Cuban government no longer provides support for international terrorism. This is an important step in d… Continue Reading


May 27, 2015

Cardin Praises Final Clean Water Rule Issued by EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and former Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) for their joint final rule to clarify the Clean Water Act's protections for streams and wetlands. "Today's final rule restores some long overdue regulatory certainty to the Clean Water Act," said Senator Cardin. "P… Continue Reading


May 27, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce Federal Grant For Water Infrastructure Project In Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, a senior members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) has awarded a total of $700,000 in grants and loans to Allegany County for water and waste-disposal projects and pre-development planning purposes. "Having modern and reliable water infrastructure protects public health, conse… Continue Reading


May 27, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Maryland Delegation In Requesting Major Disaster Declaration For Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in sending a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Governor Hogan's request for a declaration of a major disaster for Baltimore following recent unrest in the city. If awarded, Maryland will become eligible for federal disaster recovery dollars through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ensuring the state's already strained budget is no… Continue Reading


May 27, 2015

Cardin Statement on Importance of National Mental Health Awareness Month

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement recognizing the importance of May 2015 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. "Mental illness directly touches tens of millions of Americans each year. Roughly half of American adults will develop at least one mental illness during the course of their lives, and, in a given year, 1 in 4 American adults - more than 60 million people - experience some form of mental illness. Despite the prevalence of mental il… Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Cardin Votes For Significant Reforms To Government Surveillance Programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on Senate votes related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and the USA PATRIOT Act: "I voted for the USA FREEDOM Act. Our Constitution and the Fourth Amendment prohibit the government from having the authority to broadly search or seize the papers or effects of innocent Americans without good cause and court approval. The 2nd Circuit recently held that NSA's bulk collection program was not authori… Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Cardin: Trade Authority Includes Enforceable Protections for Workers, Good Governance, Environment and Human Rights

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 Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). "American producers, manufacturers and farmers are the most productive in the world. They can out-compete global competitors if there is a level playing field. Trade, if structured properly, can help create more good paying jobs for Americans. "I believe that … Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Cardin Statement on Retirement of WBAL-TV 11 Anchor Rod Daniels

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today issued the following statement upon the final nightly news broadcast of WBAL-TV 11 anchorman Rod Daniels, whose three decades on the airwaves distinguished him as the longest continually serving nightly news anchor in the Baltimore market. "Rod Daniels has served the Greater Baltimore area as a trusted voice on WBAL-TV 11 for more than 30 years, and his steady and colorful reporting remained consistent and creative throughout. On the occasion … Continue Reading


May 22, 2015

Cardin Statement on Memorial Day 2015

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day 2015, which is Monday, May 25. "One of America's greatest strengths is our unique diversity. On this Memorial Day, Americans of vastly different backgrounds unite to honor those who gave their lives in defense of our freedom. Throughout our history, from the War of 1812 to our ongoing military engagements abroad, men and women have fought and died so Americans could freely follow differe… Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Cardin Continues to Protest Cutting off Debate and Amendments on the Trade Bill

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 his third vote against cloture related to consideration of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). "I believe that it's important for Congress to pass Trade Promotion Authority. Five hundred and thirty-five members of Congress cannot negotiate with our trading partners and enter into an agreement, so we have to dele… Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Grants For Water Infrastructure Projects In Worcester And Dorchester Counties

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) has awarded a total of $4.334 million in grants and loans to Worcester and Dorchester Counties for water and waste disposal projects and pre-development planning purposes. "Investing in our water infrastructure is the right thing to do. For each public dollar we put into water infrastructure, we see an increase in private long-term GDP … Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Cardin, Casey Urge USDA to Increase Support for Farmers as They Strive to Meet Anti-Pollution Goals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Bob Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.) have written to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack encouraging more federal support for farmers' efforts to prevent pollution into the Susquehanna River Basin and Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In their letter, the senators are seeking a greater commitment of technical and financial resources to help farmers meet anti-pollution goals. The recent Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint revealed that overall progress to reduce pollu… Continue Reading


May 21, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

Washington, DC - Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the growing humanitarian crisis in Yemen. "The Saudi-initiated five-day humanitarian pause was a welcome development, but there is evidence that the Houthi movement did not respect the ceasefire and continued to take aggressive actions inside Yemen," said Senator Cardin. "A political dialogue amongst all parties is required to solve this crisis. I call on Houth… Continue Reading


May 20, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings Meet With Key Baltimore City And Obama Administration Officials To Discuss Short- And Long-Term Issues Facing Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, and Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings (all D-Md.) today met with Valerie Jarrett and other key Obama Administration, officials as well as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City officials to discuss ways the Administration can continue to serve as an active partner in supporting local priorities, including jobs, economic growth, education, housing and law-enforcement. "I thank President Obama for making Balt… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Cardin Bill Creating a National Blue Alert System Signed into Law by President Obama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined President Barack Obama at the White House as the president signed into law S. 665, The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015, which Senator Cardin authored. Patterned after the highly effective Amber Alert System, the legislation creates a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have threatened, injured or killed law enforcement officers. The legislation is named for New York City Police Departmen… Continue Reading

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