Press Releases & Statements

March 30, 2015

Cardin Statement on Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s Retirement Announcement

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding Senator Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) retirement announcement: "I look forward to fighting side-by-side with Harry Reid for the next 22 months on behalf of working families across our country. Harry is one of the best legislators there is, and he gets things done. He has the toughest job in the Senate, but has produced real results by uniting the Senate Democratic Caucus to pass landmark pieces of legislation that… Continue Reading


March 30, 2015

Cardin Rejects Deeply Flawed Republican Budget

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement after voting against the final passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11). The budget presented by Republican leadership kept the across-the-board cuts of sequestration in place, repealed health benefits for 16.4 million Americans covered under the Affordable Care Act and contained a number of dangerous provisions attacking bedrock environmental protections. "There is so much at stake in setting… Continue Reading


March 26, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Obama Nominee Paula Xinis For Maryland District Court Seat

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised President Obama's nomination of Paula Xinis to fill the vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, located in Greenbelt. "Paula Xinis will make an excellent addition to the federal bench in Greenbelt," said Senator Cardin. "She is exceptionally well qualified and has a strong appreciation for the rights and responsibilities of each branch of government, h… Continue Reading


March 25, 2015

Hear The Maryland Crunch!

MR. CARDIN. Mr. President, on this day, I hope Marylanders across our State can "Hear the Maryland Crunch!" of students eating a healthy school breakfast. Thanks to the leadership of Maryland Hunger Solutions, the "Hear the Maryland Crunch!" campaign offers all Marylanders the opportunity to become more aware of the daily struggle of our food insecure children and stand together in support of school breakfast. I wish to continue to highlight this critical issue facing our children. Maryland… Continue Reading


March 25, 2015

Cardin Recognizes Maryland Day

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in recognition of Maryland Day. "I would like to wish all Marylanders a Happy Maryland Day. Today in 1634, two ships commissioned by Lord Baltimore arrived at an island off the coast of what is now St. Mary's County, so beginning our journey from fledgling settlement to the Old Line State. Some 270 years later, the Maryland State Board of Education designated March 25th as Maryland Day, a day 'to be devoted to Maryland … Continue Reading


March 25, 2015

ICYMI: Cardin, Reichert, Pascrell and Graham Urge Swift Passage of National Blue Alert

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and U.S. Representatives Dave Reichert (R-Wash.-08) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.-09) joined with members of the law enforcement community Tuesday to urge swift passage of Senate and House bills to create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers or who have made an imminent or credible threat to the cause serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer. Mode… Continue Reading


March 25, 2015

Senators Call for Reauthorization of Appalachian Regional Commission

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, (D-Md.), Roger Wicker, (R-Miss.), Shelley Moore Capito, (R-W.Va.), and Kristen Gillibrand, (D-N.Y.), today introduced legislation to reauthorize the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The legislation, S. 863, would authorize $100 million annually over the next five years, including $10 million a year to improve rural broadband services. "ARC grants have made a real difference in the lives of rural Marylanders by connecting communities and training w… Continue Reading


March 23, 2015

Cardin, Senate Dems Mark Affordable Care Act Anniversary, Decry GOP Efforts To Roll Back Progress

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), leader of the Senate Democrats' #ACAworks campaign, Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), marked the fifth anniversary of the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. At a time when the law's successes are undeniable, Republicans are pushing radical bud… Continue Reading


March 20, 2015

MADE in MD: Cardin Visits AstraZeneca’s Biologics Manufacturing Center, Site of More Than $200 Million Investment

FREDERICK, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today toured the AstraZeneca biologics manufacturing center in Frederick as part of his ongoing "Made in Maryland" jobs tour that highlights the diversity of Maryland products and the Marylanders who make them. "A dedication to continued invention is evident at AstraZeneca, which has helped develop and deliver innovative new treatments to benefit patients worldwide. The company's recent multimillion dollar investment in the Frederick manufacturing cen… Continue Reading


March 20, 2015

Cardin Urges Colleagues to Stop Playing Politics with Attorney General Nomination

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), spoke on the Senate floor Thursday night to urge his colleagues to immediately bring Loretta Lynch's nomination to the floor for a confirmation vote to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Video of his remarks is available here. "Refusing to allow a confirmation vote on Loretta Lynch's nomination to be the next Attorney General is pure politics and unprecedented Republican obstructionism. It's just not fair. Loretta Lynch is impressive… Continue Reading


March 20, 2015

Cardin Expresses Concerns About Final Fracking Rule

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called the final rule issued by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on hydraulic fracturing "insufficient to protect public health and environmental safety." He issued the following statement: "We want to be able to tap into the natural gas reserves of this nation, but we must do it in a safe and environmentally sound manner. American families have a right to clean and safe … Continue Reading


March 19, 2015

Cardin: Patent Reform Intrinsically Linked to the Success of Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee (SBC), today voiced concerns that the federal government is not doing enough to update and streamline the patent system to allow small businesses to grow. At a SBC hearing entitled, "Patent Reform: Protecting Innovation and Entrepreneurship," Senator Cardin heard from Maryland small business owners, industry experts and analysts about the need to reform our patent system. "An… Continue Reading


March 18, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Sponsor Legislation Giving Students a Fair Shot at Affordable Higher Education

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today became original cosponsors of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. Introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the interest rates that were approved last year for new borrowers. A previous version of the bill was voted on in the 113th Congress, and every Senate Democrat and three Senate Republicans voted to mov… Continue Reading


March 18, 2015

Cardin Condemns Attack on Tourists at Tunisian Museum

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding today's terrorist attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, Tunisia. "I hope the world will speak in a united voice condemning today's terrorist attack on innocent tourists at the Bardo Museum. The targeting of civilians at a site that houses some of the greatest treasures of antiquity is cowardly. My thoughts and prayers are with the people o… Continue Reading


March 18, 2015

Cardin, Reid, Leahy, Durbin Lead Reintroduction Of Bill To Create Nationwide Standard For Restoring Voting Rights For Americans Released From Prison

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have introduced a bill, the Democracy Restoration Act, to strengthen co… Continue Reading


March 17, 2015

Cardin, Rubio, Menendez Seek To Hold Assad And Others Accountable For War Crimes In Syria

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have joined with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to introduce S. 756, the Syrian War Crimes Accountability Act of 2015, legislation that would establish a Syria-specific standard of reporting and accountability for crimes against humanity. In the four years since the war in Syria began, one thing has remained clear: war tactics… Continue Reading


March 17, 2015

Cardin Brings Senate Small Business Committee to Bowie State

Bowie, Md. -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, chaired a field hearing Monday exploring the successes and challenges of programs designed to support minority small businesses gain access to capital. Minorities make up just 22% of American businesses, despite representing more than 35% of the population. This achievement gap results in part from the significant obstacles that minority business owners face in accessing cap… Continue Reading


March 16, 2015

Cardin, Reid, Boxer Introduce New Grant Program to Upgrade America’s Crumbling Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Minority Leader, and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, have introduced a bill, S. 741, The Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act. This legislation aims to help local communities meet the challenges of upgrading water infrastructure systems to meet the hydrological changes we are seeing today. The bill directs the U.S. Environ… Continue Reading


March 16, 2015

Cardin Reinforces Unwavering Commitment to Civil Servants in Town Hall Meeting at U.S. Census Bureau

SUITLAND, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today told the hundreds of federal employees at a town hall meeting at the U.S. Census Bureau that he would continue working to bring an end to the cycle of short-sighted and overly austere federal budgets of recent years. "No more shutdowns. No more sequestration. No more temporary Continuing Resolutions. Let's get a long-term budget that gives you the stability you need to deliver on program goals," said Senator Cardin. "We have got to find … Continue Reading


March 16, 2015

Cardin Offers Condolences to the People of Vanuatu

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam to the archipelago nation of Vanuatu: "I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of Vanuatu over the tragic loss of life and terrible destruction caused by Cyclone Pam over the weekend. Many nations in the Pacific remain particularly exposed as more and more extre… Continue Reading

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