Press Releases & Statements

July 14, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Iran nuclear agreement: "It is in America's national security interest that Iran is blocked from ever having a nuclear weapon. Congress has an obligation to vigorously and judiciously review the deal announced today with a seriousness of purpose. Negotiators have spent painstaking time and untold effort working on this accord. Congress in turn mu… Continue Reading


July 13, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Maryland Delegation Ask President Obama To Reconsider Decision To Deny Baltimore Disaster Aid

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 Obama in support of Governor Hogan's appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision to deny a major disaster declaration for the City of Baltimore following recent unrest after the tragic death of Freddie Gray. If awarded, Maryland will become eligible for federal disaster recovery dollars through FEMA… Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Cardin Statement on the Resignation of OPM Director Archuleta

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement on the resignation of Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta. Yesterday, Senator Cardin introduced legislation, S. 1746, the RECOVER Act (Reducing the Effects of the Cyberattack on OPM Victims Emergency Response Act of 2015), to better protect federal employees, contractors and all those impacted by the two recent data breaches that affected close to 2… Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Cardin Statement Observing the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide at Srebrenica

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, issued the following statement commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide. "This July, we solemnly mark the 20th anniversary of the worst crime against humanity committed on European soil since the Second World War. The 19… Continue Reading


July 10, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer Write Veterans Affairs Secretary Expressing Concern, Urging Action Regarding Impending Closure of Greenbelt VA Clinic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.), have sent a letter to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald expressing their concern over the forthcoming closure of the Greenbelt, Md., Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in northern Prince George's County. The space that houses the VA-leased clinic will be sold by the private owner at the end of September 2015. The VA has yet to find a suitable replacement CBOC in t… Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Warner, Kaine Call for Stronger Protections for the Millions Affected by the Recent OPM Data Breaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) have introduced legislation to better protect federal workers and all those potentially affected by the recent cyberattacks on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data system. Outraged by the expanse of the breach, the senators found the response by OPM to be severely lacking in the duration and extent of coverage for those who had their most sensitive informatio… Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, Edwards Announce More Than $7 Million In Federal Funding To Hire 52 Firefighters In Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes and Donna F. Edwards (all D-Md.) today announced that the Anne Arundel County Fire Department will receive $7,072,520 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) program to hire 52 full time firefighter positions for two years including training and full be… Continue Reading


July 09, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce Federal Funds to Boost Commerce in Grantsville

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John K. Delaney (all D-Md.), today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $25,000 to the Town of Grantsville, in Garrett County, for the Grantsville Revitalization Plan and Agricultural Village Study project. The funds will be used to coordinate several disparate existing plans into a cohesive and actionable economic development strategy for the future. "I was in Gra… Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Cardin, Bipartisan Senators Call On President Of Azerbaijan To Halt Human Rights Abuses, Respect Freedom Of The Press

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today led a group of 15 Republican and Democratic senators calling on President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan to immediately halt human rights abuses, respect the freedom of the press, and allow the reopening of Radio Free Europe. "Over the past year, numerous human rights organizations have continuously raised concerns that there appears to be a systematic crackdown on human rights and inde… Continue Reading


July 08, 2015

Cardin, Thune Submit Business Income Tax Working Group Report to Finance Committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), co-chairs of the Senate Finance Committee's Business Income Tax Working Group, today submitted the working group's report to the full committee. The report, developed with the input of the fourteen members of the working group, represents the culmination of a months-long examination of business tax issues in an effort to evaluate the challenges and opportunities posed by reforming America's business income tax system. Ear… Continue Reading


July 07, 2015

Cardin Discusses Baltimore Revitalization with Local Non-profit and Foundation Leaders

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined leaders of local foundations and non-profit organizations at the headquarters of the Abell Foundation to discuss the challenges and opportunities in efforts to reinvigorate the city following the tragic aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. The conversation included groups like the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Goldseker Foundation, Bon Secours Community Works, Second Chance, Leaders of a Beautiful St… Continue Reading


July 06, 2015

Cardin Calls Court Ruling on TMDLs a Win for the Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, praised the ruling by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals that upholds a lower court ruling supporting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, which establishes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for how much pollution can enter the bay each year, covers all states of the watershed region and t… Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $200,000 for Baltimore City Brownfields Recovery

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) have announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a grant in the amount of $200,000 to the City of Baltimore to assess how best to convert as many as seven brownfields sites in East and West Baltimore into green-spaces. A site is considered a brownfield if its use is being hampered by real or perceived contamination. "Reclaiming brownfields is a forward looking way to improve public health … Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $21,165 In Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Hydraulic Rescue Tools For Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department in Calvert County has been awarded a $21,165 federal grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase hydraulic rescue tools for extricating victims from car accidents. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee. As Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski f… Continue Reading


July 02, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $100,000 In Federal Funds To Increase Broadband Connectivity In Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) have announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the Board of County Commissioners of Allegany County $100,000 for a project to expand public and private access to broadband. "Internet access is no longer a luxury item. Reliable broadband access is critically important to maximizing public safety, economic growth and educational opportunities for … Continue Reading


July 01, 2015

Cardin Statement on Administration Announcement of Plans to Open a U.S. Embassy in Havana

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Administration's announcement to continue normalizing relations with Cuba and open embassies in Washington, DC, and Havana. "This announcement is another step forward in a common sense approach to Cuba. A U.S. Embassy in Havana will strengthen our ability to engage the Cuban people, advance our national interests, and advocate for fundamental freedoms. … Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Cardin Calls for Continued Opportunities for Small Businesses with the Release of SBA’s Annual Federal Procurement Scorecard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, praised the Obama Administration for its continued commitment to small business contracting. U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet recently unveiled the 2014 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard, which evaluates each federal agency on how well they meet agency-specific goals for small business prime and sub-contracting. This was the second straight … Continue Reading


June 30, 2015

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger And Sarbanes Announce $5 Million In Federal Funding To Support Job Training And Employment In Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $5 million to the City of Baltimore to support job training programs for youth and young adults. The grant will launch the One Baltimore for Jobs Initiative, which is focused on increasing access to key job sectors, reducing barriers to employment and trai… Continue Reading


June 29, 2015

Cardin Statement on 5-4 Supreme Court Decision to Limit the Effectiveness of the Clean Air Act

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement upon the announcement of a narrowly divided Supreme Court decision in National Mining Association v. EPA that the Environmental Protection Agency had failed to reasonably account for the costs of instituting pollution limits when regulating power plants and other sources of toxic emissions. "Pollution doesn't stop at state borders. As such, Congres… Continue Reading


June 26, 2015

Senator Cardin Statement on the Terrorist Attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding today's terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia. "The deplorable acts of terror and violence that occurred today in three countries must be condemned in the strongest of terms. Our support for these victims, their families, and for France, Kuwait, and Tunisia will never waver. We as a nation cannot become complacent in the face of these inc… Continue Reading

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