Ben In The News

May 09, 2007

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAN PROMOTE ENERGY-EFFICIENCY WHEN BUILDING NEW FACILITIES

I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't support energy conservation. From the cars we drive to the buildings in which we live and work, Marylanders want to save energy and protect the environment. I believe the federal government has an opportunity to be a leader in energy conservation by promoting energy efficiency in its new buildings. I recently introduced The American Green Building Act, S.1165, which will require the federal government to construct all new buildings to be more… Continue Reading


April 19, 2007

A CHILD'S DEATH HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR ACCESS TO DENTAL CARE

Most Marylanders have heard about the tragic death of Deamonte Driver, age 12, from a brain infection caused by an abscessed tooth. For months, his mother tried to get dental care for him and his brother, who also suffered from serious tooth decay. But Deamonte's mother had lost her Medicaid, and, even if she had it, she would have found it very difficult to find a dentist willing to accept the program's low payments. Low-income children have limited access to dental treat… Continue Reading


April 02, 2007

LISTENING TO THE CONCERNS OF INJURED SOLDIERS

Americans have listened to news reports about the deteriorating conditions at Walter Reed Medical Center with shock and horror. I share their deep concern, and I am determined that changes will be made to ensure that injured American soldiers receive the best treatment possible. I recently spent a morning with soldiers who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, and who are currently receiving medical care from Walter Reed. I visited with them at Ft. George G. Meade, where they are being hous… Continue Reading


March 20, 2007

THE STAR SPANGLED TRAIL WOULD HELP COMMEMORATE THE WAR OF 1812

The War of 1812 was a pivotal event in our nation's early history, an event that many historians often refer to as our "Second War of Independence." In 1814, the military campaign in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. turned the direction of the war and remains the only combined naval and land attack in our nation's history. I recently joined with U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3rd) in introducing two pieces of legislation to commemorate the War of 1812. The fir… Continue Reading


March 19, 2007

PREVENTING DECAY, PREVENTING TRAGEDY

Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died last month from an abscessed tooth. The Prince George's County boy's passing is an astonishing reminder that our country is far from a land of equal opportunity when it comes to health care. According to the Children's Health Dental Project, 4 million children are born each year in the United States. More than a quarter of them will have cavities by the time they are toddlers, and more than half will have cavities by the time t… Continue Reading


March 08, 2007

MUCH STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE TO RESTORE NEW ORLEANS

In August 2005, all of us watched the human tragedy and suffering and environmental catastrophe that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For several days after the hurricane struck, Americans watched as thousands of New Orleans residents clung to roof tops or huddled in the Superdome for survival. What we witnessed was a massive failure of government - at all levels - that endangered our most vulnerable citizens by leaving them stranded without adequate shelter, food, clothing, … Continue Reading


February 22, 2007

GLOBAL WARMING IS A THREAT TO MARYLAND

For the sake of our national security and our economy, America needs an energy policy that makes us much less dependent on foreign sources of energy and weans us off fossil fuels. It also is becoming increasingly clear that we must develop an energy strategy that addresses the dangers of global warming, particularly if we want to protect our environment. Recently, a U.N. panel on climate change released a report stating that with near certainty scientific evidence shows that carbon dioxide … Continue Reading


February 12, 2007

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS A TIME TO RECOMMIT OUR NATION TO ENSURING EQUALITY FOR ALL AMERICANS

February is Black History Month and it is a time in which all Americans should reflect on the struggle for civil rights that millions of our citizens have endured. It also is a time for us to recommit ourselves to ensuring that all American have the right to vote -- without fear of intimidation, fraud or other deceptive practices. During the 2006 election, many Marylanders were victims of fraudulent and misleading practices, particularly on Election Day in November. Voters in Prince George&… Continue Reading


February 01, 2007

THE STATE OF OUR UNION NEEDS REALISTIC SOLUTIONS

President Bush recently made his annual State of the Union Address to Congress and the American people. Overall, the President did a good job of identifying the problems facing our nation, but he failed to develop realistic solutions that will be effective in solving them. Right now, Iraq tops the list of issues concerning most Americans. In traveling around Maryland, I have talked to thousands of people who believe our policy in Iraq is not working and who want our soldiers home. I agree w… Continue Reading

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