Ben In The News

August 14, 2007

The CHIP Program is Critical to Meeting the Health Needs of Low-Income Children

The United States is the richest nation in the world and because of that we have the resources to provide all Americans with access to quality health care, particularly children.   I am pleased that the Senate recently passed an expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), one of the most important programs in this nation to help provide health care to low-income children.   Currently, approximately 6.6 million low-income children receive their health c… Continue Reading


July 25, 2007

HOW WE CAN MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE

For decades, the United States has always been committed to ensuring that qualified students could go to college, regardless of family income.   Student aid programs have made it possible for millions of American students to gain access to college and the American Dream.   Unfortunately, for the last 20 years, Congress has not held up its side of the bargain.   During that time, the cost of college has more than tripled, while buying power of student aid programs ha… Continue Reading


July 11, 2007

SENATE-PASSED ENERGY BILL BRINGS US CLOSER TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

The U.S. Senate recently passed an energy package that included my goal of achieving U.S. independence from foreign energy by mandating that we get the vast majority of our energy from domestic sources.      In passing the CLEAN Energy Act , the Senate understood that to achieve energy independence we need an Apollo-like mission similar to the effort that it took to put a man on the moon in the 1960s.   We need to achieve energy independence, which is … Continue Reading


July 02, 2007

WE NEED TO INCREASE MONEY FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT - NOT REDUCE IT

One of the most important funding sources for local and state law enforcement is the Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, often referred to as the Byrne/JAG grant program.   This program provides much needed funding for drug task forces, community crime prevention programs, substance abuse treatment programs, prosecution initiatives and many other important programs.   Named after New York Police Office Edward Byrne, who was killed in the line of dut… Continue Reading


June 05, 2007

WE NEED TO GET OUR TOP TEACHERS IN SCHOOLS THAT NEED THEM THE MOST

Good teachers are the key to a successful education system.   That is because teachers who are well trained and highly qualified can help children who are having trouble learning and understanding the material.   Unfortunately, too many of our schools lack the one critical ingredient that children need to learn -- teachers who can reach them and help them succeed.   We have an education problem in America.   The schools that need the most experienced teachers sim… Continue Reading


May 23, 2007

WE NEED TO DO MORE TO STOP HATE CRIMES

We've all read the news accounts about the African-American family who finds a burning cross on their lawn, the gay man who was tortured and killed because of his sexual orientation, the swastika painted on a synagogue or a Muslim family targeted for hostility. These are hate crimes and they affect not only the individual victim, but every other member of the group that that individual represents. In 2004, according to FBI statistics, there were more than 7,600 incidents of hate cr… Continue Reading


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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