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June 18, 2015

Listen to the Pope about climate

by Senator Ben Cardin

(CNN)Pope Francis' new encyclical on climate change is a profound reminder that we have a shared moral obligation to address climate change and the immeasurable human suffering it is causing around the world. Climate change is causing irreparable harm to people who least can afford to adapt to the increasing instances and severity of extreme weather. To echo the encyclical, released Thursday, if you care about your fellow human beings, then you should support solutions that will help people s… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

Clear truth on clean water

by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Americans need clean safe water to drink, bathe, run their businesses, keep schools open and function daily. Unfortunately, the waters that feed the drinking water supplies of 1 in 3 Americans could be dirtied by the outcome of legislation regarding the Clean Water Act. As the Senate recently began debating the Clean Water Rule drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers, I was surprised by the number and ferocity of the hyperbolic attacks on an initiativ… Continue Reading


June 06, 2013

Remembering Frank Lautenberg

by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

Frank Lautenberg, the senior U.S. senator from New Jersey, was a friend and colleague. He was an outstanding senator, a patriot who served our country in World War II, an extraordinarily successful businessman, and a person whose life was the embodiment of the American Dream. We will miss him. Sen. Lautenberg's story is very familiar to the Jewish community. His parents were immigrants from Poland and Russia who were brought to the United States as infants. His family was poor when he was… Continue Reading


May 10, 2013

We Need To Remove The Deadline For Ratification Of The Equal Rights Amendment

by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

As Americans celebrate Mother's Day, I have three words I want to say: "It is time." By those three words, I am referring to passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). To improve chances of its passage, I have introduced a resolution -- which has bipartisan support -- that would remove the deadline for state ratification of the ERA. I believe there should never be a deadline when it comes to ensuring the equal rights of any American. When the ERA passed Congress in 1972, it was required… Continue Reading


March 04, 2013

Women’s History Month: Looking Back On Domestic Violence

by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

March is Women's History Month, a time we usually celebrate or honor a specific woman in history. This year, I would like to do something different. I would like to focus on domestic violence, an issue that has received a lot of attention in recent months because of legislation in Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. I want to use this opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the issue, the progress we have made since the 1980s and what still needs to be done. Until… Continue Reading


February 20, 2013

Sequestration Is Not The Solution

by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

If Congress fails to deal with the looming threat of sequestration, March 1 will be devastating for millions of Americans. That will be the day that automatic, across-the-board spending cuts begin to take effect - cutting $1.2 trillion from defense and nondefense programs over the next 10 years. Sequestration was scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, but the American Taxpayer Relief Act delayed it until March 1. Time is running out, and we must find a way to work together to reduce our deficit… Continue Reading


August 07, 2012

THE PORT OF BALTIMORE IS ON THE UPSWING AND A GOOD INDICATOR OF ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR OUR NATION

by Senator Ben Cardin

PRECEDE: Senator Cardin is a member of five Senate committees: Environment & Public Works, Finance, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. His web site is: cardin.senate.gov. You can follow him regularly on Twitter @SenatorCardin or look for the latest videos at YouTube.com/SenatorCardin. THE PORT OF BALTIMORE IS ON THE UPSWING AND A GOOD INDICATOR OF ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR OUR NATION By U.S. Senator Ben Cardin For those who believe the U.S. economy is… Continue Reading


July 31, 2012

Millions of Americans See Real Benefits, Savings from Affordable Care Act

by Senator Ben Cardin

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed the lives of millions of Americans and thousands of Marylanders. That's because many of its provisions are now taking effect and providing important financial savings for individuals and families. As I travel around Maryland, I hear from grateful constituents who have already benefited from many of the provisions in the law that are now in effect. More and more Marylanders are relieved that: Young adult children from ages 19-25 can remain on thei… Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

THE SENATE-PASSED FARM BILL PROTECTS THE BAY AND HELPS MARYLAND FARMERS

by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

In our nation, the agriculture industry provides more than 16 million jobs for Americans and is Maryland's largest industry. For those reasons, I am pleased that the U.S. Senate once again overcame partisan differences to pass a new Farm Bill. The Agricultural Reform, Food and Jobs Act provides more effective agricultural support programs for family farmers while reducing the budget deficit by more than $23 billion over the next five years. It is my hope that the U.S. House of Representatives … Continue Reading


May 08, 2012

WE NEED TO REMOVE THE DEADLINE FOR RATIFICATION OF THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

by Senator Ben Cardin

As millions of Americans celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, May 13, I propose we honor all the women of our nation by removing the deadline for state ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I believe that there should be no deadline when it comes to ensuring the equal rights of any American. The ERA has an interesting legislative history. First enacted in 1972 by Congress, the legislation required that the measure be ratified by three-forths of the states (38) within seven years. Th… Continue Reading


May 01, 2012

CONGRESS NEEDS TO PREVENT STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES FROM DOUBLING

by Senator Ben Cardin

Today, millions of Americans are still struggling to recover from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. As we work to restart our economy, employers need highly skilled, educated workers who can fill the good paying jobs of the future, jobs that will help our nation prosper in the 21st Century. Unfortunately, the education that is needed to succeed for millions of Americans is unaffordable and out of reach for too many people. Millions of Americans are struggling economical… Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

WE NEED TO REMOVE THE DEADLINE FOR RATIFICATION OF THE ERA

by Senator Ben Cardin

As millions of Americans celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, May 13, I propose we honor all the women of our nation by removing the deadline for state ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). I believe that there should be no deadline when it comes to ensuring the equal rights of any American. The ERA has an interesting legislative history. First enacted in 1972 by Congress, the legislation required that the measure be ratified by three-forths of the states (38) within seven years. … Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

EARTH DAY 2012: PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

by Senator Ben Cardin

Forty-two years ago, the late Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson had a vision of a world in which the environment was paramount. His vision led to the establishment of Earth Day -- April 22 -- a day in which we celebrate our planet and the environment that sustains us. On Earth Day we recommit ourselves to protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land that nurtures us. Our planet has been entrusted to us for future generations, but today too many people suffer the consequences … Continue Reading


April 13, 2012

WE NEED DECISIVE ACTION TO STOP WALL STREEET SPECULATION THAT IS DRIVING UP GAS PRICES FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES

Millions of American families are feeling the burden of ever increasing gas prices. I join them in their anger and frustration over the rising price of gas, and I want to do something about it. I recently joined a group of my Senate colleagues in sponsoring a bill, S. 2222, which will give federal regulators immediate authority to invoke emergency powers to rein in speculators who are responsible for rapidly rising gasoline prices. There is broad agreement among energy experts and economists… Continue Reading


March 29, 2012

WE MUST PUT AN END TO RACIAL PROFILING IN AMERICA

by Senator Cardin

Racial profiling - the targeting of individuals because of race, ethnic identity, national origin or religion - has no place in our nation. The recent, tragic and avoidable shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American teenager in Florida, has focused national attention on the need to make sure minority communities are protected from hate crimes and racial profiling, a practice that is ineffective in crime prevention, undermines effective law enforcement, and erodes civil rights… Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

MARCH IS WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

This month is National Women's History Month and the focus this year is on women's education and empowerment. Today, women have taken a dominant role in the ranks of higher education, comprising more than half the students enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Maryland women are faring even better: 58.8 percent of Marylanders enrolled in higher education are women and 54.6 percent of all higher education degrees in the state - which include associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degre… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

CELEBRATING THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE WAR OF 1812

As dawn broke on September 14, 1814, a young Marylander named Francis Scott Key witnessed a unique display of American patriotism and tenacity that moved him to write a poem that would later become our National Anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. While the full force of the British military bore down on Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore, Key saw the Stars and Stripes still flying atop the Fort. He realized his fellow countrymen, many of them volunteer militia from Maryland, had surviv… Continue Reading


February 14, 2012

REMEMBERING DEAMONTE DRIVER: FIVE YEARS LATER

This February marks the 5-year anniversary of the tragic death of Deamonte Driver, the 12-year-old Prince George's County youngster who died from an abscessed tooth. Deamonte died only miles from our nation's capital and his death was a national tragedy. Deamonte's death was entirely preventable. What started out as a toothache turned into a severe brain infection that could have been prevented by an $80 extraction. His death also underscored the fact that there can be "no health witho… Continue Reading


February 01, 2012

HONORING THE LEGACY OF HARRIET TUBMAN DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

by Senator Cardin

February is Black History Month, a time to honor the important contributions made throughout our nation's history by African Americans. This year, I want to pay special tribute to Harriet Ross Tubman, a Marylander who was a leader of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad. Born Araminta Ross into slavery around 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom in 1849. Determined to help others escape from slavery, she returned 19 times… Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

FEDERAL PROGRAM HELPS SMALL BUSINESSES BECOME MORE INNOVATIVE

by Senator Cardin

The legislative compromise on a short-term payroll tax extension dominated headlines in late December, but few journalists heralded a provision that was included in the bill that will help small businesses and boost America's economy: the six-year reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The SBIR program helps empower our nation's small entrepreneurs by funding a major federal Research & Development endeavor, creating new jobs and growing our economy. As … Continue Reading

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