Ben In The News

June 07, 2011

REDUCING ENERGY COSTS BY DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE ENERGY POLICY

by Senator Ben Cardin

This spring, Americans struggled with high gasoline prices and unpredictable energy costs as gas at the pump soared to more than $4 a gallon. While these high gas prices have recently receded somewhat, no one should be lulled into a false sense of security that future energy prices will permanently stabilize at substantially lower prices. Today's energy prices are pegged to an extremely volatile, unpredictable world oil market. At the same time, the Big 5 oil companies continue to make huge p… Continue Reading


May 31, 2011

THE SENATE’S REJECTION OF RYAN BUDGET PLAN IS A VICTORY FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES

by Senator Ben Cardin

The defeat of the Ryan budget in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 57-to-40 last week was a victory for America's seniors and a clear message that Americans will not tolerate dismantling of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), which passed the House of Representatives in April, would have jeopardized the health of seniors by reinstating the Medicare Part D coverage gap, and eliminating Medicare as we know it. The Ryan plan would have turned Medica… Continue Reading


May 09, 2011

WE CANNOT ALLOW MEDICARE & MEDICAID TO BE DISMANTLED

by Senator Ben Cardin

We can -- and we must -- develop a credible deficit reduction plan that is comprehensive and considers all options. A credible budget plan, however, does not hurt the weakest, most vulnerable Americans. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has passed a budget plan developed by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin that I believe does just that by turning Medicare into a voucher program and Medicaid into a block grant program to the states. Congressman Ryan also has called for redu… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

PARTNERING TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP STORMWATER POLLUTION

by Senator Ben Cardin

Cooperation is a term used far too rarely in governance today. Thanks to a newly enacted law that I authored, however, that term now perfectly describes the newly clarified collaborative relationship between federal, state, county, and local governments in cleaning up stormwater pollution that emanates from their respective properties. Stormwater runoff is the largest source sector for many imperiled bodies of water across the country and poses a grave threat to our environment and public … Continue Reading


April 20, 2011

LIBYA: THE RESOURCE CURSE STRIKES AGAIN

by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)

The civil war in Libya, and the consequent spike in world oil prices, has cast a bright light on three important truths about global energy: first, Europe and the United States are increasingly dependent on oil imports from unstable regions; second, in many oil-rich countries, corruption and mismanagement of petroleum revenues can leave the population impoverished, as is so evident in the pictures from Libya; and third, oil revenues can embolden despots and lead to instability, which direc… Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

A CELEBRATION: EARTH DAY 2011

by Senator Ben Cardin

Earth Day was established in 1970 by the late U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as a way to encourage awareness and appreciation of our planet, including its fragile nature and vulnerability. What started as a one-day celebration has now grown into a movement. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 145 countries by more than 500 million people. In 41 years, Earth Day has helped to focus world attention on the need to protect our planet from forces that threaten its survival. In our nation, … Continue Reading


March 21, 2011

DEFICIT REDUCTION MUST LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED

by Ben Cardin

These are difficult times for our economy, and Americans want Congress to act now to develop a credible budget plan that will ensure our nation's future growth and prosperity. It's not an easy task, but it is one around which all of us - Democrats, Republicans, independents - must come together as a nation if we are going to deal with our budget deficit. Recently, I gave a speech on the U.S. Senate floor outlining what I believe it will take to get control of our deficit while also ensuring… Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

CELEBRATING WOMENS HISTORY MONTH

March is Women's History Month and it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the barriers that women have overcome and to celebrate what they have accomplished throughout our nation's history.  Our nation has come a long way since its founding when women were not allowed to own property or to vote.  As we reflect on the history of women in our nation, we also should take a close look at where women are today.    This year, for the first time in our nation's history, we have three women servin… Continue Reading


February 03, 2011

BLACK HISTORY MONTH IS A TIME TO CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF BLACK ENTREPRENEURS

February is Black History Month, and it is an opportunity to give special recognition and voice to the many accomplishments of Black Americans throughout our nation's history.  Established in 1926, Black History Month was started at a time when segregation was rampant and Black Americans were denied an opportunity to achieve the American Dream.   Much has changed since then and as we celebrate the 85 thyear of Black History Month, I want to applaud the achievements of Black entrepre… Continue Reading


January 28, 2011

NEW COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENT: SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE

I am pleased to have been selected for a seat on the influential Senate Finance Committee.  We have been in the worst recession since the Great Depression and, as a member of the Finance Committee, I look forward to working with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to develop policies that will spur our economic recovery. The Finance Committee provides that opportunity and it covers many of the issues that I dealt with during 17 years on the House Ways & Means Committee - issues that … Continue Reading


January 14, 2011

REPEALING HEALTH CARE REFORM WOULD HURT MARYLAND SENIORS AND RAISE COSTS FOR ALL

As the 112 th Congress gets underway, there are efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act , a move that would have a devastating effect on seniors, harm the solvency of Medicare and eliminate consumer protections that are important to Maryland families.   Starting on January 1, seniors who fall in the Medicare Part D prescription drug gap or "donut hole," will receive a 50% discount on all brand-name medications.   Also starting on January 1, the new la… Continue Reading


January 06, 2011

CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF AN AMERICAN ICON: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

On January 17, our nation will pause to celebrate and honor the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of our most admired leaders whose vision, strength and courage helped bring about historic change to our country.   Born 82 years ago, Dr. King showed a nation that nonviolence can bring about social justice. From the Montgomery bus boycott to the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to his arrest and incarceration in the Birming… Continue Reading


December 01, 2010

MARYLAND'S BLUE ALERT SYSTEM CAN SUPPORT AND PROTECT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS NATIONWIDE

More than 900,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect us and to make our communities safer. Tragically, sometimes the unthinkable happens and a police officer is injured or killed in the line of duty by a violent criminal.   In such instances, the quick dissemination of important, time-sensitive information about suspected criminals is essential to keeping our communities safe.     … Continue Reading


October 22, 2010

COMMUNITY COLLEGES HOLD THE KEY TO JOBS OF THE FUTURE

We are all concerned about the economy and jobs and it's important to keep in mind that many jobs in the future will build on innovative, new technologies and advances that are now being developed, particularly in the health care and clean energy fields.   As we work to become less dependent on foreign energy, we need workers who can be part of a growing alternative energy industry.   And, as we work to bring 32 million Americans into the health care system, we need hundreds of thousan… Continue Reading


October 04, 2010

HATE CRIMES AGAINST THE HOMELESS

Last week, I chaired an important Judiciary subcommittee hearing that I found extremely upsetting and troubling.   It focused on the increasing number of violent attacks on individuals who are homeless, a population that is often our most vulnerable.   From being beaten to death by a baseball bat to being doused with gasoline and set ablaze, the number of brutal attacks on people who are homeless - simply because they are homeless -- is frightening and growing.   La… Continue Reading


September 13, 2010

NEW HEALTH CARE LAW PROVIDES IMPORTANT PREVENTIVE BENEFITS TO AMERICANS STARTING SEPT. 23

September 23, 2010 is a day that all Americans should mark on their calendar.   On that day, new preventive health care benefits that were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will take effect, bringing greater benefits to millions of Americans.   It also is the day that important consumer protections go into effect, making it easier for families to obtain health care and harder for insurance companies to deny or restrict coverage to millions of American… Continue Reading


August 09, 2010

PROTECTING AMERICANS BY STOPPING PASSPORT FRAUD

If you have ever traveled overseas, applied for a job or tried to open a bank account, you know that a U.S. passport is the gold standard for identification. It opens doors and it verifies identity.   Recently though, a series of undercover investigations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have shown vulnerabilities in how these passports are issued and just how well U.S. officials are able to check the validity of the documents used to obtain genuine U.S. passports. … Continue Reading


July 28, 2010

CELBRATING THE 45th ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT

This year marks the 45 th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act - one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation to be enacted during the tumultuous 1960s.  The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on August 6, 1965, was a result of the continued and egregious denials of the voting rights of African American citizens and other minorities across our nation. … Continue Reading


July 22, 2010

CONGRESS ACTS TO PROTECT 'MAIN STREET' FROM 'WALL STREET'

Congress recently passed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- legislation that will protect consumers, investors and taxpayers by ensuring that the financial services industry has the appropriate oversight to avoid the type of financial collapse that has rocked our nation and global markets.   Over the last 30 years, our regulatory framework has not kept pace with financial innovations.   Decreased regulation led to irresponsible behavior by ma… Continue Reading


July 06, 2010

AN OVERVIEW OF THE ELENA KAGAN CONFIRMATION HEARINGS

As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I spent much of last week participating in the confirmation hearings of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It was almost a year ago, that I also participated in Justice Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing and I consider both to be historic moments.   If you have children, if you work for a living, if you are a woman, if you vote and if you care about clean water and clean … Continue Reading

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