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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


June 09, 2010

BP OIL SPILL IS A WAKE-UP CALL TO OUR NATION

     As Americans continue to watch the failure of BP to turn off the oil spigot caused by the Deepwater Horizon explosion, we are distressed by the loss of life and sickened by the destruction to our Gulf Coast. Americans also are concerned about potential damage that could be caused as currents carry the oil eastward around Florida and possibly up the Atlantic Coast. As we watch and pray for a resolution of the biggest oil spill in our nation's history, there are several ke… Continue Reading


June 01, 2010

IT'S TIME TO PROHIBIT AIRLINES FROM CHARGING FOR CARRY-ON BAGGAGE

The summer travel season has started and many air travelers are planning ahead for what they may encounter. Unfortunately, over the years air travelers have become all too familiar with the additional fees that are often tacked on for traveling.   From the cost of food to headphones to blankets, the number of amenities that often require an additional charge -- unfortunately -- has become common place and is growing.   In fact, one carrier recently announced it will charge $45 for carry-on… Continue Reading


May 24, 2010

SENATE MOVES FORWARD ON WALL STREET REFORM

   Last week, the Senate took an important step forward in putting an end to Wall Street's recklessness and in protecting Americans from future financial meltdowns caused by greed, arrogance and irresponsibility. In passing the Restoring American Financial Stability Act , the Senate put strict new regulations in place to protect consumers and moved us closer to ending the era of "too big to fail."   In December, the House passed its version of Wall Street reform legislati… Continue Reading


May 07, 2010

WE NEED A PERMANENT MORATORIUM ON DRILLING OFF THE ATLANTIC COAST

Our nation is currently witnessing what could become the largest, most catastrophic environmental disaster in our history - a disaster that I do not want to see repeated along the Mid-Atlantic Coast, possibly threatening Ocean City, Assateague Island National Seashore, the Chesapeake Bay, and the economic health of Maryland.   My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 11 workers who died on April 20 when a devastating explosion rocked BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig 50 miles of… Continue Reading


April 19, 2010

EARTH DAY MARKS 40TH ANNIVERSARY

For 40 years, Americans have joined together annually to celebrate the Earth and dedicate themselves to protecting and renewing the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that sustains our families.   This year, along with millions of Americans across the country, I'm making a commitment to improve our sustainability and move us closer to a clean energy economy. I am encouraged by the momentum in Congress for clean energy legislation that will create millions of… Continue Reading


April 01, 2010

CONGRESS ACTS TO PUT MORE MONEY INTO PELL AND OTHER FEDERAL COLLEGE AID PROGRAMS

Families who have struggled - or who are currently struggling -- to send a child to college will be pleased that Congress has acted to remove the middle man from student loan programs and put the money that is saved into helping more students attend college.     Congress recently voted to stop providing costly subsidies to banks to make student loans.   Ending these subsidies to banks will save approximately $61 billion over t… Continue Reading

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