Press Releases & Statements

October 08, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Call On HHS To Release Critical Heating Assistance Funding For Low-Income Families As Winter Approaches

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that they have called on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to release needed federal heating assistance funds without delay, and at no less than $4.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2015. These funds, provided through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), provide aid to families across Maryland and the nation who are struggling to pay their en… Continue Reading


October 03, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings and Baltimore Clergy Stand United in Effort to End Racial Profiling By Law Enforcement

Baltimore, Md. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, and U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings (All D-Md.) joined with Baltimore clergy, Muslim community leaders and civil rights activists Friday at the Union Baptist Church to announce their united support for an end to racial profiling by all levels of law enforcement. Participants, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Southern Christian Leadershi… Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $770,000 In Federal Grants To Provide Homes For Homeless Veterans In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $777,845 in federal grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide permanent homes for homeless veterans in Maryland. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will receive $485,463, the Harford County Housing Agency will receive $105,966 and the Baltimore County Housing Authority will receive $186,416. "Those who fought to defend this nation should not have to fight… Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

Cardin, Sarbanes, EPA Celebrate Major New Grant for Environmental Education in Baltimore City Schools

SOUTH BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today joined Congressman John Sarbanes (Md.-03), EPA Region III Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, leaders of the Living Classrooms Foundation, state officials and Lakeland Elementary third-graders to celebrate a $75,000 grant to boost local student involvement at the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus. The grant will enable the foundation to involve three more Bal… Continue Reading


October 01, 2014

Cardin Statement on Hong Kong Protests

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs issued the following statement on the current situation in Hong Kong: "The people who have taken to the streets of Hong Kong are doing the right thing to protect their homeland and the integrity of its democracy. I strongly support their right to peacefully demonstrate in support of basic civil and human rights. I urge all parties to ensure these protests rema… Continue Reading


October 01, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski And Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Announce $1 Million Federal Grant For At-Risk Youth Mentoring Programs

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today were joined by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) to announce that the foundation has been awarded a $1,000,000 grant through the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program. These federal grant funds will help the foundation provide mentoring opportunities for at-risk youth in Maryland and 13 other states. "Young people are our greatest natural resources, to invest in… Continue Reading


September 30, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Congratulate Maryland Schools Receiving Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Award

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) today praised 10 Maryland schools for receiving prestigious National Blue Ribbon awards from the U.S. Department of Education (DoED). The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program annually honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. "The designation of 10 National Blue Ribbon Schools in Maryland is an achieve… Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Nearly $15 Million to Strengthen Cyber Job Training at Maryland Community Colleges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded $14,957,899 in federal funding to fourteen Maryland community colleges as part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. The TAACCCT program allows community colleges and other institutions to expand their ability to provide quality education and job training programs in two years or less. Of the nearly … Continue Reading


September 29, 2014

Cardin, Van Hollen, SBA Meet with Military Veterans Learning to Grow Small Businesses

ROCKVILLE, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, (D-Md., both), and Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Antonio Doss today met with leaders and graduates of the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP), the nation's first-ever program to train veteran-owned small businesses on how to succeed in the federal contracting market. The Montgome… Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Cardin Praises AG Holder’s Commitment to Civil Rights, Urges Additional Action Before He Departs DOJ

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded Attorney General Eric Holder's public service in response to his announced departure from the Department of Justice: "I thank Attorney General Eric Holder for his many years of dedicated service to our nation and the Justice Department. He has worked tirelessly to protect the American people, safeguard our Constitution, and promote equal justice under the law for all. "As the nation's top lawyer, Attorney General Holder took bold steps … Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Senators Urge Administration to Address Methane Pollution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), along with more than a dozen of their colleagues, today applauded the Obama Administration's efforts to act on climate change, while urging swifter action to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas production. Methane is the principal component of natural gas and emits less carbon pollution than coal or oil when burned to generate heat or electricity. However, when natural gas leaks before it is bur… Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Laud EAS Waiver for Hagerstown Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Congressman John Delaney (D-6) (all D-Md.), praised the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for approving a waiver that will allow Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) to remain part of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had planned to cut HGR from EAS as part of implementation of the FAA Modernization Act of 2012. In order to maintain federal subsidies, the act require… Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $3 Million In Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Fire Fighting Equipment In Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Anne Arundel County Fire Department will receive $2,976,975 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

At UNGA, Cardin Lauds President Obama’s Focus on Resiliency, US Advances in Reducing Carbon Pollution

NEW YORK - After attending President Barack Obama's speech before the United Nations Climate Summit, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works committees, gave the following remarks. Senator Cardin was confirmed last week as a Representative of the United States to the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA). "Science tells us climate change is real and it is among the biggest global threats facing us today. I have been proud … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Cardin-Portman Act to Protect Retirement Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have teamed up to protect the retirement security of many American workers. Their new legislation, the Retirement Security Preservation Act (S. 2855), creates a permanent fix for an unintentional flaw in the way nondiscrimination regulations apply to certain defined benefit pension plans. The legislation would remove possible incentives for companies to hard-freeze the defined be… Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Cardin, Wyden, Brown: Guatemala Must Enforce Its Labor Laws

WASHINGTON - Three leading Democratic senators praised the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for resuming its case against Guatemala, which has failed to enforce its own labor laws for years in violation of commitments under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown thanked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for moving forward with the case, and emphasized … Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

Senators Cardin, Coons, and Graham introduce bipartisan bill to increase private investment in global maternal and child-health programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Chris Coons (D-Del.), , Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and, all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced legislation on Thursday to create innovative financing mechanisms, such as new development impact bonds, aimed at increasing private-sector investment in maternal and child health programs in developing countries. The Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act is an innovative concept centered on the notion that even a smal… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce Funding to Extend High-Speed Connections for Bel Air Elementary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with U.S. Congressman John Delaney (D-6) (all D-Md.), announced that the Allegany County Board Of Education has received a grant in the amount of $34,375 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) fund the extension of fiber optic cable at Bel Air Elementary School. Bel Air Elementary is the only school in Allegany County without fiber optic connectivity. "Internet access is no longer a luxury item but a necessity for ed… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Cardin Praises Committee Approval of Colvin Nomination to be Commissioner of Social Security Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, praised the Committee's approval of Carolyn Colvin to be the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Senator Cardin introduced Colvin at her confirmation hearing in July. The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Woodlawn, Maryland. "Having served as Acting SSA Commissioner since February 2013, Carolyn Colvin has already brought the necessary integrity needed to ensure that b… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Wyden, Cardin, Brown: Guatemala Must Enforce Its Labor Laws

WASHINGTON - Three leading Democratic senators praised the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for resuming its case against Guatemala, which has failed to enforce its own labor laws for years in violation of commitments under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown thanked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for moving forward with the case, and emphasized that… Continue Reading

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