Press Releases & Statements

September 17, 2014

Cardin Hosts Briefing on Efforts to End Discriminatory Profiling By Law Enforcement

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) hosted a high-level panel of civil rights and legal experts Tuesday to review current law and practices of discriminatory profiling by law enforcement. At the center of the briefing was a call for Attorney General Eric Holder to strengthen guidance to local, state and federal law enforcement on banning profiling, as well as the need for a more permanent fix through passage of Senator Cardin's bill, S. 1038, the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA). The legi… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce $25,000 In Federal Funding To Support Stem Education In Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $25,000 federal grant to the Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation (EHC) to develop, design and build a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Outdoor Learning Pavilion which will be used as an educational resource for students in Allegany County Public Schools and other visitors. "This federal inve… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Cardin, Wicker, Mikulski Lead Bipartisan Senate Celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner on Its 200th Anniversary

WASHINGTON - Led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), the U.S. Senate added its voice to the national celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem with unanimous passage of a resolution (S.Res. 550) commemorating the writing, designation and symbolism of the song. The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 after seeing the American flag raised high in the air above Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, after… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen, Wolf, and Delaney Announce Passage of C&O Canal National Historical Park Commission Bill

Washington, DC - Today, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Congressmen Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Frank Wolf (R-VA) and John Delaney (D-MD) announced that legislation (S.476) to reinstate the C&O Canal National Historical Park Commission has passed both houses of Congress and will now go to the President's desk to be signed in to law. The Commission was established at the same time as the park in 1971 to serve as a forum for the communities neighboring the … Continue Reading


September 15, 2014

Cardin Tours Baltimore International Academy, a First-of-its-Kind Baltimore City Public Charter School

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined students, teachers and administrators at the Baltimore International Academy, a unique Baltimore City Public Charter School that offers foreign language immersion classes that prepare students for a competitive and rigorous secondary and collegiate academic career by offering instruction in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and French. Senator Cardin was greeted by students in each of the five languages taught at the school, who subseq… Continue Reading


September 12, 2014

Cardin, McCain Lead Senate in Annual, Global Celebration of Democracy

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, have introduced S. Res. 540, a Senate resolution in recognition of International Day of Democracy this September 15. "We have seen democracy take root in extraordinary and heartening ways around the globe. But… Continue Reading


September 12, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Join Over 120 Members Of Congress On Casey, Shaheen Amicus Brief In Pregnant Worker Discrimination Case

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that they have joined U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and 121 other members of Congress in filing an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Peggy Young, a resident of Landover, Maryland. In her case, Young v UPS, Ms. Young argues that she was discriminated against in the workplace when her employer refused to provide modifications to her job that would have allowe… Continue Reading


September 12, 2014

Cardin, Cummings and Sarbanes Tour Baltimore ‘Help for Homeowners’ Event

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today joined Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.-7) and Rep. John Sarbanes (Md.-3) for the "Help for Homeowners" event at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event brought together several hundred homeowners having difficulty making their mortgage payments with mortgage servicers, housing counselors, and representatives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. "Foreclosure is an all-too-real prospect for many Marylanders, and we've got to do everything we can to he… Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

Cardin Statement Remembering September 11, 2001

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the U.S. of September 11, 2001: "We hug our family a little tighter on this day and pray for all who started their morning on September 11, 2001 like every other, but never made it home. We remember the precious lives lost and those forever changed 13 years ago in New York, at the Pentagon and in a quiet field in Pennsylvania. We give thanks for the first responde… Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

Cardin Welcomes Release of New Report That Illustrates How Water Infrastructure Creates Jobs and Strengthens Cities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, yesterday participated in the unveiling of a new report on how the major investments planned by public water utilities will contribute billions of dollars to the U.S. economy and strengthen employment markets regionally and nationwide. Spearheaded by Water Works!, a joint research initiative led by the Water Environment Research Foundation and the Water Research Foun… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Cummings, Sarbanes Announce $1.1 Million to Study Hanover Street Bridge Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with U.S. Representatives Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), announced that the City of Baltimore has received a grant in the amount of $1,100,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to study feasible ways to replace or rehabilitate the Hanover Street Bridge. Constructed in 1916, the thirty-eight span Hanover Street or Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge connects Southern Baltimore Ci… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Somerset County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Deal Island-Chance Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $13,443 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 the Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member o… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Washington County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and, Barbara A. Mikulski together with U.S. Representative John Delaney (all D-Md.) today announced the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded $64,695 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "The Smithburg Volunteer Fire Company works hard around the clock to protect their community. They do valiant work but n… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

Floor Speech On Michael Brown Shooting In Ferguson And Need To End Racial Profiling

Mr. CARDIN. I rise today to discuss the tragic shooting of Michael Brown last month in Ferguson, MO. Michael Brown did not need to die. This cycle of needless sacrificing of our teens to violent ends must end. It has been heartbreaking to see yet another American town gripped by such a tragedy. I welcome Attorney General Holder's decision last week to begin a pattern or practice investigation into the allegations of unlawful policing by the City of Ferguson's Police Department. I also strong… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

International Day Of Democracy

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, today I rise to recognize the important role civil society plays in the promotion of democracy as we observe International Day of Democracy this September 15. Twenty-five years ago, I stood in Berlin as the wall was coming down. I will never forget that moment when the will of the people was finally recognized. It's true that we have seen extraordinary progress over the years. But in too many parts of the globe, basic rights continued to be denied to those fighti… Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $10 Million In Federal Funds To Decrease Congestion At Fort Meade By Widening MD 175

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be awarded $10,000,000 in federal funding to widen MD 175 at Fort Meade, to cut down on congestion and make the roadway safer and more efficient. Senator Cardin is a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. Senator Mikulski is the Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which fund… Continue Reading


September 09, 2014

Cardin Spends Time, Shares Ideas with Western Maryland Outdoors Enthusiasts

ALLEGANY AND GARRETT COUNTIES, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, recently met with people throughout Maryland's westernmost counties who treasure the region's exceptional woods, waters, ridgelines and recreational opportunities. "Western Maryland's outdoors are special, and I love to meet people who take full advantage of the recreational opportunities the area provides," said Senator Cardin. "Whethe… Continue Reading


September 08, 2014

Cardin Brings U.S. Senate Hearing to Annapolis to Examine the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Agreement

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, led a U.S. Senate hearing in Annapolis today to review the details of the newly signed Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement. "The Chesapeake Bay is and will always be an intangible cultural symbol for Maryland and the region as a whole. I want to stress the importance of broad involvement of all stakeholders in the effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay. Pollutio… Continue Reading


September 05, 2014

Hand-Made in MD: Cardin Tours Studios of Garrett County Artisans

GARRETT COUNTY, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business, this week visited two unique Maryland business locations whose renowned artisans draw tourists and boost local economies with products they produce by hand. "I've long known that the landscapes of Garrett County are inspirational, but to see it reflected in so many different creations was truly special," said Senator Cardin. "From amazingly detailed bird carvings to some of the finest h… Continue Reading


September 05, 2014

Cardin Praises DOJ Investigation of Ferguson Police Practices, Continues Push for Racial Profiling Ban

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in response to news that the Department of Justice has begun a pattern or practice investigation into allegations of unlawful policing by the City of Ferguson Police Department: "I welcome Attorney General's Holder decision to open an investigation into allegations of unlawful policing by the City of Ferguson Police Department, in light of the recent shooting and death of teen Michael Brown. I also strongly support … Continue Reading

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