Press Releases & Statements

September 04, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Visit UMBC to Address the Rising Cost of a College Education

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), today visited University of Maryland, Baltimore County for a roundtable discussion with students and university officials, including President Freeman A. Hrabowski III. At the forefront of the conversation were the many challenges Maryland students face in paying for higher education. As prices at public four-year institutions rise at unprecedented rates and U.S. student loan debt balloons to roughly $1 trillion - a sum … Continue Reading


September 04, 2014

Maryland, Virginia Senators Praise OPM’s Decision to Allow Federal Employees to Carryover Flexible Spending Account Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), along with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who combined represent 13.7 percent of the nation's federal workforce, applauded the recent U.S Office of Personnel Management (OPM) decision to allow federal employees to carryover up to $500 in unspent Flexible Spending Account (FSA) funds from one year to the next. Federal FSA (FSAFED) participants will now be allowed to use unspent funds from the previous … Continue Reading


September 04, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Visit Bowie State University to Address the Rising Cost of a College Education

BOWIE, Md. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) visited Bowie State University Thursday for a roundtable discussion with BSU President Mickey L. Burnim, students and officials. At the forefront of the conversation were the many challenges Maryland students face in paying for higher education. As prices at public four-year institutions rise at unprecedented rates and U.S. student loan debt balloons to roughly $1 trillion - a sum larger than Americans' total collective … Continue Reading


September 03, 2014

Cardin Lauds Nomination of Former Advisor to Key Position at the Small Business Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, praised the announcement that Gilberto de Jesús has been nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Chief Counsel for Advocacy at the U.S. Small Business Administration. de Jesús formerly served as a Senior Legislative Fellow for Senator Cardin and advised him on all issues related to small businesses. "Gil de Jesús has been a tireless defender of small busin… Continue Reading


August 27, 2014

Cardin, Wyden, Brown Call On Guatemala To Comply With Labor Obligations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, D-Md., Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., , and Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, today called on the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to resume litigation if Guatemala fails to effectively enforce its labor laws, as required by the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). "We are at a critical crossroads with Guatemala over its failure to effectively enforce its labor laws, c… Continue Reading


August 21, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $390,000 In Federal Funds For Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association (CVVFA), headquartered in Hagerstown, has been awarded a $393,300 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) to continue providing free online learning tools to first responders in the Cumberland Valley region. The FP&S grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). "Our first … Continue Reading


August 20, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Announce $4.7 Million in Rural Development Funding For Water and Waste Disposal Projects in Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $762,000 in federal grants and $3,954,000 in loans through the USDA Rural Development Water and Wastewater Disposal Program to upgrade water and wastewater infrastructure in Allegany County. Additionally, $30,000 in federal grants through the USDA Rural Development Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) will be used to conduct preliminary tests to upgrade water and wast… Continue Reading


August 19, 2014

Chairman Cardin Mourns Passing Of Ambassador Todman

(Washington, DC)-In response to the August 13, 2014, passing of Ambassador Terence A. Todman, Senator Ben Cardin (MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) said, "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ambassador Todman. As one of the first African-Americans to serve as an Ambassador in Europe, he demonstrated the strength of our nation's diversity overseas. Not only did he open doors in the diplomatic service for African-Americans … Continue Reading


August 19, 2014

Cardin Statement on Syrian Chemical Weapons Program and Cardin/Rubio War Crimes Accountability Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released the following statement regarding the recent report that Syria's most deadly reported chemical weapons had been neutralized aboard the MV Cape Ray. "Yesterday, the United States government announced that Syria's most deadly declared chemical weapons have been destroyed. Destruction of these weapons is a critical step in protecting the Syrian people," said Senator Cardin. "However, we cannot forget that just one year ago, 1,000 inno… Continue Reading


August 15, 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 Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded $71,820 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "When the men and women of the Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Department respond to a call they deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have the right equipment to pro… Continue Reading


August 15, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $800,000 in Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Dorchester County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $198,959 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "When the men and women of the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department respond to a call they deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have the right equipment for the … Continue Reading


August 15, 2014

Cardin Statement on Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri

Baltimore, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the death of Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown and the ongoing reaction to his shooting: "This cycle of needlessly sacrificing our teens to violent ends must end. It is heartbreaking to see yet another American town gripped by such a tragedy. As Attorney General Holder moves forward with his investigation into the circumstances of Michael Brown's death, I urge him to also finalize new guidance that wo… Continue Reading


August 14, 2014

Senator Cardin, Lt. Governor Brown, State And Local Officials Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Community Development Block Grant Program

BERLIN, Md. (August 14, 2014) - Today U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lt. Governor Brown were joined by state and local officials from across Maryland in downtown Berlin to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Lt. Governor also announced $5.1 million in FY2015 awards to 12 Maryland counties and municipalities through CDBG's States and Small Cities Program. "The Community Development Block Grant program has transformed lives and reju… Continue Reading


August 14, 2014

Cardin Highlights Upward Trend of O.C. Hospitality Industry with Local Businesses and Officials

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Prior to his appearance at the Maryland Association of Counties meeting, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) arrived in Ocean City to lead a roundtable with business owners, hospitality industry leaders and fellow elected officials about public-private partnerships working to increase tourism and support tourism-related industry in the region. The discussion took place at Harrison's Harbor Watch Restaurant adjacent to the iconic Ocean City Inlet. Maryland's travel and tourism… Continue Reading


August 13, 2014

Cardin Announces $5.5 Million Federal Grant for Repairs at Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Airport

SALISBURY, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) was on hand at the Salisbury-Ocean City: Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY) Wednesday to announce a federal grant in the amount of $5,530,524. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) funds will be used to rehabilitate one of the airport's two runways: 5-23. Part of the runway improvements will include increasing the runway's weight limit allowing heavier planes with more passengers and cargo to move through the airport. Runway 5-23 has not be… Continue Reading


August 12, 2014

Cardin Tour of Center for Urban Families Spotlights Importance of Job Training, Stable Communities

Cardin Tour of Center for Urban Families Spotlights Importance of Job Training, Stable Communities Senator meets with students, alumni, leadership to discuss ways to develop better family support structures, tools for economic success Baltimore, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today met with leaders, graduates and students of the Center for Urban Families to examine the successful ways in which the non-profit organization has strengthen… Continue Reading


August 12, 2014

Cardin Underscores Effectiveness Of Affordable Care Act For Seniors At Baltimore’s Keswick Multi-Care Center

BALTIMORE, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today met with administrators of the Keswick Multi-Care Center to discuss one of the many ways that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is improving care for seniors. The ACA includes incentives that promote coordinated care and encourage investment in discharge planning and transitional care to avoid unnecessary hospital re-admissions. The Keswick facility is pioneering new ways to aid hospitals in caring for … Continue Reading


August 11, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Brown Announce Funding For Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program at UMMC

BALTIMORE, Md. - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski were joined by U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, health care representatives, domestic violence advocates, and state and local officials to announce funding for a Hospital-Based Domestic Violence Program at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). The Bridge Project, which will serve incoming patients at both the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the UMMC Emergency Department, will … Continue Reading


August 07, 2014

Cardin, Kirk, Rubio Demand Investigation into Weapons Found at UNRWA Facilities

Washington - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to launch an independent investigation into the troubling actions of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which administers social services to Palestinian refugees in Gaza, West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. In three separate incidents during the current crisis in Gaza, Hamas rockets were discovered on UNRWA premises a… Continue Reading


August 06, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $800,000 in Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Dorchester County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $135,850 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "I am proud to fight for the federal investments that help make sure that the brave men and women safeguarding our families make it home safely to their own. The Ridge Volunteer … Continue Reading

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