Press Releases & Statements

October 30, 2014

Cardin Hires Medical Doctor Beth Vrabel as Health Policy Advisor, Environmental Communications Vet Tim Zink as Press Secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin announced that Dr. Beth Vrabel has joined his Capitol staff as Health Policy Advisor. In this role, she will serve as the senior advisor to the senator on all aspects of health care policy and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Vrabel fills the vacancy left by former Policy Director Priscilla Ross. Also recently joining Team Cardin is Tim Zink, who serves as Press Secretary. Mr. Zink is based at Senator Cardin's primary state office in Baltimore. … Continue Reading


October 30, 2014

Cardin Statement On Anonymous Insults Of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to an article in The Atlantic citing anonymous sources criticizing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Outlandish remarks made by anonymous sources leave scars that mask the truth of America's relationship with Israel: we have no greater ally in the Middle East. The truth is what President Obama says and does when he stands with Israel, its … Continue Reading


October 28, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Applaud Federal Grant to UMD to Study the Cause of Intersex Fish in Chesapeake Bay Watershed

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today welcomed news of a $238,055 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to the University of Maryland (UMD) for a study designed to deepen our understanding of the factors behind the intersex fish that have been documented throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the safety of America's drinking water supplies. The UMD researchers will explore the source and effects of gestagens - natural and synthetic contracep… Continue Reading


October 27, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes, State Officials And Fort Meade Leaders Announce $10 Million In Federal Funds To Decrease Congestion At Fort Meade By Widening MD 175

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski together with Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation James T. Smith, Jr., Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, State Senator James "Ed" DeGrange, Sr., Fort Meade Garrison Commander Colonel Brian Foley and BWI Partnership Chairman Gene Condon today at a press conference at Fort Meade announced $10,000,000 in … Continue Reading


October 24, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $7.3 Million In Federal Funds To Upgrade Critical Water And Wastewater Infrastructure In Kent County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced Kent County and the Town of Galena have been awarded $7,308,000 in federal funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to upgrade critical water and wastewater infrastructure. "Investing in Kent County's water and wastewater infrastructure is the right thing to do for public health, for the health of the Chesapeake Bay and to save energy, but it also creates local jobs and su… Continue Reading


October 22, 2014

Cardin, Edwards and Anne Arundel Small Businesses Talk About Support Needed for Regional Growth

GAMBRILLS, Md. - U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards (Md.-04) today joined a roundtable organized by the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce on the challenges and opportunities that face local small businesses. Senator Cardin and Representative Edwards shared their perspectives and heard from about 30 area small business owners, as well as representatives from the Small Business … Continue Reading


October 15, 2014

Cardin Lauds WTO Ruling Against India’s Ban on U.S. Chickens

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement upon news that the United States had won a major victory at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in its challenge to India's ban on U.S. products, including chickens and eggs. "The best poultry in the world is raised right here in Maryland. Ensuring that our poultry producers have complete access to the global foo… Continue Reading


October 15, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $62 Million In Federal Energy Assistance Funding For Low-Income Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that $62 million in federal energy assistance funds will be available to Maryland families struggling to pay their heating bills this winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). In fiscal year 2013, Maryland LIHEAP provided 113,787 households with LIHEAP financial assistance. "We cannot leave the most vulnerable Maryland families in the dark and cold. This federal funding is goo… Continue Reading


October 14, 2014

Cardin Showcases Worldwide Educational Opportunities Available at University of Maryland University College

LARGO, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today visited with students at the University of Maryland University College Academic Center at Largo, home of the largest public university in the nation that is helping to make a four-year education more affordable, especially for our military members and their families. UMUC encourages hybrid education, which mixes classroom and online courses, as students' schedules allow. While at the Academic Center at Largo, Senator Cardin participated in a vid… Continue Reading


October 13, 2014

Cardin Birthday Greetings for the U.S. Navy

Baltimore, Md. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following to commemorate the United States Navy's Birthday, which is Monday, October 13: "In honor of the U.S. Navy's birthday, I want to thank all the sailors who have served and are serving, as well as their families, for the untold sacrifices they have made in the name of protecting our nation and defending freedom, democracy and stability around the world. I stand in appreciation of their ability, dedication and courage. Former… Continue Reading


October 08, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes Write DOJ in Support of an Investigation of BPD

We urge your Department to conduct this investigation expeditiously and take the steps necessary to help restore public confidence in the Baltimore City Police Department." WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, as well as the U.S. Representatives for Baltimore Elijah E. Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John P. Sarbanes (All D-Md.), have written to Attorney General Eric Holder to officially voice their support for a federal investigation into allegations of bru… Continue Reading


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

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