Press Releases & Statements

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


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

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