Press Releases & Statements

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


August 06, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce Federal Funding for Fire Prevention and Safety in Montgomery County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, together with U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded $86,450 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants, a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG). The award will be used to expand a program to educate residents, particularly seniors, about the importance … Continue Reading


August 05, 2014

International Women’s Day

Mr. CARDIN: I rise today to speak about International Women's Day. International Women's Day is an occasion to honor and praise women for their accomplishments and to celebrate women who are making a difference, both here in America and around the world. Already this year, we have seen advances for women in the United States. In January, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that women in the military can now join their male colleagues on the front line. America's military is t… Continue Reading


August 05, 2014

Statement On The Sochi Olympics

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, as we speak, the 22nd Winter Olympics are well underway in Sochi, Russia. Let me first congratulate the organizers on a fantastic opening ceremony. It really was something to see the depth and breadth of Russia's rich history and culture on display for the entire world to admire. The Olympics put a powerful spotlight on Russia-a spotlight Russia's president has so vigorously sought. But just as this attention is educating the world about Russia's invaluabl… Continue Reading


August 05, 2014

Congratulating Robert Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I want to take a moment today to honor Robert ("Bob") Perciasepe, the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Bob is a true public servant and dear friend who will be departing government service shortly. He has spent the past several decades protecting our environment and his work in this regard has been exemplary. The air we and our children and grandchildren breathe and the water we drink are cleaner because of Bob Perciasepe. … Continue Reading


August 05, 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 that $832,390 in federal grant funding has been awarded among seven Volunteer Fire Departments in Dorchester County through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The regional award will be used to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. As the Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding f… Continue Reading


August 04, 2014

Cardin Statement on the Passing of James Brady

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), released the following statement on the passing of former White House Press Secretary James Brady: "James Brady was truly an incredible public servant. Whatever your personal politics, Jim deserves great respect for turning a life-changing tragedy into a public campaign to save lives. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Sarah and his entire family. "Before circumstances transformed Jim into a nationa… Continue Reading


August 04, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Ruppersberger, Van Hollen, Sarbanes, Edwards and Delaney Urge White House to Abandon Plans for Seismic Testing Off Maryland Coast

WASHINGTON - Eight members of the Maryland Congressional delegation wrote to President Barack Obama recently urging the administration to reconsider a proposal to allow the use of seismic air guns to search for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean, especially off Maryland's coast. " … The cost of the proposed action to Marylanders and the marine life off our coasts is far too great to risk for oil and gas exploration that will keep us tethered to the energy sources of the past," the joint l… Continue Reading


August 04, 2014

Cardin, Cantwell Applaud Small Business Scorecard for Federal Contracting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and SBC Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), today recognized the Obama Administration for its commitment to small business contracting as he joined with key officials to unveil the 2013 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard. Senator Cardin participated in the announcement at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Admin… Continue Reading


August 01, 2014

Cardin and Portman Urge the Administration to Provide Needed Military Assistance to Ukraine

Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) urged the Administration to approve badly needed defensive military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. The senators expressed concern over the Ukrainian military's challenges defending its sovereignty against insurgents armed and trained by Russia and urged the Administration to provide the military capabilities to defeat the separatists, deter Russian aggression, and restore stability to the nation. "Ukr… Continue Reading

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