Press Releases & Statements

September 26, 2014

Senators Urge Administration to Address Methane Pollution

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), along with more than a dozen of their colleagues, today applauded the Obama Administration's efforts to act on climate change, while urging swifter action to limit methane pollution from oil and natural gas production. Methane is the principal component of natural gas and emits less carbon pollution than coal or oil when burned to generate heat or electricity. However, when natural gas leaks before it is bur… Continue Reading


September 26, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Laud EAS Waiver for Hagerstown Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Congressman John Delaney (D-6) (all D-Md.), praised the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for approving a waiver that will allow Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR) to remain part of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had planned to cut HGR from EAS as part of implementation of the FAA Modernization Act of 2012. In order to maintain federal subsidies, the act require… Continue Reading


September 24, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $3 Million In Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Fire Fighting Equipment In Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Anne Arundel County Fire Department will receive $2,976,975 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 Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

At UNGA, Cardin Lauds President Obama’s Focus on Resiliency, US Advances in Reducing Carbon Pollution

NEW YORK - After attending President Barack Obama's speech before the United Nations Climate Summit, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment & Public Works committees, gave the following remarks. Senator Cardin was confirmed last week as a Representative of the United States to the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA). "Science tells us climate change is real and it is among the biggest global threats facing us today. I have been proud … Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Cardin-Portman Act to Protect Retirement Security

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have teamed up to protect the retirement security of many American workers. Their new legislation, the Retirement Security Preservation Act (S. 2855), creates a permanent fix for an unintentional flaw in the way nondiscrimination regulations apply to certain defined benefit pension plans. The legislation would remove possible incentives for companies to hard-freeze the defined be… Continue Reading


September 23, 2014

Cardin, Wyden, Brown: Guatemala Must Enforce Its Labor Laws

WASHINGTON - Three leading Democratic senators praised the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for resuming its case against Guatemala, which has failed to enforce its own labor laws for years in violation of commitments under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown thanked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for moving forward with the case, and emphasized … Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

Senators Cardin, Coons, and Graham introduce bipartisan bill to increase private investment in global maternal and child-health programs

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) Chris Coons (D-Del.), , Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and, all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced legislation on Thursday to create innovative financing mechanisms, such as new development impact bonds, aimed at increasing private-sector investment in maternal and child health programs in developing countries. The Accelerating Action in Maternal and Child Health Act is an innovative concept centered on the notion that even a smal… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Delaney Announce Funding to Extend High-Speed Connections for Bel Air Elementary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with U.S. Congressman John Delaney (D-6) (all D-Md.), announced that the Allegany County Board Of Education has received a grant in the amount of $34,375 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) fund the extension of fiber optic cable at Bel Air Elementary School. Bel Air Elementary is the only school in Allegany County without fiber optic connectivity. "Internet access is no longer a luxury item but a necessity for ed… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Cardin Praises Committee Approval of Colvin Nomination to be Commissioner of Social Security Administration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, praised the Committee's approval of Carolyn Colvin to be the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Senator Cardin introduced Colvin at her confirmation hearing in July. The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Woodlawn, Maryland. "Having served as Acting SSA Commissioner since February 2013, Carolyn Colvin has already brought the necessary integrity needed to ensure that b… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

Wyden, Cardin, Brown: Guatemala Must Enforce Its Labor Laws

WASHINGTON - Three leading Democratic senators praised the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for resuming its case against Guatemala, which has failed to enforce its own labor laws for years in violation of commitments under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon, Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin and Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown thanked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman for moving forward with the case, and emphasized that… Continue Reading


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

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