Press Releases & Statements

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


August 01, 2014

Cardin, Collins Lead Senate Recognition Of Direct Support Professionals

Senate in passing a resolution (S.Res.532) celebrating the 7th annual "National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week," which runs September 7-13. Direct support professionals (DSPs) support people in need, allowing them to live, work and participate fully in their communities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that one million new DSPs will be needed by 2016. "One week is not enough to properly thank our Direct Support Professionals for the skillful and selfless work they do 3… Continue Reading


August 01, 2014

Cardin Urges Republicans To Set Aside Partisanship For Humanitarian And Disaster Relief

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) provided the following remarks before the start of the summer work period: "I am extremely disappointed that Senate Republicans blocked the emergency supplemental. The supplemental was a first step to respond to the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing our borders, by providing essential funding for border security, law enforcement, and humanitarian assistance. This measure simply gives the necessary resources to our dedicated and hardworking … Continue Reading


August 01, 2014

Cardin Statement on Hamas Breach of Cease Fire

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the situation in Gaza: "I am outraged by today's deadly attack on two Israeli soldiers and the reported kidnapping of a third, just hours into the internationally-brokered ceasefire. For an organization that says it stands for the Palestinian people, Hamas has taken every opportunity to undermine efforts to seek a peaceful resolution and provide humanitaria… Continue Reading


August 01, 2014

Cardin Praises Expansion Of Visa Program For Afghans Who Have Risked Their Lives To Support The U.S. Military And Diplomats

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement on passage of legislation to extend the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Program: "I am pleased that the Senate passed legislation to provide additional Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) for Afghans who have worked for our government, many since 2001, as interpreters for our military, alongside our diplomats and with oth… Continue Reading


July 31, 2014

Bipartisan Group Of 35 Senators Denounce One-Sided Un Inquiry Into Gaza Conflict

Bipartisan Group Of 35 Senators Denounce One-Sided Un Inquiry Into Gaza Conflict UN Human Rights Council Sends Dangerous Message by Failing to Investigate Hamas' Indiscriminate Rocket Fire and Use of Human Shields Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin(D-MD), Chainman of the Helsinki Commussion and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Chair of the Human Rights Subcommittee, and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the… Continue Reading


July 31, 2014

Cardin Effort To Protect Cemeteries From Desecration Heads To President Obama To Be Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), lauded swift Senate passage of a bill to explicitly define the desecration of cemeteries as a violation of the right to religious freedom. The bill, H.R. 4028, which is identical to Senator Cardin's legislation (S. 2466) introduced with Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), will now be considered by the ful… Continue Reading


July 31, 2014

Mikulski, Cardin Announce More Than $700,000 National Science Foundation Grant To Enhance Cybersecurity Curriculum At Hagerstown Community College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) announced today that Hagerstown Community College (HCC) received a $713,996 federal grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance the college's cybersecurity curriculum and provide its students with more opportunities for hands-on research through a partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute. The funds will also be used to recruit students to the cybersecurity program, parti… Continue Reading


July 31, 2014

Cardin Welcomes Marylander Carolyn Colvin as Nominee for Social Security Commissioner

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, proudly introduced Marylander Carolyn Watts Colvin today to his committee colleagues at her hearing to be the next Social Security Administrator. Colvin has been serving as Acting SSA Commissioner since February 2013. The Social Security Administration is headquartered in Woodlawn, Maryland. "Carolyn Colvin is dedicated to public service and committed to bettering the lives of others. As Acting Commission… Continue Reading


July 30, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Risch Announce Committee Passage Of Bipartisan Resolution Marking 70th Anniversary Of Warsaw Uprising

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), , today announced bipartisan passage by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of a resolution they introduced honoring the 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which is on August 1. "We look back with pride as the Polish people stood their ground against a mighty enemy despite the odds. I am proud to join Senator Mikulski and Senator Risch to honor this important moment in history," said… Continue Reading


July 30, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski to House: Do Not Punt Highway Funding Bill to 2015; Let's Solve this Now

WASHINGTON - Following a vote by the Senate to face the financial shortfalls of the Highway Trust Fund before the end of this year, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) joined together to urge the House of Representatives to vote quickly to send this legislation to the president. "The Highway Trust Fund is a lifeline for Maryland and other states for highway construction and maintenance resources. The Senate's strong bipartisan vote in favor of an amendment to provid… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin Announces Federal Support for Montgomery County Program to Help Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has announced that the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation (MCCCF) has earned $300,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for their program to provide technical training to veteran-owned businesses seeking federal procurement opportunities. Last month at a hearing of the Senate Small Business Committee, Senator Cardin pressed SBA officials to find a way to… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin Statement On United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution On Israel

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement in response to the recent actions by the United Nations Human Rights Council: "I am deeply concerned by the recent resolution adopted by the special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council regarding the ongoing conflict between Hamas and the State of Israel. The resolution makes no mention of the ter… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin Credits ACA for Extending the Solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittees on Health Care and Social Security, lauded the Medicare Trustees' announcement that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped extend the solvency of the Medicare Part A Trust Fund an additional 13 years to 2030. Prior to passage of the ACA, the Part A Trust Fund, which covers hospital payments, was expected to be insolvent by 2017. "The Affordable Care Act is doing exactly what it was inten… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Edwards, Baker Applaud Selection Of Two Prince George’s County Sites For Short-List Of New FBI Headquarters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer and Donna F. Edwards as well as Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III (all D-Md.) today applauded the inclusion of two proposed sites, Greenbelt and Landover, in Prince George's County, Maryland, on the General Services Administration's (GSA) short-list of eligible sites to serve as the future home of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). "We applaud the inclusi… Continue Reading


July 29, 2014

Cardin Hopeful for Progress at VA with Confirmation of Secretary McDonald

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Robert McDonald to head the Veterans Administration. "I am proud to have joined the overwhelming majority of the Senate in confirming Robert McDonald to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs and its more than 340,000 employees. As a veteran, Mr. McDonald comprehends the unique difficulties facing veterans and military retirees, and as a business leader, he has demonstrated the o… Continue Reading

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