Press Releases & Statements

July 10, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Hail Senate Passage Of Bill To Extend Community Involvement In C&O Canal National Historic Park

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) announced Senate passage late Wednesday of legislation (S. 476) that will ensure the continued involvement of the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Park Historical Park Advisory Commission in decisions that affect the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is managed by the National Park Service (NPS). Now more than 40 years old, the Advisory Commission was establishe… Continue Reading


July 09, 2014

Cardin Statement on the Confirmation of Julián Castro to be HUD Secretary

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) praised the bipartisan confirmation today of Julián Castro to be Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Senator Cardin met with incoming Secretary Castro earlier this week. They discussed a wide range of housing issues impacting Maryland families, including the lingering high rate of foreclosures, low-income tax credits, as well as community programs and federal tools available to help Marylanders afford and stay in their homes. "Every … Continue Reading


July 09, 2014

HOBBY LOBBY: Cardin Backs Legislative Fix To Protect Women’s Health In Aftermath Of Supreme Court Decision

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today announced his support for the Protect Women's Health from Corporate Interference Act, which would restore the contraceptive coverage requirement guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act and protect coverage of other health services from employers who want to impose their beliefs on their employees by denying benefits. "Congress has a responsibility to act. Allowing employers to force their own religious beliefs on their employees under the guis… Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Visit Baltimore City’s 99-Year-Old Water Filtration Plant In Push To Make Water Infrastructure Upgrades A National Priority

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water, and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today took a tour of Baltimore City's Montebello Water Treatment Plant # 1. Opened in 1915, the 99-year old facility is one of three major municipal water filtration plants in Baltimore, providing clean drinking water to residents of Baltimore City, and parts of Baltimore, Howard and Anne Arundel counties… Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Cardin Announces 1,000 Temporary Census Jobs In Parts Of Montgomery County And D.C

WASHINGTON- U.S Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), today announced that The Census Bureau will hire about 1,000 temporary workers to conduct the 2014 Census Test to explore modern and cost-effective ways to count the population. Respondents to the 2014 Census Test will have the opportunity to use the Internet to fill out the questionnaire, thus reducing reliance on paper and having the potential to produce savings for taxpayers. Although Internet data collection was not offered for the 2010 Census, th… Continue Reading


July 07, 2014

Cardin, Smith advance security and human rights during annual meeting of European parliamentarians

(Washington, DC)-A bipartisan 8-member Congressional delegation led by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), visited Georgia, Azerbaijan and Moldova. In Baku, Azerbaijan, Representative Chris Smith (NJ-04), Co-Chairman of the Commission, headed the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) from June 28-July 2 that successfully advanced priority security and human … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

Cardin Statement on Former Prince George’s County Executive Wayne Curry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), released the following statement on the passing of former Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry: "Prince George's County has lost a tremendous leader with the passing of Wayne K. Curry. My thoughts and prayers are with Shelia, Julian and Taylor during this trying time. As a young man Wayne was a civil rights trailblazer; as County Executive he used his passion and visionary leadership to shape Prince George's County into an economic engin… Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

Cardin Statement on the Deaths of Israeli Teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Fraenkel

Baku, Azerbaijan -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), released the following statement: "My heart is breaking for the families of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel who received news of the tragic end to the kidnapping of their sons. My thoughts and prayers are with these families, and the Israeli people. Innocent children should n… Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

Maryland Congressional Delegation Encourages EPA to Approve Ethanol Produced by Winter Barley as Advanced Biofuel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The entire Maryland Congressional Delegation sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy urging her to approve ethanol produced from winter barley as an advanced biofuel. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, and U.S. Representatives Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards, John Delaney, and Andy Harris. "We write to encourag… Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

Cardin Assails SCOTUS Decision on Hobby Lobby as a Threat to Women’s Rights

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) decried the 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. that allows certain employers to determine whether a woman has equal access to coverage for contraception. Senator Cardin and 18 of his colleagues had filed an amicus brief in support of the government's position in the case. The Senators urged the Supreme Court to reverse the Tenth Circuit's expansion of RFRA's scope and purpose as applied to secular… Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Over $1.3 Million in Federal Funding to Help Homeless Veterans Across Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced a grant in the amount of $1,334,427 from the U.S Department of Labor (DOL) to provide job training to homeless veterans in Maryland. The grants are being awarded under the Department's Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program, administered by the Veterans' Employment and Training Service. "Our veterans have sacrificed for this nation and we have a responsibility to provide them with the training and sk… Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to speak on behalf of our servicemen and women suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Tomorrow - June 27th - is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, so designated by the United States Senate in a unanimous action two years ago. I am calling on all of my colleagues in this body to redouble our efforts to help veterans and service members who are struggling with PTSD each and every day. I remain committed to provide all… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

50th Anniversary Of Freedom Summer And Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Mr. President, I rise today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and to talk for a few minutes about how Senators can work together to make this a more perfect union and guarantee equal justice under the law to all Americans. "Freedom Summer" was a campaign in Mississippi to register Black voters during the summer of 1964. In 1964, most Black voters were disenfranchised by law or practice in Mississippi, notwithstanding the Fiftee… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Cardin Calls for Emergency Action to Stop Price Spikes Caused by Oil Speculators

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today cosponsored legislation with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to give federal regulators emergency power to stop speculators from taking advantage of turmoil in Iraq to drive up oil prices and make motorists pay more for gasoline. "There is no logical reason why gas prices should continue to rise if oil supplies are up and demand is down. Big Oil and Wall Street speculators are preying on Americans' pocketbooks and it's just wrong," said Senato… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $5 Million In Federal Funding To Support On-The-Job Training For Long-Term Unemployed

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) announced today that the Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded more than $5 million in funding to the Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) to support on-the-job training programs in Maryland for the long-term unemployed. The grants are part of the DOL's Job-Driven National Emergency Grant (JD NEG) program, which uses funds from the Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker National Reserve fund. … Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

Cardin Calls Bipartisan Action To Modernize Workforce Development Programs Important For The Future Strength Of Our Economy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), praised the overwhelmingly bipartisan passage by the Senate of the Workforce Investment and Innovation Act (H.R. 803/S. 1356) that will reinvigorate efforts to educate and train American workers in high-skill, in-demand jobs. "This long overdue reauthorization will help Americans to develop the skills necessary to participate in today's global economy. To maintain our position as the world's economic leader, we need to educate and train our work… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

Sen. Cardin, Rep. Conyers, CPC, CBC, CHC and CAPAC Leaders, Launch #MoreThanAProfile

WASHINGTON- Senator Cardin (D-MD), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Co-Chairs of the Progressive Caucus (CPC) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX) and Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA.) joined advocates and victims of profiling today at a press conference to discuss the im… Continue Reading


June 24, 2014

Cardin Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Carbon Standards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement in response to the ruling by the United States Supreme Court that upholds the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to set carbon pollution standards within the guidelines of the Clean Air Act. "The proliferation of carbon pollution in our air is a public health issue, an economic issue and a national security issue. The Supreme Court today … Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

Cardin, Boozman Lead Bipartisan Effort To Accelerate Global Development Partnerships And Promote Innovation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.), along with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), have introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Global Development Lab to expand innovative public-private partnerships focused on helping hundreds of millions of people worldwide lift themselves out of extreme poverty. S. 2502, the Global Development Lab Act, also is cosponsored by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) and Tim Ka… Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

Global Development Lab

MR.CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the Global Development Lab and the legislation I am introducing along with Senators Boozman, Coons and Isakson that codifies the Global Development Lab and provides the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with the flexibility it needs to make the Lab the gold standard in global development innovation. This year, the Office of Science & Technology and the Office of Innovation & Development Alliances at USAID were abolishe… Continue Reading

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