Press Releases & Statements

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

June 18, 2014

Cardin Statement On The Situation In Iraq

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on developments in Iraq: "Following more than a decade of training Iraqi military forces, it's disappointing to see the deteriorating situation in Iraq. It's time for the Iraqi people to take responsibility for the security and sustainability of their own country. If peace and cooperation are to be achieved, Prime Minister Maliki must move immediately toward… Continue Reading

June 18, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $7 Million In Federal Funds To Strengthen Ecosystems Damaged By Super Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has awarded $7.16 million in federal funding through the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program to Maryland communities struggling to recover from Super Storm Sandy. These funds are intended to reduce community risk by strengthening natural ecosystems that were damaged by Super Storm Sandy. "Super Storm Sandy cost our country b… Continue Reading

June 18, 2014

Cardin Statement on Juneteenth, A Celebration of Freedom for African Americans

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is a cosponsor of S.Res.474 , which was approved unanimously by the Senate and commemorates Juneteenth 2014. The resolution includes specific recognition of Frederick Douglass who was born in the State of Maryland in 1818, escaped from slavery and became a leading writer, orator, publisher, and one of the United States' most influential advocates for abolitionism and the equality of all people. "On this 149th anniversary of Juneteenth, America cel… Continue Reading

June 18, 2014

Cardin Statement on Acting VA Secretary Gibson's Visit to Baltimore

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement: "I want to thank Acting Secretary Gibson for his urgency in responding to the needs of our veterans and efforts to improve services in Maryland. I was pleased to hear from him this afternoon, following his visit to the Baltimore VA Regional Medical Center. During his short tenure leading the Department of Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Gibson's efforts to improve access and quality of care are commendable. I lo… Continue Reading

June 17, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Purchase Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Bedford Road Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $66,500 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "Every day, the men and women of volunteer fire departments put their lives on the line to protect our Maryland communities from harm. We are thankful for their courage and… Continue Reading

June 13, 2014

Cardin Statement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), issued the following statement in recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month: "This has been a watershed time for equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans, indeed for all Americans. It's been almost a year since the United States Supreme Court struck down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act and blocked enforcement of Proposition 8 in California, allowing loving families the federal legal rec… Continue Reading

June 13, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Boost Manufacturing In Washington County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the Washington County Board of Commissioners $25,000 for a manufacturing supply chain study. The study will provide the Washington County Economic Development Commission with information to assist in developing a targeted list of potential supply chain vendors and better understanding linkages with companies within Washington County. In addition to the… Continue Reading

June 13, 2014

Cardin Calls On Marylanders To Reflect On Their Rich History For Flag Day 2014

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) issued the following statement in advance of Flag Day, June 14, 2014. "In 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted a flag all Americans could salute and unite beneath. The Flag Act read, "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." With that simple statement, one of the most prolific visual manif… Continue Reading

June 12, 2014

On World Day Against Child Labor, Cardin Urges Largest Tobacco Companies to Prohibit Child Labor in the Supply Chain

Letter follows the release of a national report showing children experience sudden, serious health ailments while working in tobacco fields, curing barns WASHINGTON, D.C.-Seventeen U.S. Senators led by Ben Cardin (MD) Tom Harkin (D-IA) today sent a letter to the ten largest tobacco companies urging them to prohibit child labor in their supply chain. The letter comes on the heels of a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report found that nearly three-quarters of the child tobacco workers … Continue Reading

June 12, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Van Hollen Statement on FERC’s Decision to Deny Request to Extend Comment Period on Cove Point Environmental Assessment

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) voiced disappointment after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) denied their request to extend the public comment period on the environmental assessment (EA) on Dominion's proposed natural gas liquefaction facility at Cove Point: "We are extremely disappointed by FERC's denial of our simple request for an additional 30 days f… Continue Reading

June 12, 2014

Cardin Calls The Veterans Care Act A Step Toward Restoring Trust In The VA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) spoke from the Senate floor on Wednesday to thank his colleagues on behalf of Maryland's 470,000 veterans for making veterans' health care a priority by passing H.R. 3230/S.2450, the Veterans' Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act of 2014. Senator Cardin lauded the work of Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Senator John McCain for developing this bipartisan agreement and "demonstrating to the Nation th… Continue Reading

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