Press Releases & Statements

June 03, 2013

Cardin Statement On The Passing Of Senator Frank Lautenberg

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement on the passing of his colleague and friend, Senator Frank Lautenberg: "Frank Lautenberg lived the American Dream. The child of immigrant parents, he built a successful business from the ground up and gave back to his community through public service. He has left a legacy of hard work and the determination to improve the lives of millions of Americans, including veterans like himself, children, women and families i… Continue Reading

May 31, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce Federal Funding For Fire Prevention & Safety Campaign In Montgomery County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services has been awarded $26,160 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 initiate an educational campaign on fire prevention and safety in the county. … Continue Reading

May 30, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $1 Million In Federal Funds For National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), headquartered in Emmitsburg, Md., has been awarded a $998,500 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FP&S) to continue its online learning and distance education program, Everyone Goes Home. Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonprofit has developed and expanded programs to incre… Continue Reading

May 29, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $1.24 Million In Federal Grants To Provide Homes For Homeless Veterans In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $1.24 million in federal grants through U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide permanent homes for homeless veterans in Maryland. The Housing Authority of Baltimore City will receive $744,586, Housing Opportunity Commission of Montgomery County will receive $196,835 and Housing Authority of Prince George's County will receive $301,182. "The men and women who have served in our… Continue Reading

May 27, 2013

Unwavering Support for those Wounded in Battle

MEMORIAL DAY - May 27, 2013 As Memorial Day 2013 approaches, as our fellow Americans are making plans to have cook-outs, enjoy the outdoors, and spend precious time with their loved ones, I believe we should remember that the reason we are able to enjoy these moments is because of the military service members who have given "the last full measure of devotion" in the service of our great Nation. From the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, brave young men and women have alw… Continue Reading

May 24, 2013


MEMORIAL DAY - May 27, 2013 STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN Memorial Day is the day we pay tribute to America's fallen heroes -- the men and women who have shown extraordinary courage and valor and who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. We are forever indebted to them and to their families. From the American Revolution to our nation's most recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, American men and women have answered the call to defend our nation. We can never fully repay … Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Floor Statement On Bill Introduction Of End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) Of 2013

Mr. President, today I rise to introduce legislation in the Senate that would prohibit the use of racial profiling by Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies. This legislation is entitled the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) of 2013. I thank my colleagues who have joined me as original co-sponsors of this legislation, including Senators Durbin, Blumenthal, Coons, Harkin, Menendez, Stabenow, Levin, Mikulski, Warren, Boxer, Gillibrand, Lautenberg, and Hirono. Last year, the n… Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Cardin Bill Would Renew Chesapeake Gateway Grant Program That Helps Boosts Tourism Economy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced legislation to reauthorize the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails program run by the National Park Service. Senator Cardin's bill continues a successful program that helps visitors appreciate the far-reaching role the Chesapeake Bay has had in our region's culture and history while boosting our tourism economy. "The Chesapeake Bay is the economic, historical… Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Cardin Bill Would End The Use Of Racial Profiling By Law Enforcement

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced his bill to prohibit the use of racial profiling by law enforcement. Cosponsors of the End Racial Profiling Act, include Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Carl Levin (D-MI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). It also… Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Cardin Says Effective Regional Nutrient Trading Programs Are The Best Way To Address Regional Water Pollution Problems

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, chaired a hearing Wednesday that examined the effectiveness of ongoing nutrient trading programs and the requirements for building a potential federal or interstate nutrient trading framework. Nutrient pollution is devastating water bodies across the country - none more than the Chesapeake Bay - with harmful algal blooms, dead zones, and other impacts. Agriculture represents the largest single sour… Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

CBO Releases Important Carbon Tax Report

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis of the policy implications of enactment of a carbon tax. The CBO report makes a compelling case for inclusion of a carbon tax in any legislation to reduce the deficit or reform the tax code. "Climate change is among the biggest threats facing the world today. As a global leader, the United States has a responsibility to reduce our carbon emissions. Finding an effective way to price carbon is necessary s… Continue Reading

May 22, 2013

Cardin Provisions Add Accountability And Human Rights Protections To Syrian Transition Support Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the inclusion of key accountability and human rights safeguards in The Syria Transition Support Act, which was approved by the full committee Tuesday. The legislation expands humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, and authorizes lethal and non-lethal assistance and training to Syrian moderate groups that are properly vetted through all relevant terrorist databases. The bil… Continue Reading

May 21, 2013

Cardin, Kirk, Mikulski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Holocaust Survivors Access Needed Social Services

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with cosponsors U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), today introduced legislation to help Holocaust survivors access needed services, such as health care and nutritional services, without having to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. ''Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act'' or the ''RUSH Act'' would add Holocaust survivors to the list of groups receiving priority for social servi… Continue Reading

May 21, 2013

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Effort To Protect Life-Saving Treatments For End-Stage Renal Disease

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of senators, led by Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Michael Crapo (R-ID), are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) not to endanger the lifesaving treatments of Americans undergoing treatment for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) by essentially gutting a crucial service for vulnerable beneficiaries. "These are real people living with a very difficult disease. We want patients to concentrate on their treatments and improving the quality of their … Continue Reading

May 20, 2013

Cardin Says Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Possible

Hyattsville, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) met today with community leaders from across Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland for a roundtable on immigration reform. Hosted by CASA de Maryland, the roundtable discussion provided an opportunity for Senator Cardin to hear from key stakeholders in the immigration debate and to share the latest proposals coming from Washington. The event follows the first week of deliberation by the Senate Judiciary Committee of comprehensive imm… Continue Reading

May 20, 2013

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Promote Water Research And Train Scientists

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John Boozman (R-AR), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, have introduced a bill to reauthorize federal grant funding for water resources research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) will provide continued support for important research on state and regi… Continue Reading

May 17, 2013

Cardin, Enzi Introduce A Bill To End Use-It-Or-Lose-It For Medical Savings Accounts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mike Enzi (R-WY), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced legislation that keeps a worker's unspent funds from a flexible spending account in their own pocket. The Medical FSA Improvement Act of 2013 (S. 966) would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow employees who use health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) to cash out any remaining balance in their account at the end of a plan year. This provision replaces cur… Continue Reading

May 17, 2013

Cardin Holds Faith-Based Summit For Baltimore-Area Religious Leaders

BALTIMORE-- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today sponsored a Faith-based Summit for more than 100 Baltimore area faith-based religious leaders at Morgan State University to discuss job opportunities and economic empowerment. Participants in the Summit included representatives from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership and faith-based liaisons from federal agencies. "I have organized today's Roundtable discussion because the leaders of the Baltimore religious commun… Continue Reading

May 16, 2013

Cardin Introduces Bill To Protect The Baltimore Oriole And Other Migratory Birds

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, has introduced a bill to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. More than half of the bird species found in the U.S. migrate across our borders and many of these spend our winter in Central and South America. This bill promotes international cooperation for long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for m… Continue Reading

May 15, 2013

Cardin, Portman Team Up To Clarify Pension Rules For Clergy And Other Workers At Religious Institutions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced the Church Plan Clarification Act of 2013 (S. 952) to help ensure the retirement security of our nation's clergy, church lay workers, and their families by resolving an unfortunate application of our current pension rules on church pension beneficiaries. "Dedicating your life to serving a church, synagogue or other religious entity should not be an impediment to r… Continue Reading

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