Press Releases & Statements

April 05, 2013

U.S. Dot Agrees To Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Delaney Request To Postpone Closure Of Federal Contract Air Traffic Control Towers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today praised the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood's decision to agree with their request to postpone plans to close federal contract air traffic control towers, including at five Maryland regional airports. The announcement follows their letter yesterday calling for a postponement as members of Congress continue to work on eff… Continue Reading


April 05, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Provide Life-Saving Firefighting Equipment In Carroll County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that $985,680 in federal grant funding has been awarded among eight Volunteer Fire Departments in Carroll County through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The regional award will be used to purchase life-saving firefighting equipment. "When a natural disaster occurs or we are faced with a terrorist attack, it is our first responders who provide the… Continue Reading


April 04, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger, Delaney Call On U.S. Department Of Transportation To Postpone Plan To Close Federal Contract Air Traffic Control Towers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Delaney (all D-Md.) today called upon U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood to postpone plans to close federal contract air traffic control towers, including at five Maryland regional airports, as members of Congress work on efforts to cancel sequestration. "While we continue to call on President Obama to work with Congress to immediately eliminate … Continue Reading


April 02, 2013

Cardin Announces $10 Million Grant To Compete Final Phase Of Anacostia Regional Trail Network

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has given final approval of a $10 million grant to complete the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens section of the Anacostia Regional Trail Network. The project extends, for almost 4 miles, the bicycle and pedestrian trail south from the end of the Bladensburg Path (on the D.C. border and Prince George's County, MD, along the east bank of the Anacostia River) to the existing path terminus under the Benn… Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Fallston Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company won $278,711 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 the Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the Fi… Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Purchase Fire Fighting Equipment In Anne Arundel County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Department won $52,650 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase new interoperable communication equipment. As Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Comm… Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $1 Million Grant To Protect High Risk Victims Of Domestic Violence

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced $1,058,820 in U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grant funding to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV), a state-wide collaboration of public and private agencies that works to reduce domestic violence and its harmful effects on Marylanders. "We have made real progress in increasing awareness of domestic violence, but now it is time to put more resources into developing programs that will… Continue Reading


March 25, 2013

Cardin Participates In Dedication Of New Community-Based Outpatient Clinic At Fort Meade

FORT MEADE, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined Army and Department of Veterans Affairs officials in dedicating a new 13,300-square foot state-of the-art Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) that will improve health care access for veterans in Anne Arundel and Howard counties. The new clinic will provide more convenient community based health care services for more than 80,000 veterans living in the Fort Meade area. It features 21 examination rooms, an audiology booth, and sta… Continue Reading


March 25, 2013

Cardin And Mikulski Praise Harriet Tubman National Monument Designation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised President Barack Obama for issuing a proclamation designating the establishment of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. This new National Monument will memorialize the tremendous contributions Harriet Tubman made to American history. The establishment of the National Monument will preserve the unique landscape associated with her life on … Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

Opening Statement U.S. Senator Ben Cardin SFRC Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Rebalance To Asia: What Does It Mean For Democracy, Good Governance And Human Rights?

I am pleased to welcome everyone to the first hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs for the 113th Congress. This will be the first in a series of hearings examining different elements of the Administration's "Rebalance to Asia" policy. This policy realigns U.S. diplomatic, economic, and military resources toward the Asia Pacific Region to help create a regional set of norms that lead to greater peace, stability and economic growth in Asia. The… Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Cardin Statement On Senate Passage Of FY13 Continuing Resolution

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after the Senate approved a Continuing Resolution that funds the federal government through Sept. 30, 2013, the end of the current fiscal year: "The good news is that the federal government will not shut down because the Senate failed to act; that is the result of passage of the Continuing Resolution passed today that funds the federal government for the remainder of FY1… Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

Cardin Urges Marylanders to Take Advantage of Free Online Tax Services Provided by IRS & Free File Alliance

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), today encouraged Marylanders to take advantage of free tax preparation and e-filing services available through the IRS Free File program. Since its inception in 2003, Free File has offered 70 percent of taxpayers free access to leading commercial tax preparation software. This year, every taxpayer with a 2012 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at absolutely… Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

Bipartisan Group Of 77 Senators Calls For President To Continue To Support Israel

WASHINGTON, DC- As President Obama departs on his trip to Israel and the West Bank, a bipartisan group of 77 senators led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today sent a letter to the President urging him to reaffirm his commitment to working closely with the new government of Israel, and to oppose Palestinian efforts to either circumvent direct negotiations with Israel or delegitimize Israel. "Palestinian efforts to bypass direct negotiations with Israel by taking unilate… Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

Cardin, Senators Urge CMS to Protect Affordable Dental Coverage for Children

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has called on the Obama Administration to ensure that the pediatric dental benefits guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are affordable and accessible for American families. He was joined by eight other Senators, including Finance Health Subcommittee Chairman John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH, Robert P. Casey, J… Continue Reading


March 18, 2013

Cardin Takes Q&A From Census Bureau Employees On Sequestration, Federal Budget

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee and representative for nearly 300,000 federal civilian and military workers, held the latest in his series of town halls with federal employees today at the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Lanham, Maryland. The Census Bureau is one Maryland's 60 non-military federal facilities. Senator Cardin provided an update on the federal budget, including sequestration and the continuing resolution now being debated… Continue Reading


March 18, 2013

Cardin Praises Nomination Of Marylander Tom Perez To Be U.S. Labor Secretary

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) lauded President Obama's nomination of Marylander Tom Perez to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. He looks forward to a fair and open confirmation process to fill this important position as soon as possible. "Tom Perez has made his home state of Maryland proud as an aggressive champion for justice and the public good his entire career at the federal, state and local levels of government. If confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Labor, Tom wi… Continue Reading


March 14, 2013

Cardin , Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce Federal Funding To Recruit And Retain Volunteer Firefighters In Montgomery County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $197,126 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. As the Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fig… Continue Reading


March 14, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Committee Passage Of Bill To Create Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both- D-MD) today praised Senate committee passage of legislation to create two national historical parks to honor the life of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee voted to report the bill favorably for consideration by the full Senate. Senator Cardin introduced the bill earlier this year along with Senators Mikulski and Senators Cha… Continue Reading


March 13, 2013

Cardin Joins Vice President, Attorney General In Announcing Grants For Programs To Prevent Domestic Violence

Rockville, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a long-time cosponsor of the Violence Against Women Act, joined Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder in Rockville today to announce grants for programs across the country that will be modeled after Maryland's successful effort to help reduce domestic violence homicides. Speaking at the Montgomery County Family Justice Center, the Vice President and Attorney General shined a national spotlight on the Maryland Network Against Dom… Continue Reading


March 11, 2013

Cardin Holds Roundtable Discussion With Southern Maryland Businesses On The Effects Of Sequestration

WALDORF, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today hosted a roundtable discussion in Charles County for Southern Maryland businesses to talk about sequestration. Many businesses in Maryland depend on the federal government for contracts. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has estimated that sequestration could result in cuts to procurement budgets of more than $49 billion over 10 years. Such cuts could result in a loss of more than 282,400 jobs nationwide among suppliers and vendors who de… Continue Reading

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