Press Releases & Statements

November 01, 2013

Cardin, Enzi: flexible spending accounts rule change puts more money back in workers’ pockets

Washington, D.C. - Flexible spending accounts (FSAs) are an important benefit for all workers. They allow employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for out-of-pocket health care expenditures, including dental and vision services. However, workers' unspent funds from their FSAs would normally revert to the employers at the end of the plan year. That is why Senators Ben Cardin and Mike Enzi, members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced legislation in May that would allow employees who u… Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

2014 Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship

The Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people who desire careers in the USAID Foreign Service. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, these Fellowships prepare students to enter exciting and rewarding careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. The Payne Program encourages the involvement of m… Continue Reading


October 30, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $4 Million In Grants For Habitat Restoration On The Patapsco River And Harris Creek

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded more than $4 million in federal grants to two habitat restoration projects in Maryland. American Rivers received $3.83 million dollars to remove Bloede Dam, and for an engineering design to remove the Daniels Dam on the Patapsco River. Restore America's Estuaries, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and t… Continue Reading


October 29, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Senate Colleagues Urge Congressional Negotiators To Reject Cuts To Food Stamps For Millions Of Children, Seniors, Food Insecure Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), along with 37 of their Senate colleagues, ahead of the first public meeting of the Senate and House 2013 Farm Bill conference committee members on Wednesday, sent a letter urging the conferees to fight against harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senators also urged the negotiators to reject all eligibility changes that would prevent millions of children, seniors, and families facing … Continue Reading


October 28, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Brown Announce $19 Million In Federal Community Development Block Grant Funding To Support Lower Shore Recovering From Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski and Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will award $19 million in federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to Maryland communities hardest-hit by Super-Storm Sandy. These funds follow a previous award of $8.6 million in CDBG funding included in the Super-Storm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill passed by the Senate in J… Continue Reading


October 28, 2013

Budget Negotiations and Real Tax Reform Should Lead to Long-Term Predictability for American Small Businesses and Economic Growth

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, met with small business owners at the BioPark at the University of Maryland in Baltimore today to discuss how the recent government shutdown has impacted local businesses, particularly those involved in long-term research and development. Central to the discussion was what outcomes businesses hope to see come out of the current budget negotiations. "We are developing incredible … Continue Reading


October 25, 2013

Cardin, Ulman Unveil Anti-Bullying Campaign For Howard County

"Working together as a community, we can end this cycle of bullying" ELLICOTT CITY, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose to launch a comprehensive community-based anti-bullying initiative. The new program, "Stand Up HoCo, includes a marketing and outreach effort and an online- and web-based reporting system for incidents of bullying. A coalition of educational, recreat… Continue Reading


October 24, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $12.5 Million In Federal Funds To Protect Maryland’s Shoreline Communities From Future Powerful Storms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee and Barbara A. Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, (both D-Md.) today announced that the Department of the Interior will invest more than $12.5 million in federal funds to protect Maryland's shoreline communities from future powerful storms, including restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines, and researching the impacts and modeling mi… Continue Reading


October 21, 2013

Cardin Salisbury Field Office Begins Weekly Office Hours

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) announced that his Eastern Shore Field Office in Salisbury will begin twice-weekly office hours for Maryland. Kimberly Kratovil, Eastern Shore Field Representative for Senator Cardin will be available during the office hours to assist Eastern Shore constituents, answer questions or facilitate other support for individuals, organizations and businesses in Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties. Previ… Continue Reading


October 18, 2013

Cardin Statement On The Passing Of Tom Foley

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), who served in the House of Representatives from 1987-2006, released the following statement on the passing of former Speaker Tom Foley: "Tom Foley was a public servant of the highest honor who put the future of our nation, our environment and even our fiscal health, above party and even his own political future. I had the privilege of serving in the House of Representatives for the full length of his tenure as Speaker. I appreciated his unders… Continue Reading


October 16, 2013

CARDIN HAILS SENATE PASSAGE OF COMPROMISE TO REOPEN GOVERNMENT AND PUT FEDERAL WORKERS BACK ON THE JOB

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted 81-18 to approve a bipartisan deal that will reopen the federal government, provide backpay for federal workers, and allow for long-term negotiations on our federal budget. "America is open for business once again. It took us too long to get to this point, but I am pleased that we were able to come to a bipartisan compromise to reopen the government, pay… Continue Reading


October 01, 2013

Cardin Leads National Capital Region Senators Introducing Measure to Restore Federal Workers’ Pay at the End of the Government Shutdown

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), and Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.) have introduced a bill, the "Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act," (S. 1567) that would guarantee that federal workers who were furloughed because of the lapse in federal funding or government shutdown would receive their full pay. "Hardworking federal employees did not cause our fiscal crises nor did they contribute to the legislative gridlock, but once … Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Provide Critical Services To Developmentally Disabled In Allegany County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Friends Aware Incorporated has received a grant in the amount of $185,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the expansion of facilities and capabilities. Friends Aware provides vocational training, employment services and day habitation to individuals with developmental disabilities in Allegany County. "I am proud that this grant will empower Marylanders with developmental disabiliti… Continue Reading


September 27, 2013

CARDIN: “We Cannot Govern Crisis to Crisis Without Putting Our National Economy at Risk”

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 for six weeks into the start of Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14): "Americans are counting on Congress to do its job and pass a fiscally responsible budget. We cannot continue to govern from crisis to crisis, as we have been forced to do recently, without putting out economy at risk. I urge the major… Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $2.9 Million to Improve Health Care Rate Reviews in Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) announced today that the State of Maryland has been awarded a grant of $2,896,277 that will increase transparency and lead to lower health care costs for consumers by strengthening the rate review process of Maryland's All-Payer Claims Database. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will use the funds to improve the timeliness, accuracy and completeness of medical claims submissions from private issuers, th… Continue Reading


September 26, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Obama Nominees Chuang and Hazel for Maryland District Court Seats

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised President Obama's nomination of Theodore David Chuang and George Jarrod Hazel to fill two vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Southern Division, located in Greenbelt. "I am confident that Mr. Chuang and Mr. Hazel will make outstanding judges and serve the people of Maryland well," said Senator Cardin. "Both have a strong record helping to provide access to justice to… Continue Reading


September 25, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Congratulate 11 Maryland Schools Receiving Blue Ribbon Awards

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today congratulated 11 schools across Maryland that were designated by U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan with a National Blue Ribbon Award. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. The schools include: · Boonsboro High School in Washington County &m… Continue Reading


September 23, 2013

Cardin Selects Kimberly Kratovil As New Eastern Shore Field Representative

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has announced that Kimberly Kratovil will now be his field representative for the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Kratovil's appointment follows the retirement of Lee Whaley who held the position since Senator Cardin joined the Senate in 2007 and for 15 years prior with Senator Paul Sarbanes. Kratovil will represent Senator Cardin in the eight counties of the Eastern Shore (Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset)… Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Cardin ,Mikulski, Announce $2,500,000 In Federal Grants To Improve Infrastructure And Efficiency At The Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that Wicomico County has been awarded a $2,500,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for runway rehabilitation at the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY). "Airports on the Eastern Shore keep our regional economy growing with strong businesses and good jobs. We need to do all we can to maintain safety and improve efficiency … Continue Reading


September 20, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce More Than $5.7 Million In Federal Grant Funding For Bwi Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced the Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) and Maryland Aviation Administration have been awarded a $5,775,000 grant from the U.S. DOT to increase aircraft traffic flow at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "Maryland jobs and billions in revenue for our state depend on maintaining BWI Marshall as a safe, dependable and efficien… Continue Reading

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