Press Releases & Statements

January 16, 2013

Cardin Joins Call For Swift Congressional Action To Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, DC - In response to President Obama's announcement of his priorities to reduce gun violence, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement urging Congress to take up the necessary legislation. "I agree with President Obama that we cannot wait for another tragedy to enact common sense, reasonable gun control measures, especially on weapons of war that have no legitimate civilian use. Congress should act swiftly on requiring universal background checks for firearms… Continue Reading

January 16, 2013

The Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Thank you for your interest in the Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, January 21st, 2013. The period to request these tickets is now over. Viewing the swearing-in ceremony from the National Mall does not require tickets. The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at 4th Street, NW. *** Inaugural Balls, Parade and Volunteer Opportunities The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is responsible for the Inaugural Day Parade, the Inaugural Balls and volunteer opp… Continue Reading

January 10, 2013

Cardin Visits Crisfield For Tour Of Community Impacted By Hurricane Sandy And Visit To Disaster Recovery Center

CRISFIELD, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today toured areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy and visited the Disaster Recovery Center to see first-hand how recovery efforts are proceeding. In December, U.S. Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley appealed to the Obama Administration to reverse its original denial of Individual Assistance. On December 15, President Obama reversed the original denial and designated Somerset County as a Major Disaster Area… Continue Reading

January 10, 2013

Cardin Remarks On The Announcement Of Jack Lew As Treasury Secretary

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, made the following statement in response to President Obama's selection of White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be his next Secretary of the Treasury. "This is a critical time for America's fragile economy and it is essential that we have strong leadership, like Jack Lew, at the Treasury Department as we work to stem our growing debt and tackle comprehensive tax reform. America needs the stability… Continue Reading

January 07, 2013

Cardin Statement On Hagel Nomination

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the announcement that former Senator Chuck Hagel will be nominated to fill the position of Secretary of Defense. "The responsibility of Advice and Consent is an important Constitutional duty and I look forward to the confirmation process with my former Senate colleague Chuck Hagel. I will be requesting an opportunity to meet with him one-on-one… Continue Reading

January 06, 2013

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Statement On Death Of Lord Nickens, Frederick Co. Civil Rights Leader

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement on the death of Frederick County civil rights leader Lord Nickens: "The death of Lord Nickens marks the end of an era in which civil rights leaders experienced the indignities of laws that prevented access to opportunity and legalized injustice. He fought for the right of African Americans to pursue the American Dream and helped ensure equality for all Americans. As president of Frederick NAACP, Lord Nickens was… Continue Reading

January 03, 2013

Cardin Mikulski Along With Edwards, Hoyer, Van Hollen, Cummings, Sarbanes Announce 5-Year Delay In Treasury Department, GSA Plan To Move 450 Jobs Out Of Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Representatives Donna F. Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, Elijah E. Cummings, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the Treasury Department and General Service Administration (GSA) will delay their plan to move 450 jobs out of Prince George's County to December 31, 2019. The initial plan by Treasury and GSA gave employees until January 2015 to either relocate or separate. Since the announcement in Augus… Continue Reading

January 03, 2013

Team Maryland to Announce FEMA Approval of Public Assistance for Baltimore County Following Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Andy Harris (R-Md.) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Public Disaster Assistance for Baltimore County in the wake of Super-Storm Sandy. This type of assistance is critical to rebuilding roads, buildings and other infrastructure damaged in the storm. "As members of … Continue Reading

January 03, 2013

Cardin Sworn In To U.S. Senate For New, Six-Year Term

For YouTube of Senator Cardin's remarks, follow link For YouTube of Senator Cardin's swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber, follow link WASHINGTON -- U.S Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was sworn into the U.S. Senate for a new, six-year term beginning with the 113th Congress. At a reception for his friends and supporters, the Senator said that his top priorities in the new term include creating high-tech jobs, investing in clean energy, restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, passing comprehen… Continue Reading

January 02, 2013

$12.6 Million In Federal Funds For BRAC-Related Transportation Project In Bethesda

ROCKVILLE - U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced the Defense Department will release $12.6 million to the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration (SHA) to improve access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. "This additional funding will make a difference for the thousands of wounded warriors and their families who will use the new Walter Reed National Military… Continue Reading

January 01, 2013

Cardin Statement On Senate Passage Of Bill To Avoid Fiscal Cliff Cuts/Tax Hikes

Washington, DC - US Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, responded with the following remarks after the Senate's bipartisan 89-8 vote to postpone the automatic tax hikes and drastic spending cuts referred to as the fiscal cliff. "I represent the people of Maryland and they do not want to see our nation go over this fiscal cliff. The people of Maryland and all Americans, especially middle income families, cannot afford to have us go over this fiscal cliff. "W… Continue Reading

December 30, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, O'malley Announce Approval Of Emergency Food Assistance For Somerset County Residents Impacted By Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), along with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, today announced the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has approved the Maryland Department of Human Resources' request to operate a Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in Somerset County, Maryland. D-SNAP food stamps are another benefit of the Individual Assistance designation that Maryland's Congressional Delegation f… Continue Reading

December 28, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Senate Passage Of Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced Senate passage of the Super-Storm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which includes provisions that would provide additional support to states like Maryland that continue struggle in recovering from the devastating storm. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 61 to 33. "Marylanders who have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy need more help. After a natural disaster, the federal government has an ob… Continue Reading

December 21, 2012

Cardin Votes To Support America’s Military Families, Small Business Contractors

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to support the Conference Report on HR 4310, the Defense Authorization Act, citing benefits for our military men and women and boosts for job-creating small businesses. "The brave men and women of America's military are the best in the world and they and their families deserve our respect and support. I was proud to support a modest pay raise for our troops, blocking increases in TRICARE… Continue Reading

December 21, 2012

Cardin Remarks On The Announcement Of Senator John Kerry As Nominee For Secretary Of State

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following remarks in response to President Obama's selection of Senator John Kerry to be his next Secretary of State. "I have had the privilege of serving on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Senator Kerry since arriving in the U.S. Senate six ye… Continue Reading

December 20, 2012

Cardin, Mikulksi Announce HHS Grant To Expand Health Services At Baltimore’s Friendship Academy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) announced that the school-based health center at the Friendship Academy of Math, Science and Technology Information in Baltimore will receive a $414,100 upgrade and expansion made possible by the Affordable Care Act and a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Baltimore Medical System (BMS). This will be the fourth upgrade of a Baltimore school-based clinic by BMS in two years. Nationwide, … Continue Reading

December 20, 2012

Cardin Names Carleton Atkinson As State Director

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has appointed Carleton Atkinson as his new State Director, following the retirement of long-time advisor Bailey Fine. Atkinson currently serves as Deputy State Director and lead representative for Senator Cardin in Prince George's County. "Carleton has been an invaluable advisor to me for the last six years and I am proud to announce that he will be taking on the responsibilities of state director. He has been a constant presence throughout Pri… Continue Reading

December 20, 2012

30th Anniversary of Maryland Legal Services Corporation

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I want to congratulate Maryland Legal Services Corporation on their 30th Anniversary. Established in 1982 by the Maryland General Assembly, Maryland Legal Services Corporation raises and distributes funds to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal assistance to low-income persons. As chairman of Maryland Legal Services Corporation from 1988-1995, I know firsthand the extraordinary service they provide to Marylanders. Maryland Legal Services Corporatio… Continue Reading

December 19, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Supplemental Appropriations Bill Includes Provisions That Would Aid Maryland Communities Recovering From Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Super-Storm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations Bill includes provisions that would provide additional support to states like Maryland that continue struggle in recovering from the devastating storm. The Senate is currently debating the Supplemental, which is supported by the Obama Administration and would provide additional emergency federal funds to states hardest hit by Sandy. "Marylanders who have… Continue Reading

December 18, 2012

Cardin Calls For A National Discussion On Gun Control Following Newtown School Shooting

Washington, DC - Speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate Monday, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) called for a national discussion on how we can better protect our children from gun violence. In reiterating his support for an assault weapons ban, he also questioned the need for civilians to have access to military weapons. Video of Senator Cardin's full floor statement can be downloaded here or viewed here. "I want to express my deepest condolences, on behalf of the people of Maryland, to the fa… Continue Reading

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