Press Releases & Statements

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


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

September 20, 2013

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Applauds New EPA Power Plant Standard

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the co-chairs of the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change applauded newly proposed limits from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on carbon pollution from new power plants. The proposed rules would apply to coal and natural gas-fired power plants built in the future, and would help reduce the carbon pollution that is contributing to global climate change. "Strong carbon pollution standards for new power plants are needed and welcome news for America's clean e… Continue Reading

September 19, 2013

Cardin Calls al-Bashir’s Request for a Visa to NYC Insulting to the International Community

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, expressed his outrage that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has even requested a visa for the upcoming United National General Assembly. "I join the Department of State and the much of the international community in condemning Sudanese President al-Bashir's request for a United States visa to attend the opening of the UN General Assembly in N… Continue Reading

September 19, 2013

Judiciary Committee Passes National Blue Alert Bill To Help Apprehend Criminals Who Injure Or Kill Law Enforcement Officers

WASHINGTON - By a vote of 15 to 3, the Senate Judiciary Committee today passed the National Blue Alert Act, S. 357, which would create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), author of the bill, and cosponsor Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), called the vote an important pledge of support for America's law enforcement officers. Similar to the successful Amber Alert system, the progra… Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Celebrating The Air Force’s 66th Birthday

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, today - September 18 - marks the Air Force's 66th birthday. For 66 years, our Nation has entrusted the Air Force with preserving peace and freedom, and defending our democracy. Since its beginnings on July 26, 1947, when President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 on board the presidential aircraft, the Sacred Cow, and set the creation of the United States Air Force in motion, to its instrumental role in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air … Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Cardin Hears from Maryland Manufacturers about How the Federal Government can be a Better Partner for Success

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of both the Senate Finance Committee and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, sat down with about two dozen Maryland manufacturers earlier this week in Columbia, MD, for a discussion of how to expand manufacturing jobs in our state. Led by the Regional Manufacturing Institute, the roundtable discussion covered such topics as sequestration and the need for reliability and predictability for local businesses. "We are open for bus… Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Cardin Calls for Renewed Action on Reasonable Gun Safety Laws in Aftermath of Navy Yard Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has called on his Congressional colleagues to restart bipartisan discussions on reasonable, balanced, gun safety measures that would reduce the threat of gun violence in our communities while still protecting the rights of legitimate sportsmen. Six of the twelve fatal victims in Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard were from Maryland. "The tragedy of every recent mass shooting in America has underscored the importance of Congress pas… Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Cardin, Reid, Boxer Bill Would Assist Local, State Governments Prepare Water Infrastructure For Changing Weather Threats

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, have introduced legislation - the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2013, S. 1508 - to help local communities meet the challenges of upgrading aging water infrastructure systems to better handle extreme weather, droughts, and floods. Our… Continue Reading

September 16, 2013

Cardin Statement On Navy Yard Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement on the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: "The fatal shooting at the Washington Navy Yard this morning is a senseless tragedy. I mourn the loss of life and offer my prayers to all who have been affected by this heinous act, especially the families of the victims. Our Navy and their civilian colleagues work day and night to protect the American public. An attack on the people tasked with keeping this nati… Continue Reading

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