Press Releases & Statements

January 09, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Innovative Readiness Training Program To Benefit Western Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs and The Army Reserve will hold an Innovative Readiness Training Program (IRT) medical training event in partnership with the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, Inc. (HRDC) and the Allegany County Health Department. The event will take place over a two week period during which military medical pro… Continue Reading

January 09, 2014

Cardin Mikulski Call For Renewed Action From White House To Free Marylander Warren Weinstein Kidnapped By Terrorists In Pakistan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) in a letter to President Obama called for renewed action to help free Marylander Warren Weinstein who was kidnapped by terrorists from his residence in Pakistan. The 72-year-old resident of Rockville was taken hostage in August of 2011. "In a video released on December 26, 2013, Mr. Weinstein states that he feels 'totally abandoned and forgotten' by his country. Mr. Weinstein's wife, Mrs. Elaine Weinstein, is concern… Continue Reading

January 08, 2014

Cardin welcomes first 7000-series railcars

Today, a new era of safety, comfort and convenience arrived at Metro as the first 7000-series train pulled into Greenbelt Station. The newest addition to the rail fleet will fulfill a critical National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation by replacing the oldest cars in the fleet, while also adding train capacity. Metro General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles was joined by Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Governor Martin O'Malley, Mayor Vincent Gray and other officials … Continue Reading

January 06, 2014

Cardin, Mikulski Congratulate Maryland For Winning A Federal Performance Bonus To Help Cover Costs Of Providing More Maryland Kids With Health Coverage

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised Maryland's dedication and innovation in improving access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that led to winning a $43.4 million "performance bonus" from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in fiscal year 2013 to cover the costs of providing more Maryland kids with health coverage. "Keeping all of our kids healthy is a priority. Congratulations to all those who ha… Continue Reading

December 20, 2013

Cardin Statement on the Release of Mikhail Khordorkovsky

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, released the following statement: "Freeing political prisoners is always a good thing and necessary step. Releasing Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others brings Russia closer to where it should be as a modern European state. It is too early to tell if this could lead to broader reform. For now, I share the joyful anticipation of those who may get to gre… Continue Reading

December 20, 2013

Cardin Says Bipartisan Defense Authorization Bill Will Improve The Quality Of Life For Two Million Men And Women Of Our All-Volunteer Force And Their Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today praised the Senate for its work on a bipartisan defense authorization bill in the midst of much gridlock on other issues. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 was approved by the Senate Thursday evening. "I commend my colleagues for coming together before the end of the year to ensure that the men and women who so honorably defend our nation have the tools and the support they need to carry out their mission. Maryland … Continue Reading

December 19, 2013

Cardin Sponsors Bill To Keep Iran Accountable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, and 25 of his colleagues today introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act, bipartisan legislation proposing prospective sanctions on Iran should the regime violate the interim Joint Plan of Action agreed to in Geneva or should Iran fail to reach a final agreement. The legislation is consistent with President Obama's commitments that no new sanctions would go into effect as long as Iran is i… Continue Reading

December 19, 2013

Senate Majority Calls On OPM To Allow Rollovers For Health FSA Accounts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and his National Capital Region colleagues Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (Both D-Va.), led a majority of the Senate this week, including all 53 Democrats and 2 Independents, in a letter to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Kathleen Archuleta urging her to allow the federal workforce to take advantage of the new Treasury/IRS rule allowing a $500 rollover of unused health Flexible Savings Account (FSA) funds… Continue Reading

December 19, 2013

Cardin Hails Senate Passage Of Budget As A Return To Bipartisanship But Seeks A Long-Term End To Sequestration And Targeting Of Federal Workers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, lauded passage today of the Bipartisan Budget Act. The measure has already passed the House of Representatives and will eliminate the possibility of a government shutdown in the near future. His remarks on the floor of the Senate can be found here. "The American people want both parties in Congress to work together to get done the business of our nation. This budget, while not the budget I would have writ… Continue Reading

December 17, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Edwards Stand United Behind Proposed Greenbelt Site As The Best Location For A New FBI Headquarters

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Representatives Steny Hoyer and Donna F. Edwards (all D-Md.) today voiced their continued strong support for a proposed site in Greenbelt, Maryland to serve as the future home of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As a leading candidate for the new location for the FBI headquarters, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker today submitted a proposal to meet the GSA's December 17 deadline. "We stand firml… Continue Reading

December 11, 2013

Cardin Calls For A Balanced Approach To Reforming The Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, used today's committee hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to call for balanced reforms that consider the concerns of a stakeholders and consumers caught up in the economic and environmental repercussions of this policy. "The RFS is an important policy that has helped foster domestic production of renewable biofuels, but the current policy is in desperate need of refor… Continue Reading

December 11, 2013

Cardin Lauds Affordable Care Act Investments in Maryland’s Community Health Centers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today highlighted how federal investments in Community Health Centers in Maryland, provided under the Affordable Care Act, are helping deliver higher-quality health care to 292,000 Marylanders. Already, community health centers in Maryland have received nearly $60 million in Affordable Care Act funding to expand capacity in our state. "Federal investment in health centers is a game changer. Greater access to primary and preventive services reduce… Continue Reading

December 10, 2013

International Human Rights Day

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today in recognition of International Human Rights Day. Sixty-five years ago, on December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which serves as a foundation for human rights initiatives internationally, and is an enduring guide for human rights advocates around the globe. On this annual celebration of International Human Rights Day we all mourn with heavy hearts the loss of Nelson Mandela, a man … Continue Reading

December 10, 2013

Cardin Applauds Obama Administration Initiative To Support Aging Holocaust Survivors In The U.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) lauded the announcement by Vice President Joe Biden that the Obama Administration will take steps to help Holocaust survivors living in the United States access needed services, such as health care and nutritional services, without having to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. The Holocaust Survivor Assistance Initiative announced today complements bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Cardin and Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) - S.… Continue Reading

December 09, 2013

Cardin Urges Majority Leader Reid To Leave Feds Alone In Budget Deal To End Sequestration

WASHINGTON - Saying clearly that "federal workers have sacrificed enough," U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urging him to abide by budget agreements made last year that "federal workers would not serve as a 'piggybank' again, especially for shorter term budget deals." Senator Cardin, who has been tasked by Majority Leader Reid to keep the Democratic Caucus apprised of matters concerning the federal workforce, was specific in his request… Continue Reading

December 06, 2013

Cardin, Boxer, Casey, Leahy, Shaheen, Blumenthal And Ayotte Urge President Hamid Karzai To Protect Women In The Afghan National Police

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today sent a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai urging him to take immediate action to protect women within the Afghan National Police (ANP). "We are deeply concerned by recent reports of endemic sexual violence and harassment of Afghan policewomen by their male counterparts," the Senators wrote. "These b… Continue Reading

December 06, 2013

Cardin Statement On Nelson Mandela

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of its Subcommittee on African Affairs, and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement on the passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela: "Humanity has lost one of its greatest leaders with the passing of Nelson Mandela. My prayers go out to his family and all the people of South Africa. He was a personal hero of mine, and of those… Continue Reading

December 05, 2013

Cardin Lauds New Protections For Adults With Pre-Existing Conditions That Begin January 1

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) today released figures highlighting the more than 2.5 million consumers in Maryland with pre-existing conditions who, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will be protected from discrimination by insurance companies based on their health status. Beginning January 1, 2014, because of the health care law, insurance companies will be prohibited from denying health coverage for the up to 129 million Americans - including up to 2,543,000 1 in Maryland - w… Continue Reading

November 25, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $3 Million Federal Grant to Support Effective Life Skills through CASA de Maryland

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today congratulated CASA de Maryland for being awarded a $3 million through the Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Fund (i3). The grant will be used to fund the Learning Together Project, a multi-tier, multigenerational program designed to give immigrant families the tools they need in order to navigate themselves and their children through the American educational system. "I am proud that the Departmen… Continue Reading

November 22, 2013

Portman, Cardin Urge Treasury Sec. Lew to Fix A Regulatory Flaw that Threatens the Retirement Security of American Workers

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew expressing concern with a regulation that could unintentionally weaken the retirement security of many American workers. This flaw undermines and runs counter to the original intent of the Treasury regulation-strengthening retirement security. Fortunately, Secretary Lew has the power to prevent the unintended consequences of this regulation without new legislatio… Continue Reading

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