Press Releases & Statements

December 18, 2012

Disaster Assistance Supplemental For Hurricane Sandy

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I know we have pending the supplemental appropriations bill. I urge my colleagues to act on this as quickly as we can. Sandy was a devastating storm. Eight million people were without power. There were over 100 deaths, including 7 in the State of Maryland. Maryland was hit hard, not as hard as New Jersey or New York--and our prayers go out to all the communities that have been affected--but Maryland was hit pretty hard. We had sustained winds for hour after hour af… Continue Reading

December 18, 2012

Statement On Shootings At Sandy Hook Elementary School

Mr. CARDIN. Madam President, first let me thank Chairman Leahy for those words in his exchange with Senator Durbin. I wish to offer my deepest condolences on behalf of all of the people of Maryland to the 20 students who lost their lives, and the 6 adults, at the hands of a single shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. It is heart-breaking to listen to the stories of innocent lives cut cruelly short. The pain and grief of the families and friends of these students and teache… Continue Reading

December 17, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, O’Malley Announce Federal Assistance For Somerset County In Wake Of Superstorm Sandy

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 14, 2012) - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (Both D-MD) and Governor Martin O'Malley today announced that President Obama has approved an Individual Assistance disaster declaration for Somerset County for damages from Superstorm Sandy. The Individual Assistance declaration will make federal funds available to homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered property damages as a result of the storm. "FEMA and President Obama have delivered great news f… Continue Reading

December 14, 2012

Cardin Statement On Newtown Shooting

"My prayers and thoughts of deep reflection are with all those shaken by the senseless and tragic events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, today. Time and time again our national conscious has been rocked by tragic events such as this and time and time again we have rallied around those affected and emerged stronger. I am stricken with a sense of disbelief that such heinous attacks could be perpetrated against the most vulnerable and innocent Americans, especially in a place of learning."… Continue Reading

December 13, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Maryland Delegation In Supporting Governor’s Appeal Of Denial For Individual Disaster Assistance For Lower Shore & Western Maryland Counties Hardest Hit By Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in sending a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Governor O'Malley's appeal for Individual Disaster Assistance for the five Maryland counties, including Dorchester, Garrett, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties, that experienced the most severe damage as a result Super-Storm Sandy. The letter was signed by Senators Cardin and Mikulski, as… Continue Reading

December 11, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce Release of $18.3 Million for BRAC-Related Transportation Project

Rockville, MD - Today Senators Ben Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, (all D-MD) announced the Defense Department will release $18.3 million to the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration (SHA) to improve access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. Maryland SHA will manage a $23.1 million project, consisting of $18.3 million grant funds and other funding of $4.8 million, to construct the Maryland Route 185 (C… Continue Reading

December 11, 2012

Cardin, Mikulksi Announce $20 Million In New USDA Funding For Bay Farmers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with $20 million in additional funding for efforts to improve the health of the Bay. USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is setting aside these additional funds for the Chesapeake Bay region through its Landscape Conservation Initiative. The funds will be available through the Environmental Qu… Continue Reading

December 10, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Urge President To Restore LIHEAP Funding For Fy2014

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to help millions of Americans who are struggling with their energy bills as winter approaches, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) have joined a bipartisan group of 40 U.S. Senators calling on the Obama Administration to restore vital federal heating aid funds. The letter, which had bipartisan support, urged President Obama to restore Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to at least the FY 20… Continue Reading

December 07, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Urge Flexibility, Call On FEMA& HUD Federal Agencies To Cut Through Red Tape To Provide Aid For Lower Shore Recovering From Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), urging them to cut through red tape to provide aid for the Lower Shore in the wake of Super-Storm Sandy. Somerset, Worcester and Dorchester counties, which were denied Individual Assistance aid from FEMA earlier this week, have amo… Continue Reading

December 06, 2012

Senate Passes New International Standard To Punish Gross Violators Of Human Rights

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised Senate action today that will send the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act to the President to be signed into law. This landmark legislation, passed in conjunction with Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Russia, sets a precedent for future trade and other bilateral agreements by prohibiting gross violators of human rights in Russia from traveling to the U.… Continue Reading

December 05, 2012

Cardin Says All Available Resources Should Support Maryland Victims Of Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today testified before the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee and called for a four-pronged approach to helping Maryland residents who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Senator stated he will join efforts to appeal FEMA's denial of Individual Assistance; support a supplemental appropriations bill to help residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy; and encourage and coordinate the non-profit, gove… Continue Reading

December 04, 2012

Cardin Statement On The Status Of The Magnitsky Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Finance committees, and author of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, made the following statement regarding his legislation: "I am pleased that the Senate finally will be voting on passage of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. In the memory of one courageous Russian, we are setting a precedent for future trade agreements that tells the world that gross violators of… Continue Reading

December 04, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, Kirk Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Deny Navy Plan To Relocate Electronic Attack Squadron From Joint Base Andrews

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) today announced that they have introduced legislation that would prevent the Navy from implementing its plan to transfer the VAQ-209 Navy Reserve Electronic Attack Squadron from Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County, Maryland to Washington State. The Navy's relocation proposal has not received Congressional oversight or approval and could leave the National Capital Region vulne… Continue Reading

December 03, 2012

Floor Statement Of Senator Benjamin L. Cardin On The Nomination Of Judge Paul William Grimm To Be United States District Judge, District Of Maryland

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I am pleased to join with Senator Mikulski in recommending to the Senate the confirmation of Judge Paul William Grimm of Maryland to be a U.S. district judge for the District of Maryland. I am very proud of the process Senator Mikulski has instituted for making recommendations to the President to fill judicial appointments. I believe that under this process, we are able to get the very best to recommend to the President and then to our colleagues for confirmation. … Continue Reading

December 03, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Senate Confirmation Of Judge Paul William Grimm For Maryland District Court Seat

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate's confirmation of Judge Paul William Grimm to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, located in Baltimore. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Judge Grimm, who currently serves as Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Maryland. The Senate approved Judge Grimm in a bipartisan vote of 92-1. Judge Grimm will occupy the sea… Continue Reading

December 03, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, Hoyer, Edwards: Prince George’s County Is The Right Choice For FBI Headquarters

WASHINGTON, DC -U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), and Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) released the following statement today after the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) released a Request for Interest for the new location of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters: "Today, the GSA issued a Request for Interest for the new location of the FBI headquarters, which lays out certain requirements for the p… Continue Reading

December 03, 2012

Cardin Votes For Amendment To Defense Bill Requiring President To Maintain His Commitment To Bring Home U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has joined a bipartisan group of 20 senators in passing an amendment (No. 3096) to the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act that requires President Obama to maintain his commitment to responsibly wind down American forces presence in Afghanistan. The amendment passed the Senate by a vote of 62- to-33. The amendment, introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), transitions the primary responsibility for security to the Government of Afghanist… Continue Reading

December 03, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Maryland Delegation In Requesting Individual Assistance For Lower Shore Counties Impacted By Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in sending a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Governor O'Malley's updated request for Individual Assistance for Lower Shore counties which experienced the most severe damage as a result Super-Storm Sandy. The letter was signed by Senators Mikulski and Cardin, as well as U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Ch… Continue Reading

December 01, 2012

World AIDS Day Statement

December 1, 2012, marks the 25th World AIDS Day. This is a day to remember the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, our progress, and our commitment to conquer a pandemic that has left tens of millions around the world living with HIV or AIDS. Over the past decade, new HIV infections have fallen by 20 percent thanks in large part to the lifesaving antiretroviral treatment we and our partners are making available in every corner of the world. The United States has long been a leader in the global fight agai… Continue Reading

November 29, 2012

Cardin Says Unilateral Action By Palestinians At United Nations Is Not Helpful To Peace Process

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called today's vote in the United Nations on the status of the Palestinian delegation a "distraction from efforts to reignite direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians." "While not unexpected, I am deeply disappointed by the vote in the United Nation's General Assembly to change the Palestinian Authority's status from 'observer entity' to 'non-member observer state.' This m… Continue Reading

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