Press Releases & Statements

November 09, 2012

Statement by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin Commemorating Veterans Day November 11, 2012

To our veterans and their families, I thank you for your enduring example of commitment, fidelity and countless sacrifices made in the name of protecting our nation. Veterans Day reminds us that Americans and millions of people around the world owe their freedom today to the past actions of our veterans. On this 11th day of the 11th month, we are especially mindful of the fact that as we celebrate our veterans, we still have men and women in harms' way. We are proud of our sons, daughters, m… Continue Reading


November 07, 2012

Cardin urges bipartisanship and real action solving America’s challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, released the following statement as he prepared to continue his work on behalf of the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate. "I am honored to be back at work, fighting for all Marylanders and will continue to seek common ground to get things done for Maryland and for our nation. Now that the election is over, we must face reality and tackle the fiscal challenges facing our country together. We ne… Continue Reading


October 31, 2012

Cardin visits the American Red Cross headquarters to thank personnel, volunteers for their service

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today visited the American Red Cross Headquarters of the Maryland/Delaware Region for a tour and to thank American Red Cross personnel and volunteers for their service during Hurricane Sandy. "Our region and our nation owe so much to the American Red Cross because you provide often critical assistance to Americans in times of real catastrophe or crises," Senator Cardin told a group of Red Cross volunteers from around the country. "Red Cross volunte… Continue Reading


October 29, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski lead Maryland delegation in praising President for signing pre-disaster declaration for state impacted by Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today applauded President Barack Obama for issuing a Pre-Disaster Declaration for Maryland being impacted by severe weather resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation praising the President's Pre-Disaster Declaration include: U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Roscoe E. Bartlett (R-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersber… Continue Reading


October 25, 2012

Cardin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Help Launch New Initiative to Train Low-skill Job Seekers

TOWSON, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) today joined Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to launch a new initiative to train low-skill job seekers, including individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with low reading, writing and math skills. Baltimore County's $11.8 million federal grant is one of only four major grants from the Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund. "Rebuilding our n… Continue Reading


October 24, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Call On Treasury Department To Immediately Stop Plans To Move 450 Jobs Out Of Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today called upon Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner to halt the Treasury Department's plan to move 450 jobs out of Prince George's County. The 450 positions are part of the Federal Management Services (FMS) facility in Hyattsville, Maryland. In their letter, the Senators stressed the importance of these jobs to Prince George's County and noted that the Treasury Department lacks the necessary authority and Congress… Continue Reading


October 19, 2012

Cardin Attends Job Fair to Help Marylanders with Disabilities Find Jobs

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended a job fair to help disabled residents of the Baltimore area find jobs. America Works of Maryland sponsored the job fair titled Back-to-Work Book Camp to provide hundreds of disabled Marylanders who are receiving Social Security Supplemental Income or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) with employment counseling and other resources so they can enter the workforce. "Americans with disabilities deserve equal access and opportu… Continue Reading


October 17, 2012

Cardin, Shaheen Voice Opposition To Ill-Advised Iran Visit

WASHINGTON -- A visit to Iran by members of the European Parliament would send the wrong message to Iranian leaders at a critical juncture in diplomatic relations, wrote U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in a letter sent today to European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The Senators urged President Schulz to reconsider a planned visit by European officials to Iran given Iran's continued human-rights offenses and failure to suspend its nuclear program. "While we ap… Continue Reading


October 17, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $5 Million In Grants To Fight Violence Against Women In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that eight organizations in Maryland received a total of $5,049,214 in grants from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for efforts around the state that will help protect women and families from domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other dating violence. These funds are authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), originally established in 1… Continue Reading


October 17, 2012

Cardin Attends Third Annual Cyber Security Awareness Day at Lockheed Martin

GAITHERSBURG, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined 100 top performing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) high school students at Lockheed Martin's NexGen Cyber Innovation & Technology Center to promote cyber security careers and education, and to learn safe online practices through a series of interactive workshops. By introducing Maryland high school STEM students to cyber security at the Third Annual Cyber Security Awareness Day, Lockheed Martin hopes to… Continue Reading


October 15, 2012

Cardin Joins Federal, Maryland and District Leaders to Unveil the Design for Final Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and other federal, state and local officials along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to unveil the design of the final trail link, which will connect the District of Columbia and Maryland. This four-mile trail project, known as the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment, is expected to begin construction next spring. "The Anacostia River Trail provides residen… Continue Reading


October 13, 2012

Cardin Attends Ribbon-Cutting For Big Slackwater Historic Towpath Restoration

WILLIAMSPORT, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined National Park Service and Maryland officials for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the restored 2.7 miles section of the historic Big Slackwater Towpath. This section of the historic towpath was closed following extensive flood damage in 1996. "This is a great day for Washington County and for all of Western Maryland. The restoration of Big Slackwater will bring visitors who want to enjoy the natural beauty of the C&O… Continue Reading


October 11, 2012

Statement By U.S. Senator Ben Cardin On The Death Of Clarence Mitchell III

"I served for many years with Clarence Mitchell in the Maryland General Assembly and I saw first-hand his passion for civil rights and for making sure that his constituents got the services and resources that they needed. He helped to pave the road for many African-American leaders who followed him, and I join the community in mourning his passing."… Continue Reading


October 11, 2012

Cardin, Lugar Respond To Big Oil Challenge To Transparency Regulations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dick Lugar (R-IN), authors of the provision in Dodd-Frank Act that requires transparent reporting of payments made to governments for the extraction of oil, natural gas, and minerals by companies that otherwise must file disclosures with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), called the legal challenge by the American Petroleum Institute (API) "expected" and "frivolous" in its attempts to have the SEC ignore the law. The SEC took two y… Continue Reading


October 10, 2012

Cardin Attends Unveiling Of New WMATA 7000-Series Railcars In Landover

LANDOVER, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4th) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) officials for the public unveiling of a full-scale model of the new 7000-series Metro cars, which are expected to be in use by early 2014. WMATA has ordered 428 7000-series railcars, which will be built in Lincoln NE, creating approximately 1,000 U.S. jobs. The 7000-series was designed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company w… Continue Reading


October 05, 2012

Cardin, MIkulski, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Announce $1.5 Million Federal Grant For At-Risk Youth Mentoring Programs

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today were joined by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) to announce that the foundation has been awarded a $1.538 million grant through the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program. These federal grant funds will help the foundation provide mentoring opportunities for at-risk youth in Maryland and 33 other states, as well as the District of Columbia. This grant was administer… Continue Reading


October 03, 2012

$302,584 Federal Grant To Help Protect Maryland Children From Online Predators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Maryland State Police has been awarded a $302,584 grant from U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to train local law enforcement across Maryland in the latest technology to protect children from Internet predators. These federal funds will support Maryland's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program. "There is no grey area here; if… Continue Reading


October 02, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Senators Urge USDA To Support Farmers During Lapse Of Farm Bill Authorization

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with Chesapeake Bay Watershed colleagues Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (also D-MD), Tom Carper and Chris Coons (Both D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mark Warner ( D-VA), and Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (Both D-NY), wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White urging them to support Chesapeake Bay watershed farmers during the interim period since the lapse of the Farm Bil… Continue Reading


October 02, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $250,000 Grant For Veterans Upward Bound At Prince George’s Community College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Prince George's Community College (PGCC) has been awarded a grant for $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Veterans Upward Bound program, which assists veterans in acquiring the skills needed for admission into postsecondary education programs. "I applaud Prince George's Community College for all it is doing to help our veterans acquire the skills they need to succeed in the 21st… Continue Reading


October 02, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Equip Federalsburg Police Department With K-9 Unit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Federalsburg Police Department has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) grant of $35,000 to purchase a K-9 unit and a new K-9 patrol equipped vehicle. "Equipping our first responders is one of my top priorities and K-9 units provide law enforcement with an effective tool," Senator Cardin said. "Our rural first responders face unique challenges and situations. T… Continue Reading

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