Press Releases & Statements

September 04, 2012

Cardin Announces $1.1 Million For Baltimore Hands-On Jobs Training And Education For At-Risk Youth

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will award a $1.1 million grant to Civic Works in Baltimore to provide educational programming and hands-on job skills training for at-risk youth to prepare them for jobs today and jobs tomorrow. The grant is provided by the DOL's YouthBuild program, which helps out-of school youth aged 16-24 earn a GED or high school diploma while learning critical occupati… Continue Reading


August 30, 2012

Cardin Announces $1 Million for Environmental Assessment of Martin State Airport’s 5-Year Improvement Plan

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $1 million grant to Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) for an environmental assessment of Martin State Airport's five-year capital improvement plan. "Martin State Airport is home to the Maryland Air National Guard and it is an important relief airport for our region," said Senator Cardin, w… Continue Reading


August 30, 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON SMALL BUSINESS: CARDIN VISITS MAIN STREET LAUREL BUSINESSES AND HEARS UPDATE ON LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Laurel, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, visited Main Street in Laurel, Maryland, stopping at the Laurel Meat Market and Rainbow Florist & Delectables for a firsthand account of how the economy is doing. Senator Cardin also received a briefing on Laurel's economic development progress from Mayor Craig Moe and other local elected and city officials, as well as community and business leaders. "My message to all Marylan… Continue Reading


August 29, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, O’MALLEY LEAD MD DELEGATION IN PRAISING APPROVAL OF DISASTER DESIGNATION ASSISTANCE FOR STATE FOLLOWING DROUGHT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation along with Governor Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) and Maryland FSA today in applauding Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for issuing a Secretarial Disaster Designation for Maryland following severe drought and excessive heat which have decimated Maryland crops. Senators Cardin and Mikulski were joined by U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Roscoe E. Barlett, Chr… Continue Reading


August 29, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $275,000 FEDERAL GRANT FOR NEW VISITOR’S CENTER IN WILLIAMSPORT

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant of $275,000 to the Town of Williamsport for the construction of a new visitor's center in Williamsport's business district. The new visitor's center is expected to create 60 local jobs and annually bring an additional 310,000 visitors to the area who are expected to spend $3.5 million. "This is the kind of grant I like to see, it will create jobs and it will m… Continue Reading


August 29, 2012

CARDIN, HOYER ATTEND GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONIES AT WEBSTER FIELD

ST. INIGOES, MD - Today, and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) attended groundbreaking ceremonies for the Special Communications Requirements Facility and the Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems Operation Building at Webster Field Annex. "Patuxent River Naval Air Station is a national asset that is of tremendous importance to our nation's security," stated Senator Cardin. "The dedication of the new communication engineering facility and the groundbreaking for th… Continue Reading


August 28, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE CRUCIAL INVESTMENTS FOR KENT COUNTY WASTEWATER TREATMENT TO CREATE JOBS, HELP PROTECT CHESAPEAKE BAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced over $1.1 million in federal funds through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program that will help the town of Betterton upgrade its wastewater treatment plant. The federal funding comes through a $676,000 loan and $477,000 grant. "Upgrading Betterton's wastewater treatment facility is critical to improving the Chesapeake Bay," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Environment and Publi… Continue Reading


August 28, 2012

CARDIN JOINS ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS IN ANNOUNCING MORE THAN $9 MILLION IN GRANTS TO RESTORE HABITATS, IMPROVE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS IN BAY WATERSHED

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined officials from the Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in announcing $9.2 million in grants for 41 restoration and outreach initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed's six states and the District of Columbia. The projects will involve 9,000 volunteers in restoring 176 miles of streamside forests and establishing 170,000 square feet of green roofs and rain gardens. The funding for these environment… Continue Reading


August 27, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AND SENATE COLLEAGUES CALL ON USDA TO DO MORE TO HELP POULTRY GROWERS SURVIVE DROUGHT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) along with Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Monday urging the federal government to do more to help poultry growers survive the emergency drought now gripping the nation. "As senators from poultry-producing states, we urge you to do everything you can to provide tools and assistance for the poultry industry to manage … Continue Reading


August 24, 2012

CARDIN HAILS USDA GRANTS FOR WATER QUALITY MARKETS FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED STATES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, announced more than $2.35 million of grants in Conservation Innovation Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the Chesapeake Bay region. "For several years, I have advocated for an aggressive nutrient trading program for the Chesapeake Bay region as a way to harness market forces in the restoration effort. With its announcement of more than $2.35 m… Continue Reading


August 23, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL HEALTH CARE TAX CREDIT, JOB RETRAINING ASSISTANCE FOR RG STEEL EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that RG Steel employees and retirees will be eligible for benefits to help them seek new employment and access affordable health coverage, which will directly affect recently laid off employees, including the almost 2,000 workers at Baltimore's Sparrows Point. In June, Senators Mikulski and Cardin sent letters to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commi… Continue Reading


August 22, 2012

CARDIN, LUGAR, LEAHY WELCOME SEC APPROVAL OF TRANSPARENCY RULES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Lugar (R-IN), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) welcomed action today by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to implement the "Cardin-Lugar Amendment" on extractives industry transparency. "I'm pleased that the SEC has adopted the long-overdue final rule implementing the Cardin-Lugar Amendment. Increased transparency reduces the risk for U.S. investors and allows citizens in resource-rich countries to hold their leaders accountable. Finall… Continue Reading


August 22, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT FOR UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to prepare high school students to complete undergraduate and advanced degree programs in order to prepare them for careers in geosciences. "This NSF grant is an important investment in science education and in our State's future," said Senator Cardin. "It will enable UMES to … Continue Reading


August 21, 2012

CARDIN REBUKES APPEALS COURT DECISION ON CROSS-STATE AIR POLLUTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, responded with the following remarks to the federal appeals court decision that struck down the EPA's ability to protect states from air pollution that crosses state lines. "It doesn't take a scientist to understand that air pollution doesn't stop at a state borderline. Despite today's court decision, the need to address cross-state air pollution remains as urgent as ever. Maryland, … Continue Reading


August 16, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD FUNDING TO RENOVATE, EXPAND KINGSVILLE VFD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced a $3,599,000 loan from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program to expand and renovate the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company. "This grant is provides support for the Kingsville VFD so it can be meet the unique challenges that face rural first responders," said Senator Cardin. "This federal funding greatly increases the ability of the Kingsville VFD to better serve and protect the community… Continue Reading


August 14, 2012

CARDIN HOLDS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON JOBS AT THE WESTPHALIA TRAINING CENTER

UPPER MARLBORO, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a Roundtable discussion about jobs with students, faculty and employers at the Westphalia Training Center. The Westphalia Training Center is operated by the Prince George's Community College's Workforce Development and Continuing Education division and provides 500 students with hands-on training for jobs in the community. "The right job training is the key to getting a job in this economy, and I commend the Westphalia Training … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LEAD MARYLAND DELEGATION IN REQUESTING DISASTER DECLARATION FOR MARYLAND FARMERS IMPACTED BY EXTREME WEATHER

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 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack supporting Governor O'Malley's request for a Secretarial Disaster Designation for thirteen Maryland counties affected by extreme heat and drought this summer. If awarded, Maryland farmers reporting crop losses at more than 30 percent will become eligible for federal emergency loans, ensuring the … Continue Reading


August 09, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE ARC GRANT TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROAD TO CUMBERLAND CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the City of Cumberland an additional grant for $200,000 to complete construction of an access road to the Central Business District of the city. The grant will be used to widen approximately .62 miles of Baltimore Avenue and will include repaving the roadway and new curbs and sidewalks to enhance pedestrian usage. The grant will also be used to inst… Continue Reading


August 06, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, MD Officials Announce Release of $40 Million for BRAC-Related Transit Project

WASHINGTON - U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (all D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Defense Department will release a $40 million grant for a new pedestrian underpass at the Medical Center Metro station. This underpass will allow people to safely cross Rockville Pike between the Medical Center/NIH Metro station and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center every day. This is the first of f… Continue Reading


August 06, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $800,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO IMPROVE SAFETY AT TWO MONTGOMERYCOUNTY METRO STATIONS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has awarded a grant of $827,200 to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to improve pedestrian crossings near the Twinbrook Metro Station and provide space for sidewalk and bike lanes on South Stonestreet Avenue, near the Rockville Metro station. "The Twinbrook and Rockville Metro Stations are heavily used by pedestrians and commuters" said Sen… Continue Reading

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