Press Releases & Statements

January 28, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Call On Department Of Veterans Affairs To Develop Action Plan To Process Delayed VA Claims In Baltimore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today called upon Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki to address continued delays in processing VA claims at the Baltimore Regional Office. In their letter, the Senators call on the VA to develop and execute an action plan to address the backlog and quality issues as well as assign a senior level official to provide progress reports on the implementation of their plan. Their letter follows a recent… Continue Reading


January 27, 2013

Cardin Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2013

"International Holocaust Remembrance Day is about remembering and never forgetting. On January 27, 1945 Soviet troops liberated the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The atrocities at Auschwitz and across Europe that were committed by the Nazi regime cost the lives of 11 million people -- 6 million of them Jews -- none deserving such an end. "On this anniversary, and every day, the world community grieves for those who were lost and share in the anguish of the survivors whose lives wer… Continue Reading


January 25, 2013

Cardin Receives Award from the Development District Association of Appalachia

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today was honored for his strong commitment to the people of Appalachia when the Development District Association of Appalachia (DDAA) presented him with the 2012 Congressional Award during the Mountain Maryland PACE Legislative Breakfast in Annapolis. The Congressional Award is presented each year by the DDAA to a member of Congress for outstanding service to the people of Appalachia and support of the work of the local development districts and the … Continue Reading


January 24, 2013

Cardin Backs Sensible Rules Changes That Should Expedite The Work Of The U.S. Senate

"Gridlock does not create jobs, it does not improve our schools and it does not clean the air we breathe or the water we drink. We are public servants and we were sent here to do a job, and I am committed to getting the work of the American people done." Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) voted to support a reasonable package of changes to the Senate rules designed to improve the efficiency of the Senate and minimize the ability of any one senator to block consideration of legislat… Continue Reading


January 24, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Rep. Delaney Urge FEMA to Reconsider Emergency Assistance For Garrett Co.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with Representative John K. Delaney have co-authored a letter to Federal Emergency Management Administrator W. Craig Fugate urging that Individual Assistance for Garrett County be added to the major disaster declaration FEMA-4091-DR for the State of Maryland. "Residents of Garrett County were seriously impacted by Hurricane Sandy and Individual Assistance would significantly help businesses and individuals recover … Continue Reading


January 23, 2013

Cardin Applauds Move To Open Combat Jobs To Women

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) praised Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for overturning provisions that kept women from serving in front-line combat positions. "Yet another glass ceiling is about to be shattered. I applaud Secretary Panetta's actions that will open up thousands of front-line combat positions to America's brave military women, giving them an equal opportunity to serve their nation, earn promotions and move up through the ranks as their male counterparts. Amer… Continue Reading


January 22, 2013

Cardin Statement On The 40th Anniversary Of Roe V. Wade

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade: "The Constitution guarantees women the right to reproductive health freedom. This was the landmark Supreme Court decision 40 years ago today that positively redefined a fundamental right to privacy in this country. I have always been a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade. Today, a broad majority of Americans support the Supreme Court decision and a ma… Continue Reading


January 18, 2013

Statement by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Honoring the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

More than 25 years ago, the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday became a national holiday so that future generations would understand and appreciate the legacy of Dr. King and why his fight for equality for all Americans helped to define our country. As we celebrate his birth, we rededicate ourselves to his vision of equality, fairness, and justice. We also remember Dr. King's deep commitment to ensuring that all Americans are judged by their character, and not by the color of thei… Continue Reading


January 17, 2013

Cardin, Lugar, Levin Support SEC In Legal Fight To Implement New Transparency Rules For Oil, Gas and Mining Industries

Washington, DC -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and former Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), authors of the Cardin-Lugar transparency provision in Dodd-Frank, along with U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), have filed an Amicus Curiae in support of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is defending a frivolous lawsuit challenging its final rule for implementing the law. In direct rebuttal to the American Petroleum Institute's claims, Cardin, Lugar and Levin submitted to the court that: "R… Continue Reading


January 16, 2013

Cardin Joins Call For Swift Congressional Action To Reduce Gun Violence

Washington, DC - In response to President Obama's announcement of his priorities to reduce gun violence, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement urging Congress to take up the necessary legislation. "I agree with President Obama that we cannot wait for another tragedy to enact common sense, reasonable gun control measures, especially on weapons of war that have no legitimate civilian use. Congress should act swiftly on requiring universal background checks for firearms… Continue Reading


January 16, 2013

The Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Thank you for your interest in the Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, January 21st, 2013. The period to request these tickets is now over. Viewing the swearing-in ceremony from the National Mall does not require tickets. The non-ticketed area of the National Mall begins at 4th Street, NW. *** Inaugural Balls, Parade and Volunteer Opportunities The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is responsible for the Inaugural Day Parade, the Inaugural Balls and volunteer opp… Continue Reading


January 10, 2013

Cardin Visits Crisfield For Tour Of Community Impacted By Hurricane Sandy And Visit To Disaster Recovery Center

CRISFIELD, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today toured areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy and visited the Disaster Recovery Center to see first-hand how recovery efforts are proceeding. In December, U.S. Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley appealed to the Obama Administration to reverse its original denial of Individual Assistance. On December 15, President Obama reversed the original denial and designated Somerset County as a Major Disaster Area… Continue Reading


January 10, 2013

Cardin Remarks On The Announcement Of Jack Lew As Treasury Secretary

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, made the following statement in response to President Obama's selection of White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be his next Secretary of the Treasury. "This is a critical time for America's fragile economy and it is essential that we have strong leadership, like Jack Lew, at the Treasury Department as we work to stem our growing debt and tackle comprehensive tax reform. America needs the stability… Continue Reading


January 07, 2013

Cardin Statement On Hagel Nomination

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the announcement that former Senator Chuck Hagel will be nominated to fill the position of Secretary of Defense. "The responsibility of Advice and Consent is an important Constitutional duty and I look forward to the confirmation process with my former Senate colleague Chuck Hagel. I will be requesting an opportunity to meet with him one-on-one… Continue Reading


January 06, 2013

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Statement On Death Of Lord Nickens, Frederick Co. Civil Rights Leader

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement on the death of Frederick County civil rights leader Lord Nickens: "The death of Lord Nickens marks the end of an era in which civil rights leaders experienced the indignities of laws that prevented access to opportunity and legalized injustice. He fought for the right of African Americans to pursue the American Dream and helped ensure equality for all Americans. As president of Frederick NAACP, Lord Nickens was… Continue Reading


January 03, 2013

Cardin Mikulski Along With Edwards, Hoyer, Van Hollen, Cummings, Sarbanes Announce 5-Year Delay In Treasury Department, GSA Plan To Move 450 Jobs Out Of Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Representatives Donna F. Edwards, Steny Hoyer, Chris Van Hollen, Elijah E. Cummings, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the Treasury Department and General Service Administration (GSA) will delay their plan to move 450 jobs out of Prince George's County to December 31, 2019. The initial plan by Treasury and GSA gave employees until January 2015 to either relocate or separate. Since the announcement in Augus… Continue Reading


January 03, 2013

Team Maryland to Announce FEMA Approval of Public Assistance for Baltimore County Following Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Andy Harris (R-Md.) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Public Disaster Assistance for Baltimore County in the wake of Super-Storm Sandy. This type of assistance is critical to rebuilding roads, buildings and other infrastructure damaged in the storm. "As members of … Continue Reading


January 03, 2013

Cardin Sworn In To U.S. Senate For New, Six-Year Term

For YouTube of Senator Cardin's remarks, follow link For YouTube of Senator Cardin's swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber, follow link WASHINGTON -- U.S Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was sworn into the U.S. Senate for a new, six-year term beginning with the 113th Congress. At a reception for his friends and supporters, the Senator said that his top priorities in the new term include creating high-tech jobs, investing in clean energy, restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay, passing comprehen… Continue Reading


January 02, 2013

$12.6 Million In Federal Funds For BRAC-Related Transportation Project In Bethesda

ROCKVILLE - U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced the Defense Department will release $12.6 million to the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration (SHA) to improve access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. "This additional funding will make a difference for the thousands of wounded warriors and their families who will use the new Walter Reed National Military… Continue Reading


January 01, 2013

Cardin Statement On Senate Passage Of Bill To Avoid Fiscal Cliff Cuts/Tax Hikes

Washington, DC - US Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, responded with the following remarks after the Senate's bipartisan 89-8 vote to postpone the automatic tax hikes and drastic spending cuts referred to as the fiscal cliff. "I represent the people of Maryland and they do not want to see our nation go over this fiscal cliff. The people of Maryland and all Americans, especially middle income families, cannot afford to have us go over this fiscal cliff. "W… Continue Reading

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