Press Releases & Statements

July 02, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI JOIN TEAM MARYLAND MEMBERS IN URGING FERC TO CONSIDER COMMUNITY’S CONCERNS WHEN REVIEWING EXPANSION OF GAS PIPELINE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today joined U.S. Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), and John Sarbanes (MD-3) in sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging the agency to engage the public as it considers a 21.4-mile extension of the Columbia Gas Transmission, Inc. pipeline that runs from Owings Mills through Oregon Ridge to Fallston. Many members of the Baltimore County communities that would be affect… Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

SEVERE HEAT ALERT: Click Here to Find a Cooling Center Near You

http://www.mema.state.md.us/newsroom/?tag=/cooling FOLLOW LINK TO FIND A COOLING CENTER IN YOUR AREA… Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

CARDIN SAYS TRANSPORTATION BILL WILL CREATE JOBS BUT CUTS TO TRANSIT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS WILL IMPACT LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement on passage of the Transportation Conference Report that reauthorizes federal surface transportation programs for two years. The legislation also extends the subsidy for student loans for another 12 months and reauthorizes the national flood insurance program. "We need more jobs in America today and investing in our na… Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

CARDIN SAYS MOUNTAIN MARYLAND ECONOMY WILL BENEFIT FROM RENEWAL OF FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation Infrastructure Subcommittee, hailed passage of the Transportation Conference Report, for its provisions that will improve the prospects of completion of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) and preserves funding for the Local Access Roads program of the Appalachian Regional Commission. "Modernizing and improving transportation infrastructure will help keep Mountai… Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

CARDIN, COCHRAN STATEMENT ON FINAL PASSAGE OF THE TRANSPORTATION BILL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), lead sponsors of a critical amendment in the Transportation Reauthorization bill, S. 1813, that reforms the Transportation Enhancements program, released the following joint statement after final passage of the Transportation Conference Report: "Transportation enhancement projects improve economic development, quality of living and air quality. They help reduce traffic congestion, providing children with safe routes to… Continue Reading


June 28, 2012

CARDIN CALLS SUPREME COURT RULING ON HEALTH CARE LAW THE BEST POSSIBLE DECISION FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today called the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act "the best possible decision for the American people, because everyone now will have access to affordable, quality care and will be protected against the abusive practices of insurance companies." The Senator also called on Congress to put partisanship aside and to move forward on issues such as the economy and job creation. "Upholding the Affordable Care Act, in its entirety, was th… Continue Reading


June 27, 2012

Cardin-Pryor Measure to Increase Product Safety Research Headed to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) today said a bill to address potential health and safety risks of certain products containing nanomaterials is headed to the President's desk for his signature. The provision is part of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act. The measure mirrors legislation they introduced last year, the Nanotechnology Regulatory Science Act of 2011, to establish a regulatory science program within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to asses… Continue Reading


June 27, 2012

CARDIN SAYS INTENTIONALLY DECEPTIVE PRACTICES DESIGNED TO SUPPRESS VOTES NEED TO END

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, testified Tuesday morning at a full committee hearing to review S. 1994, a bill he is sponsoring with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to prohibit deceptive practices and voter intimidation tactics in Federal elections. The Cardin-Schumer Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2011 would institute tough new criminal and civil penalties for those who create and distribute this typ… Continue Reading


June 27, 2012

CARDIN SAYS U.S. SHOULD SUPPORT PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WORLDWIDE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, called today for Senate ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The United States has already established strong support for the rights of people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act and ratification of the CRPD would provide an opportunity to advance these values wor… Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Grant to College Of Southern Maryland to Provide At-Risk Youth With Job Traning for In-Demand Industries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D- MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will award $1.5 million to the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata for their Juvenile Offenders Building Skills (JOBS) project. This comprehensive jobs program is geared towards providing education and hands-on jobs training for at-risk youth to prepare them for jobs today and jobs tomorrow. "The Juvenile Offenders Building Skills (JOBS) program will enable j… Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

Cardin Says Magnitsky Act Is Closer to Becoming Law After Senate Committee Approval

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Senate Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following remarks after a bipartisan committee vote to approve the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. "Bipartisan approval of the Sergei Magnitsky Act by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sends a message to the world that visiting the United States and having access to our financial system, including U.S. dollars… Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $30,000 IN FUNDING FOR GARRETT CO. HERITAGE AREA

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) approval of a $30,000 grant to the Garrett Country Chamber of Commerce to develop a Strategic Initiative Program that will increase tourism in the area and help create new jobs in heritage tourism. "This is exactly the kind of grant I like to see, it creates jobs and it will make it possible for more people to come to Garrett County and enjoy all the history, nature and cult… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

SENATORS CARDIN AND MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL COPS GRANT FOR HAGERSTOWN TO HIRE FIVE NEW POLICE OFFICERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Hagerstown Police Department will receive a $625,000 grant to hire five new police officers through the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP). As Chairwoman of the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski puts funds in the federal checkbook for important Department of Justice local law enforcement grants, including CHP. "This federal fundi… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

CARDIN CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO END RACIAL PROFILING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT FOLLOWING SUPREME COURT DECISION ON ARIZONA SB 1070

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) called it a "cautious victory for the rule of law" that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a majority of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law. He released the following statement in response: "I am pleased that the Supreme Court struck down most provisions of Arizona's immigration law today. SB 1070 law was discriminatory and would have encouraged police officers to engage in racial profiling and make warrantless arrests by creating new state crimin… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

CARDIN SAYS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS IS ESSENTIAL AFTER MONTANA SCOTUS DECISION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) responded to the Supreme Court's decision in American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock by renewing his commitment to a constitutional amendment that would restore balance to our election finance system. "The Supreme Court decision to essentially doubled-down on the wrongfully decided Citizens United case will only serve embolden the special interests and big corporations looking to buy elections and exert undue influence on our electoral pro… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

CARDIN ADDRESSES MML OPENING SESSION

CARDIN ADDRESSES MML OPENING SESSION Senator tells local leaders that municipalities are most at "risk" and he wants greater federal support for local governments OCEAN CITY, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today addressed the opening session of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and told local leaders that "local governments and municipalities are the end of the line for the services that Americans want and that they should not be held hostage by a the federal government's debate o… Continue Reading


June 22, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LAUD FEDERAL GRANT TO UPGRADE EDGEWOOD MARC TRAIN STATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has awarded the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) a $1.3 million grant to complete the construction of a MARC train station in Edgewood, MD. The grant will fund the second phase of the conversion of the Edgewood stop from a platform to a fully functioning MARC station. The $1.3 million grant will fund construction of a new station with amenities,… Continue Reading


June 21, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI TEAM UP TO SAVE FUNDING FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today voted in support of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, which benefits Maryland's farmers and continues to provide a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Overall, the 2012 Farm Bill made over $23 billion in spending cuts or more than double the agriculture cuts recommended by the Simpson-Bowles Commission. The bill passed the Senate 64-35. "Farmers understand how va… Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS JOINT RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JUNE 19th AS A NATIONAL DAY OF OBSERVANCE IN RECOGNITION OF JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today co-sponsored a joint resolution designating June 19th as Juneteenth Independence Day, a National Day of Observance. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were free. While Abraham Lincoln declared slaves in Confederate states free with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, slaves who lived in states that will still in rebellion were not free. June … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

CARDIN CALLS REPRIEVE FOR DREAM ACT-ELIGIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE FAIR AND COMPASSIONATE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement in response to the announcement by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today that effective immediately, certain young people will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of the federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act… Continue Reading

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