Press Releases & Statements

September 12, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Legislation To Reduce The Waste From Unused Prescription Drugs And Preserve Billions In Medicare Savings

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) have introduced legislation that aims to reduce the amount of unused prescriptions drugs dispensed at long-term care facilities and protect billions of dollars in savings intended by the Medicare Short-Cycle Dispensing program created in the Affordable Care Act. The bill, the Medicare Efficient Drug Dispensing Act of 2013 (S. 1493) would ensure that prescription drug plans sponsors (PDPs) help reduce wasteful spending … Continue Reading

September 11, 2013

Cardin Welcomes Judge Robert Wilkins To The U.S. Senate At His Confirmation Hearing For A Seat On The D.C. Court Of Appeals

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was honored today to introduce Judge Robert L. Wilkins to his former colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Judge Wilkins has been nominated by President Obama to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "I am pleased to introduce Judge Robert L. Wilkins to the committee today, and I congratulate President Obama on this excellent nomination. Judge Wilkins has a distinguished lifelong record of p… Continue Reading

September 10, 2013

Cardin Statement Commemorating The Anniversary Of September 11, 2001

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S. "Twelve years ago, America was dealt an unspeakable blow, but in the years since, we have continued to rebuke the message of hate that was brought to our door step. What's more is that we affirm our core American values that were magnified in the days following those attacks. We are still … Continue Reading

September 10, 2013

Cardin Calls For Syrian President Assad To Be Tried Before The International Criminal Court

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 219) calling for the United Nations Security Council to refer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other perpetrators of gross human rights violations in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity. "Assad's criminal use of chemical weapons against his own people is morally reprehensible and violates the rules of war. The international community cannot s… Continue Reading

September 04, 2013

Cardin Votes To Support Narrow Engagement In Syria With Explicit Prohibition On The Use Of American Combat Troops

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, voted today to approve a limited use of force for a limited period of time in Syria to deter the future use of chemical weapons. After days of briefings and hearings, Senator Cardin continues to believe that the recent use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians cannot go unchallenged; however he does not support sending U.S. military force… Continue Reading

September 03, 2013

Cardin, Sarbanes Review Progress Of Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Grasonville, MD - Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) held a field hearing today to review progress made by the Environmental Protection Agency-administered Chesapeake Bay Program. The first hearing since court-mandated Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limits went into effect, the discussion focused on progress that has been made toward recovery of the Bay, the effectiveness of current restoration programs and activi… Continue Reading

August 27, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce USDA-RD Funding For Improvement And Expansion Of Water Infrastructure In Allegany

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Allegany Board of Commissioners has received an $869,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) to extend Allegany County water mains to connect to the Rawlings community water system and replace the existing aged distribution system. In addition to the grant, the project will be funded by a loan of $461,000 from USDA-RD to Allegany County. "All Marylanders deserv… Continue Reading

August 26, 2013

Cardin Visits Holy Cross Hospital In Silver Spring To Preview Upcoming Health Exchanges

Silver Spring, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, visited Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring today for a roundtable discussion with Montgomery County health care providers and health partners. Key to the discussion was the upcoming enrollment period for the Maryland Health Connection, one of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act that begins in 2014. Kevin J. Sexton, president and CEO of Holy Cross Health, welcomed participants in the round… Continue Reading

August 26, 2013

Cardin Talks Sequestration With Federal Workers At NRC

Rockville, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, fielded questions from the leadership of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the impacts of sequestration during a town hall Monday. The NRC, which is charged with regulating civilian use of our nuclear power and nuclear materials, has had to absorb a $52 million cut to its FY13 budget due to sequestration. Speaking to supervisors from across the agencies who were gathered at NRC's headquarters in Rockvill… Continue Reading

August 20, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $110,000 Head Start Grant For The City Of Cumberland

Cumberland, MD - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today announced that the City of Cumberland has received a $110,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC) Head Start Program. The new program will serve 47 children ages 0-5 years old from households with incomes at or below 100% poverty. "From the very start, we need to give our children every opportunity to learn and succeed. H… Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce Federal Funding For Fire Prevention And Safety In Montgomery County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $112,045 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants, a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG). The award will be used to establish an all-volunteer Life Safety Unit to focus on improving home safety for olde… Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce Federal Funding For Fire Prevention & Safety Campaign In Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore City Fire Department has been awarded $148,018 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants, a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG). The award will be used to distribute smoke alarms throughout the city. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee. … Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Cardin, O’Malley Announce Nearly $160 Million In Transportation Investments For The Eastern Shore

EASTON, MD (August 16, 2013) - Governor Martin O'Malley, U.S Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Richard F. Colburn, Delegate Norman H. Conway, and other key elected officials, announced nearly $160 million in new investments for five projects on the Eastern Shore that will create nearly 1,900 jobs, improve safety, and relieve congestion. These projects-made possible by the Transportation Act of 2013-include investing $50 million to begin construction next year on a new high-level, fixed-span bridge to… Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Grant To Create And Sustain Jobs In Talbot County And Across The Mid-Shore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced Talbot County and the Town of Easton have been awarded a $1.65 million public works grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help pay to build a new wastewater treatment line crucial to the construction of a new regional medical center in Talbot County. Senator Cardin is a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee as well as the Transportation and I… Continue Reading

August 15, 2013

Cardin Calls On Treasury/IRS To Quickly Provide Legally Married Same-Sex Couples With Clear Guidance On Tax Rules

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee which has oversight responsibility for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has written to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel urging them to promptly resolve questions and clarify tax guidelines for legally married same-sex couples, and those in legal civil unions. Since the June 26 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, same-sex couples who hold a valid marria… Continue Reading

August 14, 2013

Cardin Talks Sequestration With Civilian DOD Employees At Fort Meade Who Have Been Impacted By Sequestration Furloughs

Fort Meade, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin was hosted at Fort George G. Meade Wednesday by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1923 for a town hall with civilian Department of Defense (DOD) employees to discuss sequestration and the federal budget. The group was a sampling of the more than 27,000 DOD civilian employees at Fort Meade, a majority of who have been facing furloughs brought on by sequestration cuts. Fort Meade, the nation's hub for information, intelligence and… Continue Reading

August 13, 2013

Cardin Calls On Healthcare Providers To Help Facilitate Enrollment In Maryland Health Exchanges

Cheverly, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) continued his outreach to Maryland's healthcare providers in advance of the initial enrollment for Maryland's new health exchanges with a visit to Prince George's County Hospital Center and Dimensions Healthcare. Healthcare exchanges that begin in January 2014 are a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act. Participants in the roundtable will be on the front lines of navigating the Maryland exchange in the individual market and will be dealing mainly w… Continue Reading

August 13, 2013

Cardin Visits WSSC In Push To Make Water Infrastructure Upgrades A National Priority

Laurel, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, visited with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Tuesday for a briefing by WSSC CEO and General Manager Jerry N. Johnson at the Patuxent Water Filtration Plant and to discuss federal options for improving our nation's aging water infrastructure. The region has seen a growing number of water main breaks. As recently as July, a water main serving 100,000 people in Prince George's County began to f… Continue Reading

August 12, 2013

Cardin Calls Federally Qualified Health Centers Integral To Success Of Expanded, Quality Healthcare For All Americans

Baltimore - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) visited the Baltimore Medical System's new Highlandtown Healthy Living Center Monday to tour the facility and discuss how implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will double the capacity and use of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Maryland and nationwide. As millions more Americans gain access to quality health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, federally qualified health centers will provide essential primary and additional… Continue Reading

August 08, 2013

Cardin Announces $3 Million in Affordable Housing Funding for Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) will provide $3 million in funding to create greater affordable housing opportunities in Maryland. "Every Marylander - every American - deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Three million dollars will go a long way toward revitalizing Maryland communities by expanding affordable housing and creating quality jobs and opportunities," said Senator Cardin, a senio… Continue Reading

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