Press Releases & Statements

June 15, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE LABOR DEPT. AWARD OF NEARLY $12 MILLION TO HELP LOW-SKILLED MARYLANDERS RECEIVE TRAINING, FIND JOBS

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S Department of Labor (DoL) has awarded Baltimore County a Workforce Innovation Fund grant for $11,869,725 to expand and improve job training. The grant also will be used by Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties and Baltimore City for the Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) Initiative, which targets individuals with limite… Continue Reading


June 13, 2012

Frontiers in Development Speech

Frontiers in Development Good afternoon and thank you for having me. It's a true privilege to be in this room, surrounded by the leading minds and voices in foreign policy today. I hope that the conversations and debates you've had over the past three days have been enlightening and productive as we determine the future of foreign assistance and international development efforts. I want to especially thank Administrator Shah for having me here today. You should know that you have done a tru… Continue Reading


June 13, 2012

CARDIN LAUDS EPA EFFORT TO HELP LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CONTROL POLLUTION FROM STORMWATER RUNOFF

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its latest effort to help local governments protect the public health from stormwater pollution and wastewater overflows. "One of our most important priorities is to ensure that all Americans have clean, safe drinking water and that our aging national water infrastructure can handle all that we ask of it. I wa… Continue Reading


June 10, 2012

CARDIN PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL ROAD BICENTENNIAL MONUMENT DEDICATION; TOURS HISTORIC UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TUNNEL

CUMBERLAND, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today travelled to Cumberland to participate in the dedication of the National Road Monument in recognition of the bicentennial of the nation's first federally financed road. The monument contains a time capsule, which includes a Congressional Record statement by Senator Cardin. The dedication is part of the 44th Annual Cumberland/Allegany County Heritage Days Festival. "The National Road was the first federally financed road and it helped t… Continue Reading


June 08, 2012

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $1.2 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT FOR IMPROVEMENT TO SALISBURY-OCEAN CITY WICOMICO REGIONAL AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to rehabilitate and reconstruct one of its major taxiways. In addition to reconstructing the taxiway, the project will provide expanded space for the future growth of commercial cargo space at the airport. "The Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport is an important hub for commercial and passe… Continue Reading


June 08, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI WORK TO PROTECT BENEFITS FOR RG STEEL EMPLOYEES & RETIREES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) have joined U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Joe Manchin (D-WVA) in sending letters to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman urging them to ensure that eligible RG Steel employees and retirees receive benefits to help them seek new employment and access affordable health coverage. This will directly affect workers being laid o… Continue Reading


June 07, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES HOUSE ACTION ON MAGNITSKY ACT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks in response to the House Foreign Affairs Committee consideration today of a version of the Magnitsky Act: "Visiting the United States and having access to our financial system, including U.S. dollars, are privileges that should not be extended to those who violate basic human rights and the rule of law. Advancing such legislation is a fitting tribute to the legacy of … Continue Reading


June 07, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S APPROVAL OF NOMINEE GRIMM FOR MARYLAND DISTRICT COURT SEAT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to approve Judge Paul William Grimm to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, located in Baltimore. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Judge Grimm to President Obama for the position on the federal bench. The nomination of Judge Grimm, who currently serves as Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District o… Continue Reading


June 06, 2012

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE ANNOUNCED RETIREMENT OF AFGE’S JOHN GAGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement on the announced summer retirement of John Gage who has served as president of the American Federation of Government Employees for nearly a decade: "John Gage has worked to protect the rights and benefits of federal workers for more than 25 years. He has been on the front lines of the current war against public employees and I have been proud to stand with him in the fight to ensure our federal workers in Maryland … Continue Reading


June 05, 2012

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON DEATH OF LORETTA CARR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement on the death of Loretta Carr, a retired union activist with the United Auto Workers Local 239. "Loretta's dedication to protecting the rights of working men and woman was truly inspiring. As a strong labor leader and the first woman to hold a seat on the bargaining committee, she had a keen understanding of the needs of workers and she never tired of advocating for better working conditions and benefits that wou… Continue Reading


June 04, 2012

PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

Madam President, I rise to support the Paycheck Fairness Act that we are going to have a chance to vote on tomorrow. I hope my colleagues will support the effort of my colleague Senator Mikulski in allowing S. 3220 to move forward. I congratulate my colleague Senator Mikulski for her incredible leadership on behalf of women's issues. She has done that throughout her entire career, and we knew she would be in the forefront of this effort for paycheck fairness. I am proud to stand shoulder to shou… Continue Reading


May 31, 2012

SENATOR CARDIN, PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY SHERIFF HIGH, STATE’S ATTORNEY ALSOBROOKS LEAD CALL TO PASS REAUTHORIZATION OF THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Prince George's Sheriff Melvin High, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw, along with representatives of the Family Crisis Center, Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center and the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, House of Ruth, and other members of the Prince George's community who are involved with support for victims of domestic violence were united today in their call… Continue Reading


May 31, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO CONSTRUCT MEADOW MOUNTAIN TRAIL IN GARRETT CO

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today applauded a $250,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to Garrett County for construction of the Meadow Mountain Trail (MMT). The 10-mile, multi-user trail will build on the county's efforts to expand its outdoor recreation industry, and is projected to have an economic impact of more than $3 million. "Garrett County's scenic treasures are also economic treasures, drawing thousands of tourists to Mar… Continue Reading


May 25, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI STATEMENT ON SPARROWS POINT MILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today issued the following statement on the Sparrows Point Mill in Baltimore: "We are deeply discouraged about the news of large job losses and possible closure of Sparrows Point. "For more than 100 years, the workers at Sparrows Point have produced the steel that built America. From forging the trusses for the Golden Gate Bridge to building the ships that took America to war, no mill has played a larger role in the his… Continue Reading


May 25, 2012

BIPARTISAN SENATE STATEMENT ON P-5+1 MEETING WITH IRAN IN BAGHDAD

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin joined a bipartisan group of Senators in issuing the following statement today about the meeting that will take place in Baghdad tomorrow of the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany -- the P-5+1 -- with Iran. Including Senator Cardin, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT),James Risch (R-ID), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marco R… Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO HELP FAMILIES AND STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THE TRUE COST OF COLLEGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today joined with colleagues to say that families and students should have a more accurate picture of exactly how much college will cost them before deciding which school to attend under bipartisan legislation introduced today. Led by Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Ron Wyden (D-OR) also sponsored the bill.… Continue Reading


May 24, 2012

SENATE PASSES CARDIN-PRYOR MEASURE TO INCREASE PRODUCT SAFETY RESEARCH

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) today said they are pleased the Senate approved their legislation to address potential health and safety risks of products regulated by the FDA that contain nanomaterials. The provision is part of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 96-1. "Nanotechnology has become increasingly indispensable in our daily lives but as this burgeoning technology continues to power more of our consumer pro… Continue Reading


May 23, 2012

CARDIN SAYS IT IS TIME FOR THE U.S. TO BECOME A PARTY TO THE U.N. CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, emphasized today at a hearing, "The Law of the Sea Convention," the need to ratify the Treaty in order to enhance our national security, strengthen international alliance and create economic opportunities. "The United States is perhaps the most significant player in Maritime security and economic activities. Yet our interests are not being represented as other member countries debate changes to… Continue Reading


May 23, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, SENATE DEMOCRATS AND ADVOCACY GROUPS URGE SENATE PASSAGE OF PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

WASHINGTON - At a press conference today in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.) along with representatives of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Partnership for Women and Families (NPWF) and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) urged the Senate to… Continue Reading


May 22, 2012

CARDIN INTRODUCES NEW BILL TO INCREASE FEDERAL SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACT OPPORTUNITIES

Washington, DC - At the start of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has introduced new bill that would help more small businesses compete for federal contracts by raising the government-wide small business prime goal from 23 percent to 25 percent. Government-wide subcontracting goals would be increased from 35.9 percent to 40 percent. "Across the United States, small businesses are responsible for … Continue Reading

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