Press Releases & Statements

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


August 06, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE FEDERAL FUNDS TO IMPROVE NATIONAL STAR SPANGLED BANNER BYWAY IN BLADENSBURG, COTTAGE CITY AND COLMAR MANOR

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced a U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) grant of $55,120 to erect informational and educational interpretive signage along the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail that runs through Bladensburg, Cottage City, and Colmar Manor. The federal funding is part of the National Scenic Byways Program, which supports outstanding scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational, archaeological qualities along Nat… Continue Reading


August 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO COMPLETE C&D WESTERN PORTION OF C& D TRAIL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced a U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) grant for slightly more than $2 million to complete the western 1.8 miles of Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Trail. The funding will be used to complete the final Maryland portion of the 17-mile trail linking Chesapeake City, Maryland to Delaware City, Delaware. "Completion of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Trail has been one of my top priorities," said.… Continue Reading


August 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE ALMOST $200,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HARRIET TUBMAN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD BYWAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced a U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) grant for $195,480 to restore a historic slave cabin as the William Still Family Facility. Located on the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, the project would open the former slave cabin to the public in time for the 100-year commemoration of the death of Harriet Tubman in 2013. "Harriet Tubman is a true American hero and icon," said Senator Cardin, a mem… Continue Reading


August 02, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Maryland Delegation in Praising President for Signing Disaster Declaration for State Following Severe Weather

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today applauded President Barack Obama for issuing a Declaration of Disaster for Maryland in the wake of severe storms, straight line winds and extreme heat from June 28 to July 8, 2012. Members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation praising the President's Disaster Delegation include: U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Roscoe E. Bartlett, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes… Continue Reading


August 01, 2012

CARDIN SAYS WE NEED TO ACT NOW TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM EXTREME WEATHER

Washington, DC - Calling "extremes the new normal," U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, sought answers today as to whether the U.S. is prepared to face the new reality of extreme weather events that impact our nation's infrastructure, our environment, and our public health and safety. He participated in a full committee hearing to review the latest climate change science and local adaptation measures. His full opening sta… Continue Reading


August 01, 2012

EPW HEARING ON US READINESS FOR EXTREME WEATHER

SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN (D-MD) SENATE COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS "Update on the Latest Climate Change Science and Local Adaptation Measures" OPENING STATEMENT WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012 10:00 AM Dirksen 406 Thank you for holding this hearing, Madam Chairman. I appreciate the opportunity to come together today to talk about such a critical, timely issue. Climate change is upon us; it is real. This year, the United States has seen increased numbers of major, d… Continue Reading


July 31, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, VAN HOLLEN ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT FOR MONTGOMERY COLLEGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced that Montgomery College's (MC) On-RAMP to STEM program has been awarded nearly $600,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for academically-talented and financially-needy students and veterans majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and S… Continue Reading


July 30, 2012

CARDIN ATTENDS RIBBON-CUTTING FOR NEW COMMUNITY-BASED HEALTH CLINIC FOR VETERANS

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended the official dedication of the Southern Prince George's County Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) for veterans. The new 10,000-square-foot facility, which opened for patients in October 2011, provides more convenient community-based health-care services for veterans living in Prince George's County. Health services include primary and preventive care, women's health, mental health, audiology and dental, and nutritional counseling. Since Janu… Continue Reading


July 30, 2012

CARDIN ATTENDS OFFICIAL OPENING OF STAR-SPANGLED BANNER NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL

S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3), officials from the National Park Service (NPS) and Maryland state officials to launch the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail at a ceremony in Baltimore's historic Fell's Point. Partners from all nine regions along the trail were recognized for their hard work to develop the trail in their local areas. "The launch of the Star Spangled Banner Trail is a key part of our nation's bicentennial celebration of… Continue Reading


July 27, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO DEVELOP NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS AT UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND COLLEGE PARK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the University of Maryland (UMD) College Park has been awarded a grant through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for their Maryland Collaborative for Beginning Farmer Success program to help beginning farmers learn about and establish successful farms. The Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics of UMD will be awarded $845,850. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee,… Continue Reading

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