Press Releases & Statements

May 21, 2012

100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FREDERICK COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Mr. President, I wish to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, the first chartered chamber in the United States. When the United States Chamber of Commerce was formed at a conference held by President Taft in April 1912, four delegates from the Maryland's Frederick County Board of Trade were in attendance. Inspired by the conference, the Frederick County Board of Trade applied for membership to the newly formed chamber the very next day. The newly renam… Continue Reading


May 17, 2012

FOOD SECURITY AND THE G8

I rise today to express my enthusiastic support for our efforts to elevate international food security commitments through the G8, which is being held this weekend in Maryland. I understand that President Obama has invited the Presidents of Benin, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Tanzania to participate in the summit and strategize on ways in which we can all work together to accelerate progress on food security. With over 1 billion poor and hungry people around the world, there is no time to wait. Just … Continue Reading


May 17, 2012

CARDIN COMMENDS SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FOR PROVIDING AMERICANS WITH COMPLETE YEARLY EARNINGS STATEMENTS ON WEB SITE

WASHINGTON - At today's Senate Finance Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) commended Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Michael Astrue for establishing secure web site access to annual earnings statements so that all Americans "can now have full access to information regarding their Social Security benefits." The Senator also commended the Commissioner on SSA's resumption of mailing annual statements to all individuals over age 60. Last year, the SSA suspended pr… Continue Reading


May 16, 2012

CARDIN, GILLIBRAND PUSH DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY AMONG SENIOR MILITARY RANKS

Washington, DC - As the Senate Armed Services Committee begins debate on the defense budget, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), have introduced legislation to promote diversity in the ranks of military leadership that better reflects the demographics of the U.S. military and the public it serves. Following up on concerns expressed by service members at a recent Forum on Military Diversity hosted by Senator Cardin, the bill introduced (S. 3181) would require the Secr… Continue Reading


May 16, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL FOR IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF NATIONAL METRO SAFETY STANDARDS FOLLOWING POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING MALFUNCTION OF METRO DOOR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today called for immediate passage of legislation establishing federal safety standards for transit systems nationwide following a life-threatening malfunction today where the doors on two metro rail cars opened while passengers traveled on the Red Line between the Van Ness and American University stations. Legislation establishing the first federal safety standards for transit systems nationwide passed the Senate in Marc… Continue Reading


May 14, 2012

ON THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE GEORGE LEVI RUSSELL, III TO BE US DISTRICT JUDGE, DISTRICT OF MARYLAND

I rise today to urge the Senate to confirm Judge George Levi Russell III of Maryland to be a US District Judge for the District of Maryland. Judge Russell was reported by voice vote of the Judiciary Committee on February 16. Judge Russell currently sits as a trial judge in the Baltimore City Circuit Court. The Constitution provides for lifetime appointments for federal judges, which is unique in our federal government. I take this obligation very seriously in terms of the advice and c… Continue Reading


May 14, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE SENATE CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE GEORGE RUSSELL FOR MARYLAND DISTRICT COURT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate's confirmation of Judge George Levi Russell, III to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Senators Mikulski and Cardin recommended Judge Russell, who currently serves as a Circuit Court judge for the City of Baltimore, to President Obama for the federal bench. "I applaud today's confirmation of Judge Russell to serve on the U.S. District Court of Maryl… Continue Reading


May 14, 2012

CARDIN HOLDS HEALTH CARE CAREER EXPO IN HAGERSTOWN

HAGERSTOWN, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a Health Care Career Expo at Hagerstown Community College to connect Marylanders with jobs in the health care field, which is an area of high-paying salaries and expected strong job growth nationwide. Maryland is one of the nation's leaders in health care, currently employing more than 290,000 Marylanders in the health care industry. The Governor's Workforce Investment Board estimates that by 2018 more than 55,000 new jobs in the healt… Continue Reading


May 14, 2012

SENATOR CARDIN ADDRESSES AFFORDABLE CARE FORUM ON BENEFITS OF HEALTH REFORM LAW

CUMBERLAND, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today addressed a forum on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hosted by the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission, the Western Maryland Central Labor Council and the Alliance for Retired Americans. Speakers at the forum also included Maryland Secretary of the Department of Aging Gloria Lawlah, and NAACP Chapter President Bernard Wynder. Senator Cardin highlighted that the ACA will provide health care coverage to more … Continue Reading


May 11, 2012

CARDIN JOINS VEOLIA TO LAUNCH BALTIMORE’S FIRST PROPANE AUTOGAS TAXI FLEET

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended a special ceremony today at the headquarters of Veolia Transportation to launch Baltimore's first propane autogas taxi fleet. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot and other officials also attended the launch. Veolia Transportation -- the largest private provider of multiple modes of transportation in North America -- is converting 300 of its taxis nationwide from gasoline to propane autogas… Continue Reading


May 11, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT FOR NEW AMBULANCE TO SERVE WORCESTER CO.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the City of Pocomoke has received a $50,000 grant and $150,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development (RD) program to purchase a new ambulance. "Now more than ever, we need to make sure that our first responders have the resources they need to keep our families and communities safe," said Senator Cardin. "These brave men and women are on the front lines every day re… Continue Reading


May 10, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO EXPAND PROTECTIONS FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised the Senate for passing the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, S. 743, a landmark bill that would expand protections for federal employees who disclose wrongdoing and protect the public trust. "Federal workers are on the frontlines and they often are the first to spot when there is fraud or waste of taxpayer money. This bill will help ensure greater accountability and it will protect whistleblowers from retribution for doing the ri… Continue Reading


May 10, 2012

ON THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE PAUL WILLIAM GRIMM TO BE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE, DISTRICT OF MARYLAND

I am pleased to join with Senator Mikulski in recommending that the Judiciary Committee favorably report Judge Paul William Grimm of Maryland to be a US District Judge for the District of Maryland. Let me also welcome Judge Grimm's family and friends to today's hearing, and thank them for the sacrifices they make. Judge Grimm was nominated to fill the upcoming vacancy that will be created when US District Judge Benson E. Legg takes senior status in less than a month. Judge Gri… Continue Reading


May 09, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE VICTORY IN NEW POSTAL SERVICE PLAN TO PRESERVE RURAL POST OFFICES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised a new U.S. Postal Service (USPS) strategy that will save 137 rural mail facilities in Maryland previously slated for closure. The USPS announcement was a major victory in the Maryland Senators' fight to save rural post offices. More information about the Postal Services new plan and a list of Maryland post offices that will remain open are available in the Postmaster General's letter here. "The Postmaster G… Continue Reading


May 09, 2012

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT HE SUPPORTS MARRIAGE EQUALITY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) release the following statement on President Obama's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage. Senator Cardin has co-sponsored legislation that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples. "Same-sex couples deserve the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples. President Obama's position is consistent with the recently passed law in Maryland, and I applaud him for taking this… Continue Reading


May 09, 2012

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that nine Marylanders have accepted appointments to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2012-2013 academic year. The five U.S. service academies -- the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy -- recruit top-notch young American men and women who will appreciate an excellent education and a chance to serve their country. "Every year, it is… Continue Reading


May 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL FOR USPS TO EXTEND MORATORIUM ON ALL POSTAL CLOSURES UNTIL FINAL ENACTMENT OF POSTAL REFORM BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today joined a bipartisan group of 41 Senators in calling on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to extend the current moratorium on the closing of post offices or processing facilities until enactment of postal reform legislation. The current moratorium is schedule to end May 15. On April 25, by a vote of 62-37 the U.S. Senate passed S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, bipartisan legislation that would pres… Continue Reading


May 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $250,000 TO EXPAND BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS IN GARRETT CO.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Garrett County Board of Commissioners has received a $250,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to expand Broadband Internet connectivity in Garrett County. "In Maryland's innovative economy, the Internet is indispensible to running businesses, schools and for personal use such as banking or paying bills," said Senator Cardin. "Broadband access is absolutely essential and th… Continue Reading


May 02, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE MARYLAND DISTRICT COURT NOMINEE GRIMM AT SENATE CONFIRMATION HEARING

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced Judge Paul William Grimm to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Judge Grimm currently serves as a Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge in Maryland, Northern Division, located in Baltimore. "Judge Paul Grimm is a veteran of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps at Aberdeen Proving Ground and a … Continue Reading


May 01, 2012

CARDIN AND MIKULSKI PRAISE ANNOUNCEMENT OF ALMOST $15 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS AWARDED TO EXPAND AND IMPROVE FOUR MARYLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, (both D-Md.), today praised the announcement of almost $15 million in federal funding to support the renovation, expansion and improvement of four Maryland community health centers, boosting their ability to care for additional patients and create jobs. Grantees estimate these awards will help them serve approximately 27,737 new patients in Maryland. "Community health centers provide affordable, high quality, cost-effective health … Continue Reading

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