Press Releases & Statements

April 26, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF REAUTHORIZATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate reauthorization of a long-standing law to stop violence against women and extend protections to other groups. By a vote of 68-to-31, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, S. 1925, often referred to as VAWA. The legislation now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. "I was an early co-sponsor of VAWA because it provides important legal, civil, economic and social safeguards for victims… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

ISRAELI INDEPENDENCE DAY

It is my distinct pleasure to recognize Israel on the 64th anniversary of its founding. As we join Israel in celebrating this milestone, the shared bonds between our two countries have grown stronger over the years because of our commitment to democracy and freedom. Throughout Israel's history, our two nations have worked together to protect Israel and to promote regional peace and stability. Today, as we reflect on Israel's remarkable history, I also want to pay special tribute to the peopl… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE VICTORY IN CHANGING SENATE POSTAL REFORM BILL TO GUARANTEE THAT THE EASTON MAIL PROCESSING FACILITY WILL REMAIN OPEN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that their advocacy to protect mail delivery service standards in the Senate's 21st Century Postal Reform Act has led to changes in the bill that would assure Maryland mail processing facilities remain open. A final vote on the bill is expected in the coming hours. The Senators today received a letter from Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe outlining the Maryland postal facilities that would remain ope… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

CARDIN VOTES FOR POSTAL REFORM BILL TO PRESERVE DELIVERY STANDARDS AND PUT POSTAL SERVICE ON ROAD TO FINANCIAL STABILITY

WASHINGTON - By a vote of 62-to-37, the U.S. Senate today passed the 21st Century Postal Service Act, S. 1789, which will preserve delivery standards nationwide and put the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on a path to financial stability. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) called passage of the bipartisan bill a "victory for individuals and businesses throughout our nation that depend on timely mail delivery." Senator Cardin insisted that the reform bill include provisions maintaining delivery standard… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

CARDIN SAYS MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT WILL HELP MARYLAND AVOID TAX HIKES, PROTECT LOCAL BUSINESSES

Washington, DC -- At a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, highlighted the importance of legislation that would level the playing field for local businesses and give Maryland and other states the option to collect sales tax already owed under current law from out-of-state businesses. Senator Cardin noted that the $375 million in revenue that would be captured by Maryland through improved sales tax compliance would make… Continue Reading


April 24, 2012

CARDIN ANNOUNCES CUMBERLAND PROCESSING CENTER WILL NEED TO REMAIN OPEN TO MEET DELIVERY STANDARDS IN POSTAL REFORM BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) announced today that he has been told by the Postmaster General that the Cumberland mail processing center will remain open to meet overnight delivery standards that Senator Cardin insisted be included in the postal reform bill being considered by the U.S. Senate. The Senator received a letter from Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe confirming that the Cumberland processing facility will need to remain open to "meet the overnight service standards … Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

CARDIN LAUDS BILL TO ASSIST CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED FARMERS WITH POLLUTION CLEANUP AND PREVENTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today praised new legislation (S. 2294) introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) that would aid in restoring and maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The bill was introduced just one day before the State of Maryland announced that the Chesapeake Bay juvenile blue crab population is at the highest level on record, and the overall blue crab populati… Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

CARDIN CALLS FOR REFORM OF GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today called for reforms within the General Services Administration (GSA) during a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) oversight hearing on the agency. He issued the following remarks on the conduct and spending in the GSA's Western Region: "The shocking and shameful extraneous spending that GSA engaged in during its 2010 Western Regional Conference was offensive to the American taxpayers who ultimately had to foot the bill," sa… Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

CARDIN FILES AMENDMENT TO POSTAL REFORM BILL TO PREVENT CLOSURE OF THE EASTON PROCESSING CENTER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-M) today filed an amendment to the 21st Century Postal Service Act, S. 1789, which would prevent the closure of the Easton, MD mail processing center. Senator Cardin's amendment would prohibit the closure of a postal processing facility if the next closest one is more than 50 miles away. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has said it is considering closing the Easton facility and moving its functions to Wilmington, DE, approximately 80 miles away. "I am … Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

CELEBRATION OF 150th ANNIVERSARY OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA EMANCIPATION DAY

When Congress returns to session on Monday, April 16, 2012, we will recognize an important anniversary and holiday here in Washington. That day will be the 150th anniversary of District of Columbia Emancipation Day. Nine months before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1963, the President signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. The act ordered the release of the 3,100 enslaved persons of African descent held in the nation's capital.… Continue Reading


April 17, 2012

CARDIN TESTIFIES ON THE NEED TO END RACIAL PROFILING IN AMERICA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights today calling for an end to the use of racial profiling by law enforcement in America. He discussed the need to pass his legislation, S. 1670, the End Racial Profiling Act: "Racial profiling is un-American. It is against our values, it wastes valuable resources, and it should have no place in modern law enforcement. It's time that we move forward in g… Continue Reading


April 17, 2012

ENDING RACIAL PROFILING IN AMERICA

Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Graham, let me begin by thanking you for holding this hearing today. And I thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Judiciary Committee on the topic of ending racial profiling in America. I also want to join in welcoming my former colleagues in the House, Representatives Gutierrez, Ellison, and Chu, to the Senate. Over the past few months the nation's attention has been riveted to the tragic, avoidable death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. A few weeks… Continue Reading


April 12, 2012

CARDIN TOURS NCI’s NEW ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH FACILITY IN FREDERICK

FREDERICK, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today toured the new National Cancer Institute's (NCI) state-of -the-art Advanced Technology Research Facility (ATRF) located at Riverside Research Park in Frederick, MD. The Senator also received a detailed briefing about the facility, which is scheduled to officially open this summer. The ATRF is part of the NCI's Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, the only federally funded research and development center in the nation dedicated… Continue Reading


April 12, 2012

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $300,000 EPA/AMERICAN RIVERS GRANT TO PROTECT AND RESTORE RIVERS, STIMULATE FOOD PRODUCTION IN POTOMAC HIGHLANDS REGION

FROSTBURG, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and American Rivers to Frostburg State University (FSU), the Western Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Council (WMRCD) and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce flooding, restore forests, and promote local food production in the Potomac Highlands region. In the past, many of the region's streams have been damaged by harmful logging, … Continue Reading


April 10, 2012

CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE TO URGE HOUSE PASSAGE OF TRANSPORTATION BILL TO FUND IMPORTANT MAINTENANCE OF METRO’S RAILS & BUSES, CREATE JOBS

HYATTSVILLE, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today joined with officials from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to urge the House of Representatives to pass the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) surface transportation bill so that WMATA can move forward with important maintenance and safety projects. On March 14, the Senate passed MAP-21 by a vote of 74-22. The $109 billion, two-year transportation bill provides funding for the nation's highway and p… Continue Reading


April 02, 2012

CARDIN, LT. GOVERNOR BROWN ANNOUNCE $1.9 MILLION IN HEALTH CARE GRANTS TO COMMUNITY CLINIC, INC.

TAKOMA PARK - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today joined Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett for a visit to Community Clinic Inc.'s (CCI) Takoma Park Health Center to present nearly $1.9 million in grant funding, including a $280,000 grant provided by the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC), and an additional $1,585,000 grant from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. CCI is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves low-income, underinsu… Continue Reading


March 27, 2012

ON THE DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN AND A CALL TO END RACIAL PROFILING

Mr. President, I rise today to discuss the tragic death of Trayvon Martin and the larger issue of racial profiling. On Monday I spoke about this issue at the Center for Urban Families in Baltimore. Joining me were representatives from various faith and civil rights groups in Baltimore, as well as graduates from the Center's program. This weekend we saw numerous rallies take place across the United States, including rallies called "Million Hoodie Marches" where individuals wore hoodies in sol… Continue Reading


March 27, 2012

CARDIN RECEIVES AWARD FROM ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING AMERCIA’S HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin today received the Congressional Champion Award from the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO). Senator Cardin received the award for his work to protect voting rights and fight efforts to deliberately suppress or mislead voters. NAFEO is an umbrella organization of the nation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs). "The nation's Historically Black Colleges an… Continue Reading


March 27, 2012

CARDIN APPLAUDS EPA EFFORTS TO CUT POLLUTION FROM NEW POWER PLANTS

Washington, DC -- Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new power plants. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee that is responsible for EPA oversight, issued the following statement in response to today's action: "I applaud the years of thoughtful work and rigorous scientific study, going back to the George W. Bush administration, that EPA has done to craft today's … Continue Reading


March 26, 2012

CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE TO CALL FOR END TO RACIAL PROFILING

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a press conference in Baltimore to call for an end to racial profiling, which threatens African-American men and members of other minority communities. In October 2011, Senator Cardin introduced legislation, the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA), S. 1670, which would protect minority communities by prohibiting the use of racial profiling by law enforcement officials. Senator Cardin's bill also would prohibit state and local law enforcement… Continue Reading

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