Press Releases & Statements

July 12, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE ARC GRANT TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROAD TO MT. AETNA TECHNOLOGY PARK

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Washington County an additional grant for $400,000 to complete construction of an access road to the Mt. Aetna Technology Park. The grant will be used to widen approximately .61 miles of Yale Drive to four lanes as part of the project to extend Yale Drive from its current terminus to Scholar Drive on the campus of Hagerstown Community College (HCC) … Continue Reading


July 11, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEARLY $4 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO FIGHT AND PREVENT CRIME ACROSS MARYLAND

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that $3,966,756 in federal grant funding has been awarded from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) through the Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (BJAG) program. GOCCP will use this funding to support public safety activities and reduce violent crime as well as crimes against victims and children throughout Maryland. Senator Cardin is a member … Continue Reading


July 11, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES ACA FOR HELPING MILLIONS OF MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES RECEIVE FREE LIFESAVING PREVENTIVE SERVICES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) announcement that during 2011 the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped approximately 32.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive one or more preventive benefits free of charge. The HHS also announced that during the first six months of 2012, more than 16 million seniors nationwide - 346,441 seniors in Maryland -- have received at least one free preventive service. Senator Cardin, who … Continue Reading


July 09, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE GRANTS TO FOUR MARYLAND LOCALITIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today lauded Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Lisa Jackson's announcement that four Maryland localities would receive technical assistance under the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Local Government Green Infrastructure Initiative. The EPA, along with the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee, will engage local communities to help meet Chesapeake … Continue Reading


July 09, 2012

CARDIN COMMENDS USDA FOR PROVIDING “EQUITABLE RELIEF” TO A GROUP OF EASTERN SHORE FARMERS

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today expressed his support for U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Appeal Division's (NAD) decision to grant equitable relief and reinstate the Conservation Security Program (CSP) contract for a group of Eastern Shore farmers referred to in case documents as the Hutchison Brothers. The NAD's ruling ends the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) efforts to make the Hutchison Brothers', Sonny Eaton, Mike Elben and the landowners of the fa… Continue Reading


July 05, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP RECRUIT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Kensington and Cabin John Park Volunteer Fire Departments in Montgomery County have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to help recruit volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. The Kensington Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $866,838 and the Cabin John Park Vol… Continue Reading


July 05, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski(both D-Md.) today announced the Potomac Valley Fire Co. has been awarded $20,150 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to recruit volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire gra… Continue Reading


July 05, 2012

UPDATE- Information on Power Outages - Help Finding a Cooling Center in Your Area

To Report a Power Outage BGE: To Report an Outage- 877-778-2222 To Report an Emergency- 800-685-0123 PEPCO: To Report an Outage- 877-737-2662 To Report an Emergency- 877-737-2662 Delmarva Power To Report an Outage- 800-898-8042 Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) To Report an Outage- 877-747-6326 FirstEnergy Power Companies To Report an Outage- 888-544-4877 Choptank Electric Cooperative To Report an Outage- 800-410-4790 Special needs- 877-892-0001 Maryland Cooling … Continue Reading


July 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $3 MILLION IN FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO SUPPORT SPARROWS POINT MILL WORKERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $3 million in National Emergency Grant (NEG) funding to provide employment related services to approximately 885 workers affected by closure of the Sparrows Point Mill in Baltimore. "I applaud this Department of Labor grant to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation," Senator Cardin said. "This is absolutely the type of thing we need to do … Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

CARDIN, KIRK, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO PRIORITIZE SOCIAL SERVICES FOR HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with cosponsors Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), have introduced a bill that would ensure that Holocaust survivors can better access needed services, such as health care and nutrition services, without having to live in a nursing or assisted living facility. S. 3358, the ''Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act'' or the ''RUSH Act'' will amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide needed prote… Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI JOIN TEAM MARYLAND MEMBERS IN URGING FERC TO CONSIDER COMMUNITY’S CONCERNS WHEN REVIEWING EXPANSION OF GAS PIPELINE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today joined U.S. Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), and John Sarbanes (MD-3) in sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging the agency to engage the public as it considers a 21.4-mile extension of the Columbia Gas Transmission, Inc. pipeline that runs from Owings Mills through Oregon Ridge to Fallston. Many members of the Baltimore County communities that would be affect… Continue Reading


July 02, 2012

SEVERE HEAT ALERT: Click Here to Find a Cooling Center Near You

http://www.mema.state.md.us/newsroom/?tag=/cooling FOLLOW LINK TO FIND A COOLING CENTER IN YOUR AREA… Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

CARDIN SAYS TRANSPORTATION BILL WILL CREATE JOBS BUT CUTS TO TRANSIT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS WILL IMPACT LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, issued the following statement on passage of the Transportation Conference Report that reauthorizes federal surface transportation programs for two years. The legislation also extends the subsidy for student loans for another 12 months and reauthorizes the national flood insurance program. "We need more jobs in America today and investing in our na… Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

CARDIN SAYS MOUNTAIN MARYLAND ECONOMY WILL BENEFIT FROM RENEWAL OF FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION PROGRAMS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation Infrastructure Subcommittee, hailed passage of the Transportation Conference Report, for its provisions that will improve the prospects of completion of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) and preserves funding for the Local Access Roads program of the Appalachian Regional Commission. "Modernizing and improving transportation infrastructure will help keep Mountai… Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

CARDIN, COCHRAN STATEMENT ON FINAL PASSAGE OF THE TRANSPORTATION BILL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), lead sponsors of a critical amendment in the Transportation Reauthorization bill, S. 1813, that reforms the Transportation Enhancements program, released the following joint statement after final passage of the Transportation Conference Report: "Transportation enhancement projects improve economic development, quality of living and air quality. They help reduce traffic congestion, providing children with safe routes to… Continue Reading


June 28, 2012

CARDIN CALLS SUPREME COURT RULING ON HEALTH CARE LAW THE BEST POSSIBLE DECISION FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today called the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act "the best possible decision for the American people, because everyone now will have access to affordable, quality care and will be protected against the abusive practices of insurance companies." The Senator also called on Congress to put partisanship aside and to move forward on issues such as the economy and job creation. "Upholding the Affordable Care Act, in its entirety, was th… Continue Reading


June 27, 2012

Cardin-Pryor Measure to Increase Product Safety Research Headed to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) today said a bill to address potential health and safety risks of certain products containing nanomaterials is headed to the President's desk for his signature. The provision is part of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act. The measure mirrors legislation they introduced last year, the Nanotechnology Regulatory Science Act of 2011, to establish a regulatory science program within the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to asses… Continue Reading


June 27, 2012

CARDIN SAYS INTENTIONALLY DECEPTIVE PRACTICES DESIGNED TO SUPPRESS VOTES NEED TO END

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, testified Tuesday morning at a full committee hearing to review S. 1994, a bill he is sponsoring with Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to prohibit deceptive practices and voter intimidation tactics in Federal elections. The Cardin-Schumer Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2011 would institute tough new criminal and civil penalties for those who create and distribute this typ… Continue Reading


June 27, 2012

CARDIN SAYS U.S. SHOULD SUPPORT PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES WORLDWIDE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, called today for Senate ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The United States has already established strong support for the rights of people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act and ratification of the CRPD would provide an opportunity to advance these values wor… Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Grant to College Of Southern Maryland to Provide At-Risk Youth With Job Traning for In-Demand Industries

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D- MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will award $1.5 million to the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata for their Juvenile Offenders Building Skills (JOBS) project. This comprehensive jobs program is geared towards providing education and hands-on jobs training for at-risk youth to prepare them for jobs today and jobs tomorrow. "The Juvenile Offenders Building Skills (JOBS) program will enable j… Continue Reading

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