Press Releases & Statements

March 07, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $505,000 IN FUNDING FOR LAND ACQUISTION AT BLACKWATER NWR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission has approved $505,000 in funding to conserve 112 acres of habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). The acquisition will be funded by more than $6 million in proceeds from sales of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, otherwise known as the Federal Duck Stamp. "The Blackwater NWR is one of Marylan… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL ON PRESIDENT TO SPEED THE WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) joined a bipartisan group of 24 Senators today in calling on the President to bring American combat forces home from Afghanistan at a faster pace. As the Senate considers the 2012 Highway Bill on the floor this week, the Senators pointed out that the total dollar amount spent in both Iraq and Afghanistan to date would provide enough funding to rebuild the American interstate highway system five times over. "We simply… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

“EXAMANING LENDING DISCRIMINATION PRACTICES AND FORECLOSURE ABUSES”

The following are Senator Cardin's remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he is formerly a member of, on lending discimination practices. Let me begin by telling the Committee that I know from my own state of Maryland that families and communities are still hurting from the effects of lending discrimination and foreclosure abuses. The wounds are raw and real. There is still so much more that we can do. My own state of Maryland has become a model for the nation in strategies for … Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

CARDIN SAYS COORDINATED POLICIES CAN SAVE PEOPLE’S HOMES, FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES FROM THE RAVAGES OF PREDATORY LENDING AND FORECLOSURE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) testified today before his former colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to highlight the work being done to help Marylanders recover from predatory lending practices that were directed at this state and others. His full statement can be found here. "The wounds are raw and real. There is still so much more that we can do. Working across agencies, Maryland has developed a comprehensive strategy that includes legal and regulatory reforms, as… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

CARDIN CALLS INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BUDGET AN INVESTMENT IN NATIONAL SECURITY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today called the Fiscal Year 2013 International Affairs budget request "a critical investment in America's national security." During the hearing, the Senator said that he fully agreed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she said the budget is a "down payment on U.S. leadership." "Development, along with defense and dipl… Continue Reading


March 05, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL NAS REVIEW OF HEALTH STUDIES AT FT. DETRICK INSIGHTFUL, INFORMATIVE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today called the National Academy of Science (NAS) Committee on Toxicology's year-long review of past Area B studies "insightful and informative" and called for moving quickly with remediation of contaminants to alleviate health concerns of area residents. "The NAS review provides credible and objective evaluation of the science used to determine the impact of previous activities at Fort Detrick on public health. Area B… Continue Reading


March 05, 2012

CARDIN, RUPPERSBERGER KICK OFF NATIONAL SALE OF COMMEMORATIVE COINS HONORING THE WAR OF 1812, STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (both D-MD) today were joined by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes in unveiling two commemorative coins that will go on sale today to fund the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 and the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem. Senator Cardin and Congressman Ruppersberger sponsored legislation, signed into law by President Obama in August 2010, creating the two commemorat… Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

SENATE PASSES CARDIN RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING BICENTENNIAL OF WAR OF 1812

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised the Senate for swift passage of his resolution to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and celebrate the heroism displayed by Americans during what is often referred to as the "Second War of Independence." The resolution was introduced by Senator Cardin on Wednesday (2/29) and was passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday evening by unanimous consent. S.Res. 388 commemorates "the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the Sta… Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

CARDIN, DURBIN, LEAHY, FEINSTEIN, MENENDEZ AND CASEY ASK PRESIDENT OBAMA TO EXTEND TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR SYRIANS IN THE U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Dick Durbin (D-IL), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Casey (D-PA) wrote to President Obama today, asking his Administration to extend temporary protected status (TPS) to Syrian nationals currently in the United States. Such a designation would allow Syrians living in the United States to temporarily stay because violence in their home country poses a serious threat to their safety. "In light of the ongoing v… Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

CARDIN CALLS DEFEAT OF BLUNT AMENDMENT A VICTORY FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) called today's vote to table the Blunt Amendment to S. 1813, the Highway Bill, a vote to protect women and health care access for all Americans. "The outright assault on women's rights and women's access to essential preventive services has got to stop. I have spent my lifetime defending the First Amendment and all it provides and protects, but the Blunt Amendment is not about First Amendment freedoms; it's about creating an escape clause for any … Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

CARDIN INTRODUCES RESOLUTION COMMEMORATING BICENTENNIAL OF WAR OF 1812

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced he will introduce a Senate resolution commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 and celebrating the heroism displayed by Americans during what is often referred to as the "Second War of Independence." The resolution also honors the work of organizations in Maryland and around the nation that are organizing events that will commemorate the Bicentennial anniversary. On the Senate floor, as Maryland members of the America… Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

CARDIN HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO PROMOTE HUMAN-RIGHTS IN RUSSIA AND MOVE FORWARD WITH TRANSPARENCY IN THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, today urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make human rights a priority in our dealings with Russia. "In considering Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for Russia, we must seize the opportunity to help advance the aspirations of the Russian people who are in the streets, demanding greater freedoms," said Senator Cardin during a S… Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

ON THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE GEORGE LEVI RUSSELL, III

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, and he is not a controversial nominee. 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 serious… Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT FOR UNIVERSTY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined today by Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), to announce that UMBC has been awarded a $599,977 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund scholarships in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for 30 talented transfer students. "America's future depends on our ability to embrace high-tech education and training needed for jobs in… Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

CARDIN CALLS FOR A RENEWED FEDERAL COMMITMENT TO HELP LOCAL COMMUNITIES COPE WITH AGING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, led a hearing today to discuss the wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs of local municipalities, rural communities, and other similar jurisdictions. Witnesses at the hearing outlined the great challenges faced by these communities to maintain and improve their water infrastructure. "Our nation's water resources are at increasing risk. Our drinkin… Continue Reading


February 23, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI OPPOSE CLOSING CUMBERLAND POSTAL PROCESSING CENTER

WASHINGTON - U. S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today wrote the Postmaster General strongly opposing the closure of the Cumberland area mail processing and distribution center and moving operations out of state to Johnstown, PA. In their letter to the Postmaster General, the Senators stressed that moving the mail processing center 70 miles away to Johnstown would affect mail service and increase transportation costs. The Senators also stated that they would oppose a… Continue Reading


February 23, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $29,450 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase new effective and efficient firefighting hoses. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is… Continue Reading


February 23, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI DECRY POSSIBLE NEW USPS STUDY TO CLOSE EASTON PROCESSING FACILITY AND MOVE FUNCTIONS TO DELAWARE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today urged the United States Postal Service to put a halt to any study involving the closure of the postal distribution center in Easton, MD and moving the processing of mail to a postal facility near Wilmington, DE. In a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahue, the Senators strongly complained that the call for a new study lacks transparency and totally disregards public input. In their letter to the Post… Continue Reading


February 23, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE ARC GRANT FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO ACCESS ROAD IN CUMBERLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $737,620 grant to the City of Cumberland to make improvements to an access road in the Central Business District of the City. The access road will improve access to businesses and key institutions in Cumberland and create new jobs. "In addition to creating new jobs, this ARC grant provides the funds that are needed to improve an important access… Continue Reading


February 22, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, US SENATORS SUPPORT SAVING THE POSTAL SERVICE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) announced they have joined 25 other senators in calling for significant improvements in a bill to modernize the U.S. Postal Service. In a letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs and Subcommittee on Federal financial Management, Government Information and International Security, the senators suggested specific measures to preserve first-class and Saturday mail delivery, stop wholesale c… Continue Reading

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