Press Releases & Statements

June 26, 2012

Cardin Says Magnitsky Act Is Closer to Becoming Law After Senate Committee Approval

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Senate Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following remarks after a bipartisan committee vote to approve the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act. "Bipartisan approval of the Sergei Magnitsky Act by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sends a message to the world that visiting the United States and having access to our financial system, including U.S. dollars… Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $30,000 IN FUNDING FOR GARRETT CO. HERITAGE AREA

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) approval of a $30,000 grant to the Garrett Country Chamber of Commerce to develop a Strategic Initiative Program that will increase tourism in the area and help create new jobs in heritage tourism. "This is exactly the kind of grant I like to see, it creates jobs and it will make it possible for more people to come to Garrett County and enjoy all the history, nature and cult… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

SENATORS CARDIN AND MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL COPS GRANT FOR HAGERSTOWN TO HIRE FIVE NEW POLICE OFFICERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Hagerstown Police Department will receive a $625,000 grant to hire five new police officers through the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP). As Chairwoman of the Senate Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski puts funds in the federal checkbook for important Department of Justice local law enforcement grants, including CHP. "This federal fundi… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

CARDIN CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO END RACIAL PROFILING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT FOLLOWING SUPREME COURT DECISION ON ARIZONA SB 1070

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) called it a "cautious victory for the rule of law" that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a majority of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law. He released the following statement in response: "I am pleased that the Supreme Court struck down most provisions of Arizona's immigration law today. SB 1070 law was discriminatory and would have encouraged police officers to engage in racial profiling and make warrantless arrests by creating new state crimin… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

CARDIN SAYS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS IS ESSENTIAL AFTER MONTANA SCOTUS DECISION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) responded to the Supreme Court's decision in American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock by renewing his commitment to a constitutional amendment that would restore balance to our election finance system. "The Supreme Court decision to essentially doubled-down on the wrongfully decided Citizens United case will only serve embolden the special interests and big corporations looking to buy elections and exert undue influence on our electoral pro… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

CARDIN ADDRESSES MML OPENING SESSION

CARDIN ADDRESSES MML OPENING SESSION Senator tells local leaders that municipalities are most at "risk" and he wants greater federal support for local governments OCEAN CITY, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today addressed the opening session of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) and told local leaders that "local governments and municipalities are the end of the line for the services that Americans want and that they should not be held hostage by a the federal government's debate o… Continue Reading


June 22, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LAUD FEDERAL GRANT TO UPGRADE EDGEWOOD MARC TRAIN STATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has awarded the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) a $1.3 million grant to complete the construction of a MARC train station in Edgewood, MD. The grant will fund the second phase of the conversion of the Edgewood stop from a platform to a fully functioning MARC station. The $1.3 million grant will fund construction of a new station with amenities,… Continue Reading


June 21, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI TEAM UP TO SAVE FUNDING FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today voted in support of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act, which benefits Maryland's farmers and continues to provide a strong foundation for restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Overall, the 2012 Farm Bill made over $23 billion in spending cuts or more than double the agriculture cuts recommended by the Simpson-Bowles Commission. The bill passed the Senate 64-35. "Farmers understand how va… Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS JOINT RESOLUTION DESIGNATING JUNE 19th AS A NATIONAL DAY OF OBSERVANCE IN RECOGNITION OF JUNETEENTH INDEPENDENCE DAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today co-sponsored a joint resolution designating June 19th as Juneteenth Independence Day, a National Day of Observance. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were free. While Abraham Lincoln declared slaves in Confederate states free with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, slaves who lived in states that will still in rebellion were not free. June … Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

CARDIN CALLS REPRIEVE FOR DREAM ACT-ELIGIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE FAIR AND COMPASSIONATE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement in response to the announcement by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today that effective immediately, certain young people will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of the federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act… Continue Reading


June 15, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE LABOR DEPT. AWARD OF NEARLY $12 MILLION TO HELP LOW-SKILLED MARYLANDERS RECEIVE TRAINING, FIND JOBS

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S Department of Labor (DoL) has awarded Baltimore County a Workforce Innovation Fund grant for $11,869,725 to expand and improve job training. The grant also will be used by Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George's, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties and Baltimore City for the Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) Initiative, which targets individuals with limite… Continue Reading


June 13, 2012

Frontiers in Development Speech

Frontiers in Development Good afternoon and thank you for having me. It's a true privilege to be in this room, surrounded by the leading minds and voices in foreign policy today. I hope that the conversations and debates you've had over the past three days have been enlightening and productive as we determine the future of foreign assistance and international development efforts. I want to especially thank Administrator Shah for having me here today. You should know that you have done a tru… Continue Reading


June 13, 2012

CARDIN LAUDS EPA EFFORT TO HELP LOCAL GOVERNMENTS CONTROL POLLUTION FROM STORMWATER RUNOFF

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its latest effort to help local governments protect the public health from stormwater pollution and wastewater overflows. "One of our most important priorities is to ensure that all Americans have clean, safe drinking water and that our aging national water infrastructure can handle all that we ask of it. I wa… Continue Reading


June 10, 2012

CARDIN PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL ROAD BICENTENNIAL MONUMENT DEDICATION; TOURS HISTORIC UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TUNNEL

CUMBERLAND, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today travelled to Cumberland to participate in the dedication of the National Road Monument in recognition of the bicentennial of the nation's first federally financed road. The monument contains a time capsule, which includes a Congressional Record statement by Senator Cardin. The dedication is part of the 44th Annual Cumberland/Allegany County Heritage Days Festival. "The National Road was the first federally financed road and it helped t… Continue Reading


June 08, 2012

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $1.2 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT FOR IMPROVEMENT TO SALISBURY-OCEAN CITY WICOMICO REGIONAL AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to rehabilitate and reconstruct one of its major taxiways. In addition to reconstructing the taxiway, the project will provide expanded space for the future growth of commercial cargo space at the airport. "The Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport is an important hub for commercial and passe… Continue Reading


June 08, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI WORK TO PROTECT BENEFITS FOR RG STEEL EMPLOYEES & RETIREES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) have joined U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Joe Manchin (D-WVA) in sending letters to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Douglas H. Shulman urging them to ensure that eligible RG Steel employees and retirees receive benefits to help them seek new employment and access affordable health coverage. This will directly affect workers being laid o… Continue Reading


June 07, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES HOUSE ACTION ON MAGNITSKY ACT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks in response to the House Foreign Affairs Committee consideration today of a version of the Magnitsky Act: "Visiting the United States and having access to our financial system, including U.S. dollars, are privileges that should not be extended to those who violate basic human rights and the rule of law. Advancing such legislation is a fitting tribute to the legacy of … Continue Reading


June 07, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S APPROVAL OF NOMINEE GRIMM FOR MARYLAND DISTRICT COURT SEAT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to approve Judge Paul William Grimm to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, located in Baltimore. Senators Cardin and Mikulski recommended Judge Grimm to President Obama for the position on the federal bench. The nomination of Judge Grimm, who currently serves as Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District o… Continue Reading


June 06, 2012

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE ANNOUNCED RETIREMENT OF AFGE’S JOHN GAGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement on the announced summer retirement of John Gage who has served as president of the American Federation of Government Employees for nearly a decade: "John Gage has worked to protect the rights and benefits of federal workers for more than 25 years. He has been on the front lines of the current war against public employees and I have been proud to stand with him in the fight to ensure our federal workers in Maryland … Continue Reading


June 05, 2012

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON DEATH OF LORETTA CARR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement on the death of Loretta Carr, a retired union activist with the United Auto Workers Local 239. "Loretta's dedication to protecting the rights of working men and woman was truly inspiring. As a strong labor leader and the first woman to hold a seat on the bargaining committee, she had a keen understanding of the needs of workers and she never tired of advocating for better working conditions and benefits that wou… Continue Reading

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