Press Releases & Statements

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


February 22, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $50,000 TO EXPAND BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS IN WASHINGTON CO.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $50,000 grant for the Washington County Board of Commissioners' broadband impact study. Currently, 79 percent of Washington County lacks adequate broadband Internet service because incumbent service providers have not invested the financial resources necessary to expand capacity. The lack of broadband Internet access in Washington County impacts… Continue Reading


February 21, 2012

CARDIN KICKS OFF “HEALTHY SMILES IN MOTION” MOBILE DENTAL PROGRAM IN HAGERSTOWN

HAGERSTOWN, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended the kickoff of "Healthy Smiles in Motion," Walnut Street Community Health Center's new mobile dental program. The 39-foot, fully equipped mobile dental unit will provide services to Washington County Public Schools and Head Start sites. The event coincides with the 2012 National Children's Dental Health Month. "Good oral health is essential to overall health, but quality oral care is out of reach for too many children in Maryland… Continue Reading


February 17, 2012

CARDIN VOTES AGAINST CONFERENCE REPORT

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), gave the following remarks after both the Senate and House passed the Payroll Tax Conference Report: "We reached a consensus today that will maintain the payroll tax holiday for 160 million American families, help our seniors through Medicare, and continue to provide extended unemployment benefits to those still out of work through no fault of their own. In what has become all too rare an occurrence, the Senate and the Congress actually worked out … Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

CARDIN, VAN HOLLEN JOINT STATEMENT ON CONFERENCE COMMITTEE AGREEMENT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Both D-MD) released the following statement on the results of the joint conference committee, saying "It's important to move forward on a payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans, unemployment insurance for people who are out of work through no fault of their own, and support for doctors who serve patients on Medicare." Senator Cardin and Congressman Van Hollen added: "We are pleased that we were able to ensure that this… Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S APPROVAL OF NOMINEE RUSSELL 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 George Levi Russell, III to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The nomination of Judge Russell, who currently serves as a Circuit Court judge for the City of Baltimore, will now move to the Senate floor for a vote, which has not yet been scheduled. "Today's vote brings Judge Russell a step closer to the U.S.… Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

CARDIN , MIKULSKI PRAISE OBAMA NOMINEE GRIMM FOR MARYLAND DISTRICT COURT SEAT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today praised President Obama's nomination of U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul William Grimm to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, located in Baltimore. Senator Cardin said: "Judge Grimm is a nationally recognized expert on cutting edge issues of law and technology. He has written numerous authoritative opinions, books and articles on the subjects of evidence… Continue Reading


February 15, 2012

Cardin, Boxer, Inhofe Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Promote Water Research Nationwide

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK), have introduced a bill to reauthorize federal grant funding for water resources research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Water Resources Research Act, S. 2104, will provide continued support for important research on state and regional water cha… Continue Reading


February 13, 2012

CARDIN CALLS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET A BALANCED APPROACH TO CHALLENGES FACING OUR NATION

"We need to get Americans working again. I am encouraged that the budget unveiled by President Obama keeps our fragile economy moving closer toward recovery by investing in American businesses and American workers. I share the President's desire to ensure that we as a nation can out-compete anyone, anywhere around the globe, especially with the help of targeted education and training programs for the workers of today and the future. I applaud the President for taking a balanced approach to tackl… Continue Reading


February 09, 2012

CARDIN CALLS THE FORECLOSURE SETTLEMENT “A POSITIVE STEP FOR MARYLANDERS AND IMPORTANT IN HELPING MOVE OUR NATION BEYOND THE HOUSING CRISIS”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the foreclosure settlement involving multiple states, including Maryland, with five banks that were at the heart of the foreclosure crisis as "a very positive move forward for the approximately 40,000 former and current Maryland homeowners who will benefit from this settlement." The Senator praised the efforts of Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in reaching a settlement with five of the… Continue Reading


February 08, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, VIRGINIA SENATORS URGE ADMINISTRATION TO SELECT MID-ATLANTIC REGION AS TEST RANGE FOR UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner (both D-Va.) today sent a joint letter to the Secretaries of Defense, Transportation and the NASA Administrator urging them to select the Virginia/Maryland region to host an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) test range. The Senators pointed out that similar design and testing of unmanned aircraft systems already takes place in the area, and the region has the appropriate airspa… Continue Reading


February 07, 2012

CARDIN RECEIVES 100% SCORE FROM LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) made the following remarks in response to receiving a score of 100 percent on the 2011 Report Card from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). This is the fourth year in a row that Senator Cardin has received a 100 percent score from the LCV. "I am honored, once again, to receive a perfect score on the League of Conservation Voters annual report card. During a year of unprecedented attacks on our bedrock environmental laws, I am proud to have s… Continue Reading


February 07, 2012

CARDIN SAYS UNDERMINING WORKERS’ RIGHTS HURTS OUR ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND ALL WORKERS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, voted against the conference report to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) due to the inclusion of provision that will unnecessarily re-write 75 years of labor laws and harm workers' rights. "I believe a long-term reauthorization of the FAA is critical to helping our fragile economy continue on its current course of recovery and there are many provisions within this legislation that I … Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN SAYS FAA REAUTHORIZATION GIVES HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT “OPPORTUNITY” TO KEEP EAS SUBSIDY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today said the change in the Essential Air Service subsidy contained in the reauthorization of the FAA bill will give Hagerstown Regional Airport a "good chance to keep the subsidy" for Cape Air's commuter flights to Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Senator added that the continuation of the subsidy will help "overall economic development" in the region. "I strongly supported the change in the subsidy program because it makes sense … Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO CREATE JOBS BY MAKING IT EASIER TO RESTORE HISTORIC PROPERTIES

Ben Introduces CAPP Act WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would create jobs in Maryland and the nation through the restoration of historic buildings. Senator Cardin unveiled the legislation at Baltimore's historic Clifton Mansion, once the summer home of Johns Hopkins and now the headquarters for the AmeriCorps program Civic Works. U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is co-sponsoring the bill. "I am extremely proud of this bill becaus… Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN SAYS US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP SHOULD BE REVIEWED IN LIGHT OF NGO HARASSMENT AND PERSECUTION

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee, expressed his outrage over the latest developments in Egypt and he issued the following statement: "I find today's news about the Egyptian government's decision to prosecute American and local NGO workers totally unacceptable. These organizations, which have supported Egyptian citizens' own struggle for representat… Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN’S CONCERN FOR SYRIA DEEPENS, EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA FOR UNITED NATION’S VETO CONDEMING BRUTALITY

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee, expressed his concerns over the dire events that continue to unfold in Syria. He has previously joined the Senate in condemning the crackdown that began last year. "My grave concerns about Syria have grown deeper over the last few days as the situation has further deteriorated. The safety of our American diplomats abr… Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN, CUMMINGS, BROWN, BAKER PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH PRESS CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker at a press conference to kick off National Children's Dental Health Month. National Children's Dental Health Month is a campaign sponsored by the American Dental Association to focus efforts on improving the oral health status of all children. The event also commemorated the five-year anniversary of the death… Continue Reading


February 03, 2012

CARDIN APPLAUDS DECISION OF SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE TO CONTINUE FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the decision of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to reverse its decision to halt funding of Planned Parenthood. The Foundation announced today that because of the uproar that their decision had caused, they will continue to fund Planned Parenthood. Senator Cardin yesterday joined 25 other U.S. Senators in a letter to Nancy G. Brinker, CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, protesting the cuts in funding for Pla… Continue Reading


February 02, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO BRING INCREASED TRANSPARENCY TO CONGRESS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of S. 2038, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which passed with a vote of 96-3. Senator Cardin cosponsored an initial version of the legislation, which prohibits federal lawmakers and their staffs from trading stocks based on nonpublic information they have obtained in the course of their congressional work as a means for making a private profit. The legislation passed by the Senate includes a 3… Continue Reading

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