Press Releases & Statements

January 11, 2012

NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) released the following in statement to commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: "Human trafficking is a borderless crime that knows no race, color or religion. Today we mark a day of remembrance for the millions of men, women and children around the world held against their will a… Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

CARDIN ATTENDS RIBBON-CUTTING AT MARLIN STEEL

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended the official launch of Baltimore-based Marlin Steel's new, top-of-the-line laser for making sheet metal fabrication. The innovative new technology will enable Marlin to continue supplying clients like Boeing and Zimmer Holdings, and strengthen manufacturing in Maryland. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was also the ribbon-cutting celebration. "America's economy depends on the success of small businesses like Marlin Steel Wire Product… Continue Reading


January 10, 2012

TEAM MARYLAND DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $7.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HIGHWAY REPAIR FOLLOWING TROPICAL STORM LEE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $7.6 million in federal emergency relief to repair roads and highways across Maryland following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Lee last September. Senators Mikulski and Cardin were joined by U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Roscoe E. Bartlett, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen… Continue Reading


January 10, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE TECHNOLOGY FUNDING FOR ALLEGANY COLLEGE OF MD

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Allegany College of Maryland has received a $54,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase computers and printers for its Workforce Training Lab Equipment Update. "In Maryland's innovation economy, technology plays an indispensable role in job-training and education," said Senator Cardin. "Thanks to this ARC funding, students at Allegany College will have the tools they need t… Continue Reading


January 09, 2012

CARDIN, VAN HOLLEN PRESENT MONTGOMERY CO. POLICE OFFICER WITH CONGRESSIONAL BADGE OF BRAVERY AWARD

Congressional Badge of Bravery Award ROCKVILLE, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) today were joined by Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in presenting Montgomery County Police Officer Edward E. Paden Jr., with the Congressional Badge of Bravery Award. The award was created by Congress in 2008 to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have distinguished themselves for exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty. T… Continue Reading


January 06, 2012

CARDIN STATEMENT ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROPOSAL ON FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE PAY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget and Senate Finance committees, released the following in response to news that the Obama Administration will recommend a 0.5% pay raise in Fiscal Year 2013 for federal civilian employees: "Hard-working federal employees already have made a $60 billion contribution to deficit reduction through the two-year pay freeze. They continue to be asked to do more for the American people with fewer resources. News that the Ob… Continue Reading


January 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, VAN HOLLEN ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-MD) today announced the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $128,200 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase new firefighting equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants progr… Continue Reading


January 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE WATER RESCUE, FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN CARROLL COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Sykesville Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department won $47,610 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase vital water rescue equipment and other firefighting equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants… Continue Reading


January 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN BALTIMORE COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD.) today announced Baltimore County fire departments have been awarded $1,840,000 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 equipment. The grants include $1,750,000 for the Baltimore County Fire Department as well as $90,000 for the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. As a member of the Homeland Sec… Continue Reading


December 30, 2011

CARDIN AND MIKULSKI CONGRATULATE MARYLAND FOR WINNING A FEDERAL PERFORMANCE BONUS TO HELP COVER COSTS OF PROVIDING MORE MARYLAND KIDS WITH HEALTH COVERAGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised Maryland's dedication and innovation in improving access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that led to winning a $23.8 million "performance bonus" from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to cover the costs of providing more Maryland kids with health coverage. This is the second year in a row Maryland has received the bonus funding. "The CHIP program makes it possi… Continue Reading


December 21, 2011

CARDIN SAYS NEW MERCURY RULES FROM EPA FORCE OTHER STATES TO FINALLY CATCH UP ON CLEAN AIR

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D?MD) applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for finalizing its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule, also known as the Utility MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology), for fossil fuel powered electrical generating units. The rule is supported by Maryland power suppliers Exelon Corp., Constellation Energy and the American Boiler Manufacturers Association and complies with a Consent Decree of the D.C. Court of Appeals that requires… Continue Reading


December 20, 2011

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON THE PASSING OF RON SMITH

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement on the death of long-time WBAL-AM talk show host Ron Smith: "I have been on Ron Smith's show many times over the years and he had a unique voice that made him a Baltimore radio icon. While Ron and I often disagreed, he was always fair, he was always insightful and he was always honest with his listeners. Today, I join the many, many fans of Ron Smith in mourning the passing of someone I had enormous respect for and w… Continue Reading


December 17, 2011

CARDIN VOTES TO PROTECT MIDDLE INCOME AMERICANS AND PRESERVE INVESTMENTS IN JOB-CREATING PROGRAMS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, released the following remarks after the Senate passed three measures funding the government through Fiscal Year 2012, extending the payroll tax holiday for two additional months and temporarily preventing severe cuts to payments for Medicare physicians and other providers. "As we near the heart of the holiday season, Congress has finally come together to provide the American people with a mea… Continue Reading


December 17, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO CREATE NATIONWIDE STANDARD FOR REST0RING VOTING RIGHTS AFTER PRISON

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill, S. 2017, the Democracy Restoration Act that would restore voting rights to individuals after they have served their time and have been released from incarceration. This legislation is ultimately designed to reduce recidivism rates and help reintegrate ex-prisoners back into society. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). "If we truly want to break the cycle of recidivism, we… Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CONGRATULATE MARYLAND ON WINNING “RACE TO THE TOP” GRANT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today made the following statement on Maryland being awarded a multi-million dollar U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top Challenge Fund Grant: "A quality early education makes such an overwhelming difference in a child's future, as well as our ability to compete in our global economy. I am proud that Maryland continues to be recognized as a nationwide leader in education, well earned through an ongoing commitment to helping a… Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

CARDIN SAYS DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL THREATENS CIVIL LIBERTIES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) made the following remarks following passage of the Conference Report on the National Defense Authorization Act: "Every day, we celebrate the courage, excellence and dedication to country of the brave men and women who stand on the frontlines overseas and here at home to help keep every American safe and secure. We have a solemn obligation to support the health and welfare of our troops and we will continue to provide them with the tools they need… Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

“HOTELS FOR HEROES” PROGRAM PASSES CONGRESS

(Washington, DC) - Congress has passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (both D-MD) creating the "Hotels for Heroes" program that will allow Americans to donate hotel reward points to members of the Armed Forces. The bill, which will benefit troops receiving care through the military health system and their families, was included in the "National Defense Authorization Act" that passed Congress by a vote of 283 - 136 in the House on … Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

CARDIN SAYS AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT NECESSARY TO BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET

Washington, DC - Following the defeat in the Senate of two constitutional amendments requiring a balanced budget through extreme cuts to important programs, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) made the following statement. Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Budget Committee. "Amending our constitution is not an acceptable way to address our nation's long-term fiscal problems. It could have dire consequences on our economy, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education, clean air and clean wa… Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

CARDIN SAYS U.S. MUST ADDRESS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN RUSSIA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, today strengthened his call for consequences for those in Russia who have trampled on fundamental freedoms and human rights. At a hearing of the European Affairs Subcommittee, Senator Cardin laid out his case for the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, which he and 25 other senators have sponsored. Not limited to just Russia, the Magn… Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

CARDIN, SCHUMER INTRODUCE BILL TO PROHIBIT VOTER INTIMIDATION AND VOTER SUPPRESSION

Washington, DC - Less than three weeks before the first voters cast ballots for the 2012 elections, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) have introduced their bill to create tough new criminal and civil penalties for those who create and distribute false and deceptive voting information and campaign literature. Respecting provisions of the First Amendment, the 1 is narrowly tailored to apply to only a small category of false communications that occur during the last 90 days… Continue Reading

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