Press Releases & Statements

December 14, 2011

CARDIN ANNOUNCES UNVEILING OF 2012 STAR-SPANGLED BANNER COMMEMORATIVE COIN DESIGNS

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that the United States Mint has unveiled the designs of the of the Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coins. On August 16, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law -- cosponsored by Senator Cardin and U.S. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2) -- directing the U.S. Mint to create coins commemorating the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner. The gold and silver coin designs are emblematic of the War of 18… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

CARDIN SAYS REPAIRING OUR NATION’S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS URGENT FOR CLEAN, SAFE WATER AND CREATING QUALITY JOBS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) called improving our nation's water infrastructure "a national opportunity to protect human health and create jobs nationwide." Senator Cardin, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, convened a hearing Tuesday to gain a national perspective on water and wastewater infrastructure challenges and opportunities, including approaches to financing infrastructure improvements and the potential for investments to lead to economic growth and jo… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, PRAISE FIVE-MONTH DELAY OF POSTAL FACILITY CLOSURES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised the announcement by the United States Postal Service to postpone the closure and consolidation of post offices and processing facilities across the country, protecting thousands of postal workers jobs. The delay impacts possible consolidation of the Easton and Cumberland Area Mail Processing Centers (AMP). "The U.S. Postal Service has made a very sensible decision because it gives Congress time to work on … Continue Reading


December 12, 2011

CARDIN JOINS ANOUNCEMENT OF $3 MILLION GRANT TOWARD PUBLIC LANDS ACROSS NATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to announce a $3 million grant by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. to the Foundation to improve the capacity of community-based organizations supporting parks and other public lands. Senator Cardin and the NEEF were joined by U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and other officials for the announcement. This public-privat… Continue Reading


December 09, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI JOIN BIPARTISAN SENATE COALITION URGING SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE TO EXTEND MASS-TRANSIT COMMUTER BENEFITS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today joined a bipartisan coalition of twenty additional Senators in urging the Senate Finance Committee to include an extension of the widely used mass-transit commuter tax credit in any relevant legislation taken up by the Senate before it expires at the end of the year. The tax credit has an immediate impact on the region's federal workforce and middle-class commuters across the nation. At a savings of over $1,000 per year, it ease… Continue Reading


December 09, 2011

CARDIN VISITS CHARLES COUNTY JOBS PROJECT

WALDORF, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today visited the Job Match Re-Employment Project to meet with unemployed residents of the Tri-County region and to discuss future employment and training needs. The Job Match Re-Employment Project is geared to helping individuals from Charles, Calvert or St. Mary's counties who were previously employed in jobs earning $38,000 or more a year. "I am impressed by the people who are here today because they have the talent and skills that many employer… Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

CARDIN, COLLEAGUES URGE SENATE TO REJECT SACRIFICING FEDERAL WORKERS TO PAY FOR TAX EXTENDERS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) is urging Majority Leader Harry Reid to "reject any proposals that call for pay freezes or other forms of compensation reduction for federal workers, or significant reductions in the federal workforce" to offset the tax extenders that need to be passed by the end of this year. Along with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jim Webb (D-VA), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Carl Levin (D-MI), Sena… Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

CARDIN LAUDS EPW COMMITTEE VOTE TO CONSOLIDATE FBI HEADQUARTERS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), praised EPW Committee action today that will move the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) closer to consolidating the more than 20 FBI offices that are dispersed around the Greater Washington region to one location. The project is expected to bring greater physical and information security to the FBI, as well as provide an estimated annual cost savings of nearly $44 million wh… Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PANEL PASSAGE OF CHESAPEAKE BAY GATEWAYS & WATERTRAILS BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate committee passage of a five-year reauthorization of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. "The Chesapeake Bay Watertrails Network is instrumental to making the entire Chesapeake Bay experience accessible and enjoyable for Marylanders and all Americans," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which voted the bill out of committee today. "The Bay is one of our nation's mo… Continue Reading


December 07, 2011

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO HELP MARYLAND’S LOW-INCOME FAMILIES PAY THEIR HEATING BILLS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today co-sponsored bipartisan legislation that would provide more help for low-income Maryland families in paying their heating bills this winter. The LIHEAP Protection Act would maintain last year's funding level of $4.7 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Nationwide, the program helps approximately 9 million households pay their energy bills and it provides assistance to 137,000 Maryland households. Co-sponsors of… Continue Reading


December 07, 2011

CARDIN CALLS EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ‘THE RIGHT THING TO DO’ AND ESSENTIAL TO KEEP U.S. ECONOMY MOVING

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, spoke from the floor of the U.S. Senate today to urge his colleagues to come together and pass an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for Americans still caught in the effects of the economic downturn. "Before Congress adjourns for the year we must extend unemployment insurance benefits for those who have lost their jobs due to the economic downturn. Our economy is still in a very difficult stat… Continue Reading


December 07, 2011

CARDIN COMMEMORATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF PEARL HARBOR ATTACK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii: "Seventy years ago, Japanese naval forces launched a surprise attack on our nation at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Japanese attack on the American naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor and other nearby U.S. military installations was a shock to our nation and quickly propelled us into Wor… Continue Reading


December 05, 2011

CARDIN JOINS WEINBERG FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH GROUNDBREAKING BALTIMORE CITY SCHOOL LIBRARY PROJECT

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Andrés A. Alonso and leaders of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation to celebrate the launch of the multi-million dollar, multi-year Baltimore Elementary/Middle School Library Project. This initiative, involving more than 15 community and government partners, will coordinate with Baltimore City Public Schools to design, build, equip, and staff new … Continue Reading


December 01, 2011

CARDIN URGES THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO SUPPORT STRONGER SANCTIONS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO BUSINESS WITH IRAN

Washington, DC - At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "U.S. Strategic Objectives Towards Iran," U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) condemned Iran as "an extremely dangerous country, which supports terrorists, abuses its own people, and helps Syria abuse its citizens. "While I appreciate the efforts of the Obama Administration in implementing existing sanctions and working to gather more international support for sanctions against we've seen that many in the international community wil… Continue Reading


December 01, 2011

SENATORS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN RELEASE OF AMERICAN ALAN GROSS FROM CUBAN PRISON

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and a bipartisan group of 18 senators, including Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Carl Levin (D-MI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Dean Heller (R-NV), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), have writt… Continue Reading


December 01, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL ON FERC TO CAREFULLY CONSIDER COMMUNITY CONCERNS ABOUT PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION OF NATURAL GAS COMPRESSOR IN FREDERICK COUNTY

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today sent a letter to the Commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to pay close attention to the concerns of Frederick County residents near the towns of Myersville, Middletown and Jefferson about the proposed construction of a new natural gas compressor near the three communities. Residents have expressed serious concerns about the plan of Dominion Transmission, Inc. to locate the compressor nea… Continue Reading


November 30, 2011

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO MAKE CONGRESSIONAL INSIDER TRADING ILLEGAL

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has co-sponsored legislation to prohibit members of Congress from engaging in insider trading. The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, S.1903, redefines insider trading to include knowledge gained from congressional work and service, creates transparency rules and reporting requirements, and requires "political intelligence consultants" to register as lobbyists. Currently, insider trading by members of Congress and their staffs is no… Continue Reading


November 29, 2011

CARDIN JOINS MARYLAND & VIRGINIA SENATORS TO ANNOUNCE $150 MILLION IN METRO SAFETY FUNDS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Jim Webb (D-VA), and Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced approval of $150 million for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The funding was included in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2012 which passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate this evening. The legislation requires that the highest priority be given to capital projects that will i… Continue Reading


November 29, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, MARYLAND CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS SEND ANTI-BULLYING MESSAGE TO MARYLAND YOUTH

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) and all Democratic members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation today released a video message in support of the "It Gets Better Project," encouraging young people who are victims of bullying to try to stay strong and talk to someone who cares because "it gets better." Participants in the video include Senators Cardin and Mikulski, Rep. Steny Hoyer (MD-5), Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2)… Continue Reading


November 22, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE OVER $23 MILLION IN FUNDING TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a total of $23,851,600 under its "Section 202" program to three nonprofit organizations to build affordable housing for low-income seniors in Maryland. "This funding exemplifies our commitment to our senior citizens, particularly when they become in need of greater assistance," said Senator Cardin. "Seniors deserve the resource… Continue Reading

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