Press Releases & Statements

October 02, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $250,000 Grant For Veterans Upward Bound At Prince George’s Community College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Prince George's Community College (PGCC) has been awarded a grant for $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Veterans Upward Bound program, which assists veterans in acquiring the skills needed for admission into postsecondary education programs. "I applaud Prince George's Community College for all it is doing to help our veterans acquire the skills they need to succeed in the 21st… Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Equip Federalsburg Police Department With K-9 Unit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Federalsburg Police Department has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) grant of $35,000 to purchase a K-9 unit and a new K-9 patrol equipped vehicle. "Equipping our first responders is one of my top priorities and K-9 units provide law enforcement with an effective tool," Senator Cardin said. "Our rural first responders face unique challenges and situations. T… Continue Reading

October 01, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Grant To Renovate, Repair Lloyds Volunteer Fire Hall In Dorchester County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company was awarded a $50,000 grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company of Dorchester County will receive federal funds to repair, renovate and expand the current firehouse. "Rural first responders face unique challenges and they are on the frontlines every day," said Senator Cardin. "The structural integrity of… Continue Reading

September 28, 2012

Evergreen Health Cooperative Receives $65 Million Loan to Open Insurance CO-OP in Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland - Representatives from Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. joined today with Maryland health officials, advocates, and elected officials to announce that Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. has received a $65 million loan from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to operate a new health insurance "CO-OP" in Maryland. CO-OPs (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans) were included in the 2010 Affordable … Continue Reading

September 28, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $5 Million Grant To Maryland-Based National 4-H Council To Help Underserved Youth Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Department of Justice (DoJ) has awarded $5 million to the National 4H Council based in Chevy Chase Maryland. The funds will be routed to local 4-H Club affiliates to strengthen and expand mentoring programs for underserved youth. "This grant to the 4-H Council will enable the organization to expand its mentoring programs for at risk youth, helping them succeed in the future," said Senator … Continue Reading

September 27, 2012

Cardin, Snowe, Bingaman, Feinstein Introduce New Energy Efficiency Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California), have introduced the "Commercial Building Modernization Act" (S. 3591), legislation to reform, extend, and simplify the Section 179D tax deduction for energy efficient commercial and multi-family buildings. The bipartisan bill, filed last Thursday, will extend the Section 179D tax deduction, which is scheduled to expire at the end of next year,… Continue Reading

September 27, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $938,773 DOJ Grant To Baltimore City To Improve Community Safety In Mcelderry Park Grant part of coordinated effort to revitalize the neighborhood

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the City of Baltimore has been awarded a $938,773 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DoJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to reduce juvenile and violent crime in McElderry Park. The award will be administered through the DoJ's new Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Initiative, which awards highly-competitive grants targeted at high-crime neighborhoods that most need help. "It takes a co… Continue Reading

September 25, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Sarbanes, Rawlings-Blake Announce More Than $7 Million For STEM Education For Baltimore Public Schools

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, John Sarbanes and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today announced that the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has been awarded a $7,414,585 federal grant over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES). Team Maryland was joined by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Baltimore City Schools Chief of S… Continue Reading

September 25, 2012


Washington, DC - Calling his imprisonment a "major obstacle" to improving bilateral relations, a bipartisan group of nearly half the U.S. Senate, led by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), has written to Cuban President Raúl Castro asking him to finally release Marylander Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds. Alan has been in Cuban custody since December 2009. He suffers a number of debilitating medical conditions while his elderly mother and his daughter are both being trea… Continue Reading

September 25, 2012


WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been awarded a grant for $1,991,041 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help fight impaired driving. MDOT will distribute the funds statewide, which will be used to combat impaired driving through education and enforcement. Impaired driving from alcohol and/or drug use has taken a deadly toll on Maryland's roads. In 2010, 154 p… Continue Reading

September 24, 2012

Federal Funding To Distribute And Install Smoke Alarms For The Elderly, Low Income In Hagerstown

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that the Halfway Volunteer Fire Department in Hagerstown will receive $63,630 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to administer a public safety and fire prevention initiative in the community and to distribute and install smoke alarms for elderly and low income residents. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senat… Continue Reading

September 24, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Present $40m Check To Montgomery County For New Pedestrian Tunnel Between NIH And Walter Reed

Bethesda, MD - U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-MD) visited the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Gateway Center today to award $40 million to Montgomery County and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) for a new pedestrian underpass at the Medical Center Metro station. The funding is part of an $89 million series of grants to the county and state for BRAC-related transportation. Accepting the ceremonial check… Continue Reading

September 24, 2012

Cardin Co-Sponsors Resolution Calling On U.N. To Take Action Against Iran’s Leaders For Inciting Genocide Against Israel And The Israeli People

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has co-sponsored a U.S. Senate Resolution, S. Res. 574, calling on the United Nations to take action against Iranian leaders for inciting genocide against Israel and the Israeli people. The U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide prohibits acts of genocide and conspiracy to commit genocide, as well as direct and public incitement to commit genocide. The Convent… Continue Reading

September 24, 2012

Cardin Co-Sponsors Bill To Make Adoption More Affordable

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has co-sponsored legislation to support families that have made the decision to adopt. The Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) helps defray the sometimes high administrative fees associated with adoptions, ensuring that families who want to adopt are not discouraged by the high cost of the process. The Making Adoption Affordable Act will make the ATC a permanent part of the tax code and make it refundable, which would allow adoptive families to receive a tax re… Continue Reading

September 24, 2012

Cardin Joins EPA Officials To Announce $700,000 Grant To The University Of MD To Reduce Stormwater Runoff, Pollution Flowing Into The Chesapeake Bay

BLADENSBURG, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, Maryland Department of Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers and Bladensburg Mayor Walter James to announce a grant for $691,674 to the University of Maryland. EPA's Sustainable Chesapeake Grant will allow the University to help two local communities improve how they manage stormwater runoff, the fastest growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its local rivers, including th… Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $300,000 in Federal Funds to House of Ruth for Transitional Housing Assistance to Aid Victims of Domestic Violence, Abuse

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S Department of Justice (DoJ) has awarded the House of Ruth a $299,988 Transitional Housing Assistance Grant to provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The House of Ruth will use the grant to provide domestic violence victims with safe, reliable, and flexible short and long-term housing, supportive services and crisis intervention. "The… Continue Reading

September 20, 2012

Cardin Introduces Resolution Calling For September 2012 To Be National Month Of Voter Registration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a resolution today that would designate September 2012 as the "National Month of Voter Registration." "In the United States, voting is a right, not a privilege for all Americans," said Senator Cardin. "I am concerned about the growing number of restrictions that many states are placing on eligible voters who are seeking to register to vote and cast their ballot. Voter identification laws are modern-day poll taxes that have the potential … Continue Reading

September 20, 2012

Cardin Co-Sponsors Resolution Urging Return Or Compensation Of Property Seized During Nazi, Communist Eras

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an original co-sponsor of the resolution expressing the sense of the Senate on the restitution and/or compensation of property seized from Jews during the Nazi and Communist eras. The Resolution passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today by voice vote. The Holocaust Restitution Resolution recognizes the unmet needs of many aging Holocau… Continue Reading

September 19, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $50,000 in Federal Funds For Evergreen Center Learning Stations Collaborative Project In Allegany County

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant of $ 50,000 has been awarded to Frostburg State University to develop the Evergreen Heritage Center Green Learning Stations project, which will be used to further environmental education, job training, and research in Western Maryland. The Evergreen Heritage Center in conjunction with Frostburg State (FSU), Allegany College of Maryland, Allegany Public Sch… Continue Reading

September 19, 2012

Cardin, Hoyer, Porcari Announce Over $2.7 Million Grant for Maryland

INDIAN HEAD, MD - U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-MD) joined U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari at Maryland Airport to announce a $2,795,664 Department of Transportation grant for phase three of runway and taxiway expansion at the Airport in Indian Head. "The Airport at Indian Head provides an important economic and travel hub for residents and businesses in Southern Maryland," stated Senator Ben Cardin … Continue Reading

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