Press Releases & Statements

October 04, 2011

CARDIN PRESENTS WASHINGTON COUNTY COUPLE WITH ANGELS IN ADOPTION AWARD

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today presented Lisa and Charles Gerringer of Hagerstown, MD with this year's Congressional Angels in Adoption Award. The Senator nominated the Gerringers for the award because they "opened their hearts" to children who needed a home and adopted four children from the Maryland Foster Care Program. "The Gerringers have the compassion and generosity that allowed them to selflessly reach out to provide a permanent home to children who desperately need… Continue Reading


September 30, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, LEAD MARYLAND DELEGATION IN REQUESTING MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR STATE OF MARYLAND FOLLOWING TROPICAL STORM LEE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski Ben Cardin (both D-MD) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in sending a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Governor O'Malley's request for a declaration of a major disaster for the State of Maryland as a result of Tropical Storm Lee. If awarded, Maryland will become eligible for federal disaster recovery dollars through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ensuring the state's alread… Continue Reading


September 28, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE SMALL BUSINESS LENDING IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that three banks in Maryland have received a combined $40.4 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury as part of the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF). The Tri-County Financial Corporation of Waldorf received $20 million, Howard Bancorp of Ellicott City received $12.6 million, and the Enterprise Community Loan Fund of Columbia received $8.8 million. The SBLF, which was established under the Small Bu… Continue Reading


September 28, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $150,000 IN FUNDING TO HELP RENOVATE ALLEGANY MUSEUM; CREATING JOBS, INCREASING TOURISM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $150,000 grant to the Allegany Museum to carry out extensive renovations. The project is expected to attract an extra 1,000 tourists annually, create six new tourism jobs, and increase tourism revenue by $162,272. "I have been a strong supporter of the Allegany Museum because it is important to the economic revitalization of Cumberland and Allegany… Continue Reading


September 27, 2011

CARDIN PRAISES MARYLAND CITIES FOR WINNING EPA’S GREEN POWER COMMUNITY INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised Montgomery County cities for winning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Green Power Community Challenge," a year-long competition challenging cities to voluntarily use more renewable energy sources for their electricity needs. Brookeville is the challenge winner for the highest green power percentage of total electricity use and Rockville placed 10th for towns using the most amount of green power. "I'm proud of Brookevil… Continue Reading


September 27, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE EXPORT ASSISTANCE FUNDING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN WESTERN MD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Maryland Department of Business and Economic for the Western Maryland Export Initiative. The project is expected to assist 20 businesses with export assistance and that will lead to a $5 million in increased export sales by those firms. "This export assistance will make foreign markets more accessible for small businesses in We… Continue Reading


September 27, 2011

U.S. SENATE RECOGNIZES NATIONAL INFANT MORTALITY AWARENESS MONTH

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in praising the Senate for unanimously adopting a bipartisan resolution recognizing September 2011 as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. The resolution highlights the need to increase awareness about infant mortality and access to prenatal care in the United States. "Despite being one of the wealthiest nations on earth, America has the 29th highest infant mortality rate among … Continue Reading


September 26, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP DISPLACED WORKERS GET BACK TO WORK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) announced today that Anne Arundel Community College was awarded $19,730,281 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education's joint Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program. Anne Arundel Community College will help train displaced workers for new careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and will partner with employers t… Continue Reading


September 26, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN NOMINATES WASHINGTON COUNTY COUPLE FOR CONGRESSIONAL ANGELS IN ADOPTION AWARD

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has nominated Lisa and Charles Gerringer of Hagerstown, MD, as one of this year's Congressional Angels in Adoption for adopting four children from the Maryland Foster Care Program. "The Gerringers saw a need and selflessly reached out to provide a permanent home to children who desperately needed a family's love and support," said Senator Cardin. "They opened up their home and their hearts first by becoming foster parents and then by adopt… Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

CELEBRATING CHESAPEAKE BAY, U.S. SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION DESIGNATING NATIONAL ESTUARIES DAY

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution declaring this Saturday, September 24, to be National Estuaries Day. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) cosponsored the resolution authored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Scott Brown (R-MA). In addition, the following Senators also cosponsored the resolution: Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Kerry (D-MA), Mary Landr… Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

CARDIN, SESSIONS "NATIONAL PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH" RESOLUTION UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SENATE

WASHINGTON-The Senate unanimously voted today to declare September "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month" in a bipartisan resolution sponsored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL). This resolution, which has been introduced by Senator Sessions every year since 2002, is aimed at enhancing awareness of prostate cancer and encouraging the public to take an active role in the fight to increase early detection, improve treatment, and discover a cure for the disease. The A… Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

CARDIN, AKAKA, SARBANES INTRODUCE BILL TO BRING FEDERAL HIRING PROCESS INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) today joined Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) in introducing the Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act of 2011. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) was also an original co-sponsor. This legislation would streamline the Federal hiring process to conform to private sector best practices. In the coming decade, close to 50 percent of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire, making the development of t… Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN SAYS CALL TO REBUILD AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE WILL HELP GET AMERICANS BACK TO WORK

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement on President Obama's call for rebuilding America's infrastructure: "It makes no sense that America's infrastructure is crumbling while we have record unemployment in the construction industry. We have to make a change and we have to do it soon. And we have to stop talking and start doing because gridlock does not… Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT FOR HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Hagerstown Community College (HCC) has been awarded $650,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to prepare students for careers in cyber security. HCC will use the grant funds to develop new degree and certificate programs, provide professional development for instructors, and reach out to local high schools to recruit students to pursue cyber security career fields. "The … Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM THE CYPRUS FEDERATION OF AMERICA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senate chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission in the 112th Congress, will receive the "Justice for Cyprus Award" from the Cyprus Federation of America on September 23 for his support for the liberation and reunification of Cyprus and his work to restore the human rights of the Cypriot people. "Since coming to Congress in 1987, I have had a long-standing interest in human-rights issues and I have strongly championed the fight for equality and just… Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE FUNDING FOR CRESAPTOWN WATER PROJECT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $175,000 grant to the Allegany County Board of Commissioners to increase water volume, reliability, and fire protection for the Cresaptown business district located two miles from the Barton Business Park. This project is expected to create 236 new jobs and retain 264 existing jobs. "The safety and reliability of water supply systems is critically im… Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN HONORED FOR HIS EFFORTS TO REDUCE ORAL HEALTH DISPARITIES

Ben Honored for Work Fighting Oral Health Disparities Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was honored by Oral Health America and the Dental Trade Alliance for his work expanding children's access to oral health care and helping to reduce health disparities in Maryland and nationwide. The organizations recognized Senator Cardin at an event on Capitol Hill, where he addressed nearly 100 oral health leaders and supporters on the impact of oral health disparities on the nation's he… Continue Reading


September 21, 2011

CARDIN ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO CLEAN UP CONTAMINATION AT ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have signed a binding agreement that will govern the cleanup at the Superfund sites that are located at Andrews Air Force Base, now formally known as Joint Base Andrews. The document, officially known as a "federal facility agreement," ensures that clean-up actions proceed with EPA oversight within an enforceable framework, in a manner that prot… Continue Reading


September 19, 2011

CARDIN CALLS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOBS PLAN BALANCED, SAYS IT WILL HELP SPUR JOB GROWTH AND CONTROL OUR DEFICITS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, released the following statement in support of President Obama's "Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction." "We need more jobs in America. Too many Marylanders want to get back to work but can't find work through no fault of their own. President Obama is on the right track to put forward a balanced, comprehensive plan that targets investments in programs that will spur job growth in Ame… Continue Reading


September 19, 2011

SENATORS URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO UNDERSCORE STRONG SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL DURING UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

WASHINGTON - Today, 14 U.S. Senators called on President Obama to issue a strongly worded defense of Israel during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. In a letter, the Senators highlighted a number of recent, troubling developments in the Middle East, including the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, anti-Israeli rhetoric from Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, and efforts to isolate Israel by unilaterally advancing a resolution on Palestinian statehood at the UN… Continue Reading

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