Press Releases & Statements

November 29, 2012

“Sandy And Its Impacts: A Local Perspective”

Chairman Boxer, thank you so much not just for convening this hearing, but for your leadership in dealing with these issues. I thank you not only for responding to the needs of the communities and individuals who are impacted by these severe weather events, but your leadership in directing this committee to look at ways in which we can make these communities less vulnerable. Sandy was a devastating storm. Eighty lives were lost as a result of the storm -- seven in my state of Maryland. Eight … Continue Reading

November 28, 2012

Cardin, Moran On Cuban Detention Of Alan Gross

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) expressed their disappointment surrounding the continued imprisonment of United States citizen Alan Gross. The joint statement follows a letter sent to Cuban President Raúl Castro by Senators Cardin and Moran in September 2012. The letter was signed by 44 members of the U.S. Senate, including Senators Cardin and Moran, and requested Mr. Gross' release on humanitarian grounds. "As the unjust imprisonment of Am… Continue Reading

November 28, 2012

Cardin Lauds Senate Vote To Protect Persons With Disabilities And Highlight U.S. Global Leadership

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke from the Senate floor in support of ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Video of Senator Cardin's remarks can be found here. "The world watches what the U.S. does and ratifying the CRPD represents an unparalleled opportunity to protect the rights of all people with disabilities, and protecting our own citizens when they are on foreign soil. We sho… Continue Reading

November 28, 2012

Cardin Introduces Amendment To Prevent Arbitrary Cuts To D.O.D Civilian Workforce, Contractors Without Regard To Workload

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would remove language from the defense authorization bill requiring the Secretary of Defense (DoD) to arbitrarily cut the civilian and contract workforce by at least 5 percent for an elimination of 36,000 civilian jobs and tens of thousands of Defense contractor jobs from FY 2012 through FY2017. This is in addition to the workforce cuts that DoD has already planned. … Continue Reading

November 28, 2012

Announcing $1.3 Million in Affordable Housing Funds for MD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) will provide $1.3 million in funding to create greater affordable housing opportunities in Maryland. "This is good news for Maryland families who need help finding or maintaining affordable housing," said Senator Cardin. "This grant is an important investment in housing by FHLBank Atlanta that will help revitalize three communities in Maryland. This… Continue Reading

November 28, 2012

U.S. Global Food Security Programs Save Lives And Transform Economies

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, chaired a hearing Wednesday to examine the effectiveness of current U.S. global food security programs and future opportunities. He noted that "roughly 870 million people go to bed hungry each night, down from one billion a year ago, making the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the prevalence of undernourishment in the developing w… Continue Reading

November 21, 2012

Individual Disaster Assistance Request: Today Mikulski, Cardin Urge President Obama To Approve Individual Disaster Assistance For Lower Shore Counties Following Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin Barbara A. Mikulski and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today urged President Barack Obama to approve individual disaster assistance for Lower Shore communities in Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester Counties struggling to recover from Super-Storm Sandy. President Obama has issued a major disaster declaration and approved Governor O'Malley's request for public assistance and hazard mitigation. FEMA is still reviewing Maryland's request for individual assist… Continue Reading

November 21, 2012

Cardin, Collins Send Letter To Abbas Opposing Attempts By Palestinians To Pursue Non-Member State Status At The United Nations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts by the Palestinian Government to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly. President Abbas has announced that the Palestinian Authority will present its bid for non-member state status at the United Nations on November 29. The Senators assert that "Palestinian statehood can only be realized as a… Continue Reading

November 21, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Lead MD Delegation In Praising President For Signing Disaster Declaration For State Following Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in applauding President Barack Obama for issuing a Declaration of Disaster for Maryland in the wake of Super-Storm Sandy. Senators Mikulski and Cardin were joined by U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Roscoe E. Bartlett (R-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) and … Continue Reading

November 20, 2012

Cardin Applauds Obama Administration On New Regulations For Health Insurers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for issuing requirements that insurance companies will have to follow under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new rules issued today outline requirements for insurance companies in three areas: market reforms, wellness programs and essential health benefits. "I want to commend the Obama Administration for developing these very important guidelines… Continue Reading

November 20, 2012

Cardin Joins Other Senators In Calling For End To Obstacles Facing Troops Burdened With Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD has joined U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and a group of 22 other U.S. Senators in sending a letter to the Executive Director of the Student Loan Servicing Alliance urging her to establish best practices to ensure that service men and women have access to the full range of student loan benefits that they are entitled to by law. In the letter, the Senators wrote, "We were alarmed to learn that some student loan servicers are providing incomplete or… Continue Reading

November 16, 2012

Cardin Encourages Shoppers To Buy Local On “Small Business Saturday”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, again is urging consumers to shop at local, independently owned businesses on the nation's third annual "Small Business Saturday," which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday during the heaviest shopping weekend of the year. Senator Cardin recently cosponsored a resolution (S. Res. 589) that designated November 24, 2012 as Small Business Saturday. "Small, locally owne… Continue Reading

November 16, 2012

Cardin Attends National Veteran Employment Summit

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined more than 80 health care, government and military leaders at the Second National Veteran Employment Summit for the Hero Health Hire program eto promote hiring veterans, disabled veterans and military spouses as part of our nation's health care workforce. Since its founding in 2011, 41 health care organizations have joined Hero Health Hire program. These health care organizations collectively employ approximately one million employees, a… Continue Reading

November 16, 2012

Cardin Expresses Disappointment With EPA Decision Not To Grant Waiver Of The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today expressed disappointment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision not to grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requirement. A shortage of corn resulting from this year's drought has disproportionately harmed U.S. poultry and livestock growers. Senator Cardin supported the request for the waiver and also has introduced the RFS Flexibility Act, S. 3428, which would link the RFS's corn ethanol production mandate… Continue Reading

November 15, 2012

Cardin Praises DOJ Plea Deal With BP To Help Fund Gulf Restoration Efforts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, reacted to Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement of a criminal plea deal and settlement stemming from the 2010 BP Oil Spill with the following comments: "The explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon was one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history. Over 87 days, five million barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. The tragic event c… Continue Reading

November 15, 2012

Cardin Calls On Gaza Militants To End Their Deadly Rocket Barrage Of Israeli Civilians

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the numerous, ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel: "I strongly support Israel's right to defend its citizens against threats to its security and existence. The recent military action in Gaza is a direct response to numerous and ongoing rocket attacks from militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza, which have injured dozens of Israeli citiz… Continue Reading

November 14, 2012

Cardin Applauds Selection Of Frederick Police Chief Dine To Head U.S. Capitol Police Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the selection of Frederick Police Chief Kim Dine to head the U.S. Capitol Police Force. Chief Dine served as the chief of the Frederick Police Department for the past 10 years and also is the former Washington, D.C. assistant police chief. His selection was announced today by the Capitol Police Board. "I applaud the selection of Chief Dine to lead the U.S. Capitol Police Force. He is experienced, professional and sensitive to diverse… Continue Reading

November 14, 2012

Cardin Praises Final Passage Of Record Whistleblower Protections For TSA And Other Federal Workers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) lauded final passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S. 743) that extends to federal workers, including Transportation Safety Administration employees, landmark whistleblower protections for uncovering illegal activity, gross mismanagement or waste, abuse of authority or danger to the public. "Classified information should be protected, but if and when the public trust is abused and taxpayer funds are wasted, federal workers hav… Continue Reading

November 14, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Maryland Delegation In Requesting Major Disaster Declaration For State Of Maryland Following Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (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 Super-Storm Sandy. If awarded, Maryland will become eligible for federal disaster recovery dollars through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ensuring the state's already strained … Continue Reading

November 13, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $66.3 Million In Federal Energy Assistance Funding For Low-Income Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Maryland low-income families will receive $66.3 million in federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Marylanders stay warm this winter. "This is good news for Maryland families who need to know that their homes will be safe and warm during the cold winter months," said Senator Cardin. "Our seniors, young children and disabled citizens are particu… Continue Reading

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