Press Releases & Statements

September 19, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY, PUBLIC INPUT AS POSTAL SERVICE AGAIN CONSIDERS CLOSING EASTON AREA MAIL PROCESSING CENTER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe called for transparency and increased public input as the United States Postal Service (USPS) again begins to study the possibility of consolidating of the Easton Area Mail Processing Center (AMP) with the mail processing facility in Baltimore, Maryland. "As the USPS once again looks at the possibility of consolidating Easton's mail processing operation with Baltimore, … Continue Reading


September 19, 2011

CARDIN UNVEILS BILL TO CREATE CONSTRUCTION JOBS AND IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY

FREDERICK, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today traveled to Frederick, MD to unveil legislation that will help the struggling construction industry, create up to 40,000 new jobs nationwide, and increase energy efficiency. The bipartisan bill will create economic growth by removing obstacles in the tax code that hinder the upgrading and modernization of roofs by significantly reducing the depreciation schedule for commercial roof retrofits. "I am introducing this bill today because our pr… Continue Reading


September 16, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LEAD MD DELEGATION IN PRAISING PRESIDENT FOR SIGNING DISASTER DECLARATION FOR STATE FOLLOWING HURRICANE IRENE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-MD) were joined members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in applauding President Barack Obama for issuing a Declaration of Disaster for Maryland in wake of Hurricane Irene. Other members of the Delegation praising the President's Disaster Declaration include: U.S Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Roscoe E. Barlett, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John P. Sarbanes, Donna F. Edwards and An… Continue Reading


September 16, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $22 MILLION IN FUNDING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH REPLACEMENT OF SUSQUEHANNA RIVER RAILROAD BRIDGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Maryland Department of Transportation will receive $22 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to begin preliminary work on replacing the Susquehanna River Railroad Bridge on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor (NEC). "This is the best possible news for everyone living along Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Environment and Public Works Commi… Continue Reading


September 16, 2011

CARDIN ADDRESSES WOMEN VETERANS CONFERENCE AT MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today addressed the 2011 Women Veteran Conference at Morgan State University. The conference, which is titled "Women Veterans: Empowered with the Tools for Success," is geared toward ensuring that women veterans over the age of 50 have equal access to benefits and opportunities. "Maryland has 49,000 women veterans with nearly 22,000 over age 50. Traditionally, the focus has been on male veterans, but women veterans have made an enormous sacrifice fo… Continue Reading


September 16, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO PREVENT VIOLENCE, PROMOTE EMPOWERMENT AMONG YOUTH IN BALTIMORE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, joined with Congressman Elijah Cummings (all D-MD) today announced that the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence has received a grant of almost $1.3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement and evaluate a strategy to prevent youth violence in Baltimore. The Center will collaborate its efforts over a five year period with the Mayor's Office, Baltimore City Public Schools, Cit… Continue Reading


September 15, 2011

CARDIN HAILS PASSAGE OF EMERGENCY DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) praised Senate passage today of emergency appropriations for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). "Congress has always acted in a bipartisan manner to help Americans and their communities recover from natural disasters. Congress has never insisted that disaster fund being offset. I am pleased the Senate continued that precedent today with a bipartisan vote 62-37 to approve emergency funding for FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene a… Continue Reading


September 15, 2011

CARDIN, COLLINS URGE PALESTINIANS TO RETURN TO DIRECT TALKS WITH ISRAELIS WITHOUT A UNILATERAL DECLARATION OF STATEHOOD

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today released a letter just delivered to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas imploring him to return to direct negotiations with Israel and urging him to avoid actions that would be counterproductive to a permanent and peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Senators were explicit in their letter: "We strongly urge you not to pursue a unilateral declaration of statehood or recognition of a … Continue Reading


September 15, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE CONSERVATION GRANT FOR NEWTOWNE NECK STATE PARK

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has received a $400,000 matching Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to develop outdoor recreation facilities at Newtowne Neck State Park in St. Mary's County. The park is critical in preserving diverse natural water land areas, safeguarding wildlife habitats, conserving sustainable forest lands, and protecting the quality of the Chesapeake Bay. … Continue Reading


September 15, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO TRAIN STUDENTS FOR TECHNOLOGY JOBS OF THE FUTURE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Garrett College has received a $264,926 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to establish a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program. The program will better prepare workers for current and future jobs. "America's future depends on our ability to embrace high-tech education and training needed for jobs in the 21st Century," said Senator Cardin. "This grant will ensure… Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

CARDIN MEETS WITH ADVOCATES, DESCENDANTS OF HARRIET TUBMAN TO DISCUSS PROPOSED TUBMAN NATIONAL PARK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today met with advocates, state and local civic leaders, historians and descendants of Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, and hosted a noontime "Harriet on the Hill" luncheon in the U.S. Capitol Building Senator Cardin is the lead sponsor of the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (S. 247), which would establish the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, along wit… Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

CARDIN SAYS CONGRESS CAN AND SHOULD TAKE STEPS TO END RACIAL PROFILING

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Homeland Security Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, today joined the Rights Working Group and American Civil Liberties Union to express support for upcoming federal legislation to end racial profiling by enforcing the constitutional right to equal protection for all. In addition, the Rights Working Group released their report Reclaiming Our Righ… Continue Reading


September 14, 2011

HURRICANE IRENE AND FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE

HURRICANE IRENE AND FEMA DISASTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE About 2 weeks ago, right before Hurricane Irene struck, I was at the Maryland Emergency Management Center located in Reisterstown, MD. I was with Governor O'Malley, the Governor of our State, and other leaders. I saw our team there to prepare the people of Maryland for the onslaught of Irene and later from Tropical Storm Lee. I saw Maryland preparing the best it possibly could to minimize the risk to the people of our State from a natur… Continue Reading


September 13, 2011

CARDIN JOINS BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS TO ANNOUNCE FORMATION OF NEW SENATE OCEANS CAUCUS

Washington, DC - With our oceans and coastal resources, and the economies and jobs they support, facing constant and increasingly direct pressure from a variety of sources, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin joined a bipartisan group of senators today to announce the formation of a new Senate Oceans Caucus. The Caucus will work to increase awareness and find common ground in responding to issues facing the oceans and coasts, which support millions of jobs in America and contribute more to the country's GD… Continue Reading


September 12, 2011

CARDIN ATTENDS WEST BALTIMORE CLERGY UNITED’S 5TH ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL JAM

BALTIMORE- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended the West Baltimore Clergy United (WBCU) and Feed the Children International's 5th Annual Back to School Jam. Thanks to the event, more than 1,200 families received food and toiletries, and 2,100 children received school supplies in preparation for the new academic year. The event was held on the campus of Coppin State University in Baltimore. "I applaud the West Baltimore Clergy United for hosting the 5th Annual Back to School Jam," said… Continue Reading


September 09, 2011

CARDIN APPLAUDS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S BUDGET FOR THE FUTURE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement following President Obama's speech today at George Washington University on his plan to deal with our nation's deficit. "Our budget problems were caused by two things during the Bush Administration: we reduced taxes on the highest earners and we went to war in both Iraq and Afghanistan without paying for them. President Obama today outlined a vision for reducing our nation's deficit that provides for our nation's fu… Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

TEN YEARS LATER: SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to join my colleagues in commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. I remember that morning so vividly. It was stunningly clear and beautiful with a crispness in the air that hinted that fall was just around the corner. And then, with a sudden ferocity, the airliners crashed into the World Trade Center (WTC), the Pentagon, and Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Barely two hours elapsed between the first hijacking and the collapse of the No… Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

CARDIN CHAIRS HEARING ON U.S. AID TO AFGHANISTAN AS MILITARY DRAWDOWN IS SET TO BEGIN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chairman of Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection chaired a hearing today on the future of U.S. development assistance in Afghanistan entitled "Afghanistan: Right Sizing the Development Footprint." "The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) face significant challenges as t… Continue Reading


September 08, 2011

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PASSES CARDIN BLUE ALERT BILL TO HELP APPREHEND CRIMINALS WHO INJURE OR KILL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

WASHINGTON - By a vote of 14 to 4, the Senate Judiciary Committee today passed U.S. Senator Ben Cardin's National Blue Alert Act, S. 657, which would create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers. The nationwide alert system would disseminate critical information about the suspect to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media. The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration. Senator Cardin introduced the bill in the… Continue Reading


September 07, 2011

CARDIN, ROBERTS, SNOWE INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN BILL TO ENCOURAGE RETIREMENT SAVINGS THROUGH EMPLOYEE-OWNED COMPANIES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with fellow Finance Committee members Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), have introduced legislation to encourage retirement savings by fostering the growth of S-corporations that are owned by Employee Stock Ownership Plans ("S-ESOPs"). Through changes to the tax code and educational outreach to companies, the bipartisan Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act of 2011 (S. 1512) would eliminate barr… Continue Reading

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