Press Releases & Statements

August 15, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS, SARBANES ANNOUNCE NEW TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR BALTIMORE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski joined Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) today in announcing two grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for important transit and infrastructure projects in Baltimore. A $1,560,025 grant will fund Baltimore's Charm City Circulator's new route to the Fort McHenry Monument and National Shrine in time for the bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812. A second $1,669,632 grant will reconnect portion… Continue Reading


August 15, 2011

CARDIN PUSHES ADMINISTRATION FOR ACTION TO PROTECT AIR QUALITY

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) urged the Obama Administration last week to take action to protect our air quality and public health by expressing concern for the Administration's continued delay in setting a health-protective ozone, or smog, air quality standard. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Kerry (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D NJ), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) also signed … Continue Reading


August 15, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD APPROVAL OF GENERAL PERMITS FOR MARYLAND AQUACULTURE AS IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD FOR BAY’S ECONOMY

Ben on general permits for Maryland aquaculture WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today applauded approval of a streamlined permit authorizing new commercial, research and education oyster aquaculture permits by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Approval of the general permit is an important step forward for fishery jobs and new economic opportunities in Maryland's coastal communities created by promoting oyster aquaculture as a sustainable al… Continue Reading


August 12, 2011

MARYLAND CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ANNOUNCES FEDERAL FUNDS TO HELP MARYLAND ESTABLISH ITS HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Reps. Steny Hoyer, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced Maryland was awarded $27,186,749 million in competitive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop the state's Insurance Exchange. The Affordable Care Act requires states to have operational Insurance Exchanges - one-stop marketplaces where consumers can choose a private health insurance p… Continue Reading


August 09, 2011

CARDIN JOINS GOVERNOR O’MALLEY IN ANNOUNCING FUNDS TO CRACK DOWN ON PAROLE AND PROBATION VIOLATORS IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined Maryland Governor O'Malley today in announcing a $306,605 grant to the State's Attorney's Office in Prince George's County to launch an initiative aimed at criminal offenders who violate the terms of their parole or probation. "Marylanders deserve to live and raise their families in safe communities," said Senator Cardin. "Thanks to this new collaboration between federal, state and local governments, citizens of Prince George's County can rest… Continue Reading


August 09, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO BRING NEW JOBS AND BUSINESSES TO EASTERN SHORE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced three U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) grants totaling $85,650 for economic development and job creation on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The funding will spur job growth and business development in Caroline, Somerset and Talbot counties. "This funding provides small businesses on the Eastern Shore the helping hand they need to create new jobs that will drive economic growth," said Senat… Continue Reading


August 08, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD GRANT FOR FIRE STATION IN DORCHESTER COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Dorchester County has received a $60,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) grant to outfit a new fire station in East New Market with equipment. The station will also serve as an emergency shelter for the area. "It's critical that we ensure that our first responders have the tools they need to keep our families and communities safe," Senator Cardin said. "This grant will give th… Continue Reading


August 05, 2011

CARDIN TALKS TO FEDERAL WORKERS ABOUT BUDGET AGREEMENT

Talking to Federal Workers SUITLAND, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today met with union leaders and federal employees about the recently enacted budget compromise that raised the debt ceiling and saved the nation from default. The Senator discussed details of the budget agreement and talked about how it will affect federal workers. "Federal workers have already made a significant contribution to reducing our deficit with a two-year pay freeze," said Senator Cardin. "Our federal w… Continue Reading


August 05, 2011

CARDIN APPALLED BY CRACKDOWN IN SYRIA, CALLS ON UN TO TAKE STRONGEST POSSIBLE MEASURES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, called for the United Nations to end its tepid response to the dire situation in Syria where the Assad regime is escalating their offense against the Syrian people. In May, Senator Cardin cosponsored a key resolution that strongly condemned the growing crackdown. "I am outraged and saddened by the recent actions by the Assad regime against… Continue Reading


August 05, 2011

CARDIN PRESIDES OVER SENATE ACTION TO END FAA SHUTDOWN, TENS OF THOUSAND OF WORKERS BACK ON THE JOB

Washington, DC - One day after calling on Congressional leaders to act swiftly to return thousands of FAA workers and tens of thousands of construction workers to their jobs, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) presided over a pro forma session of the Senate that ended the 14-day shutdown. "For two weeks, 4,000 FAA employees and nearly 75,000 construction workers have been held hostage by a Republican House of Representatives that was more interested in advancing an anti-labor agenda and scoring … Continue Reading


August 04, 2011

SENATORS CALL ON SPEAKER BOEHNER TO USE PRO FORMA SESSIONS TO EXTEND FAA FUNDING, GET WORKERS BACK ON THE JOB

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), with Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (Both D-NJ), and Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb (Both D-VA) have written Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urging the use the pro forma sessions of Congress to extend the current FAA authorization, immediately putting tens of thousands … Continue Reading


August 04, 2011

CARDIN REASSURES SENIORS THAT BUDGET DEAL HAS PROTECTIONS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE & MEDICAID AND FEDERAL RETIREES

SUITLAND, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today addressed the Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans about the recently enacted budget compromise that raised the debt ceiling and saved the nation from default. The Senator assured the group that the budget agreement has protections for Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid and federal retiree benefits. "The budget provides for nearly $1 trillion in deficit reduction during the next 10 years. But importantly, it protects domestic p… Continue Reading


August 04, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD FUNDING FOR ECONOMIC & TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN CUMBERLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Cumberland, MD has received a $40,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Canal Place Heritage Area Plan Update project. The goal is to improve the economic climate within the heritage area of Allegany County. "The C&O Canal is a historic and economic treasure, drawing millions of visitors to Maryland each year," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public W… Continue Reading


August 03, 2011

CARDIN CALLS ON HOUSE TO RETURN TO END FAA SHUTDOWN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben L. Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement regarding the shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Today, 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees and approximately 75,000 construction workers remain hostage to the anti-union agenda of House Republicans who refused to pass a simple extension of the FAA reauthorization before they left on vacation. This is yet another attack on public-sector workers and the continuation of this sh… Continue Reading


August 02, 2011

CARDIN SAYS VOTE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING WAS A VOTE TO AVOID UNPRECEDENTED DEFAULT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Budget and Finance Committees, today voted to keep the United States of America from defaulting on its debts for the first time in our nation's history. He made the following remarks after the Senate passed a bipartisan measure 74-26. "This budget crisis has already harmed our nation and could have been avoided. Unfortunately, a few Republican lawmakers have held our economy hostage, playing a dangerous game with the full faith a… Continue Reading


July 30, 2011

CARDIN SAYS REPUBLICAN HOUSE BILL DEFEATED BY THE SENATE WOULD HAVE CONTINUED FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTY

Washington, DC - As the deadline approaches for a default on our nation's debt, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Budget and Finance Committees, called on Republicans and Democrats to work together to develop an immediate compromise that will increase the debt ceiling to pay for our nation's current bills and develop a balanced, comprehensive plan to bring our deficits under control. Senator Cardin made the following remarks after the Senate defeated a temporary measure that would … Continue Reading


July 29, 2011

CARDIN CALLS ON AIRLINES TO DROP TICKET PRICES, REFUND PASSENGERS FOR EXPIRED AIRFARE TAXES WHILE FAA REMAINS SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today called on major U.S. airlines to reduce airfares and pass the cost savings from temporarily expired aviation taxes on to passengers during the shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Senator Cardin joined Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), and Kent Conrad (D-ND) in a le… Continue Reading


July 29, 2011

CARDIN, WICKER RECOGNIZE THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's adoption of S. Con. Res. 26, recognizing 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent: "This International Year should be an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our societies and a time to honor the vast contributions persons of African descent make every day to the economic, social and political fabric of our communities - be they in Africa… Continue Reading


July 28, 2011

CARDIN URGES SENATE COMMITTEE TO APPROVE CONTINUATION OF C&O CANAL ADVISORY COMMISSION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today urged the Subcommittee on National Parks of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to support his bill to ensure the continued involvement of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park Historical Park Advisory Commission in decisions that affect the Park. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is managed by the National Park Service (NPS), but the Advisory Commission was established 40 years ago to provide a vital link between the surrou… Continue Reading


July 28, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CO-SPONSOR BILL TO PAY 4,000 FURLOUGHED FAA WORKERS

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) have co-sponsored legislation to provide back pay for nearly 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) workers who have been furloughed and are not getting paid after the House refused to vote on a "clean" funding extension to keep the agency open. The bill would allow these employees to continue working with pay and benefits as Congress works to achieve a full FAA extension. The bill would authorize payment fo… Continue Reading

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