Press Releases & Statements

September 18, 2013

Celebrating The Air Force’s 66th Birthday

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, today - September 18 - marks the Air Force's 66th birthday. For 66 years, our Nation has entrusted the Air Force with preserving peace and freedom, and defending our democracy. Since its beginnings on July 26, 1947, when President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947 on board the presidential aircraft, the Sacred Cow, and set the creation of the United States Air Force in motion, to its instrumental role in the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air … Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Cardin Hears from Maryland Manufacturers about How the Federal Government can be a Better Partner for Success

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of both the Senate Finance Committee and Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, sat down with about two dozen Maryland manufacturers earlier this week in Columbia, MD, for a discussion of how to expand manufacturing jobs in our state. Led by the Regional Manufacturing Institute, the roundtable discussion covered such topics as sequestration and the need for reliability and predictability for local businesses. "We are open for bus… Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Cardin Calls for Renewed Action on Reasonable Gun Safety Laws in Aftermath of Navy Yard Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has called on his Congressional colleagues to restart bipartisan discussions on reasonable, balanced, gun safety measures that would reduce the threat of gun violence in our communities while still protecting the rights of legitimate sportsmen. Six of the twelve fatal victims in Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard were from Maryland. "The tragedy of every recent mass shooting in America has underscored the importance of Congress pas… Continue Reading

September 18, 2013

Cardin, Reid, Boxer Bill Would Assist Local, State Governments Prepare Water Infrastructure For Changing Weather Threats

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, have introduced legislation - the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act of 2013, S. 1508 - to help local communities meet the challenges of upgrading aging water infrastructure systems to better handle extreme weather, droughts, and floods. Our… Continue Reading

September 16, 2013

Cardin Statement On Navy Yard Shooting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement on the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard: "The fatal shooting at the Washington Navy Yard this morning is a senseless tragedy. I mourn the loss of life and offer my prayers to all who have been affected by this heinous act, especially the families of the victims. Our Navy and their civilian colleagues work day and night to protect the American public. An attack on the people tasked with keeping this nati… Continue Reading

September 16, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Team Maryland Announce $900,000 Grant To Establish A Minority Business Development Agency Business Center In Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Representatives Elijah Cummings, C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced that the City of Baltimore has been awarded a $900,000 grant through the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The federal funding will be used to establish a MBDA Business Center in Baltimore that will create and retain jobs by providing sophisticated consulting services and fac… Continue Reading

September 13, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Rural Development Funding For Construction Of Water Infrastructure In Caroline County

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Town of Greensboro will receive a $1,134,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) to construct a regional public wastewater collection and treatment system to serve the towns of Greensboro and Goldsboro in Caroline County. In addition to the grant, the project will be funded by a loan of $3,986,000 from USDA-RD to the Town of Greensboro. "All Marylanders deserve… Continue Reading

September 13, 2013

Cardin Showcases Baltimore Company That Is Creating Jobs And Leaving Its Mark On Major League Sports, Scouts, USG And National Brands

Owings Mills, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) brought his "Made in Maryland" tour to embroidery and logo icon Lion Brothers Company, Inc. Friday. The latest stop on his jobs tour, Senator Cardin heard from leadership and employees how the federal government could be a better partner and remove obstacles to business growth. Lion Brothers is a woman-owned business that operates manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and China employing more than 400 individuals worldwide. It is the leading world… Continue Reading

September 13, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $2,454,557 In Federal Grants to Improve Safety and Efficiency at Western Maryland Airports

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority has been awarded a $2,342,170 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for runway rehabilitation at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. Additionally, Garrett County will receive an $112,387 FAA grant from the DOT to update to the Airport Master Plan and to address key issues that will lead to improved oper… Continue Reading

September 12, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Introduce Legislation To Reduce The Waste From Unused Prescription Drugs And Preserve Billions In Medicare Savings

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) have introduced legislation that aims to reduce the amount of unused prescriptions drugs dispensed at long-term care facilities and protect billions of dollars in savings intended by the Medicare Short-Cycle Dispensing program created in the Affordable Care Act. The bill, the Medicare Efficient Drug Dispensing Act of 2013 (S. 1493) would ensure that prescription drug plans sponsors (PDPs) help reduce wasteful spending … Continue Reading

September 11, 2013

Cardin Welcomes Judge Robert Wilkins To The U.S. Senate At His Confirmation Hearing For A Seat On The D.C. Court Of Appeals

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was honored today to introduce Judge Robert L. Wilkins to his former colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Judge Wilkins has been nominated by President Obama to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. "I am pleased to introduce Judge Robert L. Wilkins to the committee today, and I congratulate President Obama on this excellent nomination. Judge Wilkins has a distinguished lifelong record of p… Continue Reading

September 10, 2013

Cardin Statement Commemorating The Anniversary Of September 11, 2001

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against the U.S. "Twelve years ago, America was dealt an unspeakable blow, but in the years since, we have continued to rebuke the message of hate that was brought to our door step. What's more is that we affirm our core American values that were magnified in the days following those attacks. We are still … Continue Reading

September 10, 2013

Cardin Calls For Syrian President Assad To Be Tried Before The International Criminal Court

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a Senate Resolution (S. Res. 219) calling for the United Nations Security Council to refer Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other perpetrators of gross human rights violations in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes and crimes against humanity. "Assad's criminal use of chemical weapons against his own people is morally reprehensible and violates the rules of war. The international community cannot s… Continue Reading

September 04, 2013

Cardin Votes To Support Narrow Engagement In Syria With Explicit Prohibition On The Use Of American Combat Troops

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, voted today to approve a limited use of force for a limited period of time in Syria to deter the future use of chemical weapons. After days of briefings and hearings, Senator Cardin continues to believe that the recent use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians cannot go unchallenged; however he does not support sending U.S. military force… Continue Reading

September 03, 2013

Cardin, Sarbanes Review Progress Of Chesapeake Bay Restoration Efforts

Grasonville, MD - Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, and Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03) held a field hearing today to review progress made by the Environmental Protection Agency-administered Chesapeake Bay Program. The first hearing since court-mandated Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) limits went into effect, the discussion focused on progress that has been made toward recovery of the Bay, the effectiveness of current restoration programs and activi… Continue Reading

August 27, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce USDA-RD Funding For Improvement And Expansion Of Water Infrastructure In Allegany

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Allegany Board of Commissioners has received an $869,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA-RD) to extend Allegany County water mains to connect to the Rawlings community water system and replace the existing aged distribution system. In addition to the grant, the project will be funded by a loan of $461,000 from USDA-RD to Allegany County. "All Marylanders deserv… Continue Reading

August 26, 2013

Cardin Visits Holy Cross Hospital In Silver Spring To Preview Upcoming Health Exchanges

Silver Spring, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, visited Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring today for a roundtable discussion with Montgomery County health care providers and health partners. Key to the discussion was the upcoming enrollment period for the Maryland Health Connection, one of the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act that begins in 2014. Kevin J. Sexton, president and CEO of Holy Cross Health, welcomed participants in the round… Continue Reading

August 26, 2013

Cardin Talks Sequestration With Federal Workers At NRC

Rockville, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, fielded questions from the leadership of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on the impacts of sequestration during a town hall Monday. The NRC, which is charged with regulating civilian use of our nuclear power and nuclear materials, has had to absorb a $52 million cut to its FY13 budget due to sequestration. Speaking to supervisors from across the agencies who were gathered at NRC's headquarters in Rockvill… Continue Reading

August 20, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $110,000 Head Start Grant For The City Of Cumberland

Cumberland, MD - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today announced that the City of Cumberland has received a $110,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC) Head Start Program. The new program will serve 47 children ages 0-5 years old from households with incomes at or below 100% poverty. "From the very start, we need to give our children every opportunity to learn and succeed. H… Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce Federal Funding For Fire Prevention And Safety In Montgomery County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) today announced the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $112,045 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grants, a part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants Program (AFG). The award will be used to establish an all-volunteer Life Safety Unit to focus on improving home safety for olde… Continue Reading

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