Press Releases & Statements

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

August 16, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski, Sarbanes Announce Federal Funding For Fire Prevention & Safety Campaign In Baltimore City

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with U.S. Representative John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore City Fire Department has been awarded $148,018 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 distribute smoke alarms throughout the city. Senator Cardin is a member of the Finance Committee. … Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Cardin, O’Malley Announce Nearly $160 Million In Transportation Investments For The Eastern Shore

EASTON, MD (August 16, 2013) - Governor Martin O'Malley, U.S Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Richard F. Colburn, Delegate Norman H. Conway, and other key elected officials, announced nearly $160 million in new investments for five projects on the Eastern Shore that will create nearly 1,900 jobs, improve safety, and relieve congestion. These projects-made possible by the Transportation Act of 2013-include investing $50 million to begin construction next year on a new high-level, fixed-span bridge to… Continue Reading

August 16, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Grant To Create And Sustain Jobs In Talbot County And Across The Mid-Shore Region

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced Talbot County and the Town of Easton have been awarded a $1.65 million public works grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help pay to build a new wastewater treatment line crucial to the construction of a new regional medical center in Talbot County. Senator Cardin is a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee as well as the Transportation and I… Continue Reading

August 15, 2013

Cardin Calls On Treasury/IRS To Quickly Provide Legally Married Same-Sex Couples With Clear Guidance On Tax Rules

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee which has oversight responsibility for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has written to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel urging them to promptly resolve questions and clarify tax guidelines for legally married same-sex couples, and those in legal civil unions. Since the June 26 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, same-sex couples who hold a valid marria… Continue Reading

August 14, 2013

Cardin Talks Sequestration With Civilian DOD Employees At Fort Meade Who Have Been Impacted By Sequestration Furloughs

Fort Meade, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin was hosted at Fort George G. Meade Wednesday by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1923 for a town hall with civilian Department of Defense (DOD) employees to discuss sequestration and the federal budget. The group was a sampling of the more than 27,000 DOD civilian employees at Fort Meade, a majority of who have been facing furloughs brought on by sequestration cuts. Fort Meade, the nation's hub for information, intelligence and… Continue Reading

August 13, 2013

Cardin Calls On Healthcare Providers To Help Facilitate Enrollment In Maryland Health Exchanges

Cheverly, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) continued his outreach to Maryland's healthcare providers in advance of the initial enrollment for Maryland's new health exchanges with a visit to Prince George's County Hospital Center and Dimensions Healthcare. Healthcare exchanges that begin in January 2014 are a centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act. Participants in the roundtable will be on the front lines of navigating the Maryland exchange in the individual market and will be dealing mainly w… Continue Reading

August 13, 2013

Cardin Visits WSSC In Push To Make Water Infrastructure Upgrades A National Priority

Laurel, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, visited with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Tuesday for a briefing by WSSC CEO and General Manager Jerry N. Johnson at the Patuxent Water Filtration Plant and to discuss federal options for improving our nation's aging water infrastructure. The region has seen a growing number of water main breaks. As recently as July, a water main serving 100,000 people in Prince George's County began to f… Continue Reading

August 12, 2013

Cardin Calls Federally Qualified Health Centers Integral To Success Of Expanded, Quality Healthcare For All Americans

Baltimore - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) visited the Baltimore Medical System's new Highlandtown Healthy Living Center Monday to tour the facility and discuss how implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will double the capacity and use of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Maryland and nationwide. As millions more Americans gain access to quality health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, federally qualified health centers will provide essential primary and additional… Continue Reading

August 08, 2013

Cardin Announces $3 Million in Affordable Housing Funding for Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) will provide $3 million in funding to create greater affordable housing opportunities in Maryland. "Every Marylander - every American - deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. Three million dollars will go a long way toward revitalizing Maryland communities by expanding affordable housing and creating quality jobs and opportunities," said Senator Cardin, a senio… Continue Reading

August 07, 2013

Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Releases Recommendations for the Department of Energy

Today the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change released a white paper recommending 20 concrete steps the Department of Energy should take in carrying out the President's Climate Action Plan. The recommendations include strengthening specific energy efficiency standards, accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, expanding the use of energy savings performance contracts to save energy at federal facilities, encouraging reforms in state building codes and uti… Continue Reading

August 06, 2013

Cardin Welcomes DoD Furlough Reduction, Would Like to See Full Sequester Replacement

Senator Cardin (D-MD) released the following stament in reaction the Defense Department's announcement of reduced furlough days. "I commend Secretary Hagel for finding a way to reduce furlough days for DOD civilians from 11 to six. It's welcome news for DOD families and the communities that support our military installations. But losing six days pay is still not acceptable. Sequestration cuts and the resulting furloughs are harming our national security by reducing readiness, cutting morale … Continue Reading

August 05, 2013

Cardin, O’Malley, County Leaders Announces Nearly $650 Million In Transportation Investments For Montgomery County; $400 Million Investment To Construct Purple Line

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Governor Martin O'Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and other key officials, announced nearly $650 million in transportation investments for Montgomery County that will create jobs, reduce traffic congestion and revitalize communities. Central to the announcement was news of a public-private partnership (P3) to deliver the Purple Line. This i… Continue Reading

August 05, 2013

Nomination Of Tom Perez – Secretary Of Labor Floor Statement Of Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I have listened very carefully to my friend from Iowa, and I couldn't disagree with him more. I know he has very strong views about the nomination of Tom Perez, but let me go through the record. I wish to spend a little bit of time speaking first about Tom Perez. I know him very well. We have served together in government in Maryland. He served on the county council of Montgomery County. I will mention that he was the first Latino to serve on the county council of… Continue Reading

August 02, 2013

Cardin, Crapo And King Team Up To Force CBO To Fully Count The Cost Savings Of Preventive Healthcare

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Angus King (I-ME) have joined together to introduce legislation that would direct the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to more accurately reflect the cost-savings of preventive healthcare, including screenings. The Preventive Health Savings Act of 2013 (S. 1422) would also allow the Chairman or Ranking Member of the House or Senate Budget Committee, or the health committees-HELP, Finance, Ways and Means, or Energy and Comme… Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Cardin And Cummings Introduce Legislation To Better Protect State And Local Witnesses From Violence And Intimidation

Washington, D.C. (August 1, 2013) -- Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (both D-MD) introduced the Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act of 2013, legislation that directs the Attorney General to make competitive grants to state and local governments to establish and maintain short-term witness protection programs in cases involving homicides, violent felonies, serious drug offenses, gang related crimes, or organized crime. "Our criminal justice syst… Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Cardin Calls Russia’s Decision To Protect Snowden Troubling

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Russia's decision to grant hacker Edward Snowden temporary asylum. Senator Cardin supports the U.S. request to have Snowden, a Maryland resident, extradited to stand trial. "I am deeply troubled by Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden. Had a Russian citizen hacked into computers to gain sensitive national security information, ther… Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Mikulski, Cardin, Sarbanes Announce More Than $11 Million In Federal Grant Funding For BWI Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Ben Cardin and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski along with Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced the Maryland Department of Transportation (DoT) and Maryland Aviation Administration have been awarded a $11,309,730 grant from the U.S. DoT for runway safety enhancements and upgrades at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. "This grant ensures that BWI Marshall continues to be a safe, dependable, and efficient hub for domestic and internat… Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Cardin Calls Peaceful Cambodian Election “Promising” But Urges Reform

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, issued the following statement on the elections held earlier this week in Cambodia. Despite irregularities, the elections are considered the most peaceful parliamentary elections in over 20 years for the country. Preliminary results kept Prime Minister Hun Sen in power by a narrow margin, but there were significant gains for the opposition. The opposition, ho… Continue Reading

August 01, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Announce HUD Approval Of $8.6 Million Federal Community Development Block Grant Recovery Plan For Lower Shore Recovering From Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, (both D-Md.) today announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved Maryland's recovery plan to use $8.6 million in federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help Lower Shore communities struggling to recover from Super-Storm Sandy. These funds were included in the Super-Storm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bil… Continue Reading

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