Press Releases & Statements

September 23, 2011

CELEBRATING CHESAPEAKE BAY, U.S. SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION DESIGNATING NATIONAL ESTUARIES DAY

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved a resolution declaring this Saturday, September 24, to be National Estuaries Day. U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) cosponsored the resolution authored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Scott Brown (R-MA). In addition, the following Senators also cosponsored the resolution: Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), John Kerry (D-MA), Mary Landr… Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

CARDIN, SESSIONS "NATIONAL PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH" RESOLUTION UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SENATE

WASHINGTON-The Senate unanimously voted today to declare September "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month" in a bipartisan resolution sponsored by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL). This resolution, which has been introduced by Senator Sessions every year since 2002, is aimed at enhancing awareness of prostate cancer and encouraging the public to take an active role in the fight to increase early detection, improve treatment, and discover a cure for the disease. The A… Continue Reading


September 23, 2011

CARDIN, AKAKA, SARBANES INTRODUCE BILL TO BRING FEDERAL HIRING PROCESS INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) today joined Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI) and Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Maryland) in introducing the Federal Hiring Process Improvement Act of 2011. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) was also an original co-sponsor. This legislation would streamline the Federal hiring process to conform to private sector best practices. In the coming decade, close to 50 percent of the federal workforce will be eligible to retire, making the development of t… Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN SAYS CALL TO REBUILD AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE WILL HELP GET AMERICANS BACK TO WORK

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statement on President Obama's call for rebuilding America's infrastructure: "It makes no sense that America's infrastructure is crumbling while we have record unemployment in the construction industry. We have to make a change and we have to do it soon. And we have to stop talking and start doing because gridlock does not… Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANT FOR HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Hagerstown Community College (HCC) has been awarded $650,000 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to prepare students for careers in cyber security. HCC will use the grant funds to develop new degree and certificate programs, provide professional development for instructors, and reach out to local high schools to recruit students to pursue cyber security career fields. "The … Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN TO RECEIVE AWARD FROM THE CYPRUS FEDERATION OF AMERICA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Senate chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission in the 112th Congress, will receive the "Justice for Cyprus Award" from the Cyprus Federation of America on September 23 for his support for the liberation and reunification of Cyprus and his work to restore the human rights of the Cypriot people. "Since coming to Congress in 1987, I have had a long-standing interest in human-rights issues and I have strongly championed the fight for equality and just… Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE FUNDING FOR CRESAPTOWN WATER PROJECT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $175,000 grant to the Allegany County Board of Commissioners to increase water volume, reliability, and fire protection for the Cresaptown business district located two miles from the Barton Business Park. This project is expected to create 236 new jobs and retain 264 existing jobs. "The safety and reliability of water supply systems is critically im… Continue Reading


September 22, 2011

CARDIN HONORED FOR HIS EFFORTS TO REDUCE ORAL HEALTH DISPARITIES

Ben Honored for Work Fighting Oral Health Disparities Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was honored by Oral Health America and the Dental Trade Alliance for his work expanding children's access to oral health care and helping to reduce health disparities in Maryland and nationwide. The organizations recognized Senator Cardin at an event on Capitol Hill, where he addressed nearly 100 oral health leaders and supporters on the impact of oral health disparities on the nation's he… Continue Reading


September 21, 2011

CARDIN ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO CLEAN UP CONTAMINATION AT ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) have signed a binding agreement that will govern the cleanup at the Superfund sites that are located at Andrews Air Force Base, now formally known as Joint Base Andrews. The document, officially known as a "federal facility agreement," ensures that clean-up actions proceed with EPA oversight within an enforceable framework, in a manner that prot… Continue Reading


September 19, 2011

CARDIN CALLS PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOBS PLAN BALANCED, SAYS IT WILL HELP SPUR JOB GROWTH AND CONTROL OUR DEFICITS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, released the following statement in support of President Obama's "Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction." "We need more jobs in America. Too many Marylanders want to get back to work but can't find work through no fault of their own. President Obama is on the right track to put forward a balanced, comprehensive plan that targets investments in programs that will spur job growth in Ame… Continue Reading


September 19, 2011

SENATORS URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO UNDERSCORE STRONG SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL DURING UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY

WASHINGTON - Today, 14 U.S. Senators called on President Obama to issue a strongly worded defense of Israel during his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. In a letter, the Senators highlighted a number of recent, troubling developments in the Middle East, including the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, anti-Israeli rhetoric from Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey, and efforts to isolate Israel by unilaterally advancing a resolution on Palestinian statehood at the UN… Continue Reading


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

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