Press Releases & Statements

June 23, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY FOR FOREIGN AID TO PAKISTAN AND OTHER REGIONAL ALLIES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee, today urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to push for greater levels of accountability with partner governments and institutions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other countries engaged in the fight against terrorism. Speaking at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Cardin talked about the resources we are supplying in the region: "As we with… Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

CARDIN, LIEBERMAN, MCCAIN STATEMENT ON RUSSIA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement regarding Russia: "Yesterday was a sad day for democracy in Russia. Two days after President Medvedev expressed strong support for political competition in Russia, Russian authorities demonstrated the emptiness of these words by refusing to register the People's Freedom Party (PARNAS) and barring its participation in the upcoming Duma elections. We join Secretary Clinton, … Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD GRANT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, JOB CREATION IN FROSTBURG

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced a $400,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to the City of Frostburg, MD for roadway improvements on Braddock Road at the intersection with Braddock Street. Local officials expect the project to create approximately 18 new jobs in the area. "This federal investment in Allegany County's infrastructure will bring new jobs, commercial development and economic opportunity to Frostburg," said Senato… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

CARDIN PRAISES THE PRESIDENT FOR KEEPING HIS PROMISE TO WITHDRAW U.S. TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN BUT CALLS FOR FASTER TIMELINE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised President Obama for keeping his promise to begin withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan this summer but he believes the current circumstances the President described to the American people allow for swifter action. Senator Cardin made the following remarks in response to the President's announced timetable: "I support the President in his efforts to begin a draw down in Afghanistan… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $7.66 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO DEVELOP BRAC WORKFORCE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Maryland a $7.66 million National Emergency Grant to assist more than 6,500 U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees, contractors and military spouses who have been impacted by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decisions. The grant will allow the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia to implement an integrated approach to help jobse… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR IMPROVED TRANSIT SAFETY ON TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. METRO TRAGEDY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today released the following statement on the two year anniversary of the 2009 Washington Metro crash that killed nine people when two trains collided at the Fort Totten Metro station: "Two years ago today, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority experienced the most tragic Metrorail accident the Greater Washington region has ever seen. On this somber day of remembrance, my de… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

MARYLAND DELEGATION MEMBERS ANNOUNCES $44 MILLION FOR FDA CONSOLIDATION PROJECT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), were joined by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-5th), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8th) and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4th), today in announcing that the General Services Administration (GSA) will be allocating $44 million of its $82 million construction budget for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) consolidation project at White Oak in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The Continuing Resolution… Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

CARDIN SPONSORS WAR POWERS RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF LIMITED U.S. ACTION IN LIBYA TO PROTECT CIVILIANS

Authorizing Limited US Role in Libya Washington DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), today introduced a joint resolution that would provide Congressional approval of a continued support role for the U.S. military activity in Libya. In accordance with the War Powers Act, Senator Cardin believes Congressional action is required if U.S. participation continues. "President Obama made the right decision when he engaged U.S. Forces in t… Continue Reading


June 20, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE HARFORD COUNTY ELIGIBLE FOR DRUG CONTROL FUNDING

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Harford County will now be eligible for federal funding to further the coordination and development of joint drug control efforts by federal, state, and local law enforcement officers in the community. The White House Office of National Drug Control policy has designated Harford County a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), which makes the county eligible for federal resources to help reduce … Continue Reading


June 20, 2011

CARDIN TELLS RIDERWOOD VILLAGE RESIDENTS HE WILL FIGHT DAMAGING BUDGET CUTS THAT WOULD HARM SENIORS

SILVER SPRING, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today told residents of Riderwood Village that we "need to tackle our budget deficit, but in a way that does not harm seniors." The Senator specifically singled out the budget plan proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), which has passed the House, as harmful for seniors. The Ryan Budget plan calls for ending the Medicare program as we know it and turning Medicaid into a block grant to states. Senator Cardin has said the Ryan budget plan w… Continue Reading


June 17, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE APPROXIMATELY $2.2 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR MARYLAND FARMERS IN CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has selected two projects in Maryland to receive approximately $2.2 million to help farmers better protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This includes $2 million for the Maryland Department of Agriculture's top conservation priority, the Maryland Cover Crop Program. "Farmers in the Chesapeake Bay wat… Continue Reading


June 17, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR EDUCATION, JOB CREATION IN WESTERN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded two grants totaling $180,000 to projects in Western Maryland. Hagerstown Community College received an ARC grant that will benefit 30 students working towards an Associates in Applied Science degree. The Garrett County Board of Commissioners received an ARC grant to make electrical upgrades at McHenry Business Park, which officials expect to serve… Continue Reading


June 16, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF ETHANOL AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) made the following remarks after Senate passage of an amendment to the Economic Development Act that would repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC). The provision, which passed 73-27, was based on S. 871, of which Senator Cardin is a key original co-sponsor. "We have moved a giant step closer to ending the duplicative and unnecessary Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit that is costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year. This … Continue Reading


June 16, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FIRE PREVENTION IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service was awarded $59,456 in federal funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program (AFG) to help reduce the frequency and severity of fires caused by children and youth. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member … Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

CARDIN CALLS ON PRESIDENT TO SHIFT STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and 26 other senators sent a letter to President Obama today calling for a shift in strategy in Afghanistan ahead of next month's announced deadline to begin an accelerated transition to Afghan security forces. In the letter, the senators urge the President to use the deadline as an opportunity to begin a "sizable and sustained" drawdown of troops that puts the U.S. on a path toward removing all regular combat troops from the country. In their letter, the se… Continue Reading


June 14, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CARPER AND COONS STATEMENT ON VOLUMETRIC ETHANOL EXCISE TAX CREDIT VOTE

WASHINGTON - Today, Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-MD), and Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-DE) released the following statement after the Senate procedural vote on the amendment to repeal the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit: "At a time when high gas and corn prices are hurting many people and businesses in Delaware and Maryland, particularly within our agriculture communities, and America is facing a massive federal deficit and debt, ending the subsidy for corn-based eth… Continue Reading


June 14, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO IMPROVE HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE & REPAIR PROCESS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today has introduced legislation to ensure that our nation's highways and bridges receive the appropriate maintenance and repair to ensure safety and meet America's transportation needs. "Investing in our nation's highways and infrastructure has been one the best federal investments we have ever made," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. "Our n… Continue Reading


June 13, 2011

CARDIN CALLS ON SOCIAL SECURITY TO CONTINUE PROVIDING AMERICANS WITH YEARLY EARNINGS STATEMENTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, has written a letter to Commissioner Michael Astrue urging him to reconsider the decision announced by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to suspend the production and mailing of Social Security Earnings Statements. "The annual earnings statement is an invaluable tool to help Americans plan for their retirement," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy Subcommitt… Continue Reading


June 10, 2011

CARDIN ATTENDS NEW COLMAR MANOR COMMUNITY CENTER RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Town of Colmar Manor's new Community Center. Construction of the $6 million, 22,000 ft. state-of-the-art facility was made possible in part due to almost $400,000 in federal funding that Senator Cardin and other members of the congressional delegation helped to facilitate. "Residents of Colmar Manor and surrounding communities will benefit greatly for years to come from this new, environmentally susta… Continue Reading


June 10, 2011

STATEMENT ON JUNETEENTH 2011

On June 19th, we celebrate the 146th anniversary of Juneteenth, the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth, or June 19, is the day Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. As we celebrate this day, all of us have an opportunity to reflect on the importance of our nation's ideals of liberty, equality and justice, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring that all Americans enjoy the "inali… Continue Reading

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