Press Releases & Statements

February 06, 2012

CARDIN SAYS FAA REAUTHORIZATION GIVES HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT “OPPORTUNITY” TO KEEP EAS SUBSIDY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today said the change in the Essential Air Service subsidy contained in the reauthorization of the FAA bill will give Hagerstown Regional Airport a "good chance to keep the subsidy" for Cape Air's commuter flights to Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport. The Senator added that the continuation of the subsidy will help "overall economic development" in the region. "I strongly supported the change in the subsidy program because it makes sense … Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO CREATE JOBS BY MAKING IT EASIER TO RESTORE HISTORIC PROPERTIES

Ben Introduces CAPP Act WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would create jobs in Maryland and the nation through the restoration of historic buildings. Senator Cardin unveiled the legislation at Baltimore's historic Clifton Mansion, once the summer home of Johns Hopkins and now the headquarters for the AmeriCorps program Civic Works. U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) is co-sponsoring the bill. "I am extremely proud of this bill becaus… Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN SAYS US-EGYPT RELATIONSHIP SHOULD BE REVIEWED IN LIGHT OF NGO HARASSMENT AND PERSECUTION

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee, expressed his outrage over the latest developments in Egypt and he issued the following statement: "I find today's news about the Egyptian government's decision to prosecute American and local NGO workers totally unacceptable. These organizations, which have supported Egyptian citizens' own struggle for representat… Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN’S CONCERN FOR SYRIA DEEPENS, EXPRESSES DISAPPOINTMENT WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA FOR UNITED NATION’S VETO CONDEMING BRUTALITY

Washington - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee, expressed his concerns over the dire events that continue to unfold in Syria. He has previously joined the Senate in condemning the crackdown that began last year. "My grave concerns about Syria have grown deeper over the last few days as the situation has further deteriorated. The safety of our American diplomats abr… Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

CARDIN, CUMMINGS, BROWN, BAKER PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH PRESS CONFERENCE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, and Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker at a press conference to kick off National Children's Dental Health Month. National Children's Dental Health Month is a campaign sponsored by the American Dental Association to focus efforts on improving the oral health status of all children. The event also commemorated the five-year anniversary of the death… Continue Reading


February 03, 2012

CARDIN APPLAUDS DECISION OF SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE TO CONTINUE FUNDING FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the decision of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to reverse its decision to halt funding of Planned Parenthood. The Foundation announced today that because of the uproar that their decision had caused, they will continue to fund Planned Parenthood. Senator Cardin yesterday joined 25 other U.S. Senators in a letter to Nancy G. Brinker, CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, protesting the cuts in funding for Pla… Continue Reading


February 02, 2012

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO BRING INCREASED TRANSPARENCY TO CONGRESS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of S. 2038, the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, which passed with a vote of 96-3. Senator Cardin cosponsored an initial version of the legislation, which prohibits federal lawmakers and their staffs from trading stocks based on nonpublic information they have obtained in the course of their congressional work as a means for making a private profit. The legislation passed by the Senate includes a 3… Continue Reading


February 02, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI JOIN SENATORS IN URGING KOMEN FOUNDATION TO REVERSE ITS DECISION TO CUT FUNDS TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today joined 24 Senate colleagues in a letter to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation urging it to reverse its decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Each year Planned Parenthood provides important breast cancer screenings for poor women, including 750,000 breast exams and 770,000 PAP tests. In 2011, grants from the Komen Foundation provided Planned Parenthood with $650,000 in funding for breast cancer prevention and … Continue Reading


January 31, 2012

CARDIN COSPONSORS BIPARTISAN VISA WAIVER LEGISLATION FOR POLAND

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced that he is cosponsoring the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act, a bipartisan bill that encourages travel and tourism to the United States which creates and sustains jobs. At the same time, the bill updates the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) framework to reflect improved capabilities to track travelers entering the United States and improves annual reporting to increase oversight and transparency. The Senate was introduced… Continue Reading


January 28, 2012

CARDIN HOLDS FORECLOSURE PREVENTION WORKSHOP IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

CLINTON, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Ray Skinner and representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Freddie Mac to sponsor a Foreclosure Prevention Workshop for Marylanders facing foreclosure. "If your mortgage is late, you cannot wait and this foreclosure workshop is geared to help residents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties and of Southern Marylan… Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

ON THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE GEORGE LEVI RUSSELL

I am pleased to join with Senator Mikulski in recommending that the Judiciary Committee favorably report Judge George Levi Russell III of Maryland to be a US District Judge for the District of Maryland. The Constitution provides for lifetime appointments for federal judges, which is unique in our federal government. I know that both Senator Mikulski and I take this obligation very seriously in terms of the advice and consent role played by the Senate. When evaluating judicial nominees, I use s… Continue Reading


January 26, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE OBAMA NOMINEE RUSSELL FOR MARYLAND DISTRICT COURT SEAT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised the nomination of Judge George Levi Russell, III to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. At the hearing, Senators Mikulski and Cardin formally introduced Judge Russell who currently serves as a Circuit Court judge for the City of Baltimore. "I am pleased to join in recommending that the Judiciary… Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF THE UNION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), released the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union Address. Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Committees on Finance, Budget, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Environment & Public Works, and Foreign Relations. His guest for the State of the Union address was Maryland Senator Joanne Benson (Dist. 24-Prince George's County). He was proud that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also was in att… Continue Reading


January 23, 2012

CARDIN PARTICIPATES IN POULTRY SUMMIT; SAYS SUMMIT RENEWED COMMITTEMNT TO AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY

DELMARVA, DE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, participated by conference call today in the Delmarva Poultry Summit and called for a "level playing field for the poultry industry" that will help them manage their energy and feed costs. "The Poultry Summit was an important opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the problems facing the agriculture community and to renew our commit… Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

CARDIN ATTENDS GROUNDBREAKING OF KNORR BRAKES’ NEW FACILITY THAT WILL CREATE JOBS, ECONOMIC GROWTH

WESTMINISTER, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended a groundbreaking ceremony for Knorr Brakes' new manufacturing facility in the Westminster Technology Park. This new facility will double the existing size of Knorr's manufacturing capabilities, primarily for brakes and HVAC systems for the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Knorr plans to add 60 additional local jobs to handle the increased volume. "Knorr Brake Corporation is a nation leader in manufacturing equi… Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

CARDIN SAYS REJECTION OF KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE PROTECTS AMERICANS’ HEALTH AND CLEAN WATER FROM BIG OIL POLITICS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works and Foreign Relations committees, released the following statement in response to the White House decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. "I support the decision the President announced today to reject the permit application for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. While I have always had serious questions about the Keystone XL project, by putting expediency and corporate interests ahead of the many health… Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

CARDIN INVITES MARYLAND SENATOR JOANNE BENSON TO BE HIS GUEST AT STATE OF THE UNION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin has invited Maryland Senator Joanne Benson (District 24) to be his guest at President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 24. "Joanne is a friend and a gifted political leader from Prince George's County. President Obama will outline his vision for the coming year in his State of the Union Address, and I am extremely pleased that she will be able to join me," said Senator Cardin. "This is an exciting opportunity to give support to the Pre… Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD DECISION TO RELOCATE COAST GUARD CUTTER CHOCK TO BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Coast Guard will relocate its Cutter CHOCK's homeport from Portsmouth, VA to Baltimore, MD. Coast Guard officials expect the transition to take place by June 1, 2012. "The relocation of the CHOCK to the Port of Baltimore is excellent news for the Coast Guard and for Baltimore, which offers the ideal strategic location for the vessel's mission of ensuring safe navigation in the Chesapeake Bay … Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

CARDIN VISITS GARRETT COUNTY’S AWARD-WINNING GOAT CHEESE PRODUCER

ACCIDENT, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today visited the FireFly Farms Creamery and Market to tour the award-winning goat cheese production facility and to congratulate the small business owners on their success. FireFly Farms recently moved into a new manufacturing and retail facility in Accident, allowing the company to increase production capacity. Since 2010, FireFly Farms has increased employment by 80 percent company-wide. Senator Cardin also met with members of the Garrett Coun… Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

CARDIN STATEMENT ON PROTECT IP ACT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement on S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011 or PROTECT IP Act: "I have heard from many constituents in person, online, and through calls and correspondence regarding the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). Individuals and groups continue to meet with my staff and provide detailed information that is helpful as we seek to find a better path forward. There i… Continue Reading

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