Press Releases & Statements

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


January 13, 2012

CARDIN SAYS MOVE TO ELEVATE SBA WILL HELP MILLIONS OF AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), praised President Obama for recognizing the critical role small businesses play in the American economy by elevating the Small Business Administration to Cabinet-level. As a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Senator Cardin looks forward to reviewing details of the President's proposal for consolidating tools that can help boost exports by small businesses. He will work to ensure that support for American small bu… Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

CARDIN HOLDS SENIOR FORUM IN HAGERSTOWN TO DISCUSS MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AND BUDGET ISSUES AFFECTING SENIORS

HAGERSTOWN, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) held a forum for residents of C. W. Brooks Senior Housing to talk about the budget problems facing our nation and their likely effect on issues of concern to seniors, particularly Medicare and Social Security. The C. W. Brooks facility is a new 60-unit, mid-rise affordable housing development for seniors, which was constructed in part with $10 million in federal stimulus funding. Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Finance and Budget commi… Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

CARDIN VISITS CUMBERLAND’S HISTORIC SYNAGOGUE FOR TOUR OF RESTORATION

CUMBERLAND, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today visited B'er Chayim Temple, Maryland's oldest continuously operating Temple building in Maryland. B'er Chayim,which has undergone significant restoration to its 150-year-old building, is a congregation of 65 families. "B'er Chayim Temple is an important part of Western Maryland's Jewish heritage and provides a strong religious and cultural anchor for the region's Jewish community," said Senator Cardin. "I am touched by the commitment of… Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

CARDIN LAUDS USDA FUNDING FOR CHESAPEAKE CLEAN-UP

Washington, DC - 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, praised the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its announcement of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for water quality market projects. Proposals for projects are due March 2, 2012. "Today's announcement by USDA of $10 million in national funding for water quality market programs, including $5 million for the Chesapeake B… Continue Reading


January 13, 2012

CARDIN HOLDS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT JOBS AT FREDERICK WORKFORCE CENTER

FREDERICK, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a roundtable discussion with job seekers and employers at the Frederick Workforce Services Center (FCWS). The Frederick Workforce Services Center is a one-stop career center that links businesses looking for employees with residents seeking employment or career opportunities. The FCWS also utilizes grant funding to provide occupational training in high-demand industries to help alleviate critical skills shortages in the current and futu… Continue Reading


January 12, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE BALTIMORE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT AWARDED NEARLY $1.4 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore City Fire Department won $1,393,432 million in competitive federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase firefighting equipment. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of … Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE RESCUE EQUIPMENT FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY FIRST RESPONDERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department won $107,840 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase lifesaving rescue equipment to help victims of motor vehicle accidents. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Sen… Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN HONORING THE LIFE OF THE REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement honoring the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which will be celebrated as a national holiday on Monday, January 16. More than 25 years ago, the birthday of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became a national holiday so that our nation -- and future generations -- would understand and appreciate Dr. King's fight for the equality of all Americans. As a minister and as an activist, Dr. Kin… Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS DAY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) released the following in statement to commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day: "Human trafficking is a borderless crime that knows no race, color or religion. Today we mark a day of remembrance for the millions of men, women and children around the world held against their will a… Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

CARDIN ATTENDS RIBBON-CUTTING AT MARLIN STEEL

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended the official launch of Baltimore-based Marlin Steel's new, top-of-the-line laser for making sheet metal fabrication. The innovative new technology will enable Marlin to continue supplying clients like Boeing and Zimmer Holdings, and strengthen manufacturing in Maryland. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was also the ribbon-cutting celebration. "America's economy depends on the success of small businesses like Marlin Steel Wire Product… Continue Reading


January 10, 2012

TEAM MARYLAND DELEGATION ANNOUNCES $7.6 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HIGHWAY REPAIR FOLLOWING TROPICAL STORM LEE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) along with members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $7.6 million in federal emergency relief to repair roads and highways across Maryland following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Lee last September. Senators Mikulski and Cardin were joined by U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer, Roscoe E. Bartlett, Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen… Continue Reading


January 10, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE TECHNOLOGY FUNDING FOR ALLEGANY COLLEGE OF MD

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Allegany College of Maryland has received a $54,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase computers and printers for its Workforce Training Lab Equipment Update. "In Maryland's innovation economy, technology plays an indispensable role in job-training and education," said Senator Cardin. "Thanks to this ARC funding, students at Allegany College will have the tools they need t… Continue Reading


January 09, 2012

CARDIN, VAN HOLLEN PRESENT MONTGOMERY CO. POLICE OFFICER WITH CONGRESSIONAL BADGE OF BRAVERY AWARD

Congressional Badge of Bravery Award ROCKVILLE, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (both D-MD) today were joined by Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in presenting Montgomery County Police Officer Edward E. Paden Jr., with the Congressional Badge of Bravery Award. The award was created by Congress in 2008 to honor local, state and federal law enforcement officers who have distinguished themselves for exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty. T… Continue Reading


January 06, 2012

CARDIN STATEMENT ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROPOSAL ON FEDERAL CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE PAY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget and Senate Finance committees, released the following in response to news that the Obama Administration will recommend a 0.5% pay raise in Fiscal Year 2013 for federal civilian employees: "Hard-working federal employees already have made a $60 billion contribution to deficit reduction through the two-year pay freeze. They continue to be asked to do more for the American people with fewer resources. News that the Ob… Continue Reading


January 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, VAN HOLLEN ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-MD) today announced the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $128,200 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase new firefighting equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants progr… Continue Reading


January 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE WATER RESCUE, FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN CARROLL COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Sykesville Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department won $47,610 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase vital water rescue equipment and other firefighting equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants… Continue Reading


January 03, 2012

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN BALTIMORE COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD.) today announced Baltimore County fire departments have been awarded $1,840,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase new effective and efficient firefighting equipment. The grants include $1,750,000 for the Baltimore County Fire Department as well as $90,000 for the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. As a member of the Homeland Sec… Continue Reading


December 30, 2011

CARDIN AND MIKULSKI CONGRATULATE MARYLAND FOR WINNING A FEDERAL PERFORMANCE BONUS TO HELP COVER COSTS OF PROVIDING MORE MARYLAND KIDS WITH HEALTH COVERAGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today praised Maryland's dedication and innovation in improving access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that led to winning a $23.8 million "performance bonus" from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to cover the costs of providing more Maryland kids with health coverage. This is the second year in a row Maryland has received the bonus funding. "The CHIP program makes it possi… Continue Reading

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