Press Releases & Statements

August 04, 2011

SENATORS CALL ON SPEAKER BOEHNER TO USE PRO FORMA SESSIONS TO EXTEND FAA FUNDING, GET WORKERS BACK ON THE JOB

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), with Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (Both D-NJ), and Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb (Both D-VA) have written Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urging the use the pro forma sessions of Congress to extend the current FAA authorization, immediately putting tens of thousands … Continue Reading


August 04, 2011

CARDIN REASSURES SENIORS THAT BUDGET DEAL HAS PROTECTIONS FOR SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE & MEDICAID AND FEDERAL RETIREES

SUITLAND, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today addressed the Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans about the recently enacted budget compromise that raised the debt ceiling and saved the nation from default. The Senator assured the group that the budget agreement has protections for Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid and federal retiree benefits. "The budget provides for nearly $1 trillion in deficit reduction during the next 10 years. But importantly, it protects domestic p… Continue Reading


August 04, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD FUNDING FOR ECONOMIC & TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN CUMBERLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Cumberland, MD has received a $40,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant for the Canal Place Heritage Area Plan Update project. The goal is to improve the economic climate within the heritage area of Allegany County. "The C&O Canal is a historic and economic treasure, drawing millions of visitors to Maryland each year," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public W… Continue Reading


August 03, 2011

CARDIN CALLS ON HOUSE TO RETURN TO END FAA SHUTDOWN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben L. Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement regarding the shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). "Today, 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration employees and approximately 75,000 construction workers remain hostage to the anti-union agenda of House Republicans who refused to pass a simple extension of the FAA reauthorization before they left on vacation. This is yet another attack on public-sector workers and the continuation of this sh… Continue Reading


August 02, 2011

CARDIN SAYS VOTE TO RAISE THE DEBT CEILING WAS A VOTE TO AVOID UNPRECEDENTED DEFAULT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Budget and Finance Committees, today voted to keep the United States of America from defaulting on its debts for the first time in our nation's history. He made the following remarks after the Senate passed a bipartisan measure 74-26. "This budget crisis has already harmed our nation and could have been avoided. Unfortunately, a few Republican lawmakers have held our economy hostage, playing a dangerous game with the full faith a… Continue Reading


July 30, 2011

CARDIN SAYS REPUBLICAN HOUSE BILL DEFEATED BY THE SENATE WOULD HAVE CONTINUED FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTY

Washington, DC - As the deadline approaches for a default on our nation's debt, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Budget and Finance Committees, called on Republicans and Democrats to work together to develop an immediate compromise that will increase the debt ceiling to pay for our nation's current bills and develop a balanced, comprehensive plan to bring our deficits under control. Senator Cardin made the following remarks after the Senate defeated a temporary measure that would … Continue Reading


July 29, 2011

CARDIN CALLS ON AIRLINES TO DROP TICKET PRICES, REFUND PASSENGERS FOR EXPIRED AIRFARE TAXES WHILE FAA REMAINS SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today called on major U.S. airlines to reduce airfares and pass the cost savings from temporarily expired aviation taxes on to passengers during the shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Senator Cardin joined Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY), and Kent Conrad (D-ND) in a le… Continue Reading


July 29, 2011

CARDIN, WICKER RECOGNIZE THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate's adoption of S. Con. Res. 26, recognizing 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent: "This International Year should be an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our societies and a time to honor the vast contributions persons of African descent make every day to the economic, social and political fabric of our communities - be they in Africa… Continue Reading


July 28, 2011

CARDIN URGES SENATE COMMITTEE TO APPROVE CONTINUATION OF C&O CANAL ADVISORY COMMISSION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today urged the Subcommittee on National Parks of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to support his bill to ensure the continued involvement of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park Historical Park Advisory Commission in decisions that affect the Park. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is managed by the National Park Service (NPS), but the Advisory Commission was established 40 years ago to provide a vital link between the surrou… Continue Reading


July 28, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CO-SPONSOR BILL TO PAY 4,000 FURLOUGHED FAA WORKERS

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) have co-sponsored legislation to provide back pay for nearly 4,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) workers who have been furloughed and are not getting paid after the House refused to vote on a "clean" funding extension to keep the agency open. The bill would allow these employees to continue working with pay and benefits as Congress works to achieve a full FAA extension. The bill would authorize payment fo… Continue Reading


July 26, 2011

ON THE DEBT CEILING

We need a credible plan to deal with the deficit. It cannot be what the Republicans want, or what the Democrats want, but we all must work together. We are seven days away from the August 2 deadline. We have two goals. Goal number one is to raise the debt limit so we don't default on America's obligations. We've already incurred this debt. This is not about increasing America's spending. This is paying for spending that has already occurred. Now we have to pay our bills. The cost of def… Continue Reading


July 25, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI HIGHLIGHT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MD SMALL BUSINESSES IN GROWING CYBERSECURITY FIELD

Laurel, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today chaired a field hearing on the role of Maryland's small businesses in strengthening cybersecurity efforts in the United States. U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) also participated in the field hearing, which was held in close proximity to Fort Meade, the headquarters for both the National Security Agency and the new U.S. Cyber Command. The Committee heard testimony fro… Continue Reading


July 25, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, SARBANES BREAK GROUND FOR NEW ALLIED HEALTH CARE EDUCATION CENTER IN MT. AIRY

MT. AIRY, MD - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin, and U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), today broke ground on a new allied health care education center in Mount Airy. The new center, called the Mid-Maryland Community College Allied Healthcare Education Center, will cost a total of $5.5 million over five years and will train up to 500 students a year when at full capacity. In December 2009, Senators Cardin and Mikulski and Congressman Sarbanes awarded Howard Community Co… Continue Reading


July 22, 2011

CARDIN PRAISES THE END OF “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement upon notification that the President has certified that the requirements for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" have been met and that the policy will end on September 20, 2011. Senator Cardin was an original cosponsor of the legislation to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. Armed Forces. "In just 60 days, brave men and women who are gay or lesbian finally will be able to serve or continue to s… Continue Reading


July 22, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO END USE-IT-OR-LOSE IT POLICY FOR MEDICAL FLEXIBLE SPENDING ARRANGEMENTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced a bill to modernize and encourage participation in medical flexible spending arrangements (FSAs), which are helpful tools for health care consumers. S. 1404, the Medical FSA Improvement Act, cosponsored by Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY), would allow employees who have medical FSAs to cash out unused amounts, effectively repealing the current "use it or lose it" policy. Data provided by WageWorks shows that the average unused balance in… Continue Reading


July 22, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL FOR IMMEDIATE FAA EXTENSION TO AVOID MASSIVE FEDERAL WORKER FURLOUGHS RESULTING FROM THE SHUTDOWN OF FAA

WASHINGTON - As the nation faces an imminent shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency responsible for ensuring air traffic safety, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today called for an immediate agreement to extend current funding for existing FAA programs until there is a permanent reauthorization of the agency. Without an agreement to extend funding for the FAA, the agency will shutdown at midnight tonight, furloughing approximately 4,000 wor… Continue Reading


July 21, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR A BALANCED APPROACH TO SOLVING OUR BUDGET CRISIS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, today commended the "Gang of Six" for developing a bipartisan, comprehensive plan to deal with our budget deficit and debt. However, he believes that our primary attention at this time must be on raising our debt limit and developing a process that will lead to a credible plan to control our deficit. "We must focus right now on raising the debt ceiling to avoid default and a downgrade of our c… Continue Reading


July 21, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT FOR PARKS AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior will provide a $723,598 grant to Maryland for conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The grant is from the Department of Interior's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and will be used to establish and renovate parks and open spaces in the state. "Renovating and creating parks and open spaces has been one of my most satisfying achievements as a member o… Continue Reading


July 20, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE SMALL BUSINESS LENDING IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Bethesda, MD-based Eagle Bancorp has received $56.6 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury as part of the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF). The SBLF, which was established under the Small Business Jobs Act that Congress passed in 2010, encourages community banks to increase their lending to small businesses, helping those businesses expand their operations and create new jobs. "S… Continue Reading


July 20, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE REPEAL OF DOMA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement: "I commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding the first-ever Congressional hearing today on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a former member of the Committee and a long time supporter of equal rights, I am a proud co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 598) that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I believe that there is no place for discrimination in American socie… Continue Reading

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