Press Releases & Statements

May 09, 2011

CARDIN COMMEMORATES BICENTENNIAL OF NATIONAL ROAD IN CUMBERLAND, MD

CUMBERLAND, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today celebrated the Bicentennial of the National Road, which was the nation's first federally financed infrastructure project, with construction beginning in Cumberland on May 8, 1811. Senator Cardin walked in Downtown Cumberland's National Road Bicentennial Parade, then toured the Allegany Museum's National Road Exhibit and presented a copy of his Congressional Record statement on National Road's bicentennial to be encased in the National Road B… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD $180,000 GRANT TO HELP ELIMINATE HEALTH DISPARITIES IN WESTERN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $180,000 Rural Health Network Development grant to the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center on behalf of the Mountain Health Alliance (MHA). MHA will use the funding to expand access to and improve the quality and delivery of essential health care services in the Hancock regio… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO FUND GREATER NUTRIA ERADICATION EFFORT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has reintroduced bipartisan legislation to expand nutria eradication efforts in Maryland and Louisiana and to begin eradication programs in four additional coastal states. The nutria is a large, semi-aquatic rodent that has often been described as "an eating machine" and can eat up to 25 percent of its body weight in plants per day. The nutria is a high-reproductive species that has devastated wetlands in Maryland, Louisiana and other coastal states,… Continue Reading


May 06, 2011

CARDIN JOINS 49 SENATORS IN LETTER TO PRESIDENT IN OPPOSITION TO MEDICARE PRIVATIZATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Budget committees, has joined 49 Senators in a letter to President Obama expressing opposition to the plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would privatize the Medicare program. "The House Republican budget for Fiscal Year 2012 would end Medicare as we know it and throw seniors into the private market with no more than an insufficient voucher to offset the rising cost of private health insurance," th… Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

FLOOR STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN PROTECTING AMERICA’S WATERS

Protecting America's Waters Mr. President, this month, people all over the country will grab their tackle boxes and head off in pursuit of elusive trout in mountain streams. Mothers and fathers will turn on kitchen faucets and hand their children glasses of clean, pure drinking water. Farmers will irrigate their spring plantings of vegetables and grains with clear water from nearby streams. All over the United States, Americans will take advantage of the simple but priceless natural r… Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

CARDIN SAYS U.S. AID TO PAKISTAN MUST BE FOCUSED ON PARTNERSHIP WITH PAKISTANI PEOPLE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection, at a hearing on Pakistan today said that U.S. aid to Pakistan must be tied to Pakistan meeting certain conditions and focused on partnering with the people of Pakistan. "In Pakistan, we have an obligation and responsibility to American taxpayers to make … Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO REDUCE POLLUTED STORMWATER RUNOFF FROM HIGHWAYS

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced legislation aimed at treating and containing highway stormwater runoff at or near highways to prevent polluted stormwater from reaching nearby rivers, streams or other waters. The Safe Treatment of Polluted Stormwater Runoff (STOPS Runoff) Act will require the U.S. Department of Transportation to develop performance-based standard… Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

CARDIN SALUTES SACRIFICE OF MARYLAND SOLDIER RETURNED HOME FROM WWII AFTER 66 YEARS MISSING IN ACTION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today paid special tribute to Marylander Private First Class (Pfc) Robert B. Bayne of Dundalk as he was finally returned to his family after nearly seven decades of being interred in an "unknown" grave in France. Pfc Bayne was one of three servicemen missing in action while patrolling the Rhine River in March 1945. Pfc Bayne will be buried in Dundalk on Saturday, May 7. "I join all Marylanders in honoring Private First Class Bayne of Dundalk… Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $50,000 TO EXPAND BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS IN GARRETT COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Garrett County Board of Commissioners' broadband feasibility study. Currently, only 65 percent of households in the county have access to broadband Internet. The lack of broadband Internet access in Garrett County impacts the community in education, economic development, and community support services like public safety and … Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO ELIMINATE ETHANOL SUBSIDY, TARIFF

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has joined U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) in introducing the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, S. 871, which will fully eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and fully repeal the tariff on imported ethanol. "The ethanol industry does not need nor does it deserve subsidies and tariffs that are costly to American taxpayers, harm our environment and increasing the cost of gas," said Se… Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO RECRUIT VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS IN FREDERICK COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services was awarded $548,120 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to recruit volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase… Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON THE NEED TO PROTECT MEDICAID

I stand with the National Association of Counties and many other groups across America in denouncing the House Republicans' plan to block grant and reduce funding for the Medicaid program. As the leaders of jurisdictions across Maryland know, stable and adequate Medicaid funding from the federal government is necessary to help our state provide health services to Marylanders who are most in need. Medicaid is a federal-state partnership, with the federal government paying 50 percent of the cost… Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON NAS REPORT ON NUTRIENTS & SEDIMENT REDUCTION IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), chair of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today released the following statement regarding the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science's report on "Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay: An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation." The 183-page report contains an evaluation of the Bay Program's Tracking and Accountability as well as the… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

FLOOR STATEMENT ON DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

Cardin on Osama Bin Laden's Death MR. PRESIDENT, LATE ON SUNDAY EVENING, THE WORLD WAS TOLD OF NEWS WE HAD BEEN WAITING FOR FOR ALMOST TEN YEARS. OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS A MURDERER WHO DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO THE DESTRUCTION OF FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. HIS DEATH IS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST EXTREMIST VIOLENCE AND A RELIEF TO THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE FELT HIS MURDEROUS DESTRUCTION. I FIRST AND FOREMOST WANT TO THANK THE MILITARY… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING MILITARY, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES ON MISSION THAT KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN

Cardin on Osama Bin Laden's Death WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined his Senate colleagues today in unanimously supporting a Senate resolution to honor the military and intelligence communities for, as the Senator said on the Senate floor, "ridding the world of an evil man - Osama bin Laden - and helping to heal the wounds our nation sustained on 9/11." The resolution "commends the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and the U.S. intelligence community for committing the… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI & TEAM MARYLAND MEMBERS URGE GSA TO SUPPORT FDA WHITE OAK CONSOLIDATION TO ENSURE U.S. EFFORTS AGAINST BIOTERRORISM

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), in urging the General Services Administration (GSA) to use as much of its $82 million construction budget to continue with the consolidation of the Food and Drug Administration at White Oak in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Maryland. The Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Yea… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF MAX VAN DER STOEL

Mr. Cardin: Mr. President, as the Senate Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, I rise today to pay tribute to Max van der Stoel, the first High Commissioner on National Minorities at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who died last week at his home in The Hague at the age of 86. Van der Stoel, a two-time Dutch foreign minister, worked tirelessly throughout the OSCE region as High Commissioner from 1992 to 2001 to prevent crises involving minority issues. Max va… Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

CARDIN TO ATTEND WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY HONORING 2011 NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND MARYLANDER MICHELLE SHEARER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will attend a special White House ceremony tomorrow morning to honor Marylander and 2011 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer. Ms. Shearer has taught for 14 years in the Maryland public school system. She currently teaches AP Chemistry at Urbana High School in Frederick County, and previously taught at the Maryland School for the Deaf. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University and her M.S. in Deaf Education from McDaniel Co… Continue Reading


May 01, 2011

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, issued the following statement on the death of Osama bin Laden: "The death of Osama bin Laden is an important milestone in the fight against terrorism and a relief to millions of Americans and others around the world who have felt his murderous destruction. Osama bin Laden was a murderer who devoted his life to the destruction of freedom, democracy and… Continue Reading


April 29, 2011

CARDIN LAUDS GREEN STREETS-GREEN JOBS GRANTS TO EXPAND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND BOOST LOCAL ECONOMIES FOR 10 MD TOWNS

SILVER SPRING, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of the Environment to announce the first grant recipients of the collaborative Green Streets-Green Jobs Initiative, a program designed to promote green streets, urban green infrastructure, and green jobs as part of an overall community or watershed plan. Ten Maryland cities and towns were awarded $25,… Continue Reading

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