Press Releases & Statements

May 23, 2013

Floor Statement On Bill Introduction Of End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) Of 2013

Mr. President, today I rise to introduce legislation in the Senate that would prohibit the use of racial profiling by Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies. This legislation is entitled the End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) of 2013. I thank my colleagues who have joined me as original co-sponsors of this legislation, including Senators Durbin, Blumenthal, Coons, Harkin, Menendez, Stabenow, Levin, Mikulski, Warren, Boxer, Gillibrand, Lautenberg, and Hirono. Last year, the n… Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Cardin Bill Would Renew Chesapeake Gateway Grant Program That Helps Boosts Tourism Economy

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced legislation to reauthorize the Chesapeake Gateways and Watertrails program run by the National Park Service. Senator Cardin's bill continues a successful program that helps visitors appreciate the far-reaching role the Chesapeake Bay has had in our region's culture and history while boosting our tourism economy. "The Chesapeake Bay is the economic, historical… Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Cardin Bill Would End The Use Of Racial Profiling By Law Enforcement

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced his bill to prohibit the use of racial profiling by law enforcement. Cosponsors of the End Racial Profiling Act, include Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Carl Levin (D-MI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). It also… Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

Cardin Says Effective Regional Nutrient Trading Programs Are The Best Way To Address Regional Water Pollution Problems

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, chaired a hearing Wednesday that examined the effectiveness of ongoing nutrient trading programs and the requirements for building a potential federal or interstate nutrient trading framework. Nutrient pollution is devastating water bodies across the country - none more than the Chesapeake Bay - with harmful algal blooms, dead zones, and other impacts. Agriculture represents the largest single sour… Continue Reading

May 23, 2013

CBO Releases Important Carbon Tax Report

WASHINGTON, DC- Today the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an analysis of the policy implications of enactment of a carbon tax. The CBO report makes a compelling case for inclusion of a carbon tax in any legislation to reduce the deficit or reform the tax code. "Climate change is among the biggest threats facing the world today. As a global leader, the United States has a responsibility to reduce our carbon emissions. Finding an effective way to price carbon is necessary s… Continue Reading

May 22, 2013

Cardin Provisions Add Accountability And Human Rights Protections To Syrian Transition Support Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised the inclusion of key accountability and human rights safeguards in The Syria Transition Support Act, which was approved by the full committee Tuesday. The legislation expands humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people, and authorizes lethal and non-lethal assistance and training to Syrian moderate groups that are properly vetted through all relevant terrorist databases. The bil… Continue Reading

May 21, 2013

Cardin, Kirk, Mikulski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Help Holocaust Survivors Access Needed Social Services

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with cosponsors U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), today introduced legislation to help Holocaust survivors access needed services, such as health care and nutritional services, without having to live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. ''Responding to Urgent Needs of Survivors of the Holocaust Act'' or the ''RUSH Act'' would add Holocaust survivors to the list of groups receiving priority for social servi… Continue Reading

May 21, 2013

Cardin Leads Bipartisan Effort To Protect Life-Saving Treatments For End-Stage Renal Disease

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of senators, led by Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Michael Crapo (R-ID), are urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) not to endanger the lifesaving treatments of Americans undergoing treatment for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) by essentially gutting a crucial service for vulnerable beneficiaries. "These are real people living with a very difficult disease. We want patients to concentrate on their treatments and improving the quality of their … Continue Reading

May 20, 2013

Cardin Says Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform Is Possible

Hyattsville, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) met today with community leaders from across Prince George's and Montgomery counties in Maryland for a roundtable on immigration reform. Hosted by CASA de Maryland, the roundtable discussion provided an opportunity for Senator Cardin to hear from key stakeholders in the immigration debate and to share the latest proposals coming from Washington. The event follows the first week of deliberation by the Senate Judiciary Committee of comprehensive imm… Continue Reading

May 20, 2013

Cardin, Boozman Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Promote Water Research And Train Scientists

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and John Boozman (R-AR), Chairman and Ranking Member, respectively, of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, have introduced a bill to reauthorize federal grant funding for water resources research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) will provide continued support for important research on state and regi… Continue Reading

May 17, 2013

Cardin, Enzi Introduce A Bill To End Use-It-Or-Lose-It For Medical Savings Accounts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Mike Enzi (R-WY), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced legislation that keeps a worker's unspent funds from a flexible spending account in their own pocket. The Medical FSA Improvement Act of 2013 (S. 966) would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow employees who use health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) to cash out any remaining balance in their account at the end of a plan year. This provision replaces cur… Continue Reading

May 17, 2013

Cardin Holds Faith-Based Summit For Baltimore-Area Religious Leaders

BALTIMORE-- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today sponsored a Faith-based Summit for more than 100 Baltimore area faith-based religious leaders at Morgan State University to discuss job opportunities and economic empowerment. Participants in the Summit included representatives from the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership and faith-based liaisons from federal agencies. "I have organized today's Roundtable discussion because the leaders of the Baltimore religious commun… Continue Reading

May 16, 2013

Cardin Introduces Bill To Protect The Baltimore Oriole And Other Migratory Birds

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, has introduced a bill to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. More than half of the bird species found in the U.S. migrate across our borders and many of these spend our winter in Central and South America. This bill promotes international cooperation for long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for m… Continue Reading

May 15, 2013

Cardin, Portman Team Up To Clarify Pension Rules For Clergy And Other Workers At Religious Institutions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH), members of the Senate Finance Committee, have introduced the Church Plan Clarification Act of 2013 (S. 952) to help ensure the retirement security of our nation's clergy, church lay workers, and their families by resolving an unfortunate application of our current pension rules on church pension beneficiaries. "Dedicating your life to serving a church, synagogue or other religious entity should not be an impediment to r… Continue Reading

May 15, 2013

Cardin Says Water Resources Bill Invests In Maryland Infrastructure And Environment-Dependent Jobs

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, called Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA/S. 601) a crucial investment in Maryland's economy, the newly expanded Port of Baltimore and the National Treasure that is the Chesapeake Bay. "Clean water means good jobs for Marylanders. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) invests in the health of t… Continue Reading

May 13, 2013

Cardin Says Ensuring Compliance with the Law should not be Politicized

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, in response to allegations that some staff at the Internal Revenue Service inappropriately targeted certain organizations for extra scrutiny based on their political leanings, made the following remarks: "The Internal Revenue Service has a responsibility to ensure that organizations that receive tax-exempt status are complying with the law and not performing impermissible activities. However, under no circumstances should we tolerate targeting organiza… Continue Reading

May 13, 2013

Cardin And Law Enforcement Officials Call For Passage Of A National Blue Alert System Based On Maryland’s Public Safety Law

Rockville, MD - In honor of National Police Week, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) toured the new Rockville City Police Station today and urged the passage of a national Blue Alert System. Senator Cardin was joined in Rockville by Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, Rockville Police Chief Terry Treschuk, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, and Captain James DeWees, who is the Washington-Metro Troop Commander for the Maryland State Police. Based on the success of the Amber Alerts for missing childr… Continue Reading

May 10, 2013

Cardin, Mikulski Praise Obama Administration For Ending Air Traffic Controller Furloughs And Keeping 149 Federal Air Traffic Control Contract Towers Open

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) today praised the Obama Administration for keeping all of the 149 federal air traffic control contract towers (ATC) in the country open. This includes the five federal ATC contract towers in Maryland located in Easton, Frederick, Hagerstown, Martin and Salisbury-Ocean City. The announcement by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) comes after passage of legislation by Congress giving the U.S. Department of Trans… Continue Reading

May 10, 2013

Cardin Holds Roundtable Discussion On Immigration Reform

BALTIMORE, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a roundtable discussion on immigration reform with stakeholders of comprehensive immigration reform. On April 17, the Border Security Economic Opportunity and Immigration Act, S. 744, was introduced in the U.S. Senate. This measure, which has bipartisan support, would strengthen border security, create a fair legalization program, and create a workable system to ensure that employers only hire legal workers in the future. Maryla… Continue Reading

May 10, 2013

Cardin, Collins Lead Senate In Brewing Up Jobs By Stimulating The American Craft Beer Industry

Washington, DC - Just days before the start of American Craft Beers Week, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), have introduced a bill to stimulate regional economies nationwide with a reduction in the excise tax on each barrel of beer (one barrel is 31 gallons) brewed by small brewers. Joining as original cosponsors of the "Small BREW Act" (S. 917, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act) are Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Mark Begich (D-AK), Tom Carper (D-… Continue Reading

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