Press Releases & Statements

April 28, 2011

CARDIN HOLDS SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING IN BALTIMORE ON SAFETY, SECURITY OF U.S. FEDERAL COURTHOUSES

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today chaired a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing at the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Building and United States Courthouse to highlight the need to improve safety and security at all federal courthouses. Baltimore's Federal Courthouse opened in 1976 and has been cited in numerous reports for its many deficiencies. "The Garmatz Federal Building and Courthouse is the least expensive courthouse ever built in the United States in terms … Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

CARDIN ATTENDS RIBBON-CUTTING OF “MAKEOVER” RENOVATED HOME FOR DISABLED MARYLAND VET AND HIS FAMILY

BEL AIR, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), an advocate for housing rehabilitation, today attended the Partnership for Housing Foundation's Maryland Home Makeover ™ for the Sclafani family of Bel Air. The Sclafani home has undergone extensive renovations to meet the needs of Joe Sclafani, a quadriplegic Marine Reserve veteran, husband and father of two daughters. "We owe everything to our veterans like Joe Sclafani, and to their families who love and support them," said Senator Cardi… Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN TO BE HONORED WITH AWARD FROM GREATER BALTIMORE URBAN LEAGUE

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will receive the Whitney Young Award from the Greater Baltimore Urban League at their annual Whitney M. Young Gala on Friday, April 29. The award honors Senator Cardin's record of accomplishment advocating for civil rights and his work advancing the Urban League's mission of equal opportunity. "Whitney Young was a forceful and dynamic civil rights leader who dedicated his life to championing equality, and I'm honored to receive this award named in hi… Continue Reading


April 27, 2011

STATEMENT FROM U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON THE RELEASE OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S GUIDANCE ON JURISDICTIONAL WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee, in March joined 13 other senators in writing the President to urge the Administration to issue guidance that will "provide strong protection for our nation's waters and restore the ability of federal agencies to enforce the Clean Water Act." Today, the Obama Administration has released of Guidance on Jurisdictional Waters of the United States. Senator Card… Continue Reading


April 27, 2011

CARDIN TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM MARYLAND DISABILITY LAW CENTER

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will receive the Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) at their 2nd annual Breaking Barriers Awards Gala on Thursday, April 28. The award honors Senator Cardin's long-standing advocacy for the service and civil rights of people with disabilities. "Americans with disabilities are like you and me: they are Americans," said Senator Cardin. "And as Americans, they deserve equal access and opportunity … Continue Reading


April 25, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE THE NAVY WILL NOT LEAVE STEPHEN DECATUR H.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Navy will establish a Navy National Defense Cadet Corp (NNDCC) program. This program would allow schools that have low enrollment number to continue to have a Navy Cadet Corp presence. This is in response to a letter written to the Secretary of Navy by the Senators and Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) urging him to reconsider dismantling the Naval Junior Officer Reserve Training Corps (NJROTC) prog… Continue Reading


April 20, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LAUD FUNDING TO PROTECT HUDSON BRANCH, ACCOMMODATE GROWTH IN BERLIN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced a $2,462,000 loan and $1,037,350 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program that will help the Town of Berlin, MD upgrade its wastewater treatment plant so that it no longer discharges wastewater into surrounding streams. The funding is one of 53 projects across the nation designed to improve water and wastewater service and benefit the environment that the USDA is supporting as p… Continue Reading


April 19, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI URGE SECRETARY CHU TO CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMS THAT PROMOTE EFFICIENT, RENEWABLE ENERGY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski ( both D-MD), along with a bipartisan group of 23 senators have called on Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to avoid making disproportionate cuts to the Department's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and State Energy Program (SEP). The Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2011, which Congress passed last week, cuts funding for the Department of Energy by 20 percent. In the letter to Secretary Chu, the Senators urged… Continue Reading


April 18, 2011

CARDIN HOLDS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO STIMULATE JOB GROWTH

ROCKVILLE, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today sponsored a Legislative Update for Montgomery County small business owners to discuss legislation that will help them create jobs. Congress enacted the Small Business Jobs Act into law September 2010 and it provides $12 billion in tax cuts, increases small business lending and provides access to private capital. The small business jobs bill includes several provisions co-… Continue Reading


April 18, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI JOIN LOCAL OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE $300 MILLION FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO BRAC-RELATED TRAFFIC HOT SPOTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today gathered at the edge of MD-355 and steps away from the Medical Center Metro Station with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Patrick O'Neil, Chairman of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, to announce $300 million in funding for BRAC-related transportation projects. This unprecedented federal investment will provide for improvements to the surrounding roads, including MD-355, and upgrades t… Continue Reading


April 18, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER

"This is a sad day for all of us. Don Schaefer was an indomitable force who dedicated his life to the people of Maryland. His vision paved the way for Baltimore City's renaissance and helped ensure Maryland's preeminence as an innovative, progressive state that is able to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. There was no problem that was too small for his attention and his forceful 'do-it-now-style' focused attention on finding solutions and getting results. Personally, it was a privileg… Continue Reading


April 16, 2011

CARDIN JOINS NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION IN CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF CONSERVATION WITH “DING” DARLING TRAIL DEDICATION


April 16, 2011

SEN. CARDIN HOLDS HEALTH CARE CAREER EXPO

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today sponsored a Health Care Career Expo at Towson University to connect Marylanders with jobs in the health care field. Maryland is one of the nation's leaders in health care, currently employing more than 290,000 Marylanders in the health care industry. The Affordable Care Act will bring approximately 30 million Americans - who currently have no health coverage -- into our health care system by 2014. The Governor's Workforce Investment Board est… Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

CARDIN ATTENDS RIBBON-CUTTING FOR NEW DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY FACILITY

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined officials from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the Maryland congressional delegation at the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new, state-of-the-art facility. DISA is a Department of Defense combat support agency that provides information technology and communications support to the President, Vice President, Secretary of Defense, the military Services, and the Combatant Command. "Maryland has received interna… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO UPGRADE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced Prince George's County Fire/EMS was awarded $1,267,200 in federal grant funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to upgrade its fleet with state-of-the-art communications equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program.… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO ENSURE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES RECEIVE NEEDED OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION SERVICES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to introduce legislation to ensure appropriate access to outpatient rehabilitation services under the Medicare program. The bill would repeal the existing annual caps on physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services. "Arbitrary caps on vital Medicare services outpatient therapy have no place in medicine," said Senator Cardin. "These caps fail to take into account patient… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL CREATING FEDERAL PROTECTIONS AGAINST ALL FORMS OF WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), today announced that he is a co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would extend workplace protections against discrimination to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered employees in the United States. "Our nation's promise of equal protection under the law should be fulfilled for all Americans at the workplace, r… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES MEASURE TO PROTECT MILITARY FUNERALS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has joined with U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in introducing a bipartisan bill to amend existing federal funeral protest laws to help prevent disruptions at military funerals. The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans, or "SERVE" Act, S. 815, would strictly define the time and place for protests at funerals, providing greater protection for military families. The bill is in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision involving the family of … Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

CARDIN BILL TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL PAPERWORK BURDEN PASSES COMMITTEE, MOVES TO SENATE FLOOR

WASHINGTON - The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) today passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) to modernize the way the federal government and states track the shipment of hazardous waste. The Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Establishment Act (S.710) would create an electronic manifest or "e-manifest" to track hazardous material shipments. EPA currently requires carbon copy manifests to accompany such material … Continue Reading


April 13, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR STRONG COMMITMENT TO INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AT SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee, today held a full Committee hearing on the policy priorities in the international development Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 budget. At the Foreign Relations hearing, Administrator Rajiv Shah of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Yohannes of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) testified on the critical international … Continue Reading

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