Press Releases & Statements

April 12, 2011

CARDIN, MD, VA SENATORS ANNOUNCE $150 MILLION IN METRO SAFETY FUNDS INCLUDED CONTINUING RESOLUTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Jim Webb (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today announced the Continuing Resolution (CR) negotiated with the House of Representatives to fund the federal government through September 20, 2011 includes $150 million for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The legislation requires that the highest priority be given to capital projects that will improve safety at WMATA. The District of Columbia, Marylan… Continue Reading


April 12, 2011

CARDIN HOLDS FIRST SENATE HEARING ON ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF “FRACKING”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today joined U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, to hold the first Senate hearing on natural gas drilling and its impact on public health and the environment. At the EPW hearing, experts testified on the potential damages that hydraulic fracturing can have on human health and the environment and examined what additional steps should be taken… Continue Reading


April 12, 2011

NATURAL GAS DRILLING: PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

The United States has as much natural gas as Saudi Arabia has oil. According to Penn State, the Marcellus Shale, which runs from central New York State to West Virginia, may be the second largest natural gas field in the world. We have enormous reserves that can help America meet its energy needs and do so in a way that produces far less pollution than coal, helps the United States on its path to energy independence, and improves national security. High volume, horizontal hydrauli… Continue Reading


April 11, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO CREATE JOBS, PROMOTE INVESTMENT IN DORCHESTER COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today announced the County Council of Dorchester County won a $607,750 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to create and retain jobs and spur private investment on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Dorchester County will use the funds to renovate and repair an existing, county-owned industrial building for expanded use by a local packaging manufacturer, retaining 102 jobs and creating another 20 new jobs. "Thi… Continue Reading


April 09, 2011

CARDIN SAYS AMERICA IS WINNER IN VOTE TO AVOID SHUTDOWN OF GOVERNMENT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement after Congress voted late Friday night to avoid a shutdown of the federal government. A shutdown of the federal government would have furloughed approximately 800,000 federal employees. "The American people won when Congress voted to avoid a shutdown of the federal government. Now it's time to turn our attention to meeting the important challenges that face our nation. Those include reducing our deficit in a way… Continue Reading


April 08, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CO-SPONSOR BILL TO COMPENSATE FURLOUGHED FEDERAL WORKERS AFFECTED BY THE SHUTDOWN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) and U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) today co-sponsored legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-MD) that would compensate furloughed federal workers who are affected by a government shutdown. Federal workers who are involuntarily furloughed would receive retroactive pay for the duration of a shutdown once it is over. As it currently stands, members of the military will not be paid during a shutdown, but will re… Continue Reading


April 08, 2011

CARDIN JOINS HHS OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO REDUCE HEALTH DISPARITIES

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin and officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the National Press Club to unveil the department's road map for eliminating health care disparities in our nation, the most comprehensive federal effort to date to address gaps in health and health care affecting America's racial and ethnic minorities. The Senator addressed the crowd at this morning's event, which was headlin… Continue Reading


April 07, 2011

CARDIN REINTRODUCES KEY LEGISLATION TO STOP RECURRING PASSPORT FRAUD

Washington - In advance of Passport Day on April 9, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, along with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today reintroduced legislation to end vulnerabilities in the State Departm… Continue Reading


April 07, 2011

CARDIN AND EPW COLLEAGUES APPLAUD SENATE’S VOTE TO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND JOB CREATION UNDER CLEAN AIR ACT

Washington, DC - Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, and EPW Committee Members released the following statement in response to the Senate's rejection of four proposals that would interfere with the implementation of the Clean Air Act and block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from doing its job of curbing carbon pollution from the nation's largest polluters. The Senate's action to vote down the measu… Continue Reading


April 06, 2011

INTRODUCTION OF THE PASSPORT IDENTITY VERIFICATION ACT

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, this weekend I know that Marylanders will be taking advantage of Passport Day this Saturday, April 9. During these weekend hours at our passport acceptance facilities in Maryland, my constituents will have the ability to renew their passports or apply for a new passport, as we get ready for the summer travel season. When Marylanders apply for and ultimately receive their passports, I want them to continue to have confidence that the U.S. passport is the gold… Continue Reading


April 05, 2011

CARDIN CALLS RYAN PROPOSAL TO PRIVATIZE MEDICARE A NONSTARTER

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, today condemned Republican efforts to jeopardize Medicare, putting our seniors' health and financial security at risk. "The so-called budget plan coming from House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan is designed to take money and benefits from our seniors to put more dollars directly into the pockets of private insurance companies. This is dangerously irresponsible and costly for seniors who already are… Continue Reading


April 05, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN SIGNS ON TO LETTER TO ITC ON EFFECT OF IMPORTS ON U.S. STEEL INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has signed on to a bipartisan letter with 18 other Senators to the Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in advance of an April 6 hearing to determine whether hot-rolled steel imports from Brazil, Japan, and Russia are having a negative impact on the domestic hot rolled steel industry. "The steel industry has been hard hit in the past by unfair trading practices, resulting in the loss of thousands of good-paying, middle-class job… Continue Reading


April 05, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD FUNDING TO UPGRADE MYSTIC HARBOUR WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced a $2,822,000 loan and $963,000 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program to upgrade and expand the Mystic Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant in Worcester County. The Rural Development funding will be used to make crucial physical and technological upgrades to the Mystic Harbour Wastewater Treatment Plant, which was built in 1975 and fully acquired by Worcester County in 2004. A… Continue Reading


April 04, 2011

CARDIN APPLAUDS CONFIRMATION OF MARYLANDER JIMMIE REYNA TO FEDERAL CIRCUIT BENCH

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised the Senate confirmation of Marylander Jimmie V. Reyna as the next U.S. Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Reyna will be the first Latino to serve on the Federal Circuit in its history. Senator Cardin had recommended Reyna, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, to President Obama for this court vacancy. "As the first Latino Federal Circuit judge in our nation's history, Mr. Reyna's confirmation move… Continue Reading


April 04, 2011

CARDIN, 40 SENATORS SIGN LETTER OPPOSING ‘EXTREME’ GOP PLAN TO END SUPPORT FOR WOMEN’S HEALTH AND FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and 39 other senators, sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) urging them to oppose extreme proposals by House Republicans to eliminate support for women's health and family planning programs and providers. In the letter, the Senators point out that the Title X family planning program serves about five million low-income women and men a… Continue Reading


April 01, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN HOLDS FAITH-BASED SUMMIT FOR PRINCE GEORGE’S CO. RELIGIOUS LEADERS

LANDOVER, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today sponsored a Faith-based Summit for approximately 100 Prince George's County religious leaders to discuss job opportunities and economic empowerment. Participants in the Summit included Alexia Kelly, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership and members of the Collective Empowerment Group, a group of Prince George's County African-American religious leaders who advocate for ways to increase eco… Continue Reading


March 31, 2011

INTRODUCTION OF S. 657, NATIONAL BLUE ALERT ACT

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I take this time to inform my colleagues of legislation I have introduced today to establish a national Blue Alert Act. This would establish a nationwide program for blue alert. It would be similar to what we do for AMBER alert today. With AMBER alert, when children are abducted, we use that communication system nationwide to get information out about the abductor so we can get the public assisting law enforcement in apprehending the individuals responsible for … Continue Reading


March 31, 2011

IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH, CARDIN SAYS DRILLING FOR OIL AND GAS OFF THE MID-ATLANTIC WILL NOT HELP AMERICA’S ENERGY SECURITY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to President Obama's speech today at Georgetown University on America's energy security. "Our nation desperately needs a comprehensive energy policy that will lessen our dependence on foreign oil. As the President said today, there are no 'quick fixes' to this problem. I appla… Continue Reading


March 30, 2011

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON THE RESIGNATION OF NANCY S. GRASMICK

"Nancy Grasmick has been the heart and soul of Maryland's public school system for 20 years. As Maryland Superintendent of Schools, it was her vision and determination that transformed our state's public schools into the first in the nation. On a personal note, I have always valued Nancy's judgment and advice and appreciated her dedication and commitment to the children of Maryland. She has always wanted what all parents want for their children: a quality education that will ensure future… Continue Reading


March 30, 2011

PROTECTING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS

Chairman Durbin and Ranking Member Graham, first let me thank you for allowing me to testify today. I want to commend you for holding this important hearing on protecting the civil rights of American Muslims. The right to freely profess and practice a faith - or not practice a faith -- is a fundamental right in our country. After more than 200 years, our First Amendment, which states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free… Continue Reading

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