Press Releases & Statements

March 29, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE PRESIDENT’S REMARKS REGARDING LIBYA

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of its International Development Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding the President's Libya update. "The President's remarks tonight were welcome news that the international effort in Libya is working. The President clarified the U.S. military mission is not about regime change but helping to save the lives of innocent civilians from the wrat… Continue Reading


March 28, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN JOINS MD ENVIRONMENT COMMUNITY TO CURB URBAN FERTILIZER POLLUTION IN BAY WATERSHED

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined Environment Maryland and other Maryland advocates and business representatives to call for action to reduce urban fertilizer pollution. Environment Maryland also released their new report on the topic, Urban Fertilizers & the Chesapeake Bay: An Opportunity for Major Pollution Reduction. "We all reap the rewards from the Bay's extraordinary economic and ecological benefits," said Senator Ben Cardin, chair of the Water and Wildlife S… Continue Reading


March 28, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN INTRODUCES “NATIONAL BLUE ALERT” BILL TO HELP APPREHEND CRIMINALS WHO INJURE OR KILL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS

UPPER MARLBORO, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today announced the introduction of the National Blue Alert Act to create a nationwide alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers. The nationwide alert system would be used to disseminate critical information about the suspect to law enforcement agencies, the public and the media. Senator Cardin traveled to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 in Prince George's County to join with National … Continue Reading


March 24, 2011

CARDIN CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HEALTH CARE REFORM

Washington, DC - Praising the benefits to Marylanders of health care reform, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement to mark the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act . "Just one year ago today, Congress enacted the Affordable Care Act , comprehensive legislation that will lead to coverage for 32 million more Americans, lower health care costs, strengthen Medicare, and reduce our deficit by more than $1 trillio… Continue Reading


March 23, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON JERUSALEM BOMBING

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the bombing at Jerusalem's main bus station: "I am deeply saddened and outraged by the terrorist bombing of a bus in Jerusalem, the first terrorist attack inside of Israel in four years.  The willful targeting of civilians and senseless loss of life is an affront to human decency and should not be tolerated by the international commun… Continue Reading


March 22, 2011

CARDIN PRAISES BENEFITS OF HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW ONE YEAR AFTER ENACTMENT

Washington, DC -  In celebration of the one year anniversary of  enactment of the Affordable Care Act,  U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, spoke on  the floor of the United States Senate tohighlight some of the benefits that have helped Marylanders and other Americans. Videos of Senator Cardin's remarks on health care reform are available here. "One year ago, a majority in Congress took the decisive step to guarantee affordable, quali… Continue Reading


March 18, 2011

CARDIN SPONSORS BILL TO PROVIDE CLEAN WATER TO 100 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a bipartisan group lead by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the Water for the World Act late yesterday, a bill that bill builds on the success of the Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act by placing clean water in the forefront of America's development priorities, seeking to reach 100 million people around the world with sustainable first time access to clea… Continue Reading


March 18, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN LIBYA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the International Development Subcommittee, released the following statement regarding current developments in Libya. "The United States already has made strong commitments across the Middle East, so now our allies and partners must step up to work with us to support the people of Libya, as they did with yesterday's 10-0 Security Council vote to authorize a no-fly zone a… Continue Reading


March 18, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN JOINS HUD OFFICIALS IN ANNOUNCING $213,000 GRANT TO TRANSFORM CENTRAL WEST BALTIMORE NEIGHBORHOOD

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Regional Administrator Jane C.W. Vincent, Assistant Secretary Sandra Henriquez and Deputy Assistant Secretary Carol Galante along with U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-7) to announce that Baltimore will receive a $213,000 Planning Grant from HUD to transform Pedestal Gardens into a new viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhood. "Jubilee Baltimore, Inc. and the Baltimore House Authority,… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO INSTALL SPRINKER SYSTEM IN FREDERICK COUNTY FIREHOUSE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the United Steam Fire Engine Company in Frederick County has been awarded $62,700 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to install a new sprinkler system. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senat… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

CARDIN SAYS U.S. SHOULD BE PREPARED TO CUT OFF AID TO NEW MIDDLE EAST GOVERNMENTS THAT DO NOT RESPECT INTERNATIONAL COMMITMENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, spoke today at an SFRC hearing entitled the "Popular Uprisings in the Middle East: The Implications for U.S. Policy." Ambassador Bill Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State, testified before the Committee. "As recent events in the Middle East demonstrate, the U.S. is of… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Department won $186,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to hire a full time recruiter to recruit & retain volunteer firefighters. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal … Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-Md.) today announced the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department won $14,000 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 federal fundin… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI URGE SECRETARY OF NAVY TO KEEP DECATUR H.S. NJROTC PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) have joined with Congressman Andy Harris (MD-1 st) in writing to the Secretary of Navy to urge him to reconsider dismantling the Naval Junior Officer Reserve Training Corps (NJROTC) program at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin.  The Naval Service Training Command has notified the Superintendent of the Worcester County Public Schools that Decatur High School's NJROTC would be disestablished effective June 30, 2011… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

CARDIN PRAISES USDOT DECISION MAKING NORTHEAST CORRIDOR ELIGIBLE FOR HIGH-SPEED RAIL FUNDS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement in response to the announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has designated the Northeast Corridor, from Washington, DC, to Boston, MA, as the eleventh and final High-Speed Rail Corridor in the United States. This designation would make Maryland and other states along the Northeast Corridor eligible for the reprogramming of $2.4 billion in federal funding that the state of Florida recently rejec… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

CARDIN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON RADICALIZATION OF AMERICAN MUSLIMS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Co-Chair of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, spoke from the floor of the Senate Tuesday to condemn hearings held late last week in the House of Representatives called the " The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." Excerpts of Senator Cardin's remarks are below. His full statement can be found at www.cardin.senate.govand video of his remarks … Continue Reading


March 15, 2011

PREVENTING TERRORISM AND PROTECTING CIVIL LIBERTIES

     MR. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise today to share my thoughts on the hearings held late last week in the House of Representatives called the "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." Congressional hearings are supposed to serve an important role of oversight, investigation or education, among other purposes, however, this particular hearing -- billed as the first of a series - served only to fan flames of fear and division.        My firs… Continue Reading


March 14, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE SENTENCING OF USAID CONTRACTOR ALAN GROSS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the sentencing of American Alan Gross to 15 years in Cuban prison. "While not surprising, the Cuban Government's sentencing of American Alan Gross is disappointing. After more than a year in detention, Mr. Gross should be immediately and unconditionally released so he can return home. The health and humanitarian needs of Mr. Gross and his family … Continue Reading


March 11, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CHARGE PROPOSED CUTS TO HEAD START PROGRAM WILL HURT MARYLAND CHILDREN, FAMILIES

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today visited St. Jerome's Head Start program in Baltimore City to highlight what significant cuts to funding for the Head Start program would mean to Maryland children and families. Republicans have called for cutting $1 billion from the Head Start program nationwide, which would reduce funding for Maryland's Head Start program by $12.2 million. Such a budget cut would kick more than 2,300 Maryland children out of t… Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

DEMOCRATS STAND WITH VETERANS ADVOCATES TO OPPOSE REPUBLICANS EXTREME PLAN THAT WOULD DENY HOUSING TO 10,000 HOMELESS VETERANS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD)and other Senators from across the country today stood with advocates for homeless veterans to oppose a provision in Republicans' reckless spending proposal that would cut 10,000 housing vouchers that would keep homeless veterans off the streets next year. The Republicans' proposed cut would eliminate funding for the successful HUD/VASH grant program that provides homeless veterans with a year-long rental voucher. These cuts would seriously threat… Continue Reading

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