Press Releases & Statements

September 24, 2012

Cardin Joins EPA Officials To Announce $700,000 Grant To The University Of MD To Reduce Stormwater Runoff, Pollution Flowing Into The Chesapeake Bay

BLADENSBURG, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, Maryland Department of Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers and Bladensburg Mayor Walter James to announce a grant for $691,674 to the University of Maryland. EPA's Sustainable Chesapeake Grant will allow the University to help two local communities improve how they manage stormwater runoff, the fastest growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay and its local rivers, including th… Continue Reading

September 21, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Almost $300,000 in Federal Funds to House of Ruth for Transitional Housing Assistance to Aid Victims of Domestic Violence, Abuse

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S Department of Justice (DoJ) has awarded the House of Ruth a $299,988 Transitional Housing Assistance Grant to provide assistance to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The House of Ruth will use the grant to provide domestic violence victims with safe, reliable, and flexible short and long-term housing, supportive services and crisis intervention. "The… Continue Reading

September 20, 2012

Cardin Introduces Resolution Calling For September 2012 To Be National Month Of Voter Registration

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced a resolution today that would designate September 2012 as the "National Month of Voter Registration." "In the United States, voting is a right, not a privilege for all Americans," said Senator Cardin. "I am concerned about the growing number of restrictions that many states are placing on eligible voters who are seeking to register to vote and cast their ballot. Voter identification laws are modern-day poll taxes that have the potential … Continue Reading

September 20, 2012

Cardin Co-Sponsors Resolution Urging Return Or Compensation Of Property Seized During Nazi, Communist Eras

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, is an original co-sponsor of the resolution expressing the sense of the Senate on the restitution and/or compensation of property seized from Jews during the Nazi and Communist eras. The Resolution passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today by voice vote. The Holocaust Restitution Resolution recognizes the unmet needs of many aging Holocau… Continue Reading

September 19, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $50,000 in Federal Funds For Evergreen Center Learning Stations Collaborative Project In Allegany County

WASHINGTON-- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant of $ 50,000 has been awarded to Frostburg State University to develop the Evergreen Heritage Center Green Learning Stations project, which will be used to further environmental education, job training, and research in Western Maryland. The Evergreen Heritage Center in conjunction with Frostburg State (FSU), Allegany College of Maryland, Allegany Public Sch… Continue Reading

September 19, 2012

Cardin, Hoyer, Porcari Announce Over $2.7 Million Grant for Maryland

INDIAN HEAD, MD - U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, along with Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-MD) joined U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari at Maryland Airport to announce a $2,795,664 Department of Transportation grant for phase three of runway and taxiway expansion at the Airport in Indian Head. "The Airport at Indian Head provides an important economic and travel hub for residents and businesses in Southern Maryland," stated Senator Ben Cardin … Continue Reading

September 18, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $12.2 Million In Federal Funds For Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges And Universities

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded more than $12.2 million in federal funds to Maryland's four Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The funds in the federal checkbook to Coppin State University, Morgan State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Bowie State University will help strengthen academic resources, management capabilities, and infrastructure and are an… Continue Reading

September 17, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, Van Hollen Announce Release of $7.3 Million for BRAC-Related Transit Project

Rockville, MD - Today U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Maryland Congressman Chris Van (all D-MD) announced the Defense Department will release a $7.3 million grant to the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration to construct improvements at the intersection of Maryland Route 187 and West Cedar Lane/Oakmont Avenue. This grant award will improve access to the Walter Reed National Military Center and reduce congestion in the surrounding community rela… Continue Reading

September 14, 2012

Cardin Attends Press Conference Unveiling War Of 1812 Online Resource For Teachers

DUNDALK, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined officials from the National Park Service, Maryland Public Television (MPT), Friends of Fort McHenry and others at Charlesmont Elementary School to unveil a new online educational tool to help educators teach students about the War of 1812. Teachers from across the nation and world will have access to this innovative, online information through Thinkport. The U.S. Department of Education funds Thinkport, which is a partnership betwee… Continue Reading

September 13, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Co-Sponsor Bill Extending Tax Credits For Employers Who Hire Vets

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) have co-sponsored legislation that would extend the 2011 VOW to Hire Heroes Act tax credit for employers who hire qualified veterans. The original bill, which was signed into law in 2011 and expires at the end of this year, allows employers a $9,600 tax credit for each unemployed or disabled veteran they hire. The VOW to Hire Heroes Extension, S.3536, would extend that tax credit through 2016. "Returning veterans have … Continue Reading

September 13, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $78,000 Federal Grant to Update Master Plan for Crisfield Municipal Airport

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the City of Crisfield and Somerset County have been awarded a $78,418 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to update Crisfield Municipal Airport's master plan, which will help upgrade operations and improve safety. "This grant reflects my commitment to making sure airport travel continues to be safe and efficient," said Senator Cardin. "Crisfie… Continue Reading

September 13, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, Ruppersberger Announce More Than $2 Million in Federal Funds For BWI Improvements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, and U.S. Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-MD) today announced a grant of more than $2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to remove visual obstructions to Runway 10 at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The $2,465,422 grant will be used to lower Amtrak overhead wires that obstruct the Approach Lighting System, which will improve runway safety. "This grant ensures that BWI Marshal… Continue Reading

September 12, 2012

National Science Foundation Grant for Biotech Education at Hagerstown Community College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Hagerstown Community College (HCC) has been awarded a $651,249 grant over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create a microscopy training center and engage students in biotechnology. As Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, Senator Mikulski puts funds in the federal checkbook for NSF every year. "I am very pleased with this grant… Continue Reading

September 12, 2012

Cardin, Mikulkski Praise Decision to Keep the Federal Courthouse in Salisbury Open

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised the decision by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to keep the Maude R. Toulson Federal Building in Salisbury open. In March, following a proposal to close the Salisbury facility, the Senators wrote a letter to Thomas Hogan, Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, citing the unique nature of the M.R. Toulson Federal Building and the need for a federal court presence on the Eastern S… Continue Reading

September 12, 2012

Statement on Attacks On U.S. Embassies And The Death Of American Diplomats In Libya

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, strongly condemned the violent attacks that took place Tuesday on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt. The attack in Benghazi killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other U.S. diplomats. The attack in Cairo caused the evacuation of embassy personnel and r… Continue Reading

September 11, 2012

Cardin Nominates Prince George’s Co. Couple for Angels in Adoption Award

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has nominated Ellis and Bess Callands of Upper Marlboro for this year's Congressional Angels in AdoptionTM Award. The Callands raised five biological children and then provided foster care and later adopted six special needs children. "The Callands selflessly took it upon themselves bring six special needs children into their home and hearts," said Senator Cardin, who nominated the Callands for the Award. "Adoption is a real gift that can provid… Continue Reading

September 11, 2012

Statement by U.S. Senator Ben Cardin on the 11th Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement today on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our nation: "Congress has designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the brave Americans who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a once deserted field in Pennsylvania. It was on that day that 3,000 Americans died at the hands of terrorists whose mission was to destroy our country. The Americans who … Continue Reading

September 10, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $7 Million Over Five Years For STEM Education In Baltimore Public Schools

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has been awarded a $7,414,585 grant over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES). The project is a partnership between JHU and Baltimore City Public School (BCPS), and works within neighborhoods to build a Community Enterprise for science, technology, education and mathematics (STEM) learn… Continue Reading

September 10, 2012

Cardin and Other Officials Celebrate Grand Opening of ELTA North America Facility In Fulton

FULTON, MD -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin, and Barbara Mikulski (both D-MD), joined Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, Howard Country Executive Ken Ulman and Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Michael Oren for the opening celebration of ELTA North America's new facility in Fulton. ELTA North America is an Israeli defense company established in 2011 that develops electronic systems solutions in the ground, maritime, airborne a… Continue Reading

September 07, 2012

Cardin Announces a $350,000 Justice Department Grant to Develop Safe Haven Program for Frostburg Families with History of Domestic Violence, Abuse

WASHINGTON -- U.S Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S Department of Justice (DoJ) has awarded The City of Frostburg $350,000 under the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program. The grant will be used by Frostburg to develop and implement supervised visitation and safe exchanges of children between parents in cases where there has been a history of domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence, sexual assault and/or sta… Continue Reading

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