Press Releases & Statements

February 23, 2011

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BILL TO STUDY POSSIBLE TRANSFER OF PRESIDENT STREET STATION TO NPS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) have introduced legislation to help ensure the future of Baltimore's historic President Street Station by studying the possibility of transferring it to the National Park Service.  Located on President Street in downtown Baltimore, the President Street Station was completed in 1850 and is considered an architectural and historic gem.       The President Street Station played a crucial role in the Civil War, the Under… Continue Reading


February 19, 2011

CARDIN, BOXER AND EPW MEMBERS CALL GOP BUDGET DANGEROUS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

Washington, DC - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) , Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Water and Wildlife Subcommittee Chairman, and other EPW Committee members released the following statement in response to the passage of H.R.1, the Republican budget proposal, through the House of Representatives early today. H.R. 1, or the House Continuing Resolution (CR), undermines public health protections and slashes the Environmental Protection Agen… Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

CARDIN, DURBIN, SNOWE, OTHERS INTRODUCE BILL TO ELIMINATE THE PRACTICE OF CHILD MARRIAGES OVERSEAS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin joined Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in introducing legislation yesterday which seeks to end the harmful practice of child marriage oversees. The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act would require the U.S. Government to develop an integrated, strategic approach to reduce, and ultimately end, the practice of child marriage. The bill is also cosponsored by Senators Boxer … Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

CARDIN SAYS UNITED NATIONS SHOULD NOT BE USED TO DIVIDE THE U.S. FROM ITS ALLY ISRAEL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today urging her stand with Israel in the United Nations and redirect Palestinian leaders back to direct negotiations.   The text of the letter follows and is attached as a PDF.   February 18, 2011     The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

SENATE PASSES SENATOR CARDIN'S RESOLUTION HONORING THE NAACP

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed by unanimous consent a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) honoring the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on its 102 nd anniversary. The NAACP's headquarters are located in Baltimore, MD. "For 102 years, the NAACP has been an inspiration to all Americans who care about equality and social justice" said Senator Cardin. "Through non-violent action, the NAACP has used its moral force to achiev… Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN FREDERICK COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the New Market District Volunteer Fire Company won $83,192 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase firefighting equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a me… Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES MARYLANDER JIMMIE REYNA TO SENATE FOR HEARING TO BE FEDERAL CIRCUIT JUDGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee to introduce Marylander Jimmie V. Reyna at his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Senator Cardin had recommended Reyna, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, to President Obama for this court vacancy.   "I was proud to recommend Jimmie Reyna to President Obama for this important court vacancy.  Mr. Reyna is an outstand… Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR FREE, OPEN AND SAFE INTERNET

Washington ? U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary's Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, this week reintroduced legislation to require the government to work with the private sector to develop minimum standards to protect Americans from cybercrime and cyberterrorism. "A free and open Internet gives strength and a voice to people worldwide and should be protected from censorship and other forms of suppression. But the Internet and those who engage … Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO HIRE EIGHT ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTERS IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the City of Cumberland won $806,316 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to hire eight additional firefighters. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardi… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP DEVELOP INNOVATIVE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MDHMH) a highly competitive, $6.2 million "Early Innovator" grant to further develop an Information Technology (IT) infrastructure model for the state's health care exchange. Exchanges provide access to affordable health care options to those who need them. "The Healt… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

CARDIN REINTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE ESPIONAGE STATUTES AND IMPROVE HOW CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IS USED BY THE COURTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, has reintroduced legislation to improve and modernize outdated espionage statutes and procedures for handling classified information. Senator Cardin's bills, S. 355, the Espionage Statutes Modernization Act, and S. 354, the Classified Information Procedures Reform and Improvement Act , are narrowly tailored and balanced. Each contains imp… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

NOMINATION OF JIMMIE V. REYNA, US CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FEDERAL CIRCUIT

I was pleased to recommend Jimmie Reyna to President Obama for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Reyna comes to this committee with 23 years of experience in international trade law.  Mr. Reyna currently is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Williams Mullen.  Mr. Reyna directs the firm's Trade and Customs Practice Group, as well as the firm's Latin America Task Force, and has also served for several years on his firm's Board of Directors, where he currentl… Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

CARDIN NAMED TO KEY FINANCE SUBCOMMITTEES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), recently appointed to the Senate Finance Committee for the 112 th Congress, has been named to key subcommittees that will utilize his experience in healthcare and retirement security issues while helping to boost our economy and create jobs for Marylanders during these challenging economic times. Senator Cardin has been named to the Subcommittee on Health Care, Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight, and the Subcommittee on Social S… Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR SMART FUNDING OF PROGRAMS THAT FURTHER OUR NATIONAL SECURITY GOALS, OPPOSES DEEP CUTS TO INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BUDGET

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD),a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following remarks in response to the international affairs budget.   "Like many American families still facing tough times, the President is asking that the federal government live within its means. This will require that we make some tough choices in every area of our federal budget. However, we cannot sacrifice our national security or forfeit our global leadershi… Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

CARDIN WELCOMES MARYLANDER DAN ASHE TO SENATE FOR CONFIRMATION HEARING TO HEAD U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today welcomed President Obama's nominee to be the next director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Dan Ashe, to the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) for his confirmation hearing. Ashe, a long-time Maryland resident, currently serves as the agency's deputy director. "Dan Ashe's demonstrated leadership at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and his commitment to science-driven decisions make him the ideal person … Continue Reading


February 14, 2011

CARDIN HELPS CUT RIBBON FOR EXPANDED HEALTH CENTER AND PRENATAL SERVICES IN CAPITOL HEIGHTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) joined officials from Maryland, Prince George's County and Dimensions Healthcare System to celebrate the start of prenatal services at the Greater Baden Walker Mill Health Center in Capitol Heights with a ribbon-cutting for their newly expanded and renovated facility. Greater Baden will utilize a state grant from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission to expand access to new prenatal services for at-risk women and reduce hea… Continue Reading


February 14, 2011

CARDIN CALLS THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET A GOOD STARTING POINT FOR RESTORING OUR NATIONS ECONOMIC HEALTH

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget and Finance committees, called President Obama's FY12 Budget proposal a thoughtful step toward addressing our federal deficit while still investing in programs that will help boost our economy and lead to greater job creation. "President Obama has given us a credible blueprint for dealing with our deficit while still investing in America and moving us forward to a bigger and brighter future. Like many Americ… Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE C&O CANAL BILL TO CONTINUE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) have introduced legislation to ensure the continued involvement of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park Historical Park Advisory Commission in decisions that affect the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is managed by the National Park Service (NPS), but the Advisory Commission was established 40 years ago to provide a vital link between the surrounding communit… Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

CARDIN URGES NEW EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF ITS CITIZENS AND UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL TREATIES AND COMMITMENTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD),a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following comments in response to the resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak.   "President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step down immediately is a positive step towards a meaningful transition that meets the expectations of those who have sought to express their freedoms in Cairo and across Egypt during the past few weeks.  I urge Egypt's new leadership to con… Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

CARDIN SALUTES SACRIFICE OF MARYLAND AIRMAN RETURNED HOME FROM WWII AFTER 67 YEARS MISSING IN ACTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today honored Marylander Tech Sgt Charles Bode of Baltimore as he was finally returned to his family after nearly seven decades of unanswered questions. Sgt Bode was one of 11 servicemen missing in action from World War II who were recently identified.   "This is a special day as we take time to pause and honor the return of one of our long missing Marylander's today. Tech Sgt Charles Bode of Baltimore was missing in action off of t… Continue Reading

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