Press Releases & Statements

February 10, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE INNOVATIVE GRANT FOR HIGH SCHOOL LAPTOP INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Washington County Public Schools $30,000 grant for Hancock High School's Laptop Initiative.   As part of the initiative, 36 teachers and 167 students at Hancock High School will receive individual laptops to be used in the classroom and at home. The initiative aims to teach students advanced technology skills so that they will be better pr… Continue Reading


February 09, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI RUPPERSBERGER ANNOUNCE BALTIMORE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS WON $1.3 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, and Benjamin L. Cardin, and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore City Fire Department won $1.3 million in competitive 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… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

SENATE DEMOCRATS PUT SPENDING CUT IDEA ON TABLEIN LETTER TO HOUSE GOP, SENATORS SAY $20B COULD BE SAVED BY ENDING SUBSIDIES FOR OIL COMPANIES

Washington, DC-As House Republicans try to find $32 billion in spending cuts this week,U.S. Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Charles E. Schumer, Patty Murray, Benjamin L. Cardin, Bill Nelson, Robert Menendez, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kirsten Gillibrand reached out Tuesday with a concrete suggestion for reining in the deficit: cutting unneeded subsidies and tax breaks for oil companies that are making record profits.   In a letter to Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders, t… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company won $43,273 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 member of th… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN WICOMICO COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Department won $103,930 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase 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. Senator Cardin is a member… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIRE ENGINE FOR PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-Md.) today announced the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department won $280,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase a new fire engine. 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 membe… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Deal Island-Chance Volunteer Fire Department won $38,000 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 … Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

TEAM MARYLAND HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE HONORING DEAMONTE DRIVER

WASHININGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A Mikulski today joined Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) at a press conference honoring the fourth anniversary of the death of Deamonte Driver, the 12-year old Maryland boy who died after an untreated tooth infection spread to his brain.   Senators Cardin, Mikulski and Congressmen Cummings and Sarbanes were joined by Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D. and Maryland Dent… Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

MEMBERS OF MARYLAND & VIRGINIA DELEGATION COMMENT ON NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES REVIEW OF PENTAGON POLICIES ON BRAC-RELATED TRANSPORTATION IMPACTS

WASHINGTON -- Members of the Maryland and Virginia congressional delegation responded to today's release of an independent review identifying shortcomings in current Department of Defense policies on addressing and funding the transportation impact of military base realignments. The study, which was ordered through an amendment to the fiscal year 2010 defense budget and conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that the Pentagon's rules and policies for funding BRAC-related transp… Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

CARDIN LAUDS FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) spoke from the floor of the Senate today in support of the bill to provide a permanent reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after 17 short-term extensions. He said that the "promise of jobs, consumer and traveler protections, home grown technological innovation and reductions in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas pollution could not come at a better time." The airline industry accounts for nearly 11 million U.S. j… Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

CARDIN OPPOSES WICKER AMENDMENT THAT WOULD BLOCK COLLECTIVE BARGAINING VOTE FOR TSA EMPLOYEES AT BWI AND NATIONWIDE

Washington - Speaking from the floor of the Senate, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D?MD), praised the recent decision by U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole that will permit the TSA security officers who work at BWI-Thurgood Marshall International Airport and at airports around the nation to vote on whether or not they wish to be represented by a union for the purpose of engaging in limited, clearly defined collective bargaining at the national level o… Continue Reading


February 04, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT FOR CARROLL COUNTY FIRE STATION DESTROYED BY FIRE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-Md.) today announced the Sykesville Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department won $35,586 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase 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. Sena… Continue Reading


February 04, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Clarysville Volunteer Fire Department won $107,588 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 member o… Continue Reading


February 04, 2011

SENATORS: SLASHING FAA BUDGET TO 2008 LEVELS WILL PREVENT UPGRADE OF NATION'S DECADES-OLD AIR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, ADDING ESTIMATED 200,000 FLIGHT DELAYS A YEAR

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today released a letter to Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) expressing his opposition to Senator Paul's attempt to slash the budget of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fiscal year 2008 levels. Senator Cardin signed the letter with Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The Senators … Continue Reading


February 04, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE EMS AND FIREFIGHTING GEAR IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department won $49,875 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase firefighting and EMS equipment. 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


February 03, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS SENATE REPEAL OF EXPANDED 1099 REPORTING REQUIREMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today applauded Senate passage of an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill that repeals the expanded Form 1099 reporting requirement for small businesses. Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, was a co-sponsor of the amendment, which was offered by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and that passed 81-17 Wednesday evening.   "I applaud the Senate for acting swiftly in passing … Continue Reading


February 03, 2011

CARDIN SAYS MORE INVESTMENTS NEEDED TO KEEP AMERICA'S DRINKING WATER SAFE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its work keeping America's drinking water safe and urged his colleagues to support the long-overdue reauthorization of the Water Infrastructure Financing Act. Senator Cardin made his remarks at an EPW hearing Wednesday on public health and drinking water issues.   "Marylanders and all Americans de… Continue Reading


February 03, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LAUD JOB-TRAINING GRANT FOR TRANSPORTATION LEARNING CENTER IN SILVER SPRING

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has awarded two grants totally more than $1.6 million to improve transit maintenance training at the International Transportation Learning Center (ITLC) in Silver Spring, MD.  The grants will support escalator and elevator maintenance training, along with rail and bus system maintenance. The DoT awarded a $1 million grant to address the ongoing s… Continue Reading


February 03, 2011

CHAIRMAN BOXER, SENATOR CARDIN AND EPW COLLEAGUES' STATEMENT ON PROPOSED INHOFE/UPTON/WHITFIELD BILL THAT WOULD ROLL BACK PROTECTIONS FROM CARBON POLLUTION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, joined U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and other EPW Committee members in releasing the following statement in response to a proposed bill released today by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in the Senate and Congressmen Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ed Whitfield (R-KY) in the House that would undermine our protections from carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act: Senator Boxer said: " Biparti… Continue Reading


February 02, 2011

CARDIN URGES EGYPTIAN LEADERSHIP TO HEED CALLS FOR A SWIFT AND PEACEFUL TRANSITION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement regarding the ongoing developments in Egypt. Senator Cardin looks forward to working with SFRC Chairman Kerry and the Obama Administration in efforts to support an expeditious and non-violent democratic transition for the Egyptian people.   "I am alarmed by the growing reports of civilian violence bei… Continue Reading

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