Press Releases & Statements

May 24, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that 15 Marylanders have accepted appointments to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2011-2012 academic year. The five U.S. service academies -- the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy -- recruit top-notch young American men and women who will appreciate an excellent education and a chance to serve their country. "Every year, it is m… Continue Reading


May 23, 2011

CARDIN HOLDS FAITH-BASED SUMMIT FOR BALTIMORE AREA RELIGIOUS LEADERS

Baltimore Faith-based Summit BALTIMORE-- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today sponsored a Faith-based Summit for more than 100 Baltimore area religious leaders to discuss job opportunities and economic empowerment. Josh DuBois of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership participated in the Summit and discussed ways in which the federal government can assist the faith-based community. "I have organized today's Summit because the leaders of the Baltimore religio… Continue Reading


May 21, 2011

CARDIN HOLDS HEALTH CARE JOBS EXPO

LARGO, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today held a Health Care Jobs Expo at Prince George's Community College to connect Marylanders with jobs in the health care field. Maryland is one of the nation's leaders in health care, currently employing more than 290,000 Marylanders in the health care industry. The Affordable Care Act will bring approximately 30 million Americans - who currently have no health coverage -- into our health care system by 2014. The Governor's Workforce Investment Bo… Continue Reading


May 20, 2011

CARDIN ATTENDS OPENING OF WAYLAND VILLAGE SENIOR APARTMENTS

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined local officials, including Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, to celebrate the grand opening of the Wayland Village Senior Apartments. The brand new development consists of 89 affordable rental apartments for low- and moderate-income seniors and adults with disabilities. The apartments are green and sustainable with features that meet LEED standards and Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. "The Wayland Village Senior… Continue Reading


May 19, 2011

CARDIN MOVES TO SANCTION HUMAN-RIGHTS VIOLATORS IN RUSSIA

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), today joined 15 other senators to introduce a bill that would freeze assets and block visas of individuals who commit gross human-rights violations against whistleblowers and activists in the Russian Federation. Other co-sponsors of the bill include: Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Mark Begich (D-AK), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Bob Case… Continue Reading


May 19, 2011

CARDIN APPLAUDS EXPANSION OF TRICARE COVERAGE TO INCLUDE HPV DNA TESTING FOR CERVICAL CANCER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the Department of Defense for its decision to expand TRICARE coverage to include HPV DNA testing for cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over the past 40 years the number of cervical cancer deaths has decreased as a result of regular cervical cancer screening. According to information provided by the Department of Defense, preauthorization for the HPV test will not be required and beneficiaries… Continue Reading


May 19, 2011

STATEMENT IN RECOGNITION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

Mr. President, tomorrow, on the sixth annual Endangered Species Day, we as a nation have a two-fold opportunity. First, we have the chance to celebrate the successful recovery of a remarkable number of plant and animal species worldwide. Second, we have the opportunity to pause in acknowledgement of the hard work that still lies ahead of us on behalf of the nearly two thousand species that are endangered or threatened today. Since its enactment in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) … Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

ON THE NOMINATION OF GOODWIN LIU TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

On Judge Liu's Nomination to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Mr. President, I rise in strong support of the nomination of Goodwin Liu to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I urge my colleagues to invoke cloture on this nomination. I am disappointed we had to file a cloture motion. I hope my colleagues would want to vote up or down on this nomination, and I hope they would vote for his confirmation. As we begin the debate on the nomination… Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

CARDIN AUTHORS LETTER TO CEQ CALLING FOR MODERNIZATION OF “PRINCIPLES AND GUIDELINES” IN PLANNING FOR FUTURE WATER PROJECTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee, has authored a letter to Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), urging the Council to modernize its Economic and Environmental Principles & Guidelines (P&G) to reflect the needs of the 21st Century in the planning of future water projects. In 2007, Congress established a national water resources planning poli… Continue Reading


May 18, 2011

SENATE PASSES CARDIN RESOLUTION FOCUSING NATIONAL ATTENTION ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC HEALTH DISPARITIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of his resolution, S.Res. 187, to bring attention to the severe health disparities affecting minority populations in our nation such as African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asians, Hispanics, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. Co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Begich (D-AK), the bipartisan measure unanimously passed the Senate. "I want to thank Senators Murkowski and B… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE TO CALL FOR END OF $4 BILLION IN SUBSIDIES TO OIL COMPANIES

BALTIMORE -As area gas prices top $4 a gallon, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) held a press conference today with Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler to discuss efforts to protect Maryland consumers from high gas prices. The Senator has called for the passage of legislation that would end $4 billion a year in subsidies and tax breaks for the five biggest oil companies. The big five oil companies -- Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Conoco Phillips -- made nearly $1 trillion in profits in t… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

CARDIN, COLLINS INTRODUCE RESOLUTION OPPOSING PALESTINIAN EFFORTS TO SEEK UNILATERAL RECOGNITION AT U.N.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins, (R-ME) today introduced a resolution in the Senate that expresses opposition to Palestinian efforts to seek unilateral recognition at the United Nations and states its firm belief that any Palestinian unity government must publicly and formally forswear terrorism, accept Israel's right to exist, and reaffirm previous agreements made with Israel. The resolution also supports the position taken by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

CARDIN PLEDGES TO PROTECT MEDICARE, SOCIAL SECURITY AS GUARANTEED BENEFITS AT UNITED SENIORS OF MD ANNUAL MEETING

ANNAPOLIS - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today discussed the importance of protecting Medicare and Social Security as a "guaranteed benefit" at the United Seniors of Maryland's annual meeting. He addressed seniors' concerns about Congressman Paul Ryan's (R-WI) plan to turn Medicare into a voucher program, which the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed. "I believe that Congressman Ryan's plan to make Medicare a voucher program would ultim… Continue Reading


May 13, 2011

CARDIN, SECRETARY LOCKE ANNOUNCE DIGITAL LITERACY INITIATIVE

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski to announce an initiative to expand economic and educational opportunities by increasing digital literacy skills in America. At a public computing center at Coppin State University, the officials unveiled www.DigitalLiteracy.gov, a new Web site that provides libraries, community colleges, schools and workforce training centers a variety of resources and tools for teachi… Continue Reading


May 13, 2011

CARDIN URGES “BIG 5” OIL EXECUTIVES TO COMPLY WITH NEW TRANSPARENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, at a hearing Thursday on subsidies and tax breaks for the oil industry urged the top executives of the top five oil companies -- Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Conoco Phillips -- "to work with us to end corruption and ensure transparency in mineral-rich countries that depend on the extractive industry for their wealth." In questioning the oil company executives, Senator Cardin noted transparency in oil-… Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS DREAM ACT

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has co-sponsored the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, along with Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and 30 other Senators. This narrowly tailored bill would give undocumented students a chance to earn legal status if they came here as children, are long-term U.S. residents, have good moral character, and complete two years of colle… Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP CONNECT UNDERSERVED APPALACHIAN REGION WITH COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has introduced legislation with Senator Robert P. Casey (D-PA) to help facilitate the completion of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which serves as a critical link between the geographically isolated Appalachian region and major commercial corridors. Construction of the ADHS was authorized in 1965 by Congress and is 88 percent complete. The remainder of the highway must be constructed in the mid-Atlantic portion of Appalachia and d… Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION CONDEMNING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN SYRIA

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today has co-sponsored a resolution strongly condemning the escalating crackdown in Syria, warning that President Bashar Al Assad has lost legitimacy and urging President Obama to keep pressure on his regime. The resolution was introduced by U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). The bipartisan resolution calls for the expansion of targeted U.S. sanctions against Syrian officials responsible for human rights abuses, including again… Continue Reading


May 11, 2011

CARDIN SIGNS LETTER TO BIG OIL URGING THEM TO REJECT TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, signed a letter today urging the Big 5 oil company executives to reject any more taxpayer subsidies in light of the fact that they have made nearly $1 trillion in profits over last decade. Senator Cardin has co-sponsored legislation that would end $4 billion a year in subsidies and tax breaks to the five biggest oil companies: Exxon Mobil Corp, Conoco Phillips, Chevron Corp., Shell, and BP America. The lett… Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO END TAXPAYER HANDOUTS TO “BIG 5” OIL COMPANIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) has co-sponsored legislation to repeal tax loopholes that help subsidize the five largest, most profitable oil companies in the world and use the savings to reduce the deficit. Oil production is one of the most heavily subsidized industries in the United States, receiving more than $4 billion in tax breaks and subsidies every year. At the same time, gas prices have risen to roughly $4 a gallon. "In a time of record high gas prices and budget defi… Continue Reading

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