Press Releases & Statements

July 22, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL FOR IMMEDIATE FAA EXTENSION TO AVOID MASSIVE FEDERAL WORKER FURLOUGHS RESULTING FROM THE SHUTDOWN OF FAA

WASHINGTON - As the nation faces an imminent shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency responsible for ensuring air traffic safety, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today called for an immediate agreement to extend current funding for existing FAA programs until there is a permanent reauthorization of the agency. Without an agreement to extend funding for the FAA, the agency will shutdown at midnight tonight, furloughing approximately 4,000 wor… Continue Reading


July 21, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR A BALANCED APPROACH TO SOLVING OUR BUDGET CRISIS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, today commended the "Gang of Six" for developing a bipartisan, comprehensive plan to deal with our budget deficit and debt. However, he believes that our primary attention at this time must be on raising our debt limit and developing a process that will lead to a credible plan to control our deficit. "We must focus right now on raising the debt ceiling to avoid default and a downgrade of our c… Continue Reading


July 21, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT FOR PARKS AND CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of the Interior will provide a $723,598 grant to Maryland for conservation and outdoor recreation projects. The grant is from the Department of Interior's Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and will be used to establish and renovate parks and open spaces in the state. "Renovating and creating parks and open spaces has been one of my most satisfying achievements as a member o… Continue Reading


July 20, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE FUNDING TO ENCOURAGE SMALL BUSINESS LENDING IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Bethesda, MD-based Eagle Bancorp has received $56.6 million from the U.S. Department of Treasury as part of the Small Business Lending Fund (SBLF). The SBLF, which was established under the Small Business Jobs Act that Congress passed in 2010, encourages community banks to increase their lending to small businesses, helping those businesses expand their operations and create new jobs. "S… Continue Reading


July 20, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING ON THE REPEAL OF DOMA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) issued the following statement: "I commend the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding the first-ever Congressional hearing today on the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a former member of the Committee and a long time supporter of equal rights, I am a proud co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act (S. 598) that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I believe that there is no place for discrimination in American socie… Continue Reading


July 14, 2011

CARDIN URGES BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE ON RAISING THE DEBT CEILING TO KEEP THE USG FROM DEFAULTING

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, a member of the Budget and Finance Committees, spoke on the floor of the Senate today imploring his colleagues to set politics aside and come together in a responsible manner to increase the U.S. debt ceiling to protect all Americans from the grave repercussions of a government default. "I urge my colleagues to put the national interests first, take off the table the idea that the U.S. might default on our debt, and work together to bring about a cr… Continue Reading


July 13, 2011

CARDIN BILL TO PROTECT THE BALTIMORE ORIOLE AND OTHER MIGRATORY BIRDS CLEARS SENATE COMMITTEE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, called today an important stepping stone in the protection of Neotropical migratory birds like the Baltimore Oriole as the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) approved a bill that would reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Authored by Senator Cardin, this bill promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and h… Continue Reading


July 13, 2011

CARDIN NUTRIA ERADICATION BILL CLEARS SENATE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today praised full Committee passage of his bill S. 899, which reauthorizes and expands the Nutria Eradication program. The nutria is a large, semi-aquatic rodent that has often been described as "an eating machine" and can eat up to 25 percent of its body weight in plants per day. The nutria is a high-reproductive species that has devastated wetla… Continue Reading


July 12, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR SENATE RECOGNITION OF SACRIFICES MADE BY FEDERAL WORKERS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of both the Senate Budget and Finance Committees, today called on his colleagues to recognize the ongoing financial sacrifices federal workers have made during our economic crisis. On Tuesday, Senator Cardin submitted an amendment (S. Amdt 544) to S. 1323 that expresses the sense of the Senate to protect the federal workforce in pay, retirement and composition; advocates maintaining pay and benefits at rates that incentivize talented Ame… Continue Reading


July 08, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEARLY $6.5 MILLION FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AT MARYLAND HOSPITALS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Maryland will receive $6,466,757 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). These federal dollars will be used to improve disaster preparedness of hospitals and health care systems across the state. "Marylanders will gain peace of mind with this new federal funding that will help ensure that our hospitals and health care systems have the tools … Continue Reading


July 08, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON NEWLY NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE EPA CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the selection of Nick DiPasquale as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Chesapeake Bay Program Office: "Nick DiPasquale is a terrific choice as Director of the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office. Nick has a record of leadership and a passion for the work. He is well respected by the entire range of stakeholders, fro… Continue Reading


July 07, 2011

SENATE AND HOUSE DEMOCRATS PUSH TO INCLUDE LABOR ACTION PLAN IN COLOMBIA FTA IMPLEMENTING BILL

Washington, DC - Senate and House Democrats today offered nearly identical measures in an effort to include the Action Plan Related to Labor Rights in the Colombia FTA implementing bill. The Action Plan is an agreement between Colombia and the United States on how Colombia is addressing issues of worker rights, violence and impunity. The amendments were offered in the Senate Finance Committee by Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland and in the House Ways and Means Committee by Ranking Member Sander Lev… Continue Reading


July 07, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT REMEMBERING BALTIMORE COLTS TIGHT END JOHN MACKEY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement on the passing of former Baltimore Colt Tight End John Mackey: "Baltimore lost one of its most beloved adopted sons last night, former Baltimore Colt tight end John Mackey. John revolutionized the position and was the second tight end to be enshrined in the National Football League's (NFL) Hall of Fame. "I send my deepest condolences to John's wife, Sylvia, to whom he was married for 47 years, and his entire fam… Continue Reading


July 07, 2011

REMEMBERING THE GREAT JOHN MACKEY

Baltimore lost one of its most beloved adopted sons last night, former Baltimore Colt tight end John Mackey. John revolutionized the position and was the second tight end to be enshrined in the National Football League's (NFL) Hall of Fame. He became the first president of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) after the NFL merged with the old American Football League. He was a tenacious and effective advocate for the players, bargaining for higher salaries and better benefits. He organized a … Continue Reading


July 06, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL GRANTS FOR MARYLAND’S RURAL BUSINESSES

WASHINGTON D.C - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Rural Business Enterprise has awarded two grants totaling $252,350 to projects in Somerset and Talbot counties in Maryland. Maryland Hawk Corporation Inc. received a grant that will help fund the purchase of equipment that will be leased to local farmers in Somerset County. The Mid- Shore Regional Council received a grant to diversify regional value added products and assist small food busine… Continue Reading


July 06, 2011

ON THE BUDGET

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin Floor Speech on the Budget July 6, 2011 There's been an all-out assault on the dignity of working families in this country at all levels. I am going to talk a little bit about the budget deliberations because I believe here also we find an assault upon middle-income families. As President Kennedy said, to govern is to choose. We've never had a clearer choice of two different visions of America. And I want to talk a little bit about that. Because I know we're … Continue Reading


June 30, 2011

FLOOR STATEMENT ON THE BUDGET

I take this time to talk about the budget issues and the debt ceiling vote that is approaching. It is a serious issue that we need to deal with. First, I think it is important to know how we got here. I say that because we don't want to repeat the mistakes we made in the past. It was just 10 years ago when we had not only a balanced budget, we had a budget that looked like we were going to pay off all of our privately held debt. I was part of the Congress that moved us toward that bala… Continue Reading


June 30, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LAUD FUNDING FOR THREE NATIONAL PARKS IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the National Park Foundation (NPF) has awarded three grants totaling $39,700 to national parks in Maryland. An $18,250 grant will develop trails at Antietam National Battlefield, while $11,000 and $10,450 grants to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and the Catoctin Mountain Park, respectively, will allow teachers at area schools to develop service-learning projects and other lesso… Continue Reading


June 29, 2011

STATEMENT ON RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING U.S. COMMITMENT TO DIRECT ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN NEGOTIATIONS

Reaffirming Support for Direct Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Last night S. 185, a resolution that was cosponsored by about 90% of the Senate, passed the Senate by unanimous consent. And I'm very grateful to my colleagues for their help in developing this resolution. This resolution expresses the strong support of the United States for our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel. I was joined in this effort by my good friend, Senator Susan Collins from Maine. The two of us worked together… Continue Reading


June 29, 2011

CARDIN URGES DOJ TO REVIEW VOTER ID LAWS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today requested that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) carefully review highly restrictive photo identification voter requirements that are under consideration or recently signed into law in several states that could potentially disenfranchise thousands of eligible voters. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Cardin-along with Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) and U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (IL), Chuck Schumer (NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)… Continue Reading

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