Press Releases & Statements

February 01, 2011

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BILL IN 112TH CONGRESS TO ESTABLISH TWO NATIONAL PARKS TO HONOR LIFE OF HARRIET TUBMAN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today were joined by Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (both D-NY) in introducing legislation in the 112 th Congress to honor the life of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous "conductor" of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad. The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Act will establish t… Continue Reading


January 28, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN JOINS HUD SECRETARY DONOVAN TO HIGHLIGHT ENERGY EFFICIENT INNOVATION AT AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN BALTIMORE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) (D-MD) today joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-7 ) and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake visited Poppleton Phase II Apartments to highlight how the development is promoting energy efficient innovation and creating jobs in Baltimore, MD, supporting President Barack Obama's goal of helping America "Win the Future." Senator Cardin toured the 86-unit apartment comple… Continue Reading


January 27, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN SELECTED FOR SEAT ON FINANCE COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today was appointed to the influential Senate Finance Committee. The Senator brings to the new assignment long experience in dealing with the issues before the Committee. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Senator Cardin served on the Ways and Means Committee for 17 years. During that time, he was a leader on many of the same issues considered by the Finance Committee. On Ways and Means, then-Congressman Cardin served as Ran… Continue Reading


January 26, 2011

CARDIN SAYS ECONOMIC GROWTH IS TIED TO IMPROVEMENTS IN TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), todaycalled for swift authorization of a new transportation bill that would ease highway congestion, invest in public transportation, reduce energy consumption, improve the environment, support economic growth and improve the overall livability of our communities.  Senator Cardin pressed for renewal of a comprehensive transportation bill today at an EPW hearing entitled "Tran… Continue Reading


January 26, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN BILL TO REPEAL EXPANDED 1099 REPORTING REQUIRMENT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has joined Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) in introducing the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act , which would repeal the expanded Form 1099 reporting requirement for small businesses. The provision is set to take effect in 2012. "This is a burdensome provision and Congress needs to move swiftly to repeal it provision before it tak… Continue Reading


January 26, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS ON PRESIDENT TO INCLUDE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IN SIX-YEAR PLAN FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, today wrote to President Obama calling on him to include water infrastructure in his six-year plan for investing in our nation's infrastructure. While less visible than our roads and bridges, our water mains are critical to our physical economic health and are in dire straits. Senator Cardin's letter followed up on the President's State of the Un… Continue Reading


January 25, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE STATE OF THE UNION

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), released the following statement in response to President Obamas State of the Union Address. Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Committees on Budget, Small Business & Entrepreneurship, Environment & Public Works, Foreign Relations and the Judiciary. His guest for the State of the Union address was Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker. Senator Cardin sat next to Republican Senators Roger Wicker(R-MS) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). … Continue Reading


January 24, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN TELLS BALTIMORE COUNTY SENIORS THAT REPEAL OF NEW HEALTH CARE LAW WOULD INCREASE HEALTH CARE COSTS

GLEN ARM, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told members of the Glen Meadows Retirement Community that the new health care reform law contains important new benefits to help them and that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act " would increase their health care costs, harm the solvency of the Medicare program and increase the federal budget deficit by $230 billion in 10 years." Starting January 1, seniors who fall in the Medicare Part D prescription drug gap or "donut hol… Continue Reading


January 24, 2011

CARDIN CALLS LATEST WATER MAIN BREAK AN URGENT REMINDER OF NEED TO UPDATE OUR NATION'S AGING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Washington, DC - Following a major water main break in Prince George's County that shut down a portion of the Capital Beltway and disrupted regular work at the Census Bureau headquarters and Andrews Air Force Base, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, renewed calls for reauthorization of the Water Infrastructure Financing Act, which provides foundational funding for our nation's drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. "One … Continue Reading


January 21, 2011

CARDIN, COLLINS OPPOSE BROADER USE OF E15 FUELS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) criticized the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) approval today of E15 fuels for older cars, a decision that will put consumers at risk and has the potential to damage more than 200 million cars and small engines not approved for the use of such fuel blends.   "The EPA has yet to offer an adequate plan to protect consumers who operate older cars and trucks, boats as well as the operators of small engine e… Continue Reading


January 20, 2011

CARDIN SAYS REPEALING HEALTH CARE REFORM WOULD JEOPARDIZE THE HEALTH OF AMERICANS AND OUR ECONOMY

Washington, DC U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement in response to the vote in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act.   The new House Leadership seems intent on putting the health and the lives of our seniors and middle-class Americans in jeopardy with their irresponsible pursuit of repealing health care reform. At a time when the American public clearly wants its leaders to focus our attention on helping to create jobs and grow our… Continue Reading


January 19, 2011

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD SELECTION OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE TO REVIEW HEALTH STUDIES ON FT. DETRICK AREA CONTAMINATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today applauded the selection of the National Academy of Science's (NAS) Committee on Toxicology to review key public health reports and studies that have been conducted concerning environmental contamination and remediation efforts at Fort Detrick. "I am pleased that the National Academy of Science has been called upon to review and evaluate all studies pertaining to environmental contamination and cancer ris… Continue Reading


January 19, 2011

CARDIN URGES U.S. TO USE UNITED NATION'S VETO POWER TO BLOCK POTENTIAL ANTI-ISRAEL RESOLUTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use the United States' veto power in the United Nations Security Council to block the latest anti-Israel resolution that currently is being drafted by the Palestinian Authority. The language being considered would attempt to avoid direct negotiations with Israel and dictate terms of a would-be Palestinian state. Such hostile actions would … Continue Reading


January 13, 2011

CARDIN BRINGS FEDS AND MARYLANDERS TOGETHER AS PARTNERS TO CLEAN UP STORMWATER POLLUTION

College Park, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today hosted a roundtable discussion of local, state and federal officials who are now partners in mitigating the damage caused by stormwater pollution in Maryland, the National Capital Region, and nationwide. This new alliance was made official with enactment of legislation authored by Senator Cardin (S. 3481) that requires the federal government to comply w… Continue Reading


January 13, 2011

CARDIN APPLAUDS EPA VETO OF SPRUCE NO. 1 MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL COAL MINING PERMIT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has vetoed a permit for mountain top removal mining at the Spruce No. 1 surface mine in Logan County, West Virginia.   "In vetoing the Spruce Mine Permit, EPA did the right thing today for the health of the people and the natural resources of Central Appal… Continue Reading


January 13, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO HELP MD FAMILIES PAY ENERGY BILLS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced Maryland will receive nearly $77 million to help low-income families and individuals pay their home energy bills in FY 2011. The $76,942,926 Low Income House Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant will help low-income Maryland families, seniors on fixed incomes and people with disabilities pay for heating and cooling costs. This crucial program will help hundreds of families in Maryland… Continue Reading


January 11, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL EQUIPMENT IN BALTIMORE COUNTY

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company won $50,232 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase emergency medical equipment. Senator Cardin is chairman of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee.   As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, S… Continue Reading


January 11, 2011

CARDIN CALLS BP OIL SPILL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS CRITICAL TO REBALANCING U.S. APPROACH TO OFFSHORE DRILLING

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement in response to the recommendations released by the BP Oil Spill Commission: "The President's Oil Spill Commission recommends critical steps to rebalance our nation's approach to offshore drilling so that science, safety and environmental risk must be considered along with possible oil production and profit," said Senator Cardin, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and W… Continue Reading


January 11, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company won $9,215 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase emergency medical 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 chairman of the Homela… Continue Reading


January 11, 2011

CARDIN CALLS EPA GUIDANCE ON CHROMIUM IN DRINKING WATER AN IMPORTANT STEP

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement today in response to guidance issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to all water systems in the country regarding the development and implementation of monitoring and sampling programs specifically for chromium-6.   "Today's guidance is an important step toward understanding the problem of Chromium-6 in our drinking water," said Sen… Continue Reading

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