Press Releases & Statements

November 21, 2012

Cardin, Collins Send Letter To Abbas Opposing Attempts By Palestinians To Pursue Non-Member State Status At The United Nations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today sent a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposing any unilateral attempts by the Palestinian Government to pursue non-member state status at the United Nations General Assembly. President Abbas has announced that the Palestinian Authority will present its bid for non-member state status at the United Nations on November 29. The Senators assert that "Palestinian statehood can only be realized as a… Continue Reading

November 21, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Lead MD Delegation In Praising President For Signing Disaster Declaration For State Following Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in applauding President Barack Obama for issuing a Declaration of Disaster for Maryland in the wake of Super-Storm Sandy. Senators Mikulski and Cardin were joined by U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Roscoe E. Bartlett (R-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.) and … Continue Reading

November 20, 2012

Cardin Applauds Obama Administration On New Regulations For Health Insurers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for issuing requirements that insurance companies will have to follow under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new rules issued today outline requirements for insurance companies in three areas: market reforms, wellness programs and essential health benefits. "I want to commend the Obama Administration for developing these very important guidelines… Continue Reading

November 20, 2012

Cardin Joins Other Senators In Calling For End To Obstacles Facing Troops Burdened With Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD has joined U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and a group of 22 other U.S. Senators in sending a letter to the Executive Director of the Student Loan Servicing Alliance urging her to establish best practices to ensure that service men and women have access to the full range of student loan benefits that they are entitled to by law. In the letter, the Senators wrote, "We were alarmed to learn that some student loan servicers are providing incomplete or… Continue Reading

November 16, 2012

Cardin Encourages Shoppers To Buy Local On “Small Business Saturday”

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, again is urging consumers to shop at local, independently owned businesses on the nation's third annual "Small Business Saturday," which falls between Black Friday and Cyber Monday during the heaviest shopping weekend of the year. Senator Cardin recently cosponsored a resolution (S. Res. 589) that designated November 24, 2012 as Small Business Saturday. "Small, locally owne… Continue Reading

November 16, 2012

Cardin Attends National Veteran Employment Summit

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined more than 80 health care, government and military leaders at the Second National Veteran Employment Summit for the Hero Health Hire program eto promote hiring veterans, disabled veterans and military spouses as part of our nation's health care workforce. Since its founding in 2011, 41 health care organizations have joined Hero Health Hire program. These health care organizations collectively employ approximately one million employees, a… Continue Reading

November 16, 2012

Cardin Expresses Disappointment With EPA Decision Not To Grant Waiver Of The Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today expressed disappointment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision not to grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) requirement. A shortage of corn resulting from this year's drought has disproportionately harmed U.S. poultry and livestock growers. Senator Cardin supported the request for the waiver and also has introduced the RFS Flexibility Act, S. 3428, which would link the RFS's corn ethanol production mandate… Continue Reading

November 15, 2012

Cardin Praises DOJ Plea Deal With BP To Help Fund Gulf Restoration Efforts

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, reacted to Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement of a criminal plea deal and settlement stemming from the 2010 BP Oil Spill with the following comments: "The explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon was one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation's history. Over 87 days, five million barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. The tragic event c… Continue Reading

November 15, 2012

Cardin Calls On Gaza Militants To End Their Deadly Rocket Barrage Of Israeli Civilians

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senator Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to the numerous, ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel: "I strongly support Israel's right to defend its citizens against threats to its security and existence. The recent military action in Gaza is a direct response to numerous and ongoing rocket attacks from militants in the Hamas-controlled Gaza, which have injured dozens of Israeli citiz… Continue Reading

November 14, 2012

Cardin Applauds Selection Of Frederick Police Chief Dine To Head U.S. Capitol Police Force

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the selection of Frederick Police Chief Kim Dine to head the U.S. Capitol Police Force. Chief Dine served as the chief of the Frederick Police Department for the past 10 years and also is the former Washington, D.C. assistant police chief. His selection was announced today by the Capitol Police Board. "I applaud the selection of Chief Dine to lead the U.S. Capitol Police Force. He is experienced, professional and sensitive to diverse… Continue Reading

November 14, 2012

Cardin Praises Final Passage Of Record Whistleblower Protections For TSA And Other Federal Workers

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) lauded final passage of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (S. 743) that extends to federal workers, including Transportation Safety Administration employees, landmark whistleblower protections for uncovering illegal activity, gross mismanagement or waste, abuse of authority or danger to the public. "Classified information should be protected, but if and when the public trust is abused and taxpayer funds are wasted, federal workers hav… Continue Reading

November 14, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Lead Maryland Delegation In Requesting Major Disaster Declaration For State Of Maryland Following Super-Storm Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) were joined by members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation today in sending a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Governor O'Malley's request for a declaration of a major disaster for the State of Maryland as a result of Super-Storm Sandy. If awarded, Maryland will become eligible for federal disaster recovery dollars through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ensuring the state's already strained … Continue Reading

November 13, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $66.3 Million In Federal Energy Assistance Funding For Low-Income Maryland Families

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Maryland low-income families will receive $66.3 million in federal energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help Marylanders stay warm this winter. "This is good news for Maryland families who need to know that their homes will be safe and warm during the cold winter months," said Senator Cardin. "Our seniors, young children and disabled citizens are particu… Continue Reading

November 13, 2012

Cardin Pledges To Work To End Health Disparities In Baltimore Neighborhoods

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings and members of The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies at a press conference about the Center's report detailing health inequities among different Baltimore communities. The report documented a nearly 30-year difference in life expectancy between minority, low-income neighborhoods and wealthy, more affluent neighborhoods. The study was conducted by the Joint Center with a grant from the Natio… Continue Reading

November 09, 2012

Statement by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin Commemorating Veterans Day November 11, 2012

To our veterans and their families, I thank you for your enduring example of commitment, fidelity and countless sacrifices made in the name of protecting our nation. Veterans Day reminds us that Americans and millions of people around the world owe their freedom today to the past actions of our veterans. On this 11th day of the 11th month, we are especially mindful of the fact that as we celebrate our veterans, we still have men and women in harms' way. We are proud of our sons, daughters, m… Continue Reading

November 07, 2012

Cardin urges bipartisanship and real action solving America’s challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance and Budget Committees, released the following statement as he prepared to continue his work on behalf of the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate. "I am honored to be back at work, fighting for all Marylanders and will continue to seek common ground to get things done for Maryland and for our nation. Now that the election is over, we must face reality and tackle the fiscal challenges facing our country together. We ne… Continue Reading

October 31, 2012

Cardin visits the American Red Cross headquarters to thank personnel, volunteers for their service

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today visited the American Red Cross Headquarters of the Maryland/Delaware Region for a tour and to thank American Red Cross personnel and volunteers for their service during Hurricane Sandy. "Our region and our nation owe so much to the American Red Cross because you provide often critical assistance to Americans in times of real catastrophe or crises," Senator Cardin told a group of Red Cross volunteers from around the country. "Red Cross volunte… Continue Reading

October 29, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski lead Maryland delegation in praising President for signing pre-disaster declaration for state impacted by Hurricane Sandy

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today applauded President Barack Obama for issuing a Pre-Disaster Declaration for Maryland being impacted by severe weather resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Members of Maryland's Congressional Delegation praising the President's Pre-Disaster Declaration include: U.S. Representatives Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Roscoe E. Bartlett (R-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersber… Continue Reading

October 25, 2012

Cardin, Ruppersberger, Sarbanes Help Launch New Initiative to Train Low-skill Job Seekers

TOWSON, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) today joined Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to launch a new initiative to train low-skill job seekers, including individuals with limited English proficiency and individuals with low reading, writing and math skills. Baltimore County's $11.8 million federal grant is one of only four major grants from the Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation Fund. "Rebuilding our n… Continue Reading

October 24, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Call On Treasury Department To Immediately Stop Plans To Move 450 Jobs Out Of Prince George’s County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today called upon Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner to halt the Treasury Department's plan to move 450 jobs out of Prince George's County. The 450 positions are part of the Federal Management Services (FMS) facility in Hyattsville, Maryland. In their letter, the Senators stressed the importance of these jobs to Prince George's County and noted that the Treasury Department lacks the necessary authority and Congress… Continue Reading

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