Press Releases & Statements

May 04, 2011

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON THE NEED TO PROTECT MEDICAID

I stand with the National Association of Counties and many other groups across America in denouncing the House Republicans' plan to block grant and reduce funding for the Medicaid program. As the leaders of jurisdictions across Maryland know, stable and adequate Medicaid funding from the federal government is necessary to help our state provide health services to Marylanders who are most in need. Medicaid is a federal-state partnership, with the federal government paying 50 percent of the cost… Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON NAS REPORT ON NUTRIENTS & SEDIMENT REDUCTION IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), chair of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today released the following statement regarding the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science's report on "Achieving Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Goals in the Chesapeake Bay: An Evaluation of Program Strategies and Implementation." The 183-page report contains an evaluation of the Bay Program's Tracking and Accountability as well as the… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

FLOOR STATEMENT ON DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

Cardin on Osama Bin Laden's Death MR. PRESIDENT, LATE ON SUNDAY EVENING, THE WORLD WAS TOLD OF NEWS WE HAD BEEN WAITING FOR FOR ALMOST TEN YEARS. OSAMA BIN LADEN WAS A MURDERER WHO DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO THE DESTRUCTION OF FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY AND OUR WAY OF LIFE. HIS DEATH IS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST EXTREMIST VIOLENCE AND A RELIEF TO THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS AND OTHERS AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE FELT HIS MURDEROUS DESTRUCTION. I FIRST AND FOREMOST WANT TO THANK THE MILITARY… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING MILITARY, INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITIES ON MISSION THAT KILLED OSAMA BIN LADEN

Cardin on Osama Bin Laden's Death WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) joined his Senate colleagues today in unanimously supporting a Senate resolution to honor the military and intelligence communities for, as the Senator said on the Senate floor, "ridding the world of an evil man - Osama bin Laden - and helping to heal the wounds our nation sustained on 9/11." The resolution "commends the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and the U.S. intelligence community for committing the… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI & TEAM MARYLAND MEMBERS URGE GSA TO SUPPORT FDA WHITE OAK CONSOLIDATION TO ENSURE U.S. EFFORTS AGAINST BIOTERRORISM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), were joined by House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD-5th), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8th) and Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4th), in urging the General Services Administration (GSA) to use as much of its $82 million construction budget to continue with the consolidation of the Food and Drug Administration at White Oak in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Maryland. The Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Yea… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF MAX VAN DER STOEL

Mr. Cardin: Mr. President, as the Senate Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, I rise today to pay tribute to Max van der Stoel, the first High Commissioner on National Minorities at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), who died last week at his home in The Hague at the age of 86. Van der Stoel, a two-time Dutch foreign minister, worked tirelessly throughout the OSCE region as High Commissioner from 1992 to 2001 to prevent crises involving minority issues. Max va… Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

CARDIN TO ATTEND WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY HONORING 2011 NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND MARYLANDER MICHELLE SHEARER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will attend a special White House ceremony tomorrow morning to honor Marylander and 2011 National Teacher of the Year Michelle Shearer. Ms. Shearer has taught for 14 years in the Maryland public school system. She currently teaches AP Chemistry at Urbana High School in Frederick County, and previously taught at the Maryland School for the Deaf. She earned her B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University and her M.S. in Deaf Education from McDaniel Co… Continue Reading


May 01, 2011

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, issued the following statement on the death of Osama bin Laden: "The death of Osama bin Laden is an important milestone in the fight against terrorism and a relief to millions of Americans and others around the world who have felt his murderous destruction. Osama bin Laden was a murderer who devoted his life to the destruction of freedom, democracy and… Continue Reading


April 29, 2011

CARDIN LAUDS GREEN STREETS-GREEN JOBS GRANTS TO EXPAND GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE AND BOOST LOCAL ECONOMIES FOR 10 MD TOWNS

SILVER SPRING, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of the Environment to announce the first grant recipients of the collaborative Green Streets-Green Jobs Initiative, a program designed to promote green streets, urban green infrastructure, and green jobs as part of an overall community or watershed plan. Ten Maryland cities and towns were awarded $25,… Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

CARDIN HOLDS SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING IN BALTIMORE ON SAFETY, SECURITY OF U.S. FEDERAL COURTHOUSES

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today chaired a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing at the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Building and United States Courthouse to highlight the need to improve safety and security at all federal courthouses. Baltimore's Federal Courthouse opened in 1976 and has been cited in numerous reports for its many deficiencies. "The Garmatz Federal Building and Courthouse is the least expensive courthouse ever built in the United States in terms … Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

CARDIN ATTENDS RIBBON-CUTTING OF “MAKEOVER” RENOVATED HOME FOR DISABLED MARYLAND VET AND HIS FAMILY

BEL AIR, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), an advocate for housing rehabilitation, today attended the Partnership for Housing Foundation's Maryland Home Makeover ™ for the Sclafani family of Bel Air. The Sclafani home has undergone extensive renovations to meet the needs of Joe Sclafani, a quadriplegic Marine Reserve veteran, husband and father of two daughters. "We owe everything to our veterans like Joe Sclafani, and to their families who love and support them," said Senator Cardi… Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN TO BE HONORED WITH AWARD FROM GREATER BALTIMORE URBAN LEAGUE

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will receive the Whitney Young Award from the Greater Baltimore Urban League at their annual Whitney M. Young Gala on Friday, April 29. The award honors Senator Cardin's record of accomplishment advocating for civil rights and his work advancing the Urban League's mission of equal opportunity. "Whitney Young was a forceful and dynamic civil rights leader who dedicated his life to championing equality, and I'm honored to receive this award named in hi… Continue Reading


April 27, 2011

STATEMENT FROM U.S. SENATOR BEN CARDIN ON THE RELEASE OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S GUIDANCE ON JURISDICTIONAL WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee, in March joined 13 other senators in writing the President to urge the Administration to issue guidance that will "provide strong protection for our nation's waters and restore the ability of federal agencies to enforce the Clean Water Act." Today, the Obama Administration has released of Guidance on Jurisdictional Waters of the United States. Senator Card… Continue Reading


April 27, 2011

CARDIN TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM MARYLAND DISABILITY LAW CENTER

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) will receive the Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award from the Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) at their 2nd annual Breaking Barriers Awards Gala on Thursday, April 28. The award honors Senator Cardin's long-standing advocacy for the service and civil rights of people with disabilities. "Americans with disabilities are like you and me: they are Americans," said Senator Cardin. "And as Americans, they deserve equal access and opportunity … Continue Reading


April 25, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE THE NAVY WILL NOT LEAVE STEPHEN DECATUR H.S.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Navy will establish a Navy National Defense Cadet Corp (NNDCC) program. This program would allow schools that have low enrollment number to continue to have a Navy Cadet Corp presence. This is in response to a letter written to the Secretary of Navy by the Senators and Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) urging him to reconsider dismantling the Naval Junior Officer Reserve Training Corps (NJROTC) prog… Continue Reading


April 20, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LAUD FUNDING TO PROTECT HUDSON BRANCH, ACCOMMODATE GROWTH IN BERLIN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced a $2,462,000 loan and $1,037,350 grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program that will help the Town of Berlin, MD upgrade its wastewater treatment plant so that it no longer discharges wastewater into surrounding streams. The funding is one of 53 projects across the nation designed to improve water and wastewater service and benefit the environment that the USDA is supporting as p… Continue Reading


April 19, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI URGE SECRETARY CHU TO CONTINUE SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMS THAT PROMOTE EFFICIENT, RENEWABLE ENERGY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski ( both D-MD), along with a bipartisan group of 23 senators have called on Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu to avoid making disproportionate cuts to the Department's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and State Energy Program (SEP). The Continuing Resolution for Fiscal Year 2011, which Congress passed last week, cuts funding for the Department of Energy by 20 percent. In the letter to Secretary Chu, the Senators urged… Continue Reading


April 18, 2011

CARDIN HOLDS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO STIMULATE JOB GROWTH

ROCKVILLE, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today sponsored a Legislative Update for Montgomery County small business owners to discuss legislation that will help them create jobs. Congress enacted the Small Business Jobs Act into law September 2010 and it provides $12 billion in tax cuts, increases small business lending and provides access to private capital. The small business jobs bill includes several provisions co-… Continue Reading


April 18, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI JOIN LOCAL OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE $300 MILLION FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO BRAC-RELATED TRAFFIC HOT SPOTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today gathered at the edge of MD-355 and steps away from the Medical Center Metro Station with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Patrick O'Neil, Chairman of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, to announce $300 million in funding for BRAC-related transportation projects. This unprecedented federal investment will provide for improvements to the surrounding roads, including MD-355, and upgrades t… Continue Reading


April 18, 2011

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER

"This is a sad day for all of us. Don Schaefer was an indomitable force who dedicated his life to the people of Maryland. His vision paved the way for Baltimore City's renaissance and helped ensure Maryland's preeminence as an innovative, progressive state that is able to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. There was no problem that was too small for his attention and his forceful 'do-it-now-style' focused attention on finding solutions and getting results. Personally, it was a privileg… Continue Reading

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