Press Releases & Statements

December 06, 2010

CARDIN VOTES TO PROTECT MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES FROM TAX INCREASES DURING TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) , a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Senate was blocked from considering provisions that would extend tax cuts for middle class Americans.   "During these difficult economic times, as our nation is still recovering from the worst recession in generations, it is extremely important that we extend tax relief to middle-income families. At this critical time, I will do all that I can … Continue Reading


December 03, 2010

CARDIN OFFERS CONDOLENCES TO VICTIMS OF ISRAEL'S LARGEST FOREST FIRE, LAUDS INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT TO BATTLE ONGOING BLAZE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement in support of Israel.   "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel, particularly the families of those who have perished in one of the country's worst natural disasters and those who have been displaced from their homes by the ongoing fire. At this time of great national cri… Continue Reading


December 02, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AND CUMMINGS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO HONOR ROBERT BALL

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-MD) praised Wednesday's Senate passage of a bill to designate the Social Security Administration Operations Building, located in Baltimore, as the Robert M. Ball Federal Building. The bill, H.R. 5773, was initially introduced in the House by Congressman Cummings, where it passed in September.   "Robert Ball was one of the unsung… Continue Reading


December 01, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE 7-YEAR BAN ON DRILLING OFF ATLANTIC COAST, URGE PERMANENT FIX

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) lauded today's announcement by the Obama Administration that it would ban oil drilling off the Atlantic Coast through 2017. The senators have repeatedly called for a permanent prohibition on offshore drilling off the Atlantic Coast, particularly in areas too environmentally sensitive or vital to our national defense.   … Continue Reading


November 30, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF FOOD SAFETY BILL AS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN PROTECTING THE HEALTH OF AMERICANS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today called Senate passage of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act "an important step that needs to be taken to protect American families from serious illness or death caused by contaminated foods."  The House passed a similar bill in 2009.      "We have all heard the news reports of   E.Coli and salmonella in foods such as s… Continue Reading


November 30, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF THE PENTAGON'S DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL REPORT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement after Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen unveiled the results of a comprehensive, 10-month study on the potential impacts of repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Senator Cardin is a cosponsor of a Senate measure that would repeal the law and allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. Armed Forces. … Continue Reading


November 30, 2010

CARDIN SAYS SENATE VOTE PROTECTS CRITICAL MARYLAND-BASED NATIONAL AND REGIONAL PROGRAMS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding an earmark-related measure defeated in the Senate today that if passed would have greatly impacted key programs based in Maryland.   "I opposed the Coburn amendment because the broad way it was worded would have caused great confusion in funding necessary federal programs and it would have blocked the ability of Congr… Continue Reading


November 29, 2010

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ONPROPOSAL TO FREEZE FEDERAL CIVILIAN PAY

"Our nation is recovering from the most serious recession since the 1930s.   Today we face continuing high unemployment and a $1.4 trillion federal budget deficit that threatens our economic security.   All Americans have a stake in our economic recovery.    President Obama has proposed a two-year pay freeze for federal employees to help address the deficit.  I believe any federal employee pay freeze should only be considered as part of an overall deficit reduction package. … Continue Reading


November 23, 2010

CARDIN SAYS ACCELERATED LEASING PLAN FOR WIND ENERGY DEVELOPMENT OFF ATLANTIC COAST PUTS MARYLAND CLEAN ENERGY JOBS ON FAST TRACK

Baltimore, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today thanked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for choosing Maryland as the site to launch a 'Smart from the Start' wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, which will facilitate siting, leasing and construction of new projects, spurring the rapid and responsible development of this abundant renewable resource. If no significant obstacles are found, leases could be offered within a year at the end of 2011 or ear… Continue Reading


November 22, 2010

CARDIN, GRAHAM, LEAHY INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROTECT LAW ENFORCEMENT NATIONWIDE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) joined together last week to introduce S. 3972, the National Blue Alert Act of 2010, which would encourage the creation and integration of "Blue Alert" plans by State and local governments, and law enforcement agencies across the country.  The Blue Alert system would operate like the "Amber Alert" system currently used to locate abducted children, and would provide the means to sp… Continue Reading


November 19, 2010

CARDIN CALLS RATIFICATION OF CEDAW LONG-OVERDUE, URGES SENATE ACTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in support of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). His remarks came following a hearing of the Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee, of which Senator Cardin is a member. "The U.S. has always been a committed and active leader on human rights. Our nation has ratified treaties against geno… Continue Reading


November 19, 2010

BLACK FARMERS DISCRIMINATION

Mr. CARDIN : Mr. President, I rise today to talk about the Pigford II settlement pending full action by the U.S. Senate. Mr. President, we all know that farming is a difficult occupation. The hours are long, the weather unpredictable and the challenge of competing in a global marketplace intense. Tens of thousands of black farmers have had to face all those normal challenges. Tragically, they have had to deal with a challenge that was unique to them based… Continue Reading


November 18, 2010

WOMEN'S RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS

The elimination of discrimination against women is a priority issue both at home and abroad.     In the U.S., we have made great strides in advancing women's human rights and as a result many of our laws are in accord with CEDAW - the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; however, there is much more progress to be made because American women still confront issues such as lack of equity in pay, threats to economic security, inadequa… Continue Reading


November 18, 2010

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, has co-sponsored the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act , S 3946, legislation that would repeal the expanded Form 1099 reporting requirement for small businesses.  The provision is set to take effect in 2012. The bill, which has bipartisan support, was introduced by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee… Continue Reading


November 17, 2010

CARDIN RESPONSE TO WASH COG'S REPORT ON METRO

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement in response to the joint report on Metro released today by the Washington Council of Governments and the Greater Washington Board of Trade:   "The Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' WMATA Governance Review Task Force' make several commonsense recommendati… Continue Reading


November 17, 2010

WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2010

Thank you for holding this hearing today.    The Water Resource Development Act is one of the most important public works laws that we consider.   I am happy to have the opportunity today to address some of the critical economic issues associated with our water resources infrastructure.     Today's witnesses will discuss some of the specific funding mechanisms used to support our water resources infrastructure.   We'll hear about… Continue Reading


November 17, 2010

CARDIN SAYS SENATE MUST MOVE FORWARD ON PAY EQUITY FOR WOMEN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement after the Senate was blocked from considering the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would ensure that women are paid fairly in the workplace.   "It is incomprehensible why the Senate is unable to move forward on consideration of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Today, women make up half of the total workforce and nearly 4 in 10 mothers are the primary breadw… Continue Reading


November 17, 2010

PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT

Mr. President, I rise today in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Progress for women in this country has not come easily or come quickly. There was a time when women were not allowed to vote or own property. In fact, our country once considered women to be the property of their fathers or husbands. Over the years, women have fought gender barriers and broken down stereotypes, making great strides toward equity. Unfortunately, inequities still exist. While women have successf… Continue Reading


November 17, 2010

CARDIN SAYS WATER INFRASTRUCTURE IS CRITICAL FOR JOB CREATION IN MARYLAND AND NATIONWIDE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today called the Water Resource Development Act "one of the most important public works laws that Congress will consider." Speaking at a committee hearing to review the Water Resources Development Act of 2010, Senator Cardin said that "a robust water resources infrastructure for America is vital to creating an… Continue Reading


November 16, 2010

U.S. SENATORS: IT'S TIME TO VOTE ON NEW START

Washington, DC - A group of United States Senators, all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the U.S. Senate to consider and ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ("New START") in the current Congressional session.  The Senators cited critical national security concerns in delaying consideration of the treaty and warned of the consequences to America's nuclear security efforts around the globe.   "It has… Continue Reading

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