Press Releases & Statements

October 19, 2012

Cardin Attends Job Fair to Help Marylanders with Disabilities Find Jobs

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today attended a job fair to help disabled residents of the Baltimore area find jobs. America Works of Maryland sponsored the job fair titled Back-to-Work Book Camp to provide hundreds of disabled Marylanders who are receiving Social Security Supplemental Income or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) with employment counseling and other resources so they can enter the workforce. "Americans with disabilities deserve equal access and opportu… Continue Reading

October 17, 2012

Cardin, Shaheen Voice Opposition To Ill-Advised Iran Visit

WASHINGTON -- A visit to Iran by members of the European Parliament would send the wrong message to Iranian leaders at a critical juncture in diplomatic relations, wrote U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in a letter sent today to European Parliament President Martin Schulz. The Senators urged President Schulz to reconsider a planned visit by European officials to Iran given Iran's continued human-rights offenses and failure to suspend its nuclear program. "While we ap… Continue Reading

October 17, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce More Than $5 Million In Grants To Fight Violence Against Women In Maryland

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that eight organizations in Maryland received a total of $5,049,214 in grants from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for efforts around the state that will help protect women and families from domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other dating violence. These funds are authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), originally established in 1… Continue Reading

October 17, 2012

Cardin Attends Third Annual Cyber Security Awareness Day at Lockheed Martin

GAITHERSBURG, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined 100 top performing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) high school students at Lockheed Martin's NexGen Cyber Innovation & Technology Center to promote cyber security careers and education, and to learn safe online practices through a series of interactive workshops. By introducing Maryland high school STEM students to cyber security at the Third Annual Cyber Security Awareness Day, Lockheed Martin hopes to… Continue Reading

October 15, 2012

Cardin Joins Federal, Maryland and District Leaders to Unveil the Design for Final Segment of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and other federal, state and local officials along the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to unveil the design of the final trail link, which will connect the District of Columbia and Maryland. This four-mile trail project, known as the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens segment, is expected to begin construction next spring. "The Anacostia River Trail provides residen… Continue Reading

October 13, 2012

Cardin Attends Ribbon-Cutting For Big Slackwater Historic Towpath Restoration

WILLIAMSPORT, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined National Park Service and Maryland officials for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the restored 2.7 miles section of the historic Big Slackwater Towpath. This section of the historic towpath was closed following extensive flood damage in 1996. "This is a great day for Washington County and for all of Western Maryland. The restoration of Big Slackwater will bring visitors who want to enjoy the natural beauty of the C&O… Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Statement By U.S. Senator Ben Cardin On The Death Of Clarence Mitchell III

"I served for many years with Clarence Mitchell in the Maryland General Assembly and I saw first-hand his passion for civil rights and for making sure that his constituents got the services and resources that they needed. He helped to pave the road for many African-American leaders who followed him, and I join the community in mourning his passing."… Continue Reading

October 11, 2012

Cardin, Lugar Respond To Big Oil Challenge To Transparency Regulations

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Dick Lugar (R-IN), authors of the provision in Dodd-Frank Act that requires transparent reporting of payments made to governments for the extraction of oil, natural gas, and minerals by companies that otherwise must file disclosures with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), called the legal challenge by the American Petroleum Institute (API) "expected" and "frivolous" in its attempts to have the SEC ignore the law. The SEC took two y… Continue Reading

October 10, 2012

Cardin Attends Unveiling Of New WMATA 7000-Series Railcars In Landover

LANDOVER, MD - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today joined Congresswoman Donna Edwards (MD-4th) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) officials for the public unveiling of a full-scale model of the new 7000-series Metro cars, which are expected to be in use by early 2014. WMATA has ordered 428 7000-series railcars, which will be built in Lincoln NE, creating approximately 1,000 U.S. jobs. The 7000-series was designed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock Company w… Continue Reading

October 05, 2012

Cardin, MIkulski, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation Announce $1.5 Million Federal Grant For At-Risk Youth Mentoring Programs

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today were joined by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (CRSF) to announce that the foundation has been awarded a $1.538 million grant through the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program. These federal grant funds will help the foundation provide mentoring opportunities for at-risk youth in Maryland and 33 other states, as well as the District of Columbia. This grant was administer… Continue Reading

October 03, 2012

$302,584 Federal Grant To Help Protect Maryland Children From Online Predators

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Maryland State Police has been awarded a $302,584 grant from U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to train local law enforcement across Maryland in the latest technology to protect children from Internet predators. These federal funds will support Maryland's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program. "There is no grey area here; if… Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Chesapeake Bay Senators Urge USDA To Support Farmers During Lapse Of Farm Bill Authorization

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), along with Chesapeake Bay Watershed colleagues Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (also D-MD), Tom Carper and Chris Coons (Both D-DE), Bob Casey (D-PA), Mark Warner ( D-VA), and Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (Both D-NY), wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White urging them to support Chesapeake Bay watershed farmers during the interim period since the lapse of the Farm Bil… Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $250,000 Grant For Veterans Upward Bound At Prince George’s Community College

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Prince George's Community College (PGCC) has been awarded a grant for $250,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for the Veterans Upward Bound program, which assists veterans in acquiring the skills needed for admission into postsecondary education programs. "I applaud Prince George's Community College for all it is doing to help our veterans acquire the skills they need to succeed in the 21st… Continue Reading

October 02, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funding To Equip Federalsburg Police Department With K-9 Unit

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Federalsburg Police Department has been awarded a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDARD) grant of $35,000 to purchase a K-9 unit and a new K-9 patrol equipped vehicle. "Equipping our first responders is one of my top priorities and K-9 units provide law enforcement with an effective tool," Senator Cardin said. "Our rural first responders face unique challenges and situations. T… Continue Reading

October 01, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Grant To Renovate, Repair Lloyds Volunteer Fire Hall In Dorchester County

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company was awarded a $50,000 grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The Lloyds Volunteer Fire Company of Dorchester County will receive federal funds to repair, renovate and expand the current firehouse. "Rural first responders face unique challenges and they are on the frontlines every day," said Senator Cardin. "The structural integrity of… Continue Reading

September 28, 2012

Evergreen Health Cooperative Receives $65 Million Loan to Open Insurance CO-OP in Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland - Representatives from Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. joined today with Maryland health officials, advocates, and elected officials to announce that Evergreen Health Cooperative Inc. has received a $65 million loan from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to operate a new health insurance "CO-OP" in Maryland. CO-OPs (Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans) were included in the 2010 Affordable … Continue Reading

September 28, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $5 Million Grant To Maryland-Based National 4-H Council To Help Underserved Youth Nationwide

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Department of Justice (DoJ) has awarded $5 million to the National 4H Council based in Chevy Chase Maryland. The funds will be routed to local 4-H Club affiliates to strengthen and expand mentoring programs for underserved youth. "This grant to the 4-H Council will enable the organization to expand its mentoring programs for at risk youth, helping them succeed in the future," said Senator … Continue Reading

September 27, 2012

Cardin, Snowe, Bingaman, Feinstein Introduce New Energy Efficiency Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Maryland), Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) and Dianne Feinstein (D-California), have introduced the "Commercial Building Modernization Act" (S. 3591), legislation to reform, extend, and simplify the Section 179D tax deduction for energy efficient commercial and multi-family buildings. The bipartisan bill, filed last Thursday, will extend the Section 179D tax deduction, which is scheduled to expire at the end of next year,… Continue Reading

September 27, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski Announce $938,773 DOJ Grant To Baltimore City To Improve Community Safety In Mcelderry Park Grant part of coordinated effort to revitalize the neighborhood

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the City of Baltimore has been awarded a $938,773 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DoJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to reduce juvenile and violent crime in McElderry Park. The award will be administered through the DoJ's new Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Initiative, which awards highly-competitive grants targeted at high-crime neighborhoods that most need help. "It takes a co… Continue Reading

September 25, 2012

Cardin, Mikulski, Cummings, Sarbanes, Rawlings-Blake Announce More Than $7 Million For STEM Education For Baltimore Public Schools

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with Representatives Elijah E. Cummings, John Sarbanes and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today announced that the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has been awarded a $7,414,585 federal grant over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES). Team Maryland was joined by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Baltimore City Schools Chief of S… Continue Reading

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