Press Releases & Statements

September 23, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP CUMBERLAND BUSINESSES, HOMEOWNERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the City of Cumberland $125,000 in federal grant funding that will allow the city to take the next necessary step towards ensuring that residents and businesses located near the Potomac River and Wills Creek are spared the expense of purchasing federal flood insurance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).   … Continue Reading


September 23, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDS TO CONTINUE CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROAD IN GARRETT COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded an additional $384,000 to Garrett County, to complete the construction of the Cherry Glade Access Road. The new road will provide improved access to a new commercial site, easing congestion and creating new jobs.   "Transportation infrastructure is critical to future economic growth of… Continue Reading


September 23, 2010

IN OPPOSITION TO S. J. RES. 30, PROVIDING FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISAPPROVAL OF THE NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD RULE

I want to thank Senator Harkin for his leadership on this issue in opposing the Senate Joint Resolution 30. I join him in urging my colleagues to oppose the resolution. The National Mediation Board, or NMB, is an important entity and they have the responsibility to oversee labor management relations in the rail and aviation industries.   On May 11, 2010, the NMB issued a final rule that allows a majority … Continue Reading


September 22, 2010

CARDIN SAYS GOVERNMENT MUST BALANCE PRIVACY RIGHTS WITH OTHER INTERESTS, ESPECIALLY AS TECHNOLOGY EVOLVES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D?MD), chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, questioned government and private sector witnesses today about how to balance individual privacy rights with other interests such as the interests of the private sector for certainty, efficiency and customer trust.  Cardin's questions came at a Senate Judiciary hearing entitled "The Electronic Communications Privacy Act: Promoting Security and Protectin… Continue Reading


September 22, 2010

CARDIN APPLAUDS U.S. FOCUS ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BUT URGES GREATER ACTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee released the following statement regarding the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit concluding today.   "America's commitment to international development is not only a moral imperative, but a tool for national security and global stability… Continue Reading


September 21, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement after the Senate failed to gain enough votes to proceed to consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act, which allowed for an end to the prohibition of gay and lesbian service members serving openly in the U.S. military.   "It is disheartening that Republicans have blocked consideration of a bill that would have removed a key barrier to finally permi… Continue Reading


September 21, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT FOR STUDY OF ECONOMIC IMPACT OF DEEP CREEK LAKE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $20,000 grant to Garrett County to conduct a study of tourism at Deep Creek Lake, allowing local residents, businesses and government to better plan for future development in the area. "Deep Creek Lake is one of Maryland's greatest treasures and it has become a great tourist destination, providing jobs and economic growth for the r… Continue Reading


September 21, 2010

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS MEASURE TO STRENGTHEN ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today announced his support for legislation strengthening enforcement of existing U.S. and multilateral economic sanctions against Iran passed earlier this summer.  The Gulf Security and Iran Sanctions Enforcement Act was introduced today by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).   "The recently enacted sanction… Continue Reading


September 21, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, VAN HOLLEN ANNOUNCE FUNDS FOR NEW LANGLEY PARK TRANSIT CENTER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-MD) today announced a U.S. Department of Transportation grant of $818,300 for the design and planning of a new transit center in Langley Park.  The new center would serve both Prince George's and Montgomery counties.     Senators Cardin, Mikulski and Congressman Van Hollen strongly supported the funding for the new transit center becaus… Continue Reading


September 17, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, O'MALLEY ANNOUNCE MAJOR STEP FORWARD IN EXPANDING BROADBAND ACCESS TO MARYLANDERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley today were joined by other members of   the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing the state has been awarded more than $115 million in competitive federal grant funds to extend broadband to rural and underserved communities across the state. Expanding broadband is crucial for increasing Internet access and capacity across the state, helpi… Continue Reading


September 17, 2010

CARDIN APPLAUDS OFFICIAL CREATION OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), home state senator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), applauded the official elevation of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) this week to its new position as the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Senator Cardin authored the provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that authorized this change.   … Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

CARDIN APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO AID SMALL BUSINESS JOB CREATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of legislation that "will help small business owners obtain affordable credit and expand their entrepreneurial opportunities so they can succeed in a difficult economy."     The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 includes a Cardin amendment to require federal contracting officials to complete small business training before receiving certificat… Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEW FUNDING TO BRING OCEAN CITY MUNICIPAL AIRPORT UP TO SAFETY STANDARDS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) today announced a $161,465 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Town of Ocean City for the design and engineering to reconstruct and rehabilitate the Ocean City Municipal Airport's north/south runway.   The runway was originally constructed in 1978 and is now considered to be in a "state of failure" by airport officials.     "Safety is my n… Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDS TO ENHANCE SAFETY AT GREATER CUMBERLAND REGIONAL AIRPORT

Washington -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski  (both D-MD) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration awarded $417,752 in grant funding to the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority to make improvements to the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. The funds will help purchase land, make safety enhancements and expand runways.    "Cumberland is an important transportation hub for We… Continue Reading


September 16, 2010

CARDIN PRAISES COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF START TREATY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted to move the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) from committee to Ratification.   "Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee took a major step in reaffirming America's leadership role in nuclear reduction and non proliferation by passing the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treat… Continue Reading


September 15, 2010

CARDIN CALLS FOR QUICK PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO AID SMALL BUSINESSES AND CREATE JOBS

Washington, DC - Speaking on behalf of small businesses that have been waiting for the Senate to act, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today urged his colleagues to pass H.R. 5297, the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act.   Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Video of his remarks can be found at www.youtube.com/senatorcardin .    "We're on the verge this week to finally pass legislat… Continue Reading


September 14, 2010

CARDIN CALLS FOR SWIFT ACTION TO EXTEND TAX CUTS FOR MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement in response to reports that a minority of senators may block extending tax cuts for middle-class Americans:   "Middle-class Americans are still hurting from our recession and, as the president said, the recovery has been painfully slow. This is not the time to block the extension of tax cuts for the middle class just to p… Continue Reading


September 14, 2010

RECOVERY ACT BROADBAND PROJECTS WILL BRING JOBS, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TO RURAL COMMUNITIES ON EASTERN SHORE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $3.2-million grant to bring last-mile broadband service to rural areas of Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Rural Utilities Service broadband grant was given to Bloosurf, a Maryland company, to build out high-speed broadband service through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.   This a… Continue Reading


September 14, 2010

CARDIN CALLS FOR UNIFORM STANDARDS FOR REPORTING AND INVESTIGATING SEXUAL ASSAULTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called for a more consistent definition of sexual assault to better determine the extent of this violent crime nationwide. Senator Cardin's comments came at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, entitled " Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases."   … Continue Reading


September 13, 2010

FLOOR STATEMENT BYU.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDINFOREIGN RELATIONS CONSIDERATION OF THE START TREATY

I rise today to express my support for START, the nuclear arms reduction treaty pending before the Senate.   This week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will convene to vote on this New START Treaty.   Since the Treaty was signed by the United States and Russia in April,   both the Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees have conducted more than a dozen hearings, both open and classified, to examine the essential goal of this Treaty - to advance the nat… Continue Reading

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