Press Releases & Statements

August 13, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDS FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS IN MARYLAND'S BRAC 'HOT SPOTS'

WASHINGTON  - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released funds to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDT) to make intersection improvements at BRAC transportation "hot spots" near three Maryland military installations. The funding, secured by Senator Mikulski in the FY2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill, will greatly improve safety and access t… Continue Reading


August 12, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN SUPPORTS BORDER SECURITY LEGISLATION

Returning to Capitol Hill to preside over a special session of the Senate, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today supported legislation that will  provide $600 million for 1,500 new border patrol agents and send additional monitoring and communications equipment to the Mexican border to help stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs.    Senator Cardin, chairman of the Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommi… Continue Reading


August 10, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN VISITS CHOPTANK COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER THAT HAS RECEIVED $1 MILLION RECOVERY GRANT TO EXPAND DENTAL CARE

CAMBRIDGE , MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a leading supporter of efforts to expand federally qualified health centers (FQHC), today visited the Cambridge Dental Center and the Fassett-Magee Health Center to congratulate the Choptank Community Health System (CCHS) on receiving $1 million in funding through the Federal Investment… Continue Reading


August 10, 2010

CARDIN TELLS SENIOR ADVOCATE COMMUNITY THAT THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW WILL MEAN BETTER CARE AND SAVE MONEY

SALISBURY, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told members of the senior and health care advocate community that much misinformation has been circulated about the newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and that he was there "to set the record straight" about additional benefits for seniors in the new law that will save them money and help improve access to health care.   … Continue Reading


August 07, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN HELPS BREAK GROUND FOR BIG SLACKWATER HISTORIC TOWPATH RESTORATION

WILLIAMSPORT, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin Brandt and other state officials in breaking ground for the restoration of 2.7 miles of the historic Big Slackwater Towpath.   In 1996, this section of the historic towpath was closed following extensive flood damage.   The reconstruction will reestablish the towpath along a 4,000-foot st… Continue Reading


August 06, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN VISITS GARRETT COUNTY TO ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR GARRET COLLEGE AND TO VISIT GEARS CAMP

ACCIDENT, MD --   U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today visited Garrett County to announce a $400,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to design and construct a flexible trades laboratory at the Garrett College Career Technology Training Center (CTTC).   The Senator also toured the new center, which is expected to provide training in environmental/energy systems and telecommunications to 500 students over a three-year period.   … Continue Reading


August 06, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CONGRATULATE MARYLAND UNIVERSITIES ON WINNING GRANTS TO TRAIN MARYLANDERS FOR JOBS IN HEALTH CARE FIELD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD)today announced four universities have received grants to train Marylanders for jobs in high-demand, high-growth health fields of nursing and geriatric health, helping to alleviate the shortage of health care workers in Maryland.   "Maryland is home to the finest medical institutions in our nation and these grants will make it possible to expand the educational and train… Continue Reading


August 06, 2010

ANNIVERSARY OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Mr. President today marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation which helped guarantee the right to vote to all Americans.    As we approach the upcoming midterm elections, it is important to remember the journey of voting rights in America.   Without this right, words and phrases like "democracy", "land of the free", and "equality" lack true meaning.    The right to vote traveled a long ugly road - a road we must al… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

CARDIN LAUDS SENATE ACTION TO SAVE TEACHERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS FROM BUDGET CUTS

  Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) praised Senate passage today of emergency funding that would prevent mass layoffs of tens of thousands of teachers and first responders across the nation.     "Local communities throughout Maryland and across the nation are finally feeling relief today with the long-awaited Senate passage of $26 billion in aid to our states, $10 billion of which will help prevent 140,000 t… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE PASSES CARDIN, MIKULSKI BILL CREATING COMMISSION TO COMMEMORATE WAR OF 1812

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee today passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) to create a special Commission to plan, coordinate and facilitate the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812, often referred to as the Second American Revolution.   The bill, S. 518, calls for creating a Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission to plan for the ap… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

CARDIN VOTES TO CONFIRM ELENA KAGAN TO BE ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cast his vote today to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Kagan is just the fourth woman ever to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.   "Solicitor General Elena Kagan has the experience, the intelligence, the integrity, and the temperament to serve as an Associate Justice of the Sup… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR LONACONING WATER PROJECT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that the Town of Lonaconing, in Allegany County, has been awarded a $6.6 million loan and $2.3 million grant in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to upgrade water supply distribution facilities.   " The safety and reliability of our communities' water supply is criti… Continue Reading


August 05, 2010

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO PROVIDE CLEAR DISCLOSURES AND FINANCIAL COUNSELING TO SURVIVORS OF VETERANS AND FALLEN HEROES

Washington, DC - In response to real problems being faced by Marylanders who have lost loved ones in service to our nation, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today introduced a bill that would ensure that beneficiaries of the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program receive timely financial counseling and full disclosure information regarding life insurance payments.   Senator Cardin's bill, the " Securing America's Veterans Insurance Needs and Goals Act o… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

CARDIN SAYS IT IS TOO EARLY TO TELL WHAT DAMAGE OIL DISPERSANTS MAY HAVE ON THE GULF

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and Chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today urged vigilance in examining the implications of the use of unprecedented volumes of oil dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico, as the full extent of their impacts on wildlife and the water may not be documented for years to come. Senator Cardin made his remarks in a prepared statement for a joint hearing of the full EP… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

PROVIDING EDUCATION JOBS FUNDING

I rise today in support of a package that would provide critical relief to school districts across the nation.   The proposed amendment would provide $10 billion in additional support to local school districts to prevent imminent layoffs.                 It is estimated that this fund will help keep nearly 140,000 educators employed during the up-coming school year.          The American Reinvestm… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD FEDERAL FUNDS TO EXPAND BROADBAND ACCESS IN WESTERN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) praised today's announcement of more than $1 million in federal funding for broadband infrastructure projects to create jobs and provide improved service in Western Maryland. The grant was awarded as part of the second round of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's USDA broadband funding through the Recovery Act.   West Virginia PCS Alliance will use a $3.3 million grant… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON ISRAEL-LEBANON BORDER VIOLENCE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement today in response to the reported violence along the Israel-Lebanese border:   "I am saddened by yesterday's violence on the Israel-Lebanon border, the most serious confrontation in four years. The United Nations forces on the ground have confirmed that Israel did nothing wrong and that Lebanese forces were r… Continue Reading


August 04, 2010

CARDIN DISTURBED BY LACK OF PREPAREDNESS FOR RESPONDING TO WMD ATTACKS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, held a subcommittee hearing today to review a recent report of the Inspector General of the Justice Department.   The May 2010 report, entitled "Review of the Department's Preparation to Respond to a WMD Incident," concluded that "the Department of Justice as a whole…has not implemented adequate WMD response plans.   As a result, the Department is not ful… Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

SENATE PASSES CARDIN, MIKULSKI BILL TO CREATE COMMEMORATIVE COINS HONORING THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

WASHINGTON - The Senate has approved legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) to create two commemorative coins to honor the nation's Second War of Independence and the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem. The House has already passed the bill. The measure will now go directly to the President for his signature.     The Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Act … Continue Reading


August 03, 2010

HEARING ON THE USE OF OIL DISPERSANTS IN THE DEEPWATER HORIZON OIL SPILL

I want to thank Chairman Boxer and Chairman Whitehouse for holding this critical hearing on dispersant use in response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.    On April 20 of this year, the BP Deepwater Horizon exploded and began this nation's greatest manmade environmental disaster. This catastrophe claimed 11 lives and has left thousands of others in turmoil across the Gulf Coast region. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of those who d… Continue Reading

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