Press Releases & Statements

July 16, 2010

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO REDUCE POLLUTED STORMWATER RUNOFF FROM HIGHWAYS

Washington, DC - Following a week of major storms across the region, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, has introduced legislation aimed at treating and containing highway stormwater runoff at or near the road surface to prevent pollution from ever reaching nearby rivers, streams or other waters.   S. 3602, the Safe Treatment of Polluted Stormwater Runoff (STOPS Runoff) Act wi… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

THE DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT

I rise today to congratulate my colleagues in the Senate and the House for completing the conference report to accompany H.R. 4173, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.   Over the past 30 years, our regulatory framework did not keep pace with financial innovation.  It was particularly impotent with regard to oversight of the so-called shadow banking system, which evolved in large part simply to avo… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

CARDIN SAYS REFORM PASSED BY THE SENATE WILL SHINE LIGHT OF TRANSPARENCY ON WALL STREET AND PROTECT MARYLAND CONSUMERS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) praised today's passage by the Senate of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act . The conference report, which reconciled differences between the Senate and House versions of the bill, included a number of key amendments authored by Senator Cardin such as a provision to increase transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries; permanently increase the insurance limits for FDIC deposits to $250,000; pr… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO SUPPORT MARYLAND'S LOCAL FARMERS AND AGRICULTURE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the USDA has awarded more than $120,000 in federal grants to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, University of Maryland College Park , and the University of Maryland School of Nursing. The grant money will fund a study of the economic impact of Maryland farmers and encourage the production and use o… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO HIRE 24 ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTERS IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced Prince George 's County Fire/EMS won $3.5 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to hire 24 additional firefighters. Senator Mikulski is on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the AFGP and fights each year to increase its federal funding… Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

SENATE ADOPTS WALL STREET REFORM INCLUDING CARDIN-LUGAR PROVISION TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY AND ATTACK CORRUPTION

Washington, DC - With passage of the Wall Street Reform Conference Report, the Senate has approved a measure, authored by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), to increase transparency in the oil, gas and mining industries. The Cardin-Lugar Energy Security Through Transparency (ESTT) provision will add stability to markets through greater information and predictability and help protect investors from … Continue Reading


July 15, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO EXPAND FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY NANOTECHNOLOGY LAB

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $49,000 grant to enhance Frostburg State University 's Nanotechnology Laboratory. The grant will help the laboratory invest in efforts that will provide more students with in-depth knowledge and skills in nanotechnology. "I am pleased that ARC continues its strong support for Frostburg… Continue Reading


July 14, 2010

CARDIN WILL VOTE TO CONFIRM KAGAN AS THE NEXT ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT

Washington, DC - Speaking from the floor of the U.S. Senate today, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that he would vote to support Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Senator Cardin's full statement and video of his remarks can be found at cardin.senate.gov .   "After questioning Solicitor General Kagan, and listening to… Continue Reading


July 14, 2010

THE NOMINATION OF ELENA KAGAN TO BE ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

"Next week the Senate Judiciary Committee will be voting on the nomination of Elena Kagan to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. This vote in the Judiciary Committee follows four days of hearings on her nomination. As you know, she currently is the Solicitor General of the United States.   "We had four days of hearings, during which every member of the Judiciary Committee had ample opportunity to ask questions and get respons… Continue Reading


July 14, 2010

CARDIN ENCOURAGED BY FOCUS ON CIVILIAN ENGAGEMENT IN AFGHANISTAN

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), made the following remarks after a Committee hearing in which Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, testified about the civilian capacity within the region.   "The Obama Administration has shown a growing understanding that long-term, sustainable solutions to Afghanistan's problems will come from robust and effective civi… Continue Reading


July 12, 2010

CARDIN, CUMMINGS VISIT WITH 'GREEN JOBS' WORKERS AT DRUID HILL PARK CLEAN UP SITE

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (both D-MD) today toured a portion of Druid Hill Park that is now being restored with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).   In January, Senator Cardin and Congressman Cummings greeted hundreds of Baltimore City residents as they applied for "Green Up, Clean Up" jobs with the Parks & People Foundation. The Foundation re… Continue Reading


July 12, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN TELLS BALTIMORE CO. SENIORS THE NEW HEALTH CARE LAW WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH BETTER CARE & SAVE MONEY

OWINGS MILLS, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told seniors at the Atrium Village that a lot of 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 and how they will improve their health care.   "Too much bad information is out there about the new law and I am here today to  be sure you have the correct… Continue Reading


July 08, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $4.9 MILLION FOR 3 MARYLAND TRANSIT PROJECTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Maryland will receive a total of $4.9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for three public transportation projects. The funding is part of the Obama administration's $300 million livability initiative to better coordinate transportation, housing and commercial development to better serve people.     "Improving public transportation is a win-win for all of us,"… Continue Reading


July 07, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU'S VISIT TO THE WHITE HOUSE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement in response to Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu's working visit to the White House with President Barack Obama.   "The visit of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington sends a definitive signal that the 'unbreakable bond' between the U.S. and Is… Continue Reading


July 06, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEW FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NATURE TRAILS IN GARRETT COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $30,000 grant to expand the trail system in Garrett County. The grant will help the county plan for the expansion of the nature trail system and attract tourists, create jobs and build outdoor recreation businesses in the County. "Garrett County is one of Maryland's top tourist destinations and strengthe… Continue Reading


July 02, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AND KRATOVIL ANNOUNCE FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR MARYLAND'S RURAL BUSINESSES

WASHINGTON , D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and B arbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Frank M. Kratovil ( all D-MD) today announced economic development organizations located on Maryland 's Eastern Shore will benefit from $120,000 in USDA Rural Development grants. The grants, awarded to organizations in Talbot, Caroline and Wicomico counties, will allow them to assist their downtown businesses and create local jobs. Three Eastern Shore organizations received grant… Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE $6 MILLION IN FUNDING TO MODERNIZE PATUXENT RESEARCH REFUGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today applauded the award of $6 million in recovery funds by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for construction projects that will significantly modernize facilities at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel .     "Patuxent is both a National Wildlife Refuge and home of our … Continue Reading


July 01, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE RESOLUTION TO HONOR FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARMY CHAPLAIN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD)andtoday introduced a resolution to honor the life and service of Chaplain Henry Vinton Plummer. Chaplain Plummer was a former slave from Maryland who became the first African-American Chaplain in the U.S. Regular Army. The resolution was passed by unanimous consent.   "I am extremely pleased that the Senate has corrected a terrible injustice by unanimously p… Continue Reading


June 30, 2010

CARDIN URGES PROTECTIONS FOR AMERICA'S GREAT WATER BODIES, INCLUDING CHESAPEAKE BAY

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today urged his colleagues on the Environment and Public Works Committee to swiftly pass a series of major bills designed to protect our nation's treasured waters from the Long Island Sound to San Francisco Bay and Puget Sound to the Gulf of Mexico. Chief among these bills is the Cardin-authored Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act that will help protect and … Continue Reading


June 30, 2010

SENATE COMMITTEE PASSES CARDIN BILL TO PROTECT AND RESTORE THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee , lauded today's passage by voice-vote of the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act (S. 1816) in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.   Authored by Senator Cardin, this bill will help protect an… Continue Reading

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