Press Releases & Statements

March 02, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the City of Cumberland has been awarded $156,111 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase firefighting equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a member of the … Continue Reading


March 02, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS NEW VISITOR CENTER AT FORT MCHENRY THE "ANCHOR" FOR FUTUREWAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today praised Thursday's upcoming dedication of the new Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Visitor and Education Center as "the culmination of years of  hard work by many who had a vision that this center could serve as an 'anchor' for War of 1812 Bicentennial celebrations. It also will educate future generations of Americans about the historic battle that took place here and resulted in the writing of our National Anthem, The Star… Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI URGE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO EXPEDITE OYSTER AQUACULTURE PERMITS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), made a personal appeal to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today for it to streamline the permit process for oyster aquaculture. Both during a meeting on Capitol Hill and in a letter, the Senators expressed their support for a General Permit for Maryland waters, which would be used in lieu of individual permits. General Permits are used when a number of similar conditions need to be met and the risk of environmental harm… Continue Reading


March 01, 2011

CARDIN NAMED CHAIR OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SUBCOMMITTEE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) was named Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs, and International Environmental Protection, following an organizational meeting of the full Foreign Relations Committee.    "Development programs, while a minute portion of our federal budget, help to promote economic and political stability throughout the world, which strengthens America's national security… Continue Reading


February 28, 2011

SENATOR CARDIN HOLDS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

OXON HILL, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today held a Legislative Update for Prince George's County small business owners to discuss details of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 , which was enacted into law last September. He was joined at his Legislative Update by U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD). Therecently enacted small business jobs bill included several provisions co-sponsored by the Senator, in… Continue Reading


February 28, 2011

CARDIN DISCUSSES BUDGET CUTS THAT WOULD HARM SENIORS, ALL MARYLANDERS

TOWSON, MD -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today told seniors attending a town hall meeting at the Bykota Senior Center in Baltimore County that "we need good-faith negotiations to deal with our federal deficit in a way that will not jeopardize our fragile economic recovery or harm seniors and our most vulnerable citizens." On February 19, the House of Representatives passed a budget that would cut $61 billion in discretionary spending. The budget cuts contained in the House-passed budget… Continue Reading


February 28, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI URGE ADMINISTRATION TO REDIRECT FLORIDA'S REJECTED HIGH-SPEED RAIL FUNDS TO NORTHEAST CORRIDOR

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), joined with Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-NY), John F. Kerry (D-MA), Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Joseph I. Lieberman (I-CT), and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), writing to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to request that the $2.4 billion in High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program funds rejected by the State of Florida be redirected … Continue Reading


February 25, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE ALMOST $600,000 GRANT TO HELP LOW-INCOME MARYLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Maryland State Department of Education a grant of $596,621 to pay Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test fees for low-income high school students. The Department of Education's Advanced Placement Test Fee Program program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who take advanced placement tests and receive co… Continue Reading


February 25, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the names of the two Maryland students who have been selected as delegates to the 49th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The two students are Samantha Foggan of Millersville and Kevin Saucedo-Broach of Landover. They were chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the USSYP's 49th annual Washington Week, which will be held Ma… Continue Reading


February 23, 2011

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BILL TO STUDY POSSIBLE TRANSFER OF PRESIDENT STREET STATION TO NPS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) have introduced legislation to help ensure the future of Baltimore's historic President Street Station by studying the possibility of transferring it to the National Park Service.  Located on President Street in downtown Baltimore, the President Street Station was completed in 1850 and is considered an architectural and historic gem.       The President Street Station played a crucial role in the Civil War, the Under… Continue Reading


February 19, 2011

CARDIN, BOXER AND EPW MEMBERS CALL GOP BUDGET DANGEROUS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH

Washington, DC - Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) , Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Water and Wildlife Subcommittee Chairman, and other EPW Committee members released the following statement in response to the passage of H.R.1, the Republican budget proposal, through the House of Representatives early today. H.R. 1, or the House Continuing Resolution (CR), undermines public health protections and slashes the Environmental Protection Agen… Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

CARDIN, DURBIN, SNOWE, OTHERS INTRODUCE BILL TO ELIMINATE THE PRACTICE OF CHILD MARRIAGES OVERSEAS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin joined Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) in introducing legislation yesterday which seeks to end the harmful practice of child marriage oversees. The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act would require the U.S. Government to develop an integrated, strategic approach to reduce, and ultimately end, the practice of child marriage. The bill is also cosponsored by Senators Boxer … Continue Reading


February 18, 2011

CARDIN SAYS UNITED NATIONS SHOULD NOT BE USED TO DIVIDE THE U.S. FROM ITS ALLY ISRAEL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent the following letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today urging her stand with Israel in the United Nations and redirect Palestinian leaders back to direct negotiations.   The text of the letter follows and is attached as a PDF.   February 18, 2011     The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

SENATE PASSES SENATOR CARDIN'S RESOLUTION HONORING THE NAACP

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed by unanimous consent a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) honoring the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on its 102 nd anniversary. The NAACP's headquarters are located in Baltimore, MD. "For 102 years, the NAACP has been an inspiration to all Americans who care about equality and social justice" said Senator Cardin. "Through non-violent action, the NAACP has used its moral force to achiev… Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN FREDERICK COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the New Market District Volunteer Fire Company won $83,192 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase firefighting equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardin is a me… Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

CARDIN INTRODUCES MARYLANDER JIMMIE REYNA TO SENATE FOR HEARING TO BE FEDERAL CIRCUIT JUDGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today returned to the Senate Judiciary Committee to introduce Marylander Jimmie V. Reyna at his confirmation hearing to be the next U.S. Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Senator Cardin had recommended Reyna, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, to President Obama for this court vacancy.   "I was proud to recommend Jimmie Reyna to President Obama for this important court vacancy.  Mr. Reyna is an outstand… Continue Reading


February 17, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR FREE, OPEN AND SAFE INTERNET

Washington ? U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary's Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, this week reintroduced legislation to require the government to work with the private sector to develop minimum standards to protect Americans from cybercrime and cyberterrorism. "A free and open Internet gives strength and a voice to people worldwide and should be protected from censorship and other forms of suppression. But the Internet and those who engage … Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO HIRE EIGHT ADDITIONAL FIREFIGHTERS IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the City of Cumberland won $806,316 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program to hire eight additional firefighters. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Senator Cardi… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP DEVELOP INNOVATIVE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MDHMH) a highly competitive, $6.2 million "Early Innovator" grant to further develop an Information Technology (IT) infrastructure model for the state's health care exchange. Exchanges provide access to affordable health care options to those who need them. "The Healt… Continue Reading


February 16, 2011

CARDIN REINTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO MODERNIZE ESPIONAGE STATUTES AND IMPROVE HOW CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IS USED BY THE COURTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, has reintroduced legislation to improve and modernize outdated espionage statutes and procedures for handling classified information. Senator Cardin's bills, S. 355, the Espionage Statutes Modernization Act, and S. 354, the Classified Information Procedures Reform and Improvement Act , are narrowly tailored and balanced. Each contains imp… Continue Reading

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