Press Releases & Statements

June 30, 2010

CARDIN APPLAUDS COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL TO MAKE BP FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR OIL SPILL DAMAGES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised committee passage of the S. 3305, the Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act.   The bill eliminates the $75 million cap on liability for oil spills that was passed in the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill in 1990.     "We mu… Continue Reading


June 29, 2010

HONORING UNITED STATES SENATOR ROBERT C. BYRD

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise with a heavy heart to pay tribute to our friend and colleague who died early this morning, Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving Member in the illustrious history of the United States Congress, the longest-serving Senator, and the only Senator in U.S. history elected to nine full terms. Considering that Senator Byrd won his first election, to the West Virginia House of Delegates, in 1946, it may be that he was the longest-serving elected official in … Continue Reading


June 29, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEW JOB TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN MARYLAND FOR JOBS OF THE FUTURE

  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD)today announced federal funds for Maryland community colleges to develop training programs focusing on in-demand jobs in the high growth fields of cyber security and clean energy technology. The U.S Department of Labor today awarded two-year, competitive Community-Based Job Training grants to Hagerstown Community College and the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation totaling nearly $7 milli… Continue Reading


June 28, 2010

CONFIRMATION HEARING FOR ELENA KAGAN TO BE ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES

Thank you, Chairman Leahy. Solicitor General Kagan, welcome back to the Judiciary Committee. Last year, I had the privilege of chairing your confirmation hearing for the position of Solicitor General. While we had a spirited debate at that time, I think we can agree that there was not quite as much media attention to that hearing as there is today. Why is that? As I prepared for this week's hearings, I have been thinking about the role of the Supreme Court and the Constitution in our lives.… Continue Reading


June 28, 2010

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON DEATH OF SENATOR ROBERT BYRD

"The passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd is a sad day for America and for the U.S. Senate. During his 57 years of congressional service, Robert Byrd was the watchdog of the Senate, fiercely fighting to protect the constitutional powers of the legislative branch, particularly in an era of growing executive power. During his long congressional career, his values and views evolved so that he became a strong supporter of civil rights and also a great defender of the environment and protector of the na… Continue Reading


June 28, 2010

CARDIN HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPACT OF THE SUPREME COURT ON EVERY DAY AMERICANS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, used his opening statement at the confirmation hearing for Solicitor General Elena Kagan to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States to outline the " very tangible impact on all our lives.   "The Supreme Court and the Constitution are at the foundation of our rule of law that is supposed to protect Americans… Continue Reading


June 24, 2010

CARDIN VOTES TO EXPAND SANCTIONS ON IRAN

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, today released the following statement in response to Senate passage of H.R. 2194 , the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act by a vote of 99-0.  Senator Cardin was an original cosponsor of the Senate version of this legislation (S. 908).   "… Continue Reading


June 23, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE CHANGE IN U.S. LEADERSHIP IN AFGHANISTAN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following remarks in response to President Obama's announcement that he had accepted General Stanley McChrystal's resignation as commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and that he will nominate General David Petraeus to take command.   "I support the President's decision to relieve General M… Continue Reading


June 23, 2010

CARDIN, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 87 SENATORS SEND LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA IN SUPPORT OF ISRAEL'S RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joined a group of 85 Senators to send a letter to President Obama this week reaffirming their strong support for Israel's right to self-defense.  The Senators outlined the importance of Israel as an ally to the United States in the Middle East, the significance of Israel for America's national security and the need for the United States to stand with Israel at a time when it "faces mu… Continue Reading


June 23, 2010

NOMINATION OF JOHN S. PISTOLE AS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ANDCOLLECITVE BARGAINING FOR TSA EMPLOYEES

Mr. CARDIN: Mr. President, I rise today to speak in support of the nomination of John S. Pistole to be Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and to talk about collective bargaining for TSA employees.    The TSA has been without a Senate confirmed leader for a year and a half, and during the last five months, we have experienced two major transportation security incidents: the unsuccessful December 25 th bombing of Northwest flig… Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

HAMAS - AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE

In 2007, Hamas, a State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, forcibly seized control of Gaza.   Hamas continues to refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist and has perpetrated terrorist attacks, launching countless rockets from Gaza into Israel.   Hamas calls for the elimination of Israel and Jews from Islamic holy lands.   No Hamas leader has publicly expressed a willingness to disarm or to stop attacks on Israel and Israeli… Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

THE REAL IMPACT OF SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

This year, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. These confirmation hearings will give an opportunity to the public to see firsthand how important Supreme Court decisions are in their lives. There will be many examples that we could give from schools to consumer issues to personal lives, privacy, religious protections, health and the environment, workplace.   In recent years, … Continue Reading


June 21, 2010

MUKULSKI AND CARDIN COMMEMORATE 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF FATAL METRO CRASH, REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO METRO REFORM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today were joined by Deputy Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari at a press conference to remember the victims of the deadly crash on Metro's Red Line and call for quick action on legislation to establish national safety standards for transit systems like the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).   "There is no higher priority than the sa… Continue Reading


June 15, 2010

NOMINATION HEARING OF JAMES M. COLE FOR DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Sessions, and Members of the Judiciary Committee, I would also like to make a brief statement in support of Mr. Cole, who is a veteran of the Department of Justice, having spent the first 13 years of a stellar legal career at the Department handling high-profile corruption investigations, managing attorneys in the Criminal Division, and serving as Chief of Staff to the Special Counsel to the Attorney General.  I first met Mr. Cole in connectio… Continue Reading


June 15, 2010

CARDIN TELLS CARROLL COUNTY SENIORS THE NEW HEALTH REFORM LAW WILL SAVE THEM MONEY

WESTMINSTER , MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told residents of the Carroll Lutheran Village that the new health reform law will help reduce their prescription drug costs and reduce other out-of-pocket expenses they may incur.  He announced that starting this month, seniors who reach the Medicare Part D "donut hole" will receive a $250 check from the federal government … Continue Reading


June 15, 2010

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE APPOINTMENT OF DR. DONALD F. BOESCH TO NATIONAL COMMISSION INVESTIGATING BP OIL SPILL

I want to commend President Obama for appointing Dr. Donald F. Boesch to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Off Shore Drilling. I know Don Boesch personally and he is one of our nation's most prominent biological oceanographers. Don Boesch combines unrivaled scientific expertise, an extraordinary range of relevant experience, and a passion for our ocean resources. President Obama has chosen well.   As Professor of Marine Science and Pre… Continue Reading


June 15, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS DISCUSS FEDERAL RESPONSE TO BP OIL SPILL FOLLOWING RECENT VISITS TO THE GULF COAST

Baltimore, MD - Following up on their recent visits to the Gulf of Mexico to view the damage being done by the BP oil spill, U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (all D-MD) gathered at the National Aquarium, Baltimore today to voice their concerns about the current responsiveness of BP and the need for the federal government to do even more to take charge of the situation.   "Oil… Continue Reading


June 11, 2010

CARDIN BILL WOULD REQUIRE FEDS TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE TO CLEAN UP LOCAL POLLUTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced S. 3481, a bill that would require the federal government to comply with local stormwater fees that are used to treat and manage polluted stormwater runoff.  Senator Cardin introduced his bill, which amends the Clean Water Act, in response to recent written decisions that rebuffed or left ambiguous the need for Federal agencies to pay such fees. … Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI URGE SWIFT FEDERAL COORDINATION WITH MARYLAND, ATLANTIC COAST STATES ON OIL SPILL READINESS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today, in an effort to protect Maryland's economy and heritage, insisted on coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Commerce with Maryland and other Atlantic Coast states in the event that the BP oil spill reaches the eastern seaboard. In a letter signed with 20 of their Senate colleagues, they asked for: … Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

CARDIN, SENATE VOTE TO PROTECT AMERICAN CONSUMERS AGAINST BIG OIL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised his Senate colleagues for defeating an attempt to weaken the national fuel efficiency standards that help keep our air safe to breathe and would have contributed to increasing America's dependence on oil.     "Today, the Senate rejected a thinly veiled effort to roll back the Clean Air Act that would have incre… Continue Reading

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