Press Releases & Statements

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


June 10, 2010

MARYLAND'S U.S. SENATORS APPLAUD JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF BREDAR AND HOLLANDER NOMINATIONS, URGE SWIFT VOTE BY FULL SENATE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for swiftly moving the nominations of Marylanders Ellen Hollander and James Bredar to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.   The Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved both nominations by voice vote. The full Senate will now consider the nominations. … Continue Reading


June 09, 2010

CARDIN CALLS NEW SANCTIONS ON IRAN ESSENTIAL FOR GLOBAL SECURITY

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 today the United Nations Security Council's passage of Resolution 1929 sanctioning Iran.     "I am heartened that the United Nations Security Council focused on its monumental task at hand - dealing with Iran's dangerous nuclear re… Continue Reading


June 09, 2010

CARDIN, SHAHEEN URGE REPUBLICANS TO JOIN DEMOCRATIC EFFORTS TO HOLD POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE AND STOP PROTECTING BIG OIL COMPANIES

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) held a press conference this afternoon to call on Republicans to stop blocking Democratic efforts to make polluters pay for their actions, and help prevent the next oil spill by holding oil companies like BP accountable for their negligence. Republicans are trying to roll back critical environmental protections and sensible oversight that could help prevent the next oil spill, and give handouts to Big Oil instead. … Continue Reading


June 08, 2010

CARDIN SAYS HIGHER LIABILITY IS NEEDED TO KEEP OIL COMPANIES HONEST

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today called for greater legal accountability by the oil companies in light of the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. His comments came in response to a Judiciary Committee hearing entitled, " The Risky Business of Big Oil: Have Recent Court Decisions and Liability Caps Encouraged Irresponsible Corporate Behavior?"     "How we hold energy companies accountable - specificall… Continue Reading


June 08, 2010

CARDIN, LANDRIEU INTRODUCE BILL TO BOOST SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL CONTRACTS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), and Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA), SBC Chair, yesterday introduced S. 3458, the Section 8(a) Improvements Act of 2010. The legislation seeks to improve access to federal contracts for socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses by making key improvements to the SBA's Section 8(a) contracting programs. This legislation repre… Continue Reading


June 07, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN CELEBRATES 'NATIONAL TRAILS DAY' BY DEDICATING GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL BIKE RACKS & UNVEILING NEW TRAIL AUDIO TOUR

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) today joined the Gwynns Falls Trail Council and representatives from Baltimore City Parks & Recreation to dedicate two bike racks and unveil a new Trail Audio Tour.    In 2003, a picnic pavilion in Leakin Park was dedicated to Senator Cardin in honor of his 60 th birthday and his work to create "greenways" for hiking and biking. The donations by family and friends were used to purchase the bike rack… Continue Reading


June 07, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN ATTENDS FREDERICK CO. 'GO GREEN' ENERGY CONFERENCE

FREDERICK , MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today toured the "Go Green" Energy Conference in Frederick County where he announced that America has an "opportunity to become a leader in the clean energy economy, setting the pace for the rest of the world in investing in efficient, clean energy sources."   The Go Green Ener… Continue Reading


June 04, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD $1 MILLION TO BALTIMORE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today applauded the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award of $1 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds to the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) to expand its weatherization job training center.   The funding will allow BCCC to provide training to 200 low-income, unemployed, or underemployed individuals to work in the growing field of energy e… Continue Reading


June 03, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE AWARD OF $2.9 MILLION IN RECOVERY FUNDS FOR MARYLAND'S COMMUNITY HEALTH INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIP

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised the Department of Health and Human Services grant of $2.9 million to Maryland 's Community Health Integrated Partnership (CHIP) to adopt electronic health records and other health information technology.    The funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's investment in expanding health… Continue Reading


June 02, 2010

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON ISRAELI FLOTILLA RAID

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Israeli engagement of a flotilla of ships attempting to reach Gaza .   " We must withhold judgment while an investigation is ongoing and until the facts become clear, but it's important that we keep in mind that Israel has a right to ensure the security of its borders and protect its citizens from… Continue Reading


June 02, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, KRATOVIL CALL REPORT ON CLOSURE OF EASTON MAIL FACILITY 'UNACCEPTABLE'

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Frank M. Kratovil (all D-MD) today again expressed their concerns about the potential closure of the Easton Mail Processing and Distribution Facility in a letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter. They once again demanded additional opportunities for public comment on the closure and an explanation of how service to Eastern Shore residents will be affe… Continue Reading


May 28, 2010

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI JOIN SUPREME COURT BRIEF TO PROTECT FUNERALS OF FALLEN SOLDIERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today signed on to an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court filed by Majority Leader Harry Reid in support of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder's family.   Matthew, who lived in Finksburg, MD, was killed in Iraq in 2006, and his funeral was disrupted by members of a Kansas church who believe the death of American soldiers is God's punishment for tolerance of homosexuality. … Continue Reading


May 28, 2010

SENATORS AIM TO INCLUDE SMALL BUSINESS TRAINING IN FEDERAL CONTRACTING CERTIFICATION PROCESS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), last night introduced the Small Business Training in Federal Contracting Certification Act (S. 3444) to ensure that contracting officials successfully complete small business training prior to receiving certification in Federal contracting.  "Small businesses will drive our nation's economic recovery because they create the majority of jobs in our communities," said S… Continue Reading


May 27, 2010

ATLANTIC COAST SENATORS JOIN TO PRAISE CANCELLATION OF OIL & GAS DRILLING OFF VIRGINIA, CONTINUE CALL FOR A PERMANENT MORATORIUM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (Both D-NJ), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), today joined together to applaud President Obama for his decision to cancel the planned lease sale that would have permitted new drilling for oil and gas off the Virginia Coast. The Senators were united in calling this a "good first step" but insisting that a permanent moratorium for the Atlantic Coast is still needed. … Continue Reading


May 27, 2010

CARDIN CALLS ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PAY ITS 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 written to the White House urging the federal government comply with the locality based impervious surfaces fee that funds cleaning up after polluters.   The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has indicated to the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies, that they are not required to pay the District of Columbia's impervious surfaces fee, set to go … Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

CARDIN, BOXER CALL FOR ADDITIONAL REVIEW OF OFFSHORE DRILLING PERMITS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the EPW Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today wrote to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar requesting additional review of all drilling activity in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), and that approval of new permits include a processes that ensures that drilling will not pose unacceptable risks to the economy and th… Continue Reading


May 26, 2010

MEMORIAL DAY -- MAY 31, 2010

In 1981, a Florida high school student wrote a moving poem to honor his father -- a Marine. The poem is titled 'Freedom is Not Free,' and on this Memorial Day we remember that sentiment as we pay special tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice so our nation is still free and strong.   I join with all of you in praying for the families they left behind as we honor all those who gave their lives for our nation.   Today, I also join all of you in pr… Continue Reading


May 24, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES NOMINATION OF JAMES COLE TO BE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that he will nominate James Cole to be Deputy Attorney General.   "I welcome President Obama's announcement that he intends to nominate James Cole as Deputy Attorney General.   The Deputy Attorney General is the second highest ranking offici… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

MID-ATLANTIC SENATORS URGE PRESIDENT TO SCRAP VA COASTLINE DRILLING PLANS OVER MILITARY CONCERNS

WASHINGTON - Today, Mid-Atlantic U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg (Both D-NJ) urged President Obama to abandon plans for an oil drilling lease sale along the coast of Virginia due to concerns from the military. A Department of Defense report made public this week has shown that significant areas within the planned lease sale would interfere with military operations and exercises. In their letter to the pr… Continue Reading

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