Press Releases & Statements

February 15, 2011

CARDIN CALLS FOR SMART FUNDING OF PROGRAMS THAT FURTHER OUR NATIONAL SECURITY GOALS, OPPOSES DEEP CUTS TO INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS BUDGET

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD),a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, gave the following remarks in response to the international affairs budget.   "Like many American families still facing tough times, the President is asking that the federal government live within its means. This will require that we make some tough choices in every area of our federal budget. However, we cannot sacrifice our national security or forfeit our global leadershi… Continue Reading


February 15, 2011

CARDIN WELCOMES MARYLANDER DAN ASHE TO SENATE FOR CONFIRMATION HEARING TO HEAD U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today welcomed President Obama's nominee to be the next director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Dan Ashe, to the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) for his confirmation hearing. Ashe, a long-time Maryland resident, currently serves as the agency's deputy director. "Dan Ashe's demonstrated leadership at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and his commitment to science-driven decisions make him the ideal person … Continue Reading


February 14, 2011

CARDIN HELPS CUT RIBBON FOR EXPANDED HEALTH CENTER AND PRENATAL SERVICES IN CAPITOL HEIGHTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) joined officials from Maryland, Prince George's County and Dimensions Healthcare System to celebrate the start of prenatal services at the Greater Baden Walker Mill Health Center in Capitol Heights with a ribbon-cutting for their newly expanded and renovated facility. Greater Baden will utilize a state grant from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission to expand access to new prenatal services for at-risk women and reduce hea… Continue Reading


February 14, 2011

CARDIN CALLS THE PRESIDENTS BUDGET A GOOD STARTING POINT FOR RESTORING OUR NATIONS ECONOMIC HEALTH

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget and Finance committees, called President Obama's FY12 Budget proposal a thoughtful step toward addressing our federal deficit while still investing in programs that will help boost our economy and lead to greater job creation. "President Obama has given us a credible blueprint for dealing with our deficit while still investing in America and moving us forward to a bigger and brighter future. Like many Americ… Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE C&O CANAL BILL TO CONTINUE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) have introduced legislation to ensure the continued involvement of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park Historical Park Advisory Commission in decisions that affect the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The C&O Canal National Historical Park is managed by the National Park Service (NPS), but the Advisory Commission was established 40 years ago to provide a vital link between the surrounding communit… Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

CARDIN URGES NEW EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT TO RESPECT THE RIGHTS OF ITS CITIZENS AND UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL TREATIES AND COMMITMENTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD),a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following comments in response to the resignation of Egyptian President Mubarak.   "President Hosni Mubarak's decision to step down immediately is a positive step towards a meaningful transition that meets the expectations of those who have sought to express their freedoms in Cairo and across Egypt during the past few weeks.  I urge Egypt's new leadership to con… Continue Reading


February 11, 2011

CARDIN SALUTES SACRIFICE OF MARYLAND AIRMAN RETURNED HOME FROM WWII AFTER 67 YEARS MISSING IN ACTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today honored Marylander Tech Sgt Charles Bode of Baltimore as he was finally returned to his family after nearly seven decades of unanswered questions. Sgt Bode was one of 11 servicemen missing in action from World War II who were recently identified.   "This is a special day as we take time to pause and honor the return of one of our long missing Marylander's today. Tech Sgt Charles Bode of Baltimore was missing in action off of t… Continue Reading


February 10, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE INNOVATIVE GRANT FOR HIGH SCHOOL LAPTOP INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Washington County Public Schools $30,000 grant for Hancock High School's Laptop Initiative.   As part of the initiative, 36 teachers and 167 students at Hancock High School will receive individual laptops to be used in the classroom and at home. The initiative aims to teach students advanced technology skills so that they will be better pr… Continue Reading


February 09, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI RUPPERSBERGER ANNOUNCE BALTIMORE CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS WON $1.3 MILLION IN COMPETITIVE FUNDING FOR FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, and Benjamin L. Cardin, and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore City Fire Department won $1.3 million in competitive 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… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

SENATE DEMOCRATS PUT SPENDING CUT IDEA ON TABLEIN LETTER TO HOUSE GOP, SENATORS SAY $20B COULD BE SAVED BY ENDING SUBSIDIES FOR OIL COMPANIES

Washington, DC-As House Republicans try to find $32 billion in spending cuts this week,U.S. Senators Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Charles E. Schumer, Patty Murray, Benjamin L. Cardin, Bill Nelson, Robert Menendez, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse and Kirsten Gillibrand reached out Tuesday with a concrete suggestion for reining in the deficit: cutting unneeded subsidies and tax breaks for oil companies that are making record profits.   In a letter to Speaker John Boehner and other House leaders, t… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Company won $43,273 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 th… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT IN WICOMICO COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Department won $103,930 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase communications 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… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIRE ENGINE FOR PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-Md.) today announced the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department won $280,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase a new fire engine. 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 membe… Continue Reading


February 08, 2011

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Deal Island-Chance Volunteer Fire Department won $38,000 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 … Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

TEAM MARYLAND HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE HONORING DEAMONTE DRIVER

WASHININGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A Mikulski today joined Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) at a press conference honoring the fourth anniversary of the death of Deamonte Driver, the 12-year old Maryland boy who died after an untreated tooth infection spread to his brain.   Senators Cardin, Mikulski and Congressmen Cummings and Sarbanes were joined by Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D. and Maryland Dent… Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

MEMBERS OF MARYLAND & VIRGINIA DELEGATION COMMENT ON NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES REVIEW OF PENTAGON POLICIES ON BRAC-RELATED TRANSPORTATION IMPACTS

WASHINGTON -- Members of the Maryland and Virginia congressional delegation responded to today's release of an independent review identifying shortcomings in current Department of Defense policies on addressing and funding the transportation impact of military base realignments. The study, which was ordered through an amendment to the fiscal year 2010 defense budget and conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, concluded that the Pentagon's rules and policies for funding BRAC-related transp… Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

CARDIN LAUDS FAA REAUTHORIZATION BILL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) spoke from the floor of the Senate today in support of the bill to provide a permanent reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) after 17 short-term extensions. He said that the "promise of jobs, consumer and traveler protections, home grown technological innovation and reductions in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas pollution could not come at a better time." The airline industry accounts for nearly 11 million U.S. j… Continue Reading


February 07, 2011

CARDIN OPPOSES WICKER AMENDMENT THAT WOULD BLOCK COLLECTIVE BARGAINING VOTE FOR TSA EMPLOYEES AT BWI AND NATIONWIDE

Washington - Speaking from the floor of the Senate, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D?MD), praised the recent decision by U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole that will permit the TSA security officers who work at BWI-Thurgood Marshall International Airport and at airports around the nation to vote on whether or not they wish to be represented by a union for the purpose of engaging in limited, clearly defined collective bargaining at the national level o… Continue Reading


February 04, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT FOR CARROLL COUNTY FIRE STATION DESTROYED BY FIRE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-Md.) today announced the Sykesville Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department won $35,586 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program to purchase communications equipment. As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski fights each year to increase federal funding for the fire grants program. Sena… Continue Reading


February 04, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING TO PURCHASE FIREFIGHTING EQUIPMENT IN ALLEGANY COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Clarysville Volunteer Fire Department won $107,588 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 o… Continue Reading

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