Press Releases & Statements

October 28, 2010

CARDIN, SARBANES CELEBRATE NATIONAL WEATHERIZATION DAY

GLEN BURNIE, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (both D-MD) today joined Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Secretary Raymond Skinner to celebrated National Weatherization Day by visiting the Glen Burnie home of Evette West-Brooks, which was recently retrofitted to be more energy efficient.   Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) … Continue Reading


October 27, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $41 MILLION GRANT TO HELP FAMILIES PAY ENERGY BILLS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.) today announced Maryland will receive more than $41 million to prevent Marylanders from having to choose between paying their heating and cooling bills and paying for food and medicine. The $41,073,570 Low Income House Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) block grant will help low-income families, seniors with fixed incomes and people with disabilities pay for heating costs through the coldest months of win… Continue Reading


October 27, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON ARREST IN POTENTIAL METRO BOMBING PLOT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the FBI arrest of a man for attempting to assist others whom he believed to be members of al-Qaeda in planning multiple bombings at Metrorail stations in the Washington, DC, area. "Metro riders received a fresh reminder today that there are still individuals and organizations who seek to do … Continue Reading


October 25, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES 'SPICER TRACT' ACQUISITION FOR BLACKWATER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

CAMBRIDGE, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today announced a major expansion of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge with the purchase of the 766-acre Spicer Tract on the eastern portion of the Refuge. Blackwater NWR, located in Dorchester County, is one of our nation's premier wildlife refuges, consisting of 27,000 acres that include one-third of Maryland's tidal wetlands and some of the most ecologically important areas of our State. … Continue Reading


October 22, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION RULING THAT UNFAIR TRADING PRACTICES HAVE HARMED U.S. PAPER COMPANIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised the U.S. International Trade Commission's (USITC) ruling that the U.S. paper industry has been harmed by the unfair dumping of coated paper products on the U.S. market. The USITC ruling, which was a 6-0 vote, means that the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from China and Indonesia "This ruling by the International Trade Commis… Continue Reading


October 22, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS WIN FIGHT TO SAVE DEFENSE JOBS IN WESTMINSTER

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-Md.) announced that General Dynamics Robotics Systems in Westminster, Maryland, will be able to keep 118 highly-trained employees working on a critical Army modernization program. The General Dynamics team in Westminster has been working for years to help develop a self-controlled robotic navigation system, called the Autonomous Navigation System, for the next gene… Continue Reading


October 20, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $800,000 HUD GRANT TO IMPROVE PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY GREEN LINE CORRIDOR

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today announced that the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, in partnership with the Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation and Economic Development Corporation, has been awarded $800,000 under the HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant Program. Funds will be used to plan for the expansion of the corridor around Prince George's County's four southern Metro Gre… Continue Reading


October 18, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI HELP BREAK GROUND ON NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER, NEW ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR FREDERICK MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

Frederick, MD -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today joined federal, state and local officials to officially break ground on construction for a new air traffic control tower to be built at Frederick Municipal Airport. The FAA is funding the $5.3 million tower project through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Construction is expected to begin almost immediately, with completion expected within 18 months. "Fred… Continue Reading


October 18, 2010

CARDIN, HOYER, O'MALLEY, AND MIKULSKI SEND LETTER TO CONSTELLATION, EDF URGING CONTINUED NEGOTIATION ON LOAN GUARANTEE FOR CALVERT CLIFFS PROJECT

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Governor Martin O'Malley, and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski sent a letter today to Mayo A. Shattuck III, President and Chief Executive Officer of Constellation Energy Group, and Henri Proglio, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Électricité de France, requesting that the two companies engage in active negotiations immediately in order to reach agreement on a plan to proceed with the develo… Continue Reading


October 13, 2010

CARDIN CRITICIZES EPA RUSH DECISION TO ALLOW E15 FUEL BLENDS

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to allow the commercial sale of E15 fuel blends - transportation fuels comprised of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline - for automobiles made in model year 2007 or more recently.   … Continue Reading


October 12, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON LIFTING OF DEEPWATER DRILLING MORATORIUM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement in response to the Obama Administration lifting of the ban on deepwater drilling that was imposed after the BP oil spill.     "In May, I called on Interior Secretary Salazar to keep a moratorium on deepwater drilling in place until reforms to environmental… Continue Reading


October 07, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, SMITH ANNOUNCE FUNDS TO HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THEIR FAMILIES

DUNDALK, MD - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today joined Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith to announce $106,969 in grant funding to the Family Crisis Center of Baltimore County, a community-based nonprofit that provides services to victims of domestic violence and their families.   The announcement is a part of more than $10 million in grant funds awarded to Maryland from the Department of Justi… Continue Reading


October 07, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI: $5.7 MILLION IN SBA-BACKED LOANS RELEASED TO MARYLAND SMALL BUSINESSES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today applauded the Small Business Administration's (SBA) release of $5.7 million in loans to 24 Maryland small businesses. The Maryland loans were part of SBA's approval of 1,939 loans totaling $970 million to small businesses nationwide. Today's action follows enactment of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which was signed into law on September 27. The law provided funding f… Continue Reading


October 06, 2010

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $40,000 FOR HOUSING PRESERVATION IN GARRETT CO.

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Garrett County Community Action Committee, Inc. (GCCAC) has been awarded a $40,189 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grant to assist very-low and  low-income homeowners.   The $40,189 Housing Preservation Grant will be used to finance low interest or deferred loans to help low-income homeowners in Garrett County repair their homes and remove substandard con… Continue Reading


October 06, 2010

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $40,000 FOR HOUSING PRESERVATION ON LOWER SHORE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Shore Up! Inc. has been awarded a $40,189 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grant to assist very-low and low-income homeowners.   The $40,189 Housing Preservation Grant will be used to finance low interest or deferred loans to help low-income homeowners in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties repair their homes and remove substandard conditions.  … Continue Reading


October 05, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $40 MILLION TO HELP MARYLAND HOMEOWNERS FACING FORECLOSURE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD ) today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s Emergency Homeowners Loan Program (EHLP) will provide nearly $40 million to Maryland to help homeowners make payments. "Our economy has experienced the worst recession since the Great Depression and millions of American families are facing job loss while struggling to stay in their homes," said Sena… Continue Reading


October 04, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL GRANT AWARDS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES IN WESTERN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Allegany College and Garrett College competitive federal grant funds to upgrade on-campus facilities, providing better opportunities to students and making them more prepared to enter the workforce. "Education is the key to economic success and our local colleges are on the frontlines providing the train… Continue Reading


September 30, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE INNOVATION GRANT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY SCHOOLS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced Montgomery County Public Schools has been awarded a nearly $5 million grant through the Investing in Innovation Development Grants Program. The grant will support an effort to develop an elementary curriculum that guides children toward college readiness. "This funding will allow for the development of a new, innovative curriculum and teacher training that … Continue Reading


September 30, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANTS TO HIRE 7 NEW POLICE OFFICERS

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Cheverly, Cumberland, Elkton and Fruitland police departments will receive grants from the Department of Justice COPS Hiring Program (CHP) to hire new police officers. The COPS Hiring Grant Program provides important funding to help our communities hire the law enforcement officers they need to effectively fight and prevent crime," Senat… Continue Reading


September 29, 2010

SENATE EPW COMMITTEE MEMBERS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO REDUCE DANGEROUS LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chair of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, joined with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee to introduce a bill Tuesday that would strengthen standards to protect people from toxic lead in drinking water. Along with Senator Cardin, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bernard Sanders (I-VT), and Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) also were original co-sponsors of the … Continue Reading

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