Press Releases & Statements

March 26, 2010

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.5 MILLION FOR EASTON/NEWNAM FIELD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has awarded the Easton/Newnam Field Airport two grants totally more than $1.5 million to rehabilitate the aircraft parking apron and to remove obstructions from runway areas. The grants will help the facility meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety and design standards.   "The Easton/Newnam Fiel… Continue Reading


March 25, 2010

CARDIN HAILS IMPROVEMENTS TO HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW PASSED BY THE SENATE TODAY

Washington, DC - After days of voting and more than a year of public debate, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised the Senate majority for passing important improvements to health insurance reform that will bring immediate benefits to all Americans. He released the following statement after the Senate passed the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act by a majority vote of 56-43.   "One o… Continue Reading


March 24, 2010

CARDIN CALLS FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY TO DETERMINE EXTENT OF LINK BETWEEN ANTIDEPRESSANT USE BY COMBAT TROOPS AND MILITARY SUICIDE RATE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), testified today before the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), to voice his concerns about the use of antidepressants among our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and ongoing questions about whether there is a connection between the reported use of such prescription medications and the record-high suicide rate among active-duty soldiers.     … Continue Reading


March 24, 2010

MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM'S PROGRAMS, POLICIES, AND INITIATIVES

  Chairman Webb, Ranking Member Graham and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee: thank you for your invitation to appear before you this morning. I am pleased to have this opportunity to discuss with you the issue of the deteriorating mental health of so many of our combat troops. On behalf of the American families whose loved ones have gone into harms way I come before you today to discuss the strains that have been placed upon our all volunteer force.   In 2009, an unprecedented 160 a… Continue Reading


March 22, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AMENDMENT PASSES SENATE 93-0EXTENDING EAS WAIVER FOR HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today applauded the inclusion of their amendment to extend the Essential Air Service (EAS) program at Hagerstown Airport through Sept. 30, 2013 in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act.   The Senate-passed version of the FAA reauthorization returns to the House of Representatives to work out differences between two versions of the bill.   The EAS waiver had be… Continue Reading


March 22, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by a vote of 219-212. The bill passed by the Senate in December by a vote of 60-39.  Sunday evening, the House of Representatives also passed the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 with a majority vote of 220-211.   "A majority in C… Continue Reading


March 22, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD $240,000 IN ARRA GRANT TO MARYLAND FOR JOB TRAINING IN TRANSPORTATION-RELATED CAREERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today applauded the award of a $240,000 grant to Maryland by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to fund apprenticeship and training programs for transportation-related careers. The grant is part of the Federal Highway Administration's On the Job Training/Supportive Services (OJT/SS) program to help recruit and retain mi… Continue Reading


March 22, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN, CONGRESSMAN SARBANES AND MAYOR RAWLINGS-BLAKE URGE FULL PARTICIPATION IN THE 2010 CENSUS

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3)  and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake were joined by members of the Baltimore religious community in urging area residents to participate in the 2010 Census. The 2010 Census forms have been mailed to area residents who need to fill them out and mail them back on Census Day - April 1, 2010.   The 2010 Census will have a profound impact on Mary… Continue Reading


March 22, 2010

CARDIN PRAISES EPA ACTION TO PROTECT DRINKING WATER FROM HARMFUL CONTAMINANTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the EPW Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson's announcement that the EPA is developing a broad new set of strategies to strengthen public health protection from contaminants in drinking water and revising the existing drinking water standards for four contaminants that can cause cancer (tetrachloroethyl… Continue Reading


March 22, 2010

CARDIN CALLS FAA REAUTHORIZATION AN ENGINE FOR JOB CREATION IN MARYLAND

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement after the Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act by a vote of 93-0. The bill will now be reconciled with the version passed the House of Representatives last year.   "Our aviation system does much more than provide flights for millions of Americans.   Aviation provides jobs and fuels our economy. … Continue Reading


March 19, 2010

CARDIN WELCOMES ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU TO WASHINGTON

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 advance of next week's visit to Washington, DC, of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   "I am pleased that Prime Minister Netanyahu will return to visit the U.S.   I welcome him as leader of America's closest and most re… Continue Reading


March 18, 2010

CARDIN JOINS PRESIDENT OBAMA AT WHITE HOUSE FOR SIGNING OF THE BIPARTISAN JOBS BILL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined President Obama at the White House as he signed the bipartisan Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE Act) into law.   "I was proud to join President Obama today in the White House Rose Garden as he signed into law one of many jobs initiatives designed to encourage new, private-sector hiring and help small businesses in Maryland and across the nation.   The bill signed today, th… Continue Reading


March 17, 2010

CARDIN REITERATES CALL FOR MAKING CREDIT MORE AVAILABLE TO SMALL BUSINESSES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined colleagues from the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, including Chairman Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), on the Senate floor to highlight the urgent need to help America's small businesses get the credit and resources they need to thrive and create new jobs. Senator Cardin's full remarks can be found at cardin.senate.gov … Continue Reading


March 17, 2010

STATEMENT BY THE HONORABLE BENJAMIN L. CARDINCOMMEMORATING TRANSPARENCY AND SUNSHINE WEEK

     This week we celebrate Sunshine Week, not as a seasonal way to welcome the spring weather, but as a time to mark the importance of transparency in our government.        At the U.S. Helsinki Commission we monitor 56 countries, including the United States , to ensure compliance with human rights and other commitments made under the Helsinki Final Act.        A major part of that compliance rests on governments being open and acting t… Continue Reading


March 16, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON ISRAELI ANNOUNCEMENT OF HOUSING EXPANSION IN EAST JERUSALEM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement in response to Israel's announcement last week, during a visit of Vice President Biden, of plans to expand Ramat Shlomo neighborhood in East Jerusalem.   "There is no excuse for Israel's announcement of plans to expand housing units in East Jerusalem when Vice President Biden … Continue Reading


March 16, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD SENATE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION HONORING HARRIET TUBMAN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised unanimous Senate passage of a resolution honoring the life, heroism and service of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous "conductor" of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.     Harriet Tubman was born in Dorchester County , Maryland , where she spent nearly 30 years as a slave.   She escaped slavery in 1849, but returned fo… Continue Reading


March 15, 2010

APPLAUDING STATE DEPARTMENT HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTS

This month's release of the State Department's annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices shows the value of consistently monitoring human rights around the globe.    As Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission charged with monitoring international human rights commitments in 56 countries from the U.S. and Canada to Europe and Central Asia, this annual report is a key tool that we, and others, use to track progress being made on universal freedoms.   This year's reports have increased … Continue Reading


March 12, 2010

CARDIN APPLAUDS JUDICIARY COMMITTEE FOR MOVING CLOSER TO SENTENCING EQUITY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today praised the committee for unanimously moving forward legislation that will significantly reduce the inequity in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine, helping to correct an enormous racial disparity in our criminal justice system. Senator Cardin is an original cosponsor of the bill, the Fair Sentencing Act, and has worked closely on this issue with Senator Dick Durbi… Continue Reading


March 11, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AND KRATOVIL ANNOUNCE $1.17 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANT FOR SALISBURY AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today joined U.S. Congressman Frank Kratovil (MD-1 st) in announcing $1,175,000 from the Department of Transportation for improvements to the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport .   Salisbury Airport will use the funds for construction that will extend the runway and make air traffic safer for the residents of Wicomic… Continue Reading


March 10, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON 'WE THE PEOPLE? CORPORATE SPENDING IN AMERICAN ELECTIONS AFTER CITIZENS UNITED'

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today voiced his concerns that the Supreme Court, in its decision Citizens United v. FEC will give corporations an outsized influence on elections and damage our electoral process.   "My view of the Citizens United decision is clear.   A very activist Supreme Court has tipped the scales of justice further against American voters, which will only exacerbate the gr… Continue Reading

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