Press Releases & Statements

March 10, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT TO ENSURE FUNDING FOR DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION PLANS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of an amendment he authored with Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) that will encourage companies to continue their defined benefit pension programs by giving them greater flexibility in managing their pension obligations during this difficult economic downturn.    "Defined benefits plans are an important part of retirement planning and it is important to ensure the viability of … Continue Reading


March 10, 2010

WE THE PEOPLE? CORPORATE SPENDING IN AMERICAN ELECTIONS AFTER CITIZENS UNITED

        Mr. Chairman, I thank you for calling this very important hearing today.           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 great imbalance that currently exists in U.S. campaigns. By effectively legislating in areas that Congress has set reasonable guidelines, the Supreme Court is swinging the door wide open for s… Continue Reading


March 08, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON IRAQI ELECTIONS

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today expressed his support for Iraq's commitment to a free and fair democratic election and offered his condolences for those who lost their lives. Iraq held national elections on Sunday amid continued party infighting that had delayed the election well beyond the original target date.              "The outcome of this election highlights how far Iraq has come in its determina… Continue Reading


March 05, 2010

CARDIN PRAISES SMALL BUSINESS CONTRACTING REVITALIZATION ACT APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY BY COMMITTEE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) applauded action by the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Thursday, unanimously approving S. 2989, the Small Business Contracting Revitalization Act of 2010. The bill includes key provisions authored by Senator Cardin designed to maximize contracting opportunities for small businesses and create jobs.   "Ensuring that small businesses have access to government … Continue Reading


March 05, 2010

SENATORS HONOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a resolution honoring the achievements of women around the world in advance of International Women's Day, which takes place every year on March 8. International Women's Day celebrates the economic, political, and social achievements of women, while acknowledging the obstacles that women still face in the struggle for equal rights and opportunities.… Continue Reading


March 04, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN ISSUES STATEMENT ON NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE REPORT ON FT. DETRICK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement regarding the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) of the health and safety risks to the community of the proposed new United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) high-containment facilities at Ft. Detrick .     "Public safety and environmental concerns must be a top priority. T… Continue Reading


March 04, 2010

CARDIN SIGNS ON AS ORIGINAL COSPONSOR OF BILL TO REPEAL DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has announced his support as an original cosponsor for legislation introduced Wednesday to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.   The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 , authored by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT),  contains three main provisions: (1) it will repeal the law that prevents gay Americans from openly serving in the military, (2) prohibit discrimination against cu… Continue Reading


March 04, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS DEPT. OF COMMERCE'S DECISION TO IMPOSE TARIFFS ON FOREIGN PAPER COMPANIES FOR UNFAIR DUMPING

  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) for imposing tariffs against foreign paper manufacturers who have been unfairly dumping coated paper products on the U.S. market. The DoC action targets China and Indonesia, which has been dumping certain coated paper in the United States.       NewPage Corp. of Luke, MD has been affected by these unfair trading practices. In October, Senator Cardin sent a letter the U.S. Interna… Continue Reading


March 03, 2010

COMMEMORATING THE 49th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PEACE CORPS

Today I rise to celebrate service - specifically the dedication of Americans volunteering in the Peace Corps, which this week marks its 49th year of connecting committed volunteers with meaningful work around the globe.   There are a lot of ways to give of our selves. We donate food. We donate money. We donate time. But the Peace Corps takes community service - global service, really -- to another level, with volunteers committing 27 months to improve the quality of life in develop… Continue Reading


March 03, 2010

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD MORE THAN $8.4 MILLION FOR MARYLAND IN FISH AND WILDLIFE RESTORATION FUNDING

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) applauded today's announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of more than $8.4 million for Maryland to support hunting, sport-fishing, and fish and wildlife conservation and education programs. The funding, through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, is derived from excise taxes and import duties on sporting firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, sport-fishing equipment, electric outb… Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, WYDEN, DODD, CANTWELL AND MERKLEY FIGHT FOR LOCAL CONTROL OVER LNG TERMINAL SITING

WASHINGTON, DC - Working to give state entities the power to determine both the need for - and the location of - liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals in their states, U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Dodd (D-CT.), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation today to repeal portions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which gave that authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Prior to the passa… Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

CARDIN URGES SENATE COLLEAGUE TO END BLOCKADE OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND COBRA BENEFITS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) took to the floor of the U.S. Senate today urging the single Republican senator blocking action on a temporary extension of unemployment and COBRA benefits, as well as a temporary fix to Medicare reimbursements and a continuation of federal highway funds, to let the orderly process of the Senate move forward. There has been a gap in such benefits since they expired Sunday, February 28. Thousands of workers on federal highways construction p… Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

LUGAR AND CARDIN PRAISE UK ENERGY TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senators Dick Lugar (R-IN), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), commended the parliament of the United Kingdom for introduction of an Early Day Motion which urges the United Kingdom to consider legislation similar to the Energy Security Through Transparency Act (S.1700). S.1700 strengthens international disclosure efforts, expre… Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

NOMINATION OF BARBARA MILANO KEENAN, U.S. CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT

Mr. President, I rise today to urge the Senate to invoke cloture on the nomination of Barbara Milano Keenan of Virginia to be a United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit.               I had the privilege to chair Justice Keenan's confirmation hearing on October 7 of last year.   The Judiciary Committee reported out her nomination by voice vote on October 29 of last year.   And here we are today over four months later, just now debating the nomination. … Continue Reading


March 02, 2010

REAL PEOPLE ARE BEING HURT BECAUSE ONE SENATOR IS BLOCKING VITAL LEGISLATION

I take this time to first thank the Democratic Leadership for bringing forward a bill that would extend unemployment insurance and COBRA protection that allows unemployed to be able to get health insurance, also to extend our highway program and the reimbursement structure for our physicians under Medicare so that our seniors can continue to receive the health care that they need. We have a short-term extension that would extend these programs so that there would be no gap in the unemplo… Continue Reading


March 01, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF EXPIRING PROVISIONS OF THE PATRIOT ACT

The U.S. Senate passed a one-year extension of the expiring provision of the USA PATRIOT Act, which will extend the provisions until February 28, 2011. President Obama signed this legislation into law this weekend. "I am disappointed that Congress could not act this year to make improvements to the Patriot Act. As the Chairman of the Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I was pleased to work with Chairman Leahy to craft such legislation that was… Continue Reading


March 01, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN TALKS TO WASHINGTON COLLEGE STUDENTS ABOUT TERRORISM

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told Washington College students that he supported an extension of the PATRIOT Act with greater congressional oversight, "because while our first duty is to protect our nation from a terrorist attack, we also must be mindful of the challenge we face protecting Americans against terrorism while also safeguarding civil liberties." Senator Cardin's address today was part of Washington College's Goldstein Program in Public Affai… Continue Reading


February 26, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN BLASTS HOLD UP OF VOTE ON EXTENDING UI & COBRA BENEFITS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today strongly criticized tactics that have delayed a vote on passing emergency legislation to extend unemployment insurance (UI) and COBRA health care benefits that are scheduled to expire this Sunday. One Republican senator has blocked a vote on the emergency legislation, despite the Democratic leadership's willingness to allow him to offer amendments. "This is not a game for millions of Americans who depend on their UI benefits and r… Continue Reading


February 26, 2010

CARDIN VISITS CONSTRUCTION AT ROCKVILLE WATER TREATMENT PLANT, RECIPIENT OF $1.745 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR ENERGY UPGRADES

U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water Subcommittee, visited the City of Rockville's water treatment plant Friday, which is using $1.745 million in grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to make energy efficient upgrades to its facility. Senator Cardin was joined by Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, City Manager Scott Ullery, members of the Rockville City Council and other local officials. The Rockville Wa… Continue Reading


February 25, 2010

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS PRODS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO PURSUE ALLEGATIONS THAT CHINA'S CURRENCY MANIPULATION IS SUBSIDY HARMING U.S. PAPER INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, a bipartisan group of 15 U.S. senators announced it is urging the U.S. Department of Commerce to finally move forward with an investigation of China's currency manipulation. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), joined by 13 of their colleagues from both sides of the aisle, sent a letter urging Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to launch an investigation into the U.S. manufacturing industry's allegations that China's actions with respect to its c… Continue Reading

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