Press Releases & Statements

May 14, 2010

CARDIN, CRAPO, MIKULSKI AND RISCH INTRODUCE BILL TO CONTINUE WATER RESEARCH AT LAND GRANT COLLEGES

Washington, DC - In a bipartisan effort to protect our nation's water supply, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), ranking member of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, along with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and James Risch (R-ID), have introduced a bill to continue funding for land grant universities in every state to research best methods for … Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $37 MILLION FOR MARYLAND IN CRITICAL HOMELAND SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE AND PREPAREDNESS GRANTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Maryland 2010 Preparedness Grants totaling more than $37 million for seven federal programs.   These grants are focused on assisting state and local government and the private sector in strengthening preparedness for acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies.   "Maryland's proximity to the our nation's… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE OBAMA NOMINEES HOLLANDER AND BREDAR FOR DISTRICT COURT SEATS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) participated today in the nomination hearing for Marylanders Ellen Hollander and James Bredar to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.   Hollander currently serves as a Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge and Bredar is a U.S. Magistrate Judge.   Senator Cardin, a member of the Judiciary Committee that will consider the nominations, presided over the heari… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION FOR NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION

WASHINGTON . - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-MD) today announced the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), headquartered in Emmitsburg , Md. , has been awarded a $1 million Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FPS) to produce life safety training classes and DVDs. Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America 's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonpro… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

THE ESPIONAGE STATUTES: A LOOK BACK AND A LOOK FORWARD

The subcommittee will come to order.                 The current statutory framework with respect to the espionage statutes is a patchwork that traces its roots to the Espionage Act of 1917, which targeted classic espionage situations involving persons working on behalf of foreign nations.   Constructed during the First World War, the current framework was formed at a time when intelligence and national security information existed primarily… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

CARDIN BEGINS COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF U.S. ESPIONAGE STATUTES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee questioned witnesses today about how well the espionage statutes have worked over the last 60 years.   Cardin chaired the Subcommittee hearing which was entitled "The Espionage Statutes: A Look Back and a Look Forward."     The Subcommittee, which has oversight jurisdiction in regard to the espionage laws and their enforc… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

THE ECONOMIC & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE BP OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

      Madam Chair: Former Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) said that the idea for Earth Day came to him in the summer of 1969 when he was on a speaking tour out west. One of the stops on his trip was Santa Barbara, where he saw first-hand the effects of the blow-out on Union Oil 's Platform A, six miles off the coast. Over a 10-day period, 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil spilled onto the beaches and killed over 10,000 birds.   How ironic that last… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

CARDIN INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO SPEED EXPANSION OF DEPENDENT COVERAGE TO AGE 26 FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the children of federal employees are able to remain on their parents' health insurance until age 26 this year.   More than 2 million federal employees could benefit from this provision, saving money for the employees and their young adult dependents.    Co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME),   Mark Warner (D-V… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

CARDIN SAYS BP OIL SPILL HEIGHTENS NEED FOR A NEW ENERGY POLICY FOR AMERICA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today called for the Senate to heed the lessons of the BP oil spill and move forward promptly on clean energy legislation.   "The BP spill is a reminder of the urgent need of forging a new energy policy that weans us off oil as quickly as possible.  … Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE

Washington, DC - 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 his Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court, filling the seat of Justice John Paul Stevens.   "I welcome President Obama's announcement today that he intends to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kag… Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NEW ALLIED HEALTH CARE EDUCATION CENTER IN MT. AIRY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) today announced $1 million in federal funding to help build a new allied health care education center in Mount Airy , Maryland . The new center, called the Mid-Maryland Community College Allied Healthcare Education Center, will cost a total of $5.5 million over five years and will train up to 500 students per year wh… Continue Reading


May 07, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE PRESIDENT FOR ISSUING MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR MARYLAND'S FEBRUARY BLIZZARDS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore County Fire Department has been awarded $442,080 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).  Senator Mikulski is on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the AFGP and fights each year to increase its federal funding.  Senator Cardin is a member of the Budget Committee, whic… Continue Reading


May 07, 2010

CARDIN CALLS SUSPENSION OF PLANNED LEASE SALE OFF VIRGINIA COAST A POSITIVE STEP TOWARD A PERMANENT BAN TO PROTECT THE ATLANTIC

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the Interior Department's announcement in the Federal Register today that it has indefinitely postponed any actions related to the proposed oil and gas lease sale off the coast of Virginia.     "I thank Pr… Continue Reading


May 07, 2010

CARDIN WHISTLEBLOWER AMENDMENT TO WALL STREET REFORM BILL WILL HELP KEEP RATINGS AGENCIES HONEST

Washington, DC - The Senate has adopted U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin's amendment (3840) to the Wall Street Reform bill that will extend whistleblower protections to employees of the 10 Nationally Recognized Statistical Ratings Organizations (NRSROs). NRSROs are the companies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's that issue credit ratings at the heart of the securities market.   "As we have sought answers that can help pull our economy - particularly the housing market - out of… Continue Reading


May 06, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $440,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore County Fire Department has been awarded $442,080 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).  Senator Mikulski is on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the AFGP and fights each year to increase its federal funding.  Senator Cardin is a member of the Budget Committee, which ea… Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

CARDIN, SCHUMER, UDALL PUSH IMMEDIATE FIX TO 'NO-FLY' LIST LOOPHOLE THAT LET TIMES SQUARE TERRORIST ESCAPE NOTICE AT AIRPORT BY PAYING IN CASH

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, and Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Mark Udall (D-CO) urged the Obama administration Wednesday to immediately close a loophole to the 'no fly' list that let the suspect in the Times Square bombing incident escape detection at a New York airport by paying cash for his ticket.   Almost ten years after 9/11, airlines are still not required to flag pa… Continue Reading


May 03, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN SPONSORS SMALL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FAIR

LARGO, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today sponsored a Small Business Opportunity Fair for Maryland businesses.   Hundreds of Maryland small business owners attended the Fair, which included workshops on contracting with the federal government, BRAC opportunities, green business opportunities and access to capital.   Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and has made helping small businesses a top priority.     … Continue Reading


May 03, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CONGRATULATE AWARD WINNING YOUTH VOLUNTEERS IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-Md.) today congratulated two Maryland students, Forrest Carroll, 17, of Lutherville and Victoria Brown, 14, of Reisterstown, for being named the top two youth volunteers in Maryland for 2010 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.  The two young people - along the top youth volunteers from every other state - were in Washington this week for a gala award ceremony at the Smithsoni… Continue Reading


April 30, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $11,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FREDERICK COUNTY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Vigilant Hose Company in Emmitsburg has been awarded $11,136 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). Senator Mikulski is on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the AFGP and fights each year to increase its federal funding. Senator Cardin is a member of the Budget Committee,… Continue Reading


April 30, 2010

CARDIN CELEBRATES OFFICIAL INVESTITURE OF JUDGE ANDRE DAVIS TO THE FOURTH CIRCUIT COURT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined Judge Andre M. Davis for his official investiture to Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Judge Davis was confirmed by the Senate for this position in November. Senator Cardin presided over his confirmation hearing in the Judiciary Committee in April 2009.   "This day has been a decade in the making and I am proud to join Judge Davis … Continue Reading

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