Press Releases & Statements

May 20, 2010

MID-ATLANTIC SENATORS URGE PRESIDENT TO SCRAP VA COASTLINE DRILLING PLANS OVER MILITARY CONCERNS

WASHINGTON - Today, Mid-Atlantic U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg (Both D-NJ) urged President Obama to abandon plans for an oil drilling lease sale along the coast of Virginia due to concerns from the military. A Department of Defense report made public this week has shown that significant areas within the planned lease sale would interfere with military operations and exercises. In their letter to the pr… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

CARDIN SAYS METRO MUST FOCUS ON SAFETY OF CURRENT SYSTEM FIRST

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) joined Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) for a hearing Wednesday of the Senate Appropriations Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee to review the President's FY2011 budget request for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).   The President's request for $150 million would be the second installment of a 10-year commitment made by the federal government last yea… Continue Reading


May 20, 2010

CARDIN: AMERICAN CONSUMERS AND TAXPAYERS WIN VICTORY OVER WALL STREET WITH PASSAGE OF FINANCIAL REFORM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement after the Senate passed the Wall Street reform bill by a vote of 59-39.   The Restoring American Financial Stability Act will now be reconciled with a financial reform bill passed by the House of Representatives in December.     "American consumers have won a real victory tonight. The bill passed by the Senate puts consumers first and provides strict new regulations to … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $3.3 MILLION IN DHS FUNDING FOR U. OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the University of Maryland , College Park (UMCP) will receive a $3.3 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence grant to provide funding for the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). The START program, which is based at UMCP, was competitively selected by the DHS's Science an… Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

CARDIN SAYS CONGRESS MUST TAKE ACTION TO BOLSTER IRANIAN SANCTIONS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement concerning the multilateral agreement on Iranian sanctions announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.   "For the safety of the world, Iran's nuclear ambitions must be contained. I applaud the Obama Administration for its success bringing along Russia and China, in … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, KRATOVIL CALL FOR POSTAL SERVICE TO SCHEDULE PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETINGS ON FATE OF EASTON MAIL PROCESSING FACILITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Frank M. Kratovil (all D-Md.) today sent a letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter, asking that the U.S. Post Office schedule additional public information meetings on the Area Mail Processing Study of the Easton Processing and Distribution Facility in Easton, MD.     The text of the letter follows:   … Continue Reading


May 19, 2010

REVIEW AND OVERSIGHT OF THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2011 BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (METRO)

Thank you Chairman Murray and Ranking Member Bond for holding this hearing, and thank you Sen. Mikulski for inviting me to address the subcommittee about the federal government's increased commitment to invest in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.   Last year, the Greater Washington Congressional Delegation fought hard for the much needed transportation appropriation we secured for WMATA. In working with the members of this subcommittee… Continue Reading


May 18, 2010

CARDIN ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that 15 Marylanders have accepted appointments to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2010-2011 academic year.     The five U.S. service academies -- the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy -- recruit top-notch young American men and women who will appreciate an excellent education and a chance … Continue Reading


May 18, 2010

CARDIN, KRATOVIL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT COASTAL REGIONS NATIONWIDE

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee introduced the Coastal Habitat Conservation Act today that would authorize U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Coastal Program, which integrates all Service activities in coastal ecosystems to identify the most important natural resource problems and solutions. Congressman Fran… Continue Reading


May 17, 2010

CARDIN, SENATORS CALL FOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO OPEN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO BP OIL SPILL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and chair of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, along with EPW chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and other members of the Committee, today asked United States Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation into potential violations of civil and criminal laws related to issues surrounding the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Joining Senators Cardin and Bo… Continue Reading


May 17, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN PARTICIPATES IN MARYLAND DEPT. OF AGING HEALTH CARE 'SUMMIT'

GLEN BURNIE, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today participated in a Maryland Department of Aging forum to help educate the state's Department of Aging county directors, senior center directors, and auxiliary staff about the newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   "There has been a lot of misinformation about the new law and I want to be sure that seniors have the correct information … Continue Reading


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

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