Press Releases & Statements

January 20, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE ARRA FUNDING TO GET PEOPLE READY FOR GREEN CONSTRUCTION JOBS IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced a grant putting American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds in the federal checkbook to get people across Maryland ready for green industries jobs.   The Department of Labor has awarded a $5.8 million ARRA grant to a consortium of organizations and businesses for the "Smart, Green and Growing" project, which will provide training and job pla… Continue Reading


January 19, 2010

CARDIN, DURBIN LEAD SENATE IN URGING UGANDA'S PRESIDENT TO BLOCK ANTI-HOMOSEXUAL LAW

      WA SHINGTON- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and 10 other Senators today urged Ugandan President Yoweri Musseveni to block enactment of a law that would criminalize homosexuality and codify prejudice against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and HIV-positive Ugandans. The bill, which if passed would impose sentences as severe as life in prison or death, runs counter to global decl… Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE ARRA FUNDING FOR GREEN CONSTRUCTION JOBS TRAINING IN BALTIMORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-Md.) today announced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) puts funds in the federal checkbook for job training in renewable and energy efficient building construction in Maryland through the Department of Labor (DOL).   A $4.7 million ARRA grant has been awarded to a consortium of organizations and businesses to implement comprehensive green constru… Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE

My thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people and the tremendous loss of life that appears to have occurred in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti.   According to news reports, little was spared in the capital of Port-au-Prince, including the loss of life of members of the U.N. Mission and other members of the international and humanitarian communities that were located in Haiti.   I join the President and my colleagues in Congress in closely monitor… Continue Reading


January 13, 2010

CARDIN, CUMMINGS ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN RECOVERY FUNDS FOR GREEN JOBS THAT WILL HELP CLEAN UP THE BAY

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-7)  today joined with the Parks & People Foundation to announce $1,077,000 in recovery funding to create 20 new "green" jobs that will focus on reducing urban pollution and runoff into the Chesapeake Bay.     The Parks & People Foundation has been awarded funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to create four green crews … Continue Reading


January 12, 2010

CARDIN, LUGAR SUPPORT IRAQ'S COMMITMENT TO TRANSPARENCY IN OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Richard G. Lugar (R-IN), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed today their strong support for Iraq's commitment to greater transparency in its oil and gas industry.    Iraq formally announced Monday its intention to become a candidate country in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) following years of growing i… Continue Reading


January 11, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN PRESENTS CHECK FOR $650,000 FOR NEW ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORD SYSTEM AT NINE MD COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

    WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today visited the Walker Mill Health Center in Capitol Heights to present a ceremonial check for $650,000 to the Community Health Integrated Partnership, Inc. (CHIP) to implement an Electronic Patient Record System (EPRS) at nine Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHC) in Maryland. The funding was included in the recently enacted omnibus appropriations bill.     "Our health care delivery system of … Continue Reading


January 11, 2010

DELEGATION HAILS MARYLAND AS LEADER IN GLOBAL WAR ON CYBER CRIME

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, and Congressmen Chris Van Hollen and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today lauded renewed efforts to make Maryland the nation's epicenter for cybersecurity. The Delegation joined Governor Martin O'Malley, along with federal and military officials and business leaders at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, for the unveiling of CyberMaryland, a… Continue Reading


January 06, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE ARRA FUNDING FOR GREEN JOBS TRAINING IN MARYLAND

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes funding for job training in renewable and energy efficient industries in Maryland through the Department of Labor (DOL).   This $4.6 million ARRA grant has been awarded H-CAP, Inc to provide enhanced skills training to job seekers and entry-level environmental service workers for new and emerging green jobs in … Continue Reading


January 04, 2010

SENATOR ANNOUNCES $2.7 MILLION IN RECOVERY FUNDS FOR RESTORATON OF CATOCTIN AQUEDUCT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today that the Catoctin Aqueduct restoration project will receive $2.7 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to begin the restoration of the historic structure. Located in Lander, Frederick County, the Catoctin Aqueduct was first erected in the early 1800s by the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Company to carry the canal over major tributaries of the Potomac River. The National Park… Continue Reading


December 23, 2009

FLOOR STATEMENT ON THE PATIENTS PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

It won't be long now until we achieve universal health coverage, affordable care for all Americans. I want to thank Senator Baucus for making this moment possible. I know how hard he's worked for so many weeks - so many months- so that we could bring very different views together. We have all been focused on the goal of achieving affordable health care for every American. Senator Baucus never lost sight of that goal. As a result, we are now just hours away from the last procedural hurdle before… Continue Reading


December 23, 2009

CARDIN SAYS WE WILL PROVIDE UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE AND AFFORDABLE CARE FOR ALL AMERICANS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), spoke from the floor of the U.S. Senate today as the Senate moved closer to passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Senator Cardin discussed the benefits in the bill to Marylanders and all Americans. He also outlined key amendment he authored, including strengthening the Patients' Bill of Rights provisions and codifying an Office of Minority Health in key federal health agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading


December 22, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES APPOINTMENT OF CYBERSECURITY COORDINATOR

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, today praised the appointment of Howard Schmidt as the new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator.    "I commend the President for appointing a cybersecurity coordinator to make sure that our agencies are all working together on this critical challenge.   Our hearing in November examine… Continue Reading


December 22, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI & VAN HOLLEN JOIN WITH STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE $300 MILLION FOR ESSENTIAL BRAC TRAFFIC FIX IN NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION

      Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) gathered today at the edge of MD-355 and steps away from the Medical Center Metro Station with Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett to announce unprecedented federal investment in BRAC-related transportation projects outside the gate of what will be the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda… Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON TEMPORARY EXTENSION OF EXPIRING PATRIOT ACT PROVISIONS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee released the following statement following Senate passage of a 60-day temporary extension of provisions of the PATRIOT Act that were about to expire.   "Our priority is to protect the American people - both their safety and civil liberties," said Cardin.  "We must make sure that our law enforc… Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON NEW RULES TO PROTECT AIR PASSENGERS DURING TRAVEL DELAYS

"Air travel is one of the safest and quickest modes of long distance travel, and today's announcement from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) makes air travel all the safer. Lengthy delays are often an inconvenience beyond the control of the pilot and crew of an aircraft or the airline itself. But the airline passengers are paying customers of the airlines and they should be treated with respect as customers, not freight for delivery. Protecting public health is a serious safety matter … Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE ANNOUNCED AGREEMENT IN COPENHAGEN

Washington, DC - Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Environment and Public Works Committees, released the following statement upon the President's announcement that he had secured an agreement in Copenhagen:   "Today, America regained its position as the world's leader in efforts to reverse global warming and reduce dangerous greenhouse gases. Based on a foundation of renewed engagement by his administration and unprecedented… Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES FINAL PASSAGE OF FUNDING TO SAVE LIVES ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND RESTORE MOVEMENT FOR THOSE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced that the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2010 passed by the Senate today by a vote of 88-10includes funding for two of his requests that will help save the lives of soldiers suffering from severe blood loss and that will fund a new, innovative therapy to help patients who are paralyzed due to spinal cord injuries. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.   The Department of Defens… Continue Reading


December 21, 2009

CARDIN HAILS THE EXTENSION OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE BENEFITS, COBRA TAX CREDITS AND OTHER PROGRAMS TO HELP AMERICANS DURING TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) participated today in an early morning vote that finalized funding for our military and the Defense Department. In addition, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2010 providessupport for Americans unable to find work in this difficult economy with an extension of unemployment insurance benefits, COBRA tax credits, and transportation-related job programs. It also prevents a drop in the federal poverty… Continue Reading


December 17, 2009

CARDIN HAILS JUVENILE JUSTICE BILL AS A STEP TOWARD BREAKING THE CYCLE OF CRIME

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), praised the Senate Judiciary Committee today for approving The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2009 (S. 678), which increases federal funding for prevention, intervention and treatment programs for youths. The legislation is critical in making meaningful improvements that expand the important core protections in the bill.   The Juvenile Justice and Delinq… Continue Reading

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