Press Releases & Statements

December 17, 2009

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO EXPAND LAW STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN LEGAL CLINICS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has introduced legislation that would increase opportunities for law students who work for the federal government to participate in legal clinics, helping more Americans gain access to qualified legal guidance and expanding students' experience in federal law. S. 2888, the Law Student Clinic Preparation Act of 2009 , would allow law students who work for the federal gover… Continue Reading


December 17, 2009

LAW STUDENT PARTICIPATION ACT OF 2009

    Mr. CARDIN: Mr. President, I rise today to introduce the "Law Student Participation Act of 2009."   The bill creates exceptions to federal conflicts of interest law which generally prohibits federal employees from acting as an attorney or agent in a matter adverse to the U.S. government.  The legislation directs the exceptions to federal employees attending law school and participating in legal clinics and employees of the District of Columbia who staff legal clinics. Where the fed… Continue Reading


December 16, 2009

CARDIN APPLAUDS SPOTLIGHT ON HUMAN RIGHTS TREATIES

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today after the Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law hearing entitled "The Law of the Land: U.S. Implementation of Human Rights Treaties."  "I welcome the subcommittee's first hearing to focus attention on U.S. imple… Continue Reading


December 16, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI & VAN HOLLEN FIGHTING FOR $300 MILLION FOR BRAC TRAFFIC FIX IN NATIONAL CAPITOL REGION

Washington, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (all D-Md.) welcomed the House's passage of the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill which includes $300 million for BRAC-related transportation mitigation efforts at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia. Both installations and their surrounding communities stand to be heavily impacted by the 2005… Continue Reading


December 16, 2009

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR MARYLAND COLLEGES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded grants totaling $1.39 million to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Morgan State University and Towson University.   NSF grants work to promote the progress of science and to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare by supporting research and education in all fields of science and engin… Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.2 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR MARYLAND ORAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the omnibus appropriations bill that has passed Congress includes $1.2 million in funding for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Oral Health.   The funding will be used for a campaign to educate low-income, high-risk families about the importance of oral health care.     "Dental care is an essential part of appropriate medi… Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN APPLAUDS FINAL SENATE PASSAGE OF $3 MILLION FOR BALTIMORE RED LINE LIGHT RAIL

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation Subcommittee, today praised Senate passage of an omnibus appropriations bill that includes $3 million for the Baltimore Red Line. The light rail project will run 14 miles from east to west, operating from Woodlawn through downtown and to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Campus.  The funds will be used to continue the design and preliminary engineering as the State finaliz… Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $550,000 FOR COLLEGE OF NOTRE DAME FOR NEW SCHOOL OF PHARMACY

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today that the omnibus appropriations bill that has passed Congress includes a total of $550,000 in funding for College of Notre Dame's School of Pharmacy.   The funding includes $450,000 for facilities and equipment and an additional $100,000 for lab equipment for the new school.   "It is clear that our nation will face a serious shortage of pharmacists in the coming years, and I commend the Coll… Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN APPLAUDS FINAL PASSAGE OF $3 MILLION FOR PURPLE LINE LIGHT RAIL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD ), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation Subcommittee, today praised Senate passage of the omnibus appropriations bill that includes $3 million for the Purple Line. The new light rail line will connect major centers of Bethesda/Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, University of Maryland/College Park, and New Carrolton with residential and business areas in between including Takoma/Langley.     … Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $150,000 IN FUNDING FOR HAGERSTOWN'S DOLEMAN BLACK HERITAGE MUSEUM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today that the omnibus appropriations measure that has passed Congress includes $150,000 for the Doleman Black Heritage Museum in Hagerstown.   "This funding will help preserve history and make it possible for Marylanders and Americans to visit this outstanding collection of memorabilia detailing the rich African-American culture and history of Maryland," said Sena… Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION TO ESTABLISH NEW HEALTH TRAINING FACILITY THAT WILL BENEFIT CARROLL, FREDERICK AND HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGES

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the omnibus appropriations measure that has passed Congress includes $1 million to establish a new facility that will be shared by Carroll, Frederick and Howard Community Colleges to train future health care providers.   The new facility will be located in Mt. Airy, MD.   "It is clear that our nation will face a shortage of well-trained health care prof… Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $650,000 FOR NEW ELECTRONIC PATIENT RECORD SYSTEM

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today that the omnibus appropriations bill that has passed Congress includes $650,000 for the Community Health Integrated Partnership, Inc. (CHIP) to implement an Electronic Patient Record System (EPRS) in nine Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Maryland.     "Our health care delivery system of the future will require that patient records be available electronically to ensure accurate… Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE SENATE PASSAGE OF $492,000 FOR MARYLAND FOOD BANK

      WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised Senate passage of an omnibus appropriations measure that includes $492,000 in funding to the Maryland Food Bank. The funding will enable the Food Bank to meet its highest-priority capital needs, including the purchase of three refrigerated trucks, upgrades to office spaces and the installation of a new roof at the Maryland Food Bank's 87,000-square foot distribution center in Bal… Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FINAL SENATE APPROVAL OF FUNDS TO COMPLETE FDA CONSOLIDATION AT WHITE OAK

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Budget Committee, and Barbara A. Mikulski, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and (both-D-Md.) today announced a critical step forward in putting $138.7 million in the federal checkbook for the consolidation of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) campus at White Oak, Maryland.   The funds are included in the Financial Services Appropriations Bill, which was approved Sunday … Continue Reading


December 14, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $116,000 IN FUNDING FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST FOR NEW CLEAN WATER JOBS INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today that the omnibus appropriations measure that has passed Congress includes $116,000 for the Chesapeake Bay Trust's new Clean Water Jobs Training Initiative. The new program will help clean up the Bay while training hundreds of Marylanders for careers in the "green" job market.   "This is an exciting program because it will tackle two of Maryland's most pressing needs: cleaning up the Chesapeake … Continue Reading


December 09, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI KEEP UP FIGHT TO BRAC-READY MARYLAND

    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD ) today announced four Maryland military installations are on track to receive federal funding for intersections improvements that will greatly improve safety and access to military bases in Maryland and ease traffic congestion stemming from BRAC-related growth in the area.    The funds are included in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill… Continue Reading


December 09, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $150 MILLION FOR METRO IN CONFERENCE REPORT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (b oth D-MD) today announced the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) rail transit system is on track to receive $150 million in federal funds to make urgent safety upgrades. It is the first time WMATA has received funding through a dedicated federal funding stream.   The funds are included in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill… Continue Reading


December 09, 2009

CARDIN CALLS FOR ENHANCED COORDINATION AGAINST CYBERATTACKS AND BIOTERRORISM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, today expressed his concerns to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about the level of coordination among agencies responsible for protecting Americans from the threats of cyber-attacks and bioterrorism. Secretary Napolitano testified today before the full Senate Judiciary Committee.   … Continue Reading


December 09, 2009

OVERSIGHT ON FEDERAL DRINKING WATER PROGRAMS

Madame Chairman, my highest priority as Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, is to ensure that all Americans have clean and safe drinking water.  Thank you for holding this important hearing on the safety of our drinking water.   Water is an essential and precious resource that we all too often take for granted. Most Americans expect the water flowing from their faucets to be safe to cook with and to drink. In some jurisdictions that slight chlorinated smell leads people to think… Continue Reading


December 08, 2009

CARDIN HAILS SENATE VOTE TO PRESERVE ABORTION NEUTRALITY IN THE HEALTH CARE REFORM LEGISLATION

Washington, DC - U .S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) praised the Senate today for defeating an amendment by Senators Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) that would have undermined privacy and discriminated against women by restricting the use of private funds for abortion services or insurance coverage with abortion coverage.   "Today's vote is a sign that the Senate is serious about health care reform. Families and small businesses today are being crushed by the ever-i… Continue Reading

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