Press Releases & Statements

June 22, 2010

HAMAS - AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE

In 2007, Hamas, a State Department-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, forcibly seized control of Gaza.   Hamas continues to refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist and has perpetrated terrorist attacks, launching countless rockets from Gaza into Israel.   Hamas calls for the elimination of Israel and Jews from Islamic holy lands.   No Hamas leader has publicly expressed a willingness to disarm or to stop attacks on Israel and Israeli… Continue Reading


June 22, 2010

THE REAL IMPACT OF SUPREME COURT DECISIONS

This year, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. These confirmation hearings will give an opportunity to the public to see firsthand how important Supreme Court decisions are in their lives. There will be many examples that we could give from schools to consumer issues to personal lives, privacy, religious protections, health and the environment, workplace.   In recent years, … Continue Reading


June 21, 2010

MUKULSKI AND CARDIN COMMEMORATE 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF FATAL METRO CRASH, REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO METRO REFORM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today were joined by Deputy Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari at a press conference to remember the victims of the deadly crash on Metro's Red Line and call for quick action on legislation to establish national safety standards for transit systems like the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro).   "There is no higher priority than the sa… Continue Reading


June 15, 2010

NOMINATION HEARING OF JAMES M. COLE FOR DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Sessions, and Members of the Judiciary Committee, I would also like to make a brief statement in support of Mr. Cole, who is a veteran of the Department of Justice, having spent the first 13 years of a stellar legal career at the Department handling high-profile corruption investigations, managing attorneys in the Criminal Division, and serving as Chief of Staff to the Special Counsel to the Attorney General.  I first met Mr. Cole in connectio… Continue Reading


June 15, 2010

CARDIN TELLS CARROLL COUNTY SENIORS THE NEW HEALTH REFORM LAW WILL SAVE THEM MONEY

WESTMINSTER , MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told residents of the Carroll Lutheran Village that the new health reform law will help reduce their prescription drug costs and reduce other out-of-pocket expenses they may incur.  He announced that starting this month, seniors who reach the Medicare Part D "donut hole" will receive a $250 check from the federal government … Continue Reading


June 15, 2010

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE APPOINTMENT OF DR. DONALD F. BOESCH TO NATIONAL COMMISSION INVESTIGATING BP OIL SPILL

I want to commend President Obama for appointing Dr. Donald F. Boesch to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Off Shore Drilling. I know Don Boesch personally and he is one of our nation's most prominent biological oceanographers. Don Boesch combines unrivaled scientific expertise, an extraordinary range of relevant experience, and a passion for our ocean resources. President Obama has chosen well.   As Professor of Marine Science and Pre… Continue Reading


June 15, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS DISCUSS FEDERAL RESPONSE TO BP OIL SPILL FOLLOWING RECENT VISITS TO THE GULF COAST

Baltimore, MD - Following up on their recent visits to the Gulf of Mexico to view the damage being done by the BP oil spill, U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (all D-MD) gathered at the National Aquarium, Baltimore today to voice their concerns about the current responsiveness of BP and the need for the federal government to do even more to take charge of the situation.   "Oil… Continue Reading


June 11, 2010

CARDIN BILL WOULD REQUIRE FEDS TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE TO CLEAN UP LOCAL POLLUTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has introduced S. 3481, a bill that would require the federal government to comply with local stormwater fees that are used to treat and manage polluted stormwater runoff.  Senator Cardin introduced his bill, which amends the Clean Water Act, in response to recent written decisions that rebuffed or left ambiguous the need for Federal agencies to pay such fees. … Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI URGE SWIFT FEDERAL COORDINATION WITH MARYLAND, ATLANTIC COAST STATES ON OIL SPILL READINESS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today, in an effort to protect Maryland's economy and heritage, insisted on coordination between the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Commerce with Maryland and other Atlantic Coast states in the event that the BP oil spill reaches the eastern seaboard. In a letter signed with 20 of their Senate colleagues, they asked for: … Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

CARDIN, SENATE VOTE TO PROTECT AMERICAN CONSUMERS AGAINST BIG OIL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised his Senate colleagues for defeating an attempt to weaken the national fuel efficiency standards that help keep our air safe to breathe and would have contributed to increasing America's dependence on oil.     "Today, the Senate rejected a thinly veiled effort to roll back the Clean Air Act that would have incre… Continue Reading


June 10, 2010

MARYLAND'S U.S. SENATORS APPLAUD JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF BREDAR AND HOLLANDER NOMINATIONS, URGE SWIFT VOTE BY FULL SENATE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for swiftly moving the nominations of Marylanders Ellen Hollander and James Bredar to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.   The Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved both nominations by voice vote. The full Senate will now consider the nominations. … Continue Reading


June 09, 2010

CARDIN CALLS NEW SANCTIONS ON IRAN ESSENTIAL FOR GLOBAL SECURITY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) , a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement in response to today the United Nations Security Council's passage of Resolution 1929 sanctioning Iran.     "I am heartened that the United Nations Security Council focused on its monumental task at hand - dealing with Iran's dangerous nuclear re… Continue Reading


June 09, 2010

CARDIN, SHAHEEN URGE REPUBLICANS TO JOIN DEMOCRATIC EFFORTS TO HOLD POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE AND STOP PROTECTING BIG OIL COMPANIES

Washington, DC- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) held a press conference this afternoon to call on Republicans to stop blocking Democratic efforts to make polluters pay for their actions, and help prevent the next oil spill by holding oil companies like BP accountable for their negligence. Republicans are trying to roll back critical environmental protections and sensible oversight that could help prevent the next oil spill, and give handouts to Big Oil instead. … Continue Reading


June 08, 2010

CARDIN SAYS HIGHER LIABILITY IS NEEDED TO KEEP OIL COMPANIES HONEST

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today called for greater legal accountability by the oil companies in light of the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. His comments came in response to a Judiciary Committee hearing entitled, " The Risky Business of Big Oil: Have Recent Court Decisions and Liability Caps Encouraged Irresponsible Corporate Behavior?"     "How we hold energy companies accountable - specificall… Continue Reading


June 08, 2010

CARDIN, LANDRIEU INTRODUCE BILL TO BOOST SMALL BUSINESS FEDERAL CONTRACTS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), and Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA), SBC Chair, yesterday introduced S. 3458, the Section 8(a) Improvements Act of 2010. The legislation seeks to improve access to federal contracts for socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses by making key improvements to the SBA's Section 8(a) contracting programs. This legislation repre… Continue Reading


June 07, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN CELEBRATES 'NATIONAL TRAILS DAY' BY DEDICATING GWYNNS FALLS TRAIL BIKE RACKS & UNVEILING NEW TRAIL AUDIO TOUR

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) today joined the Gwynns Falls Trail Council and representatives from Baltimore City Parks & Recreation to dedicate two bike racks and unveil a new Trail Audio Tour.    In 2003, a picnic pavilion in Leakin Park was dedicated to Senator Cardin in honor of his 60 th birthday and his work to create "greenways" for hiking and biking. The donations by family and friends were used to purchase the bike rack… Continue Reading


June 07, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN ATTENDS FREDERICK CO. 'GO GREEN' ENERGY CONFERENCE

FREDERICK , MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today toured the "Go Green" Energy Conference in Frederick County where he announced that America has an "opportunity to become a leader in the clean energy economy, setting the pace for the rest of the world in investing in efficient, clean energy sources."   The Go Green Ener… Continue Reading


June 04, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD $1 MILLION TO BALTIMORE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today applauded the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award of $1 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds to the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) to expand its weatherization job training center.   The funding will allow BCCC to provide training to 200 low-income, unemployed, or underemployed individuals to work in the growing field of energy e… Continue Reading


June 03, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE AWARD OF $2.9 MILLION IN RECOVERY FUNDS FOR MARYLAND'S COMMUNITY HEALTH INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIP

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised the Department of Health and Human Services grant of $2.9 million to Maryland 's Community Health Integrated Partnership (CHIP) to adopt electronic health records and other health information technology.    The funding is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's investment in expanding health… Continue Reading


June 02, 2010

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON ISRAELI FLOTILLA RAID

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding the Israeli engagement of a flotilla of ships attempting to reach Gaza .   " We must withhold judgment while an investigation is ongoing and until the facts become clear, but it's important that we keep in mind that Israel has a right to ensure the security of its borders and protect its citizens from… Continue Reading

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