Press Releases & Statements

November 10, 2009

DODD-DURBIN-CARDIN RESOLUTION TO STRENGTHEN USAID PASSES SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -A resolution introduced by Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to empower and strengthen the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) passed the Senate last night by unanimous consent.   "For the sake of our national security and to fulfill our moral obligation to reduce global poverty, we need a strong USAID Administrator in place… Continue Reading


November 10, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN JOINS UM OFFICIALS IN ANNOUNCING RECOVERY GRANTS TO IMPROVE HEALTH IN MINORITY, RURAL COMMUNITIES

BEL ALTON, MD --- U.S. Senator Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-5), State Senator Thomas M. "Mac" Middleton (Dist. 28) and officials from the University of  Maryland School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in announcing two grants that will help reduce health disparities in minority and rural communities.   The grant announcement includes $2.5 million over two years in funding from the American Rec… Continue Reading


November 10, 2009

CARDIN ASKS PENTAGON FOR DATA ON THE USE OF ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATIONS BY TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

      Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates requesting an accounting of how many troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have been prescribed antidepressant medications while deployed. Senator Cardin expressed his concern that there may be a connection between the reported use of such prescription medications and the record-high suicide rate among active-duty soldiers.    "As a nation, we ask so much of our men and wom… Continue Reading


November 09, 2009

CARDIN CHAIRS LEGISLATIVE HEARING ON CHESAPEAKE BAY AND GULF OF MEXICO AUTHORIZATIONS

      Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee today called for timely action on two bills critical to the health of our nation's great water bodies: the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. At a legislative hearing to review S. 1816, the Chesapeake Clean Water and Ecosystem Restoration Act, and S. 1311, the Gulf of Mexico Restoration and Protection Act , Senator Cardin highlighted… Continue Reading


November 09, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE ANDRE DAVIS TO U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) applauded today's 72-16 Senate vote confirming Judge Andre M. Davis to the Fourth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Judge Davis will be sworn into his position on the bench in the coming weeks.   "Judge Andre Davis is an exceptional jurist with a clear appreciation for the Constitution and a demonstrated commitment to protect civil rights and civil liberties. He will be an asset to the… Continue Reading


November 09, 2009

ON HONORING OUR HEROES ON VETERANS' DAY

Veterans' Day is a time when we unite to remember and honor the millions of brave men and women who served our nation in uniform.  President John Kennedy once said: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." Today, we recall President Kennedy's words as we thank members of the Armed Forces for making our nation a beacon of democracy, hope and opportunity to the rest of the world. I also want to extend… Continue Reading


November 06, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRESENTS CUMBERLAND WITH "CHECK" FOR MORE THAN $737,000 TO BUILD NEW ROAD TO ALLEGANY COLLEGE

    CUMBERLAND, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) todaypresented Cumberland Mayor Lee Fiedler with a ceremonial check for a $737,620 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to build a new access road to Allegany College. The new access road will ease congestion, spur future commercial and residential development, and create new jobs.   "Allegany College is a major employer and institution in the region and this federal grant is an investment in critical infrastructure th… Continue Reading


November 06, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES SENATE FOR STRENGTHENING LEGAL SERVICES CORP.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a strong supporter of the Legal Services Corp (LSC), praised Senate passage of the Commerce Justice Science (CJS) appropriations bill, which contains a $10 million increase in funding for LSC for FY 2010.   Senator Cardin singled out U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) for special praise for her work in strengthening the bill as chair of the CJS appropriations subcommittee.   "I commend Senator Mikuls… Continue Reading


November 06, 2009

CARDIN HAILS ITC DECISION SUPPORTING MARYLAND PAPER MANUFACTURING AGAINST CHINESE AND INDONESIAN IMPORTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today praised the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for its unanimous vote to pursue its investigation into Chinese and Indonesian dumping of certain coated paper products into the U.S. Such practices are threatening the future of American paper manufacturers, including NewPage Corporation in Luke, Maryland.   "… Continue Reading


November 06, 2009

SENATE RESOLUTION ON YEMEN

MR. CARDIN.   Mr. President, today I would like to draw attention to a dangerous situation that has implications for the national security of the United States and our allies, a situation involving dire humanitarian circumstances, with over 150,000 displaced persons since 2004.    I'm speaking about the situation in Yemen.     Senator Lugar and I are introducing a resolution supporting peace, security, and the innocent civilians affected by conflict in Yemen. … Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

CARDIN CALLS U.S. RECIDIVISM PROBLEM A DRAIN ON OUR RESOURCES, SAYS SUCCESSFUL REINTEGRATION IS ESSENTIAL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), member of the Judiciary Crime and Drugs Subcommittee, chaired a hearing today entitled "The First Line of Defense: Reducing Recidivism at the Local Level." The hearing featured expert witnesses who helped the subcommittee examine therole local jails can and have played in helping reduce recidivism and explore what the appropriate role is for the federal government in helping achieve this goal. At the start of the hearing, Senator Cardin re… Continue Reading


November 05, 2009

CARDIN SAYS EPW CLEAN ENERGY JOBS BILL IS VITAL FOR U.S. LEADERSHIP IN COPENHAGEN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement after the Committee voted 11-1 to send S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act to the full Senate for consideration.   " This is a good bill for our country and the entire world and I am proud to be associated with it. It's a good bill for our national security, econo… Continue Reading


November 04, 2009

CARDIN LAUDS EXTENSION OF TAX CREDIT FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS, NEW CREDIT FOR STEP-UP PURCHASES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), co-chair of the Senate Real Estate Caucus and one of the authors of the first-time homebuyers' tax credit, today praised the Senate for its timely action to keep the $8,000 credit from expiring at the end of this month. In September, Senator Cardin led a group of Senators, including Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Harry Reid (D-NV), John Ensign (R-NV), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), introducing a bill to extend the first-time homebuyers' tax credi… Continue Reading


November 04, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS SENATE PASSAGE OF UI BILL CRITICAL FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES STRUGGLING DURING THIS RECESSION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of a strong Unemployment Insurance (UI) bill that would extend unemployment benefits another 14 weeks to all states, including Maryland.   The House has passed a bill that would extend UI benefits only to states with unemployment rates of 8.5 percent or higher.   Senator Cardin urged the adoption of the much stronger Senate version of the bill that " guarantees an additional 14 … Continue Reading


November 03, 2009

CARDIN OPENING REMARKS AT EPW MARKUP OF THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS AND AMERICAN POWER ACT

"We live in a world that is being poisoned by greenhouse gases of our own making.   Without dramatic action, we face irreversible, catastrophic climate change.   Some choose to ignore the facts and some choose to delay but I choose to act.   We face the most compelling energy challenge of our time, and I believe that the American people are ready to meet that challenge.     " Our energy indep… Continue Reading


November 03, 2009

MARKUP OF S. 1733, CLEAN ENERGY JOBS AND AMERICAN POWER ACT

Madame Chairman, thank you for your extraordinary leadership on this issue. We wouldn't be here today -- with the progress that has been made -- without your leadership and I personally want to thank you.   I want to respond somewhat to Senator Voinovich's points on behalf of our Republican colleagues. I find this somewhat frustrating because I think we all want to have as much information as possible. But the issues that he raises ar… Continue Reading


November 02, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN STATEMENT ON DEDICATION OF WILLIAM DONALD SCHAEFER STATUE

It is most fitting that today a statue is being unveiled in honor of William Donald Schaefer on the Inner Harbor promenade in tribute to all he has done for Baltimore and for Maryland.   It was Don Schaefer's leadership and commitment to Baltimore's renewal that changed our city and his legacy continues to inspire others who care about improving our community and continue the work he began.… Continue Reading


October 30, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FINAL CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL OF $2 MILLION FOR BLACKWATER REFUGE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that both the Senate and House have approved the FY 2010 Interior and Environment Conference Report containing $2 million for the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Dorchester County.   The bill - which also includes a Continuing Resolution to fund much of the federal government through December 18 - now goes to President Obama who is expected to sign it.   … Continue Reading


October 30, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR UPGRADES TO BLUE PLAINS TREATMENT PLANT, ENSURE FUTURE WATER SUPPLIES

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) today praised final congressional passage of the fiscal year 2010 Interior and Environment Appropriations Conference Report, which includes $1.2 million in federal funding to help upgrade the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant. The funding is a step forward in helping reduce harmful discharges from Blue Plains into the Chesapeake Bay.   "I am committed to upgradi… Continue Reading


October 30, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN HAILS $750,000 APPROPRIATIONS FOR REHAB OF ROCKVILLE SEWER SYSTEM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined with Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8) in praising final congressional passage of $750,000 in funding for the City of Rockville's sewer rehabilitation project.   The funding was included in the bill that funds most federal environmental programs for 2010.   The bill, the Interior-Environment Appropriations Conference Report, also includes a Continuing Resolution to fund much of the rest of the federal government thr… Continue Reading

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