Press Releases & Statements

October 19, 2009

CARDIN, O'MALLEY, CUMMINGS, VAN HOLLEN AND REGIONAL PARTNERS DETAIL NEW LEGISLATION TO RESTORE THE CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED

Annapolis, MD - Standing steps from the shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point State Park, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), joined with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD-7), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), and Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources L. Preston Bryant who represented Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine, Chair of the Bay Program's Executive Council, to outline the details of federal legislation to greatly expa… Continue Reading


October 16, 2009

CARDIN SAYS CONGRESS IS READY TO MOVE FORWARD IN HEALTH CARE REFORM THAT WILL ENSURE ALL AMERICANS GET QUALITY, AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

    COLUMBIA, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today met with doctors, nurses, hospital administrators and Howard County community health care leaders at Howard County General's Wellness Center to update them on health care reform efforts in Congress.   Senator Cardin told the group that House and Senate leaders are now working on melding five separate bills into one that will pass both chambers. He went on to say: "Just as we passed Medicare in 1965, which… Continue Reading


October 15, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO FUND KEY BAY, PORT OF BALTIMORE AND OTHER MD WATER PROJECTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of the Energy and Water appropriations conference report that will "fund significant improvements to the Chesapeake Bay and other important water projects that will improve the environment while also providing essential support to the Port of Baltimore, which is one of our State's most important economic engines."   The Senate passed legislation that will provide approximately $3.9 million for Ches… Continue Reading


October 15, 2009

CARDIN SPONSORS BILL TO ELIMINATE SENTENCING DISPARITY BETWEEN CRACK AND POWDER COCAINE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Crime and Drugs Subcommittee Chairman Arlen Specter (D-PA), and six other Senators, introducing legislation to eliminate the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. The bill, the Fair Sentencing Act , would refocus scarce federal resources toward lar… Continue Reading


October 14, 2009

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON DEATH OF PHILIP L. BROWN SR.

Philip Brown was a visionary and a role model for all who care about civil rights, justice, and equality.   As a teacher in the Anne Arundel County school system, his commitment to end segregation in our public schools set the groundwork for Brown vs. Board of Education and helped change the course of history.   His quiet grace and determination were an inspiration for those who followed in his footsteps.… Continue Reading


October 14, 2009

CARDIN AMONG FIRST TO MEET WITH NEW GREEK PRIME MINISTER

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) expressed hope that the new Greek government would tackle critical regional issues and continue to be a strong leader as Chair-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.   Senator Cardin visited Athens this weekend for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Fall Meeting. On the sidelines of the meeting, he met Sunday … Continue Reading


October 13, 2009

DODD, DURBIN, CARDIN INTRODUCE RESOLUTION TO STRENGTHEN USAID

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Dodd (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a resolution today to empower and strengthen the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).   "Reducing global poverty strengthens our national security while fulfilling a moral obligation to assist those in need. To accomplish this goal, we must restore our commitment to development as a pillar of our foreign policy, alongsid… Continue Reading


October 09, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA BEING AWARDED THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

      Athens, Greece - 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 Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement upon hearing that President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.   "I congratulate President Obama on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Such a high honor represents international… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

CARDIN, COLLINS INTRODUCE BILL TO QUANTIFY HATE CRIMES AGAINST HOMELESS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced legislation to track the number of hate crimes committed against homeless persons to help determine just how pervasive such crimes may be . Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) joined as original co-sponsors of the bill, the Hate Crimes Against Homeless Sta… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

CARDIN CALLS FOR GENDER EQUITY IN HEALTH CARE REFORM, APPLAUDS WOMEN SENATORS FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE

Washington, DC - U.S . Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today voiced his support for reform legislation aimed at ending the bias against women in our health care system. He commended his women colleagues in the Senate for leading the fight for health care equality.   "Denying women maternity care or charging women more money for the exact same policy is simply unacceptable," said Senator Cardin. "I want to be assured that my wife, daughter and granddaughters can get the ty… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

ON DEATH OF RABBI MARK LOEB

Myrna and I join the Jewish community and all of Baltimore in mourning the passing of Rabbi Mark Loeb, spiritual leader of Beth El Congregation for 32 years.   He was an astute observer of the world and he was an inspiration to all those who cared about social justice and interfaith dialogue. His sermons were often brilliant and spirited, and he had an ability to stir members of his congregation and of the Jewish community to be better people and to make the world a better place.   I j… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES USA PATRIOT ACT LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, DC - At a meeting Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation to reauthorize expiring provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act and improve oversight of several tools used to gather intelligence.  The Committee's bipartisan 11-8 vote advances the legislation to the full Senate for consideration.   The USA PATRIOT Act Sunset Extension Act was introduced by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) with Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Ted Kaufman (D-DE) on … Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

CARDIN JOINS BROWN AND 28 SENATORS SIGNING LETTER TO MAJORITY LEADER REID URGING INCLUSION OF PUBLIC OPTION IN FINAL HEALTH REFORM BILL

Washington, DC - Thirty U.S. Senators, including Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), signed a letter today urging the inclusion of a public option in any health reform legislation that will be considered on the Senate floor. An additional 14 Senators at least have expressed support for the public option through a resolution, letter, or by voting for a strong public option during committee markups.   "Greater choice and competition within the health care market will help ensure… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF AGRICULTURAL APPRORPRIATIONS BILL WITH FUNDING FOR BARC

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today commended the Senate for passing the Agricultural Appropriations Conference Report with more than $6.4 million dollars for the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), located in Beltsville, MD. The Conference Report has passed the House and will now go to the President for his signature.   "The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center is critical to ensuring the safety of our food supply," said Senat… Continue Reading


October 08, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF FUNDING FOR THE APPALACHIAN ETHNOBOTANICAL STUDIES PROGRAM AT FROSTBURG STATE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today commended the Senate for passing the Agricultural Appropriations Conference Report, which included his request of $550,000 for the Appalachian Center for Ethnobotanical Studies (ACES) at Frostburg University. The Conference Report has passed the House and will now go to the President for his signature.    "Frostburg State University's Ethnobotanical Center will help bring economic development to Allegany County and… Continue Reading


October 07, 2009

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today that the Senate-passed appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) includes two of his top requests that would help save lives of soldiers suffering from severe blood loss and that would fund a new, innovative therapy to help patients who are paralyzed due to spinal cord injuries.   By a vote of 93-7, the Senate passed the DoD appropriations bill with Senator Cardin's request of $3 mi… Continue Reading


October 06, 2009

CARDIN BACKS LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO PROTECT OLDER AMERICANS FROM DISCRIMINATION

      WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today joined his colleagues, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), in introducing landmark legislation that restores vital civil rights protections for older workers in the face of the Supreme Court's decision in Gross v. FBL Financial .  Congressman George Miller (D-CA), also introduced the measure in the House.   In Gross , the Supreme Court rewrote civ… Continue Reading


October 06, 2009

CARDIN LAUDS CONFIRMATION OF MARYLANDER TOM PEREZ TO LEAD DOJ CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), praised the Senate for its strong, bipartisan vote to confirm Thomas E. Perez to be Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Perez was first nominated by President Obama to fill this critical position in March of this year. The Senate Judiciary Committee held its hearing in April. The full Judiciary Committee reported his nomination favorably to the Senate … Continue Reading


October 06, 2009

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MONTH

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, a time in which we stand up against this type of violence and make clear it will not be tolerated. Domestic violence knows no racial, ethnic or income barriers; it can affect affluent communities as well as low-income households.   The one factor that most cases of domestic violence have in common is that they are hidden from view, behind closed doors, as millions of American families struggle against the cycle of physical and mental ab… Continue Reading


October 06, 2009

EXECUTIVE NOMINATION OF THOMAS E. PEREZ, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION

Mr. President, I rise today to talk about the nomination of Thomas Edward Perez, the nominee for the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice.   Let me begin with a quote, from Elie Wiesel.   He once said "indifference, after all, is more dangerous than anger and hatred."   We as a nation must not tolerate discrimination, fraud, or corruption in our society. The Civil Rights D… Continue Reading

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