Press Releases & Statements

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


October 05, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN CUTS RIBBON FOR NEW MD ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS HEADQUARTERS

ANNAPOLIS -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Maryland Association of REALTORS headquarters. The Senator is a strong supporter of the housing industry and recently introduced legislation to extend the $8,000 first-time homebuyers tax credit for another six months, until June 1, 2010.   "The collapse of the housing market was one of the major contributing factors that led to this economic downturn and recession, a… Continue Reading


October 02, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PARTICIPATES IN GROUNDBREAKING FOR NEW COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINIC AT FT. DETRICK

FREDERICK - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined Army and Department of Veterans Affairs officials in breaking ground for a new 14,500-square foot community based outpatient clinic (CBOC) that will improve health care access for veterans in the Western Maryland region.   The new clinic is scheduled to be activated in July 2010.  It will provide more convenient community based health care services, including primary care, mental health services, phys… Continue Reading


October 02, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM U. OF MD SCHOOL OF LAW

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the University of Maryland School of Law's Law & Health Care Program for his efforts to provide Marylanders and all Americans with access to quality and affordable health care.   "We are the richest nation in the world and all our citizens deserve access to quality, affordable health care," said Senator Cardin.   "Improving access to health care is one of my … Continue Reading


October 02, 2009

CARDIN CALLS FOR IRANIAN ACTION, NOT PROMISES

"I sincerely hope President Obama is correct in his assessment of today's talks with Iran as a 'constructive beginning.'  But I remain concerned that the international community may be providing an opportunity for an historically belligerent regime to stall for time without taking any action.  President Obama is right to insist that Iran take concrete steps.  Promises alone are insufficient for a regime that has repeatedly avoided meaningful negotiation while developing a covert nuclear program.… Continue Reading


October 01, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.4 MILLION BONUS GRANT FOR MARYLAND BECAUSE OF IMPROVEMENTS TO ITS SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded Maryland a one-time bonus grant of $1,420,511 for "most improved access" in providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.   SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program, serves more than 35 million Americans and 359,000 Marylanders each month.   "During these difficult economic times, it's c… Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

CARDIN CALLS FOR INCREASED TRANSPARENCY IN OIL, GAS AND MINERAL INDUSTRIES

Washington, DC - From the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) called for greater transparency in the oil, gas and mineral industries in an effort to fight corruption and promote stability in nations rich in such resources.  Senator Cardin and Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) (D-RI), have introduced S. 1700, the Energy Security Through Transparency Act of 2009 , which would provide for public disclosure of payments to oil,… Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

CARDIN JOINS IN INTRODUCTION OF THE CLEAN ENERGY JOBS AND AMERICAN POWER ACT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), called today for swift Senate action on the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. Senator Cardin today joined EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and SFRC Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), as well as leaders from the business, faith, national security, energy and environmental community, and local and state offic… Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

INCREASING TRANSPARENCY IN THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES

I take this time to bring to the attention of my colleagues legislation that's been introduced by senator Lugar and myself, the Energy Security Through Transparency Act of 2009. Joining us as co-sponsors are Senator Schumer, Senator Wicker, and Senator Feingold. Let me tell you about the problem this legislation is attempting to fix:  there are mineral-wealthy countries -- countries that have oil and gas -- and sometimes it's a curse for these countries because they ofte… Continue Reading


September 30, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MARYLAND WILL GET CLOSE TO $1.2 MILLION TO HELP ENROLL CHILDREN IN CHIP PROGRAM AND MEDICAID

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded grants of $200,000 to the Garrett County Health Department and $988,177 to the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to help find and enroll children who are uninsured but who are eligible for either Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   Millions of American chi… Continue Reading


September 29, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN NOMINATES PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. COUPLE FOR CONGRESSIONAL ANGEL IN ADOPTION AWARD

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has nominated Samuel and Mildred Stewart of Prince George's County as one of this year's Congressional Angels in Adoption for being foster parents to more than 40 children and adopting three in addition to their grandson.     "The Stewarts have selflessly dedicated their retirement to providing homes to neglected children," said Senator Cardin.   … Continue Reading


September 25, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $730,000 FOR NEW ACCESS ROAD IN CUMBERLAND

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) announced today the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $737,620 grant to the city of Cumberland to build a new access road to Allegany College of Maryland. The new access road will ease congestion, spur future commercial and residential development, and create new jobs.   "Allegany College is a top educational facility in Cumberland and this grant… Continue Reading


September 25, 2009

CARDIN ENDORSES REID BILL TO CONSERVE WATER THROUGH STATE AND REBATES AND GRANTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today announced his co-sponsorship of " The Water Efficiency, Conservation and Adaptation Act (WECAA)."  Authored by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the legislation is designed to promote residential water efficiency through state rebate and incentive programs, and help water systems adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate … Continue Reading


September 25, 2009

CARDIN SAYS SECRET NUCLEAR FACILITY IS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR THOSE WHO DOUBTED IRANIAN INTENTIONS

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 the public announcement this morning by President Obama, British Prime Minister Brown and French President Sarkozy that Iran has been building a covert uranium enrichment facility near Qom for several years.    "The revelations … Continue Reading


September 25, 2009

SENATE PASSES CARDIN, MIKULSKI FUNDING REQUEST FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY GATEWAYS & WATERTRAILS NETWORK

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed legislation containing an appropriations request by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, (both D-MD) of $1 million for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network.   Funding for the Network supports both matching grants to participating Gateway sites for development of high-quality interpretation, access or conservation and restoration projects.   Established in 1998, the Chesapeake Gateways… Continue Reading


September 25, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCED $2 MILLION IN FUNDS FOR BLACKWATER REFUGE IN SENATE-PASSED APPROPRIATIONS BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Senate-passed FY 2010 Interior and Environment appropriations bill contains $2 million for the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Dorchester County.   The Refuge is currently separated into two non-contiguous sections by an area of unprotected land that could potentially be the site of future development and deforestation.   The funding would be used by the U.S. … Continue Reading


September 24, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION TO REBUILD CRUCIAL UMCES HORN POINT LABORATORY BUILDINGS LOST IN FIRE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) announced today that the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) has been awarded a $2 million grant to support the design and construction of a new energy efficient building to house computers, faculty and staff offices. The new building will replace buildings destroyed in a fire in 2007. Those buildings had previously housed UMCES, Horn Point Laboratory's computer center and the o… Continue Reading


September 23, 2009

CARDIN, LUGAR INTRODUCE ENERGY TRANSPARENCY BILL TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND PROMOTE STABILITY

WASHINGTON, DC - Energy companies would have to publicly disclose what they pay for oil, gas and minerals from U.S. and foreign governments under a bipartisan bill introduced today by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) , Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.   … Continue Reading


September 22, 2009

CARDIN CALLS FOR GREATER INVESTMENT IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FOLLOWING MAJOR WATER MAIN BREAK IN DUNDALK

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, speaking today from the floor of the U.S. Senate, called on his colleagues to support greater investment in our nation's water infrastructure. Senator Cardin's comments come just days after a major water main broke in Dundalk, MD, causing major flooding throughout the community.   "We i… Continue Reading


September 22, 2009

LEAHY, CARDIN, KAUFMAN INTRODUCE BENCHMARK LEGISLATION TO REAUTHORIZE EXPIRING PATRIOT ACT PROVISIONS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security today joined Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE), also a member of the Judiciary Committee, introducing legislation to address expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act, which are slated to sunset on December 31.  The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act on We… Continue Reading

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