Press Releases & Statements

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


December 08, 2009

CARDIN CALLS FOR GREATER INVESTMENT IN WATER INFRASTRUCTURE TO ENSURE SAFE, CLEAN DRINKING WATER

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today renewed his call for greater federal investment in water infrastructure to help states and local jurisdictions keep our drinking water safe and clean. Senator Cardin made his remarks at an EPW Hearing on " Oversight of Federal Drinking Water Programs. "   "Water is an essential and precious resource that we all too often t… Continue Reading


December 08, 2009

FLOOR STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN IN OPPOSITION TO THE NELSON-HATCH AMENDMENT TO THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

I rise in strong opposition to the Nelson-Hatch amendment. Let me start off by saying that I support a woman's right of choice. It's a constitutionally affirmed right. I understand how difficult and divisive this issue is and that is why the underlying bill that we have before us carries out the compromise that has already been reached between the pro-choice and pro-life supporters. It represents maintaining the federal p rohibition on funds, federal funds fo… Continue Reading


December 08, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF DR. RAJIV SHAH TO BE USAID ADMINISTRATOR

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee, released the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah to be the next Administrator of United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  President Obama's nominee will now be considered by the full Senate.   During his conf… Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

CARDIN CALLS EPA RULING ON GREENHOUSE GASES IMPORTANT FOR MOVEMENT TOWARD A CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, released the following statement upon the final determination by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that "greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health and welfare of the American people."   Senator Cardin: "Today's endangerment finding is a critical step in our country's… Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

SENATE PASSES CARDIN-LUGAR RESOLUTION URGING INCREASED FOCUS ON YEMEN TO PROTECT AMERICA, STOP HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

    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 after unanimous passage of Senate Resolution 341 - supporting peace, security, and innocent civilians affected by conflict in Yemen. Senator Cardin introduced the resolution with Senator Lugar last month:   "The Senate has united to express our concern over the prospects o… Continue Reading


December 07, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN TELLS FARMERS THAT HIS NEW BAY BILL WILL GIVE THEM MORE RESOURCES TO HELP SAVE THE BAY

OCEAN CITY, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today addressed the annual meeting of the Maryland Farm Bureau about his newly introduced Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Restoration Act , S.1816.   He told farmers that, "The Bay is a National Treasure that we are committed to restoring and protecting and this new legislation will provide farmers with substantially more resources to help them implement conservation practices that will bring the Bay back to health." … Continue Reading


December 04, 2009

CARDIN LAUDS NIH FOR ACTION ON STEM CELL RESEARCH

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today commended the National Institutes of Health, headquartered in Maryland, for its announcement of the first 13 human embryonic stem cell lines available for use in NIH-funded research under new guidelines adopted in July 2009. Senator Cardin has long supported efforts to overturn the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research and was pleased to join President Obama at the White House this March when he signed an executive or… Continue Reading


December 04, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN SPONSORS LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT GLOBAL CLIMATE DEAL

   WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations (SFRC) and Environment and Public Works (EPW) committees, Thursday joined SFRC Chairman Senator John Kerry (D-MA), fellow Foreign Relations Committee members Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), in introducing the International Climate Change Investment Act of 2009 .  This legislation addresses the global security risks of climate change and promotes o… Continue Reading


December 04, 2009

CARDIN CHAIRS HEARING ON LEGISLATION TO PROTECT WILDLIFE AND HABITATS

      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 (EPW), today chaired a legislative hearing to consider nine bills aimed at controlling invasive species and conserving wildlife across the country. The bills discussed during the hearing included: S. 1519, Nutria Eradication and Control Act of 2009 H.R. 2188, Joint Ventures in Bird Habitat Conservatio… Continue Reading


December 04, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $65,000 FOR DIGITAL MAPPING SYSTEM IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $65,694 grant to the Washington County Board of Commissioners to develop a geographic information system (GIS) to map the county's tax parcels. This project will help the County streamline future economic development growth, advance delivery of Web-based services for taxpayers and support disaster preparedness. "I am very plea… Continue Reading


December 04, 2009

CARDIN LAUDS RENEWED FOCUS ON AL-QAEDA, QUESTIONS WHETHER THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN FOR AFGHANISTAN CAN ACCOMPLISH ITS STATED GOALS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement during today's hearing, " Afghanistan: Assessing the Road Ahead ." Featuring testimony from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, the hearing followed President Obama's announcement Tuesday of an increased U.S. commitment in Afghanistan. … Continue Reading


December 01, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES EPA FOR ITS DECISION TO CONTINUE TESTING ETHANOL BLENDS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its decision to conduct further testing on fuel blends with higher concentrations of ethanol before allowing these fuels into the marketplace. EPA denied a petition waiver by Growth Energy to allow the use of up to 15 percent ethanol in gasoline (E15).    Senator Cardin praised EPA's announcement, statin… Continue Reading


November 24, 2009

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON DEATH OF ABE POLLIN

Abe Pollin was a giant in the sports world, but he also was a civic leader and a generous philanthropist whose visionary Verizon Center helped revitalize the east side of Washington, D.C.'s downtown," said Senator Cardin. "Abe was a gentleman who believed in sportsmanship and in honor on and off the court. He was a true friend who never hesitated to give advice and counsel.… Continue Reading


November 19, 2009

CARDIN SAYS THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT FULFILLS PROMISE TO MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Majority Leader Reid for successfully consolidating health reform bills previously approved by the Senate HELP and Finance committees. Senator Cardin praised the bill from the floor of the U.S. Senate.  Video of his remarks will be available at cardin.senate.gov .   "I've told the people of Maryland that I would only support a health care reform bill if it accomplished three thin… Continue Reading


November 17, 2009

CARDIN SAYS ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY INCREASES THE THREAT OF CYBER ATTACK

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, today chaired a hearing entitled "Cybersecurity: Preventing Terrorist Attacks and Protecting Privacy in Cyberspace." The hearing included witnesses from key federal agencies responsible for cybersecurity, as well as representatives of the private sector. It reviewed governmental and private sector efforts to prevent a terrorist cyber a… Continue Reading


November 17, 2009

CARDIN, SILVER SPRING FAMILY AND DEMOCRATIC SENATORS DISCUSS THE COST TO THE MIDDLE CLASS IF CONGRESS DOES NOT ACT TO PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM

Washington, DC- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) led a group of senators including Patty Murray (D-WA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Ted Kaufman (D-DE) and Paul Kirk (D-MA) at a press conference today to discuss the need for action on health care reform and the devastating impact that health care costs are having on middle class families across America.  Joining the senators were Cynthia and Eric Cathcart of Silver Spring, who described their hardships trying to obtain a… Continue Reading


November 16, 2009

CARDIN APPLAUDS OBAMA HUMAN RIGHTS REMARKS IN ASIA, URGES DIRECT MESSAGE TO CHINESE LEADERS

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, issued the following statement today after President Obama's remarks in Shanghai, China.    "I applaud President Obama for making clear to his audience in Shanghai that the United States will always speak out for the global values of human rights.  Regardless o… Continue Reading


November 16, 2009

NOMINATION OF ANDRE M. DAVIS TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT

Madam President, let me first compliment my colleague, Senator Mikulski, for her leadership in bringing forward the nomination of Judge Davis to the circuit court of appeals. I join her in her comments about the fall of the Berlin Wall, the importance that meant not just for Europe. The Berlin Wall represented not only a divided city, a divided country, but a divided continent. And the fall of that wall that we commemorate of 20 years ago has significance well beyond that one city. … Continue Reading

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