Press Releases & Statements

February 23, 2010

CARDIN, WHITEHOUSE, MERKLEY DISCUSS HOW BIPARTISAN SENATE JOBS BILL WILL HELP PUT AMERICA BACK TO WORK

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Sheldon Whitehouse and Jeff Merkley held a press conference this afternoon to discuss how the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act will strengthen America's economy and help put unemployed Americans back to work.  The HIRE Act is focused on four key job creation provisions which all enjoy bipartisan support.  Senate Democrats are committed to pursuing a job creation agenda throughout the year and are hopeful that… Continue Reading


February 22, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN TALKS JOBS WITH BALTIMORE-AREA SMALL BUSINESS LEADERS

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today visited the University of Maryland BioPark where he met with Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) students who are attending the Life Sciences Institute and are preparing for careers in the Maryland's growing health and life science sectors. The Senator also addressed Baltimore-area small business leaders about the economy and the need to provide small businesses with the resources they need to succeed and create jobs, particularly… Continue Reading


February 19, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE CONCLUSION OF THE INVESTIGATION OF THE 2001 ANTHRAX ATTACKS

Vienna, Austria - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, released the following statement upon hearing that t he 2001 Amerithrax investigation was officially ended today.    "I look forward to carefully reviewing the FBI's materials released today as part of the formal closing of the Amerithrax investigation.  I also look forward to reviewing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report on the scient… Continue Reading


February 17, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE ANNOUNCEMENT OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RECOVERY FUNDS TO ENHANCE BUS AND RAIL SERVICE IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON - On the first anniversary of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised the award of $14.8 million in Recovery Act funds by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) to alleviate congestion and improve safety in one of suburban Maryland's busiest intersections located near the border of Prince George's and Montgomery counties.   The Senators also praised the DoT announcement of… Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

CARDIN CELEBRATES THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

  Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today congratulated the League of Women Voters on their milestone 90 th anniversary. To commemorate their founding on February 14, 1920, Senator Cardin introduced a resolution recognizing the profound impact the League of Women Voters has had on American democracy and our nation's history. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) co-sponsored the resolution.   "For the past 90 years, the League of Women Voters has played an active role in ed… Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS ANNOUNCE $4.9 MILLION GRANT FOR CCBC TO TRAIN 2,000 MARYLANDERS FOR JOBS IN HIGH-DEMAND, HIGH-GROWTH ALLIED HEALTH AND NURSING FIELDS

      WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressman Elijah J. Cummings (all D-Md.) today announced the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has been awarded a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) to train today's workers for jobs in allied health and nursing fields currently experiencing workforce shortages.   CCBC will use the funds to train almost 2,000 studen… Continue Reading


February 12, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES SELECTION OF ELIZABETH MORGAN AS SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised the selection of Elizabeth Morgan as Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).    Dr. Morgan is in her ninth year as Superintendent of Washington County Public Schools.   "Washington County students and teachers have benefitted from Dr. Morgan's experience and leadership," said Senator Cardin. "Under her leadership, test scores have increased,… Continue Reading


February 11, 2010

THE DECEMBER 25, 2009, ATTEMPTED BOMBING OF NORTHWEST FLIGHT 253, ANTI-TERRORISM TOOLS AND INFORMATION SHARING

Mr. CARDIN: Mr. President, I rise today to speak about the December 25, 2009, attempted bombing of Northwest flight 253, and the steps we must continue to take to improve the effectiveness of our nation's anti-terrorism tools and interagency information sharing and communication. On December 25, 2009, a Nigerian national, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, attempted to detonate an explosive device while onboard Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. The device did not explode, but instead ignit… Continue Reading


February 11, 2010

U.S. EFFORTS IN THE EARTHQUAKE RELIEF IN HAITI

MR. CARDIN:  Mr. President, I rise today to express my continued concern over the humanitarian situation in Haiti after the catastrophic January 12, 2010 earthquake. While the destruction has proved to make the aid and relief situation on the ground complicated and difficult to navigate, President Obama's promise to the people of Haiti that "you will not be forsaken; you will not be forgotten" has rung true to date. The global outpouring of support,… Continue Reading


February 11, 2010

COMMEMORATING THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS

Mr. President, I would like to commemorate the League of Women Voters on the occasion of its 90 th anniversary.   The League of Women Voters was founded in Chicago on February 14, 1920, by many of the same women leaders who were part of the women's suffrage movement. Ever since that date 90 years ago, the League has played an active role in educating the American public about our democracy and about those who are running for elective office.    Carrie Chapman Catt … Continue Reading


February 09, 2010

CARDIN INTRODUCES MARYLANDERS FOR KEY ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY OVERSIGHT POSITIONS IN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

      Washington, DC - Marylanders continue to fill important senior-level slots in the Obama administration, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) said today, after introducing two more nominees to the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), of which he is a member. This afternoon, Senator Cardin welcomed to the EPW Committee Arthur Elkins, Jr., nominee for Inspector General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Earlier in the day, Senator Cardin introduced William D. … Continue Reading


February 09, 2010

CARDIN URGES ARC NOMINEE TO MAKE THE COMPLETION OF THE NORTH-SOUTH APPALACHIAN HIGHWAY A TOP PRIORITY

      Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today called on President Obama's nominee to co-chair the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to make completion of the North/South Appalachian Highway a priority. Speaking at a nomination hearing for Earl Gohl Jr., Senator Cardin also asked for support for removing the prohibition on state's use of toll credits as matching funds for the Appalachian Highway p… Continue Reading


February 04, 2010

CARDIN SUPPORTS LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

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, today joined Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and 20 other Senate colleagues in introducing The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA).   This landmark bipartisan legislation makes … Continue Reading


February 04, 2010

CARDIN, FEINGOLD, COBURN, COLLINS INTRODUCE RESOLUTION CONDEMNING UGANDA ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL AND SIMILAR EFFORTS WORLDWIDE

      Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), with Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today have introduced a resolution calling on members of the Ugandan Parliament to reject the so-called "Anti-Homosexuality Bill." The bill, which was introduced in the Ugandan parliament in October 2009, would expand penalties for homosexuality in Uganda to include the death penalty, and require citizens to report information about … Continue Reading


February 04, 2010

INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

Mr. President, I rise today to express my support for the International Violence Against Women Act, introduced today by Senators Kerry, Boxer, Snowe and Collins. I am proud to be a cosponsor on this legislation simply because it has the power to save the lives of women and girls around the world while increasing our safety here at home. This bill is particularly significant because it would be a very significant effort by the United States to tackle this … Continue Reading


February 03, 2010

CARDIN AND MIKULSKI JOIN 16 SENATORS IN LETTER TO GEITHNER CALLING FOR HELP TO COMMUNITY BANKS AND SMALL BUSINESSES

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) joined with 16 other Senators in calling on U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to take immediate steps to utilize TARP funding to stabilize community banks and improve credit availability for small businesses.   "Community banks play a significant role in providing credit to businesses in communities throughout the country," the Senators write in today's letter… Continue Reading


February 02, 2010

THREE MARYLANDERS NOMINATED TO SENIOR FOREIGN POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT POSITIONS BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

WASHINGTON- 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 Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced Ian Kelly of Bethesda as President Obama's nominee to be U.S. Representative to the 56-country Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.   "The OSCE is at a critical juncture.  The organization still confronts such challenges as resolving protracted c… Continue Reading


February 02, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON REVERSING DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement after Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee today on President Obama's stated intention to allow LGBT Americans to serve openly in the U.S. military. "America is fighting two wars, supporting humanitarian operations in Haiti, and fighting against al-Qaeda and other … Continue Reading


February 01, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FISCAL YEAR 2011 BUDGET

"Our economy is beginning to show signs of growth after the most serious crisis since the Great Depression, but we have much work ahead before American families and small businesses see and feel the oncoming recovery.   Like the President, I believe that we must invest in job creation and I believe we must do so in a fiscally disciplined way.   Effective middle-class tax relief must be paired with targeted investments that we pay for as we go.   … Continue Reading


February 01, 2010

CARDIN TALKS JOBS AT CHESAPEAKE COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE CENTER JOB TRAINING PROGRAM

CAMBRIDGE, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today met with nurse assistant trainees at the Chesapeake College Cambridge Center to talk with them about the importance of job training in this difficult economy.  Dorchester County has an unemployment rate of 12.1 percent, the second highest in Maryland.   The statewide unemployment rate for December 2009 is 7.5 percent.   Senator Cardin recently introduce the Boosting Entrepreneurship and New… Continue Reading

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