Press Releases & Statements

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


November 12, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN ATTENDS LAUNCH OF ANNAPOLIS CHESAPEAKE BAY INTERPRETIVE BUOY

ANNAPOLIS -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the launch of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy at the Annapolis City Dock.   This was the 7 th interpretative buoy to be deployed along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as part of the Chesapeake Bay Interpretative Buoy System (CBIBS).   Other buoys have been placed in the Potomac, Patapsco, Susquehanna, Rappaha… Continue Reading


November 10, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE NOMINATION 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 President Obama's announcement he was nominating Dr. Rajiv Shah to be the next Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).   "I look forward to meeting Dr. Shah, and to a prompt confirmation hearing, during which we can discuss his vis… Continue Reading


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

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