Press Releases & Statements

March 26, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE PROGRAM TO REPLACE EXPIRED DIGITAL TV CONVERTER BOX COUPONS

WASHINGTON -  U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Department of Commerce has started accepting replacement requests from eligible households whose digital television converter box coupons expired without being redeemed. The deadline for nationwide conversion to digital television is June 12.   Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made it possible for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTI… Continue Reading


March 26, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF FY2010 BUDGET

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today praised committee passage of the FY 2010 budget resolution, saying " this budget represents a huge step forward because it sets new priorities for our nation that will enable us to lessen our dependence on foreign energy, reduce health care costs and increase access to education."   The Senate Budget Committee unanimously adopted two amendments … Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE AMERICAN RECOVERY ACT FUNDS WILL UPDATE VA HEALTH FACILITIES SERVING MARYLAND VETERANS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the economic recovery package, signed into law by President Obama last month, honors the nation's commitment to provide the best health care available to its veterans by putting funds in the federal checkbook for upgrades and improvements to Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities serving Maryland veterans. The bill also includes funds to restore Maryland's national cemeteries. Senator Mikulski is… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

SENATORS CARDIN, ALEXANDER INTRODUCE BILL TO END THE DUMPING OF MINING WASTE INTO STREAMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the dumping of mining waste into streams, effectively ending the practice known as mountaintop mining. The Appalachia Restoration Act would amend the Clean Water Act to prevent the dumping of what is known as "excess spoil" from mountaintop mining into streams and rivers.   Mountaintop mining is a method of c… Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

NOMINATION OF ELENA KAGAN, SOLICITOR GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, when President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to be the Solicitor General of the United States, I must tell you, I was extremely pleased because I knew of her reputation, I knew of her background, and I thought she would be an excellent choice to be the Solicitor General of the United States.    Chairman Leahy allowed me to chair the hearing on her confirmation. At that hearing, there were spirited questions asked by many members of the Judiciary Committee. We had … Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS TO OPERATE AS NON-PROFITS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today introduced legislation that would allow newspapers to become non-profit organizations in an effort to help the faltering industry survive.   In recent months, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocky Mountain News, the Baltimore Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others, have either ceased daily publication or announced that they may have to stop publishing.  A number of other publications, i… Continue Reading


March 24, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $15 MILLION FOR BWI AIRPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport an Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant for $15 million to rehabilitate two of its aprons.   "Baltimore-Washington International Airport is a critical hub for Maryland's economy and I am committed to ensuring it has the resources it needs," said Se… Continue Reading


March 23, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN JOINS GOV. O'MALLEY TO OUTLINE NEW HEALTH CARE FUNDS FOR MARYLAND

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Secretary John Colmers to applaud the health care funding for Maryland that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) , which became law in February.   The measure provides $1.63 billion in federal matching funds to help the State with Medicaid costs.   It also contains significant fun… Continue Reading


March 23, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN URGES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PURSUE CAREERS IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

ROCKVILLE - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today urged students at Richard Montgomery High School to pursue a career in public service, saying "public service has been my life's work and it has allowed me to help our state and our nation develop policies that benefit all Americans."   The Senator spoke to members of the senior class as part of the Future Leadership Initiative, a program that seeks to motivate ambitious, intelligent students to choose careers … Continue Reading


March 20, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN RECEIVES AWARD FROM THE MARYLAND FARM BUREAU

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has been selected by the Maryland Farm Bureau to receive the Friend of Farm Bureau Award because of his strong support of legislation in the 110 th Congress that has been beneficial to the farm community.   Senator Cardin was a strong supporter of the Farm Bill, which was enacted in 2008.   It contained funding for environmental program to help the Chesapeake Bay while also helping farmers remain economically v… Continue Reading


March 20, 2009

CARDIN EXPRESSES CONCERN ABOUT NEW CBO REPORT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S BUDGET

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today released the following statement following a revised report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that President Obama's budget will result in a $1.8 trillion deficit this year and a $1.4 trillion deficit in 2010.   This revision represents an increase in CBO figures released in January that predicted a $1.2 trillion deficit for FY 2009 and a $703 billion deficit for FY2010. … Continue Reading


March 20, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN THANKS MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES

BETHESDA - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today paid tribute to 54 Montgomery County public safety employees who have exhibited outstanding dedication and service at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Public Safety Luncheon.   "I want to thank all of the police officers, firefighters, correctional officers and public safety officials here today for their tremendous commitment to the residents of Montgomery County," said Senator Car… Continue Reading


March 20, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING WITH HOWARD COUNTY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY

COLUMBIA - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today held a town hall meeting with Howard County small business owners to discuss the economic downturn and provisions in the recently enacted economic recovery package and omnibus appropriations bill that could provide them with some relief.    " Our nation's economic recovery is dependent on the growth of small businesses," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrep… Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BILL TO CREATE COMMEMORATIVE COINS HONORING THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today introduced legislation that would create two commemorative coins to honor the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem.     The Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin Act would create two coins that would be minted in 2012 to coincide with the 200 th anniversary of the War of 1812.   Money from the sale of the coins would go to the Maryland War of 1812… Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF BILL TO EXTEND SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed unanimously a bill to temporarily extend the Small Business Administration's (SBA) programs through July 31, 2009. The bill was passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. Among the programs extended is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which would have expired on Friday, March 20.   The temporary extension gives Congress more time to pass a comprehensive bill that will strengthen and improve SBA programs and provide … Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN SENDS LETTER TO OBAMA URGING THAT EVERY LEGAL AVENUE BE PURSUED TO RESCIND AIG BONUES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today expressed outrage over the $165 million in bonus payments to American International Group (AIG) and has written to President Obama applauding his directive to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to pursue "every single legal avenue" to rescind the bonuses.   The Senator also co-signed a letter to Edward Liddy, Chairman and CEO of AIG, saying he would support legislation that would allow the government to recou… Continue Reading


March 17, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS A THREAT TO U.S. HOMELAND SECURITY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today called the Mexican drug wars a " serious threat to our nation's homeland security and one that we must develop a strong, coordinated effort to defeat."   As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Senator Cardin today expressed serious concern at a Judiciary subcommittee hearing about the rising violence in Mexico and its e… Continue Reading


March 16, 2009

CARDIN APPLAUDS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S STRONG EFFORT TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today applauded President Barack Obama's new plan to increase access to capital for small businesses.  The President announced that his Administration will take immediate steps to unlock frozen credit markets, temporarily roll back lending fees and bolster bank liquidity to ensure small firms can have continued access to credit.   "Pres… Continue Reading


March 16, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN SPONSORS RESOLUTION TO REGULATE COAL ASH

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has co-sponsored a U.S. Senate Resolution (S.Res. 64) calling for stricter standards and oversight to help prevent coal ash spills and improve the management and proper disposal of coal combustion ash.   On March 9, the New Page Corp. reported that a leaking pipe discharged approximately 4,000 gallons of coal ash slurry into the North Branch Potomac River near Luke, Md.   In December, approximately 1 billion gallons o… Continue Reading


March 13, 2009

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

We honor the contributions of women in our society throughout March during Women's History Month.   Started in 1978 as a weeklong celebration coinciding with International Women's Day, over more than three decades it has grown to highlight the great accomplishments of women past and present, as well as the growing opportunities for young girls.   The theme for 2009 is Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet, and we specifically honor women who, in the spirit of Rachel Carson, have wor… Continue Reading

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