Press Releases & Statements

February 24, 2009

CARDIN CALLS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH TO JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS HONEST AND DIRECT

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), released the following statement in response to President Obama's first speech to a Joint Session of Congress. Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Committees on Budget, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Environment and Public Works, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship. He also serves as Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission).   "P… Continue Reading


February 23, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN VISITS NORTH POINT H.S. AND MEETS WITH CHARLES CO. EDUCATORS ABOUT IMPROVING SCIENCE & MATH CURRICULUMS

WHITE PLAINS, MD - As a strong supporter of strengthening science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today visited North Point High School to tour science, technology, engineering and math classes.   He also held a luncheon roundtable discussion with Charles County educators about the need to improve our educational system so that American students will be prepared for the jobs of the future.   " A… Continue Reading


February 19, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS, SARBANES ANNOUNCE STAFFING AWARD FOR HOWARD COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) today announced Howard County Fire and Rescue Services have been awarded more than $1.3 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Mikulski continues to fight to increase federal funding for the AFGP each y… Continue Reading


February 14, 2009

CARDIN SAYS BOLD HELP FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS, SMALL BUSINESSES AND ALL AMERICANS IS ON THE WAY; PRAISES PASSAGE OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the following statement after Senate passage of the Conference Report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act by a vote of 60-38. The House of Representatives passed the measure earlier in the day 246-183. It now goes to President Obama for his signature.  "The American people have been hurtin… Continue Reading


February 13, 2009

CARDIN HOLDS FORUM WITH PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ABOUT ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE

LARGO - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today held an open forum with Prince George's County small business owners to discuss the economic downturn and provisions in the economic recovery package 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 Entrepreneurship.   "My top priority is to ensure th… Continue Reading


February 12, 2009

CARDIN NAMED TO LEADERSHIP POSITIONS IN ENVIRONMENT AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEES

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today was officially named chairman of two key Senate subcommittees:  the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, which is charged with oversight of our country's anti-terrorism efforts; and, the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, which works to keep our drinking water clean and protect key wildlife.   "It is an honor to take over the leadership of two Senate sub… Continue Reading


February 12, 2009

CARDIN NAMED CHAIR OF TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) was named Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee today, following an organizational meeting of the full Judiciary Committee.  Chairman Cardin's subcommittee has jurisdiction over the U.S. Government's anti-terrorism enforcement and policy, including the anti-terrorism enforcement and policy of the Departments of Homeland Security and State.  The subcommittee also has oversight of the espionage laws… Continue Reading


February 11, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $20,000 FOR ALLEGANY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Allegany County Board of Education to purchase new laboratory equipment for elementary and middle school science kits.    "Education is the cornerstone of the American Dream, and training in science and technology is essential to high-paying, high quality jobs that will drive the future of America's e… Continue Reading


February 11, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $120,000 FOR CITY OF CUMBERLAND

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $120,000 grant to the City of Cumberland, MD.  The grant will be used to make a new Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC) community and senior center more energy efficient.   "This ARC grant will offer assistance to the residents of Cumberland who are in the greatest need," said Senat… Continue Reading


February 10, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement following Senate passage of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.   "The bill we passed in the Senate today is a victory for all Americans. I am very pleased that we were able to move forward on legislation that gives President Obama the tools he needs to deal with our severe economic times. We've provided a balance of ta… Continue Reading


February 10, 2009

CARDIN CHAIRS CONFIRMATION HEARING FORSOLICITOR GENERAL & ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today chaired the nomination hearing for Solicitor General-designee Elena Kagan and Associate Attorney General-designee Thomas Perrelli, two of the key posts in the Justice Department.   "Filling these top posts swiftly will continue efforts to restore the morale and integrity of the Department of Justice, which has been abused over the last eight years," said Sena… Continue Reading


February 10, 2009

NOMINATIONS OF THOMAS PERRELLI AND ELENA KAGAN FOR THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

            The Committee will come to order.   Let me thank Chairman Leahy for asking me to chair today's hearing.               Today we consider two important nominations for leadership positions in the Department of Justice.   These are the nominations of Thomas Perrelli to be Associate Attorney General of the United States, and Elena Kagan to be Solicitor General of the United States.               I agree with Chairman Leahy tha… Continue Reading


February 09, 2009

CARDIN AND HOYER VISIT CHARLES COUNTY HEALTH CLINIC TO TOUT IMPORTANCE OF EXPANDING CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE

WHITE PLAINS, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-5) today visited the Charles County Department of Health to talk about the importance of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for the children of Charles County and Maryland.   Last week, President Obama signed into law the CHIP bill, which was passed by Congress with wide bipartisan support.   It will fund health care for approximately 6.7 million Amer… Continue Reading


February 09, 2009

SENTAOR CARDIN JOINS SECRETARY SALAZAR AT PATUXENT REFUGE TO VIEW PROPOSED PROJECTS TO IMPROVE FACILTY IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY PLAN

LAUREL - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-5) on a tour of the historic Patuxent Refuge and Wildlife Center to review improvement projects that could be funded under the economic recovery package now before Congress.   Senator Cardin released the following statement:   "Patuxent is our nation's premier wildlife research facilities, but it is i… Continue Reading


February 04, 2009

CARDIN JOINS PRESIDENT OBAMA AT THE WHITE HOUSE AS CHIP REAUTHORIZATION BECOMES LAW

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today attended the White House ceremony where President Barack Obama signed into law the reauthorization and extension of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) .  This legislation, which President Bush vetoed twice despite wide bipartisan support, will fund health care for approximately 6.7 million American children already enrolled in the program. The bill passed the Senate last week by a vote of 66 to… Continue Reading


February 02, 2009

CARDIN AMENDMENT TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE WOULD BOOST HOUSING MARKET, EXTENDS FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS TAX CREDIT THROUGH 2009

WASHINGTON , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today that he will offer an amendment to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that will extend help for the ailing U.S. housing market through the end of this year by changing the date qualified first-time homebuyers could purchase a primary residence through December 31.     "Our economy is hurting and, as President Obama has said, there is no miracl… Continue Reading


January 30, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE BILL

WASHINGTON -   After a nearly two-year fight to gain passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today praised the Senate passage of the bill to reauthorize the program, saying "enactment of this measure is critical to the health and well being of America's children."  The bill passed the Senate today by a vote of 66 to 32, and passed the House on January 14 by a vote of 289 to 139.   This legislation, … Continue Reading


January 30, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKIANNOUNCE MORE THAN $260,000 FOR POCOMOKE CITY VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company have been awarded $261,250 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP). Senator Mikulski is on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the AFGP and fights each year to increase its federal funding.  Senator Cardin is a member of the Budget Committee, whic… Continue Reading


January 27, 2009

SENATE FINANCE PANEL ADOPTS BIPARTISAN MEASURE TO DOUBLE TAX BENEFITS FOR BUS AND SUBWAY RIDERS AS PART OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE

WASHINGTON, DC-With record numbers of commuters nationwide turning to mass transit, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), joined with Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Arlen Specter (R-PA) and 10 additional co-sponsors, to announce Tuesday that their mass transit tax break has been included in the Senate version of the economic recovery package.    The mass transit tax break would double the federal mass transit benefit for people who ride buses, subways, commuter… Continue Reading


January 27, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEARLY $4 MILLION FOR CAMBRIDGE-DORCHESTER REGIONAL AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - 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 Cambridge-Dorchester Regional Airport $3.97 million through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to extend its runway. This funding is for phase two of the project and it will be used to relocate the existing taxiway to meet FAA safety standards        "I strongly support this federal investment because it w… Continue Reading

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