Press Releases & Statements

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


January 26, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES PRESIDENT OBAMA DECISION TO REVIEW CALIFORNIA WAIVER DECISION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised the decision of the Obama Administration to have the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) review a decision by the Bush Administration that prohibited states from cutting vehicle emissions as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has long supported granting what is known as the "California Waiver," which would allow states to adopt ma… Continue Reading


January 26, 2009

CARDIN AND ENSIGN INTRODUCE $20,000 TAX CREDIT TO JUMPSTART AILING U.S. HOUSING MARKET

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and John Ensign (R-NV) are urging their colleagues to act quickly to pass a new $20,000 refundable tax credit for first-time homebuyers to help jumpstart our nation's ailing housing market. Senator Cardin, a member of the Budget Committee, and Senator Ensign, a member of the Finance Committee, are working closely this week with their colleagues to consider this bill as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of… Continue Reading


January 23, 2009

CARDIN APPOINTED CHAIRMAN OF U.S. HELSINKI COMMISSION FOR 111th CONGRESS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today expressed his appreciation to Majority Leader Harry Reid after his appointment as Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) for the two-year period of the 111th Congress. Chairman Cardin, also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement. "This week our nation has begun to write a new chapter in history. President Obama understands… Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

LILLY LEDBETTER EQUAL PAY LEGISLATION

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, let me first thank my colleague from Maryland for giving me the opportunity to speak, but also to thank her for her extraordinary leadership on behalf of gender equality in our Nation. Senator Mikulski is no stranger to this issue. She has fought her entire life on behalf of equality for all people in this country. From her days as a social worker to her service on the City Council of Baltimore and now to the Senate, she has been our leader on speaking out for what is … Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

CARDIN LAUDS APPOINTMENT OF GEORGE MITCHELL AS SPECIAL ENVOY FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and incoming Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement in response to President Obama's selection of former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell as Special Envoy for the Middle East:   "George Mitchell is a man of integrity and a diplomat in the greatest sense. I was pleased to hear of his appointment as Special… Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES PRESIDENT OBAMA'S DECISION TO CLOSE GITMO, BAN TORTURE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees, and incoming Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, made the following statement today in response to President Obama's executive orders regarding Guantánamo Bay a nd U.S. detention and interrogation policies:   "I commend President Obama for issuing his executive orders today to close the detention c… Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF $10 MILLION IN FEDERAL DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS TO HELP MARYLAND'S WATERMEN

WASHINGTON,- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the release of $10 million in federal disaster relief funds to help Maryland's watermen and to protect the viability of local businesses that rely on blue crabs, which have faced economic hardships due to years of declining blue crab stock.   The Department of Commerce approved $10 million in disaster relief funds in November 2009. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admini… Continue Reading


January 22, 2009

CARDIN LAUDS APPOINTMENT OF RICHARD HOLBROOKE AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE TO AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and incoming Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement in response to President Obama's selection of former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke as Special U.S. Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan:   "Richard Holbrooke has been a fixture of American diplomacy for decades thanks to his effectiveness as a … Continue Reading


January 20, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PARTICIPATES IN NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE BY SERVING NEEDY AT OUR DAILY BREAD

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today participated in the National Day of Service as a way to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Senator Cardin joined more than approximately 40 volunteers in serving a hot meal to hundreds of Baltimore City's neediest residents.   "The National Day of Service builds on Dr. King's legacy, which is grounded in community service and social justice," said Senator Cardin.   "It's imp… Continue Reading


January 16, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN LOOKS FORWARD TO OBAMA BALTIMORE VISIT AND NEW ADMINISTRATION

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today issued the following statement about President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden's upcoming Whistle Stop Train Tour, which will stop in Baltimore on Saturday, Jan. 17.   "As we draw closer to the historic inauguration of our 44 th President of the United States, I join with all Americans in feeling an overwhelming sense of hope and pride for the future of our country.   As a Maryland… Continue Reading


January 16, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI WANT STIMULUS TO INCLUDE HAZARDOUS CLEANUPS AT ACTIVE MILITARY BASES LIKE FORT MEADE AND INDIAN HEAD

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) this week urged the Chairman and Ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee to include shovel-ready environmental cleanups at active military bases in the pending economic recovery/stimulus package. In a letter to Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) and Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS), Senators Cardin and Mikulski pointed out the urgency of cleaning up hazardous sites at installations like Fort … Continue Reading


January 16, 2009

THE REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Today we celebrate the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was born 80 years ago this year.   We are living in historic times and as we join together to celebrate the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, we also pause to remember the legacy of the Dr. King and we pledge to rededicate ourselves to his vision of equality, fairness, and justice.     We are nation of 300 million people; a nation in which one-out-of-three Ame… Continue Reading


January 15, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $23 MILLION FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that $23 million will be released as part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative, a program included in the 2008 Farm Bill that provides the region's farmers with assistance to implement agricultural conservation practices. "This long-delayed funding represents a major investment in Maryland agriculture and in our Bay.  Both our farms and Chesapeake Bay will benefit fr… Continue Reading


January 15, 2009

CARDIN: CONGRESS MUST GIVE PRESIDENT OBAMA THE TOOLS HE NEEDS TO FIX OUR ECONOMY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted 42-52 to reject S.J.Res. 5, the Disapproval Resolution relating to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. This will allow President-elect Obama to access the second $350 billion of Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP). "Like most Americans, I have been deeply disappointed by the way the Bush Administration has handled distribution of the fir… Continue Reading


January 15, 2009

TEAM MARYLAND URGES FEMA TO REIMBURSE STATE FOR INAUGURATION COSTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Chair of the Maryland delegation Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today joined her Team Maryland colleagues Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) and Congressman Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) in urging President Bush to consider the disaster declaration request made by Maryla… Continue Reading


January 15, 2009

MARYLAND DELEGATION DENOUNCES CONDITIONAL LNG APPROVAL FIVE DAYS BEFORE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TAKES OFFICE

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland Delegation denounce the "conditional" approval of the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Sparrows Point by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) just five days before the Obama Administration takes office.   AES, the company behind the proposal, must satisfy 169 safety, security, and environmental conditions to move forward with the proposal.   Members of the Maryland Delegation including Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberge… Continue Reading


January 14, 2009

SENATE, HOUSE RENEW EFFORT TO HELP VOLUNTEERS DURING TOUGH ECONOMIC TIMES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), John Ensign (R-NV) and Congressman John Lewis (GA-5), today renewed their call for Congress to pass the Giving Incentives to Volunteers Everywhere Act (GIVE Act) that would provide relief to volunteers who use their personal vehicle for charitable activities. Despite a recent reprieve in oil prices, the cost for a gallon of regular gasoline still… Continue Reading


January 14, 2009

ON THE NOMINATION OF ERIC HOLDER TO BE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES

I'm honored to serve on the Judiciary Committee and in this body.   However, the last couple of years have been difficult as we witnessed how poorly the Department of Justice has been managed. You've seen abuses of civil liberties in the name of trying to protect the rights of our citizens -- we abused the rights of our citizens. We found the Department of Justice tried to justify the use of torture in this country. We've seen hiring and firing practices in the Department of… Continue Reading


January 13, 2009

CARDIN SUPPORTS SWIFT CONFIRMATION OF CLINTON TO BE TOP U.S. DIPLOMAT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and incoming Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), issued the following statement today regarding the nomination hearing of Senator Hillary Clinton to be the next Secretary of State. "As a member of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, I am proud to be participating in the confirmation hearings for my colleague, Senator Hilla… Continue Reading

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