Press Releases & Statements

May 19, 2010

REVIEW AND OVERSIGHT OF THE PRESIDENT'S FISCAL YEAR 2011 BUDGET REQUEST FOR THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY (METRO)

Thank you Chairman Murray and Ranking Member Bond for holding this hearing, and thank you Sen. Mikulski for inviting me to address the subcommittee about the federal government's increased commitment to invest in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.   Last year, the Greater Washington Congressional Delegation fought hard for the much needed transportation appropriation we secured for WMATA. In working with the members of this subcommittee… Continue Reading


May 18, 2010

CARDIN ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that 15 Marylanders have accepted appointments to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2010-2011 academic year.     The five U.S. service academies -- the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy -- recruit top-notch young American men and women who will appreciate an excellent education and a chance … Continue Reading


May 18, 2010

CARDIN, KRATOVIL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT COASTAL REGIONS NATIONWIDE

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee introduced the Coastal Habitat Conservation Act today that would authorize U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Coastal Program, which integrates all Service activities in coastal ecosystems to identify the most important natural resource problems and solutions. Congressman Fran… Continue Reading


May 17, 2010

CARDIN, SENATORS CALL FOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO OPEN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS INTO BP OIL SPILL

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and chair of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, along with EPW chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and other members of the Committee, today asked United States Attorney General Eric Holder to open an investigation into potential violations of civil and criminal laws related to issues surrounding the ongoing BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Joining Senators Cardin and Bo… Continue Reading


May 17, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN PARTICIPATES IN MARYLAND DEPT. OF AGING HEALTH CARE 'SUMMIT'

GLEN BURNIE, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today participated in a Maryland Department of Aging forum to help educate the state's Department of Aging county directors, senior center directors, and auxiliary staff about the newly enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   "There has been a lot of misinformation about the new law and I want to be sure that seniors have the correct information … Continue Reading


May 14, 2010

CARDIN, CRAPO, MIKULSKI AND RISCH INTRODUCE BILL TO CONTINUE WATER RESEARCH AT LAND GRANT COLLEGES

Washington, DC - In a bipartisan effort to protect our nation's water supply, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), ranking member of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, along with Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and James Risch (R-ID), have introduced a bill to continue funding for land grant universities in every state to research best methods for … Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $37 MILLION FOR MARYLAND IN CRITICAL HOMELAND SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE AND PREPAREDNESS GRANTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Maryland 2010 Preparedness Grants totaling more than $37 million for seven federal programs.   These grants are focused on assisting state and local government and the private sector in strengthening preparedness for acts of terrorism, major disasters and other emergencies.   "Maryland's proximity to the our nation's… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE OBAMA NOMINEES HOLLANDER AND BREDAR FOR DISTRICT COURT SEATS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) participated today in the nomination hearing for Marylanders Ellen Hollander and James Bredar to fill vacancies on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.   Hollander currently serves as a Maryland Court of Special Appeals Judge and Bredar is a U.S. Magistrate Judge.   Senator Cardin, a member of the Judiciary Committee that will consider the nominations, presided over the heari… Continue Reading


May 13, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION FOR NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS FOUNDATION

WASHINGTON . - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and (both D-MD) today announced the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), headquartered in Emmitsburg , Md. , has been awarded a $1 million Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FPS) to produce life safety training classes and DVDs. Congress created the NFFF to lead a nationwide effort to remember America 's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the nonpro… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

THE ESPIONAGE STATUTES: A LOOK BACK AND A LOOK FORWARD

The subcommittee will come to order.                 The current statutory framework with respect to the espionage statutes is a patchwork that traces its roots to the Espionage Act of 1917, which targeted classic espionage situations involving persons working on behalf of foreign nations.   Constructed during the First World War, the current framework was formed at a time when intelligence and national security information existed primarily… Continue Reading


May 12, 2010

CARDIN BEGINS COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF U.S. ESPIONAGE STATUTES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee questioned witnesses today about how well the espionage statutes have worked over the last 60 years.   Cardin chaired the Subcommittee hearing which was entitled "The Espionage Statutes: A Look Back and a Look Forward."     The Subcommittee, which has oversight jurisdiction in regard to the espionage laws and their enforc… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

THE ECONOMIC & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE BP OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

      Madam Chair: Former Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) said that the idea for Earth Day came to him in the summer of 1969 when he was on a speaking tour out west. One of the stops on his trip was Santa Barbara, where he saw first-hand the effects of the blow-out on Union Oil 's Platform A, six miles off the coast. Over a 10-day period, 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil spilled onto the beaches and killed over 10,000 birds.   How ironic that last… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

CARDIN INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO SPEED EXPANSION OF DEPENDENT COVERAGE TO AGE 26 FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the children of federal employees are able to remain on their parents' health insurance until age 26 this year.   More than 2 million federal employees could benefit from this provision, saving money for the employees and their young adult dependents.    Co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME),   Mark Warner (D-V… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

CARDIN SAYS BP OIL SPILL HEIGHTENS NEED FOR A NEW ENERGY POLICY FOR AMERICA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, today called for the Senate to heed the lessons of the BP oil spill and move forward promptly on clean energy legislation.   "The BP spill is a reminder of the urgent need of forging a new energy policy that weans us off oil as quickly as possible.  … Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SUPREME COURT NOMINEE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to President Obama's announcement that he will nominate his Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the Supreme Court, filling the seat of Justice John Paul Stevens.   "I welcome President Obama's announcement today that he intends to nominate Solicitor General Elena Kag… Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR NEW ALLIED HEALTH CARE EDUCATION CENTER IN MT. AIRY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski and U.S. Congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) today announced $1 million in federal funding to help build a new allied health care education center in Mount Airy , Maryland . The new center, called the Mid-Maryland Community College Allied Healthcare Education Center, will cost a total of $5.5 million over five years and will train up to 500 students per year wh… Continue Reading


May 07, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE PRESIDENT FOR ISSUING MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR MARYLAND'S FEBRUARY BLIZZARDS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore County Fire Department has been awarded $442,080 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


May 07, 2010

CARDIN CALLS SUSPENSION OF PLANNED LEASE SALE OFF VIRGINIA COAST A POSITIVE STEP TOWARD A PERMANENT BAN TO PROTECT THE ATLANTIC

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee and chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, released the following statement in response to the Interior Department's announcement in the Federal Register today that it has indefinitely postponed any actions related to the proposed oil and gas lease sale off the coast of Virginia.     "I thank Pr… Continue Reading


May 07, 2010

CARDIN WHISTLEBLOWER AMENDMENT TO WALL STREET REFORM BILL WILL HELP KEEP RATINGS AGENCIES HONEST

Washington, DC - The Senate has adopted U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin's amendment (3840) to the Wall Street Reform bill that will extend whistleblower protections to employees of the 10 Nationally Recognized Statistical Ratings Organizations (NRSROs). NRSROs are the companies like Moody's and Standard & Poor's that issue credit ratings at the heart of the securities market.   "As we have sought answers that can help pull our economy - particularly the housing market - out of… Continue Reading


May 06, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $440,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore County Fire Department has been awarded $442,080 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, which ea… Continue Reading

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