Press Releases & Statements

June 16, 2009

CARDIN ON THE IRANIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: WE MAY NEVER KNOW THE TRUE RESULTS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the Iranian government to exercise restraint in its response to those protesting the results of their recent presidential election. Speaking from the floor of the U.S. Senate, Cardin cited the systemic problems of elections in Iran's totalitarian regime.   Complete … Continue Reading


June 16, 2009

THE TROUBLE WITH THE RECENT IRANIAN ELECTIONS

MR. CARDIN:  Mr. President, as Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, which has had decades of experience monitoring election and promoting democracy and human rights, I would like to take this moment to speak on a troubling matter that has filled headlines around the world in the last few days. We have all seen the images. Violence and mass protests are erupting across Iran following the hasty vote count of a deeply flawed presidential election process in that country. Yet another unf… Continue Reading


June 16, 2009

COMMISSION LEADERSHIP CALLS NEW TRAFFICKING REPORT A VITAL TOOL OF DIPLOMACY

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) hailed the State Department's release today of the 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report as a critical tool in monitoring and raising awareness about modern-day slavery.  The 2009 report -- the 7th annual survey of its kind -- is expanded to include 175 countries this year, 26 of which have… Continue Reading


June 15, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON IRANIAN ELECTION

I am deeply dismayed by reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been declared the winner of the Iran Presidential election. It is apparent that the deep flaws in this so-called election began well before the Iranian people began voting. For Ahmadinejad and the ruling powers in Iran, it is clear that an 'end justifies the means mentality' prevails. There is no doubt whatsoever as to his unfitness as a leader.   Regardless of the limited official scope of his duties, Ahmadinejad's consistent pat… Continue Reading


June 12, 2009

CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERNCE TO PRAISE SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO REGULATE TOBACCO

BALTIMORE - Joining representatives from the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today celebrated congressional passage of legislation that will empower the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products, including the power to remove harmful ingredients from tobacco products and to stop false claims made by the tobacco industry regarding the addictive natur… Continue Reading


June 11, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES HEARING TO REVIEW MOUNTAINTOP MINING PRACTICES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, announced that intends to hold a hearing to address "mountaintop mining" practices.  Senator Cardin's announcement comes on the same day that the Obama Administration revealed its plans to establish tougher environmental reviews for coal companies that mine the Appalachians by blasting off mountaintops and discarding the rubble in stream valleys, also know… Continue Reading


June 11, 2009

CARDIN HAILS SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO GIVE FDA POWER TO REGULATE TOBACCO

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of legislation that will empower the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate tobacco products, including the power to remove harmful ingredients from tobacco products and to stop false claims made by the tobacco industry regarding the addictive nature of nicotine.   The Senate passed the bill by a vote of  79-17.   In April, the House of Representatives passed a simi… Continue Reading


June 11, 2009

CARDIN URGES SENATE TO ACT ON BEHALF OF 46 MILLION UNINSURED AMERICANS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) spoke from the floor of the Senate on Wednesday to urge his colleagues to move forward quickly with health care reform that will benefit all Americans. He spoke of the inherent value of preventive care and the critical need for a public insurance option based on choice.   Senator Cardin's full remarks are available at cardin.senate.gov . … Continue Reading


June 11, 2009

THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM RESOLUTION

MR. CARDIN.  Mr. President, I rise today to offer a resolution condemning yesterday's heinous, horrific act of violence at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns.  Officer Johns, of Temple Hills in Prince George's County, Maryland, died in the line of duty.  He ably served as a guard of the Museum for six years.  He was just 39 and leaves behind a grieving family.  He gave his life to save the li… Continue Reading


June 11, 2009

HEALTH CARE REFORM AND THE PUBLIC OPTION

I'm glad that we are now engaged in the health care debate. This debate is long overdue. I congratulate the Obama Administration for taking on the tough issues. This is not an easy subject to try to reach the type of consensus necessary to pass major legislation. There are many special interests that are going to make it difficult for us to move forward.   But I'm proud that this administration is taking up this issue because we are in a health care crisis in America.   … Continue Reading


June 11, 2009

CARDIN LEADS SENATE IN CONDEMNING HATE-BASED SHOOTING AT U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) , praised the Senate for its swift and unanimous action today offering its condolences to the family of Officer Stephen T. Johns, a Maryland resident who gave his life to save countless others, during a shooting yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Senator Cardin authored the resolution unanimously approved by the Senate that also condemned acts of violence and harassment based on any form of pre… Continue Reading


June 10, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that 16 Marylanders have accepted appointments to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2009-2010 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 to serve thei… Continue Reading


June 10, 2009

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE SHOOTING AT THE U.S. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) is Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, an independent agency of the federal government charged with monitoring compliance with the Helsinki Accords and advancing human rights and democracy in 56 countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  Eliminating incidents of anti-Semitism and hate crimes has been a key priority of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.  Senator Cardin issued the following statement in response to th… Continue Reading


June 10, 2009

MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO SUPPORT CHESAPEAKE BAY CLEAN-UP

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), along with Senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb (both D-VA) today introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement Act of 2009, which would strengthen and enhance the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) role in the multi-state Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort.   The bill focuses the relevant science, research and resou… Continue Reading


June 09, 2009

CARDIN LAUDS EPA FOR RETURNING SCIENCE TO THE FOREFRONT OF DECISION MAKING

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) and Chairman of its Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, participated in a hearing today with Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Scientific Integrity and Transparency Reforms at the EPA.   "Starting in the very early days of his administration, President Ob… Continue Reading


June 05, 2009

CARDIN, CHARLES COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BREAK GROUND ON $30 MILLION EXPANSION OF MARYLAND AIRPORT

Indian Head, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) led the groundbreaking ceremony for a $30 million expansion of the Maryland Airport. Joining Senator Cardin today were Charles County Commissioners Wayne Cooper (President), Edith Patterson (Vice President), Samuel Graves, Reuben Collins, Gary Hodge, County Administrator Paul Comfort, and Maryland Airport operators Jack Crawford and Gil Bauserman. Representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other state and local o… Continue Reading


June 05, 2009

CARDIN JOINS FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICIALS IN ANNOUNCING MORE THAN $12 MILLION TO HELP RESTORE THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in announcing more than $12.9 million for the Chesapeake Stewardship Grant Program to help restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed.    The Senator, who is chair of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife, helped secure $10 million in funding this year for the Chesapeak… Continue Reading


June 04, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES OBAMA SPEECH TO THE MUSLIM WORLD, CALLS ON THE PRESIDENT TO PRESS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGHOUT THE MIDDLE EAST

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, released the following statement in response to President Obama's address in Egypt:   "President Barack Obama's speech today took an historic step in attempting to bridge the enormous, dangerous gulf of misunderstanding between the United States and the Muslim world. … Continue Reading


June 04, 2009

MARYLAND'S U.S. SENATORS APPLAUD JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVAL OF DAVIS AND PEREZ NOMINATIONS, URGE SWIFT VOTE BY FULL SENATE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today praised Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for swiftly moving the nominations of Marylanders Judge Andre M. Davis to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit and of Thomas E. Perez to be Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice through the confirmation process. The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved Judge Davis' nominat… Continue Reading


June 03, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON HIS MEETING WITH SUPREME COURT NOMINEE JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider her nomination to the Supreme Court, met with Judge Sonia Sotomayor today at his office. Following their meeting he released the following statement:   "Judge Sotomayor is a very impressive individual. I find her background, which encompasses nearly every level of the judicial process, including prosecutor, co… Continue Reading

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