Press Releases & Statements

April 20, 2009

CARDIN SAYS AGGRESSIVE ACTION NEEDED TO RESTORE THE HEALTH OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

Annapolis, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), led a hearing today in Annapolis to receive a status report on the health of the Chesapeake Bay and recommendations on the reauthorization of the Chesapeake Bay Program administered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Full statements and testimony will be available at http://epw.senate.gov. "The Chesapeake Bay is in trouble. Th… Continue Reading


April 20, 2009

CHESAPEAKE BAY RESTORATION: STATUS REPORT

This hearing of the subcommittee on water and wildlife of the Committee on Environment and Public Works will come to order.   Today's hearing will focus on the health of the Chesapeake Bay, the status of the restoration effort, and recommendations about what can be done to accelerate progress. We will hear from two panels of witnesses.     This will be the first in a series of hearings I intend t… Continue Reading


April 17, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS EPA'S DECISION THAT GREENHOUSE GASES POSE SERIOUS PUBLIC HEALTH RISK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gas emissions pose a danger to public health:   "Today's finding by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that greenhouse gas emissions are a threat to human health is welcome news.   It demonstrates that good science and common sen… Continue Reading


April 17, 2009

EARTH DAY 2009

As we commemorate the 29 th annual Earth Day, we must recognize that that this is a critical time in our nation's history.   We face an economic crisis, an energy security crisis, and a global climate crisis.   The solutions to each one of these problems are intertwined with solutions to the others. Hard work and American innovation will help us rebuild our economy by creating a new and robust "green" sector of our economy. It's time for the "Green Generation" to take root. … Continue Reading


April 17, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES OBAMA DECISION TO RELEASE INTERROGATION OPINIONS FROM BUSH ADMINISTRATION

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) , Chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to the release of four previously undisclosed opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice regarding interrogation techniques used by the Bush administration. … Continue Reading


April 14, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN TOURS FT. MEADE SUPERFUND SITES WITH HEAD OF EPA AND DoD OFFICIALS

FT. MEADE, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environmental Issues Addison Davis, Congressman John Sarbanes and Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Shari Wilson today toured three of the most seriously contaminated sites at Ft. George G. Meade, with the federal agencies committing to put a long-standing dispute behind them and to finalize a form… Continue Reading


April 14, 2009

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR MARYLAND HOMELAND SECURITY PRIORITIES

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-MD) today announced significant federal investments in Maryland's transit and port security following the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement of awards for state infrastructure grants.  Maryland has received more than $6.4 million for port security in Baltimore. An additional $38 million has been awarded to the National Capital Region, which includes Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, for t… Continue Reading


April 13, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN ATTENDS MOBILIZATION CEREMONY FOR 323rd MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION - A COMPANY

FT. MEADE, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today attended the mobilization ceremony for the 323 rd Military Intelligence Battalion - A Company, which is being deployed to Iraq for one year.   The Senator told the soldiers that they are " an inspiration to our nation" and we are counting on them to provide support to the on-going global War on Terrorism.      In his remarks, the Senator pointed out Maryland's long and proud history of military s… Continue Reading


April 09, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE EPA FOR ADDING FORT DETRICK SITE TO NATIONAL SUPERFUND LIST

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today for finalizing the addition of the Fort Detrick Area B Groundwater Site in Frederick, MD, to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Of the 42 contaminated sites at Fort Detrick, the Area B Groundwater site was the only site without a scheduled or completed remediation. "EPA's action today is welcome news for the Frederick community, which has been … Continue Reading


April 08, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRESENTS WEST CECIL HEALTH CENTER WITH CHECK FOR $119,904

CONOWINGO , MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today visited the West Cecil Health Center to present the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a ceremonial check for $119,904.   The funding was included in the recently enacted American Reinvestment and Recovery Act , which included a $2 billion boost for community health centers.   The West Cecil Health Center opened in January 2008 and is a fam… Continue Reading


April 07, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING WITH LOWER SHORE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY

SALISBURY - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today held a town hall meeting with Lower Shore 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 Entrepr… Continue Reading


April 07, 2009

CARDIN SAYS OBAMA BOLDLY MOVING FORWARD TO RESTORE U.S. LEADERSHIP AND CREDIBILITY ABROAD

Baltimore, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also known as the U.S. Helsinki Commission) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tonight addressed members of the Baltimore Foreign Relations Council about the foreign policy challenges facing the new Obama Administration.   "President Obama took office just three short months ago with our economy in shamb… Continue Reading


April 06, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE TO TALK ABOUT AVAILABILITY OF NEW $8,000 FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS TAX CREDIT AND NEED FOR PRE-PURCHASE COUNSELING

OWINGS MILLS, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today held a press conference to discuss the new $8,000 refundable tax credit for first-time homebuyers and the importance of pre-purchase counseling for potential purchasers.   Senator Cardin authored the provision in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide a refundable tax credit to new homebuyers.       The refundable tax credit is for $8,000, or 10 p… Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD NOMINATION OF JUDGE ANDRE M. DAVIS TO COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) applauded President Obama's decision to nominate Judge Andre M. Davis to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.     If confirmed, Judge Davis will occupy the seat that has been vacant since the passing of Judge Francis D. Murnaghan in 2000. Since then, Senators Mikulski and Cardin have remained committed to filling this seat with a nominee who has strong ties to Maryland. … Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS SENATE CONFIRMAITON OF KAREN GORDON MILLS AS SBA ADMINISTRATOR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today applauded  Senate confirmation of Karen Gordon Mills as the new administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).   Senator Cardin has been critical of SBA's management under the Bush Administration, noting that over the past eight years, the agency has been understaffed and underfunded.   During her confirmation hearing,… Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

CARDIN CALLS SENATE PASSAGE OF FY2010 BUDGET AN IMPORTANT STEP IN SETTING A NEW DIRECTION FOR OUR NATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today praised Senate passage of the FY 2010 Budget Resolution, saying " this budget is an investment in our nation's future that will set important new priorities including cutting our dependence on foreign energy, tackling rising health care cost and improving our schools."   Last night, the Senate voted 55-43 to approve the FY 2010 Budget Resolu… Continue Reading


March 31, 2009

CARDIN CHAIRS HEARING ON PROMOTING WATER-USE EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, chaired a hearing today on the need for water conservation and the role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in promoting water use efficiency.     "More and more Americans understand that we must move, as a nation, toward greater energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Most of us d… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BALTIMORE HERITAGE AREA ACT INTO LAW

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), Maryland Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen and John Sarbanes, and Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon today celebrated the signing of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 into law. The bipartisan legislation is one of the most important conservation efforts in decades, protecting more than 2 million acres of wilderness and more than 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers, creating m… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN SAYS SBA ACTION INCREASING SURETY BOND LIMITS WILL HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GET CONTRACTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), author of  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provision to increase the statutory limits under the Surety Bond Guarantee Program from $2 million to $5 million, praised the Small Business Administration (SBA) for implementing his amendment that raises the surety bond ceiling.   The SBA announced today that small businesses needing surety bonds to compete for construction and service contract… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT FUNDS IN THE FEDERAL CHECKBOOK FOR MARYLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today announced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes funding for community health centers across Maryland through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).   "For decades, community health centers have provided comprehensive, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations," Senator Cardin said… Continue Reading

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