Press Releases & Statements

September 26, 2008

CARDIN SAYS HELP CANNOT WAIT FOR AMERICANS HIT HARDEST BY THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to Senate Republicans blocking consideration of the Reid-Byrd Economic Recovery Act of 2008.   "We all agree that our economy is in serious trouble, but Republicans in the Senate continue to put partisanship before tried and true relief for millions of Americans who are hurting financially and in nee… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE PROPOSED ECONOMIC BAILOUT PACKAGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the economic bailout package now being considered by the Congress. "Congress and the American taxpayers are being asked by the Bush White House to follow them into uncharted financial territory and, on faith and a three-page proposal, restructure our entire financial system. They want unprecedented authority… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, WARNER AND WEBB APPLAUD HOUSE PASSAGE OF DEDICATED METRO FUNDING, URGE SWIFT VOTE IN THE SENATE

WASHINGTON , DC - Following House passage today of dedicated, federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) and Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Jim Webb (D-VA), urged their Senate colleagues to quickly pass the measure. The authorization is included in a House-Senate agreement that packages together a number of … Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS ANNOUNCE RECOGNITION OF USS CONSTELLATION'S ROLE IN ENDING SLAVE TRADE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski, and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-MD) applauded the Senate's passage last night of their resolution recognizing the historical significance of the USS Constellation, which is docked in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  By unanimous consent, the Senate acknowledged the USS Constellation as an appropriate site to commemorate this year's bicentennial of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  The House of Representatives… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN GIVES SENATE FLOOR SPEECH PRAISING THE LATE KEN HARRIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to praise Kenneth N. Harris Sr., the former member of the Baltimore City Council who was murdered during a robbery on Sept. 20.   Senator Cardin considered Ken Harris a close friend and adviser.   In his Senate speech, Senator Cardin praised Ken Harris as someone who "made a difference in the lives of others and whose contributions will not be forgotten." On the Senate floor, the Senator spoke of Ken Ha… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

VOLUNTEERS CLOSER TO RELIEF FROM HIGH GAS PRICES AS CARDIN AND SNOWE JOIN WITH SCHUMER AND ENSIGN TO REINTRODUCE BILL TO ALLOW CHANGES TO CHARITABLE MILEAGE DEDUCTION RATE

  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) joined forces with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John Ensign (R-NV), along with Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), to introduce updated legislation that would provide relief to volunteers who use their personal vehicle for charitable activities. Under current law, mileage rates for charitable activity are fixed u… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR MARYLAND COLLEGES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded grants totaling $16.5 million to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Maryland, College Park, and the University System of Maryland.  NSF grants work to promote the progress of science and to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare by supporting research and education in all fields of science and engineering.… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CELEBRATE $3 MILLION FOR CAL RIPKEN FOUNDATION MENTORING PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has received $3 million from the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.   This grant was administered through a competitive process based on the funding allocated by the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, which Senator Mikulski chairs.   "I am committed to providing r… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROVIDE A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE EAS WAIVER FOR HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) that will continue the Essential Air Service (EAS) program at Hagerstown Airport through Sept. 30, 2009. The extension was part of The Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act, which provides continuing authority for most FAA programs, although most are authorized only through March 30, 2009. The legislation has already passed the House and will go to… Continue Reading


September 23, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND APPLAUDS EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR WATERMEN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today joined Team Maryland colleagues 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.) and Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) to applaud today's decision by Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez in support of Governor Martin O'Malley's request for a disaster declaration for the Chesapeake B… Continue Reading


September 23, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD SENATE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION HONORING UMD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today celebrated the Senate's unanimous passage of their resolution honoring the University of Maryland School of Medicine on its 200th anniversary and recognizing the School for its outstanding contributions to the field of medicine and medical research.   Earlier this year, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) introduced a companion resolution in the House of Representatives.   A vote on th… Continue Reading


September 22, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, HOYER ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $140,000 FOR COLLEGE PARK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski both D-MD), and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) today announced the College Park Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) in Prince George's County has been awarded $140,980 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 fundin… Continue Reading


September 19, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN'S STATEMENT ON EFFORTS TO STEM FINANCIAL CRISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following statement about the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve proposal to stem the financial crisis that has affected U.S. and world markets:   "Our financial markets are in free fall and we must take bold, bipartisan action to restore predictability and confidence to our economy.   I am looking forward to reviewing details of the bailout … Continue Reading


September 18, 2008

CARDIN TELLS DOD TO STOP THE DELAYS AT FORT MEADE

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) today, expressed his frustration with the Department of Defense for their continued unwillingness to obey the law in cleaning up waste sites, such as Fort Meade.   "The law is clear and the Department of Defense cannot continue to ignore it. A detailed plan for cleaning up Fort Meade was due nine years ago," said Se… Continue Reading


September 18, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $50,000 FOR EVERGREEN HERITAGE CENTER STUDY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Frostburg State University Foundation for the Evergreen Heritage Center Consortium Feasibility Study. The grant will be used to determine the feasibility of creating a consortium to establish the Evergreen Heritage Center as a heritage showcase, offering cultural and educational programs to area students and resident… Continue Reading


September 17, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI WELCOME HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW COMMERCIAL SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- U. S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) applauded today's announcement by Hagerstown Regional Airport that Allegiant Air will provide new commercial air service with direct flights between Hagerstown, MD and Orlando, FL This opportunity will not only attract leisure travelers to Western Maryland, but will also help the airport attract and leverage negotiations with additional airlines.   … Continue Reading


September 16, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDS TO IMPROVE SUBSTANDARD HOUSING IN EASTERN SHORE COUNTIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the USDA Rural Development has awarded Shore Up!, Inc. a $35,378 grant to remove substandard housing conditions in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties.   "The poor state of our economy has squeezed many homeowners to the brink of their budgets, forcing them to choose between daily expenses and the very upkeep of their homes," said Senator Cardin. … Continue Reading


September 16, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDS TO IMPROVE SUBSTANDARD HOUSING IN GARRETT COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the USDA Rural Development has awarded Garrett County Maryland Community Action Committee, Inc. a $35,377 Housing Preservation Grant to aid low-income homeowners in Garrett County, Maryland.   "The poor state of our economy has squeezed many homeowners to the brink of their budgets, forcing them to choose between daily expenses and the very upkeep of their h… Continue Reading


September 15, 2008

CARDIN TELLS FREDERICK CO. CHAMBER THAT FUTURE ECONOMIC GROWTH DEPENDS ON MAKING OUR NATION ENERGY SECURE

FREDERICK, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce that Maryland has one of the strongest economies in the nation, but that "we are all feeling the sting of a downturn in the economy."   He added that "rising energy costs have been a substantial factor in our nation's economic downturn, and future economic growth depends on lessening our dependence on foreign energy."   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate B… Continue Reading


September 12, 2008

CARDIN, SNOWE ANNOUNCE PROGRESS ON RELIEF FOR VOLUNTEERS AS HOUSE WAYS & MEANS MEMBERS INTRODUCE COMPANION LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) lauded Congressmen John Lewis (D-GA) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, for introducing companion legislation to the Cardin-Snowe Fair Deal for Volunteers Act of 2008 (S. 3246), which would provide relief to volunteers who use their personal vehicles for charitable activities. Under current law, mileage ra… Continue Reading

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