Press Releases & Statements

April 14, 2010

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS RESURGENCE OF BAY'S BLUE CRAB POPULATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the announcement that the Chesapeake Bay 's blue crab population has increased by 60 percent since last year and is at its highest total population since 1997.   The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) today released its 2009-2010 Bay-wide dredge survey.   The survey found that the Bay's blue crab population has increased from 400 mill… Continue Reading


April 13, 2010

CARDIN, LANDRIEU INTRODUCE BILL TO PROHIBIT AIRLINES FROM CHARGING FOR CARRY-ON BAGS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have introduced a bill (S. 3195) that would effectively prohibit airlines from charging fees for carry-on luggage. It also would require advanced disclosure of special, often higher fees for specialty checked items. The bill is based on an amendment the two senators proposed last month to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill that was blocked by the minority from being accepted … Continue Reading


April 09, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT FOR POCOMOKE CITY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke City will receive $150,000 in grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The funds will be used to construct a restaurant, bringing visitors and investment into Worcester County .    … Continue Reading


April 09, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON JUSTICE STEVENS' RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement in response to the announcement that Justice John Paul Stevens would retire this summer.   "Justice John Paul Stevens has made an indelible mark on the Supreme Court of the United States and the American people. Throughout his four-decades long career, he has set his focu… Continue Reading


April 08, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE OVER $900,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BALTIMORE CITY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON , D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD today announced the Baltimore City Fire Department has been awarded $906,080 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 Budge… Continue Reading


April 08, 2010

CARDIN STATEMENT ON SIGNING OF NEW START TREATY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the signing of a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) by President Obama and Russian President Medvedev earlier today in Prague.   "The signing of the new START treaty between the United States and Russia marks the ongoing commitment of both nations to nuclear security.   It is good for… Continue Reading


April 08, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $600,000 FOR NEW ACCESS ROAD IN GARRETT COUNTY

  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 $600,000 grant to Garrett County to build a new access road between Garrett Highway and North Fourth Street in Oakland, Maryland. The new access road will ease congestion, spur future commercial development, and create new jobs.         "In addition to creating new jobs, this ARC grant provides the fundi… Continue Reading


April 07, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE OVER $78,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LONGMEADOW VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY

WASHINGTON . - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Longmeadow Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded $78,375 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 … Continue Reading


April 06, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE OVER $630,000 FOR NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FIRE COUNCIL TO PREVENT FIREFIGHTER FATALITIES

WASHINGTON - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski ( both D-Md.) today announced the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) has received a $630,000 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant (FPS) to support the Heart-Healthy Firefighter Program, the leading national heart attack prevention initiative aimed at first responders in the United States. Heart attacks remain the leading cause of death for firefighters today.    The FPS grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Ho… Continue Reading


April 01, 2010

CARDIN SAYS SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR ENDING MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL MINING CONTINUES TO GROW

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, applauded the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today for its continued recognition that the best available science should be at the core of regulatory measures designed to prevent irreversible damage to our waters.    "A growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates with alarming clarity that waste fr… Continue Reading


March 31, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI VOICE OPPOSITION TO EXPANDED DRILLING OFF THE EAST COAST

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), expressed their concerns about the President's announcement today that the federal government would allow drilling off the shores of the East Coast, including off the coast of Maryland and its neighbors.     "Our nation desperately needs a comprehensive energy policy that will lessen our dependence on foreign oil.  I … Continue Reading


March 30, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE RECOVERY ACT FUNDS TO HELP MARYLAND SENIORS WITH CHRONIC DISEASES LIVE LONGER, HEALTHIER LIVES

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced Maryland will receive $600,000 in Recovery Act funds to help seniors with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, live longer and healthier lives.   "Investing in America's future knows no age limit, which is why programs that help older adults take better care of their own chronic conditions are an important part of the Recovery Act," … Continue Reading


March 29, 2010

TEAM MARYLAND PRESENTS MARYLAND FOOD BANK WITH $492,000 CHECK TO EXPAND SERVICES

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and U.S. Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes (all D-MD) today presented the Maryland Food Bank with a check for $492,000 to help the non-profit organization feed the growing number of Marylanders who are hungry.  The funding for the Maryland Food Bank was included in the omnibus appropriations bill that was enacted into law in December 2009.   The Maryland Food Bank provides meals to appr… Continue Reading


March 29, 2010

SENATOR DISCUSSES BENEFITS OF NEW HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW WITH SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today discussed the new health care reform law with the Maryland-Washington Minority Contractors Association, explaining how it will lower health care costs and make health insurance much more available for America's small business owners.   "Beginning this year, small businesses will get a tax credit to help them pay for health insurance for their employees," said Senator Ca… Continue Reading


March 26, 2010

CARDIN APPLAUDS EPA ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT INTENDS TO BLOCK SPRUCE NO. 1 MOUNTAINTOP COAL MINING PERMIT

Washington, DC - U .S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its proposal under the Clean Water Act to significantly restrict or prohibit mountain top mining at the Spruce No. 1 surface mine in Logan County, WV. According to the EPA, "Spruce No.1 mine is one of the largest mountaintop removal operations ever proposed… Continue Reading


March 26, 2010

CARDIN, BROWNBACK AND BOXER INTRODUCE BILL TO PREVENT CHILD TRAFFICKING

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Child Protection Compact Act Thursday, a bipartisan bill that would give the State Department additional tools to combat child trafficking, exploitation and enslavement.     "Children are most vulnerable to fall prey to human traffickers, which is exactly why this bill is so critical," said Senator Cardin, chairman of the Comm… Continue Reading


March 26, 2010

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.5 MILLION FOR EASTON/NEWNAM FIELD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has awarded the Easton/Newnam Field Airport two grants totally more than $1.5 million to rehabilitate the aircraft parking apron and to remove obstructions from runway areas. The grants will help the facility meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety and design standards.   "The Easton/Newnam Fiel… Continue Reading


March 25, 2010

CARDIN HAILS IMPROVEMENTS TO HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW PASSED BY THE SENATE TODAY

Washington, DC - After days of voting and more than a year of public debate, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised the Senate majority for passing important improvements to health insurance reform that will bring immediate benefits to all Americans. He released the following statement after the Senate passed the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act by a majority vote of 56-43.   "One o… Continue Reading


March 24, 2010

CARDIN CALLS FOR SCIENTIFIC STUDY TO DETERMINE EXTENT OF LINK BETWEEN ANTIDEPRESSANT USE BY COMBAT TROOPS AND MILITARY SUICIDE RATE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), testified today before the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, chaired by Senator Jim Webb (D-VA), to voice his concerns about the use of antidepressants among our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and ongoing questions about whether there is a connection between the reported use of such prescription medications and the record-high suicide rate among active-duty soldiers.     … Continue Reading


March 24, 2010

MILITARY HEALTH SYSTEM'S PROGRAMS, POLICIES, AND INITIATIVES

  Chairman Webb, Ranking Member Graham and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee: thank you for your invitation to appear before you this morning. I am pleased to have this opportunity to discuss with you the issue of the deteriorating mental health of so many of our combat troops. On behalf of the American families whose loved ones have gone into harms way I come before you today to discuss the strains that have been placed upon our all volunteer force.   In 2009, an unprecedented 160 a… Continue Reading

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