Press Releases & Statements

March 16, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN SPONSORS RESOLUTION TO REGULATE COAL ASH

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has co-sponsored a U.S. Senate Resolution (S.Res. 64) calling for stricter standards and oversight to help prevent coal ash spills and improve the management and proper disposal of coal combustion ash.   On March 9, the New Page Corp. reported that a leaking pipe discharged approximately 4,000 gallons of coal ash slurry into the North Branch Potomac River near Luke, Md.   In December, approximately 1 billion gallons o… Continue Reading


March 13, 2009

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

We honor the contributions of women in our society throughout March during Women's History Month.   Started in 1978 as a weeklong celebration coinciding with International Women's Day, over more than three decades it has grown to highlight the great accomplishments of women past and present, as well as the growing opportunities for young girls.   The theme for 2009 is Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet, and we specifically honor women who, in the spirit of Rachel Carson, have wor… Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $113 MILLION IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY FUNDS FOR WEATHERIZATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS MARYLAND

WASHINGTON - As American families face record-high energy costs and a slowing economy, U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), today announced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes more than $113 million for Maryland through the U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) weatherization and energy assistance programs.    "Marylanders are struggling with high energy costs and these federal funds will help families meet their en… Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE APPOINTMENT OF CHARLES FOX TO LEAD CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) made the following statement on the selection of J. Charles (Chuck) Fox as Senior Advisor to the Chesapeake Bay Program and the Anacostia River:   "Chuck Fox is passionate about the Chesapeake Bay and committed to its restoration as a vibrant and healthy part of our regional environment and local economy. I applaud President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson for appointing Chuck Fox as Senior Advisor to th… Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

SEN. CARDIN RECEIVES NATIONAL PTA AWARD FOR HIS ADVOCACY ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today received the Congressional Voice for Children Award from the National PTA for his advocacy on behalf of children.   Also receiving awards from the National PTA were Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL).     Senator Cardin was honored for his long history of giving a voice to voiceless children.   In 1999, as a member of… Continue Reading


March 10, 2009

CARDIN SAYS OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL IS GOOD FOR MARYLAND AND GOOD FOR AMERICA

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after Senate passage of H.R. 1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act, which finalizes funding for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2009. The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.   "America has turned a corner. For eight long years, the priorities of the Whit… Continue Reading


March 09, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON OBAMA REVERSAL OF BAN ON FEDERAL FUNDING OF EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH

Washington, DC -  U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) joined President Obama at the White House today for the signing of an executive order lifting the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. "Potentially no decision President Obama makes will have a more profound impact on the long-term health and well-being of more Americans than the reversal of President Bush's ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Millions of Americans are suffering from chro… Continue Reading


March 09, 2009

SENATORS CARDIN AND MIKULSKI, GOVERNOR O'MALLEY ANNOUNCE FEDERAL AND STATE EDUCATION INVESTMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley today met with Bowie State University students and administrators and other local elected officials to discuss steps they're taking on the national and state level to make higher education more affordable for American families.   Senators Cardin and Mikulski both worked to ensure the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act included … Continue Reading


March 06, 2009

CARDIN SAYS OMNIBUS APPROPRIATIONS BILL IS GOOD FOR MARYLAND AND GOOD FOR AMERICA

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement after Senate passage of H.R. 1105, the Omnibus Appropriations Act, which finalizes funding for the federal government for Fiscal Year 2009.   "America has turned a corner. For eight long years, the priorities of the White House were not the priorities of the American people. … Continue Reading


March 06, 2009

CARDIN SHARES DETAILS OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY WITH MONTGOMERY SENIORS

Bethesda, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, to day addressed the Montgomery County's Senior Forum " Security for Seniors in an Uncertain Time," reassuring attendees that they will not be left out of America's economic recovery.   "Living on a fixed income is difficult in the best of times, but in today's economy, it is an absolute challenge," said Senator Cardin.   "No on… Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES WHITE HOUSE FORUM ON HEALTH REFORM

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee and long-time advocate for universal health care, lauded President Obama today for making comprehensive health care reform a priority for the opening days of his administration, recognizing the impact it has on every American.   "I applaud President Obama for keeping his promise to hold an open debate on health care reform with the American … Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

STATEMENT AGAINST CHANGES IN THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I take the floor today in defense of one of our most successful environmental statutes. Since its nearly unanimous passage in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has protected nearly 2,000 species from extinction and contributed significantly to the economic benefit of this nation. According to a Study of 2006 Fish and Wildlife Service survey, wildlife-related recreation - meaning hunting, fishing and wildlife watching - generated more than $122 billion i… Continue Reading


March 04, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES SBA DISASTER LOANS AVAILABILE IN COUNTIES HARD HIT BY 2008 DROUGHT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that the Small Business Administration is making federal economic injury disaster loans available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations located in Maryland as a result of drought that began on June 1 through September 30, 2008.     These loans are available in the following counties:   Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harfo… Continue Reading


March 02, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $2 MILLION FOR BAY BRIDGE AIRPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Benjamin L. Cardin and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, MD $2.06 million through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to extend its runway.   "I strongly support investing in airport safety and this federal grant will provide for needed infrastructure improvements to the runway at Bay Bridge Airport," said Senato… Continue Reading


March 02, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $450,000 FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY AIRPARK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Montgomery County Airpark $450,000 through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to remove obstructions near the runway to increase flight safety.   "Montgomery Airpark is a critical hub for Montgomery County's economy and I am committed to ensuring it has the resources needed to meet safety standards," s… Continue Reading


February 27, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE TO TOUT NEW $8,000 FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS TAX CREDIT AS WAY TO BOOST HOMEOWNERSHIP

ANNAPOLIS -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today held a press conference to promote the new $8,000 refundable tax credit for first-time homebuyers. Senator Cardin's amendment to provide a refundable tax credit to new homebuyers was included in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law by President Obama on February 17.     The refundable tax credit is for $8,000, or 10 percent of the home's value, for indi… Continue Reading


February 27, 2009

CARDIN, SPECTER INTRODUCE BILL TO RETURN EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER THE LAW TO U.S. JUSTICE SYSTEM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, today introduced the Justice Integrity Act of 2009 , which is designed to help restore public confidence and eliminate any bias in our criminal justice system. In introducing the bill, Senator Cardin thanked Vice President Joe Biden, a former member of the Senate Judiciary Committee,… Continue Reading


February 26, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.6 MILLION FOR MARYLAND AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Maryland Airport in Indian Head $1.61 million through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to construct a new runway. This funding is for phase one of the project and will be used to build a 4300 foot runway to accommodate larger General Aviation business aircraft.   "I strongly support this fede… Continue Reading


February 26, 2009

CARDIN JOINS SANDERS AND CLYBURN TO ANNOUNCE A MAJOR EXPANSION OF COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-SC) to announce the introduction of legislation that could provide primary health care for all Americans. Authored by Congressman Clyburn and Senator Sanders, Senator Cardin is among the 21 Senate original co-sponsors of the Access for All Americans Act that expands the health center program created by Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA… Continue Reading


February 26, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $4 MILLION FOR THE SALISBURY-OCEAN CITY WICOMICO REGIONAL AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport $4.74 million through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to extend its runway. This funding is for phase one and it will be used to build a 900 foot runway extension and other related projects.   "Federal infrastructure investments like the Salisbury-Oc… Continue Reading

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