Press Releases & Statements

May 15, 2009

CARDIN JOINS CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST AND OTHER BAY PARTNERS IN ANNOUNCING NEARLY $700,000 IN GRANTS TO RESTORE BAY SHORELINE

ST. MICHAELS, MD - U.S. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined U.S. Congressman Frank Kratovil (MD-1), Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Shari Wilson and officials from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Keith Campbell Foundation in announcing $689,000 to 11 grantees to promote living shoreline projects in the Chesapeake Bay region   Senator Cardin also was joined by Peter Byrnes, Chairma… Continue Reading


May 14, 2009

EPW COMMITTEE MOVES LANDMARK WATER INFRASTRUCTURE LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S . Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee and EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA), along with and EPW Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK), and subcommittee ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID) applauded Committee passage of The Water Infrastructure Financing Act, which provides the foundation for our nation's drinking water and wastewater infrastr… Continue Reading


May 14, 2009

CARDIN CONDEMNS ACTS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

Washington, DC -   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, condemned the continued acts of sexual violence against women in war zones as inhumane and intolerable. Following Wednesday's Senate Foreign Relations hearing on confronting rape and other violence against women in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cardin sa… Continue Reading


May 14, 2009

CARDIN JOINS BALTIMORE STUDENTS, CATS AND DOGS IN SUPPORT FOR NO CHILD LEFT INSIDE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to strengthen environmental education in America's classrooms and reconnect more kids with nature, U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), , and U.S. Representative John P. Sarbanes (D-MD) today joined with students from the Green School in Baltimore, conservationists from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and animal ambassadors from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, to unveil the No Child Left … Continue Reading


May 13, 2009

CARDIN: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO CORRECT BUSH-ERA PRACTICES RELATED TO TORTURE AND INTERROGATION OF TERROR SUSPECTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, today reiterated his praise for the Obama Administration release of Bush-era opinions from the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel regarding interrogation techniques used on terror suspects. Senator Cardin's remarks came in response to a hearing of the Administrative Oversight and the Courts Subcommittee hearing entitled, "What Went Wrong: Tortu… Continue Reading


May 12, 2009

CARDIN HAILS FEDERAL AND STATE COMMITMENTS TO THE HEALTH OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Chesapeake Bay Program, called today a great day for the restoration and future health of the Chesapeake Bay. Senator Cardin's comments came following the signing of an executive order by President Barack Obama on Chesapeake Bay restoration and protection; an oversight hearing in the Envi… Continue Reading


May 11, 2009

CARDIN RENEWS CALL FOR INCREASED FUNDING TO FINALIZE FDA CONSOLIDATION AT WHITE OAK

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today renewed his call for adequate funding to complete the consolidation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to its White Oak Federal Research Center in Silver Spring, MD. Senator Cardin was at White Oak to participate in the dedication of Building 66, the eighth of 14 buildings to be completed in the complex.   "Today's celebration of this state-of-the-art facility for th… Continue Reading


May 11, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN TELLS UMBC STUDENTS THAT OUR NUMBER ONE CHALLENGE IS TO REDUCE OUR NATION'S DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY

CATONSVILLE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told students and faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) that the number one challenge facing our nation is to lessen our dependence on foreign energy while also reducing the threat of global warming.  Senator Cardin was invited to speak about the environment by UMBC's Public Policy Graduate Student Association.   The Senator, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Comm… Continue Reading


May 11, 2009

CARDIN JOINS ROCKEFELLER IN INTRODUCING BILL TO ALLOW INDIVIDUALS BETWEEN 55 AND 64 TO BUY INTO THE MEDICARE PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) has joined with U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) in introducing the Medicare Early Access Act , S. 3710, which would allow individuals between the ages of 55 and 64 to buy into the Medicare program. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for Americans age 65 and older and for the disabled.   It is estimated that approximately 5.1 million Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 do no have… Continue Reading


May 08, 2009

SENATE ENVIRONMENT & PUBLIC WORKS LEADERS INTRODUCE MAJOR LEGISLATION TO PROTECT AND MAINTAIN AMERICA'S WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S . Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommittee and EPW Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA), along with and EPW Ranking Member James Inhofe (R-OK), and subcommittee ranking member Mike Crapo (R-ID) joined together today to introduce The Water Infrastructure Financing Act, which provides the foundation for our nation's drinking water … Continue Reading


May 07, 2009

CARDIN URGES LEADERS OF AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN TO SEIZE HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), released the following statement today after he and other members of the SFRC met with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. "Today's discussions reinforced the many positive signs that the Afghan and Pakistani governments are prepared to work with the United States in the fight against extremists that t… Continue Reading


May 07, 2009

CARDIN CALLS PASSAGE OF SENATE HOUSING BILL A STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION IN HELPING PREVENT FORECLOSURES AND PROTECT RENTERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, S. 896, calling it "another important step" in helping prevent foreclosures and increase the availability of credit for consumers and businesses. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 91 to 5, which will go to a conference committee to work out differences with a similar House measure.   "Every community in this nation is deali… Continue Reading


May 06, 2009

CARDIN JOINS SENATORS IN EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC HEALTH INSURANCE OPTION

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced his support for the inclusion of a public health insurance option in comprehensive health care reform. Writing with Senators Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) Russ Feingold (D-WI), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Senator Cardin, joined 16 additional Senators in outlining how reform with a public health insurance option could lower health costs, improve quality of care, and ensure access in rural and other underserved… Continue Reading


May 06, 2009

CARDIN TESTIFIES BEFORE COMMERCE COMMITTEE ON THE FUTURE OF NEWSPAPERS AND LOCAL JOURNALISM

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) testified today before the Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet chaired by Senator John Kerry (D-MA). Commenting on the future of journalism and options to help salvage community newspapers that are disappearing across the country, Senator Cardin outlined his bill, The Newspaper Revitalization Act. The bill, S. 673, would create a new option under the Internal Revenue Code for a "qualified newspaper corporat… Continue Reading


May 06, 2009

THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM

MR. CARDIN:  Chairman Kerry, Ranking Member Ensign, and members of this Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. Today, newspapers across the country are closing their doors, slashing their staff, and shuttering bureaus in the United States and around the world.  The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Post -Intelligencer, The Rocky Mountain News, the Philadelphia Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and my own Baltimore Sun are either in… Continue Reading


May 05, 2009

CARDIN CHAIRS TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY SUBCOMMITTEE HEARING THAT EXPOSES OPPORTUNITIES FOR PASSPORT FRAUD

Washington - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, today expressed his concern over the significant vulnerabilities found in the issuance of U.S. passports.  Senator Cardin made his remarks during a subcommittee hearing he chaired entitled, "The Passport Issuance Process: Closing the Door to Fraud." Witnesses from the General Accountability Office (GAO), which investigated the ease of using fraudulent documents… Continue Reading


May 01, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SUBMIT APPROPRIATIONS REQUEST FOR FIRST YEAR OF DEDICATED METRO FUNDING

WASHINGTON , DC - U.S . Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today announced the submission of their formal request to the Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee to provide federal matching funds of $150 million for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Last October, Congress adopted legislation authorizing $1.5… Continue Reading


May 01, 2009

SENATE PASSES BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

Washington, D.C. - In honor of World Press Freedom Day on Sunday, May 3 rd, the U.S. Senate has passed a resolution recognizing the threats to freedom of the press around the world and reaffirming the United States' commitment to promoting this essential right globally.  The resolution, S.Res.124, introduced by Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Richard Lugar (R-IN), John Kerry (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Robert Casey (D… Continue Reading


May 01, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN MEETS WITH MARYLAND MEDICAL COMMUNITY TO DISCUSS SWINE FLU OUTBREAK

BALTIMORE - As the number of confirmed cases of swine flu continued to grow in the United States, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Homeland Security and Terrorism Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today held an informational meeting to discuss the growing threat from the swine flu virus with his Health Advisory Committee and members of the Maryland health care community.     The Senator was joined by Jeff Rivest, CEO of the Univ… Continue Reading


April 29, 2009

CARDIN PRAISES BUDGET AS A BLUEPRINT FOR FIXING OUR ECONOMY AND TACKLING HEALTH CARE

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, praised Congressional passage today of the Fiscal Year 2010 Concurrent Budget Resolution, saying that it lays out important priorities for our nation's future economic health.  The Senate passed the measure 53-43.  It was passed 233-193 by the House of Representatives earlier in the day.   "America's economy is still in crisis, but the budget r… Continue Reading

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