Press Releases & Statements

July 21, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN'S STATEMENT ON ENERGY

Mr. CARDIN. Madam President, first, let me thank the assistant majority leader, the Senator from Illinois, for his comments. I was listening intently to his message, which I think is one that is very important for this Nation.    The Senator talked about the fact that there is a significant amount of land currently available for drilling, and for reasons that are a little bit unclear, the oil industry has decided not to drill in those areas.    He also expressed his… Continue Reading


July 21, 2008

CARDIN, SARBANES ANNOUNCE $328,300 IN FUNDING FOR NEW IRVINE NATURE CENTER

OWINGS MILLS, MD - Surrounded by children from Baltimore City's Recreation and Parks Summer Camp program, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3 rd) today presented the Irvine Nature Center with a check for $328,300 to promote urban education programs.  The Irvine Nature Center has become a national model for environmental education and is constructing a new, state-of-the-art green facility for its more than 500 environmental and educational progr… Continue Reading


July 21, 2008

CARDIN EXPRESSES SERIOUS CONCERN ABOUT CHILLING EFFECT OF POLICE SURVEILLANCE ON PEACEFUL PROTEST GROUPS

WASHINGTON - Responding to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland's release of documents detailing 14-months of infiltration and surveillance of Maryland peace and other activist groups, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today called for a full accounting of these surveillance activities by federal, state and local officials.    "All U.S. citizens enjoy the protection of the First Amendment to the Constitution," said S… Continue Reading


July 17, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN VOTES TO SUPPORT GLOBAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIV/AIDS, OTHER DISEASES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today voted for the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Reauthorization Act , S. 2731, which would provide $50 billion in funding over five years to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria throughout the world.  The bill, which enjoys strong bipartisan support, passed the Senate by a vote of  80 to 16.   "The AIDS epidemic has taken an unbelievable toll on the families, children and p… Continue Reading


July 15, 2008

CARDIN PRAISES ENACTMENT OF MEDICARE IMPROVEMENTS BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised the swift congressional override of President Bush veto of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (H.R 6331). The House voted by 383-41 and the Senate voted 70-26 to override the President's veto.   "In addition to preventing physician reimbursement cuts caused by the flawed payment formula, this important law strengthens the Medicare program by … Continue Reading


July 15, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD DOD COMMITMENT TO NAVAL BETHESDA TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Department of Defense (DOD) Brigadier General Brian R. Layer has committed to a greater federal investment to support the 2005 Base and Realignment Closure (BRAC) related transportation improvements.    In a June 2008 letter, the Senators urged General Layer to fulfill the federal government's obligation to BRAC-impacted communities.   In General Layer's response, he agrees with the… Continue Reading


July 14, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $35K FOR ROCK HALL VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a $35,570 USDA Rural Development grant to replace old, worn emergency equipment with safer, up-to-date gear that will provide a greater level of protection for volunteer firemen and EMS responders.     "I am extremely proud of our first responders. They are on the front lines every day protecting our co… Continue Reading


July 14, 2008

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN (D-MD) ON FANNIE MAE, FREDDIE MAC AND THE NEED FOR SWIFT ACTION TO HELP AMERICAN HOMEOWNERS

"The mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac represent millions of individual homeowners who have a growing anxiety about the future of their mortgages and the value of their homes. We have a responsibility, on their behalf, to bring the full force of the federal government together to help stabilize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their continued ability to support our nation's housing market."   Senator Cardin also called for swift … Continue Reading


July 11, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND FIGHTS FOR MARYLAND BUSINESSES, NON-PROFITS AND FAMILIES COPING WITH HIGH GAS PRICES

BALTIMORE --   U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Barbara A. Mikulski today joined with U.S. Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-7 th) and John Sarbanes (D-3 rd) in hearing from members of Maryland's small business and non-profit communities about the problems they face because of rising gas prices.   The Senators and Congressmen pledged to take their message back to Congress and continue their work to overcome partisan obstacles in sol… Continue Reading


July 10, 2008

CARDIN, SNOWE AND MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BILL TO PROVIDE FAIR TREATMENT OF VOLUNTEERS HURT BY RISING GAS PRICES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) today introduced the Fair Deal for Volunteers Act , which would provide relief to volunteers who use their personal vehicles for charitable activities. Under current law, mileage rates for charitable activity is fixed under the Internal Revenue Code at just 14 cents per mile, while the average cost of a gallon of regular gas has more than doubled in the last eight y… Continue Reading


July 10, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $150K FOR WORCESTER COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

WASHINGTON - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Maryland Hawk Corporation, Inc. has been awarded a $150,588 USDA Rural Development grant to build a demonstration farm for growing organic fruits and vegetables using high tunnel greenhouse technology in Worcester County.     The Maryland Hawk Corp. is a non-profit foundation founded by the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore (UMES) to develop opportunities … Continue Reading


July 10, 2008

CARDIN ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that 11 Marylanders have accepted appointments to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2008-2009 academic year.     The five U.S. service academies -- the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy - recruit top-notch young American men and women who will appreciate an excellent education and a chance to serve thei… Continue Reading


July 09, 2008

CARDIN QUESTIONS DOJ PREPAREDNESS FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, participated today in the questioning of Attorney General Michael Mukasey during oversight hearings for the Department of Justice. Senator Cardin repeated his call for a proactive approach to protecting the integrity of the upcoming national election and the need to eliminate obstacles to voting for eligible voters.   "If the pri… Continue Reading


July 09, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO FROSTBURG FOR PURCHASE OF POLICE CRUISER

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the City of Frostburg has been awarded a $13,750 USDA Rural Development grant to help purchase a new police cruiser for the town. The "Mountain City" currently has 15 police officers and seven police vehicles.   "Frostburg operates a full-service police department and this grant will provide funds to help purchase essential equipment needed to protect area resid… Continue Reading


July 08, 2008

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT OF 1978 (FISA) AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008

Mr. President, I rise today in opposition to final passage of this legislation, H.R. 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008, if it is not amended to change the retroactive immunity provisions. The President must have the necessary authority to track terrorists, intercept their communications, and disrupt their plots.  Our nation still faces individuals and groups that are determined to do harm to Americans, as well as our interests throughout… Continue Reading


July 08, 2008

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today regarding H.R. 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA) of 2008. The Senate is expected to vote on the FISA legislation on Wednesday. Senator Cardin's full statement is available at www.cardin.senate.gov .   "Tomorrow, I will vote for the amendments that strike or amend the provision granting retroact… Continue Reading


July 07, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HARFORD COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $231,088 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 on the Budget Committee, which each year s… Continue Reading


July 01, 2008

CARDIN, ALEXANDER SEEK BAN ON IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN-GENERATED NUCLEAR WASTE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced they will introduce legislation to ban the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from authorizing importation of certain low-level foreign-generated nuclear waste.    "The proper management of low level radioactive waste is in the nation's best interest," Cardin said.  "Reserving the … Continue Reading


July 01, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $3.4 MILLON GRANT TO IMPROVE ACHIEVEMENT AT FIVE PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. HIGH SCHOOLS

WASHINGTON - U .S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), announced today that the Prince George's County Board of Education has been awarded a $3.4 million Department of Education Smaller Learning Communities Program grant to improve academic achievement at Crossland, DuVall, Oxon Hill, Potomac and Suitland high schools.   The grant will cover a three-year period, from July 10, 2008 to July 9, 2011.   The grant will be used to support … Continue Reading


July 01, 2008

BOXER AGREES TO CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL FOR HEARINGS ON DoD REFUSAL TO CLEAN UP HAZARDOUS WASTE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today agreed to a request from U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) for a Senate oversight hearing on the Department to Defense's (DoD) refusal to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations to clean up toxic chemicals that pose an "imminent and substantial" threat to residents on and near Ft. George G. Meade and two … Continue Reading

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