Press Releases & Statements

April 14, 2009

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR MARYLAND HOMELAND SECURITY PRIORITIES

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-MD) today announced significant federal investments in Maryland's transit and port security following the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement of awards for state infrastructure grants.  Maryland has received more than $6.4 million for port security in Baltimore. An additional $38 million has been awarded to the National Capital Region, which includes Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, for t… Continue Reading


April 13, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN ATTENDS MOBILIZATION CEREMONY FOR 323rd MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BATTALION - A COMPANY

FT. MEADE, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today attended the mobilization ceremony for the 323 rd Military Intelligence Battalion - A Company, which is being deployed to Iraq for one year.   The Senator told the soldiers that they are " an inspiration to our nation" and we are counting on them to provide support to the on-going global War on Terrorism.      In his remarks, the Senator pointed out Maryland's long and proud history of military s… Continue Reading


April 09, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE EPA FOR ADDING FORT DETRICK SITE TO NATIONAL SUPERFUND LIST

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) praised the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today for finalizing the addition of the Fort Detrick Area B Groundwater Site in Frederick, MD, to the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). Of the 42 contaminated sites at Fort Detrick, the Area B Groundwater site was the only site without a scheduled or completed remediation. "EPA's action today is welcome news for the Frederick community, which has been … Continue Reading


April 08, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRESENTS WEST CECIL HEALTH CENTER WITH CHECK FOR $119,904

CONOWINGO , MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today visited the West Cecil Health Center to present the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a ceremonial check for $119,904.   The funding was included in the recently enacted American Reinvestment and Recovery Act , which included a $2 billion boost for community health centers.   The West Cecil Health Center opened in January 2008 and is a fam… Continue Reading


April 07, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN HOLDS TOWN HALL MEETING WITH LOWER SHORE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY

SALISBURY - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today held a town hall meeting with Lower Shore small business owners to discuss the economic downturn and provisions in the recently enacted economic recovery package and omnibus appropriations bill that could provide them with some relief.    " Our nation's economic recovery is dependent on the growth of small businesses," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepr… Continue Reading


April 07, 2009

CARDIN SAYS OBAMA BOLDLY MOVING FORWARD TO RESTORE U.S. LEADERSHIP AND CREDIBILITY ABROAD

Baltimore, MD - 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, tonight addressed members of the Baltimore Foreign Relations Council about the foreign policy challenges facing the new Obama Administration.   "President Obama took office just three short months ago with our economy in shamb… Continue Reading


April 06, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE TO TALK ABOUT AVAILABILITY OF NEW $8,000 FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS TAX CREDIT AND NEED FOR PRE-PURCHASE COUNSELING

OWINGS MILLS, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today held a press conference to discuss the new $8,000 refundable tax credit for first-time homebuyers and the importance of pre-purchase counseling for potential purchasers.   Senator Cardin authored the provision in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to provide a refundable tax credit to new homebuyers.       The refundable tax credit is for $8,000, or 10 p… Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD NOMINATION OF JUDGE ANDRE M. DAVIS TO COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) applauded President Obama's decision to nominate Judge Andre M. Davis to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.     If confirmed, Judge Davis will occupy the seat that has been vacant since the passing of Judge Francis D. Murnaghan in 2000. Since then, Senators Mikulski and Cardin have remained committed to filling this seat with a nominee who has strong ties to Maryland. … Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS SENATE CONFIRMAITON OF KAREN GORDON MILLS AS SBA ADMINISTRATOR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today applauded  Senate confirmation of Karen Gordon Mills as the new administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA).   Senator Cardin has been critical of SBA's management under the Bush Administration, noting that over the past eight years, the agency has been understaffed and underfunded.   During her confirmation hearing,… Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

CARDIN CALLS SENATE PASSAGE OF FY2010 BUDGET AN IMPORTANT STEP IN SETTING A NEW DIRECTION FOR OUR NATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today praised Senate passage of the FY 2010 Budget Resolution, saying " this budget is an investment in our nation's future that will set important new priorities including cutting our dependence on foreign energy, tackling rising health care cost and improving our schools."   Last night, the Senate voted 55-43 to approve the FY 2010 Budget Resolu… Continue Reading


March 31, 2009

CARDIN CHAIRS HEARING ON PROMOTING WATER-USE EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), chairman of the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, chaired a hearing today on the need for water conservation and the role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in promoting water use efficiency.     "More and more Americans understand that we must move, as a nation, toward greater energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Most of us d… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS BALTIMORE HERITAGE AREA ACT INTO LAW

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), Maryland Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings, Chris Van Hollen and John Sarbanes, and Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon today celebrated the signing of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 into law. The bipartisan legislation is one of the most important conservation efforts in decades, protecting more than 2 million acres of wilderness and more than 1,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers, creating m… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN SAYS SBA ACTION INCREASING SURETY BOND LIMITS WILL HELP SMALL BUSINESSES GET CONTRACTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), author of  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provision to increase the statutory limits under the Surety Bond Guarantee Program from $2 million to $5 million, praised the Small Business Administration (SBA) for implementing his amendment that raises the surety bond ceiling.   The SBA announced today that small businesses needing surety bonds to compete for construction and service contract… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT FUNDS IN THE FEDERAL CHECKBOOK FOR MARYLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today announced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) includes funding for community health centers across Maryland through the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).   "For decades, community health centers have provided comprehensive, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations," Senator Cardin said… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MARYLAND WILL RECEIVE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT FUNDS TO CONSERVE ENERGY AND IMPROVE EFFICIENCY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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 $52 million for Maryland through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.    "It is critical to our nation's national security and future that we end our dependence on foreign energy," Senator Cardin said. "This funding will help Maryland fam… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CO-SPONSOR BILL TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO CIVIL JUSTICE FOR LOW-INCOME AMERICANS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) have co-sponsored legislation that would expand and improve vital civil legal aid in this country. The bill would increase funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), lift many of the restrictions on LSC-funded attorneys and improve corporate governance at LSC.    "As the former chairman of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, I am committed to expanding access to legal serv… Continue Reading


March 26, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE PROGRAM TO REPLACE EXPIRED DIGITAL TV CONVERTER BOX COUPONS

WASHINGTON -  U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Department of Commerce has started accepting replacement requests from eligible households whose digital television converter box coupons expired without being redeemed. The deadline for nationwide conversion to digital television is June 12.   Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made it possible for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTI… Continue Reading


March 26, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF FY2010 BUDGET

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today praised committee passage of the FY 2010 budget resolution, saying " this budget represents a huge step forward because it sets new priorities for our nation that will enable us to lessen our dependence on foreign energy, reduce health care costs and increase access to education."   The Senate Budget Committee unanimously adopted two amendments … Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE AMERICAN RECOVERY ACT FUNDS WILL UPDATE VA HEALTH FACILITIES SERVING MARYLAND VETERANS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the economic recovery package, signed into law by President Obama last month, honors the nation's commitment to provide the best health care available to its veterans by putting funds in the federal checkbook for upgrades and improvements to Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities serving Maryland veterans. The bill also includes funds to restore Maryland's national cemeteries. Senator Mikulski is… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

SENATORS CARDIN, ALEXANDER INTRODUCE BILL TO END THE DUMPING OF MINING WASTE INTO STREAMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the dumping of mining waste into streams, effectively ending the practice known as mountaintop mining. The Appalachia Restoration Act would amend the Clean Water Act to prevent the dumping of what is known as "excess spoil" from mountaintop mining into streams and rivers.   Mountaintop mining is a method of c… Continue Reading

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