Press Releases & Statements

June 30, 2008

STATEMENT OF BENJAMIN L. CARDINON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE VICTIMS OF TORTURE

This week, we observe the International Day for the Victims of Torture.   As a member of the Helsinki Commission for many years, and now it's Co-Chairman, I have long seen the pernicious effects of torture in many places around the globe.  Torture breaks the human spirit and robs men, women and children of their human dignity.  Indeed, that is truly its intended purpose.   Torture is not only illegal and against international law, it is also ineffe… Continue Reading


June 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $54,000 FOR CAMBRIDGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the City of Cambridge has been awarded a $54,000 USDA Rural Development grant to hire an Executive Director for the Economic Development Department, which opened approximately a year ago.   The Director will provide technical assistance to new and existing small and emerging businesses in the community.   "Cambridge is an attractive location for businesses and… Continue Reading


June 27, 2008

CARDIN STATEMENT ON SENATE MEDICARE VOTE

I am outraged that a bipartisan majority in the Senate has once again been blocked from consideration of legislation that would have a positive impact on the lives of American seniors and the quality of their healthcare. Because a few Senators failed to act in a responsible manner, starting next Tuesday, July 1, physicians will see a reimbursement cut of more than 10 percent, jeopardizing patients' access to critical care; many low-income seniors will be left without the help they need to naviga… Continue Reading


June 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $20,000 FOR NEW GARRETT COUNTY MOBILE CRIME UNIT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that Garrett County has been awarded a $20,340 USDA Rural Development grant to purchase and equip a mobile crime scene processing 4-wheel drive vehicle.   Currently, the Garrett County Sheriff's Department depends on the Maryland State Police and the Mobile Crime Lab Unit for in-depth processing of crime scenes. The new mobile crime lab will reduce travel time and res… Continue Reading


June 26, 2008

CARDIN LAUDS IMMINENT SENATE PASSAGE OF FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS TAX CREDIT AND HELP FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS

Washington, DC -  U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge his colleagues to quickly pass the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 (H.R. 3221), vital legislation designed to help homeowners on the brink of foreclosure and communities struggling with plummeting property values and falling tax revenues. This bipartisan bill addresses the root of the broader economic crisis - record-high foreclosures - by h… Continue Reading


June 25, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $40,000 GRANT TO AID FUTURE AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THREE EASTERN SHORE COUNTIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Mid-Shore Regional Council has been awarded a $40,000 USDA Rural Development grant to retain an Agricultural Economic Development Specialist for Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties.   The Agricultural Economic Development Specialist's primary responsibility is to plan, market and manage economic development strategies that will attract, retain and grow a… Continue Reading


June 25, 2008

CHESAPEAKE SENATORS URGE COMMERCE SECRETARY TO DECLARE BLUE CRAB DISASTER

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), John Warner (R-Va.), and Jim Webb (D-Va.) joined today to urge Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez to hasten his decision regarding the disaster declaration request made by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab.   A declaration will make Chesapeake Bay watermen eligible for emergency disaster funding to ease the econ… Continue Reading


June 25, 2008

FLOOR STATEMENT ON 6TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS (MICHIGAN)

  Mr. President, I listened to Senator Specter talk about one of our most important responsibilities; that is, the confirmation process on the President's nominations for our courts, which are lifetime appointments. It is a major responsibility each of us has in the Senate.    I think the way this confirmation process has proceeded with the three judges before us is an example as to how we should be working on the confirmation of judges. First, I think the proce… Continue Reading


June 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI HONOR MARYLAND TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today met with Maryland Teacher of the Year April Todd of Somerset Intermediate School in Somerset County.  The Senators also congratulated Teachers of the Year from each of Maryland's counties.   "Studies show that good teachers are the key to helping students learn and succeed," said Senator Cardin. "… Continue Reading


June 23, 2008

CARDIN AND VAN HOLLEN LISTEN TO SMALL BUSINESSES HURTING FROM RISING GAS PRICES; PLEDGE HELP FROM DEMOCRATS IN SENATE AND HOUSE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-08) today heard first-hand from Maryland small business owners about how rising gas prices are hurting their business and their employees. Speaking at the Takoma Junction Citgo in Takoma Park, Maryland, Senator Cardin and Congressman Van Hollen pledged to take their message back to the Senate and the House as they work to overcome partisan obstacles to solving our energy crisis. Senator Cardin is a … Continue Reading


June 20, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $711,000 FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY GATEWAYS & WATERTRAILS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski, (both D-MD) announced today that the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network has awarded Maryland a total of $711,000 in grants for 15 separate projects. The National Park Service provides matching grants up to $100,000 for projects that advance Chesapeake Bay Gateways Watertrails Network goals of accessibility and stewardship.   Created in 1998, the Chesap… Continue Reading


June 19, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD 2ND SENATE OVERRIDE OF PRESIDENTIAL VETO OF FARM BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today strongly praised the Senate for swift action in overriding President Bush's second veto of the Farm Bill.   The bill will provide $438 million and an unprecedented guarantee of funding for environmental programs that help protect the Chesapeake Bay, America's largest estuary, and also includes increased funding for food and nutrition programs.   By a 80 to 14 vote, the Senate… Continue Reading


June 19, 2008

CARDIN URGES VA TO HALT CLINICAL TRIALS ON VETERANS USING DRUGS QUESTIONED BY FDA

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) Wednesday issued a letter to Veterans' Affairs Secretary James Peake urging him to immediately suspend clinical trials with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using the drug Chantix, which has been under FDA warnings since November 2007.   The drug, also known as Varenicline, has been shown to cause psychotic and suicidal episodes. In addition, the Veterans' Administration (VA) waited a full month after the… Continue Reading


June 18, 2008

CARDIN/HOYER/S. JOHNSON BILL HONORING KOREAN WAR VETERANS PASSES HOUSE, HEADED TO PRESIDENT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) hailed House passage today of legislation they have sponsored to grant a Federal Charter to the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), one of the few veterans' service organizations of its size that has not been recognized with the prestigious classification. The bill, which has already passed the Senate, will now be sent to the President.   "… Continue Reading


June 17, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROVIDE INDEPENDENCE FOR D.C. WATER & SEWER AUTHORITY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), today announced that the Senate has unanimously passed the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority Independence Preservation Act (H.R. 5778).   Sponsored in the House by Team Maryland colleague Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), this legislation reaffirms the Water and Sewer Authority's (WASA) role as an independent regional entity serving Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia ratepayers, c… Continue Reading


June 16, 2008

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $100,000 IN FUNDING FOR WATER TRAILS PORTION OF NEW STAR-SPANGLED BANNER NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL

BLADENSBURG, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today joined with U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), and National Park Service officials at Bladensburg Waterfront Park to announce a $100,000 Chesapeake Bay Watertrails Network grant to address stewardship, access and interpretation of the water trails portion of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.   Senator Cardin first introduced legislation to create the Trail in 2003, and the bill was signed into law on M… Continue Reading


June 13, 2008

STATEMENT FROM U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDINON DEATH OF TIM RUSSERT

I am deeply saddened by the news of the death of Tim Russert, one of the most passionate, committed and responsible journalists of our time.  His dedication to fair, relevant, and quality reporting was unparalleled.  His untimely death is a blow to all of us who knew him and who depended on his insights and analysis. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and co-workers in this very difficult time.… Continue Reading


June 12, 2008

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE SUPREME COURT RULING BOUMEDIENE v. BUSH

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L., Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Co-Chair of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court Ruling in Boumediene v. Bush:   "I commend the majority of the Supreme Court that voted 5-4 to reject, once again, the Bush Administration's unsound detention policies, which hold accused terrorists wi… Continue Reading


June 12, 2008

CARDIN URGES SENATE TO ACT ON ESSENTIAL FIXES TO MEDICARE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today expressed outrage that a minority of Senators has blocked the Senate from even considering important, time-sensitive legislation that would benefit seniors, the disabled and the providers who care for them. By a vote of 54-39, the Senate fell short of the 60 votes necessary to move forward debate on the bipartisan Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (S. 3101). "Seniors and healthcare providers nationwide ar… Continue Reading


June 12, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND CALLS FOR RESOLUTION TO FORT HOWARD DISPUTES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), sent a letter the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today calling for an immediate meeting to reconcile a number of stumbling blocks that have halted the development of Fort Howard as an assisted living facility for Maryland veterans.     The letter is below:   We are very concerned that the development … Continue Reading

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