Press Releases & Statements

January 13, 2009

CARDIN SUPPORTS SWIFT CONFIRMATION OF CLINTON TO BE TOP U.S. DIPLOMAT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and incoming Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), issued the following statement today regarding the nomination hearing of Senator Hillary Clinton to be the next Secretary of State. "As a member of the Senate Foreign Relation Committee, I am proud to be participating in the confirmation hearings for my colleague, Senator Hilla… Continue Reading


January 13, 2009

SENATORS CARDIN AND MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BILL IN 111TH CONGRESS TO HONOR HARRIET TUBMAN'S LIFE ON EASTERN SHORE AND IN NEW YORK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today joined Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton (both D-NY) in introducing legislation in the 111 th Congress to honor the life of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous "conductor" of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.   The Senators originally introduced the bill in the 110 th Congress in July 2008.   The Harri… Continue Reading


January 13, 2009

MARYLAND DELEGATION CALLS ON FERC TO DELAY LNG DECISION UNTIL OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TAKES OFFICE

WASHINGTON - Members of the Maryland Delegation are calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to delay a decision on the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Sparrows Point until the Obama Administration takes office next week.  In a letter sent to FERC today, U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) joined U.S. Congressmen C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and John Sarbanes (D-MD) in expressing their concerns abo… Continue Reading


January 09, 2009

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $326K FOR KENT CO. WATER TREATMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that Kent County Board of County Commissioners has been awarded a $326,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grant to upgrade the water treatment plant for the Village of Worton.     "These Rural Development funds are invaluable in helping the community protect the environment and improve the quality of life for residents," sai… Continue Reading


January 09, 2009

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AND KRATOVIL TO FEDS: H2B EMPLOYERS NEED YOUR HELP

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Noting that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has already received enough applications to exceed the cap for H2B visas for the second half of fiscal year 2009, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and Congressman Frank M. Kratovil, Jr. (D-Md.) urged the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security to use all means necessary to protect small businesses throughout the country so they can keep t… Continue Reading


January 09, 2009

SENATOR CARDIN ADDRESSES STATEWIDE HOUSING COALITION ON NEED TO HELP PROVIDE HOUSING FOR LOW-INCOME MARYLANDERS

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today addressed the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition's (MAHC) annual meeting, telling the group that "we must do more to create affordable housing in this nation."   The Senator also received the MAHC's Leadership Award for his long-time commitment to provide quality, affordable housing for low-income Americans.   Senator Cardin stressed that the economic downturn has seriously harmed the most vulnerable Ame… Continue Reading


January 08, 2009

CARDIN OPTIMISTIC FOR THE CHESAPEAKE BAY AFTER MEETINGS WITH EPA AND CEQ NOMINEES

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement following meetings with Lisa Jackson, nominee for EPA Administrator, and Nancy Sutley, nominee to head the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).   "Yesterday I met with two of President-elect Barack Obama's senior nominees w… Continue Reading


January 07, 2009

CARDIN STATEMENT ON ISRAEL AND GAZA

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Co-C hairman of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission),gave the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate today regarding the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.   "A nation's first responsib… Continue Reading


January 07, 2009

CARDIN, WHITEHOUSE JOIN CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS IN SUPPORT OF ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), both members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, were joined on Capitol Hill today for a press conference with the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) to urge the swift confirmation of Eric Holder for U.S. Attorney General.   "Eric Holder is an experienced and dedicated public ser… Continue Reading


December 24, 2008

CARDIN SAYS ARMY MUST FULFILL ITS OBLIGATION TO CLEAN UP FORT MEADE

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement today:   "I was pleased to see the Army's December 9, 2008 statement indicating its intent to comply with EPA's enforcement order at Fort Meade.  That was an important step in the right direction.  But with so much time passed since the enforcement order was first issued over 15 months ago, words alone are not enough… Continue Reading


December 19, 2008

CARDIN SUPPORTS BUSH DECISION TO OFFER AUTOMAKERS EMERGENCY LOANS

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to President Bush's extension of $17.4 billion in emergency loans to General Motors and Chrysler LLC:   "This morning President Bush finally acted to prevent the collapse of a critical U.S. industry.   Our fragile economy - and the world financial markets - cannot afford yet… Continue Reading


December 19, 2008

CARDIN JOINS COLLINS AND LANDRIEU IN URGING PRESIDENT-ELECT TO MAKE ROBUST INVESTMENTS IN SHIPBUILDING

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) joined with a bipartisan group of Senators including Susan M. Collins (R-ME) and Mary L. Landrieu (D-LA) in sending a letter to President-elect Obama requesting a robust shipbuilding budget and policies to support our Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard and to enable commercial ship construction in the United States.   The letter, which was co-signed by 17 other senators, points out that, "The shipbuilding in… Continue Reading


December 17, 2008

CARDIN: OPM REVERSAL OF BLUE CROSS COPAYS A VICTORY FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) claimed a victory for federal employees and retirees after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) reversed its decision to impose a $7,500 copayment for surgeries performed by out-of-network doctors under the Blue Cross-Blue Shield (BCBS) Standard Option Health Plan.   For 2008, federal employees on the BCBS Standard Option who have surgery performed by an out-of-network doctor are reimbursed at 75 percent … Continue Reading


December 15, 2008

CARDIN SAYS OBAMA PICKS SCIENCE OVER POLITICS FOR ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SLOTS

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement in response to President-elect Barack Obama's announcement of his senior energy and environmental advisors:   "President-elect Barack Obama continues to fill his Cabinet with advisors who will bring to the federal government the highest levels of competence and integrity.  His choices today of Dr. Steven C… Continue Reading


December 12, 2008

U.S. SENATOR CARDIN MEETS WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE ERIC HOLDER

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with Eric Holder, President-elect Obama's nominee for Attorney General. Following their meeting, Senator Cardin released the following statement:   "President-elect Obama has made an excellent choice in Eric Holder to be the 82 nd Attorney General of the United States. Mr. Holder has an impressive, lifelong record of public service and broad experi… Continue Reading


December 12, 2008

U.S. SENATOR CARDIN MEETS WITH WHITE HOUSE BUDGET NOMINEE PETER ORSZAG

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today met with Peter Orszag, President-elect Obama's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Following their meeting, Senator Cardin released the following statement:   "These are challenging times for our economy but I am thrilled with President-elect Obama's selection of Dr. Peter Orszag, current director of the Congressional Budget Of… Continue Reading


December 12, 2008

CARDIN URGES PRESIDENT BUSH TO AUTHORIZE TARP FUNDS FOR U.S. AUTO MAKERS WITHOUT DELAY

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement urging the President to immediately authorize the use of funds from the Troubled Assets Relief Program following the failure of legislation in the Senate that would have provided General Motors and Chrysler LLC with $14 billion of federal loans in exchange for major restructuring and government oversight.   "The Senate voted la… Continue Reading


December 11, 2008

CARDIN LAUDS PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROTECT SENIORS' SAVINGS DURING VOLATILE ECONOMIC TIMES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today praised his Senate colleagues for acting swiftly to protect the savings of America's seniors with unanimous passage of the Technical Corrections to the Pension Protection Act (H.R. 7327). Among other provisions, this legislation places a one-year moratorium on the required minimum distributions found in many retirement plans like IRAs and 401(k)s.  The House of Representatives pa… Continue Reading


December 10, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN RECEIVES PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD FROM COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON WMATA FUNDING

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today received the Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) for his leadership in securing dedicated funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).   In 2007, Senator Cardin introduced legislation in the Senate to put WMATA on a sound financial footing.   The legislation, which was enacted into law in October,… Continue Reading


December 08, 2008

CARDIN TELLS OPM TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO PROTECT FEDERAL WORKERS FROM UNPRECEDENTED INCREASES IN BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD COPAYS

Washington, DC - With just one business day left before the end of Open Season for the Federal Employees Health Plan, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement regarding costly changes to the FEHP Blue Cross-Blue Shield (BCBS) Standard Option health plan, the most popular choice for health plans among federal employees:   "Time is running out for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to fulfill its obligation … Continue Reading

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