Press Releases & Statements

May 19, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.1 MILLION EPA GRANT TO MARYLAND TO HELP CLEAN UP UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Maryland Department of the Environment a $1,180,435 grant to clean up approximately 275 leaking underground storage tanks.   Maryland had 11,026 leaking underground storage tanks.   To date, 10,253 of these sites these sites have been cleaned up through the federally funded Leaking Underground Storage … Continue Reading


May 19, 2008

SEN. CARDIN JOINS CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST, NOAA AND THEIR PARTNERS TO AWARD $540,000 IN GRANTS TO RESTORE CHESAPEAKE BAY SHORELINES

LONDONTOWN, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center (NOAA), The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in announcing more than $540,000 in grants to promote Living Shorelines projects in the Chesapeake Bay region. The Chesapeake Bay Trust and NOAA will work with these grantees and partners to focus on reversing the impacts of coastal d… Continue Reading


May 16, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE INCREASED FUNDING FOR MARYLAND HOMELAND SECURITY PRIORITIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (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.   In addition to providing $38.4 million for transit security in the National Capital Region and Baltimore, up from $29.3 million last year, Maryland received $6.6 million in port security funding, a $2.9 … Continue Reading


May 15, 2008

HONORING AMERICA'S FINEST

Mr. President, this week, 358 new names were inscribed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, representing officers from across the country over the course of many years.  We often take for granted the thousands of brave officers who dedicate their lives to protecting our streets and our communities every day across Maryland and across America.  But this week, during National Police Week, we all should take a moment to thank these brave men and women - America's Finest - who risk the… Continue Reading


May 15, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR ALLEGANY COLLEGE DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $24,000 grant to Allegany College for the Distance Learning Enhancement Program.   The funding will make it possible for 250 additional students on the Cumberland campus to receive training using distance learning curriculums.   "Education is the key to the American Dream and this ARC grant will make it easie… Continue Reading


May 15, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE SENATE PASSAGE OF FARM BILL PROVIDING IMPORTANT FUNDING TO PROTECT THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today praised Senate passage of the farm bill, which for the first time will provide more than $438 million in guaranteed funding for environmental programs that help protect the Chesapeake Bay.  The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 81 to15, and the House approved the same bill on Wednesday by a vote of 318 to 106, both veto-proof margins. The Chesapeake Bay is America's largest estuary. The… Continue Reading


May 13, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDING FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Essex, Md. has received $497,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support 20 annual scholarships to promote full-time enrollment and degree achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.   "America's future ability to compete and succeed globally depends on the investme… Continue Reading


May 13, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO PURCHASE NEW PATROL CAR FOR FEDERALSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Federalsburg Police Department will receive a grant of approximately $25,000 from Rural Development funds to purchase a new patrol car for the police department.   The Federalsburg area has a population of approximately 2,600 with a median income of $24,266. The Police Chief is currently using his own vehicle for work.   "Caroline Coun… Continue Reading


May 12, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND HONORS MOTHER'S DAY WITH FIGHT FOR NEW, EXPECTING MOMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) led Team Maryland colleagues Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (D), Albert Wynn (D), Roscoe Bartlett (R), Elijah E. Cummings (D), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D), Chris Van Hollen (D) and John Sarbanes (D) today in a fight for Maryland's Healthy Start program.   Maryland has been waiting for more than two years for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to re-approve the program.   Without CMS' approval,… Continue Reading


May 12, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN JOINS SBA AND MARYLAND OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE NEW INITIATIVE TO HELP BALTIMORE INNER-CITY BUSINESSES

BALTIMORE - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined with U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD), Baltimore City Mayor Sheila Dixon, and officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to announce a new initiative that will identify and provide resources to 20 Baltimore inner-city businesses that exhibit a high potential for growth.   The SBA has targeted Baltimore and 10 other cities to participate in the Emerging 200 Initiat… Continue Reading


May 09, 2008

CARDIN JOINS TEAM MARYLAND FOR RIBBON CUTTNG AT NEW FDA FACILITY IN SILVER SPRING

Silver Spring, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today participated in the official ribbon cutting for the latest facility, Building 51, at the FDA's White Oak Federal Research Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was joined by Senate colleague Barbara A. Mikulski , Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, and FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach. The new Building 51 will house more than 1,000 … Continue Reading


May 08, 2008

CARDIN BACKS CONSUMER-FIRST ENERGY ACT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, today joined as a co-sponsor of the Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008 , which is designed to attack the root causes of the current energy crisis, hold big oil companies accountable, and protect consumers from price gouging and excessive speculation.   "Americans are hurting every time they fill up the family gas tank while big oil companies are… Continue Reading


May 08, 2008

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN COMMEMORATING THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAEL'S INDEPENDENCE

It is with great pleasure and pride that I join in the celebration this month of a landmark moment for democracies and free societies worldwide: the 60 th anniversary of the founding of the modern State of Israel and the end of the British Mandate of Palestine. May 14, 1948 (5 th day of the Jewish lunar month Iyar/May 8, 2008) marks Israel's Independence Day or Yom Ha'atzmaut. It was on this day 60 years ago that pioneering statesman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed Israel's independence , establish… Continue Reading


May 07, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BALTIMORE HERITAGE AREA ACT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Energy and Natural Resources Committee has approved the Baltimore National Heritage Area Act (S. 2604).   This bill designates the Baltimore Heritage Area (BHA) as a National Park Service (NPS) National Heritage Area (NHA), with $10 million in federal funding over 15 years.   Introduced in February, the bill now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.   "The… Continue Reading


May 07, 2008

SENATE COMMENDS MARYLAND'S CHARLES COUNTY ON ITS 350th ANNIVERSARY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) praised the Senate for unanimously passing   a resolution that recognizes Charles County, Maryland, on the occasion of its 350 th anniversary.   "Nestled on the banks of the Potomac River, Charles County has been an active participant in American history since the earliest colonial days and the Articles of Confederation, through the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's ass… Continue Reading


May 06, 2008

CARDIN CRITICIZES GOP FOR BLOCKING FAA BILL; SAYS REPUBLICANS PUT SPECIAL INTERESTS AHEAD OF PASSENGER SAFETY

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today expressed his strong disappointment after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the FAA Modernization and Improvements Act , which provides a five-year reauthorization for the Federal Aviation Administration.   "As demand for commercial flights grows each year, it will be next to impossible to maintain the highest safety standards in the world with outdated technolog… Continue Reading


May 05, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND URGES COMMERCE SECRETARY TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY AID TO MARYLAND WATERMEN

WASHINGTON -- Maryland delegation members U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), and U.S. Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (D), Wayne T. Gilchrest (R), Albert Wynn (D), Elijah E. Cummings (D), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D), Chris Van Hollen (D) and John Sarbanes (D) today sent a joint letter to Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez in support of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's request for a disaster declaration for the Ches… Continue Reading


May 02, 2008

HIGH ENERGY PRICES ARE HURTING OUR MARYLAND AND OUR NATION

First, I welcome the bipartisan support for programs that will move us toward energy independence. I agree with my colleagues that we need to do a Manhattan-type project, with the same type of commitment we made when putting a person on the Moon, to become energy independent. We have the technology. We know how to get it done. If we have the will, this Nation can do anything it wants to do.   I think there is a growing awareness among Members of this body, as well as on t… Continue Reading


May 02, 2008

CARDIN AND JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REMIND MUKASEY TO FOLLOW THE LAW AND PROTECT ELDERLY, MINORITY AND DISABLED VOTERS

Washington , DC - Today, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) joined eight other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in urging the Attorney General to uphold the requirements of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 despite the Supreme Court's recent Crawford v. Marion County ruling that rejected a challenge to Indiana's photo-ID law.     "As we approach another national election, I urge Attorney Gen… Continue Reading


May 02, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, O'MALLEY ANNOUNCE FIGHT TO PROVIDE RELIEF FOR MARYLAND WATERMEN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators   Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today joined Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley to announce that the State will seek a disaster declaration from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab.   A declaration will make Maryland's watermen eligible for emergency disaster funding to ease the economic burden placed on the crabbing industry as it faces a 34 percent reduction in the female crab harvest.   The S… Continue Reading

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