Press Releases & Statements

July 30, 2008

CARDIN, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS CALLS FOR OLYMPIC TRUCE IN DARFUR

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is urging the international community to use the world stage provided by the upcoming Olympic Games to call for an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan and the wider region.  As the world prepares to come together for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, on August 8th, the group of U.S. Senators including Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Russ Feingold (D-WI) Norm Coleman (R-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mary Landrieu (D-LA)… Continue Reading


July 29, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $950,000 IN GRANTS FOR MARYLAND HIGH-RISK INSTITUTIONS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded 18 Maryland high-risk non-profit institutions a total of $950,228 to help protect them from terrorist attacks.  The grants are funded through the fiscal year 2008 Homeland Security Grant Program, and are distributed to states based on a DHS formula.    "Congress has a critical responsibility to protect American citiz… Continue Reading


July 29, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, WEBB DENOUNCE CONTINUED BLOCKAGE OF DEDICATED METRO FUNDING

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) today joined with Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) in expressing their frustrations that the Senate was blocked from considering dedicated funding of $1.5 billion over 10 years for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit System, which already passed the House of Representatives. The bill was included as part of a bipartisan, omnibus package of legislation, The Advancing America's Priorities Act,… Continue Reading


July 29, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CORRIGANVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Corriganville Volunteer Fire Department in Allegany County has been awarded $42,370 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 Comm… Continue Reading


July 28, 2008

CARDIN, HOYER, EDWARDS PRAISE SUPPORT FOR MARYLANDERS IN RECENTLY PASSED HOUSING BILL

CLINTON, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5), and Rep. Donna Edwards (MD-4) today joined together in Prince George's County to highlight how the just-passed Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (H.R. 3221) will help current and future homeowners across Maryland and help steady the nation's housing market during these difficult times.   "Marylanders are hurting today because of what's happening in the h… Continue Reading


July 26, 2008

CARDIN LAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF HOUSING BILL

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today praised Senate passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (H.R. 3221), which will help the American housing market and provide relief to homeowners and communities burdened by foreclosures and falling property values. The House recently passed the bill by a vote of 272-151 and the President has indicated that he will sign it.   "Marylanders are hur… Continue Reading


July 26, 2008

THE HOUSING AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT OF 2008

MR. CARDIN.  Mr. President, I know it's unusual that we are here on a Saturday with a voting session of the United States Senate.  But let me tell you, I am pleased that we are here because at last we're going to have a chance to vote on the final passage of H.R. 3221, the housing legislation that is so important to the people of this country.   I first want to thank Senator Dodd and Senator Shelby for the manner in which they have handled this legislation.  It has been han… Continue Reading


July 24, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND CELEBRATES ENACTMENT OF KOREAN WAR CHARTER BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) joined with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD-5) and Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and members of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) today to celebrate enactment of legislation granting the group a Federal Charter.   They also joined in celebrating the 55 th Anniversary of the armistice agreement ending the Korean War on July 27, 1953.    Senator Cardin and Congressmen Hoyer and John… Continue Reading


July 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $250,000 FOR NEW COMMUNITY CENTER IN CUMBERLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission (HRDC) to construct a community center in Cumberland for low-income individuals, seniors and families.   The new 20,000 square-foot facility will consolidate a host of support services currently scattered throughout the county, and serve an estimated 7,000 county … Continue Reading


July 22, 2008

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO HELP LOW-INCOME FAMILIES STAY WARM THIS WINTER

WASHINGTON -    U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), has co-sponsored the Emergency Energy Assistance Act of 2008 to provide emergency assistance to low-income and working families who are struggling to make ends meet in the face of escalating energy prices.   The legislation consists of three components: a temporary increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for 2008, full funding of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as well as ful… Continue Reading


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

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