Press Releases & Statements

October 01, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, WARNER AND WEBB VOTE TO SEND METRO FUNDING BILL TO THE PRESIDENT FOR SIGNATURE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S . Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD), and Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Jim Webb (D-VA), today applauded their Senate colleagues for passing legislation that creates - for the first time - a dedicated, federal funding source for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The authorization is included in a House-Senate agreement (H.R. 2095) that packages togeth… Continue Reading


September 29, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN SAYS MARYLAND AND OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY WILL BENEFIT FROM UNINTERRUPTED GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, praised Senate passage today of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009 (H.R. 2638), which extends funding for the Federal Government through March 6, 2009. Senator Cardin voted for the bill, which passed the Senate 78-12. It passed the House of Representatives on Friday by a vote of 370-58. It now goes to the President for his signat… Continue Reading


September 29, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE CRITICAL FUNDING FOR MARYLAND'S HOMELAND SECURITY ASSETS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today announced the fiscal year 2009 Homeland Security spending bill includes key funding for Maryland's security.  The legislation addresses several high-priority items, including grants for firefighters, first responders, public transportation and rail security assistance, port security, and a major project for the Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay in Baltimore.  The legislation passed the Senate as part of the … Continue Reading


September 29, 2008

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS ENFORCEMENT LEGISLATION HEADS TO PRESIDENT BUSH TO SIGN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and his colleagues in the Senate unanimously passed legislation designed to address intellectual property rights enforcement concerns and to protect American innovation and advancement.  The legislation was introduced in July by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Arlen Specter (R-PA).  The Judiciary Committee reported the measure earlier this month.  After constant negotiations in the Senate, and wit… Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $441.3 MILLION FOR CARROLL, CECIL AND HARFORD COUNTY DEFENSE PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bills include over $1.4 billion in defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including more than $441.3 million in Carroll, Cecil and Harford Counties.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legis… Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $9.8 MILLION FOR EASTERN SHORE DEFENSE PROJECT

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bill includes $1.4 billion for defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including $9.8 million in the Eastern Shore.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legislation now heads to the President to… Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $54.5 MILLION FOR SOUTHERN MARYLAND DEFENSE PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bills include just over $1.4 billion for defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including more than $53.3 million in Southern Maryland.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legislation now heads … Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $307.5 MILLION FOR BALTIMORE AREA DEFENSE PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bills include $1.4 billion for defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including $307.5 million in the Baltimore area.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legislation now heads to the President to … Continue Reading


September 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH NEARLY $600 MILLION FOR DC METRO DEFENSE PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the fiscal year 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense spending bills include over $1.4 billion in defense and military-related spending in Maryland, including nearly $600 million in the D.C. Metro area.  Both bills passed the Senate today as part of the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act.  That legislation now heads to the… Continue Reading


September 26, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION FOR LEAD ELIMINATION IN BALTIMORE

WASHINGTON, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski   (both D-MD), today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $2 million to the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning in Baltimore.   Senator Cardin is a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Environmental Health Subcommittee. Senator Mikulski is a senior member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.   … Continue Reading


September 26, 2008

CARDIN SAYS HELP CANNOT WAIT FOR AMERICANS HIT HARDEST BY THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to Senate Republicans blocking consideration of the Reid-Byrd Economic Recovery Act of 2008.   "We all agree that our economy is in serious trouble, but Republicans in the Senate continue to put partisanship before tried and true relief for millions of Americans who are hurting financially and in nee… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

STATEMENT BY SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE PROPOSED ECONOMIC BAILOUT PACKAGE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the economic bailout package now being considered by the Congress. "Congress and the American taxpayers are being asked by the Bush White House to follow them into uncharted financial territory and, on faith and a three-page proposal, restructure our entire financial system. They want unprecedented authority… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, WARNER AND WEBB APPLAUD HOUSE PASSAGE OF DEDICATED METRO FUNDING, URGE SWIFT VOTE IN THE SENATE

WASHINGTON , DC - Following House passage today of dedicated, federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) and Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Jim Webb (D-VA), urged their Senate colleagues to quickly pass the measure. The authorization is included in a House-Senate agreement that packages together a number of … Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS ANNOUNCE RECOGNITION OF USS CONSTELLATION'S ROLE IN ENDING SLAVE TRADE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski, and Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (all D-MD) applauded the Senate's passage last night of their resolution recognizing the historical significance of the USS Constellation, which is docked in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.  By unanimous consent, the Senate acknowledged the USS Constellation as an appropriate site to commemorate this year's bicentennial of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  The House of Representatives… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN GIVES SENATE FLOOR SPEECH PRAISING THE LATE KEN HARRIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to praise Kenneth N. Harris Sr., the former member of the Baltimore City Council who was murdered during a robbery on Sept. 20.   Senator Cardin considered Ken Harris a close friend and adviser.   In his Senate speech, Senator Cardin praised Ken Harris as someone who "made a difference in the lives of others and whose contributions will not be forgotten." On the Senate floor, the Senator spoke of Ken Ha… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

VOLUNTEERS CLOSER TO RELIEF FROM HIGH GAS PRICES AS CARDIN AND SNOWE JOIN WITH SCHUMER AND ENSIGN TO REINTRODUCE BILL TO ALLOW CHANGES TO CHARITABLE MILEAGE DEDUCTION RATE

  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) joined forces with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John Ensign (R-NV), along with Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), to introduce updated legislation that would provide relief to volunteers who use their personal vehicle for charitable activities. Under current law, mileage rates for charitable activity are fixed u… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR MARYLAND COLLEGES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded grants totaling $16.5 million to the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Maryland, College Park, and the University System of Maryland.  NSF grants work to promote the progress of science and to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare by supporting research and education in all fields of science and engineering.… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CELEBRATE $3 MILLION FOR CAL RIPKEN FOUNDATION MENTORING PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has received $3 million from the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.   This grant was administered through a competitive process based on the funding allocated by the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, which Senator Mikulski chairs.   "I am committed to providing r… Continue Reading


September 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE CONGRESSIONAL PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROVIDE A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE EAS WAIVER FOR HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has passed legislation sponsored by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) that will continue the Essential Air Service (EAS) program at Hagerstown Airport through Sept. 30, 2009. The extension was part of The Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act, which provides continuing authority for most FAA programs, although most are authorized only through March 30, 2009. The legislation has already passed the House and will go to… Continue Reading


September 23, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND APPLAUDS EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR WATERMEN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today joined Team Maryland colleagues Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.), Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) to applaud today's decision by Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez in support of Governor Martin O'Malley's request for a disaster declaration for the Chesapeake B… Continue Reading

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