Press Releases & Statements

April 10, 2008

CARDIN CALLS FORECLOSURE PREVENTION BILL GOOD BUT SAYS IT COULD BE BETTER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) joined with his colleagues today approving the Foreclosure Prevention Act (H.R. 3221) by a vote of 84-12. While supporting the overall bill, Senator Cardin expressed his disappointment that two key provisions were not included in the legislation: changes to the bankruptcy laws related to primary residences and a tax-credit for first-time homebuyers to help stimulate the ailing housing market.  … Continue Reading


April 09, 2008

CARDIN REMINDS MARYLANDERS TO FILE TAX RETURNS EARLY TO RECEIVE STIMULUS REBATES

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released a public service announcement today urging all eligible Marylanders to file their tax returns early so they can receive their stimulus rebates. "Most Americans are aware that Congress passed an economic stimulus package, including a modest rebate, to help families struggling in our slow economy. However, many, like veterans who rely on VA disability benefits, seniors who rely on Social Secu… Continue Reading


April 09, 2008

WE CAN'T WAIT FOR A NEW STRATEGY IN IRAQ

Mr. CARDIN.   Mr. Chairman, I want to join my colleagues in welcoming General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker.    I disagree with the mission to which this Administration has committed their talents, but I want to recognize their dedication and their service.   They answered their government's call to duty under the most difficult circumstances.   That took courage and we are grateful.     I also wan… Continue Reading


April 09, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $5.8 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT RUNWAY EXTENSION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Washington County an additional $5.8 million to complete the runway safety extension project at the Hagerstown Regional-Richard A. Henson Airport.   The $48.5 million runway safety project was begun in 2004 to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) safety standards.   The project extends the ru… Continue Reading


April 08, 2008

CARDIN TELLS PETRAEUS, CROCKER: WE NEED TO STEP UP DIPLOMACY AND BRING OUR TROOPS HOME

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, participated today in the latest questioning of General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker on the current status of U.S. military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq. Senator Cardin reiterated the need to bring our troops home as soon as possible, allowing the Iraqi's to control their own country while the United States returns to the vital mission of tracking international terro… Continue Reading


April 04, 2008

CARDIN, ENSIGN ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS TAX CREDIT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and John Ensign (R-NV) announced their bipartisan plan to help stimulate the housing market and provide balance to the housing provisions currently under consideration in the Senate. The Cardin/Ensign First-Time Homebuyers' Tax Credit Amendment (S. Amdt. 4421) would provide a non-refundable tax credit of $7,000, payable over two years, to eligible first-time homebuyers who purchase a principal residence. … Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

CARDIN URGES QUICK ACTION ON FORECLOSURE PREVENTION BILL; ANNOUNCES TAX CREDIT PROPOSAL FOR FIRST-TIME HOME BUYERS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) reiterated his support for the foreclosure prevention legislation being considered by the full Senate and announced his plan to introduce a First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit . The tax credit would provide a targeted, timely and temporary stimulus to the housing market by offsetting down payment or closing costs for prospective home buyers with a refundable tax credit. "Whole communities are affected by the housing crisis, not just … Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SIGN LETTER TO REID URGING FULL FUNDING FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAMS IN FINAL FARM BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), have signed a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid applauding the inclusion of $4.95 billion in new funding for conservation programs in the farm bill by House and Senate Conferees.   The letter urges the Majority Leader to ensure that the final version of the bill contains the full funding recommended by the conferees.   Last year, Senators Cardin and Mikulski introduced legisla… Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS FOR A NEW, MORE THOUGHTFUL APPROACH IN IRAQ

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, participated today in hearings looking at Iraq from a military and political perspective after the current "surge." An excerpt of his opening statement is below. The full statement is available here. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin: "We are here today - after more than five years, 4,000 lives lost, 30,000 wounded, and… Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

CARDIN VOTES TO PROTECT HOMEOWNERS FACING BANKRUPTCY; FULL SENATE BLOCKS ACTION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Judiciary Committee, today expressed disappointment that Republicans prevented the Senate from passing legislation that would allow judges to modify mortgages on principal residences in bankruptcy. Despite receiving preliminary approval from the Judiciary Committee earlier in the day, the Senate voted to table the Helping Families Save Their Homes in Bankruptcy Act , authored by Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) an… Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

PROTECTING AND STIMULATING HOME OWNERSHIP

Mr. President, I thank my colleague from Illinois for his statements and leadership on this issue. I serve on the Judiciary Committee with him. I thank him for bringing forward this proposal. I think it is critically important to a large number of homeowners who find themselves in bankruptcy that they get the help the bankruptcy courts were designed to create. It was to take a look at the financial ability of the person going into bankruptcy, to take a look at their assets and to make a fair arr… Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, BARTLETT ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION FOR MORE FIREFIGHTERS, FIRE PREVENTION IN HAGERSTOWN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) today announced the Hagerstown Fire Department has been awarded two fire grants totaling $987,975 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).   Senator Mikulski teamed up with Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo.) to create the AFGP in 2000.   As a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subc… Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

WE NEED A NEW STRATEGY IN IRAQ

We are here today - after more than five years, 4,000 lives lost, 30,000 wounded, and six hundred billion dollars spent - to once again re-evaluate our country's strategy in Iraq. I welcome this discussion. Because I continue to believe it is imperative that we change course now, not next month, not next year.   I first want to pay tribute to our troops and diplomats serving in Iraq with such courage and competence. I am humbled again… Continue Reading


April 02, 2008

STATEMENT OF SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN (D-MD)COMMEMORATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF THE REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

I rise today to commemorate the 40 th Anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.   April 4, 2008 marks the 40 th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an iconic leader of the American civil rights movement.   In death, the legacy of Dr. King continues and so does his call for tolerance, justice and equality.   April 1968 was a tragic time for the King family and for our nation.   Our cities erupted as people were overco… Continue Reading


March 31, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, ANNOUNCE $546,000 FOR WESTERN MARYLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $546,000 in three grants for Western Maryland projects.     "The Appalachian Regional Commission is a great example of federal investment that works on a state and local level for the people of Maryland.   These much-needed funds will create jobs, improve our health and keep our students on the cuttin… Continue Reading


March 25, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE YEAR'S FIRST STAFFING AWARD FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $324,064 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).  The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant they received was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase the n… Continue Reading


March 25, 2008

CARDIN, CLINTON, SCHUMER URGE SUPPORT FOR EFFORTS TO COMBAT ACID RAIN

Washington, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and  Charles Schumer (D-NY) today called on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to continue their support for three programs that play a critical role in monitoring the progress of our nation's fight against the effects of acid rain. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, the lawmakers stressed the need to provide fundi… Continue Reading


March 25, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, HOYER ANNOUNCE $20,000 IN NEW FUNDS FOR PISCATAWAY PARK, CHESAPEAKE BAY GATEWAYS AND WATER TRAILS NETWORK

WASHINGTON -- Senators Barbara Mikulski, Benjamin L. Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer today announced the award of a $20,000 federal grant to Piscataway National Park in Accokeek, MD as part of the National Park Service's Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network. The funds, awarded by the National Park Service, will be used to produce a Native American Interpretative Brochure detailing the ancestral Piscataway presence at Accokeek, the effects of the Colonial period … Continue Reading


March 25, 2008

SENATORS CARDIN AND MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $53,000 IN FUNDING FOR BAY GATEWAYS PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U .S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-MD) joined with U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3) today in announcing more than $53,000 in National Park Service funding for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network.     The funding includes $18,600 for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, which will be used to install interpretive panels entitled "From This Spot You Can See Over Four Hundred Years of History" along the… Continue Reading


March 18, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES $400,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO ESTABLISH PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY AFRICA TRADE OFFICE

UPPER MARLBORO -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, county officials and business leaders to announce $400,000 in federal funding to establish a Prince George's County Africa Trade Office.     The Africa Trade Office will partner with Small Business Administration and Prince George's County to help facilitate business between African companies and small businesses in Prince George's County seeking… Continue Reading

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