Press Releases & Statements

July 10, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $150K FOR WORCESTER COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

WASHINGTON - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Maryland Hawk Corporation, Inc. has been awarded a $150,588 USDA Rural Development grant to build a demonstration farm for growing organic fruits and vegetables using high tunnel greenhouse technology in Worcester County.     The Maryland Hawk Corp. is a non-profit foundation founded by the University of Maryland - Eastern Shore (UMES) to develop opportunities … Continue Reading


July 10, 2008

CARDIN ANNOUNCES SERVICE ACADEMY APPOINTMENTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that 11 Marylanders have accepted appointments to the U.S. Service Academies for the 2008-2009 academic year.     The five U.S. service academies -- the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy - recruit top-notch young American men and women who will appreciate an excellent education and a chance to serve thei… Continue Reading


July 09, 2008

CARDIN QUESTIONS DOJ PREPAREDNESS FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, participated today in the questioning of Attorney General Michael Mukasey during oversight hearings for the Department of Justice. Senator Cardin repeated his call for a proactive approach to protecting the integrity of the upcoming national election and the need to eliminate obstacles to voting for eligible voters.   "If the pri… Continue Reading


July 09, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE GRANT TO FROSTBURG FOR PURCHASE OF POLICE CRUISER

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the City of Frostburg has been awarded a $13,750 USDA Rural Development grant to help purchase a new police cruiser for the town. The "Mountain City" currently has 15 police officers and seven police vehicles.   "Frostburg operates a full-service police department and this grant will provide funds to help purchase essential equipment needed to protect area resid… Continue Reading


July 08, 2008

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT OF 1978 (FISA) AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2008

Mr. President, I rise today in opposition to final passage of this legislation, H.R. 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008, if it is not amended to change the retroactive immunity provisions. The President must have the necessary authority to track terrorists, intercept their communications, and disrupt their plots.  Our nation still faces individuals and groups that are determined to do harm to Americans, as well as our interests throughout… Continue Reading


July 08, 2008

CARDIN STATEMENT ON THE FISA AMENDMENTS ACT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today regarding H.R. 6304, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act (FISA) of 2008. The Senate is expected to vote on the FISA legislation on Wednesday. Senator Cardin's full statement is available at www.cardin.senate.gov .   "Tomorrow, I will vote for the amendments that strike or amend the provision granting retroact… Continue Reading


July 07, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HARFORD COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $231,088 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 Committee, which each year s… Continue Reading


July 01, 2008

CARDIN, ALEXANDER SEEK BAN ON IMPORTATION OF FOREIGN-GENERATED NUCLEAR WASTE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), both members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced they will introduce legislation to ban the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) from authorizing importation of certain low-level foreign-generated nuclear waste.    "The proper management of low level radioactive waste is in the nation's best interest," Cardin said.  "Reserving the … Continue Reading


July 01, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $3.4 MILLON GRANT TO IMPROVE ACHIEVEMENT AT FIVE PRINCE GEORGE'S CO. HIGH SCHOOLS

WASHINGTON - U .S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), announced today that the Prince George's County Board of Education has been awarded a $3.4 million Department of Education Smaller Learning Communities Program grant to improve academic achievement at Crossland, DuVall, Oxon Hill, Potomac and Suitland high schools.   The grant will cover a three-year period, from July 10, 2008 to July 9, 2011.   The grant will be used to support … Continue Reading


July 01, 2008

BOXER AGREES TO CARDIN, MIKULSKI CALL FOR HEARINGS ON DoD REFUSAL TO CLEAN UP HAZARDOUS WASTE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today agreed to a request from U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) for a Senate oversight hearing on the Department to Defense's (DoD) refusal to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations to clean up toxic chemicals that pose an "imminent and substantial" threat to residents on and near Ft. George G. Meade and two … Continue Reading


June 30, 2008

STATEMENT OF BENJAMIN L. CARDINON THE OCCASION OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE VICTIMS OF TORTURE

This week, we observe the International Day for the Victims of Torture.   As a member of the Helsinki Commission for many years, and now it's Co-Chairman, I have long seen the pernicious effects of torture in many places around the globe.  Torture breaks the human spirit and robs men, women and children of their human dignity.  Indeed, that is truly its intended purpose.   Torture is not only illegal and against international law, it is also ineffe… Continue Reading


June 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $54,000 FOR CAMBRIDGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the City of Cambridge has been awarded a $54,000 USDA Rural Development grant to hire an Executive Director for the Economic Development Department, which opened approximately a year ago.   The Director will provide technical assistance to new and existing small and emerging businesses in the community.   "Cambridge is an attractive location for businesses and… Continue Reading


June 27, 2008

CARDIN STATEMENT ON SENATE MEDICARE VOTE

I am outraged that a bipartisan majority in the Senate has once again been blocked from consideration of legislation that would have a positive impact on the lives of American seniors and the quality of their healthcare. Because a few Senators failed to act in a responsible manner, starting next Tuesday, July 1, physicians will see a reimbursement cut of more than 10 percent, jeopardizing patients' access to critical care; many low-income seniors will be left without the help they need to naviga… Continue Reading


June 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $20,000 FOR NEW GARRETT COUNTY MOBILE CRIME UNIT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that Garrett County has been awarded a $20,340 USDA Rural Development grant to purchase and equip a mobile crime scene processing 4-wheel drive vehicle.   Currently, the Garrett County Sheriff's Department depends on the Maryland State Police and the Mobile Crime Lab Unit for in-depth processing of crime scenes. The new mobile crime lab will reduce travel time and res… Continue Reading


June 26, 2008

CARDIN LAUDS IMMINENT SENATE PASSAGE OF FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS TAX CREDIT AND HELP FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS

Washington, DC -  U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to urge his colleagues to quickly pass the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008 (H.R. 3221), vital legislation designed to help homeowners on the brink of foreclosure and communities struggling with plummeting property values and falling tax revenues. This bipartisan bill addresses the root of the broader economic crisis - record-high foreclosures - by h… Continue Reading


June 25, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $40,000 GRANT TO AID FUTURE AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THREE EASTERN SHORE COUNTIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Mid-Shore Regional Council has been awarded a $40,000 USDA Rural Development grant to retain an Agricultural Economic Development Specialist for Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties.   The Agricultural Economic Development Specialist's primary responsibility is to plan, market and manage economic development strategies that will attract, retain and grow a… Continue Reading


June 25, 2008

CHESAPEAKE SENATORS URGE COMMERCE SECRETARY TO DECLARE BLUE CRAB DISASTER

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-Md.), John Warner (R-Va.), and Jim Webb (D-Va.) joined today to urge Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez to hasten his decision regarding the disaster declaration request made by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine for the Chesapeake Bay blue crab.   A declaration will make Chesapeake Bay watermen eligible for emergency disaster funding to ease the econ… Continue Reading


June 25, 2008

FLOOR STATEMENT ON 6TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS (MICHIGAN)

  Mr. President, I listened to Senator Specter talk about one of our most important responsibilities; that is, the confirmation process on the President's nominations for our courts, which are lifetime appointments. It is a major responsibility each of us has in the Senate.    I think the way this confirmation process has proceeded with the three judges before us is an example as to how we should be working on the confirmation of judges. First, I think the proce… Continue Reading


June 24, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI HONOR MARYLAND TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today met with Maryland Teacher of the Year April Todd of Somerset Intermediate School in Somerset County.  The Senators also congratulated Teachers of the Year from each of Maryland's counties.   "Studies show that good teachers are the key to helping students learn and succeed," said Senator Cardin. "… Continue Reading


June 23, 2008

CARDIN AND VAN HOLLEN LISTEN TO SMALL BUSINESSES HURTING FROM RISING GAS PRICES; PLEDGE HELP FROM DEMOCRATS IN SENATE AND HOUSE

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-08) today heard first-hand from Maryland small business owners about how rising gas prices are hurting their business and their employees. Speaking at the Takoma Junction Citgo in Takoma Park, Maryland, Senator Cardin and Congressman Van Hollen pledged to take their message back to the Senate and the House as they work to overcome partisan obstacles to solving our energy crisis. Senator Cardin is a … Continue Reading

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