Press Releases & Statements

March 14, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES PROPOSED TAX CREDIT PLAN TO STIMULATE HOUSING MARKET, TOUTS PROPOSALS TO HELP CURRENT HOMEOWNERS

Baltimore, MD - U.S. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today joined with local representatives from Healthy Neighborhoods, St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, and Belair Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. and the Maryland Housing Coalition Task Force to announce a new major proposal to stimulate the housing market by promoting first-time purchases and to promote pending legislation designed to help current homeowners in crisis.   "Our economy is on s… Continue Reading


March 14, 2008

CARDIN RESPONSE TO PASSAGE OF SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today praised the Budget Resolution passed by the Senate today. He made the following statement: "These are tough times for American families. People across Maryland and in every state are hurting. The Budget Resolution we passed today is a blueprint for strengthening our economy and investing in America. It defines our key spending priorities for t… Continue Reading


March 12, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $4.14 MILLION FOR MARLYAND COMMUNITY COLLEGES

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that two Maryland community colleges have been awarded a total of nearly $4.14 million in competitive Community Based Job Training Grants through the U.S. Department of Labor. "Investment in education is one of the best ways to bolster our economy and provide solid, high-paying jobs for our citizens," said Senator Cardin. "I am extremely pleased that Prince George's Community College and th… Continue Reading


March 11, 2008

STATEMENT ON THE FY2009 BUDGET RESOLUTION

Our budget resolution focuses on job growth here in America. It invests in the people of this country so that we can compete internationally and keep jobs here in America. Our budget really helps the people of our country.   This budget resolution is really our blueprint. It's what we believe are the priorities of America - what we need to move this nation forward. We can judge how important this resolution is based on what happened last year. I heard a lot of comments about las… Continue Reading


March 07, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, CUMMINGS INTRODUCE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO HONOR THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF HARRIET ROSS TUBMAN

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), and Representative Elijah E. Cummings (MD-7), have introduced a concurrent resolution in the Senate and the House of Representatives to support the goals and ideals of a national day of remembrance for Harriet Ross Tubman, one of the great "conductors" of the Underground Railroad.  Her life as a former slave, abolitionist, humanitarian, Union spy, and daughter of Maryland helped hundreds of slave… Continue Reading


March 07, 2008

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF CONSUMER PRODUCTS SAFETY ACT

Washington, DC - The Senate today passed the Consumer Product Safety Commission Act , including two amendments sponsored by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD). This important legislation will expand the Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) ability to keeping all Americans safe from toxic and dangerous products. "Playing with a favorite toy should not be hazardous to a child's life.  It is essential that Congress and every parent an… Continue Reading


March 07, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.7 MILLION FOR SUPPORT SERVICES FOR MARYLAND PUBLIC HOUSING RESIDENTS, SENIORS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that four Maryland recipients have been awarded a total of more than $1.7 million in grants for support services for residents of public housing and seniors through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Senator Mikulski is on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee that funds HUD.  Senator Cardin is on the Budget Committee. … Continue Reading


March 07, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS FEDERAL INVESTMENT IN MASS TRANSIT A NATIONAL PRIORITY

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today commended the U.S. PIRG Education Fund for its thorough examination of modern public transportation mass transit and its impact on our nation's economy and the environment. "This report reinforces my belief that federal investment in public transportation should be a national priority, said Senator Cardin. "Our nation receives extraordinary public benefit from mass tra… Continue Reading


March 04, 2008

KOSOVO: THE BALKAN'S MOMENT OF TRUTH?

Slightly more than one week ago, I was in Vienna for a meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.   Kosovo was a topic for the debate which took place the day after the protesters in Belgrade attacked the U.S. Embassy.  I essentially supported the U.S. position on Kosovo's declaration of independence and international recognition.  The U.S. delegation, which included four House Members in addition to myself, sought to engage our Serbian counterparts, but they declined an opportunity to exchange… Continue Reading


March 03, 2008

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

We honor the contributions of women in our society throughout March during Women's History Month.  Started in 1978 as a weeklong celebration coinciding with International Women's Day, it has grown over the last 30 years to spotlight the great accomplishments of women past and present, as well as the growing opportunities for young girls. Maryland's history is rich with pioneering, bold women who have made our state and our nation a better place. We are proud of our Free State daughters, i… Continue Reading


February 28, 2008

CONGRESS MUST PROTECT THE 21ST CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS INITIATIVE

Mr. President, I rise today to express my support for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) initiative, the only federal funding source dedicated to supporting successful afterschool programs around the country.  This program is critical to our children's and our economy's success. For many American families, it is necessary for both parents to work outside the home, and these families face true challenges in finding affordable child care services.    This is a problem n… Continue Reading


February 28, 2008

CARDIN CRITICIZES SENATE FOR FAILURE TO CONSIDER BILL THAT WOULD HELP MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES FACING FORECLOSURE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today expressed disappointment that Republicans prevented the Senate from considering legislation to help middle-class American families and homeowners who are struggling to keep their homes.  It has been estimated that more than 2.2 million Americans who took out subprime mortgages between 1998 and 2006 are in jeopardy of losing their homes during the next two to three years.  The National Realtors Association reported this week that homes … Continue Reading


February 28, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND CALLS ON FERC TO DENY LNG APPLICATION, CITES COAST GUARD REPORT AS FURTHER REASON

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today led her Team Maryland colleagues Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D), and Congressmen Elijah E. Cummings (D), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D), and John Sarbanes (D) in urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject the AES Sparrows Point LNG, LLC application to create a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) site at Sparrows Point in Baltimore. In a letter to FERC Chairman Joseph Kelliher, Team Maryland pointed to yes… Continue Reading


February 28, 2008

STATEMENT ON CLEAN AIR AND NUCLEAR ENERGY

Mister Chairman: Thank you for holding this hearing and for allowing me to join your subcommittee for the day.  I am grateful for your courtesy. Because we have so many important witnesses to hear from today, I will keep my opening statement brief. For the first time in 30 years, the nuclear industry is moving forward with plans to construct and activate a new generation of nuclear power plants.  Already, TVA has begun to expand its nuclear capacity with the recent restart o… Continue Reading


February 28, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Annapolis Fire Department has been awarded $108,000 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. "I know how imp… Continue Reading


February 27, 2008

STATEMENT ON THE FEINGOLD RESOLUTION TO END THE WAR IN IRAQ

I welcome this opportunity to talk about the current status of the United States involvement in Iraq. I'm glad we're having this discussion. I start by not only thanking our troops for their incredible service to our country and the incredible work that they're doing, I think that this Congress by words and deeds has shown its support for our troops. The budget that we passed last year provides the resources to take care of our veterans and the funds to take car… Continue Reading


February 27, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN VOICES HIS SUPPORT FOR A NEW U.S. MISSION IN IRAQ

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the floor of the U.S. Senate today to express his support for a Reid-Feingold measure, S. 2633, that would redefine our country's mission in Iraq and begin to redeploy our troops. "The American public has been calling for a new direction and new priorities in Iraq and Congress has a responsibility to act," said Senator Cardin. "The Feingold resolution provides an honorable and orderly p… Continue Reading


February 25, 2008

STATEMENT ON THE ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DEAMONTE DRIVER'S DEATH

Mr. President,  today I come to the floor to mark the one-year anniversary of Deamonte Driver's death.   Deamonte was a 12 year old from Prince George's County, Maryland. He died at Children's Hospital here in Washington as the result of a brain infection brought on by an untreated tooth abscess. The Driver family, like many other families across the country, lacked dental insurance. At one point his family had Medicaid coverage, but they lost it because they had move… Continue Reading


February 22, 2008

HELSINKI CO-CHAIRMAN CARDIN DEBATES KOSOVO AT OSCE PA WINTER MEETING IN VIENNA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), made the following statement at the 7th Annual Winter Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly, during a debate on Kosovo's decision to declare independent statehood.  The debate took place a day after the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, was attacked by Serb protesters of U.S. recognitio… Continue Reading


February 21, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WICOMICO COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $92,649 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. "I know how impor… Continue Reading

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