Press Releases & Statements

September 23, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD SENATE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION HONORING UMD SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today celebrated the Senate's unanimous passage of their resolution honoring the University of Maryland School of Medicine on its 200th anniversary and recognizing the School for its outstanding contributions to the field of medicine and medical research.   Earlier this year, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) introduced a companion resolution in the House of Representatives.   A vote on th… Continue Reading


September 22, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, HOYER ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $140,000 FOR COLLEGE PARK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski both D-MD), and Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) today announced the College Park Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) in Prince George's County has been awarded $140,980 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 fundin… Continue Reading


September 19, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN'S STATEMENT ON EFFORTS TO STEM FINANCIAL CRISIS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today issued the following statement about the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve proposal to stem the financial crisis that has affected U.S. and world markets:   "Our financial markets are in free fall and we must take bold, bipartisan action to restore predictability and confidence to our economy.   I am looking forward to reviewing details of the bailout … Continue Reading


September 18, 2008

CARDIN TELLS DOD TO STOP THE DELAYS AT FORT MEADE

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), at a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) today, expressed his frustration with the Department of Defense for their continued unwillingness to obey the law in cleaning up waste sites, such as Fort Meade.   "The law is clear and the Department of Defense cannot continue to ignore it. A detailed plan for cleaning up Fort Meade was due nine years ago," said Se… Continue Reading


September 18, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $50,000 FOR EVERGREEN HERITAGE CENTER STUDY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Frostburg State University Foundation for the Evergreen Heritage Center Consortium Feasibility Study. The grant will be used to determine the feasibility of creating a consortium to establish the Evergreen Heritage Center as a heritage showcase, offering cultural and educational programs to area students and resident… Continue Reading


September 17, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI WELCOME HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW COMMERCIAL SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- U. S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) applauded today's announcement by Hagerstown Regional Airport that Allegiant Air will provide new commercial air service with direct flights between Hagerstown, MD and Orlando, FL This opportunity will not only attract leisure travelers to Western Maryland, but will also help the airport attract and leverage negotiations with additional airlines.   … Continue Reading


September 16, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDS TO IMPROVE SUBSTANDARD HOUSING IN EASTERN SHORE COUNTIES

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the USDA Rural Development has awarded Shore Up!, Inc. a $35,378 grant to remove substandard housing conditions in Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties.   "The poor state of our economy has squeezed many homeowners to the brink of their budgets, forcing them to choose between daily expenses and the very upkeep of their homes," said Senator Cardin. … Continue Reading


September 16, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDS TO IMPROVE SUBSTANDARD HOUSING IN GARRETT COUNTY

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the USDA Rural Development has awarded Garrett County Maryland Community Action Committee, Inc. a $35,377 Housing Preservation Grant to aid low-income homeowners in Garrett County, Maryland.   "The poor state of our economy has squeezed many homeowners to the brink of their budgets, forcing them to choose between daily expenses and the very upkeep of their h… Continue Reading


September 15, 2008

CARDIN TELLS FREDERICK CO. CHAMBER THAT FUTURE ECONOMIC GROWTH DEPENDS ON MAKING OUR NATION ENERGY SECURE

FREDERICK, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce that Maryland has one of the strongest economies in the nation, but that "we are all feeling the sting of a downturn in the economy."   He added that "rising energy costs have been a substantial factor in our nation's economic downturn, and future economic growth depends on lessening our dependence on foreign energy."   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate B… Continue Reading


September 12, 2008

CARDIN, SNOWE ANNOUNCE PROGRESS ON RELIEF FOR VOLUNTEERS AS HOUSE WAYS & MEANS MEMBERS INTRODUCE COMPANION LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) lauded Congressmen John Lewis (D-GA) and Jim Ramstad (R-MN), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, for introducing companion legislation to the Cardin-Snowe Fair Deal for Volunteers Act of 2008 (S. 3246), which would provide relief to volunteers who use their personal vehicles for charitable activities. Under current law, mileage ra… Continue Reading


September 12, 2008

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time in which all Americas have an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the Hispanic community and its many contributions to our nation. From love of family and faith to service to our nation, Hispanic Americans are committed to the principles that have made our nation great - justice, equality and freedom.  Today, I also want to thank the many brave Hispanic men and women who have answered the call to serve our nation, will… Continue Reading


September 10, 2008

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

The tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 has been seared in our nation's consciousness forever. Today is the seventh anniversary of the attack and we remember the brave men and women who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a deserted field in the Pennsylvania countryside. That day, 3,000 Americans died at the hands of terrorists who would see our country destroyed. These fellow citizens were the first casualties of our nation's War on Terror. While we … Continue Reading


September 10, 2008

CARDIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE NATION'S ROADS AND BRIDGES; COMMENDS GOVERNOR O'MALLEY'S CAREFUL CUTS

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today called again for replenishing the Federal Highway Trust Fund in response to the announcement of budget cuts to cover Maryland's projected $1.1 billion budget shortfall.   "In the interest of public safety, the most immediate action Congress - particularly the Senate - can take to rescue our ailing state economies is to pay back $8 billion f… Continue Reading


September 10, 2008

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

The tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 has been seared in our nation's consciousness forever. Today is the seventh anniversary of the attack and we remember the brave men and women who lost their lives at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in a deserted field in the Pennsylvania countryside. That day, 3,000 Americans died at the hands of terrorists who would see our country destroyed. These fellow citizens were the first casualties of our nation's War on Terror. While we … Continue Reading


September 09, 2008

PROTECTING THE RIGHT TO VOTE

            Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will receive testimony on the subject of "Protecting the Right to Vote: Oversight of the Department of Justice's Preparations for the 2008 General Election."   Let me thank Chairman Leahy for asking me to chair this hearing.   Let me also give a special thanks to Senator Kennedy, as we continue to pray for his speedy recovery and return to this Committee and to the Senate.   Senator Kennedy is a true leader on so many… Continue Reading


September 09, 2008

CARDIN LEADS REVIEW OF DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PREPAREDNESS TO PROTECT VOTER RIGHTS IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION

Washington , DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today chaired a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to review the readiness of the Department of Justice to protect the rights of all voters in the lead up to Election Day on November 4, 2008. The hearing, " Protecting the Right to Vote: Oversight of the Department of Justice's Preparations for the 2008 General Election ," reviewed the civil and criminal tools in place to protect voting rights, eliminate proble… Continue Reading


September 08, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN AND IRS COMMISSIONER SHULMAN REMIND SENIORS AND VETERANS THAT THERE IS STILL TIME TO FILE FOR THEIR STIMULUS REBATE CHECKS

Camp Springs, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Budget Committee and Internal Revenue Commissioner Douglas Shulman, along with Maryland Secretary of Aging Gloria Lawlah, Deputy Secretary for Veterans Affairs Wilbert Forbes, and Prince George's County officials gathered at the Camp Springs Senior Center today to urge seniors and disabled veterans - who might otherwise not be required to file a tax return - to file a return this year so they can collect their … Continue Reading


September 08, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN PRESENTS KIPP UJIMA VILLAGE ACADEMY WITH CHECK FOR MORE THAN $243,000

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today toured the KIPP Ujima Village Academy, where he talked with middle school students and presented a check for $243,677 to school officials.  The funding will be used to support student programs and extended learning times.   The KIPP Ujima Village Academy opened in 2002, and now educates approximately 350 5 th through 8 th grade students, most of who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.  The KIPP School's … Continue Reading


September 04, 2008

CARDIN DETAILS PLAN TO SECURE FUNDING FOR HARRIET TUBMAN PARK VISITORS CENTER

CAMBRIDGE, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined with Kristin Saunders, Assistant Secretary Land Resources for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, at a press conference to discuss the Senator's recent legislative proposal to create the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park.  He also discussed plans to secure federal and state funding for a future Visitors Center.  In July, Senators Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) introduce… Continue Reading


September 03, 2008

CARDIN, O'MALLEY, AND ULMAN JOIN FORCES TO URGE ACTION ON NATION'S ENERGY CRISIS

ELLICOTT CITY, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3) and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman joined together today to urge Congress to enact vitally important renewable energy legislation that could help reduce energy costs and America's dependence on foreign oil.     The Jobs, Energy, Families and Disaster Relief Act (S. 3335) would extend many important tax credits, such as the… Continue Reading

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