Press Releases & Statements

September 03, 2008

CARDIN TELLS MORGAN STATE STUDENTS THAT THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS MUST DEAL WITH CRITICAL ISSUES

BALTIMORE - From national security to energy security to protecting and restoring our environment, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told Morgan State University students at a Town Hall meeting that "our nation is at a crossroads and the next President and Congress must work together to find solutions to the serious challenges facing our nation."   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and the Environment and Public Works committees, told… Continue Reading


September 02, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $100,000 FOR GREAT ALLEGANY PASSAGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski   (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Progress Fund for the Great Allegany Passage Economic Development Program.   The funding will be used to create new business opportunities for residents of Western Maryland.   "This grant is a targeted investment in the economic development of a region that ha… Continue Reading


September 02, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN TELLS UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND STUDENTS THAT THE NEXT PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS MUST DEAL WITH CRITICAL ISSUES

COLLEGE PARK, MD - From national security to energy security to protecting and restoring our environment, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today told University of Maryland students at a Town Hall meeting that "our nation is at a crossroads and the next President and Congress must work together to find solutions to the serious challenges facing our nation."   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and the Environment and Public Works committees… Continue Reading


August 28, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $820,679 FOR ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS AND CONSTRUCTION IN CUMBERLAND

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August 27, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $250,000 TO WESTERN MARYLAND HEALTH CORP. FOR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Western Maryland Health Corporation for the Mountain Laurel Medical Center Equipment project.   "This ARC grant is an important investment in helping to improve health care for residents of Western Maryland," said Senator Cardin.   "Medical science has made tremendous a… Continue Reading


August 25, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $50,000 FOR HAGERSTOWN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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 Hagerstown Community College to help fund new dental courses, degrees and certifications at the college.    "Oral health is directly linked to health status, but unfortunately too many Marylanders lack access to quality dental care," said Senator Cardin.  "This ARC grant will help impr… Continue Reading


August 22, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $350,000 FOR UMD FOR FIREFIGHTER SAFETY RESEARCH

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the University of Maryland (UMD) Center for Firefighter Safety Research and Development has been awarded a $355,860 Fire Prevention and Safety (FPS) grant for firefighter safety research.  The FPS grant is funded 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 … Continue Reading


August 22, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, BARTLETT ANNOUNCE $172,700 FORCUMBERLAND VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIREMEN'S ASSOCIATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md. ) and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) today announced the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association (CVVFA) in Hagerstown has been awarded a $172,700 Fire Prevention and Safety (FPS) grant.   The FPS grant is funded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).  Senator Mikulski is on the Homeland Security Appr… Continue Reading


August 20, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $100,000 FOR ALLEGANY COLLEGE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced Allegany College will receive a $100,000 grant for the creation of a campus-wide wireless communications system.  The money is being awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) through their special Telecommunications Initiative.   "Forty years ago, interstate highways were crucial for economic growth in our rural areas, now it's the information superhighwa… Continue Reading


August 13, 2008

TEAM MARYLAND: GAO REPORT FINDS STRATEGIES IN PLACE TO ADDRESS CHALLENGES FOR BRAC MOVE TO APG

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In another affirming sign that Team Maryland is ready and committed to ensuring the smoothest possible transition of mission and jobs from Fort Monmouth in Monmouth County, New Jersey, to Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Harford County, Maryland, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) assessment released this afternoon noted the Army is aware of and prepared for any potential challenges and has a strategy in place for the full implementation of the move.   A copy of the… Continue Reading


August 06, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI FIGHT TO HELP MARYLANDERS COPE WITH HIGH GAS PRICES

CUMBERLAND -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today joined with the Chief of the Cumberland Fire Department, a small business owner and the head of a charitable organization to hear about the impact of high gas prices on Allegany County residents.  The Senators pledged to take their message back to Congress and continue their work to overcome partisan obstacles in solving our energy crisis. Senators Cardin and Mikulski were particularly critical of th… Continue Reading


August 06, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI HOLD ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH VETERANS AND PLEDGE TO CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR BETTER HEALTH CARE AND OTHER BENEFITS

CUMBERLAND, MD - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today held a roundtable discussion with veterans from Western Maryland at the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 172, to hear their concerns about health care and funding for other veterans-related services.  Both Senators pledged to continue to fight for expanded health care and additional services for veterans.  "Our veterans have made great sacrifices to keep us safe and to protect our nation.  We … Continue Reading


August 05, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CONGRATULATE WASHINGTON COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS ON $2 MILLION IN FUNDING

HAGERSTOWN, MD - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today held a press conference at the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) in Hagerstown, Md., to congratulate Washington County fire departments, which have been awarded nearly $2 million in the past year 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 … Continue Reading


August 05, 2008

CARDIN REJECTS BUSH PROPOSAL TO CUT CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED FUNDING

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Bush's updated fiscal 2009 budget request to the Congress, which was released on Friday, August 1, 2008. Among the proposed changes in the budget, President Bush wants to eliminate funding for the new Chesapeake Bay Watershed program enacted as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.  "President Bush's proposal to kill the new… Continue Reading


August 01, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE BILL TO HONOR HARRIET TUBMAN'S LIFE ON EASTERN SHORE AND IN NEW YORK

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today joined Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton (both D-NY) in introducing legislation to honor the life of Harriet Ross Tubman, the most famous "conductor" of the anti-slavery resistance network known as the Underground Railroad.   The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park and The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park Act will … Continue Reading


August 01, 2008

CARDIN, SNOWE, HARKIN ASK GAO TO INVESTIGATE CREDIT CARD INTERCHANGE FEES

WASHINGTON DC - U.S. Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Members Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Tom Harkin (D-IA) have requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate the structure of credit card interchange fees, which are used to reimburse credit card companies for processing transactions.  While credit card companies contend that consumers and businesses receive great benefits from the current system, merchants are concerned that… Continue Reading


August 01, 2008

CARDIN AMENDMENT TO PROTECT NON-CRIMINAL YOUTHS PASSES SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Washington , DC - The Senate Judiciary Committee, today, passed The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act of 2008 (S. 3155), which increases federal funding for prevention, intervention and treatment programs for youths. Included in the bill is an amendment authored by Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) that would protect youth considered status offenders - those who have not committed a criminal offense - and require that they are placed in … Continue Reading


August 01, 2008

ATTORNEY GENERAL ASKED TO ASSESS DAMAGE DONE TO JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BY ILLEGAL, POLITICIZED HIRING PRACTICES

Washington, D.C. - In the wake of reports that Justice Department officials used political and ideological screening tests to fill career positions, seven Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today asked Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey to assess whether this illegal hiring practice has done long-term damage to the mission of the Department.    The letter to Mukasey was signed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senators Benj… Continue Reading


August 01, 2008

CARDIN STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF THE COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY AND AFFORDABILITY ACT

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) released the following statement after the Senate passed the College Opportunity and Affordability Act (H.R. 4137) by a vote of 83-8-1. The bill boosts Pell grants from $4,800 in 2009 to $6,000 and to $8,000 by 2014. "The College Opportunity and Affordability Act makes significant progress toward one of the most important responsibilities elected representatives shoulder; opening the doors of educational opportunity for each American ch… Continue Reading


July 30, 2008

CARDIN, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS CALLS FOR OLYMPIC TRUCE IN DARFUR

Washington, DC - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is urging the international community to use the world stage provided by the upcoming Olympic Games to call for an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan and the wider region.  As the world prepares to come together for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China, on August 8th, the group of U.S. Senators including Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Russ Feingold (D-WI) Norm Coleman (R-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Mary Landrieu (D-LA)… Continue Reading

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