Press Releases & Statements

January 11, 2008

U.S. ARMY REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO APG IN MEETING WITH TEAM MARYLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a meeting with staff from the Maryland congressional delegation, U.S. Army representatives today reiterated the Army's commitment to the successful implementation of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) recommendation to close Fort Monmouth in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and create a C4ISR Center of Excellence at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Harford County, Maryland.  Army representatives briefed staff members on the Army's recent report to Congress on their im… Continue Reading


January 04, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORBALTIMORE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in Owings Mills has been awarded $72,499 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 Budge… Continue Reading


January 04, 2008

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO PROVIDE FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WITH DOMESTIC PARTNER BENEFITS

WASHINGTON - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, has added his name to a growing list of co-sponsors to the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligation Act of 2007 , which was introduced today by Senator Joseph Lieberman, I-CT, and Senator Gordon Smith, R-OR.  Passage of this legislation will relieve state and local governments from incurring expenses associated with providing health coverage and other expenses provided to an uncovered or underserved population. Most impo… Continue Reading


January 04, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORCECIL COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski  (both D-Md.) today announced the Cecilton Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded $118,750 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. "First r… Continue Reading


January 04, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORCHARLES COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced the Charles County Rescue Squad has been awarded $28,500 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.   … Continue Reading


January 04, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AND WEBB RENEW CALL FOR DEDICATED FEDERAL FUNDS FOR METRO SYSTEM

WASHINGTON - Maryland Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, and Virginia Senator Jim Webb renewed their call for dedicated, federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit System (WMATA) on the eve of the largest rate hike in the system's 30-year history.  They urged the Senate, when it reconvenes this month, to take up consideration of the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act (S.1446). This bipartisan measure was introduced la… Continue Reading


December 27, 2007

STATEMENT ON THE ASSASSINATION OF BENAZIR BHUTTO

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, co- Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in response to Pakistan's former Prime Minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's assassination earlier today outside a campaign rally in Rawalpindi:  "I condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack that killed Prime Minister Bhutto and over 20 others earl… Continue Reading


December 27, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN LOOKS AT THE SENATE AGENDA AHEAD

During this holiday period, the Senate will hold a series of pro forma session rather than a single, lengthy recess.   I will be one of list of senators who will preside over the Senate during this period. This unusual step will preclude the administration from making "recess appointments" that circumvent the Senate's responsibility of advice and consent of senior government officials, including judges.   Shortly after the full Congress reconv… Continue Reading


December 21, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.43 MILLION FOR BALTIMORE CITY FIREFIGHTERS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Baltimore City Fire Department has been awarded nearly $1.43 million 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.… Continue Reading


December 21, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department in Queen Anne's County has been awarded $112,480 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… Continue Reading


December 21, 2007

TEAM MARYLAND FIGHTS TO RESTORE BRAC FUNDING IN MARYLAND

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Maryland Congressional Delegation Chair Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) was joined today by her "Team Maryland" colleagues Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D), House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D), Representatives Wayne T. Gilchrest (R), Albert Wynn (D), Roscoe Bartlett (R), Elijah E. Cummings (D), Chris Van Hollen (D), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D) and John Sarbanes (D) in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, urging him to f… Continue Reading


December 21, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company in Washington County has been awarded $38,000 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 Comm… Continue Reading


December 21, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County has been awarded $36,345 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 th… Continue Reading


December 21, 2007

STATEMENT FROM SENATORS CARDIN AND MIKULSKI ON EPA BLOCKING OF HIGHER EMISSION STANDARDS BY STATES LIKE MARYLAND

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) issued the following joint statement following the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) move to block Maryland and other states from acting to cut emissions of global warming gasses from cars and trucks: " We are outraged by the decision of the Bush Administration and EPA Administrator Steven Johnson to block clean-car regulations.  "The career scientists and l… Continue Reading


December 20, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE OMNIBUS BILL FUNDS CRITICAL MARYLAND PRIORITIES DESPITE BUSH-MANDATED CUTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced they have secured critical funding for domestic priorities for Maryland and the nation in the fiscal year 2008 omnibus package that has been passed by Congress.   The bill now heads to the President for his signature.   "President Bush refuses to cooperate with Congress by threatening to veto the bills that fund America's priorities here at home, while contin… Continue Reading


December 19, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN STATEMENT ON ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR IRAQ

"We have got to change our mission in Iraq.   The cost of further delay in lives, materiel, treasure, and our standing in the world is too great.  The United States cannot impose the political reconciliation necessary to bring long-lasting security to that nation.  It is time to direct our resources toward the rest of the region and to needs here at home."  "A new policy begins by removing our troops from the middle of a civil war and giving them a more realistic mission, one th… Continue Reading


December 19, 2007

OPENING STATEMENT DURING SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONFIRMATION HEARING

The Committee will come to order.   I thank Chairman Leahy for asking me to chair today's hearing.   Today, the Committee holds a confirmation hearing on four Department of Justice nominees and one nominee for the Executive Office of the President.   Ondray Harris to be Director of Community Relations Service; David Hagy, to be Director of the National Institute of Justice; Scott Burns, to be Deputy Director of National Drug Contro… Continue Reading


December 19, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD INITIATIVE TO PROTECT HIGH-RISK NON-PROFITS FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the fiscal year 2008 omnibus spending package approved by Congress includes a $15 million increase in federal funding to help protect high-risk non-profit institutions from terrorist attacks. Senator Mikulski is a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Senator Cardin is a member of the Budget Committee. "This funding is an important victory for … Continue Reading


December 18, 2007

S. 2248, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT AMENDMENTS

Mr. CARDIN. Madam President, I wish to take this time to talk a little bit about the FISA bill we are considering today. I heard my friend from Alabama talk about the work that is being done at the National Security Agency. I have also taken the opportunity to visit with NSA to see firsthand the work they are doing. It wasn't my first visit. NSA, as my colleagues know, is located in Maryland. I have been there on numerous occasions. I had an opportunity to observe the manner in which ou… Continue Reading


December 17, 2007

SEN. CARDIN WELCOMES PASSAGE OF SUDAN ACCOUNTABILITY AND DIVESTMENT ACT

Washington, D.C.- Senator Ben Cardin applauded action in the United States Senate to pass the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act.  The bill authorizes State and local governments to divest assets in companies that conduct business in Sudan and prohibits United States Government contracts with such companies. "The passage of the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act is a major victory for the movement to end genocide and violence in Darfur.  The House of Representatives and the Senate ha… Continue Reading

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