Press Releases & Statements

April 03, 2008

PROTECTING AND STIMULATING HOME OWNERSHIP

Mr. President, I thank my colleague from Illinois for his statements and leadership on this issue. I serve on the Judiciary Committee with him. I thank him for bringing forward this proposal. I think it is critically important to a large number of homeowners who find themselves in bankruptcy that they get the help the bankruptcy courts were designed to create. It was to take a look at the financial ability of the person going into bankruptcy, to take a look at their assets and to make a fair arr… Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, BARTLETT ANNOUNCE NEARLY $1 MILLION FOR MORE FIREFIGHTERS, FIRE PREVENTION IN HAGERSTOWN

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) today announced the Hagerstown Fire Department has been awarded two fire grants totaling $987,975 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).   Senator Mikulski teamed up with Senator Kit Bond (R-Mo.) to create the AFGP in 2000.   As a member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subc… Continue Reading


April 03, 2008

WE NEED A NEW STRATEGY IN IRAQ

We are here today - after more than five years, 4,000 lives lost, 30,000 wounded, and six hundred billion dollars spent - to once again re-evaluate our country's strategy in Iraq. I welcome this discussion. Because I continue to believe it is imperative that we change course now, not next month, not next year.   I first want to pay tribute to our troops and diplomats serving in Iraq with such courage and competence. I am humbled again… Continue Reading


April 02, 2008

STATEMENT OF SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN (D-MD)COMMEMORATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF THE REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

I rise today to commemorate the 40 th Anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.   April 4, 2008 marks the 40 th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an iconic leader of the American civil rights movement.   In death, the legacy of Dr. King continues and so does his call for tolerance, justice and equality.   April 1968 was a tragic time for the King family and for our nation.   Our cities erupted as people were overco… Continue Reading


March 31, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, ANNOUNCE $546,000 FOR WESTERN MARYLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a total of $546,000 in three grants for Western Maryland projects.     "The Appalachian Regional Commission is a great example of federal investment that works on a state and local level for the people of Maryland.   These much-needed funds will create jobs, improve our health and keep our students on the cuttin… Continue Reading


March 25, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE YEAR'S FIRST STAFFING AWARD FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $324,064 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFGP).  The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant they received was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase the n… Continue Reading


March 25, 2008

CARDIN, CLINTON, SCHUMER URGE SUPPORT FOR EFFORTS TO COMBAT ACID RAIN

Washington, DC - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), and  Charles Schumer (D-NY) today called on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies to continue their support for three programs that play a critical role in monitoring the progress of our nation's fight against the effects of acid rain. In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, the lawmakers stressed the need to provide fundi… Continue Reading


March 25, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI, HOYER ANNOUNCE $20,000 IN NEW FUNDS FOR PISCATAWAY PARK, CHESAPEAKE BAY GATEWAYS AND WATER TRAILS NETWORK

WASHINGTON -- Senators Barbara Mikulski, Benjamin L. Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer today announced the award of a $20,000 federal grant to Piscataway National Park in Accokeek, MD as part of the National Park Service's Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network. The funds, awarded by the National Park Service, will be used to produce a Native American Interpretative Brochure detailing the ancestral Piscataway presence at Accokeek, the effects of the Colonial period … Continue Reading


March 25, 2008

SENATORS CARDIN AND MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $53,000 IN FUNDING FOR BAY GATEWAYS PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U .S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara Mikulski (both D-MD) joined with U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-3) today in announcing more than $53,000 in National Park Service funding for the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network.     The funding includes $18,600 for the Annapolis Maritime Museum, which will be used to install interpretive panels entitled "From This Spot You Can See Over Four Hundred Years of History" along the… Continue Reading


March 18, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES $400,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS TO ESTABLISH PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY AFRICA TRADE OFFICE

UPPER MARLBORO -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today joined Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, county officials and business leaders to announce $400,000 in federal funding to establish a Prince George's County Africa Trade Office.     The Africa Trade Office will partner with Small Business Administration and Prince George's County to help facilitate business between African companies and small businesses in Prince George's County seeking… Continue Reading


March 14, 2008

CARDIN AMENDMENTS TO SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION PRIORITIZE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF FAMILIES AND CHILDREN

WASHINGTON - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), lauded Senate approval of three amendments he authored or co-sponsored that will protect the health and safety of American families and especially children. Senator Cardin authored an amendment that increases funding to monitor the safety of drinking water nationwide. He co-sponsored an amendment by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Arlen Specter (R-PA) that expands funding for the Maryland-based National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the Low Inco… Continue Reading


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

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