Press Releases & Statements

December 14, 2007

SENATE PASSES FARM BILL INCREASING FUNDING TO PROTECT THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), praised Senate passage of the Farm Act (H.R. 2419) that provides a record increase in funding for agricultural conservation programs that help protect the Chesapeake Bay.  Senators Cardin and Mikulski, strong supporters of the measure, said it helps restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay area by providing major funding for conservation to Maryland farmers. "Agriculture is Maryland's l… Continue Reading


December 14, 2007

CARDIN APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF FHA MODERNIZATION AS A FIRST STEP TOWARD HELPING HOMEOWNERS AVOID FORECLOSURES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, addressed the Senate today on the growing crisis facing homeowners and lenders nationwide. His remarks came moments before the Senate voted overwhelmingly to make critical reforms to the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). "I am encouraged by the Senate passage today of the FHA Modernization Act (S. 2338) . While this is just one part of a comprehensive solution to our current crisis, lower limits and lower downpayment… Continue Reading


December 14, 2007

CARDIN HAILS PASSAGE OF LANDMARK ENERGY BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) lauded passage by the Senate today of the Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection, and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007 (H.R. 6) , which raises minimum fuel standards, encourages alternative fuels and increases America's energy efficiency.   "Today's vote for energy efficiency and alternative fuels is a victory for our children and grandchildren who will benefit from a cleaner e… Continue Reading


December 14, 2007

ON THE MORTGAGE CRISIS

Mr. CARDIN.  Mr. President, I rise to speak on behalf of thousands of families in my home state of Maryland. For them, the American dream has turned into a nightmare. I am referring to the phenomenon called the "credit crunch," the "mortgage meltdown," or the "subprime crisis."  Regardless of which name we choose to attach to it, the situation threatens to upend the financial stability of individual homeowners and neighborhoods. The latest projections show that, natio… Continue Reading


December 14, 2007

SENATE APPROVES CARDIN RESOLUTION CONDEMING THE HANGING OF NOOSES

WASHINGTON - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today applauded the Senate in passing a resolution (S. Res. 396) expressing that the hanging of nooses should be thoroughly investigated by Federal, State and local law enforcement authorities and that any criminal violations should be vigorously prosecuted.  "I am heartened by the approval by the Senate of this resolution. Clearly, we all recognize that the outrageous practice of noose hanging… Continue Reading


December 14, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN'S FLOOR STATEMENT ON TORTURE

MR. CARDIN:  Mr. President, as Co-Chairman of the Helsinki Commission, I chaired a field hearing this week at the University of Maryland College Park campus.  The title of that hearing was "Is it Torture Yet?" -- the same question I was left with after Attorney General Michael Mukasey's nomination hearings. The day of the hearings was also International Human Rights Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights nearly 60 years ago.  The historic documen… Continue Reading


December 13, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORPRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Seat Pleasant Volunteer Fire Company in Prince George's County has been awarded $202,500 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 th… Continue Reading


December 13, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORQUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $110,359 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 12, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI DISCUSS PUBLIC SAFETY WITH NEW FORT DETRICK COMMANDER, URGE ONGOING COMMUNITY OUTREACH

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today met with Major General George W. Weightman, the new Commanding General of Fort Detrick and the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC).  In their first meeting since Maj. Gen. Weightman took command last month, the Senators discussed their concerns for the community's safety and an ongoing dialogue regarding the Army's efforts to upgrade and replace an old Level 4 Biosafety Lab as … Continue Reading


December 11, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI: BUSH ADMINISTRATION MUST NOT THREATEN JOBS OVER IRAQ FUNDING BATTLE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today urged Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Robert Gates not to threaten furloughs and lay-offs for DoD employees over the Bush Administration's inability to reach an agreement with Congress on funding for the war in Iraq. "Our federal employees are on the front lines every day, working hard for America - they deserve to be treated fairly.  The Department of Defense should not be threatening … Continue Reading


December 11, 2007

ON LEGAL RIGHTS OF GUANTANAMO DETAINEES

Chairman Feinstein, let me commend you for holding today's hearing on the legal rights of the Guantanamo detainees.  It is time for Congress to assert its own constitutional prerogatives on this issue. Congress has an obligation under the Constitution to enact legislation that creates fair trials for accused terrorists that will be upheld by the courts. We also have an obligation to protect our troops that fall into enemy hands, and to uphold American values and the rule of law. Even duri… Continue Reading


December 10, 2007

CARDIN HOLDS HEARING ON U.S. POLICY ON TORTURE

WASHINGTON - Today at the University of Maryland at College Park, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, Co-Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), chaired a field hearing examining torture and other forms of banned treatment, with Commission Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings, D-FL.  The hearing entitled, "Is it torture yet?" focused on what  constitutes torture or other forms of prohibited ill-treatment, what legal norms … Continue Reading


December 10, 2007

HEARING ON: IS IT TORTURE YET?

Mr. Chairman, I am happy to conduct this hearing today, examining some of the complex legal and policy questions relating to torture, and very grateful to the University of Maryland for providing us with the outstanding facilities to hold this field hearing. As it happens, today is International Human Rights Day, a day which commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights nearly 60 years ago.  As stated in that historic document:  "No one shall be subjected to tortu… Continue Reading


December 07, 2007

RESOLUTION CONDEMNING HANGING OF NOOSES AND URGING VIGOROUS INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF HATE CRIMES

Mr. President, earlier this year this Nation marked the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. That landmark legislation was Congress' first civil rights bill since the end of Reconstruction. It established the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and empowered Federal prosecutors to obtain court injunctions against interference with the right to vote. It also established a Federal Commission on Civil Rights with authority to investigate discriminatory condi… Continue Reading


December 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SOUTHERN MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $150,220 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. &qu… Continue Reading


December 06, 2007

CARDIN HAILS COMMITTEE ADOPTION OF HISTORIC CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, hailed the passage of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, S. 2191, Wednesday, by a vote of 11-8.  The bill requires a 70% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. If the bill ultimately becomes law , it would be the strongest climate change law in the world.  The day-long mark-up of the legislation considered more than two dozen amendments without substantially altering … Continue Reading


December 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EASTERN SHORE FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Crisfield Fire Department has been awarded $34,153 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 responders a… Continue Reading


December 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FREDERICK COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Independent Hose Company has been awarded $18,900 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 responders ar… Continue Reading


December 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WESTERN MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced three Western Maryland fire departments have been awarded a total of $290,044 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 05, 2007

CARDIN STATEMENT ON SENATE APPROVAL OF THE U.S.-PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Following Senate Approval of the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, released the following statement:   "I strongly believe that international trade must be both free and fair. I believe that free trade agreements (FTAs) must be a means to bolster labor standards and environmental protection and that the agreements must be based international standards. In the previous Congress, as the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Sub… Continue Reading

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