Press Releases & Statements

November 13, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $31.1 MILLION FOR BALTIMORE AREA DEFENSE PROJECTS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Department of Defense 2008 spending bill, which includes $31.1 million for defense projects in the Baltimore area, has been sent to the President for his signature. The legislation funds the Department of Defense and will go toward critical research, development, test and evaluation programs, as well as weapons and equipment required for the U.S. Armed Forces. "We ne… Continue Reading


November 08, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WICOMICO COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Willards Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $107,350 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 re… Continue Reading


November 08, 2007

ON HONORING OUR HEROES ON VETERANS DAY

This Veterans' Day, we unite as a nation to remember and honor the millions of brave men and women who have served our nation in uniform. Because of their noble service and tremendous sacrifices, the United States stands as a beacon of democracy, hope and opportunity to the rest of the world. To all veterans and their families, I thank you for your courage, your character, your strength, and the enduring power of your example. All Americans owe you our gratitude and appreciation for your … Continue Reading


November 08, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad has been awarded $5,160 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 respo… Continue Reading


November 08, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE SENATE OVERRIDE OF PRESIDENTIAL VETO OF WATER BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today praised the Senate for overriding the President's veto of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a vote of  79 to 14.   The House overrode the veto earlier this week.   With the Senate action, the bill is now law.   "By a strong bipartisan majority, this Congress has stood up to the President and said we need to reinvest in America," said Senator… Continue Reading


November 07, 2007

SENATE COMMITTEE OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVES CARDIN CO-SPONSORED SMALL BUSINESS BILL

WASHINGTON - The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) that will address many of the barriers that make it difficult for small businesses to participate in the federal contracting process.     The Small Business Contracting Revitalization Act , S. 2300, which was approved by the Committee in a vote of 19-0, would improve oversight of … Continue Reading


November 05, 2007

ON THE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL MUKASEYTO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES

I have the privilege of serving on the Judiciary Committee, and for the past several weeks we have been considering the nomination of Michael Mukasey to be the 81st Attorney General of the United States.  I had the pleasure of meeting with Judge Mukasey several weeks ago in my office, and discussed my concerns with the Department of Justice in some detail with him.  I questioned Judge Mukasey extensively during our Judiciary Committee hearings, and focused my concerns on the weak record o… Continue Reading


November 05, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES HE WILL VOTE AGAINST JUDGE MUKASEY FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced on the Senate floor that he will vote against the nomination of Judge Michael B. Mukasey to be Attorney General.  The Senator, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said his decision was directly related to the inability of Judge Mukasey to clearly define torture or to distance himself from the Administration on this issue. "I have confidence in Judge Mukasey's qualification and fitness to be Attorney General, but I a… Continue Reading


November 02, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI DENOUNCE PRESIDENT'S VETO OF WATER BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin  and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), today denounced President Bush's veto of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) as a failure to provide for important national programs that would protect our nation against devastating floods and restore important natural habitat that could offer protection from future hurricanes.    "This measure has overwhelming Congressional support," said Senator Card… Continue Reading


November 02, 2007

DELMARVA SENATORS APPLAUD DHS RULE CHANGE TO EASE BURDEN ON EASTERN SHORE FARMERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.) today applauded the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) rule change that will avoid imposing additional regulations on poultry farmers using 7,500 pounds or more of propane gas to fuel their farms.  In an August letter to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, the Senators criticized the agency's proposed regulations, which could have affected as many as 20,000 individual family-owne… Continue Reading


November 01, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $27,000 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 Committee. "First resp… Continue Reading


October 31, 2007

CARDIN CHAIRS SMALL BUSINESS FIELD HEARING ON IMPROVING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING

BOWIE, MD - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today chaired a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to investigate federal government contracting problems and legislative remedies that will help small and minority-owned businesses compete for federal contracts.   "Small business is the engine that drives our economy and sustains our technological lead in the global marketplace," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Committe… Continue Reading


October 31, 2007

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ENSURE CONTINUATION OF PASSENGER SERVICE FOR HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - The Senate has unanimously passed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), to ensure that the Essential Air Service (EAS) program continues in Hagerstown until Congress passes the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).    Passage of the FAA reauthorization bill, which contains a provision to continue the EAS mileage waiver program, could be delayed until 2008.   … Continue Reading


October 31, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEARLY $25.4 MILLION FOR HEAD START CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced four Maryland recipients have been awarded a total of approximately $25.4 million in Head Start grants through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that gives children and families access to a range of comprehensive services, including early education, parenting resources, health screenings and follow-ups, and social se… Continue Reading


October 30, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF AMTRAK FUNDING MEASURE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today praised Senate passage of the Amtrak reauthorization bill, calling it "an investment in America's infrastructure that will improve passenger service and help reduce traffic congestion on our nation's roads."   The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 70 to 22.   The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act , S. 294, invests $10 billion in capital and operating needs through 2011 to maint… Continue Reading


October 30, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $15.7 MILLION FOR SENIOR HOUSING CONSTRUCTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced three Maryland recipients have been awarded a total of approximately $15.7 million to construct housing for low-income seniors through Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 competitive grants.  Senator Mikulski is a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee that funds HUD.  Senator Cardin is on the Budget Committe… Continue Reading


October 29, 2007

ACCESS TO FEDERAL CONTRACTS: HOW TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

Good afternoon and welcome.   I want to thank all our witnesses for being here today to discuss the issues that minority and women owned small businesses face in contracting with the federal government.   All of us seated here are interested in one thing - and one thing only - finding solutions to the persistent problems that minority and women owned businesses confront in their efforts to contract with the federal government.   Small business is the engine that dri… Continue Reading


October 25, 2007

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ABOUT THE EDITED TESTIMONY OF DR. JULIE L. GERBERDING ON THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING ON HEALTH

Mr. President, two days ago the Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Health Impacts of Global Warming.    Our lead witness was Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry within the Department of Health and Human Services.   Dr. Gerberding was invited to testify by Chairman Boxer because the Director is a highly respected le… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

SENATE PASSES CARDIN-BROWNBACK AMENDMENT SUPPORTING SENIORS' CONTINUED ACCESS TO CLINICAL TRIALS

WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed an amendment offered by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), and Sam Brownback (R-KS), supporting continued Medicare coverage of routine patient care costs associated with clinical trials.     The Senators offered the amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill, which passed by a vote of  75 to 19.        Since 2000, Medicare has covered the routine patient care costs … Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILL TO CREATE HERITAGE AREA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both-D-MD) today praised the House passage of bipartisan legislation to create a national heritage area in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania that would help preserve one of the most important corridors of American history, stretching from Gettysburg to Monticello.   The House passed the bill overwhelmingly by a vote of 291-122.   The bill would create the Journey Through Hallowed Groun… Continue Reading

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