Press Releases & Statements

January 23, 2008

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO ALLOW MARYLAND TO SET NEW EMISSIONS STANDARDS FOR VEHICLES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today co-sponsored legislation that would allow Maryland and 14 other states to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks in an effort to reduce global warming.   In December, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Stephen Johnson ignored the advice of EPA's own scientists and legal counsel and denied a "waiver" allowing Maryland and 14 other states to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars and … Continue Reading


January 18, 2008

MAJOR CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS REFORM TAKES EFFECT

In the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal and the questionable ethics practices of congressmen such as Tom DeLay and Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the American people sent a strong message to Congress that they wanted stricter ethics requirements for members and their staffs.  I am pleased that on Jan. 1, 2008 those changes took effect.  Each chamber sets its own rules, but the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act is a strong, bipartisan ethics and lobbying reform law that represents… Continue Reading


January 17, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORSOMERSET COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Ewell Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $86,925 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 17, 2008

SEN. CARDIN ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDING FOR U. OF MD TISSUE TRANSPLANT RESEARCH THAT COULD BENEFIT INJURED SOLDIERS

BALTIMORE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today announced $3 million in new federal funding for the University of Maryland School of Medicine's program to develop new tissue transplantation techniques that could benefit soldiers and others who have been severely injured.   U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) and U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) both strongly supported funding for the tissue transplant research program.   The University of … Continue Reading


January 17, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORCARROLL COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON , D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department has been awarded $95,798 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


January 17, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FORWASHINGTON COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that three Washington County fire departments have been awarded a total of $607,961 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


January 17, 2008

SEN. CARDIN ANNOUNCES $335,000 IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CARROLL CO. YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU

WESTMINSTER, MD -- U.S. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today visited the Carroll County Youth Services Bureau (CCYSB) to announce $335,000 in new federal funding that will enable the agency to increase it services for youths.   In the last three years, CCYSB has had to turn away approximately 1,200 clients because of lack of resources.    The CCYSB provides a continuum of community-based mental health services for children, adults and families. It has experienced a 78.7% increase in the num… Continue Reading


January 15, 2008

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES $34.3M FOR METRO;VIEWS AGING INFRASTRUCTURE AND CONTINUES CALL FOR MORE FEDERAL FUNDS

Rockville, MD - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today toured the newly expanded Shady Grove Metro Rail Yard and, on behalf of the metropolitan area Congressional delegation, announced $34.3 million in federal funds that will help continue investment in upgraded rail cars and vital infrastructure. Standing alongside Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. and other senior Metro managers, Senator Cardin renewed his support for dedicated federa… Continue Reading


January 14, 2008

SEN. CARDIN AND REP. HOYER ANNOUNCE $470,000 IN NEW FEDERAL FUNDING FOR MORGAN STATE ESTUARINE RESEARCH CENTER TO HELP RESTORE OYSTER POPULATION

St. Leonard, MD -- U. S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today toured the Morgan State Estuarine Research Center (ERC) and joined with U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) in announcing $470,000 in new federal funding for a pilot program to help increase oyster production and the economic viability of the species.   Oysters play a key role in restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay by filtering algae and improving water quality for all organisms.   The Bay's oy… Continue Reading


January 11, 2008

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR GARRETT COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Company of McHenry, Md., has been awarded $91,143 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 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

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