Press Releases & Statements

October 04, 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 two Western Maryland fire departments have been awarded a total of $236,204 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. "First responders are our true … Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $21 MILLION FOR D.C. METRO AREA DEFENSE PROJECTS IN FEDERAL SPENDING BILL

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate has approved the Department of Defense 2008 spending bill, which includes $74.5 million for defense projects in Maryland, including $21 million for defense projects in the Washington, D.C., metro area. 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 f… Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $2 MILLION FOR WESTERN MARYLAND DEFENSE PROJECT IN FEDERAL SPENDING BILL

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate has approved the Department of Defense 2008 spending bill, which includes $74.5 million for defense projects in Maryland, including $2 million for a defense project in Western Maryland. 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. Arme… Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $15 MILLION FOR HARFORD, CECIL & CARROLL COUNTY DEFENSE PROJECTS IN FEDERAL SPENDING BILL

"We need to do everything we can to support our troops with the equipment they need on the battlefield, the benefits and services they deserve when they return home, and support for their families on the home front. We know how critical these funds are for our troops to fulfill their mission and return home safely," said Senator Mikulski. "I will keep fighting to put money in the federal checkbook for our troops." "Our greatest obligation as elected officials is to take… Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR HARFORD COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $95,000 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. "First responders are our true heroes … Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $22.5 MILLION FOR BALTIMORE AREA DEFENSE PROJECTS IN FEDERAL SPENDING BILL

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate has approved the Department of Defense 2008 spending bill, which includes $74.5 million for defense projects in Maryland, including $29.5 million in the Baltimore area. 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. Senator… Continue Reading


October 03, 2007

STATEMENT OF U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ONPRESIDENT BUSH'S VETO OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE BILL

"The President claims he is vetoing the CHIP bill because it is too expensive.   I disagree.   It is estimated that we will spend $650 billion in Iraq in five years, yet the President says we cannot afford $35 billion over five years for the health care of American children.  One month of what we spend in Iraq would provide health care to 7.4 million American children. The President's priorities are wrong.   The Senate has a veto proof majority, but the House does not.   I h… Continue Reading


October 03, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI FIGHT FOR CONTINUED SERVICE AT HAGERSTOWN REGIONAL AIRPORT

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters, urging her to allow continued service at Hagerstown Regional Airport by extending the Essential Air Service (EAS) mileage waiver provision through December 31, 2007. On Monday, U.S. Airways pulled its service from the airport. The Senators are fighting for an extension of the waiver, which will allow the airport to continue rec… Continue Reading


October 02, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CONGRATULATE SEVEN MARYLAND SCHOOLS RECEIVE BLUE RIBBON AWARDS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today congratulated the seven schools across the state that have been named 2007 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School Award winners from the United States Department of Education. Only 287 schools nationwide received this prestigious designation for public and private schools. All the Maryland nominated schools were selected by the Department of Education as Blue Ribbon School Award winners. T… Continue Reading


October 01, 2007

CARDIN ANNOUNCES $903,000 IN DHS GRANTS FOR BALTIMORE JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, announced today that 19 Baltimore Jewish organizations will receive a total of $903,290 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for FY 2007 under the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program.   The grants are awarded to non-profit organizations considered at high risk of an international terrorist attack in an urban areas classified as high risk   "This DHS grant program … Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO STOP FRAUD AND ABUSE IN WARTIME CONTRACTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today praised Senate passage of legislation that would create an independent process to study and investigate waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in wartime contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.     An unprecedented level of privatization of U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has left billions of taxpayer dollars exposed to fraud, abuse, waste and mismanagement. Government auditors have found overwhelming evid… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE THAT SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL PASSED BY THE SENATE INCLUDES FUNDING FOR EAS PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), announced today that the Senate included funding for the Essential Air Service program (EAS) in the short-term funding that passed the Senate last night to keep the government operating until Nov. 15. The EAS funding would have to be extended after Nov. 15.   "The Hagerstown Regional Airport is a major economic hub for Washington County and the entire Western Maryland region," s… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

SENATE PASSES CARDIN AMENDMENT MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR U.S. TO BECOME LEADER IN GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST GENOCIDE, MASS ATROCITIES

WASHINGTON -  Late last night, the Senate passed an amendment to the Defense authorization bill introduced by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, that would make it possible for the United States to take a leading role in helping international forces combat global genocide, ethnic cleansing and other mass atrocities that have occurred in places like Darfur.   Senator Cardin's amendment would require the secretaries of Defense and State to prepare a report asses… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO ELIMINATE COST-SHARING REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICARE PREVENTIVE BENEFITS & EXTEND TIME LIMIT FOR INITIAL PHYSICAL EXAMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, has introduced legislation that would waive cost-sharing for preventive services for Medicare beneficiaries, give the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the authority to add additional preventive benefits to Medicare, and extend the eligibility period for "Welcome to Medicare" physical exams.   "Preventive services are a critical element of quality health care, but many seniors aren't getting them because o… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today commended the Senate for swift passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization bill saying "enactment of this measure is critical the health and well being of America's children."  The bill passed the Senate today by a vote of  67 to 29, and passed the House on Tuesday by a vote of 265 to 159.   Senator Cardin singled out the inclusion of a guaranteed dental benefit as "an essentia… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

HR 976, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE BILL

            Mr. CARDIN.   Today is truly an important day for America's children.     On Tuesday, the House passed the Children's Health Insurance Bill, and very soon, the Senate will vote.   We will provide $35 billion over the next five years to expand     health insurance coverage for the children of America's working families.                 We know that there is a crisis in health care in this country.     More than 46 million Am… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR SCIENCE & TECH CURRICULUM IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $51,000 to Washington County Public Schools for the Project Lead the Way, and Gateway to Technology and Biotechnology projects. The schools will enroll 260 students in the two programs in the first year. "When you look at what has made America a superpower, it's our innovation and our technology. We have to look at wh… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

SUPPORT FOR THE MATTHEW SHEPARD ACT, S. 1105

"Mr. President I take the floor to speak about an amendment offered by Senator Kennedy that will be voted on later. I spoke last week about hate crimes in America, and I talked about what is happening in our own communities. I spoke about an episode in College Park, MD, and we are all familiar with what happened in Jena, LA. The FBI has indicated that the number of hate crimes reported is unacceptably high in all communities in America today. "Today, we are… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $3.7 MILLION GRANT FOR EXPANSION OF CHELTENHAM VETERANS CEMETERY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Cheltenham State Veterans Cemetery in Prince George's County will receive $3,743,613 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for its expansion.     The Veterans Cemetery is currently operating in its last available burial section and space will be exhausted within three months.   This grant will provide burial space for Maryland Veterans and th… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

STATEMENT ON THE MEDICARE PREVENTIVE SERVICES COVERAGE ACT

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise to introduce the Medicare Preventive Services Coverage Act of 2007. It has been ten years since Congress enacted the first comprehensive package of preventive services for Medicare beneficiaries. At the time Medicare was created in 1965, it was modeled closely after the indemnity health insurance policies of the time. As such, Medicare only covered the treatment of illnesses, and it paid for tests only when a symptom was present, but it did not cover preventive … Continue Reading

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