Press Releases & Statements

October 17, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $4 MILLION FOR INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY ON EASTERN SHORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski and Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the Senate has passed the fiscal year 2008 CJS spending bill, which includes a $4 million federal investment in the ongoing effort to bring broadband network capability to the Eastern Shore.- our space, high tech, health care and higher education facilities need broadband - so do our poultry producers, construction companies … Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $14 MILLION FOR MARYLAND INITIATIVES IN CJS SPENDING BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski and Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the Senate has passed the fiscal year 2008 CJS spending bill, which includes $14 million for their priorities that work toward a safer, smarter Maryland and America. "This bill is critical for Maryland. It provides significant support for law enforcement and crime prevention efforts," said Senator Cardin. &qu… Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE LARGEST FIRE GRANT IN STATE HISTORY GOES TO BALTIMORE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

"Firefighter grants represent a major effort by the Federal government to ensure that our nation's first responders have the equipment and training they need to do the job," said Senator Cardin.  "Our firefighters are on the frontlines every day, and it is critical that they have the resources to deal with any emergency or life-threatening situation they may have to confront." The Baltimore County Fire Department will use its $1.75 million to provide new interoperable commun… Continue Reading


October 16, 2007

CARDIN SAYS CONFIRMATION HEARING OF MUKASEY IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE A RETURN OF PROFESSIONALISM AND LEADERSHIP TO DOJ

WASHIINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said today that the confirmation hearings on the nomination of former federal District Court Judge Michael B. Mukasey as Attorney General will "present an opportunity to restore the confidence of the American people in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)." The hearings are scheduled to start tomorrow.   The Senator had been critical of former Attorney General Alberto Gonz… Continue Reading


October 16, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE$364,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDING TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC SAFETY AT FT. MCHENRY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Site will receive $364,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding to make major improvements to the entrance and parking facilities at Ft. McHenry.   More than 80,000 school children and 650,000 tourists visit the park every year.   The current parking situation cr… Continue Reading


October 15, 2007

CARDIN HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE TO URGE CONGRESSIONAL OVERRIDE OF PRESIDENT'S VETO OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE BILL

HAGERSTOWN, MD - At a press conference surrounded by health care advocates from Western Maryland , U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today called on Congress to override the President's veto of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) bill.   The Senate voted by a 67-to-29 margin to approve the measure, a veto-proof majority.   The House approved the measure on Sept. 25 by a vote of 265 to 159, but will need two-thirds of voting members to override a presidential veto. Th… Continue Reading


October 15, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN OPENS WESTERN MARYLAND SENATE FIELD OFFICE

CUMBERLAND -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today held a grand opening of his Western Maryland Senate Field Office in Cumberland. The Senator was joined by elected officials and community leaders in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception. Robin Summerfield will head the Western Maryland Field Office, and will represent Senator Cardin in Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick counties.   "I am committed to having a strong presence in Western Maryland, and I am particul… Continue Reading


October 05, 2007

NOMINATION OF JENNIFER WALKER ELROD TO BE UNITED STATES CIRCUIT JUDGE FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT

Mr. President, I serve on the Judiciary Committee, and Chairman Leahy asked that I chair the nomination hearings, the confirmation hearings on the three judges whom we are considering today. I agree completely with our colleagues from the State of Washington and the State of Mississippi. I think Richard Jones is well qualified and should be confirmed for the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington. I think Sharion Aycock is … Continue Reading


October 05, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO PAY CHESAPEAKE CITY $510,000

WASHINGTON - U.S. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has agreed to pay $510,000 to compensate Chesapeake City for damages caused decades ago when the Corps deepened the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. The decision was disclosed today in a phone call from Assistant Secretary of the Army J.P. Woodley to Senator Cardin.   The Corps removed the drinking water lines that connected the two parts of … Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI URGE HOUSE OVERRIDE OF PRESIDENT'S VETO OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today called on Congress to override the President's veto of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) bill.   The Senate voted by a 67-to-29 margin to approve the measure, a veto-proof majority.   The House approved the measure last week by a vote of 265 to 159, but will need two-thirds of voting members to override a presidential veto.   Today, more than 100,000 children … Continue Reading


October 04, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $14 MILLION FOR SOUTHERN MARYLAND 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 $14 million for defense projects in Southern 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. Arm… Continue Reading


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

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