Press Releases & Statements

December 21, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company in Washington County has been awarded $38,000 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 Comm… Continue Reading


December 21, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George's County has been awarded $36,345 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 21, 2007

STATEMENT FROM SENATORS CARDIN AND MIKULSKI ON EPA BLOCKING OF HIGHER EMISSION STANDARDS BY STATES LIKE MARYLAND

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (Both D-MD) issued the following joint statement following the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) move to block Maryland and other states from acting to cut emissions of global warming gasses from cars and trucks: " We are outraged by the decision of the Bush Administration and EPA Administrator Steven Johnson to block clean-car regulations.  "The career scientists and l… Continue Reading


December 20, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE OMNIBUS BILL FUNDS CRITICAL MARYLAND PRIORITIES DESPITE BUSH-MANDATED CUTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced they have secured critical funding for domestic priorities for Maryland and the nation in the fiscal year 2008 omnibus package that has been passed by Congress.   The bill now heads to the President for his signature.   "President Bush refuses to cooperate with Congress by threatening to veto the bills that fund America's priorities here at home, while contin… Continue Reading


December 19, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN STATEMENT ON ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR IRAQ

"We have got to change our mission in Iraq.   The cost of further delay in lives, materiel, treasure, and our standing in the world is too great.  The United States cannot impose the political reconciliation necessary to bring long-lasting security to that nation.  It is time to direct our resources toward the rest of the region and to needs here at home."  "A new policy begins by removing our troops from the middle of a civil war and giving them a more realistic mission, one th… Continue Reading


December 19, 2007

OPENING STATEMENT DURING SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONFIRMATION HEARING

The Committee will come to order.   I thank Chairman Leahy for asking me to chair today's hearing.   Today, the Committee holds a confirmation hearing on four Department of Justice nominees and one nominee for the Executive Office of the President.   Ondray Harris to be Director of Community Relations Service; David Hagy, to be Director of the National Institute of Justice; Scott Burns, to be Deputy Director of National Drug Contro… Continue Reading


December 19, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD INITIATIVE TO PROTECT HIGH-RISK NON-PROFITS FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the fiscal year 2008 omnibus spending package approved by Congress includes a $15 million increase in federal funding to help protect high-risk non-profit institutions from terrorist attacks. Senator Mikulski is a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Senator Cardin is a member of the Budget Committee. "This funding is an important victory for … Continue Reading


December 18, 2007

S. 2248, FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE ACT AMENDMENTS

Mr. CARDIN. Madam President, I wish to take this time to talk a little bit about the FISA bill we are considering today. I heard my friend from Alabama talk about the work that is being done at the National Security Agency. I have also taken the opportunity to visit with NSA to see firsthand the work they are doing. It wasn't my first visit. NSA, as my colleagues know, is located in Maryland. I have been there on numerous occasions. I had an opportunity to observe the manner in which ou… Continue Reading


December 17, 2007

SEN. CARDIN WELCOMES PASSAGE OF SUDAN ACCOUNTABILITY AND DIVESTMENT ACT

Washington, D.C.- Senator Ben Cardin applauded action in the United States Senate to pass the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act.  The bill authorizes State and local governments to divest assets in companies that conduct business in Sudan and prohibits United States Government contracts with such companies. "The passage of the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act is a major victory for the movement to end genocide and violence in Darfur.  The House of Representatives and the Senate ha… Continue Reading


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

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