Press Releases & Statements

July 27, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR EASTERN SHORE FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced two Eastern Shore fire departments have been awarded a total of $117,230 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. - protecting our homes, our businesses and… Continue Reading


July 26, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN BACKS BILL REQUIRING EPA TO ACT ON CALIFORNIA WAIVER

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436   WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, has co-sponsored legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to rule by Sept. 30, 2007 on whether Maryland can impose tougher emissions standards on all cars and light trucks sold in the state.   The legislation also would require the EPA in the future to rule on all similar requests within six months.   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate En… Continue Reading


July 25, 2007

THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT

Mr. President, I rise today to express my support for the Fiscal Year 2008 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill.   This is a strong bill, one that makes a comprehensive investment in our nation's security.   It provides $37.6 billion for homeland security programs, $2.2 billion more than President Bush's request and $2.8 billion more than the amount appropriated for Fiscal Year 2007.     Just two weeks ago, Michael Che… Continue Reading


July 25, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN SUPPORTS MARYLANDER DENNIS SCHRADER FOR A TOP POSITION AT FEMA

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today told the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that Dennis Schrader did an excellent job as the first director of Homeland Security for Maryland, and he supports his confirmation for a top position at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).     "As Director of Homeland Security for Maryland, Dennis Schrader applied his experience… Continue Reading


July 24, 2007

WE MUST OPEN THE DOORS OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

  Mr. President, I rise today in strong support of the Higher Education Amendments before the Senate.   This bill works toward one of the most important responsibilities elected representatives shoulder; opening the doors of educational opportunity for each American child and every American family.     Last week the Senate took a critical step toward making college more affordable by passing the Higher Education Access Act, legislation that increases Pell grants, caps student … Continue Reading


July 24, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF LEGISLATION TO REFORM COLLEGE STUDENT AID PROGRAMS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today hailed Senate passage of legislation that will reform the student loan system "so it works for students, not lenders."   The Senator was referring to widespread reports that college financial aid officials have received gifts and other kickback in return for recommending certain lenders even if it was not in the student's best interest.   In addition to cle… Continue Reading


July 24, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS ON ATTORNEY GENERAL GONZALES TO GIVE ALL THE FACTS TO CONGRESS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to "stop selectively claiming executive privilege to keep the whole truth and the facts from Congress."   The Senator, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been highly critical of the White House's selective claims of executive privilege and its refusal to turn over information about the firing of the nine U… Continue Reading


July 23, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN WELCOMES SHALLOP TO HAVRE DE GRACE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 HAVRE de GRACE - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today joined local officials in welcoming a replica of Capt. John Smith's shallop to Havre de Grace in celebration of the 400 th anniversary of his exploration of the Chesapeake Bay.  In May, the shallop embarked on a 121-day expedition to retrace Capt. Smith's trip and to inaugurate the Capt. John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the nation's first historic waterway trail.   … Continue Reading


July 20, 2007

WE MUST MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE

Mr. President, I rise today in strong support of the Higher Education Access Act now before the Senate.   This bill makes extraordinary progress on one of the most critical challenges before this Congress: making college affordable for all our nation's children.     In 1965, Congress passed the Higher Education Act as part of a commitment to with our children and our future: if you work hard and graduate from high school, you can go to college, regardless of your fa… Continue Reading


July 20, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $800,000 FOR UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND AT COLLEGE PARK

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the University of Maryland at College Park has received more than $800,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) as part of the University Transportation Center (UTC) program. The money will be used to work with the DOT to solve national and regional transportation challenges.  "I am so proud of the Univ… Continue Reading


July 20, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION BILL AS MAJOR STEP IN MAKING COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today praised Senate passage of bipartisan legislation to boost college aid by $17 billion, saying it will "make it possible for more students to realize the American Dream of attending college."   He stressed that today, 60% of all new jobs require some post-secondary education and "this bill will help ensure that our students have the education they need to follow their dreams, and our nation has the skilled workforce that is requi… Continue Reading


July 20, 2007

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BILL TO STOP FRAUD AND ABUSE IN WARTIME CONTRACTS

  Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436   WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, has co-sponsored legislation that would create an independent commission to root out fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in U.S. wartime contracts.     Government auditors have found overwhelming evidence that fraud and abuse are rampant in contracts related to the conduct of the Iraq War.  Government auditors recently announced that $1 out of every $6 sp… Continue Reading


July 19, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $3.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR EASTON AIRPORT

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today announced a U.S. Department of Transportation grant of $3.5 million for the Easton/Newnam Field to rehabilitate Runway 4-22, the airport's primary runway.   The Maryland Aviation Administration has listed Easton/Newnam Field as the second busiest airport in Maryland with 160,000 annual operations a year.   The airport accomm… Continue Reading


July 18, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN ISSUES STATEMENT ON DHS FUNDING FOR MARYLAND

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today issued the following statement concerning the Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Security Grant Program Guidance Awards Maryland:   "While Maryland did better this year than it did last year, this year's Department of Homeland Security grant awards still represent a significant decline from previous levels.   We need to revamp the current formula to include a 'national needs assessme… Continue Reading


July 18, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN IS DISAPPOINTED THAT REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP PREVENTED UP OR DOWN VOTE ON IRAQ

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today expressed disappointment that the Republican leadership prevented an up-or-down vote on an amendment that called for redeployment of American troops in Iraq by April 1, 2008.   The Senate had a rare all-night session Tuesday night as the Republican leadership refused to allow an up-or-down vote on an amendment that called for limiting the U.S. mission in Iraq to infra… Continue Reading


July 17, 2007

IT IS PAST TIME TO CHANGE COURSE IN IRAQ

Mr. President, I urge my colleagues to support the amendment offered by Senators Levin and Reid to the Defense Authorization Legislation.   It is similar to the provisions Congress originally passed on the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that President Bush vetoed.   We now have more information than we did three months ago when we acted on the Supplemental Appropriations bill.   We know that President Bush's "surge policy" has not worked.   By the Pre… Continue Reading


July 13, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ALLEGANY COUNTY ACCESS ROAD

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and  Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded Allegany County a $400,000 grant to construct an access road for the Barton Business Park. It is anticipated that this project will support the creation of approximately 500 new jobs in the business park. The funding will be used to construct about one third of a mile of access road connected to two completed sections of the acce… Continue Reading


July 12, 2007

CARDIN SAYS IRAQ INTERIM REPORT AND OTHER INDICATORS PROVIDE MORE EVIDENCE THAT WE NEED A CHANGE OF POLICY IN IRAQ

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436  WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, said today that "while the White House has highlighted the hard-won successes of U.S. troops in Iraq, both the report and independent evidence confirm that the goals of the troop escalation -- increased security, increased capacity of the Iraqi Security Forces, and political reconciliation -- remain beyond reach.   It is past time to remove our soldiers from the midst of a civil war." The Sen… Continue Reading


July 12, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $144,200 FOR CUMBERLAND VALLEY VOLUNTEER FIREMEN'S ASSOCIATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - - Benjamin L. Cardin and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski  (both D-Md.) today announced the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association in Hagerstown has been awarded a total of $144,200 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… Continue Reading


July 12, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1 MILLION FOR MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that Morgan State University has received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). The money will be used to work with the DOT to solve national and regional transportation challenges.  "Morgan State is a top-notch institution that will offer top-notch solutions to our transportation problems.… Continue Reading

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