Press Releases & Statements

September 07, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and  Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department in Baltimore County has been awarded $36,000 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 tr… Continue Reading


September 07, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ALLEGANY COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

  WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Good Will Fire Company #1 in Allegany County has been awarded $112,841 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 tru… Continue Reading


September 07, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CECIL COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and  Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Volunteer Fire Company #1 of Chesapeake City in Cecil County has been awarded $54,188 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 ou… Continue Reading


September 07, 2007

FLOOR STATEMENT OF U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDINON THE COLLEGE COST REDUCTION AND ACCESS ACT

Mr. CARDIN.   Mr. President, I rise today in strong support of the Conference Report to accompany the College Cost Reduction and Access Act now before the Senate.   The Conference Report and the underlying bill make extraordinary progress on one of the most critical challenges before this Congress: making college affordable for all our nation's deserving students.                                  We all know that education plays a crucial role in helping people purs… Continue Reading


September 06, 2007

CARDIN HAILS COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL TO END VOTER INTIMIDATION

Alex Hughes: 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D- MD) today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee as it voted to approve Prevention of Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation in Federal Elections Act , S. 453. Senator Cardin cosponsored this legislation, introduced by Senators Charles E. Schumer (D- NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL), in response to widespread concerns of voter deception and intimidation nationally. … Continue Reading


September 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF $67.2 MILLION FOR SOUTHERN MARYLAND MILITARY FACILITIES

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), today announced the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs 2008 spending bill (H.R.2642) provides more than $963 million for projects at Maryland's military facilities, including $698.6 million in Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) projects. The legislation, which passed the Senate today, contains provisions for military installations nationwide, with federal funding totaling $21.55 billion t… Continue Reading


September 06, 2007

THE FISCAL YEAR 2008 MILITARY CONSTRUCTION & VETERANS AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS BILL (H.R. 2642)

Mr. President, I rise today to express my support for H.R. 2642, the Fiscal Year 2008 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill.   This is an important bill, one that makes the necessary investments in caring for our veterans, in improving the quality of life for our military families, and in building and improving the facilities integral to our military's current and future mission and our national security.   The legislation provides $64.7 billion in discretionary fu… Continue Reading


September 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF NEARLY $165 MILLION FOR FORT MEADE

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin  and  Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), today announced the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs 2008 spending bill (H.R.2642) provides more than $963 million for projects at Maryland's military facilities, including $698.6 million in Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) projects. The legislation, which passed the Senate today, contains provisions for military installations nationwide, with federal funding totaling $21.55 billion … Continue Reading


September 06, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN HAILS SENATE COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF BILL TO HONOR KOREAN WAR VETERANS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today praised Senate Judiciary Committee passage of bipartisan legislation that would grant a federal charter to the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA), a non-profit fraternal veterans' organization.     "The Korean War is often referred to as the 'forgotten' war.   This legislation will ensure that the nearly 1.2 million American veterans of the Korean Wa… Continue Reading


September 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF NEARLY $445 MILLION FOR D.C. AREA MILITARY FACILITIES

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and  Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), today announced the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs 2008 spending bill (H.R.2642) provides more than $963 million for projects at Maryland's military facilities, including $698.6 million in Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) projects. The legislation, which passed the Senate today, contains provisions for military installations nationwide, with federal funding totaling $21.55 billion t… Continue Reading


September 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE SENATE PASSAGE OF NEARLY $287.1 MILLION FOR ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators  Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.), today announced the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs 2008 spending bill (H.R.2642) provides more than $963 million for projects at Maryland's military facilities, including $698.6 million in Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) projects. The legislation, which passed the Senate today, contains provisions for military installations nationwide, with federal funding totaling $21.55 billion … Continue Reading


September 04, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS IRANIAN RELEASE OF AMERICAN SCHOLAR

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin released the following statement regarding Iran's release of Dr. Haleh Esfrandiari: "I am extremely pleased that the Iranian government has bowed to international pressure and released American scholar Haleh Esfrandiari. Dr. Esfrandiari was detained while visiting her sick 93-year-old mother in Iran. Her eight-month ordeal is now over and I look forward to her safe return to her family home in Maryland." Dr. Esfrandiar… Continue Reading


September 04, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN VISITS UMES TO TALK WITH STUDENTS ABOUT THE NEED TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL AID AND STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 PRINCESS ANNE -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today met with students and faculty at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (UMES) to discuss recent Senate passage of legislation to increase student aid and to reform the student loan industry.     The Senator praised the $17 billion Higher Education Access Act , telling students that it is the largest increase in college financial aid sinc… Continue Reading


September 04, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN VISITS BOWIE STATE TO TALK WITH STUDENTS ABOUT THE NEED TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL AID AND STUDENT LOAN PROGRAMS

  Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436   BOWIE, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today met with students and faculty at Bowie State University to discuss recent Senate passage of legislation to increase student aid and to reform the student loan industry.     The Senator praised the $17 billion Higher Education Access Act , telling students that it is the largest increase in college financial aid since the GI Bill in 1944.   … Continue Reading


August 31, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING TO EXPAND GRANTSVILLE ROAD TO RT. 40

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a total $47,360 in Rural Development Community Facility Grant funds to expand Hershberger Lane to Rt. 40.     "It's important that Western Maryland communities have the resources needed to expand important infrastructure to meet the needs of residents. … Continue Reading


August 28, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $96,000 FOR CAROLINE COUNTY DRUG-FREE COMMUNITY EFFORTS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that the Drug Free Caroline Coalition will receive a $96,767 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Mentoring Program grant.   The Drug Free Caroline Coalition, which is located in Denton, will use the funds to reduce substance abuse among youth and adults in Caroline County.   The Coalition will use the grant to imp… Continue Reading


August 28, 2007

WE MUST STOP FRAUD AND ABUSE IN WARTIME CONTRACTS

Since the beginning of the Iraq War, the United States has sent more than $500 billion to Iraq with few or no controls on how that money is spent.   Recent government audits confirm that, without adequate administration oversight, fraud and abuse in wartime contracts have run rampant in Iraq.   According to auditors, $1 out of every $6 spent in Iraq reconstruction may be subject to fraud or abuse.  The Congressional Research Service reports that the United States h… Continue Reading


August 27, 2007

CARDIN CONTINUES EFFORT TO REVERSE DHS DECISION TO IMPOSE BURDENSOME REGULATIONS ON PROPANE USE IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, has joined a bipartisan group of senators in urging the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to modify a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposal to impose burdensome regulations on propane use by rural farms, homes and businesses.   The DHS has proposed requiring those who store propane in quantities greater than 7,500 pounds register with the agency.   Based on the DH… Continue Reading


August 27, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN'S STATEMENT ON RESIGNATION OF ALBERTO GONZALES

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - Following the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,   U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD , today issued the following statement:     "Alberto Gonzales' tenure as Attorney General has been marred by partisanship and lack of candor with Congress about the firings of the nine U.S. attorneys and other matters.    His resignation is the right move for the country. … Continue Reading


August 23, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR KENT COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and  Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Community Volunteer Fire Company of Millington in Kent County has been awarded a total of $68,838 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 respo… Continue Reading

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