Press Releases & Statements

May 24, 2007

SENATE PASSES CARDIN, MIKULSKI RESOLUTION CALLING FOR RELEASE OF MARYLAND SCHOLAR FROM IRANIAN PRISON

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution introduced by Maryland Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) calling on the Iranian government to drop all charges against Dr. Haleh Esfandiari and immediately release her from prison. Dr. Esfandiari, a resident of Potomac, MD, has dual Iranian and U.S. citizenship. She is Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center and has been detained in Iran since December 2006. On May 8, she was impri… Continue Reading


May 23, 2007

CARDIN BILL TO CREATE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL PASSES KEY SENATE COMMITTEE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4435 WASHINGTON - A key Senate Committee has approved Senator Benjamin L. Cardin's legislation to establish the Star-Spangled Banner Trail as a National Historic Trail to commemorate the War of 1812. "The War of 1812 and the defense of Fort McHenry are sources of pride for Maryland and for the entire nation. As the bicentennial approaches, we need to honor, cherish and help all Americans remember these important landmarks in our nation's… Continue Reading


May 22, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE RESOLUTION CALLING FOR RELEASE OF MARYLAND SCHOLAR FROM IRANIAN PRISON

WASHINGTON - Maryland Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today introduced a resolution calling on the Iranian government to drop all charges against Dr. Haleh Esfandiari and immediately release her from prison. Dr. Esfandiari, a resident of Potomac, MD, has dual Iranian and U.S. citizenship. She is Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center and has been detained in Iran since December 2006. On May 8, she was imprisoned in Evin Prison, and on May 21 she … Continue Reading


May 22, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI FIGHT FOR MARYLAND'S FAIR SHARE TO RE-EQUIP NATIONAL GUARD

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following up on concerns raised by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley regarding the Maryland National Guard's readiness to deal with local emergencies, Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today urged National Guard Bureau Chief Lieutenant General Steven Blum to re-equip National Guard units based on risk. The National Guard is funded as a national program, with state allocations coming fro… Continue Reading


May 22, 2007

MD, VA SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO PROVIDE $1.5 BILLION TO REVITALIZE AGING METRORAIL SYSTEM

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON -- Maryland Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today introduced legislation to provide the Washington-area Metrorail system with $1.5 billion in funding over a 10-year period. Virginia Senators John Warner and Jim Webb joined in co-sponsoring the bill. The federal funds will require an equal match from Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia. In 2006, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) cele… Continue Reading


May 18, 2007

AGREEMENT ON OAK HILL PROPERTY REACHED

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Mayor Adrian Fenty today reached agreement concerning the Oak Hill property. The District will continue to exercise its claim to construct a new juvenile justice facility on approximately 40 acres of land at the Oak Hill site south of the Little Patuxent River. Senator Cardin will continue to pursue moving the site of the juvenile detention center to the District of Columbia and reserves all his options. T… Continue Reading


May 17, 2007

CARDIN BILL CREATING COMMISSION TO COMMEMORATE WAR OF 1812 PASSES KEY SENATE COMMITTEE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin's bill to create a special Commission to plan, coordinate and facilitate the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 today passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation calls for creating a Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission to commemorate the historic events associated with the War of 1812. Senator Cardin also has introduced legislation to officially designate th… Continue Reading


May 17, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI HONOR MARYLAND TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today met with Maryland Teacher of the Year Michelle Hammond of Stephen Decatur Middle School in Worcester County. The Senators also congratulated Teachers of the Year from each of Maryland's counties. "As a social worker and legislator, my goal has always been to make sure everyone in America has access to a first-rate education, so that no child or commun… Continue Reading


May 17, 2007

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BUDGET RESOLUTION

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, called passage of the Budget Resolution for FY 2008 "an important step in putting our nation back on a sound financial footing." The five-year budget resolution funds critical national priorities while returning the budget to surplus by 2012. "This budget moves our country in the right direction," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Budget Committee. "It balances the budg… Continue Reading


May 16, 2007

CARDIN AND MIKULSKI PRAISE PASSAGE OF WATER BILL THAT WILL INCREASE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING THE BAY

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski praised Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) today as "bringing the federal commitment to improving the Chesapeake Bay to a new level." The nearly $14 billion measure, which passed the Senate by a vote of 91 to 4, funds most of the Army Corps of Engineers' water projects across the country. Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Envir… Continue Reading


May 11, 2007

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS GLOBAL WARMING BILL THAT WILL ALSO HELP REDUCE U.S. RELIANCE ON FOREIGN ENERGY SOURCES

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, has co-sponsored legislation to reduce our nation's greenhouse gas emissions and lessen our dependence on foreign energy. The Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act, S. 309, would require that U.S. emissions of key pollutants such as carbon dioxide be capped in 2010, reduced to 1990 levels by 2020, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. To achieve emissions reductions, the bill calls for more reli… Continue Reading


May 11, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI CRITICIZE UNDERFUNDING OF NATION'S PORTS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin J. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski(both D-Md.) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff today, questioning the lack of funding for the nation's port security. The Senators are particularly critical of funding for Maryland's Port of Baltimore, which is one of 17 second-tier ports (based on a DHS risk assessment) that had to compete for a share of $40 million provid… Continue Reading


May 10, 2007

CARDIN URGES PASSAGE OF WATER BILL THAT WILL INCREASE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO IMPROVING THE BAY

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin spoke on the Senate floor to urge passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the $13 billion bill that affects most of the Army Corps of Engineers' water projects across the country. The Senator praised the bill for "taking the federal government's participation to a new level" in its support for sewage treatment efforts and for its commitment to restore the Chesapeak… Continue Reading


May 10, 2007

CARDIN AND MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $700,000 ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT FOR FREDERICK & CARROLL COUNTY HORSE FARMERS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara Mikulski today joined with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Environmental and Protection Agency (EPA) in announcing a $700,000 Targeted Watershed Grant for Maryland to help horse farms in Frederick and Carroll Counties reduce nutrient runoff to the Chesapeake Bay. A total of $5 million in Targeted Watershed grants were announced to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay… Continue Reading


May 09, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI TEAM UP TO FIGHT FOR CHESAPEAKE BAY IN FARM BILL

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today introduced legislation to dramatically boost federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay clean-up effort. The Chesapeake's Healthy and Environmentally Sound Stewardship of Energy and Agriculture Act of 2007 (CHESSEA) will allocate funding in the upcoming multi-year agriculture reauthorization bill (farm bill) for water quality improvement and farm viabil… Continue Reading


May 09, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $27,000 GRANT FOR B&O RAILROAD MUSEUM

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today announced that the B&O Railroad Museum will receive a Conservation Project grant for $26,979 from the Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS) to help the museum archive its vast collection, particularly its paper and audiovisual collection. "The B&O Railroad Museum is an important part of our nation's heritage," said Senator Cardin. "This M… Continue Reading


May 04, 2007

SENATE PASSES CARDIN RESOLUTION CALLING FOR ISRAEL'S INCLUSION IN INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORGANIZATION

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD bipartisan resolution in support of the accession of Israel to the Convention on Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD was founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. Based in Paris, the OECD has 30 member countries and serves as a consultative assembly for economic data and social policy. Its member countries acco… Continue Reading


May 04, 2007

CARDIN TOURS BP SOLAR PLANT TO PROMOTE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 FREDERICK, MD - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) today toured the BP Solar - USA headquarters in Frederick, the largest integrated solar manufacturing facility in the United States. The Senator, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is deeply concerned about U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources and the growing threat of global warming. "Today's visit to the BP Solar plant has reaffirmed by belief that we m… Continue Reading


May 03, 2007

STATEMENT ON THE INTRODUCTION OF THE MASTER TEACHER ACT

Mr. President, as you know, teachers are the most valuable resource when it comes to educating our nation's children. Under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) states are required to recruit highly qualified teachers, yet schools in rural or high poverty areas have trouble attracting and retaining these teachers. It is for this reason that Senator Snowe and I have joined together to introduce The Master Teacher Act of 2007. We have an education problem in America. The schools that … Continue Reading


May 03, 2007

SEN. CARDIN INTRODUCES BIPARTISAN BILL TO GIVE TAX BREAK TO MASTER TEACHERS FOR TEACHING IN UNDER-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today joined Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) in introducing bipartisan legislation to create a group of highly-qualified "master teachers" who will receive a break on their federal income taxes for teaching in a school that fail to meet standards defined under the No Child Left Behind Act . In agreeing to teach in an under-performing school, the Master Teacher Act would exempt "maste… Continue Reading

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