Press Releases & Statements

December 07, 2007

RESOLUTION CONDEMNING HANGING OF NOOSES AND URGING VIGOROUS INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION OF HATE CRIMES

Mr. President, earlier this year this Nation marked the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. That landmark legislation was Congress' first civil rights bill since the end of Reconstruction. It established the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and empowered Federal prosecutors to obtain court injunctions against interference with the right to vote. It also established a Federal Commission on Civil Rights with authority to investigate discriminatory condi… Continue Reading


December 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SOUTHERN MARYLAND FIREFIGHTERS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $150,220 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. &qu… Continue Reading


December 06, 2007

CARDIN HAILS COMMITTEE ADOPTION OF HISTORIC CLIMATE CHANGE BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, hailed the passage of the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act, S. 2191, Wednesday, by a vote of 11-8.  The bill requires a 70% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. If the bill ultimately becomes law , it would be the strongest climate change law in the world.  The day-long mark-up of the legislation considered more than two dozen amendments without substantially altering … Continue Reading


December 06, 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 the Crisfield Fire Department has been awarded $34,153 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. "First responders a… Continue Reading


December 06, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR FREDERICK COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Independent Hose Company has been awarded $18,900 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. "First responders ar… Continue Reading


December 06, 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 three Western Maryland fire departments have been awarded a total of $290,044 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 05, 2007

CARDIN STATEMENT ON SENATE APPROVAL OF THE U.S.-PERU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Following Senate Approval of the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, released the following statement:   "I strongly believe that international trade must be both free and fair. I believe that free trade agreements (FTAs) must be a means to bolster labor standards and environmental protection and that the agreements must be based international standards. In the previous Congress, as the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Sub… Continue Reading


December 05, 2007

REMARKS OF SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN (D-MD)BWI BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP BREAKFAST: BRAC, PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES

Good morning.   It's a pleasure to be with you.   I would like to thank Lou Zagarino for his kind introduction and acknowledge Colonel Kenneth McCreedy, Fort Meade Installation Commander; John Porcari, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation; State Senator James "Ed" DeGrange; Delegate Pam Beidle; Delegate Mary Ann Love; Tim Campbell, Executive Director of the Maryland Aviation Administration; Linda Greene, Executive Director of the BWI Business Partnership; and, of course, … Continue Reading


December 04, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN TOURS CALVERT CLIFFS NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

LUSBY, MD -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), yesterday met with Calvert County officials and toured the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power plant to learn more about plans to build a third nuclear reactor at the facility.   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is a strong advocate of the United States becoming energy independent by conserving energy and developing alternative energy sources to fossil fuels.   … Continue Reading


November 29, 2007

CARDIN DENOUNCES BUSH'S DECISION TO REDUCE PAY RAISE FOR FEDERAL WORKERS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today denounced President Bush's decision to reduce the pay raise of 1.8 million federal workers by .5% from 3.5% to 3%.    The 3.5% pay raise has strong, bipartisan support and Senator Cardin believes that Congress will overrule the President, "to ensure that federal workers have pay parity with members of the armed forces."   The President recently signed a defense appropriations bill that provides for a 3.… Continue Reading


November 29, 2007

CARDIN URGES WHITE HOUSE TO COMPLY WITH JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today lauded Chairman Patrick Leahy's finding that the White House's continued claims of privilege and immunity are not legally justified. Senator Cardin repeated his call for the current and former members of the Bush Administration to honor the subpoenas issued by Congress in the firings of the eight U.S. Attorneys.   "In our system of checks and balances, Congress h… Continue Reading


November 28, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN'S STATEMENT ON MIDDLE EAST PEACE TALKS IN ANNAPOLIS

WASHINGTON - In advance of the Middle East Conference in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD , today issued the following statement:    "After a lengthy drought of talks and a confused "road map," I am pleased to see Israeli and Palestinian leaders, along with their neighbors, gather together in support of peaceful negotiations. I am optimistic that Annapolis, Maryland, will be remembered by the participant… Continue Reading


November 28, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN APPLAUDS VA DECISION TO ALLOW FLEXIBILTY OF TREATMENT CHOICES FOR VETERANS WITH MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today in a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), applauded the VA's decision to give veterans who need mental health services flexibility in where they receive their treatment.   The VA reversed an earlier decision that would have redirected outpatient services from Re-Entry Associates, Inc. in Cumberland to the Cumberland VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. Veterans will now be able to receive services at either fac… Continue Reading


November 15, 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 North East Fire Company in North East has been awarded $39,662 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. "First … Continue Reading


November 15, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $6.1 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING FOR MARYLAND HEAD START PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), announced today that  the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded grants totally more than $6.1 million to three Maryland jurisdictions for the Head Start program.     Head Start was created in 1965 as part of President Johnson's War on Poverty.   It provides comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families with… Continue Reading


November 15, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI LAUD SENATE PASSAGE OF HEAD START REAUTHORIZATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), praised the Senate's unanimous passage of legislation that provides a record increase in funding for Head Start programs that serve the poorest of children in Maryland and across the country. "Helping children succeed should be a priority for every American. I have been a long-time supporter of Head Start because it is a lifeline to our nation's needies… Continue Reading


November 15, 2007

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES TWO CARDIN AMENDMENTS TO ENSURE GREATER OVERSIGHT OF FISA

Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436 or Sue Walitsky, 202-224-4524 WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved two amendments offered by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) that would ensure greater judicial oversight of warrantless wiretaps. In August, Congress had given the Administration additional power to conduct warrantless wiretaps without judicial or congressional oversight. That law sunsets in February. "In August, I voted against the Protect Americ… Continue Reading


November 13, 2007

VETERANS DAY, 2007

Mr. President, fifty-three years ago, President Dwight Eisenhower named November 11th "Veterans Day", setting aside that day to honor all Americans who have served our country so honorably in the military, both in war and in peace. I want to take the opportunity this day of remembrance provides to say to all veterans and their families, thank you for your courage, your character, your strength, and the enduring power of your example.  All Americans owe you our gratitude and appreciation f… Continue Reading


November 13, 2007

MARYLAND'S BRAC-IMPACTED COMMUNITIES GET RELIEF FROM CARDIN, MIKULSKI IN SPENDING BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education 2008 spending bill has been sent to the President for his signature, and includes increased funding for federal Impact Aid and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) programs. In meetings with Maryland's local leaders to discuss the impact of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission's 2005 recommendations, both Senato… Continue Reading


November 13, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI SEND BILL TO PRESIDENT WITH $1.4 MILLION FOR EASTERN SHORE DEFENSE PROJECT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Department of Defense 2008 spending bill, which includes $1.4 million for a defense project on the Eastern Shore, has been sent to the President for his signature.  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.  "We need to do ev… Continue Reading

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