Press Releases & Statements

September 28, 2007

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO STOP FRAUD AND ABUSE IN WARTIME CONTRACTS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today praised Senate passage of legislation that would create an independent process to study and investigate waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in wartime contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.     An unprecedented level of privatization of U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan has left billions of taxpayer dollars exposed to fraud, abuse, waste and mismanagement. Government auditors have found overwhelming evid… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE THAT SHORT-TERM FUNDING BILL PASSED BY THE SENATE INCLUDES FUNDING FOR EAS PROGRAM

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), announced today that the Senate included funding for the Essential Air Service program (EAS) in the short-term funding that passed the Senate last night to keep the government operating until Nov. 15. The EAS funding would have to be extended after Nov. 15.   "The Hagerstown Regional Airport is a major economic hub for Washington County and the entire Western Maryland region," s… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

SENATE PASSES CARDIN AMENDMENT MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR U.S. TO BECOME LEADER IN GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST GENOCIDE, MASS ATROCITIES

WASHINGTON -  Late last night, the Senate passed an amendment to the Defense authorization bill introduced by U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, that would make it possible for the United States to take a leading role in helping international forces combat global genocide, ethnic cleansing and other mass atrocities that have occurred in places like Darfur.   Senator Cardin's amendment would require the secretaries of Defense and State to prepare a report asses… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

CARDIN INTRODUCES BILL TO ELIMINATE COST-SHARING REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICARE PREVENTIVE BENEFITS & EXTEND TIME LIMIT FOR INITIAL PHYSICAL EXAMS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, has introduced legislation that would waive cost-sharing for preventive services for Medicare beneficiaries, give the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the authority to add additional preventive benefits to Medicare, and extend the eligibility period for "Welcome to Medicare" physical exams.   "Preventive services are a critical element of quality health care, but many seniors aren't getting them because o… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH BILL

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today commended the Senate for swift passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization bill saying "enactment of this measure is critical the health and well being of America's children."  The bill passed the Senate today by a vote of  67 to 29, and passed the House on Tuesday by a vote of 265 to 159.   Senator Cardin singled out the inclusion of a guaranteed dental benefit as "an essentia… Continue Reading


September 28, 2007

HR 976, THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE BILL

            Mr. CARDIN.   Today is truly an important day for America's children.     On Tuesday, the House passed the Children's Health Insurance Bill, and very soon, the Senate will vote.   We will provide $35 billion over the next five years to expand     health insurance coverage for the children of America's working families.                 We know that there is a crisis in health care in this country.     More than 46 million Am… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR SCIENCE & TECH CURRICULUM IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $51,000 to Washington County Public Schools for the Project Lead the Way, and Gateway to Technology and Biotechnology projects. The schools will enroll 260 students in the two programs in the first year. "When you look at what has made America a superpower, it's our innovation and our technology. We have to look at wh… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

SUPPORT FOR THE MATTHEW SHEPARD ACT, S. 1105

"Mr. President I take the floor to speak about an amendment offered by Senator Kennedy that will be voted on later. I spoke last week about hate crimes in America, and I talked about what is happening in our own communities. I spoke about an episode in College Park, MD, and we are all familiar with what happened in Jena, LA. The FBI has indicated that the number of hate crimes reported is unacceptably high in all communities in America today. "Today, we are… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $3.7 MILLION GRANT FOR EXPANSION OF CHELTENHAM VETERANS CEMETERY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) announced today that the Cheltenham State Veterans Cemetery in Prince George's County will receive $3,743,613 from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for its expansion.     The Veterans Cemetery is currently operating in its last available burial section and space will be exhausted within three months.   This grant will provide burial space for Maryland Veterans and th… Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

STATEMENT ON THE MEDICARE PREVENTIVE SERVICES COVERAGE ACT

Mr. CARDIN. Mr. President, I rise to introduce the Medicare Preventive Services Coverage Act of 2007. It has been ten years since Congress enacted the first comprehensive package of preventive services for Medicare beneficiaries. At the time Medicare was created in 1965, it was modeled closely after the indemnity health insurance policies of the time. As such, Medicare only covered the treatment of illnesses, and it paid for tests only when a symptom was present, but it did not cover preventive … Continue Reading


September 27, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN HAILS SENATE PASSAGE OF HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today hailed Senate passage of legislation to strengthen the federal government's role in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.   The Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act , S. 1105, would strengthen the ability of federal, state, and local governments to investigate and prosecute hate crimes based on race, ethnic background, religion, gender, sexual o… Continue Reading


September 26, 2007

CARDIN CALLS GLOBAL WARMING A SERIOUS THREAT FACING THE BAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today called global warming, "a threat to public safety, a threat to key Bay species such as blue crabs and rockfish, and a threat to the fragile lands that surround the Chesapeake."   Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), offered his perspective during a Senate hearing that also featured testimony from Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-MD, Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, D-… Continue Reading


September 26, 2007

ARMY BEGINS FIRST STAGE OF CONSTRUCTION FOR FT. MONMOUTH MOVE TO APG

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski and Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today applauded the announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers that it has awarded the design/build contract for the C4ISR Joint Center of Excellence at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) in Harford County, Md. This is a critical first step in the transition of Fort Monmouth to APG, in accordance with the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure … Continue Reading


September 26, 2007

EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE CHESAPEAKE BAY

The Chesapeake Bay is America's largest estuary and a natural resource of global significance.   The United States Congress has called it "a national treasure."   But today the Chesapeake Bay faces perhaps a serious challenge.   Global warming presents a present and growing threat to public safety, to key Bay species such as blue crabs and rockfish, and to the fragile lands that surround the Chesapeake.   … Continue Reading


September 26, 2007

CARDIN SAYS CHIP BILL IS SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT STEP WE CAN TAKE TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF LOW-INCOME CHILDREN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, today said the    Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization bill "will do more to improve the health of American children than almost anything else we can do."  The House passed the bill on Tuesday by a vote of 265 to 159, and the Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure on Thursday.   "The United States is the richest nation in the world and we have the resources to ensure that all our children… Continue Reading


September 25, 2007

CARDIN CALLS FOR REVISION OF FISA LAW TO ENSURE STRONGER JUDICIAL OVERSIGHT

WASHINGTON - At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today called for major revisions to the Protect America Act , which passed the Senate in August and was signed into law by President Bush. The legislation gave the Attorney General and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) additional power to conduct warrantless wiretaps without going to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court for authorization.   … Continue Reading


September 25, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE FINAL PASSAGE OF WATER BILL TO INCREASE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S COMMITMENT TO THE BAY

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today praised passage of the House-Senate Conference Report of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) for funding important projects in Maryland and for "setting a new standard of commitment by the federal government to improving the Chesapeake Bay."   The bill passed the Senate overwhelmingly by a vote of  81 to 12.   The measure passed the Senate in May and went to con… Continue Reading


September 24, 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 Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services Inc. in Washington County has been awarded $35,530 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… Continue Reading


September 24, 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 Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services Inc. in Washington County has been awarded $35,530 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… Continue Reading


September 21, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN MEETS WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE MUKASEY

WASHIINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with former federal District Court Judge Michael B. Mukasey who was nominated earlier this week to be Attorney General.   The Senator issued the following statement following the meeting:   "Judge Mukasey and I had a very good discussion.   I particularly wanted to meet with him to convey the importance of the confirmation proce… Continue Reading

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