Press Releases & Statements

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


July 11, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN DENOUNCES PRESIDENT'S CLAIM OF EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today condemned the President for not allowing a former aide to fully testify before the Committee about the ongoing investigation into the firings of eight U.S. Attorneys.   Sara Taylor, former Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs at the White House, was subpoenaed by the Senate J… Continue Reading


July 10, 2007

SENATE PASSES CARDIN, MIKULSKI RESOLUTION HONORING ST. MARY'S COLLEGE SAILING TEAM ON NATIONAL SAILING CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski congratulating St. Mary's College sailing team on winning the Inter-collegiate Sail Association (ICSA) Women's National Championship and the 2007 ICSA Team Race National Championship.   "I am incredibly proud of St. Mary's College Seahawks and the tremendous achievement of… Continue Reading


July 05, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN MEETS MONTGOMERY CO. CHAMBER TO DISCUSS ISSUES OF CONCERN

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin today met with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce to discuss areas of concern, particularly the impact of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) on transportation along Wisconsin Avenue corridor.   BRAC has mandated the merger of the National Naval Medical Hospital and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center on the existing Naval Center campus in Bethesda.   The new fa… Continue Reading


July 03, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $688,000 FOR SOMERSET COUNTY WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT

  WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Fairmount Landfill in Westover, Md., will receive $688,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to help meet its state environmental requirements. The money was administered through a Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan to the Somerset County Commissioners. "Somerset County wants to do right by the environment, but they can't do it on the… Continue Reading


July 03, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN MEETS WITH SOUTHERN MD OFFICIALS AND LEADERS TO DISCUSS CONCERNS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-5, today met with public officials and community leaders from Charles and St. Mary's counties to discuss three of the biggest areas of concern to residents of Southern Maryland: growth, job training and the future of the Patuxent Naval Air Station (Pax River) and the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Indian Head.   At the invitation of Col… Continue Reading


July 03, 2007

CARDIN DENOUNCES PRESIDENT'S DECISION TO COMMUTE LIBBY'S PRISON SENTENCE

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today denounced the President's decision to commute the prison sentence of the former Chief of Staff to the Vice President, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, calling it a "travesty that sends the message that the White House and its employees are above the law and do not have to face the consequences of their illegal actions."   The… Continue Reading


July 02, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI AND TEAM MARYLAND ANNOUNCE $4 MILLION FOR STATE WORKFORCE TO PREPARE FOR BRAC IMPLEMENTATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin Cardin and  Barbara A. Mikulski today announced that the "Team Maryland" colleagues in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have secured $4 million in federal funding for the Maryland Department of Labor to help prepare the state workforce for the implementation of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission's (BRAC) recommendations.   The money was administered through a Workforce Investment Act National Emergency Grant. … Continue Reading


June 28, 2007

CARDIN CONDEMNS WHITE HOUSE FOR REFUSING TO PROVIDE CONGRESS WITH INFORMATION ON FIRINGS OF U.S. ATTORNEYS

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today condemned the White House for its decision not to honor five subpoenas issued by Congress in the firings of the eight U.S. Attorneys.   The Senate and House Judiciary Committee's have issued five subpoenas for information related to the firings of eight U.S. Attorneys in 2006.    The subpoenas also were for the… Continue Reading


June 28, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $4.8 MILLION FOR BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO REDUCE DROPOUT RATES AND GANG MEMBERSHIP

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436 WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski today announced that the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPS) will receive $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to reduce dropout rates and involvement in gang activities.   The funds will be used over a two-year period for a variety of educational and employment programs designed to reduce dropout rates and reduce gang in… Continue Reading


June 28, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN'S RESPONSE TO THE FAILURE OF THE SENATE TO ADVANCE BORDER SECURITY/IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION

Susan Sullam: 410-962-4436     WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin issued the following statement today regarding Senate action on immigration legislation:   "I disagreed with many provisions in the Senate bill, but I voted to move the process forward.  All sides agree that our border security system and immigration system are broken today.  The Senate should have had the opportunity to keep working on a tough, fair, and pr… Continue Reading

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