Press Releases & Statements

October 31, 2007

CARDIN CHAIRS SMALL BUSINESS FIELD HEARING ON IMPROVING GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING

BOWIE, MD - Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today chaired a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to investigate federal government contracting problems and legislative remedies that will help small and minority-owned businesses compete for federal contracts.   "Small business is the engine that drives our economy and sustains our technological lead in the global marketplace," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Committe… Continue Reading


October 31, 2007

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO ENSURE CONTINUATION OF PASSENGER SERVICE FOR HAGERSTOWN AIRPORT

WASHINGTON - The Senate has unanimously passed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD), to ensure that the Essential Air Service (EAS) program continues in Hagerstown until Congress passes the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).    Passage of the FAA reauthorization bill, which contains a provision to continue the EAS mileage waiver program, could be delayed until 2008.   … Continue Reading


October 31, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEARLY $25.4 MILLION FOR HEAD START CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS IN MARYLAND

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced four Maryland recipients have been awarded a total of approximately $25.4 million in Head Start grants through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that gives children and families access to a range of comprehensive services, including early education, parenting resources, health screenings and follow-ups, and social se… Continue Reading


October 30, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF AMTRAK FUNDING MEASURE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today praised Senate passage of the Amtrak reauthorization bill, calling it "an investment in America's infrastructure that will improve passenger service and help reduce traffic congestion on our nation's roads."   The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 70 to 22.   The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act , S. 294, invests $10 billion in capital and operating needs through 2011 to maint… Continue Reading


October 30, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $15.7 MILLION FOR SENIOR HOUSING CONSTRUCTION

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced three Maryland recipients have been awarded a total of approximately $15.7 million to construct housing for low-income seniors through Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Section 202 competitive grants.  Senator Mikulski is a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee that funds HUD.  Senator Cardin is on the Budget Committe… Continue Reading


October 29, 2007

ACCESS TO FEDERAL CONTRACTS: HOW TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD

Good afternoon and welcome.   I want to thank all our witnesses for being here today to discuss the issues that minority and women owned small businesses face in contracting with the federal government.   All of us seated here are interested in one thing - and one thing only - finding solutions to the persistent problems that minority and women owned businesses confront in their efforts to contract with the federal government.   Small business is the engine that dri… Continue Reading


October 25, 2007

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ABOUT THE EDITED TESTIMONY OF DR. JULIE L. GERBERDING ON THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING ON HEALTH

Mr. President, two days ago the Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on the Health Impacts of Global Warming.    Our lead witness was Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry within the Department of Health and Human Services.   Dr. Gerberding was invited to testify by Chairman Boxer because the Director is a highly respected le… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

SENATE PASSES CARDIN-BROWNBACK AMENDMENT SUPPORTING SENIORS' CONTINUED ACCESS TO CLINICAL TRIALS

WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed an amendment offered by U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), and Sam Brownback (R-KS), supporting continued Medicare coverage of routine patient care costs associated with clinical trials.     The Senators offered the amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill, which passed by a vote of  75 to 19.        Since 2000, Medicare has covered the routine patient care costs … Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI PRAISE HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILL TO CREATE HERITAGE AREA

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both-D-MD) today praised the House passage of bipartisan legislation to create a national heritage area in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania that would help preserve one of the most important corridors of American history, stretching from Gettysburg to Monticello.   The House passed the bill overwhelmingly by a vote of 291-122.   The bill would create the Journey Through Hallowed Groun… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

STATEMENT OF SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE NOMINATION OF JUDGE LESLIE SOUTHWICK FOR THE 5TH CIRCUT COURT OF APPEALS

This is a unique body, the Senate of the United States. One of our most important responsibilities is the advice and consent on Presidential appointments on the confirmation of Federal judges. The Constitution envisions that we will use independent judgment in order to make these decisions. Article III, section 2, clause 2 of the Constitution gives us the power to confirm Federal judges. I know all of my colleagues know these are lifetime appointments, so this is our one chance … Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

CARDIN ANNOUNCES IMPORTANT EDUCATION & JOB TRAINING FUNDING IN SENATE-PASSED APPROPRIATIONS MEASURE

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, D-MD, announced today that the Senate-passed Labor-Health and Human Services and Education funding bill includes three projects that had he strongly supported and that will directly benefit Baltimore area residents.   "The Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill is one of the most important measures considered by Congress in setting many of our nation's priorities," said Senator Cardin.   "This measure includes importan… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE NEARLY $5.5 MILLION FOR MARYLAND MEDICAL FACILITIES IN SPENDING BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate has approved the fiscal year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill, which includes nearly $5.5 million for Maryland medical facilities.  The bill includes additional federal funding for priority nurse training facilities, women's health initiatives and seniors programs, as well as critical increases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the… Continue Reading


October 24, 2007

TEAM MARYLAND DELIVERS ON PROMISES FOR BRAC-IMPACTED COMMUNITIES IN SPENDING BILL

  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced the Senate has approved the fiscal year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education spending bill, which 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 Senators p… Continue Reading


October 23, 2007

STATEMENT BY U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDIN ON THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL

MR. CARDIN.   Mr. President, I rise today in support of H.R. 3043, the Fiscal Year 2008 Department of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.   Some call this legislation the most significant appropriations bill we will consider as it touches the lives of every single American.   Each American citizen has the right to basic education, adequate healthcare, and access to employment opportunities.   In providing funding across three maj… Continue Reading


October 22, 2007

CARDIN CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO REDUCE GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today announced that he will co-sponsor the America's Climate Security Act, which would tackle the problem of global warming by reducing greenhouse emissions.   The measure has been introduced with strong bipartisan support by U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), and John Warner (R-VA).     "This is a major step forward for all of us who want to act now to curb the explosive growth in g… Continue Reading


October 22, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN TOURS BIG ELK CREEK FLOOD AREA

ELKTON -- U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin met today with members of the Cecil County Commission, Elkton Mayor Joe Fisona, and Robert Pace with the Army Corps of Engineers for a briefing and tour of the Big Elk Creek floodplain.   The Big Elk Creek area is prone to periodic flooding that cuts off access to the south portion of town, inundating businesses and residences in the affected area.   According to the State Highway Administration, the clean up of the debris … Continue Reading


October 18, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN CALLS FAILURE OF HOUSE TO OVERRIDE CHIP VETO A FAILURE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR AMERICA'S CHILDREN

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), today said the failure of the House to override the President's veto of the bipartisan Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) legislation "will harm millions of American children who deserve access to medical care."   The House vote was 273 to 156, but fell 13 votes short of the two-thirds needed to override the President's veto.   The Senate passed the compromise legislation on Sept. 27 by a vote of 67 to 29… Continue Reading


October 18, 2007

SENATOR CARDIN ANNOUNCES EDUCATIONAL GRANT FOR IRVINE NATURE CENTER

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a $22,000 environmental education grant to the Irvine Natural Science Center in Baltimore County to help teach    high school students from economically and educationally challenged neighborhoods how to protect the environment.    Under the program, high school students who get the environmental training will in turn become teachers and mento… Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

STATEMENT OF U.S. SENATOR BENJAMIN L. CARDINON THE NOMINATION OF MICHAEL MUKASEY TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL

            Chairman Leahy, thank you for calling this important hearing today of the Judiciary Committee to consider the nomination of Michael Mukasey to be the 81 st Attorney General of the United States.               I had the privilege of meeting with Judge Mukasey several weeks ago in my office.   Judge, it is good to see you again here today as you begin your confirmation hearing.               Judge Mukasey knows that my prima… Continue Reading


October 17, 2007

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $4 MILLION FOR INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY ON EASTERN SHORE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski and Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (both D-Md.) announced the Senate has passed the fiscal year 2008 CJS spending bill, which includes a $4 million federal investment in the ongoing effort to bring broadband network capability to the Eastern Shore.- our space, high tech, health care and higher education facilities need broadband - so do our poultry producers, construction companies … Continue Reading

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